Easily one of the best, purest first-person shooter experiences of 2014, Wolfenstein: The New Order breathed new life into the anti-Nazi war machine when it was released. It was a no-frills blaze of glory that focused only on telling a single-player story over various missions and hours. Since then however, all has been quiet on that front. Until now, as the game is about to inject some Old Blood back into its veins.
Forza Horizon 2 was easily the best racing game of 2014, no matter what Geoff and Matty had to say as they proved that democracy was not for the people when they gave Mario Kart the award last year for best driving title around. Ahem, sour grapes aside, I’m still digging the game. Forza Horizon 2 managed to perfectly encapsulate the joy of having a car that costs more than a house, and the sheer heartache of crashing it and ruining the paint job. It’s also the kind of game that is getting ready to live its life a quarter of a mile of a time.
Saints Row games have never been known for their subtlety. What started out as a poor man’s Grand Theft Auto quickly blossomed into the direct-to-DVD equivalent of higher-budgeted, more serious games. Anarchic and not giving a damn, Saints Row is essentially a Tex Avery cartoon in the digital flesh, a no-holds barred extravaganza of violence with no limits. But for all of its anarchic tendencies and emphasis on chaos without consequences, Saints Row games have always had a direction worth following and revelling in. And with the standalone Expansion Gat Out Of Hell, that very direction has been drop-kicked into the inferno. And it’s a costly mistake.
With DayZ going solo and moving away from the modding scene, brand new opportunities are opening up for the cult zombie apocalypse survival game. Content is one such market that is ripe for exploration, and possibly exploitation. Although in the case of this standalone, it might be a more substantial enhancement to the game that’ll have more free than paid-for content. Every week apparently.