With a fairly disappointing year in gaming coming to a close, another disappointing year is on the horizon. Rather than having a seizure because the words ‘Uncharted’ and ‘PS4′ have been briefly mentioned in the same sentence, I thought I’d take a look at some of the new and exciting new IP that are scheduled for release next year. So, here are four original games that I’m personally looking forward to:
When Ubisoft decided to pull the rug out from under my PS4 bundle pre-order earlier this year, I was left in a difficult position. There was no single AAA game that I wanted to play any more. It would bug me too much to play Killzone, having not played the preceding games in the series. Assassin’s Creed IV would present the same issue, since I’ve still to play everything after II. Knack didn’t appeal to me to begin with, with my dislike being cemented when the reviews started to come in. Looking at everything that was available on launch day, it was clear that there were very few games I’d want to actually buy. As it happens, I’ve been playing much more of the F2P offerings on the PlayStation Store than I have of Need for Speed: Rivals (to date, the only PS4 game I’ve spent money on).
However, there was one game I wanted to play from the minute I saw it. It came for free with my existing PlayStation Plus subscription and has ended up being my favourite launch title. That game is Resogun.
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For the third installment of our year end review, I am predictably looking at the autumn quarter. To set the scene; Sony are currently walking on water for not being Microsoft, Microsoft are smiling and telling us that they don’t know what our problem is, and gamers are either lying in a post coital-esque heap having exhausted themselves with The Last Of Us or kind of regretting trading in their 360 in rage and now having nothing to play. Next up however, the current generation refuses to go quietly into the good night, Nintendo get a little bit confused, PC gamers get all defensive and everyone poo’s themselves….
Waiting patiently in the wings following the furore at E3 was one of the most hipster titles lined up for the year, Payday 2. With gamers donning their black thick rimmed specs and dressing like their fashion bone had broken, many were saying ‘yeah I loved the first one, you probably hadn’t heard of it’. Designed for online play, gamers were tasked with breaking into banks, breaking into jewellery stores, breaking into an art gallery….you get the picture. Aside from the frustratingly difficult yet pleasantly welcome meth lab level, you could be forgiven for thinking it a little samey. Not that anyone noticed, as if you didn’t have any friends you were subjected to the Chinese water torture that was the apocalyptically bad team mate AI; three characters who not only seemed oblivious to the fact that they were supposed to be robbing a bank, more often than not they would stand around seemingly not realising they actually had any artificial intelligence. This obviously had no impact whatsoever on demand for the game with it selling out almost immediately across the world, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who got laughed out of a shop asking if they had a copy.
Across the void from their console brethren, PC gamers shat their pants as two of the years scariest titles Outlast and Amnesia – A Machine For Pigs jumped out from darkened doorways. Outlast in particular loosened sphincters across the world as, armed only with a video camera with a Sega GameGear-esque lust for batteries, you find yourself stalked and hiding from all manner of unspeakable horrors locked up inside a lunatic asylum.
Refuge was found however in the beautifully rendered ARMA 3, and the PC gaming world looked down its nose at its console based cousins and said with disdain and arrogance “aww you’ve got Battlefield 3? That’s cute”. That smugness would have been better placed had the modding community not got involved, and the internet was flooded with images of spectacular vistas filled with hundreds and thousands of puppies.
The smugness of exclusivity was further wiped off their faces when Diablo 3 made its long awaited console debut. Its custom designed loot and attack interfaces made it both easy to use and immersive to the touch, and the bluster of hardcore PC fans spluttering “yes but its only a scaled down version of what you get on PC. The PC version is much better” was largely ignored. I in particular found myself trolling some of my PC gaming friends, and describing it as ‘an awful lot like one of the Lego games’ was just a too tempting bait for some of them. Boy that was a fun few weeks.
Other notable arrivals were Saints Row 4; bringing the crazy back and kicking on admirably from the last instalment, and similar can be said of the eagerly anticipated Splintercell Blacklist (without the crazy obviously). We all had our fix of nostalgia with the remake of Flashback, we all had our fix of disappointment with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and we all got to go ‘Woo! Football!’ as both FIFA and Pro Evo 14’s were released, both even more footballier than last year’s instalments and well worth wazzing another forty five quid on for something that will be worthless in twelve months time.
Over at Nintendo Towers, rumours started to trickle out that a new handheld console was about to make its appearance. With the 3DSXL currently shipping their flag, gamers wondered whether there was space for an even bigger handheld device before it became the Wii U controller. The answer to this question it turned out was no as Nintendo announced their new baby the 2DS, an option for those who wanted the games but didn’t want the 3D. Aside from the fact that it was the first Gameboy (yes they’re still Gameboys now shut up) in many years that wasn’t a clam shell design, Nintendo seemed to forget that the already had a 2D version of the 3DS. It was called the Nintendo DS. Still, we all knew it would still do better than the Vita.
Of course all of this is just filler, and we all know what the killer was. Straddling the current generations entire back catalogue and remorselessly tea bagging it into grainy graphical obscurity stood GTA 5, shattering sales records usually reserved for the ‘snipe-fag’ loving masses of each shameless iteration of Call Of Duty. Outraged parents ran around waving their arms in the air screaming “wont someone think of the children?!” as they handed over their hard earned money so that their 13 year old angel could go into a strip club, check out some pole dancing and then shoot the place up. In a strange and still as of yet unexplained occurrence, men across the country found themselves coming home to find that their wives or girlfriends had been out and bought it, keen to see what all the fuss was about. You take what you can get I suppose.
Hype aside, the world of Los Santos was as staggeringly beautiful as it was overwhelmingly expansive, and the switch to having three main characters living separate yet intertwined lives proved to be as rewarding experience as the sales figures demanded that it should be. I could go on about GTA5, however I feel that the gaming experience was summed up rather nicely by wife who said “I like it, but I wish they wouldn’t use the N word quite so much. Oh look you can steal a tractor!”
I swear she’s going to put me out of a job someday soon.
Next week is quarter four and hilarity ensues as the future arrives, bringing with it the usual list of launch day facepalms. Nintendo celebrate the release of the 2DS with three spectacular 3DS releases, the FPS war kicks off again and we all lose our collective minds over GTA online.
Catch you next week!
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