Wednesday, April 30, 2014

High Hopes for 2014 - Nelson's Selections

I had discussed a lot of games in a past podcast that I have high hopes for this year, or at least I'm considering picking up if the final product looks good, and the pricepoint is decent. It's a big list, and I have a feeling I won't grab a copy of each, but that's not to say that you shouldn't consider some of these for your gaming pleasure! Let's take a look...

Hack'n'Slash - Developed by DoubleFine - is a puzzle adventure game about hacking and reverse engineering. It looks like a lot of fun (potentially) - give the trailer a watch to see what I mean.



LastLife – “endorsed” by DoubleFine - As part of DoubleFine's project to sponsor indie game development, and I believe successfully funded via Kickstarter - this is an episodic sci-fi adventure game where you are conducting a murder investigation of your own death. It might take on a similar model as Telltale games, but from what I've read, and what I've seen in the trailer - it looks like one I will definitely want to buy.



Borderlands the Pre-Sequel - by 2K Games - It's more Borderlands mayhem, set between the end of the first borderlands and before the second borderlands. And you can play as claptrap. What more could you want?

Hotline Miami 2 - by Devolver Digital - An obvious sequel to Hotline Miami. It looks like more of the same thing, but in this case, that's a good thing, since Hotline Miami was a ton of fun, despite it being really hard!

Chasm - by Discord - Chasm is a 2D Action-RPG Platformer with hack 'n slash dungeon crawler and Metroidvania-style elements... it's also rocking a great looking 'retro' aesthetic, but really if you want to know more, check out their latest GDC trailer.



Always Sometimes Monsters - by Vagabond Dog / Devolver Digital - It's a modern-day RPG where you set out on a journey through the "human experience as you overcome the heartbreak and hardships of lost love by making choices that will affect your life and the lives of those around you." - I'm not 100% sold on this game, but it is by Devolver and they've really been impressing me. This one will sit in my 'maybe' pile for now.

Broforce - (The final release) - by FreeLives / Devolver Digital - I'm obviously a big fan of Broforce. This side-scrolling shooter rocks a with a fun art style, addicting gameplay, and comic hits - laced with elements of tactical planning to your approach on progressing through each level. One hit kills and whatnot. I already bought the beta/early access - so I already own 'the full game' once its released. Can't wait!

Hyper Light Drifter - by Heart Machine - This is a 2D action role-playing game fashioned after The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, styled similar to Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery.

The player controls 'The Drifter', a character that has access to technology that has long been forgotten by the inhabitants of the game's world, but is forced to search through the world and the ruins of civilization to find a cure for an illness he carries.

I'm a bit of a sucker for this art style, and Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery was a beautiful experience... so I'd pick this up - assuming I get a PS4, since it's not coming to PC anytime soon*.

*Note: Just heard today that it will be coming to PC. YAY!



Gauntlet - by Arrowhead Game Studio/Warner Bros Interactive - Gauntlet got a reboot! (Okay, a re-reboot) and I have to say, it looks magnificent. I remember spending hours as a kid playing the original, and this modern re-envisioning of the game looks like it will be just as much fun, and really pleasing to the eye.



Watch_dogs – by Ubisoft - This is an obvious one.

Gods Will Be Watching – by Desconstructeam / Devolver Digital - Isolated on a single stage, with a few a possible actions, you must endure trough a 40 days survival until the Sgt. Burden's crew can be rescued. The challenge is to make the right choices in order to stay alive!

This game reminds me of the 'point and click' adventures from my younger days, and since it weighs the story/experience on your decisions, I'm really curious about this game.

Batman Arkham Knight – by Rocksteady - Because, Batman.

Below – by Capybara Games - A really pretty dungeon crawler that was originally going to be an xBox One exclusive, is now going to be available for PC. The trailer really speaks volumes about this game, and the rouge-like-like elements will keep the experience fresh for every playthrough.



Transistor – by Supergiant Games - The makers of the smash hit Bastion are taking a crack at a sci-fi themed action RPG that "invites players to wield an extraordinary weapon of unknown origin as they fight through a stunning futuristic city."

Since I loved Bastion a lot, I want to support Supergiant by giving them my money for this game. That, and it just looks like it's going to be amazing.

Super Time Force – by Capybara Games - A side-scrolling shooter with a ‘time rewind’ feature similar to Braid, with all the guns and explosions you could ever dream of. This game has been in development for quite some time, but their marketing campaign has kept me interested from day one. Can't wait to try it out!


This is a lot of games to consider for 2014... and as I said before, I might not get them all, but there's enough there to keep me playing something throughout 2014 to say the least.

Cheers,

-Nelson