Due to the coronavirus pandemic, usually E3 would be in full swing by now, but sadly that’s not the case. Everyone is doing their own thing, we just had Sony and showing off the PS5 for the first time and now we have the PC Gaming Show. So the show is over so here is what we learned.
Odyssey Elite Dangerous has boots on the ground
First up is Elite Dangerous, from Frontier developments. The brilliant game where you have an entire galaxy at your fingertips to explore and discover if the mood takes you or short of cash. Cause some mayhem with pirating or bounty hunting, and Odyssey is DLC which allows players to touch down and get some boots on the ground and explore planets up close and personal. Or shoot up the place if the mood takes you. Depending on the contracts you can take out could go in sneaky. Anyhow it will be readily available early 2021 on PC and Xbone and PS4.
Now, one of my personal highlights from the show (was a bit of a challenge) was the assortment of games and Updates of games that were shown off by New Blood Interactive. Which mainly consorted of ultra-violent FPS, (you guys sure know how to read my mind.)
Dusk, stylized heavily on H.P Lovecraft work so taking down demons in a fucked up world now has Mod support. Amid Evil which has RTX, so if you wank off to ray tracing and Morrowind – then this is the game for you. Still an FPS mind, but with magic instead of bullets. Maximum Action which is an FPS but takes its inspiration from the likes of Max Payne and Superhot and the countless number of action films, and honestly looks fucking sweet. It’s in early access if you’re willing to try it out with new levels and all.
Unfortunate Spacemen is a co-op/multiplayer game where you play as either an astronaut who is trying to survive long enough to be rescued or as a shape-shifting alien to kill them all. Think 1982s The Thing but in space, or Trouble in Terrorist Town and The Thing and its set in space. And it’s free to play.
UltraKill which looks like Doom and Devil May Cry and a child. You play as a robot who is powered by blood and has humanity wiped out. The depths of Hell are the next place to pillage violently but with a sense of style, and there is a playable demo on Steam if you fancy a bash at it.
Last and not least Gloomwood. Set in Victorian England where you are cursed and have to survive horror it up but with a dash of Thief (the good Thief games that is) by sneaking around or blasting monsters. That also has a playable demo as well. and to top it all, CEO of New Blood Interactive Dave Oshry wasn’t bullshiting around getting to the point when they got to interview him. II mean this with good intentions, but think Jordan Belfort without the bad stuff (Feds). Oh and the website names were top-notch lads. Fair play.
Total War: Brad Pitt edition
Up next is the latest Total War from the team at Creative Assembly, and this time around you get to control the Trojan war, so from the siege of Troy to the events that surrounded them. from both Greek and Trojan perspectives. Play it multiple ways from all-out sieging to guerrilla warfare and yes there will be wooden Trojan horses, and its Total war. Build an empire via diplomacy or by the sword and rule the Mediterranean. Its release date is on the 13th of August 2020 on Epic games store and for the 1st 24hrs it’s free to own forever. If you’re a hard-ass supporter of steam then you gonna have to wait till 2021.
Dontnod Entertainment, who you probably know best from Life Is Strange where teenagers have superpowers, have made a new game Twin Mirror. Where we play as Sam, a 33-year-old investigative journalist heading to his friend’s funeral, after a break up of course. So feeling a bit down in the dumps. Until one morning waking up with a bloody shirt and one would presume a name to clear. Now, the unique thing is that sam has a sort of split inner personality dubbed The Double who could help your investigations or fuck them up royally. And as it’s an episodic game of 3 parts the choices you make will matter at the end. No solid release date in place for it could be out this year.
Now, remember Surgeon Simulator. Where you played as a pair of hands and performed various bits of surgery. With the precision of a man after 2 bottles of absinthe. It was quite a blast and there was free DLC where you can perform those said operations on the Heavy from Team Fortress 2, and Alien or Donnie Trump himself.
Well anyway, there is a sequel this year and now you can move about freely in a room that’s like if a hospital fucked Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. And it’s a 4 player co-op if you need to do an eye transplant for Donnie trump with a spoon and need a few extra hands to sow testicles to the eyelids. (would make no difference at all aesthetically but….). and also can make your levels and share with the wider world as well. out on August 31st on the epic store.
The Outlast Trials, the sequel to Outlast 2 a horror game where you explored murderous religious cults in the Nevada desert after a helicopter crash. Which was a bit crap and a prequel of sorts to the first Outlast which was a much better game aside from the murdering nudists. And this time takes us back to the glittering heights of the Cold War. Where mind control was a thing back then with sleeper agents. Anyhow while the trailer offered what you expect from shows like these “absolutely nothing”. But it gives a flavour to expect, running away from murders with a hard-on and night vision. And probably blood, lots of it, but my main concern is that The Outlast Trials is a co-op game. And historically co-op and horror haven’t worked well, but maybe it could work?
And the rest of the games and verdict on the show itself
Now as the show REALLY dragged at the latter stages and most of the games ranged from meh to not personally interested here is a brief round-up of the games shown off.
Valheim- from Iron Gate Studio, low fi graphics from early WOW but big in scope. Play as a Viking and do stuff you would expect from a survival game. Chop down trees, build yourself a little Viking village and fight monsters of a nordic nature. Looks okay if you want a Viking Minecraft game.
Ooblets- from Gumberland. You play as a girl and going by the trailer, take a considerable amount of drugs and hallucinating weird characters like fish on two feet and a mushroom of sorts. But looks like a cross of Harvest moon and Animal crossing and a ton of magic mushrooms. No solid release date but according to epic store Very soon
Torchlight 3- from Echtra. Top-down dungeon crawler RPG, choose from 4 classes, build your own fort and travel the world. available on early access on Steam right now.
Persona 4 Golden– not much to be said but is on Steam right now so go nuts if you’re a fan of the series.
In Sound Mind– from We Create Stuff, psychological horror blend of Alan Wake and Condemned without the murders. Set for release in 2021 but a playable demo is available right now on Steam.
Airbourne Kingdom– From the Wandering Band, management sim, build your own flying city and manage stuff like resources and alliances but also weight and lift. So you can build your very own “Flying Castle” or Columbia (the city from Bioshock Infinite). No set release date but the end of the year according to the epic store pre-order.
We also had Dwarfheim, Icarus from the makers of DayZ. Evil Genius 2, Blankos Block Party, Everspace 2, Inkulinati (look rather neat I thought). Mafia remake, Rogue Lords, Unexplored 2, Among Trees, Potionomics (does look like a mobile game a bit). Mortal Shell, Shadowman remaster, Blighthound. Shadows of doubt, The forgotten City, Paradise Killer Cartel Tycoon (plenty of practice mate). Haven Cris Tales, Trash Sailors, Alaloth. Weird West, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, New World. Metal: Hellsinger (doom meets dance dance revolution). The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk, Red Sails, The Last Campfire (the boys behind No Man’s Sky), new map reveal for Escape from Tarkov (looked more like location location location). And Godfall. Quite a face turn from Gearbox from the likes of Borderlands.
Now overall, the show last year I thought was very undervalued. But this time around aside from the complications with what’s happening in the world. it wasn’t great at and the segments with that fucking robot can get in the bin frankly – way too forced. Keep it simple and keep the games rolling. Don’t drag it out with comedy segments that fall flat, but there were some good moments that I liked particularly the “New Games Interactive” bit.