Melissa: Assassin's Creed: UNity
October 28th, 2014
The popular slice-with-stealth series has officially revealed its latest installment. The presentation of Assassin’s Creed: Unity at E3 2014 press conference showed us that Ubisoft has been hard at work. There’s a great deal of potential for what you can do and explore with a new location and character. The combat is said to be the most difficult yet, requiring the player to use more wits and strategy than ever before. The parkour element looks to be much cleaner and efficient, the transition between streets and buildings is seamless, and a new Stealth mode allows players to crouch and avoid detection. Perhaps the most exciting element, however, is the inclusion of a campaign co-op. You and up to three other players work together to complete story-driven missions, assassinating your way through crowds and protecting dignitaries and civilians. These are just a few of the numerous upgrades that are sure to make the newest Assassin’s Creed experience one of the most enjoyable and entertaining yet.
Tyler: Star Wars: Battlefront
Release date TBA
The Star Wars: Battlefront series has always been a favorite of mine. I have spent hours fighting the Empire on Hoth, flying starfighters over Coruscant, and dueling as famous Jedi. Battlefront (and Battlefront II) used to be a focal point for me and my friends, going over to each other’s houses to fight historic Star Wars battles four players at a time. And now, with what appears to be stunning graphics and a team that seems to be dedicated to the Star Wars universe, the next Battlefront is on the horizon. The original Battlefront games were made by the now defunct Pandemic Studios, but I have hopes that DICE (creators of the Battlefield series) will give the game a true feeling of warfare without sacrificing what makes the Star Wars universe truly Star Wars. Having skipped over the previous generation of consoles, I personally can’t wait to shoot some droids as a clone trooper once again, as the series finally arrives in the next gen. I just hope that I’ll be able to sit down with my friends and once again blast them in 4-player split screen as we fly our fighters from the planet’s surface to deep space and back again. Oh, and here’s hoping there’ll be another Gungan hunting mission like the second game.
John: Valiant Hearts
June 25th, 2014
Valiant Hearts wasn’t announced for the first time at E3 this year but we they did give us a long look at it with the new trailer. A puzzle/action game following the story of 4 individuals (and a dog) through WW1, Valiant Hearts knows where the heart strings are, and promises to throttle you with them. No seriously, watch the trailer. It’s heartwrenching.
October 21st, 2014
As someone who loves multiplayer games, I am thrilled to see what promises to be a truly innovative game coming to the genre. It doesn’t hurt that it’s from the people behind the original Left 4 Dead. For those who haven’t heard of it, Evolve is a multiplayer game that pits four friends (the hunters) against a fifth (the monster), with the result being an awesome new take on friendly competition. The hunters have to try to take out the monster before it evolves into a much deadlier form and kills them. There will be a variety of player characters to choose from, including my personal favorite, a robot named Bucket, as well as a number of different monsters. Reviewers have had some questions regarding replayability, but I’m confident that as long as there are plenty of different maps and the characters vary enough in play style, Evolve will live up to the hype.
Kristen: Rise of the Tomb Raider
Release date TBA
I am looking forward to this game because if it has half the game mechanics, detailed graphics, and story-telling chops as the first one, it will be, hands down, one of the better games of 2015. The first one had a great mix of everything: a great story, great fighting mechanics, interesting missions, great skill build-up, and hopefully this next one takes all those things and kicks them into an even higher gear with that same story-to-survival connection, although since she is a more experienced survivalist, maybe streamline a few of the skills from the get-go. The emphasis of the new trailer focused more on the story elements rather than revealing gameplay. Choosing to build off of Lara’s previous adventure on the island, clearly we are witnessing Lara continue her journey to be the iconic character that we know. From a story perspective I would love to see them really tie her experiences from the first one into Rise, to take her from novice survivalist to experienced hunter and finally to bad-ass tomb raider, which they seem to be implying they will do with the whole stint in therapy portion of the trailer. I’m also interested in the fact that the story will be expanding locations a bit, taking the heroine all around the world instead of just sticking to one central location as the previous installment did. While this gives it much more potential to flesh out artifacts and storylines, I do see it potentially getting out of control in the sense of trying to fit all these places together to the point where they are stretching the story connections too much. But either way, this has officially moved to the top of my list for most-anticipated new game, and if their promises of even more survivalist-action and more tombs are delivered, I will certainly be happy.
Maddy: Mass Effect 4
Release date TBA
While there are numerous games I am excited for (Tomb Raider, Destiny, No Man’s Sky, etc), I have to go with Mass Effect 4. I’ve never been more excited to see a two minute trailer which frankly, didn’t show us much of anything of the new game. While we have a sense now of the general direction and feel of the game, the two minute trailer left us with more questions than answers. It was nice to see familiar faces like krogan and drell with brief glimpses at potential new races and foreign landscapes. I am interested to see how changing season and time factors into gameplay, but overall, I agree with Bioware’s decision to move the game far away from Shepard’s story. Then again, Bioware could make a Mordin Karaoke game and I would still buy it.