The dust from E3 has settled and after sifting through the rubble these are the game I am most hyped for.
Hype level: very high
From the makers of Left 4 Dead come a truly unique game that seems to defy ganres. The premise: a team of four hunters try who take down a giant monster controlled by another player. It sounds awesome and so far it looks awesome. The more I see Evolve the more I want to play it. This will be a breath of fresh air for online multiplayer. The Wii U showed us that a-synchronous multiplayer it a underused premise. One catch, teamwork is paramount for the hunters(duh!). Sure this is easy when you are with a group of friends but what about an anonymous online match? Will it still be a as fun when you have to deal with the online masses? Well just have to wait and see.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Hype level: wait and see
Ah Call of Duty, one of the most popular and yet most hated games ever. This time around Call of Duty seems to be taking a page from Titanfall’s book. The next COD will have mechsuits, drones, futuristic weapons and most importantly Kevin Spacy. Hopefully this introduction of a big name actor means the story will be more than save the world form the russians and/or terrorists. However, I can assure you we will save the world from something. Activision is taking a big risk, Advanced Warfare has totally reworked the engine. COD has updated and used the same engine since Call of Duty 2. But then again we will be running around in mechsuits. The internet has demanded Call of Duty to change for years now. Will Advanced Warfare be the futuristic boost COD has needed or is it little more than an advanced paint job over the same game?
Hype level: higher than COD’s
Anyone remember Payday? The surprisingly entertaining bank heist simulator seems to have inspired the folks over at Visceral Games. Battlefield Hardline is a surprising change from the norm of military simulation. Instead of huge explosion filled war zones the setting is urban, the objective is a bank heist, and the explosions still remain. One would think the cops vs robbers vibe would mean fast close quarters combat without tanks and the like, but you would be wrong. From the gameplay footage I have seen the bank heists look like they were planned by Michael Bay. There may not be any tanks but they have been replaced by armored cars, and helicopters still battle for air superiority. If every bank heist was like this half the world would be in flames. But besides that, this is Battlefield and it still looks fun. Like it’s rival its cool to see Battlefiield put a new spin on its time honored formula.
Batman Arkham Knight
Hype Level: Extreme
After the less than fantastic Arkham Origins Rocksteady is back and Batman Arkham Knight looks mind blowing. Using the power of next gen hardware Rocksteady is making the Batman game we have always wanted. This time instead of a claustrophobic insane asylum or a deceptively small mega prison Rocksteady is giving us all of Gotham City to explore, reportedly the map is five times bigger than Arkham City. But the headline here is the playable debue of the Batmobile. Drawing inspiration from Christopher Nolan’s Bat tank, this Batmobile is the completely un-nearfed, always there, rocket powered, bad guy busting Batmobile we have all come to know and love. Rocksteady claims Gotham City has been built for the Batmobile making the streets wider so you won’t go crashing into helpless thugs, or buildings. The Arkham Knight, Batman’s main antagonist this time around, is worth mentioning simply because Rocksteady claims he is a completely new villain never before seen in the Batman universe. I bet his true identity will be saved for a dramatic reveal and a, hopefully, epic boss fight. But enough speculation all you need to know is Rocksteady is back and Arkham Knight is Batman’s debue on the power of next gen hardware.
Hype Level: very high
The more I learn about Destiny the more I want to play it. Bungie’s first game since stepping away from Halo, Destiny is yet another game that promises a “truly next-gen” experience. So far, it seems to have the best chance at delivering on that promise. Best described as Borderlands 2/mmo/Mass Effect Destiny promises the solar system on a massive scale. Although Bungie has a “please call this anything but an mmo” attitude Destiny does share many characteristics to the genre. Described as “mingle-player” Destiny gives you the choice of playing alone, but again like an mmo, many aspects of it are built to be played with friends. And if you do choose to play alone you will have to deal with other people wandering through your play session. The big question is of course, will Destiny deliver? Will it be the first next-gen experience? Will it be worth the 500,000,000 price tag its cost Bungie? I for one can’t wait to find out.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Hype Level: face melting
Sure no one knows anything about this game but it doesn’t matter. All you need to is Naughty Dog, next gen hardware and Drake is back!