The list of games I’ll keep an eye out for after E3 Part I

by on June 20, 2015

 
 
                E3 is
over and it was as full of hyping material and deceit as always, if not more
than before. But I’m a gamer, so I had to let myself a little carried away so
that I can still have video games to wait for in the future. I put together a
list of the games that I started to follow after this year’s E3.
Please be advised that this list is based on my preferences
in video games and it is subjective.
Hush: Into Darkness
Hush: Into Darkness is an action
adventure with horror elements inspired by childhood nightmares. The
protagonist, a little girl by the name of Ashlyn,  is locked in an abandoned orphanage and
searches for her way out.
The creepy setting combined with
the 3D isometric graphics with gritty art style and what sounds like an amazing
sound track are enough for me to follow this game’s development and see how it turns
out.
Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide
                The End
Times is the prophesized apocalypse that would bring the Warhammer world to an
end. Fatshark, the studio behind War of the Roses (and Vikings) is creating a
Warhammer game set during this apocalyptic event.
                End
Times- Vermintide is a cooperative first person action game featuring the
Skaven (ratmen) as the enemy.  To fight
the vermin’s invasion the players will have the possibility to choose from five
distinct characters, each with their own story and agenda and band together in
groups of up to four to face the apocalypse together.
The combat is a combination of melee and ranged weapons
(I’ve seen no magic) and from the video at E3 the combat system gave me a great
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic vibe.
The loot system will reward teamwork and respect the
Warhammer lore and the developers promise over 100 unique items to choose from.
                While
Vermintide is a co-op game, it doesn’t lack the story aspect and with the help
of Games Workshop veterans it will offer a new perspective on the events of The
End Times.
                There
is an explosion of Warhammer video games, from both the sci-fi and fantasy
setting. Some of these games look quite promising and Vermintide is one of
them.

 

Shadow Warrior 2
                The
Shadow Warrior (2013) reboot to the 1997 cult classic was a bit of a letdown.
The combat was entertaining for a while and the jokes were hilarious, but the
receptivity and the linearity of the levels made it fade away fast.
                The
sequel to the reboot brings quite a bit of change. The story takes place 5
years after the events in the first game in a time when demons and humans live
together. The protagonist Lo Wang returns to save the world again, but this
time around he is not alone as the game has a built in four players co-op.
Another big change to the game stands in the level design. The game world is
procedurally generated offering wider areas and multiple pathways to get things
done.
To fight the new demons that roam the world, the arsenal had
to be expanded and now we will have access to demonic firearms, claw weapons
and we can dual wield swords for an increased level of gore and fun.
The graphics have received a huge upgrade from the washed up
textures of the 2013 game and the physics look amazing.
                Shadow
Warrior 2 looks extremely fun and quite promising and I love the idea of co-op
play and I think it fits right into the setting and action of this game.

 

Unravel
                Platformers
aren’t really my style, but I can’t say no when I see an interesting game from
this genre and such is the case with Unravel.
Unravel is an adorable puzzle-platformer
that caught my attention from the first moment I saw it. The protagonist is a
doll made of red yarn by the name of Yarny, who’s on a quest to put back
together the pieces of people lives. Yarny will use yarn to solve puzzles and
advance through difficult locations to reach his mission goal.
                Unravel
is a heartwarming game with a quirky protagonist that is worth the attention of
more than the platformer genre fans.
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns
                I play
Guild Wars 2 from time to time, so I take interest in this expansion as it
promises to change many of the more unappealing features and mechanics of the
game while adding a tone of new ones. At E3 ArenaNet showed a new trailer
revealing the highly anticipated Guild Halls which look pretty cool. Even if
the combat system won’t receive the key changes that I think it requires, it
seems that the game is on the right track. The expansion is now available for
pre-order in a pack that includes the original game as well and with a price
tag of 50 euros for the standard edition.
Dishonored 2
                Dishonored
had great potential with its hybrid gameplay taking elements from multiple
genres, but it didn’t deliver on story and graphics (even though it didn’t lack
artistic style).But it was enjoyable up to the point where the difficulty
balance was completely broken and the game mechanics couldn’t cover for the
lack of a more intricate and nonlinear story.
                Dishonored
2 was announced at this year’s  E3 with a
twist, the players can choose to play with Emily Kaldwin, the heir to throne,
or Corvo, the protagonist of the original game.
The story takes place 15 years after Dishonored in a time when the
throne of the Empire was usurped by an otherworldly being. Equipped with powers
granted by the Outsider, the chosen character will fight to find a way to
restore Emily to the throne.
The game is going to follow the same mechanics as the
previous title, focusing on a mix of combat and stealth.
                I liked
Dishonored and I hope Arkane Studios learned from their mistakes so they can
turn Dishonored 2 in a better game with much more rounded up features.
Eitr
                Eitr is
an isometric action RPG where Diablo meets Dark Souls in a Norse mythology
setting. The protagonist is a Shield Maiden whose quest is to restore the light
of Yggdrasil after it disappeared because of Loki’s villainous actions.
                Eitr
combines the action oriented gameplay of Hack & Slash games with a combat
system similar to Dark Souls. Blocking, dodging, switching between weapons fit
for the situation and timing the attacks will be required to succeed or at
least that’s what I’ve got from the game’s trailer.
One thing that should be noted about this title is the retro
2D pixelated graphics. I’m one that always want more from the technological
part of video games (and we always get less), but I never back away from 2D
retro style games or any other kind of 2D. There is great value in artistic
design for many of these games and I appreciate that immensely.
                Video
games fully inspired by the Norse Mythology are not something that we see often
and not many of them are worth playing. Eitr has a chance to do some good
especially now when the TV series Vikings is so popular and keeps fresh into
people’s mind this historical and mythological theme.
ARMA 3 Expansion Pack
                I’m a
big fan of ARMA 3’ multiplayer and somehow I managed to tolerate this game’s
problems for a long time. The launch of DirectX 12 should help with the
optimization, according to the developers, which would be a big step in fixing
this game, because when the optimization is done only the annoying bugs and
glitches are left to deal with.
                It was
a known fact that ARMA 3 will receive at least one expansion and it will come
after the Season Pass DLCs are complete. At first it was said that the
expansion will be launched in 2015, but now the release is going to be sometime
in the first half of 2016.
                At E3 Bohemia
Interactive had a video showing the new location where the action in the expansion
takes place. The new area is called Tanoa and is an archipelago in the South
Pacific with a land mass of 100km2. This
archipelago looks much livelier than Stratis and Altis, with lush tropical
forests, unique landmarks and its own history.
On top of the new beautiful land, the expansion will provide
new playable content, gear, weapons, attachments, vehicles and more.
                There
was no actual gameplay footage shown, but those who play ARMA 3 know what to
expect. This expansion seems like a good change in scenery for a game that I
played to death in multiplayer and I’m looking forward to it.

To be continued…

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