I have a love for RPG's and seeing the new open-world and quasi-mmo style games announced has been exciting for me.
Witcher 3, a more mature and now open world game than most RPGs, has looked interesting from the first announcement, but getting to see some gameplay and get some questions answered got me pumped for the game. You can check out our full write-up on the Witcher 3 -- HERE.
Elder Scrolls Online made huge news when it was announced it would also be coming to next-gen consoles, but I was anxious to get my hands on the game and try it out for myself. I was not disappointed. Although I have no real MMO experience, I'm a huge fan of the Elder Scrolls series (which might be obvious if you've read my Skyrim webcomic) and was really pleased with what they've created here. Again, I did a larger write up on this and spoke with the developers, you can read that -- HERE.
I got a chance to play Wolfenstein: A New Order for a bit and it seemed like a fairly typical first person shooter. A well done FPS shooter I should say. I can be a little picky about the feel of the engine on those types of games, for example in Call of Duty, I've always like the feel of the Infinity Ward versions over the Treyarch games simply because of the way the first person engine plays. Wolfenstein felt good, was kind of crazy fun and over the top, and made me feel like I was back in the days of Doom (in a good way).
The Evil Within was demo'd and I'm on the fence about this game. I think it will do well and some gamers will eat it up, but it's a bit too story controlled for me. For those that really want to play through a horror story, this is the game for you. It does a great job setting the creepy and crazy atmosphere and offering up gore and frights. But, I'm not much for being guided down every path and stopping gameplay for cutscenes every few minutes.
Batman: Arkham Origins, despite feeling a little bit too much like Assassin's Creed to me, I'm still looking forward to the game. From what I saw, Origins plays pretty much like Arkham City. The fighting mechanics really haven't changed, though they have altered the way you gain experience. Because they've increased the size of the city, fast travel is now an option using a cool little Batwing cutscene to show how you traveled.
Bungie's next IP: Destiny was another game that caught my attention when first announced because of the quasi-MMO, open-world nature. They haven't given us a ton more to go on, but actually getting to see the gameplay was a sigh of relief.
And the biggest surprise for me was The Division. Another quasi-MMO, open world game, this one set in the very near future. One of the things that appealed to me was how grounded it seemed, offering something different than we get from the games set in a pure Sci-Fi or Fantasy setting. I have to admit, the initial trailer they showed did nothing for me, but the gameplay won me over hands down.
As for console news, I've been fairly disappointed with Microsoft as an XBox player. I don't know if I will be a first day buyer of either console, but the PS4 will probably be the first one I pick up. Perhaps some future exclusive content will get me to pick up the XBox One, but so far I've seen nothing on it that appeals to me personally. Hopefully, they will make some much needed changes to their console and policies before launch.
So, what games are you looking forward to?
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About the Author - Jeremy Shane
Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea. Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California. When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead. Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim. If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.
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