If art bothers you, there's no better game to play than Ace Team's Rock of Ages.
When Ace Team and Atlus's Rock of Ages first made an appearance back in June, it looked like an interesting take on tower defense mixed with art and bowling. Now that the latest trailer has shown that we'll be able to shoot icons of art history in the crotch with a giant boulder, it's become a must play.
Rock of Ages is Ace Team's latest project after last developing Zeno Clash, a unique first-person shooter/brawler mix set in a very strange world. The game looks to keep things weird, but once again in a good way.
It replicates the sense of humor seen in Monty Python and mixes it into an action-strategy, tower-defense... well I'm not really sure exactly how to define the game. Players build up defenses to protect themselves from the onslaught of Sisyphus's boulder, controlled by another player or the computer. Rock of Ages also brings players through various eras of art history, including Gothic, Romantic, and the Renaissance.
Online multiplayer battles are bound to be a highlight, but this new trailer also shows that the single-player mode will include battles against various types of interesting bosses. I never thought I'd go head-to-head with Michelangelo's David, one of the world's most popular sculptures, much less shoot him in the junk, but Ace Team is allowing it to happen. I'm not sure if that dragon is from art history too, but it fits with the theme of the Renaissance era anyway.
I can't wait to see what other bosses Ace Team will include. The possibilities seem endless, from the Thinker to the Mona Lisa to that creepy guy from the Scream. Rock of Ages is a downloadable game scheduled for release in spring 2011.