Gaming has always been a big part of my life, and anyone who knows anything about gaming will know that E3 has just wrapped up in Los Angeles. For those who don’t know, E3 stands for Electronic Entertainment Expo, and is the first chance game companies get to show off their latest and greatest upcoming games for the coming year. There were a few surprises in this years expo, so I’ve decided to detail a few of the titles I’m looking forward to the most!
Far Cry is one of those iconic series that you’ve likely heard about if not at least played. I’ve been a fan of the series since its second instalment (Far Cry 2), and the series has just improved exponentially with each iteration. One of the most iconic aspects of the series is each games location. Far Cry 3 was set in a tropical island paradise; that had become overrun with vicious pirates. The fourth game saw us in a small Himalayan country ruled over by a ruthless dictator. The fifth game promises to be set in small-town Montana, USA, where a fanatical religious cult has the locals scared to leave their homes. I’m a fan of this type of scenario, seen in films like Red State (which is brilliant, by the way, you should watch it). FarCry 5 is set to release in February 2018, have a look at the trailer below.
A followup from Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light; Metro: Exodus blew me away with a brilliant trailer set in a post-apocalyptic Russia. The trailer I saw showed the player character exploring abandoned subway tunnels, before being chased to the surface by giant, mutant rats. As your characters eyes adjust to the light, you find yourself looking over an expanse of destroyed countryside. That is, before you’re attacked by a bear. I’ve not played the other two games, but this trailer made me excited to play the first two titles.
Many people would know Wolfenstein as a brightly coloured pixel-y first person shooter from the early 90s. Its been given a new breath of life, however, in the form of Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014). The New Colossus is a followup from this game and sees main character, B.J. Blazkowic, once again taking up arms to fight against an invading Nazi army in an alternate-history version of 1970s America. The whole ‘Alternate History’ aspect really excites me, I love games that show a different version of history.
Life Is Strange is one of those games that I recommend everybody play at least once. It’s such a unique game with a heavy emphasis on choices and consequences. It’s a game set in an Oregon High School, where a student has gone missing, and your character has to use a new-found ability to manipulate time to find out what happened to the missing student. It’s a short game, released in 5 ‘Episodes’ (each running 1-1.5 hours), but it has a compelling story that will leave you wanting to know more and more. Before The Storm is a prequel to the first game, however it follows on the best friend of the character from the first game. We haven’t seen much from the new game, however any expansion on the Life Is Strange story is good news in my book.
15 years is a long time between drinks, yet that’s how long its been since Beyond Good and Evil first hit our consoles in 2003. The sequel was announced at this years E3 conference with a cinematic trailer that blew me away. I have to admit, I never played the original. In 2003 I was 15, and more interested in games like Grand Theft Auto and Need For Speed. After watching this trailer, however, Beyond Good and Evil has gone on my list of must play games before the sequel comes out. Now, the trailer that was shown didn’t show any gameplay, however it was an incredibly fun experience to watch. I immediately wanted to know more about these characters and this world, a futuristic, ramshackle Asian city; where a British monkey can swindle a piggy-crime boss with a gold idol made of ‘swiss f***ing chocolate, pig’.
Seriously, if this game is half as fun and entertaining as this 4 minute trailer, I’ll be happy!
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