Ghost of Jerry Garcia Makes Video Game

Cowboys and vampires? Alright, it's been done before, as far back as 1959 in the movie Curse of the Undead. But it hasn't been done much in video games, and that's part of what makes DARKWATCH a hoot to play. The gamemakers actually create suspense really well, when they're not throwing so many monsters on the screen that the tension gets a little lost. As outlaw Jericho Cross (cheesy Biblical reference here for the Pat Robertson in you) you've got to stop the various vampires before they wreak havoc on Jericho's Western world. And Jericho thought he was going to retire from the world of crime and ride into the sunset? Well, ride he does. But you know what sunset means, don't you? It means vampires up the wazoo.

Usually, the thought of clicking through an role-playing game holds about as much allure for me as drinking the floodwaters of the Katrina-ridden French Quarter. But DUNGEON SIEGE II is fairly different. Sure, it's full of magic, monsters, and fantasy, the usual suspects. However, the varied allies, including pets that become warrior-tough, are really engaging. And the graphics, especially during spell-casting, are so lurid and imaginative, you feel you're some old-ass psychedelics-ingesting hippie. What a trip. Did the ghost of Jerry Garcia work on this game?

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Darkwatch
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Sammy Studios
For: PS2, Xbox

Dungeon Siege II
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Gas Powered Games
For: PC

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