I really saw and did a lot at Gamescom. There was tons of gameplay footage and demos of upcoming games, as well as interviews with the people who helped create them. What I lacked was actual hands-on game time. I was quite chuffed on our last day, because my very last appointment was for Dying Light, a game I’ve been excited for since it was announced.
Somebody owes me cash, because my prediction about survival games being the next big genre is totally coming true. The next such title to make use of that genre? Re-ROLL, which just might be the most faithful open world game on the horizon, thanks to it using actual aerial drones.
As impressed as I am with Minecraft, I am completely unable to play it. Not because I'm a n00b (although that would probably also be true), but because I can't play any first-person games without turning green and doing my best Linda Blair impression.
Last week I was over in Poland at the People Can Fly studios for a bit of a hands on before Gears of War: Judgement is released later this month - and it was revealed at this event that a brand new multiplayer mode is being added to Gears of War: Judgement called Survival.
Free to play games can go suck a lemon, because who needs titles such as that when you can still milk gamers for a few extra bucks after they’ve spent several hundred Randelas on your product? Dead Space 3 is one such game that is going to feature a few options for micro-transactions, from scavenging for items to obtaining better weapons. Still, at least the game has one other option that won’t cost you a laser-torched arm and a leg, and that’s extra gameplay modes for when you finish.
Far Cry 3 is everything and nothing you expect it to be. Teased with memories of ecstasy, the game instantly catapults you into distilled fear and anxiety. There’s nothing quite like the abrupt murder of your brother right in front of your eyes to initiate the transmogrification of your very being.
Regular readers would know that I’m already dead sold on Ubisoft’s WII U exclusive living dead focused survival horror. One of its more interesting mechanics is that once you die, the character you were playing as becomes a zombie - and you’ll have to reclaim your loot from its mangled corpse as the new player you spawn as. Ubisoft’s now revealed it’s taking it a step further - by adding a ball-busting difficulty mode that’ll make Dark Souls players squeal with glee.
Darksiders 2 is shaping up to be a lengthy game so far, and if it happens to be anything like the superb original title, that means dozens of hours of play. And people thought that single-player was dead! Still, gamers will eventually clock the sequel, and want more bang for their buck, which is why Darksiders 2 will have it’s take on a survival mode, which developer Vigil Games has fittingly named Crucible Mode.
To be perfectly honest I don’t know if this is something that was announced a while back and I missed it or if it’s something recently revealed but apparently Modern Warfare 3 is going to have a survival mode. Where you bunker down against wave after wave of enemies in ever increasing numbers and difficulty.
Though it had been done many times before, Gears of War 2â€™s Horde mode really turned me on to the idea of co-operative, wave-based gaming. Modern Warfare 3, this yearâ€™s Call of Duty, will include a similar game-type in the form of its Spec Ops Survival mode. Blending Horde with Treyarchâ€™s famed Zombie mode, Survival is an addition to Modern Warfare 2â€™s 2-player co-operative Spec-Ops mode â€“ and it looks pretty damned intense. Itâ€™s a little like Gears of War 3â€™s Horde 2 in that doing well earns you money; money that that can be spent purchasing upgrades and weapons and ammo along with perks and equipment.
Modern Warfare 3â€™s adversarial multiplayer debuts at the inaugural Call of Duty XP fan event, which Megarom competition winner Jason Themistocleous will be attending. Lucky bloke.
Modern Warfare 3 will release for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 8 this year.
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