Living here in the most southern part of Africa, we’re a bit hard pressed for outstanding online performance. Still, there are a handful of games that smile down on us, letting us know that as far away as we are, we still have a place in the online multiplayer world. This year wasn’t the best for the most stable multiplayer launches, but there was one standout title that proved itself better than the rest.
In case you haven't noticed yet, I'm rather excited for Evolve. It went from not being on my radar at all, to being my most anticipated multiplayer game. However, we've only seen one mode - Hunt. Now, the entire evacuation campaign is explained.
Sometimes it's really easy to forget that multiplayer games are actually wrapped up in a ton of fascinating lore. It's not always the main focus due to the lack of a dedicated "campaign", but there's usually enough going on around you to make you believe that your lengthy multiplayer sessions actually carry some weight. Evolve is no different, and being a Hunter has never been this important.
If I asked you to share the first block sandbox game that comes to mind, I’d willingly bet my first unborn child that you’d say Minecraft. Don’t worry, it’s was the first thing that popped into my head too, at least until recently when I learnt about another platform called Roblox. For lack of a better comparison, it reminds me of Mojang’s open world builder. It’s different though, allowing users to not only create their own worlds, but also entire game experiences for other to play – all in the comfort of a browser window.
2K is slowly dishing out news about Evolve. Maybe they will even share the new monster with us for the holiday. However, their latest reveal is really rather rad - I wouldn't mind growing up to be her. Okay, not quite, but she's still the best medic I've seen for the game.
The official announcement for Just Cause 3 had me beyond tickled pink. This is a franchise that bathes in the insane - riding on jets, turning parachuting into flying and a grappling hook from the gods are all on the table. I'm almost certain that's all going to be back for the third entry, but a fan favourite mode won't be making its way to the sequel just yet.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a stellar collection of games that defined the first-person shooter genre. It's an essential bundle for any Xbox One owner, if you're fine with the fact that you'll probably never get a game online. The Master Chief Collection's multiplayer has been completely broken since launch, but it could be fixed very soon.
Halo has always had a certain brand of multiplayer that has never really been messed with. Even the smallest additions in Halo 4 managed to tick off a lot of die-hard fans, especially the addition of sprinting. So it’s interesting to see Halo 5 not revert back to the ways of the old, but rather transform the game’s multiplayer into something completely new.
It’s very easy to get confused by all the multiplayer-only titles racing to launch lately. It’s even easier when there are two games that sound almost the same. Battlecry and Battleborn are two that I constantly confuse, but thankfully they’re starting to look more distinct now. Or at least Battlecry’s violent steampunk sword gameplay is standing out the most.
It's been a hell of a long time since I thoroughly enjoyed a Call of Duty title. After the first Black Ops, I completely lost interest in the series and put it behind me. The futuristic setting of Advanced Warfare tickled my interest though, so I was quite keen to see how it turned out. As a bit of disclosure, let me say that I was flown to a top secret location with a few other European journalists to have a few days of hands-on time with the game. Sadly, there was no free yacht or giant pay cheque under my pillow. Instead, I got a ton of time to explore the future, and I think it's looking rather bright for the series.
One of the biggest games of 2015 won’t be developed by a studio with employees that number in the hundreds. It’ll be one smaller-scale developer with big ambitions and dreams, in the form of Hello Games and No Man’s Sky. That’s a space flight game that has me excited. Not just for the sheer scope that it represents, but also for the chance to actually explore and find something new to do. It could be a game so massive, that you might never ever meet another player, something that even Hello Games is uncertain of.
It's very difficult to love EA. They've really made that an uphill battle for themselves over the years, with the super botched launch of serval games adding to that. But that's all fine, because they're making the one game that seemingly everyone wants. And now, we have a better idea as to when we'll get our hands on it.
Evolve is coming out next year in February and might be the only upcoming multiplayer game (other than Splatoon) that I'm excited to play. It's as much fun playing a hunter as it is the monster, and I think it will be an absolute blast to play with friends. Erica Denning from 2K sat down with me at rAge, and I got some secret strategies out of her.
Or at least, I never will be. If you've been seeking shelter under a rock in the middle of nowhere for a while now, you may have missed some of the massive changes Advanced Warfare is making to Call of Duty's multiplayer. That's fine though, because this single video has your covered.