Coming soon to your friendly neighborhood games shoppe, it’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Game. This time it’s you. You are the Joss Whedon. Ok, maybe you’re the heroes, but you do get to run through what is essentially your own special season of the show each time you play the game.
Buffy is a fully cooperative action game with you and your friends slinging magic and martial arts against a barrage of monsters of the week as they terrorize the townies (yes, the game uses those terms). Their demonic/vampiric mayhem leads up to a final challenge with your season’s “bigbad” as you struggle to defend Sunnydale.
The foes are drawn from enemies faced throughout the TV series, with many providing interesting twists such as keeping the players from speaking to each other or forcing you to sing. There are even mechanics for player controlled characters regularly becoming one of the bad guys for a little while, because that’s what happens in the show after all. You and up to 5 friends are, of course, major heroes from the show (Buffy, Xander, Giles, Angel, Willow, etc.). Perhaps controversially Spike is a playable character, not an enemy, but hey once in a while he can be the one to turn against the group.
All of this is amidst a backdrop of stopping an ever impending Apocalypse, with its own countdown counter on the board. If you don’t patrol, find the baddies, and slay them the world as we know it comes to an end. No pressure.
It’s coming Halloween weekend, so get Mr. Pointy ready and let us know who you’re excited to slay in the comments.