Whether you cared or didn’t care for The Game Awards 2014, I always watch these kinds of award shows or gaming events for the reveals. I mean, that is what I do, because in the end, an award is an award, but reveals get you excited and show you what is coming down the development line. These are the announcements I loved the most. The one rule I am putting down is that I won’t be including Until Dawn, and No Man’s Sky since I want to make editorials on those two games. This means I also won’t be talking about those two games on another list I am doing in the near future. Now then, let us get started!
9. Hazelight’s new project
Even though there wasn’t a whole lot shown off with this announcement, I am definitely excited to see the next project done by the guy who created one of the best downloadable games of last year, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Not a whole lot has been shown off, but one thing I know is that the characters are going to look more realistic, and the setting seems to reflect that as well. All I could get from the CG trailer is that it will revolve around two individuals who are riding a train car. They could be hobos or working guys, due to the sight of a worker helmet as the camera zooms away from the two individuals looking over the night sky. All I can say is that I am looking forward to see what this game will turn out to be.
8. Human Element
I like seeing new IPs since it shows that we are allowing new games for potential franchises to be made. Human Element is a good example of this. The game is being made by ex-Infinity Ward designer Robert Bowling, who left after Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The game is a multiplayer-first-person shooter set in an apocalyptic world with everyone’s favorite undead enemy, zombies! I like the idea that the game wants the zombies to be, more or less, second nature, and focus instead on the human element. The success of shows like “The Walking Dead” are fantastic, because they focus on how the humans have adapted, and how much of their sanity remains to not do something that would be considered horrific. I wonder if this game will get the same traction as Day Z, where there have been many reports of players acting like psychos. I am a little concerned that this element of human evolution won’t get as much focus as the developers made it out to be, and that the zombies themselves are not that interesting, but who knows. It might look generic and slightly forgettable, but Human Element is still an interesting idea that can hopefully be a good game next year.
“Gravity” was one of my favorite films from last year. It had a lot of atmosphere (no pun attended), intense situations, and it was an incredible experience. ADR1FT is hoping to catch that feeling of being out in space in a rather tragic situation. The movements of the character moving around look rather realistic, and seeing everything float around you is whimsical, but at the same time, scary, since you are a multitude of miles above the earth, and they can’t simply send a taxi cab to come get you when your space station has been torn to pieces. I have a little concern about how the oxygen system will work, since you need to constantly keep it replenished or else, well, you die from lack of oxygen. Anyway, I can’t wait to see more from this game in the future.
As far as good games based around the giant lizard go, they have been pretty solid. They aren’t all-time favorites to anyone, but the 3D brawlers are really fun and have some of the more satisfying combat in terms of licensed video games. I already knew that Japan was getting this new game, but it’s good to know that this game is coming to the states as well. It will have multiple levels of city-smashing and monster-fighting fun, a diorama mode where you can take epic pictures of Godzilla that you created, and a survival mode of sorts where you fight the best enemies the franchise has ever had. I know this will probably be just okay, but I also know I am going to have a fun time! If I can close this section of the list with any kind of comment, pick this game up! Whether you find it the best thing ever or not isn’t the reason why you should purchase it! That is, unless you don’t mind the game becoming rare and super expensive.
5. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
From the monster hunting, to being able to play as another character, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is shaping up to be one of the best grand scale current gen RPGs to be released. In my opinion, the second game was solid, but I found the story to be a little boring and the combat to not be that exciting. Over the past year, and along with this trailer, it seems to be addressing some of my problems with the second game, and since it will have free DLC, you can definitely count on me checking this RPG out!
4. Mario Maker
What is essentially Mario Paint for the new generation, Mario Maker, the game where you get to create your own 2D Mario levels seems to be more interesting than what a lot of people have thought. For one thing, they have multiple art styles for you to choose from, you can mix and match different elements to enemies and obstacles, and again, create your very own Mario game with the different styles seen in the 2D games. Granted, I understand why some people aren’t as excited, since you do see a lot of those creative 2D Mario games online, but you know what? I am going to get this game and have fun creating either good or pretty lousy Mario levels!
It’s been awhile since I have had a game change my opinion so quickly over time. I was cynically thinking that Bloodborne was going to originally be just another Dark Souls, but with a gothic horror paintjob. Luckily, it isn’t that simple. The game has more action-oriented combat, a diverse array of weapons, and a, so far, friendly multiplayer mode. The trailer that was exhibited at the award show also showed something interesting, where the players encountered a deranged hunter, and once they got the hunter’s health down enough, he turned into another beast. What if the player-vs.-player element set up a random situation where you were fighting alongside another player, and if he/she took enough damage, would turn into a monster? That would add onto the already creepy and intimidating atmosphere. I mean, I don’t know how the PVP will work in this game, but I am ready to journey into the gothic horror that is Bloodborne
2. King’s Quest
The King’s Quest franchise is one of the most influential adventure franchises of all time. Unfortunately, its difficulty in its puzzles and the fact that you can end up in an unwinnable state, resulted with the franchise not being my cup of tea. The franchise unfortunately died around the late 90s due to the declining popularity of adventure games, and how the last game in the franchise, King’s Quest 8 went in an entirely different direction and failed miserably. Well, for me, all of the game’s frustrating and questionable decisions can all be forgiven if this new game is good. I mean, my first impressions are pretty solid. First off, the art style is beautiful. It really reminds me of those late 70s/early 80s animated films, where the art style is more sketchbook-like, and the designs are a little more interesting. The colors are vibrant, and it adds other gameplay elements like platforming and stealth. The music sounds like it’s filled with adventurous tones, and of course, any adventure isn’t complete unless you encounter a dragon. I can’t wait to get this on my PlayStation 4, and I truly hope it will be an experience filled with fantasy, treasure, and dragons! So, what beat out this epic announcement? Well…
1. New Legend of Zelda
Was this a surprise to anyone? Even though I wish we could have gotten a better look at the game than from a TV screen, the game’s current look is downright epic. The grand scale of the map, the return of Epona, the inclusion of slow motion arrow shooting, and knowing that what was shown was just a small portion of the map is impressive. I know this isn’t the first game with a huge open map, but with the combination of the gorgeous art style, this will be one journey worth learning more about in the future!