There goes another E3, and there have been a plethora of games announced, DLC announced and all sorts of video game nonsense happened. So, sit back and relax as I try and find the golden nuggets amongst the shit.
Watch Dogs Legion
First off and while it didn’t wow me at first when it was shown off during Ubisoft’s conference, after reading more into the scale and ambition of what Watch Dogs Legion compared to its predecessors makes it one to keep an eye on. As for starters, you don’t play as a singular character but the regular plebs that live in the Orwellian post-Brexit London who’ve been converted to Dedsec resistance. While I do have fears that it’s gone more serious like Watch Dogs, from the light-hearted world of San Francisco in Watch Dogs 2, but for the ambition that it’s trying to show it’s on my radar.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Now, it’s a franchise that’s like a 1970s rock band not knowing when to stop the music. Star Wars, which is still living with its idiot spouse; EA and this time around its gone full single player in Jedi: Fallen Order, which we play as a Padawan Jedi during the interlude between episode 3 and 4. The combat is looking very Dark Souls with a hint of God of War and with maybe a bit of Uncharted platforming mechanics, which does look rather nice and all that. Also, isn’t it funny that when EA went on record to say that single player games are not as popular as they once were 2 years ago, to now making a single player game – funny that, eh?
Now we come to the “breathtaking” Cyberpunk 2077, which after 7 years since its announcement now has a release date at last and also a Keanu Reeves who will also appear in the game itself as Johnny Silverhand (why does Keanu mainly play characters called John?) anyhow, like its other D&D and successful sibling The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Cyberpunk is an open world RPG set in the futuristic city of Night City as the very customizable protagonist V (shame it’s not voiced by Hugo Weaving). Now, after the gameplay reveal nearly a year ago, and now knowing it’s getting interesting and exciting.
Next up is the sequel (well the other sequel) to arguably the best game that you’ve never played at all. Psychonauts 2 is the sequel to the cult hit Psychonauts. Where we step back Into the shoes of Raz, who really does have a football head but with psychic powers who can go full inception and explore the minds of fellow characters. This does get rather wacky, like the milkman who has a number of government conspiracies as a fitting example. It’s a 3rd person adventure platformer, with psychic abilities and mind-bending wackiness. If you can get your hands of Psychonauts then give it a bash because it’s a blinder of a game.
Zombie Army 4: Dead War
Now we come to the age-old tripe that is nazi zombies. And I’m yet to meet a person to have not have killed one in the countless titles that depict this. Zombie Army 4 is the sequel to the Zombie Army Trilogy, a spin-off of the Sniper Elite series by Rebellion. Now, while the Zombie Army Trilogy seemed like an afterthought of the main series, with Zombie Army 4 however, it seems like a totally different kettle of fish as there are the usual WW2 weapons but now can be modded to make them much more powerful and fun. A hero shooter-esce special abilities, and more. It seems that it’s becoming less of a mere afterthought, but more of a series in its own right and even while I somewhat enjoyed Zombie Army Trilogy, and happily admit it was rather sparse and an afterthought. This one looks a much better game overall, and done to keep an eye on if you want a co-op shooter for the future.
Up next is probably the game that I am most looking forward to for this year at least. Doom Eternal is the sequel to Doom (2016) which frankly was fucking sweet. And this edition follows on with that with more demons than ever, which is subsidised by having access to more weapons than an N.R.A member’s wet dream and looking more brutal than ever before. Following on from the last game Earth has been overrun by the hellish hordes, and the Doom Slayer who has more charisma than Master Chief. He returns to save humanity and also “getting off” of ripping the millions of demons to shreds. Which incurs the wrath of heaven and their angelic hordes, so plenty of things to kill then? In short and this will sound like an old gag here at XNVR, but – GET THIS IN MY VEINS!!!!
Now to Arkane Lyon (aka the Dishonored team) with their new game which is about 2 assassins who don’t like each other and kill each other. As they are on an island that’s stuck in a Groundhog Day/Edge Of Tomorrow loop where both characters can’t really die. One who wants to keep the cycle going and the other wants to break it. While details are sparse, it’s fair to say it will carry Arkane calling card of giving the players freedom in getting the job done. And with the assassins showing off some supernatural powers in the trailer itself is ticks off another box in the Arkane bingo card. With a likely PvP element as well it does look interesting and more so if it’s to be expected for the next gen of consoles. Not enough to be hyped but interested to see what this will end up being.
Now Tango Gameworks, the team who made The Evil Within series and has Shinji Mikami (the fella behind Resident Evil), has also shown off their new game Ghostwire: Tokyo. Which has moved on from the bloody and fucked up horror of The Evil Within, to supernatural horror and the occult. Where in Tokyo folks are disappearing like they’ve been ruptured. And with mysterious fellas going about and actively rapturing folks. Going by the trailer we play as the bow-wielding guy who also can do supernatural stuff, details are rather sparse and all. but it looks spooky and interesting. One to keep tabs on if you liked their previous games.
The Outer Worlds
Obsidian Entertainment who you may remember from games such as Fallout: New Vegas, Knights of the Old Republic 2 and South Park: The Stick of Truth. Have their new IP (and their first) The Outer Worlds, which is a role-playing game set in first person. In this game you play as a survivor in an FTL crash where mega corporations have colonized and terraformed planets. On the face of it, it looks like a blend of Fallout and Borderlands which does look like a recipe for success, although that old Bethesda habits are there like the deadpan stare when you converse with the NPCs. The kind of look that either looks like their terrified or a hat drop away from kissing you. Aside from the NPCs, going by Obsidian’s hit rate with RPG games it could be the sleeper hit of 2019
Rainbow Six: Quarantine
And last and not least is Rainbow Six which surprisingly as made a spin-off game as Siege has been chugging along nicely. Rainbow Six: Quarantine is a 3 player co-op where you take on infected humans of an alien parasite ergo Zombies. And it’s up to the members of team rainbow to sort it all out before shit gets royally fucked up. Basically, remember the Outbreak game mode from Siege? Quarantine is basically that but as a full game, I enjoyed Outbreak so I’m down for this in early 2020.