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We're already at the tail end of March 2018, which to me is absolutely incredible, it honestly feels like Christmas was but a few weeks ago. Yet, time is indeed rumbling on and the exciting thing for us gamers is that new titles are on the horizon, with some coming out in a few short days, others within weeks. Today then, we'll be looking at some new releases for you to sink your teeth into, in no particular order, just one's that are garnering my attention!
When I first saw this game, I immediately thought of Deus Ex and as you'll know from my Retro Review, I'm a gigantic fan of the series, so my interest was immediately peaked. It seems that these similarities are not just visually and thematically, but also through game play; this adventure game is driven by player choice, which is music to my ears. David Cage, the creator of the cinematic adventure game Heavy Rain has been working on this title for almost two years and the project seems incredibly ambitious, which again can only be a good thing. As a PS4 exclusive, it may well be enough to tempt some to purchase the console for this game alone.
You may recall my earlier article whereby I dictated that I wanted to see a change in direction, or at least something different from the Far Cry series and sincerely hoped that the fifth entry into the franchise would offer a new look and adjustment. Well, it seems that Ubisoft may have been thinking along the same lines. Firstly, I'm excited that the setting has switched from “made up exotic land” to the United States of America; this represents change which is exactly what I was after. Secondly, it appears as though combat has been tweaked slightly, with an introduction of aerial dogfights among one of the changes. It's certainly going to be something worth playing and I'm hopeful that the bold story line will yield strong game play and replayability.
Base-building, co-operative games are one of gaming's biggest trends right now, survival elements mixed in with team work provide gamers with a unique experience almost every time a session is played. Mix this in with the always fun gaming trope of smashing Zombies apart, and you have a decent summary of State of Decay 2. You can co-op with four players and the game very much rewards teamwork and leans on The Walking Dead for inspiration here. Scavenging for parts and weapons is one of the driving factors in the game, but the feature that intrigues me the most is infection. If you or one of your allies is bitten and thusly infected, there is a tough choice to be made; cure them and use up most of your limited supplies in the process, or go down the road of executioner and spare them the misery of transforming into the undead. This title is sure to get the blood pumping and will provide countless hours of multiplayer fun.
Vampires haven't really been cool for a while (thanks Twilight) but Vampyr could be a title that changes that opinion. You play as Jonathan Reid, who has recently succumbed to the vampiric curse in London, 1918. The stage is set perfectly then to engage in some classic early century fighting, subterfuge and once again, player choice. You can either skulk around London as a mass murdering, unstoppable wave of death, or instead become the capital's hero, by finding a cure for this deadly affliction. My hope is that this game will play similarly to Dishonored, with the different actions of “good and evil” have further ramifications as the story progresses.
Sticking with a setting in England, We Happy Few is one of the most intriguing titles to be developed in a long time. The fictitious town of Wellington Wells serves as the location for this wacky and wonderful game, which has taken elements of Bioshock and blended them with a surrealist 1960s vibe, to create one hell of a unique survival game. The premise is simple enough, you must navigate through a population of civilians who are forced to ingest a drug known as “joy”. As the wise protagonist, you have refused this “medicine” and thus, labelled a downer and someone to kill on sight. Lovely. Scavenging, crafting, intelligence and wit will all play a part in your survival and I simply can't wait to dive into this bizarre land.
Likely the most anticipated game on this list, and also the furthest away, Red Dead Redemption 2 has plenty to live up to. It's understandable then, that Rockstar have allowed for a broad spectrum of time in which to develop and release this game; they want to get it absolutely right. This game is actually set before the first Red Dead Redemption and you slip into the boots of one Arthur Morgan. Returning fans will see that your new avatar is employed by the villain Dutch van der Linde. In comparison with the first game's protagonist, Morgan seems a bit more rough around the edges, but for now we'll have to wait for his character to be fully fleshed out and detailed.
You would be forgiven for completely forgetting this franchise existed, as it was apparently the same with Capcom, who barely acknowledged their legendary mascot for years. But for fans of the series, there is a new game on the horizon and that is good news, especially as the game is set to blend old with new, keeping the same formula as the previous games in terms of game play, but with the platforming now taking place on the 2.5D plain, which provides a nostalgic, yet fresh environment for you to run, jump and shoot around. The callback to games of my youth is what is enticing me here and I'm sure that's true for many of you, but there's also bound to be great appeal for newcomers to the series.
I don't think this franchise needs any introduction, but for those of you who are unaware, Super Smash Bros. pits Nintendo's (and others in recent times) mascots against each other in a very simple, exceedingly fun and frantic fighting game, that has been a mainstay in my heart ever since the first entry in the series for the Nintendo 64. The trailer announcing the forthcoming edition gave me goosebumps. The iconic logo of the series has become an entity all unto itself and I simply cannot wait to see who will be a part of the roster and what the story line will be. I'm very excited and this may be enough to tempt me into getting a Switch.
With Marvel's Infinity War getting fans into a frenzy and with the blockbuster certain to succeed, it makes absolute sense to capitalize on the back of that with a release of a Spider-Man game. However, the game has a lot of freedom in that it won't be linked to any particular story line or comic, similar to the classic titles on the PlayStation 1, which were incredible to play. What has me excited is that the combat system seems to be borrowing from the flow based style of the Batman Arkham series, which is both satisfying and rewarding and should transition well to the webbed wonder. It feels like it's been an eternity since we could play as Spidey, so I'm very much looking forward to this and have high hopes for it's performance.
With that, the list of hotly anticipated games is concluded. While there may be many more, these games represent true interest for me and I can't wait to get my hands on them all and then share with you my thoughts on each title. But what do you have to say? Any games I missed out that you can't wait to see? Let me know in the comments and we can share our excitement and anticipation for what's to come in 2018!