As we enter the second quarter and draw nearer to E3's slew of new announcements, trailers, and marketing materials, here are a few things that I am interested in seeing before the year is up.
Watch_Dogs (cool underscore, bro) looks like it will be the next arena for me to vent my anti-social urges. Set in a near-future Chicago that is entirely managed by a centralized system called CtOS. The player takes on the role of Aiden Pearce, a hacker who finds a way to bend CtOS to his will.
In addition to the single player campaign, Ubi has announced an invasion based multi-player mode (a la Dark Souls) and several other more traditional invite only modes as well. Watch_Dogs will hack the planet on PC, XBox 360, Xbox One, WiiU, PS3 and PS4 on May 27th.
Their next project is Transistor, and while the esthetic and 3/4 overhead perspective may trick you into thinking this is just a re-skin of Bastion, it looks like it will be much more than that. Transistor promises to be more of an RPG with XP-based progression and the ability to pause the action and go into a planning mode. From here the player can lay out a series of action that will be executed at high speed once time restarts.
All in all, looks very interesting and I can't wait to see how it plays.Transistor is available May 20th on PC and PS4.
...And it's glorious. Seriously. If you have any love for the Souls series up to this point, you owe it to yourself to play this game. If you've never played one before, this is the most accessible and user-friendly Souls game that you're gonna find, and as such it makes a great entry point to the series.
Just go play it. You won't regret it. It's available on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Get it on PC if you meet the specs.
And then Dragon Age 2 happened. *sigh*
I've been one of your staunchest defenders over the years, but the one-two punch of DA2 and Mass Effect 3 left even me reeling. I still love you though Bioware. I can see beyond the damage that EA has done to you. I don't mind that the doctors have left for greener pastures. But you need to understand... Dragon Age: Inquisition needs to be better than your last couple of offerings. If it is, all is forgiven. If it isn't... we will need to talk.
Fortunately it looks amazing. If it proves to be (and the rumors about a new KotOR single player RPG are true), then I think we can pick up where we left off and put this ugliness behind us. I leave it in your hands guys. Please don't break my heart.
Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released on October 7th on Xbox One/360, PS3/4 and PC.
I can't wait to see what Rebirth has to offer, and even though there is no firm release date for this title yet, I'm placing it on my list in the faint hope that we might see it this year. Facts are few and far between at this point, but rumors are swirling about co-op, Spelunky-style daily challenges, and shareable seeded runs.I don't care. The minute that they make it possible to put money down for this game, they will have my money.
And that's it! The coming months will bring E3 with it's avalanche of announcements. We'll revisit this list in a few months and see how it's changed. Until then, what are you anxiously anticipating? Email us, hit us up on Twitter (@ourbackspace) or email or leave us a comment.