After years of temptation, the Playstation darlings at Insomniac have finally turned to the Xbox dark side. They didn’t bring Ratchet and Clank with them (yet), but they have brought Xbox gamers one of the most anticipated titles of the new generation of console gaming: Sunset Overdrive.
Naturally, an organization as mature and prestigious as 2Old2Play has three sets of eyes at E3, and our Editor in Chief, Tiffany Nolan, was there to tell us what she saw.
Welcome to Sunset City
The game is set in the fictional Sunset City, in the year 2027. A contaminated Fizzco energy drink, named Overcharge Delirium XT, has turned most of the population into bloodthirsty mutants. The highly customizable protagonist is charged with cleaning the streets...by making a mess of the mutant horde. Wait, that didn’t make sense...moving on. The dev team at Insomniac are evil geniuses when it comes to crafting over-the-top weaponry, and Sunset Overdrive looks to be no exception: the guns in this game will not suck. The guns are customizable, and players can add perks, called amps, to boost their effectiveness.
High velocity momentum and aggression are the keys to surviving the streets of Sunset City. Players will have to stay off the streets to stay alive, so go high and go fast. Being all stylish and shit allows a style meter to fill, allowing players to unleash an amp ability. There are dozens of amps, custom crafted by the player. Sunset City is an open world environment, and each mission has a story behind it.
The game focuses on themes, and our Editor in Chief describes the three prevalent themes in Sunset Overdrive:
Fun in end times.
Be who you want to be
We Are Not Alone
Our protagonist isn’t exactly Omega Man, and there are plenty of non-mutant survivors in the city. Groups like the Bushido Troop and Fargarths are prospering in this over-caffeinated apocalypse. There is also a group of surviving humans, called The Scabs, that seem opposed to the player’s survival. Mutant enemy types include grunts, called the OD, and stronger enemy types like the Herker and the Blower.
Sunset Overdrive features 8-player co-op, called Chaos Squad, and is accessible from any photo booth in the city. Chaos Squad missions last between 20-25 minutes and loot and weaponry is carried across modes...so you won’t lose your shit. Insomniac uses in-game monitors to stream current news and game updates into the game.
Sunset Overdrive will be available, for the Xbox One, starting October 28.
Our crack team happened by the Activision booth and managed to get some time in front of a couple of games. Activision had at least two noteworthy games on full display at their E3 2014 booth.Here is what our 2old2play team saw from the Activision guys this year.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
After 3 years in development, Sledgehammer games has come up with something that I think is sorely needed in the COD franchise: something different. Sure, this looks like the same old same old on the surface but I am hopeful some of the changes can make an impact.
Sledgehammer told our team that they are really focusing on story for this iteration. The story in the last few games has, in my opinion, become weaker and weaker. The series seemed to gravitate more to shock value, quick time events and confusion in its single player campaign. What gives me a sense of hope is that not only was the part we saw in the trailer, played by Kevin Spacey. was written with him in mind, but he actually said yes.
You now have an exoskeleton and your HUD is on the weapon where it seems a little more natural. Your character is also now equipped with jump packs, which reminded the team a lot of Titanfall. I know this seems small but those additions could change the gameplay and the strategy enough to be the shakeup COD needs.
For this new iteration of the series, Sledgehammer didn’t just paint a few more pixels in where they could. They told our team that their staff have worked hard on every detail down to characters pupils dilating.
The weapons are new and from what our team saw...badass. They got to witness a couple of levels and what they saw did more than impress.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is set to hit shelves November 4th, 2014.
Skylanders Trap Team
Next up is the 4th game in the Skylanders series.
Skylanders Trap Team sticks to the base formula, but with a few new tricks. Toys for Bob has designed the game for the virtually every console, including next gen. Along with the new game comes along a new portal. This one has speakers in it so you can hear the characters speak through it. It sounded a little strange, as you could already hear them in the game, so why include it? The game is called Skylanders Trap Team and what you can hear are the characters that you trap.
Kaos returns as the main antagonist but he isn’t alone. All the villains have been released from prison and its your job to locate the traptonium spread throughout Skyland.
Using the traptonium you can capture the bad guys and play as them. Besides playing as the baddies, you get 50 new characters along with the ability to bring all your Skylanders in from the previous three games. You can then use the villain you trapped and your character to tag team the next bad guy. While playing as the villain you get to hear their specific theme music. With over 40 villains to capture that is a lot of theme music!
Here is a list of some of the new characters:
Snap Shot. Water. He's a trap master.
Shrednaught is a new bad guy you can trap.
Food Fight. Another new character. Will be in the starter pack.
Buzzer Beak. New villain character. Air
Broccoli Guy. New villain character. Life
Painyatta. New villain. Magic. He barfs candy.
Wildﬁre. New trap master. Fire.
Wallop. Trap master. Earth.
Jawbreaker. Trap master. Tech.
Wolfgang. New villain. Undead
Chopper. New core character. He's a dinosaur. Tech.
Krypt King. New trap master. Undead.
As a interesting little twist you can also capture Kaos and play as him.
There is no digital download for this title. You need to buy the starter pack with the game disk and new portal
Skylanders Trap Team is coming October 2014.
Perhaps still feeling the sting from criticism over last year's Xbox One reveal and E3 briefing, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer took the stage Monday morning and declared that this year’s event was all about the games. Phil wasn’t lying: this was the best sneak peek that Xbox gamers have had at gaming nirvana in several years. The 90-minute presentation was packed full of future goodness, and a handful of the right here and now.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Activision was the first to take the stage to show off its new Kevin Spacey shooter. The game appears to be set in the near future. The hardware was, for the most part, modern assault rifles but with high-tech optics, including a sight that lights up targets like holograms. The grenades have multiple choice settings...I highly recommend the smart grenades. The gameplay demo also featured some sort of spider tank, clouds of malevolent flying chainsaw things, and a lot of folks losing appendages. Is there hope for the definitive next-gen shooter? Xbox One players will get DLC for this game first.
Forza Horizon 2
Dan Greenawalt, who arrived at E3 in a Lamborghini Aventador, took the stage and declared that Nurburgring, laser-scanned and built brand new for Forza 5, drops today and drops for free! Holy fuck! The Green Hell has finally hit next-gen and Forza 5 is an actual Forza game after all. Well done, Dan...oh wait, there’s more.
Damn, it’s Ralph Fulton and he wants to talk about Forza Horizon 2. Sit down, Ralph: I want to see some screen shots of Nurburgring. Okay, Ralph just said that that Forza Horizon 2 will feature over 200 cars, including a new Lamborghini, the Forza 5 graphics engine, day/night driving, weather, open world drivatars, and car clubs. I will admit that the graphics look very good. We will find out on September 30 when Horizon 2 hits our consoles. Open world drivatars...God help us.
A quick trailer was shown, promising beta and DLC first for Xbox players.
Assassin’s Creed Unity
Ubisoft’s Vincent Pointbriand took the stage to show off a little Assassin’s Creed co-op magic. Set in 18th century Paris, during the French Revolution, AC Unity will feature four player cooperative gameplay. That’s kind of badass. The gameplay demo shows four assassins closing in on the Marquis de Sade’s dinner party while a peasant riot is broiling right outside the walls of his mansion.The assassins prowl the rooms and halls of the mansion, picking off guards, ultimately crashing the soiree and throwing the Marquis off the balcony and into the streets, where he promptly loses his head.
Dragon Age Inquisition
Ted Price from Insomniac showed off an amusement park stage from Sunset Overdrive...and it looked fun as hell to play. There was a lot of speed, some very unique weapons, lots of color and attitude, and...8 player co-op! Xbox players finally get a real Insomniac game, on October 28.
Dead Rising 3
Capcom, in celebration of their 31st Anniversary, has released the Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition which allows players to play as any old-school DR protagonist in a 4 player co-op arcade-style setting. Can you play as Chuck? Yep. You can even play as camera guy and what’s her name. This DLC hits the XB1 today...as in you can download it now.
Fantasia: Music Evolved-October 21 (XB1 & 360)
Dance Central Spotlight- September
David Eckelberg, from Lionhead, came out and narrated a little 4 player co-op level in Fable Legends. The game looked fairly impressive, and David didn’t promise a bunch of shit that the dev team could never deliver on, so that’s a step in the right direction for Lionhead. The thing that impressed me the most is that a fifth player can assume the role of the villain. The villain has sort of a top down view of the active map and can dynamically add traps and monsters wherever he or she desires. That’s a nice little gameplay twist. Eckelberg promises a multiplayer beta in time for the holidays.
So, apparently these guys are still way into Master Chief, because they are bringing The Master Chief Collection to the XB1. This collection focuses on the Master Chief storyline, and will contain all 4 of the numbered Halo games, with over 100 multiplayer maps and six brand new MP maps. Special attention is being given to the Halo 2 Anniversary with updated high-res graphics running at 60 frames per second.
343 also announced a Ridley Scott produced live action Halo series called Halo: Nightfall, which will feature a character from the upcoming Halo: Guardians, which is also part of The Master Chief Collection.The beta launches late in 2014.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Crystal Dynamics is following up the Tomb Raider reboot with a new Lara Croft adventure. This is the new Lara Croft doing the old Lara Croft stuff: high adventure, traveling the world, and actually raiding tombs. Rise of the Tomb Raider will release sometime in 2015.
Platinum Games has a dragon riding game on the horizon.
Ori and the Blind Forest
This game is centered around an orphan on an amazing adventure in a beautiful place. It looks to be one of those emotional kind of games from Moon Studios.
Witcher 3 and Tom Clancy’s The Division round out all the mentionable games. We also have that Quantum Break shipwreck simulator and a new Gears of War game on the horizon. Xbox is also making it easier for devs to self publish on XBL with the ID@Xbox, expanding the free to play game universe, and promises ongoing support and development for the 360 platform, since some gamers are dragging their penny pinching asses and playing on antiquated hardware.
This was Xbox’s strongest show in years and the impressive library of impending games should have a little something to please almost every MS fanboy.
If your head still isn’t spinning from all of the announcements from the first day of E3 2014, wait until you get a load of what EA announced today and your head will continue spinning until each of these games are released! Here are the games that EA announced at their press conference yesterday at E3.
Star Wars Battlefront
Can DICE redeem itself with the game that they say they’ve always wanted to make especially after a bug-plagued Battlefield 4 launch last year? Will this Star Wars game be the Star Wars game we’ve all been waiting for?
Now you can play cops and robbers, Battlefield style! From EA and Visceral Games comes the next evolution in shooters but will it live up to the hype or will it suffer from the challenges that Battlefield 4 suffered at launch?
Dragon Age Inquisition
You can’t have an EA press conference to announce a line up of upcoming EA games without a Dragon Age installment… especially one that’s being launched on the new consoles!
Mass Effect 4
Okay, maybe Dragon Age was pushing it but… you can’t have an EA press conference without a Mass Effect 4 announcement! Although no video was presented, various stills of concept art were shown and Bioware gave confirmation that the next Mass Effect installment would be on the Xbox One and PS4 - but you already knew that, didn’t you?
For most of you that don’t already have The Sims, you can get Sims 4 in September. I’m one of the people that already have the Sims so I’m going to skip Sims 4 when it comes out. My version of the Sims is called, “The wife, kids, and co-workers.”
EA PGA TOUR
Using the Frostbite engine for something other than an FPS game, EA has turned it into a massive golf simulator. No word as to whether or not you will need the Kinect or some plastic golf club attachment.
An EA press conference wouldn’t be complete without Mass Effect, Dragon Age, AND Madden 15! Come and play some football on your console and experience the best that the virtual World Cup, err, Superbowl has to offer!
Mirror’s Edge 2
Before Titan pilots could wall run and parkour, Mirror’s Edge’s Faith was running circles up and down walls and pilots and all! Currently in development, Mirror’s Edge 2 promises to bring the vertigo!
Tiff and DSmooth were representing for 2old2play at Bethesda’s E3 media events. The internet was anticipating a surprise reveal and had fingers crossed for more detail on the next Fallout game. Alas, the studio did not confirm or deny the game coming out or being set in Boston. Instead, the big reveal this year was dusting off the Doom franchise which hasn’t seen the light of day since Doom 3 ten years ago.
Doom’s Day is Coming
I spent hours playing the original Doom but never racked up much time on the sequels. Not much game detail was revealed other than the trailer but they promised more info to follow at QuakeCon in July.
I didn’t see anywhere to stream any of Bethesda’s stuff so I’ll rely on the press assets and Derek and Tiff’s surprisingly coherent notes!
Derek’s Impression of Bethesda in 140 characters or less:
Great #E32014 appt with @Bethblog today. The Evil Within is as freaky as I had remembered. Surprise winner was Battlecry. So much fun!
The Evil Within
The Evil Within is a survival horror game Bethesda is developing for all the consoles. Do we have an industry term yet for stuff coming out on current gen and old gen? If not someone make one up for me stat! Tiff and Derek got some hands on experience and remarked on the grain effect really giving the game a horror feel. The devs also provided them some tips for game play like:
So you know pretty much the tutorial to every survival horror game ever. Thanks for the tips!
First look impressions from the team:
This game is freaky and scary. You will want to have headphones on and all pets and
family members locked away. I was holding my breath and stressed the entire time playing
it as I was expecting someone (thing) to jump out and scare the shit out of me. If you like
horror games, this is going to be great.
The pace was a little slow for me and I would have liked to try out a little more combat.
Our team found this free to play game to be tons of fun. Apparently its faction based set in “world without gunpowder” so they’ll have to get creative with weapons. It also has a character class system with 5 to choose from. The crack team at 2old2play tried out a Duelist and an Enforcer. The graphics were very stylized in the pre-alpha build available for journalists at E3. A beta is planned for 2015.
Random impressions from the team:
Reminded me of team fortress
Was a lot of fun to play and definitely had a low entry point to just pick up and play it
Strong friction between factions (Someone’s a poet and they don’t know it, I won’t say who! :p)
So either Ubisoft doesn't think the 2old2play community plays their games or they are just big French jerks. Ubi, once again, did not let any one of our intrepid crew into their briefing this year.
We're not bitter, we're pissed! However the house that was built on poutine still makes some kick ass games, so lets see what they have this year.
The show opens with bus ride in a foreign land. I know its foreign as there are dingle balls decorating the bus and a monkey beside us. The bus stops and things start to get tense as it looks like a random spot check with what might be border patrols. Don't want to ruin it but shit goes wrong and the Monkey bites it. Some weird dude with a $5 haircut comes out of a Helicopter and drops a crap load of F-Bombs and promises to "tear shit up!" Dan Hay comes out to announce FarCry4. You start the game with some cash, a bus ride and "well...you're fucked". See below for the first few minutes of FarCry4
Aisha Tyler is the host again this year...damn she's tall. Why do tall women need Stiletto heels?
Just Dance 2015
Just Dance 2015, with 100 million players so far in the series, features tracks from Pharrell Williams, Ylvis and Ellie Goulding. I was really hoping not to hear "Happy" or “What Does the Fox Say?” as I have heard those tracks enough for a lifetime already, but it looks like I am going to hear them again in October when my kids beg me to pick this up.
Also announced is the ability to play Just Dance Now on a smartphone and a TV that can connect to the internet. There is a free app on your phone and once downloaded you can head to justdancenow.com. Instead of a controller/Kinect/Move your phone detects your movement. Unlimited number of people can play so cue the professional dancers on stage and in the balconies who are supposed to look like audience members and feign surprise at winning.
Tom Clancy's The Division.
If you haven’t seen the Microsoft briefing playthrough I suggest you do that. Know that Ubi's trailer adds a lot more gravitas to the post apocalyptic scenario. It hints at the basic premise of the game and shows that you are not alone in your fight for life in a devastated world.
Cannonball Run just without Burt reynolds, Dom Deluise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. etc...
The video Ubi showed looked like it was in engine, albeit sped up and edited. As announced last year, you can drive coast to coast in a compressed version of the US. However this is one of the first times we see the cities, the freeways and landscapes. They all look amazing. But how does it drive? Sim like Forza/GranTurismo or Arcade like Need for Speed?
Ubi has given early access to The Crew to gamers and drive game fanatics letting them test as well as organically develop new challenges and races. Ubi has also launched Route 909 in 7 locations around the world. Route 909 is a beta international race league with teams in Dubai, New York, LA, Montreal, London, Copenhagen and Paris. Tune into The Crew battle playoffs on Twitch on June 10/11. Also announced was a Beta opening July 23rd. You can sign up now at www.thecrewgame.com/beta. The Crew launches Nov. 11th on PS4 and XBox One and PC. Damn that’s the same day as Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Assassins’ Creed Unity.
Paris 1789, Lorde singing Tears for Fears "everybody wants to rule the world"...haunting is the word I have to use for that. I love CGI trailers but I wish they would make these things in engine. The playthrough shows more NPC's than ever before...crowds...mobs in a square all moving in a more independent fashion. Compared to previous AC games where every third or fourth NPC is doing the same thing and a crowd is 7 or 8 people this is a huge move forward. I guess it would have to be to recreate the violence in late 18th century France. Assassins’ Creed Unity also supports 4 player co-op
A fitness game for the XBOX One that uses Kinect and has the tagline"Getting fit just got fun" This game reminds me of Double Fine's Kinect Party mixed with Fitness Evolved. If the games are fun and silly like Kinect Party then Shape Up could be kind of fun. I find it a little odd that the final object to win in the push up contest would be a Giant Donut
Valiant Hearts : The Great War
A puzzle adventure through the trenches in WWI on the western front. The art style is cell shaded and even so watching it almost brought a tear to my eye...damn dogs. There will be colorized photos of some of the events in WWI that helped shape the game included within the game. We didn't see any gameplay but I am guessing this may be like Professor Layton.
Rainbow 6 Siege
Rainbow 6 Siege is a completely new game. It's been 6 years since the last Rainbow 6 game! There wasn’t much given away but 18 months ago Ubi decided to concentrate on Next Gen. There will be a single player campaign along with co-op but what that is or looks like is a secret for now. Ubi showed off alpha multiplayer footage which was pretty amazing. We have had destructible environments for a while but rarely have you been able to use them to your advantage like this. I love how you can put holes in anything and use them as vantage points for recon, snipers, etc.
That was pretty much it from Ubisoft. A couple well established IP’s along with a couple new ones and the promise of a beloved one resurrected. Not a bad way to begin the show!
I’m not out at E3 with the 2old2play big wigs but at least this press conference I could stream for myself and follow along with their (and the rest of the internet’s ramblings) on Twitter while I watched.
Sony started out showing off Destiny, Bungie’s first title since becoming independent from Microsoft again. While the game isn’t technically a Sony exclusive it sounds like they will be giving players first access to the beta and that starts this weekend.
After the Destiny trailer Sony Computer Entertainment President and CEO Andrew House introduced a white PS4 Destiny bundle. Apparently Sony thinks they are Nintendo in reverse?
House then told the audience he was here to introduce stuff that is either exclusive or looks better on the PS4 or something to that effect anyway. Here’s a quick rundown of what he showcased
The Order 1886
Watching the trailer with no context it looked a lot like the Bioshock game with updated graphics. Apparently its actually an action adventure game from Ready at Dawn set in Ye Olde England that involves zombie-like creatures.
Sony definitely went the “if you don’t like that, how about this” route showcasing a bunch of different stuff. Next up was Entwined. This game is from new in house team Sony put together director out of university programs at Carnegie Mellon and San Jose State. And mic drop: This game is available right now for $9.99 for PS4! PS3 and Vita to follow soon as part of cross platform.
Infamous First Light
Next up from Sucker Punch Infamous First Light. This is standalone DLC that doesn’t require you to own the original game. Also looks like it centers on a female protagonist.
Little Big Planet 3
Sony had a bunch of people playing the new version for a bit too long for my taste. Cute stuff, interesting environments, and a new character that can fly. but just like playing the original game I was already bored 3 minutes into the demo.
Definitely a bit jarring to go from Little Big Planet to the gore of Bloodbourne. This one is a PS exclusive is coming to PS4 from Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki.
Far Cry 4
Another entry into the Far Cry franchise from UbiSoft. I had notes on this one so you can get my stream of consciousness impressions: The graphics look decent though the environment they showed looks kinda dusty and brown. Its Rage with trees! Oh and radio control over the car radio like in GTA! Looks like co-op in story mode when you want it? Weaponized elephants!
The most interesting thing Sony announced here was that you will be able to play Far Cry with friends online that don’t actually own the game. Will be interesting to see what exactly the model is there.
Fan Mail=MOAR ZOMBIES!
Next up Sony’s Adam Boyes checked in with some fan letters. Shockingly fans apparently asked for zombies so get ready for Dead Island 2.
In a head scratcher crossover announcement, Boyes also mentioned that there will be a Last of Us (like clickers and bloaters) themed dungeon coming to Diablo 3. Sounds like a you asked for it, we gave it to you, wait why did I want that?
Sony then started going into rapid fire mode
EA’s Battlefield Hardline was announced to be available as a beta on PS4 and PC for gamer’s today.
Another early exclusive was Disney Infinity 2 will have an Avengers collectors edition set of figurines at least initially exclusive to the playstation.
Paradox Interactive-Magika 2 had an interesting teaser trailer Sony showcased
Up next Sony showcased a fan letter from supposedly from a wee girl wanting to play old school Tim Schafer adventure games. I swear that was not me masquerading as wee girl, but this was by far the highlight of the press conference for me! Super psyched for them to bring Grim Fandango to PS4 as i’ve yet to find an emulator that can run my windows 98 CD-ROM version I still have but never finished!
If AAA and Big Names Aren’t Your Style We Also have Indie
Sony kept up the stuff I’m personally most excited about momentum going showcasing what they have coming from the indie scene next. They announced they are partnering with Devolver to bring all sorts of indie games to consoles for the first time. They rapidly fire a bunch of titles so it will be interesting to see what ends up available.
Giant Squid’s Abzu was prominently featured with gorgeous underwater environments. Not really quite sure what the gameplay there will be though from watching.
My Twitter feed was filled with lots of love for the indie SciFi game No Man Sky. One of the game’s creator’s game on stage and described it as an Infinitely procedural universe, no player will start the game the same way. The trailer looked pretty impressive especially for a studio with only 6 employees.
Oh Yeah That Other Stuff People Seem to Like to do with Consoles These Days
When Sony mentioned the PS camera being popular I thought they were kidding. I have one, but it’s still unopened in the box as I’m not sure what I’d use it for. They also reminded everyone their VR Morpheus project is a thing but they didn’t show any games for either technology.
CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Shawn Layden, was up next for the crowd. One of his first announcements was PS4 will soon support YouTube. I was more shocked it didn’t currently support it, though I think he really meant more integrated features like recording videos and instantly posting via the share button. He also mentioned Spectate sessions where people can watch you play on the net and give you guidance, or set up and share and stream tournaments. I guess that’s kind of a new interesting game play dimension I will likely avoid like the plague...
Next up Sony touted themselves as “Destination for Free to Play.” There was deafening silence in the press hall after that intro. Then lots of snickers on twitter for the games trailer that featured *some features available for a fee over the video of the games available at the bottom of the screen the entire time. This part of the presentation seemed to be more aimed at studios who want to release free to play games on consoles then press or game fans.
Sony also gave some info on a service called PS Now that will be available for some Sony model TVs. All you will need is access to the service and a controller to play games (i.e. no expensive console). I’m sure further details will be coming soon that.
Playstation TV is also coming soon with a $99 price tag and features like remote play on a second TV in your home. It is also supposed to be compatible with most Vita titles.
In another diversification twist Sony also announced they’ll be getting into the content creation market like Netflix & HBO and producing and offering exclusive series and movies. Brian Bendis one of the creators of the Marvel Comics Powers came on stage to let everyone know about the series Sony is producing based on his works. We are apparently also getting a Rachet and Clank movie. I wonder if video game movies being produced closer to their sources will make them any less terrible!
The Grand Finale
It was big bang fireworks times with the final AAA announcements.
The Last of Us remastered is coming to PS4. I’m not really sure a game that’s barely a year old already needs remastering.
Sony got to be the first to show off gameplay from Mortal Kombat X. It just kinda looked like a slightly better version of whatever the last Mortal Kombat I played was only gorier…
I’m not a Metal Gear Solid fan but even I have to admit the trailer for 5-trailer is pretty epic!
GTA V on PS4 but I already played that! Although they did announce an interesting feature that you can transfer your save (even from an XBox) to the PS4 version.
Batman Arkham Knight had great graphics and a some Sony exclusive special Scarecrow missions.
A 4th (and perhaps final?) Uncharted game rounded out the evening. When they first started the trailer for A Thief's End I actually thought it was the guy from Last of Us till he started walking around the jungle.
The Wrap Up
I was happy to see Sony show off a whole bunch of different stuff. While the only thing that actually stood out for me personally was a remake of a 16 year old adventure game it does seem like there may be other reasons to dust off the PS4. I really like the indie direction and am hoping they help incubate great stuff there. I’m also really interesting in seeing their cross system/cross network and Playstation TV offerings. I guess I can resign myself to consoles becoming media centers as long as I continue to get quality games as part of that media experience.
In this week’s new releases we have a variety of games that will satisfy all platforms and gamers alike. From Dragons to shooters and even a little retro 8-bit action, if these new games don’t pique your interests, you’re in the wrong part of the web.
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Platforms: Xbox One
Described as “Hardest Extremest Craziest Platform Action Puzzle Adventure," the 8-bit retro style 1001 Spikes puts players in control of Aban Hawkins, who is in search of his lost and world-famous archaeologist father, Jim Hawkins. Making your way through over 100 levels you have 1001 lives to get as far and discover as much as you can. Up to four players can play at once and co-op multiplayer will also be supported.
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Focusing on the more obscure European fronts of World War II, Enemy Front puts you on the frontlines as American war correspondent, Robert Hawkins. Covering and fighting missions, such as anti-Nazi Resistance Operations in France, Nazi Germany, Norway and Warsaw, throughout WWII. Enemy Front gives you the freedom to play in any style you see fit: run and gun, stealth and subterfuge. For now, it seems, there is no multiplayer for this game, but keep your eyes open for further updates.
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Platforms: PS3, WiiU, 3DS, Xbox 360
Inspired by the new animated 3D feature film of the same name, take flight and train your dragon alongside characters from the film. Enjoy high-flying, fire-breathing action and epic adventures as you become a formidable Dragon Rider.
Release Date: June 11, 2014
Platforms: PC, Mac
Looking for nonstop shooting and trying for that high score? Pulstar is the game for you. Taking the shooting genre back to the basics, this game boasts an easy to play, hard to master concept. With a local co-op multi-player, you can challenge your friend a la arcade style to see who can get the highest score. Pulstar also supports dual analog control.
Release Date: June 13, 2014
The year is 2525. You are Captain Buck Mann: the most fearless, most daredevil and most broke of all space captains in the galaxy. Your job, as a Space Runner, is to transport valuable cargo from one end of the galaxy to the other. The player must dodge asteroid belts and fierce space pirates, ready to make quick work of their transport, not to mention the other competing “drivers.” Your rewards for completing your contracts, among building up your reputation and opening doors for new clients, will also include new modules for your ship or upgrades for the ones already installed. With new upgrades such a laser turrets, missile launchers, shield generators, thrusters, power plants and other modules will allow players to adapt to new combat situations in mid-flight that arise on their travels. Build, recycle, repair and reposition the modules, and improvise as best you can to deal with the multiple threats you will face.
I’m a couple of days late with this because of a particularly nasty four-letter word that has pretty much consumed most of my free time. Kids! Damn kids, get off my virtual lawn! Oh wait, my kids are pretty much old enough that they don’t really need me so I’ll blame the other four letter word in my life and it begins with the letter W… Wife! Oh crap, she might be reading this so… WORK! Damn you work! How dare you take away from my free time to enjoy my kids, my wife, my gaming, and my writing this assigned article!
That said, this week’s game releases are a mixed bag.
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Platforms: Sony Playstation Network, PC, Mac, 3DS, Wii U
Take control of Aban Hawkins as he searched South America for his estranged, world-famous archeologist father, Jim Hawkins. Discover the lost treasures of Ukampa, race into the frozen tundra of the Antarctic, discover temple ruins and vast caverns of South America, and find the truth behind legendary treasure.
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Platforms: Sony Playstation Network
Again, like most games, set in the not so distant future, PixelJunk Shooter puts you in control of a spacecraft that you must pilot through a range of cavernous environments in order to save the scientists trapped underground. Can you make your way through the game by relying on your sense of observation and your ability to manipulate your surroundings?
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
“Tomodachi” means friend in Japanese. Life means, uh… Life in English. Put them together and you get ‘Friend Life’ in English. For those of you that do not have a 3DS and want to see what your friends’ lives are like, there’s Facebook. For those of you with a 3DS that can’t get enough of what your friends are doing, there’s Tomodachi Life except in Tomodachi Life you aren’t looking over real friends… you’re controlling and looking after your Miis. Watch your Mii eat, try on clothes, eat, fall in love, eat, and do other leisurely things that Miis do when they’re not eating.
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, PC
Motorcycle racing game. Create a rider. Manage your rider’s career. Upgrade your bike. Race your bike against others that have created riders riding bikes. What else is there to say?
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Discover the planet Nexus and choose a side to explore the hyper-advanced technology secrets of the Eldan that disappeared from the planet a long, long time ago.
Murdered Soul Suspect
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Thrown out of a window and then finished off by getting shot by the serial killer you were pursuing, you play the reanimated soul of detective Ronan O’Connor and you are sent to investigate and solve the most serious of murders… your own!
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Platforms: Sony Playstation Network, Xbox Live
The challenge with worms is, once you have worms, they are extremely difficult to get rid of. I had a dog that had worms once and it pooped and pooped and… oh wait, wrong worms. Worms Battlegrounds continues the fight between two factions of worms that, for some reason or another, really hate each other but have access to an awesome arsenal of weapons, fighting moves, and more weapons.
I’m a dog person. Always have been with two exceptions. One was the dog that followed me home as I was delivering papers, growling and barking at me the whole way. The other was a dog that lived behind the house I grew up in. He was a gorgeous German Shepherd, but he was also an old police dog that seemed to relish scaring the living bejesus out of anyone that passed through the alley by his fence.
What does that have to do with this weeks crop of games? Well, if you are asking that question then you need to keep reading! Don’t worry, it’s a short list this week so it won’t take you long.
Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, WiiU, Xbox 360,Xbox One
This week belongs to Watch Dogs. You have waited an extended period of time to play as a thug, hacker, information freedom fighter. Snowden, if he grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. I know you are excited. I can almost taste your anticipation, but I going to wait on the verdict. Watch Dogs looks cool, but I can’t help making some comparisons to Batman...just without all the bat gadgets and likely Bat’s sticky “no kill” policy. Out for revenge for family? Check! Set in Chicago, aka Gotham? Check! Has access to the city’s infrastructure and can manipulate to his will? Check! Watch Dogs is intriguing and I can’t wait to see what the reviews are like.
Mario Kart 8
Release Date: May 30th, 2014
Mario Kart 8. I hate that blue shell: pure unadulterated hate. We have all been there. In first place and racing towards the finish line when you hear the warning. You hope beyond all hope that you can make it across the line in time. Head down, thumb on the gas and repeating a phrase like “please” or “come on” over and over and over. Then you see it, flying over your head right before it hits. The resulting explosion knocks you and your kart ass over teakettle while you watch 3,4,5 or more karts cross the line that looks to be within arms reach. Shit! You recover and sheepishly cross the finish line while the other characters seemingly mock your failure. I bet it was Yoshi. That dino always has a smug look on his face. Play again? Damn straight! How can Mario Kart be so frustrating and fun at the same time?
Final Fantasy III
Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Released in 1990 and now retooled, optimized and better than ever! It may have taken 24 years but Final Fantasy III is releasing on on Steam for the PC. No emulators needed! There is something to be said for stories in the FF series. Especially the early ones. I was never a fan, but I had friends who were and who still have a soft spot in their heart for those games. This release is for them.
Word on the street is we might see Iittle Dew release on the WiiU this week and the creepy Slender: The Arrival may find its way to the Xbox 360. There are also a few releases for the Vita, such as Monster Monpiece, The Sly Collection, and Mind Zero. Those of you with Vita’s may be interested.