Gather my minions! Gather around for a tale about our omnitipous, deviously cunning, deliciously evil master! He's been away for a while, but let's make sure he knows how much we've missed him. Give it up for your unrelenting leader. Your iron fisted dictator. The one, the only - Overlord!
Cliff Bleszinski is one of my favourite developers, and you can’t really blame me. The man was the genius behind Gears of War, a franchise still considered one of the best shooters around. It’s been ages since he left Epic Games and ventured out on his own, and we’ve had little to go on regarding his new shooter, Project Bluestreak. PAX East didn’t exactly clear everything up, but at least now we have an idea of what’s cooking at Boss Key.
Mad Max is coming back! That hold a lot of weight for some people, but I’m one of the few that is yet to indulge in the Mel Gibson classics of old. The new film, starring tough guy Tom Hardy, looks better and better with each trailer. The same can’t be said for the game however, and we’ve hardly seen a thing yet, Regardless, its coming this year.
The Trine franchise has impressed me twice out of two attempts, which is a pretty solid record by anyone's maths - except maybe for Geoff's. Both titles featured a healthy blend of platforming goodness, puzzle solving prowess and neat combat encounters. It also helps that both of them are drop-dead gorgeous, which seems to be no different from the surprise third entry that was announced yesterday.
I bet no one was expecting to wait this long when Rockstar finally announced GTA V for PC. The game has launched on consoles twice now, and still Rockstar is hammering away with the PC version. It recently got delayed for the third time, pushing the release date to early April. And I won't lie, these new screenshots aren't making that pill any easier to swallow.
Metal Gear Solid V still doesn’t have a release date, and following Hideo Kojima on Twitter doesn’t make the wait any easier. The series creator frequently tweets out progress on the highly anticipated sequel, such as new looks at Snake, shenanigans with Diamond Dog and now Mother Base in a brand new splash of bright pink. Turns out, this is just another way to make Metal Gear Solid V feel more personal.
Uncharted 4 is probably going to be the game that finally gets me to purchase a PS4. I'm an avid fan of the franchise, and even though I think Naughty Dog could've easily left things as they are with the third game, I'm not opposed to this years sequel. It looks like more of the same, but Naughty Dog are trying a handful of new ideas with what could be the finale voyage for Nathan Drake. Things like a massive open-world to explore.
The Lego games have always been filled to the brim with charm, even if their actual mechanics aren't always as deep as a puddle. They offer a more light-hearted, humorous take on various different universes, and I personally loved the Marvel Super Heroes entry. So it's quite a big deal that we're getting not one, but two brand new Lego games this year - and they're based on two of this year's biggest films.
I dig Dontnod Entertainment. They’re a studio who approach familiar genres with novel concepts, which resulted in the underrated rough gem that is Remember Me. They’ve got another game on the way in the form of the episodic Life Is Strange, but that’s not all that they have under the hood. Because their next game is going to be a proper pain in the neck.
Can you believe that it has nearly been three years since the last bona-fide Hitman game? That’s three years without even a whiff of what’s to come next for the franchise. IO Interactive did tease that a new project was in the works last year, but other than that we know little else about Agent 47’ next murderous outing. That’s going to change this year.
Lights! Camera! ACTION! Gaming can be cerebral, engaging or even tender depending on the experience that you’re looking for. But sometimes, you want a game that will rip your shirt off and make you grow hairy explosions on your chest. Action games were back with a vengeance this year, but there could be only one…winner.
It might not be as prominent as years before, but the independent scene is still the best place to look for the most innovative, creatively-free and outstanding titles that gaming has to offer. This year was no different, with hundreds of studios around the world creating memorable titles to make their mark on the industry. But, unsurprisingly, the best of the best came from someone everyone knows pretty well.
With both new consoles now available on shelves, 2014 was the year of the new generation. This meant superior gaming experiences, with more expansive, rich worlds and visuals that made us wonder if we really were reaching a plateau. Some games fell off this wagon fairly early on, but there were still more than a few that truly showcased what the new generation of consoles was all about, but there wasn’t another one quite like our winner.
Sunset Overdrive is currently one of the best games on the Xbox One, and a pretty great reason to pick up Microsoft's console. It's being kept alive by weekly and monthly challenges, but that can only go so far. DLC is what's going to keep this game alive and kicking for the next few months, and it's up to you to decide what's in and what's out.
It's been a particularly excellent year for the Xbox One, and 2015 doesn't look like it's going to let up either. At the very top of the list lies Quantum Break, an ambitious third-person shooter that gets all up in time's grill. There's a lot of shooting and time wrapping, but considering this is Remedy's game there's also a ton of story. That's where a Hobbit and an icy X-Man step in.