The War of the Worlds Video Game Launching This Year

Being the sci-fi buff that I am, I nearly fell out my chair when I learned that "The War of the Worlds", will launch for both XBLA and PSN later this year. If you're a gamier you probably heard the buzz from PAX this past weekend, as "The War of the Worlds" was one of the few select titles to receive Destructoid's coveted Best of Show award.

The War of the Worlds is a dark new vision inspired by the classic H.G. Wells novel, retold as a single player, 2D action-adventure. The gameplay narrative parallels the timeline and events from the 1953 movie adaptation, but introduces a new story arc, characters, locations, and sub-plots. Players follow the exploits of an unknown everyman struggling to escape the Martian invasion of London and rescue his family. Players will outsmart an army of alien tripods, spiders and drones as they make their way through a landscape of total devastation.

I was lucky enough to score some debuting screens shots like this concept art depicting the protagonist, Arthur Clarke, scaling a gigantic piece of Martian machinery whilst avoiding the deadly spotlights of the drones.

These debuting screens shots showcase one of the earlier levels in the game, Paddington Station, and shows off the game's unique platforming aspects and control scheme.

And to top it all off, I heard through the grapevine that there's a "Arthur Diaries" that feature snippets of gameplay voiced by the game's narrator and one of the coolest cats around, Sir Patrick Stewart. ENGAGE!

Can't wait for the release!

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