Despite remaining one of gamings biggest franchises, and spreading its grasp into other areas such as movies and board games, the Resident Evil series has struggled to find its feet on the current generation of consoles. Resident Evil 5 and 6 both received generally positive reviews from the critics and journalists, however both games failed to strike a chord with the majority of gamers, who lambasted their more action oriented approach and called for a return to the survival horror roots of the series.
In the meantime, Resident Evil Revelations was released for the Nintendo 3DS handheld system to relatively little fanfare as the console was still trying to find its feet. Over time though people began to praise Revelations, and cries of it being better than Resident Evil 5 or 6 were obviously heard by Capcom, as they swiftly made a decision to port the game over to home consoles. Many figured this as a cheeky cash grab by the publisher, and thought the game would not stand up to the ‘triple A’ titles of the Xbox 360 and PS3. Thankfully, these fears can be allayed, as Revelations is a tense, taught survival horror that shows the consumer that the Resident Evil series is not dead quite yet.
Here we go again, another movie tie-in game that is launched conveniently alongside the movie in obvious, albeit usually rather successful, attempt to bring in money for both the movie and game alike. I know what you are thinking, movie tie-in games are usually dire, and even with a super franchise like Star Trek, surely they couldn’t pull off a feat rarely seen in the gaming industry, a good movie to game crossover. Well, sadly, you would be right. Star Trek: The Video Game falls foul to the same issues that plague almost every game of this nature and fails to evoke any feeling other than frustration.
First things first, Techland were right not to call Dead Island Riptide, Dead Island 2, because it isn’t. It’s essentially a glorified expansion pack to the original released in late 2011. The graphics, sounds and gameplay are all virtually the same as they were back then and the four troubled survivors all return, with the addition of one new playable character. This is not necessarily a bad thing as the original, despite a plethora of technical issues, found somewhat of a cult following in the gaming community who found heaps of fun in the gratuitous violence that you could dole out on the unsuspecting undead.
So will you like the new instalment? That largely depends on one key question. Were you one of those who found a home for the original, or were its issues just too great to constantly overlook?
With next the next generation of consoles around the corner, there will likely be a slew of new IP’s announced in the coming months by developers all jostling for position in the next gen pecking order. That is all well and good, but let us not rule out some of the series we currently have going. As much as I am looking forward to the new releases for the Xbox 720 and PS4, there are a few franchises which I am not quite done with yet. With that in mind, here are four games I would love to see announced as soon as possible, with some developer friendly tips for some game changing additions. There may be minor spoilers, read on with caution. Don’t say you weren’t warned…
Within the first five minutes of the new 2D puzzle platformer Battleblock Theater, it will be obvious to anyone who has played any of The Behemoth’s work before (Castle Crashers, Alien Hominid) that this is another one of there pieces of awesomeness. The sprites have the same cartoon charm, the writing is genuinely hilarious in places and the controls are spot on.
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