This Friday and Saturday, some of the IM PLAYIN team will be at the EuroGamer Expo, London – and we’re really excited for it. We were at EGX last year, too, and there’s something magical about the event. The atmosphere is fantastic and, in the most part, the games are fantastic too. Everyone’s there for a good time, which is why EGX is one of my favourite gaming events on the calendar. Last year, the event was all about the current-gen (then next-gen) consoles, and Romnomnom and I had the opportunity to play the Xbox One (and queue to play the PS4) as well as a chance to get our hand on fantastic games like Dying Light, LEGO Marvel Superheroes, Wolfenstein and Rise. This year, it’ll be much more focused on the games and a little less about the consoles, which I’m quite looking forward to. So here is a quick list of the games that we’re really looking forward to playing this weekend, and I’m sure we’ll be writing a lot about them over the coming weeks!
Alien: Isolation – If you’re a fan of the Alien film series, like I am, then you’ll probably know why this game sounds incredible. It’s based on the first Alien film, although the story is a decade or so after the events of Alien, and you’ll play as Ripley’s daughter as she tries to discover what happened to her mother. The best thing about this game (from what I’ve seen so far) is that there’s only one Alien following you throughout the game, and it will stalk you on an undefined path. Basically, the Alien will be attracted by sound and sight and, what’s more, it will learn from its encounters with you. This is because the Alien will have a number of unlockable ‘traits’ which can only be activated after certain events or actions by the player. From the sounds of it, it’s an ever evolving enemy… as if the Alien wasn’t scary enough all ready. And, the icing on the cake? The game’s design is based on the original Alien set, so we’ll be seeing a lot of late 70s take on the ‘future’. I can’t wait to give this one a play, and I’ll be sure to let you know what I think after the weekend!
Dead Island 2 – I loved the original Dead Island game, though it wasn’t without its faults. I’m hoping that Dead Island 2 will be much of the same that I loved about the original, but with less bugs and more stuff to do. It looks like they’re heading for more of a tongue-in-cheek style with this game, which sounds closer to Dead Rising than anything else. Still, this game is only coming to the current-generation of consoles, so I’m expecting something impressive from it, both visually and in gameplay. I doubt it will be changing the genre, like Dying Light could, but I’m sure it’ll be a fun, zombie slaying experience. I guess I’ll see at the weekend! Of course, I’ll report back once I’ve played it.
Dragon Age: Inquisition – This game has quickly become one of my highest anticipated title of the year. I’m an RPG man, through and through, and I’ve played every Dragon Age game so far. We’ve had some real highs and lows from the EA and BioWare partnership, and this is no different in the Dragon Age series. Dragon Age: Origins was an incredible game, it was one of the best RPGs I had ever played (and it still holds up, even now). Dragon Age 2, however, was rather disappointing. They went in a completely different direction with it, which I didn’t particularly like. Inquisition looks like it’ll be taking inspiration from both games, but I’m quietly hoping that most of the inspiration has come from Origins. I guess we’ll see!
Never Alone – These next two games are lesser known than the first three, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll be lesser games. Never Alone looks absolutely stunning. It’s based on the concept of an endless blizzard at the top of the world, where the player will control ‘Girl’ and ‘Fox’ (either of whom can also be controlled by another player for local co-op… score!) as you try to overcome nature and save your people. The game is influenced heavily by the culture and folklore of the Iñupiat people of the Arctic and it looks as though it will be delivered in an enchanting and engaging style. I’m really looking forward to giving this beauty a go at EGX.
The Escapist – Team 17, the legends behind the Worms series, are publishing this 8-bit prison break game developed by Mouldy Toof Studios. Basically, you’ll play as a prisoner trying to hatch the perfect escape plan, and it seems as though you’ll have a plethora of options for breaking free. It seems like a fun game, and I’m sure they’ll be having a Shawshank esque sewerage pipe to clime through somewhere in there as well.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – The Call of Duty franchise has not interested me with every new game that has come out. That was until I played Ghosts and I actually quite liked the story as it unfolded. The multiplier was the same old Call of Duty and I found the maps to be a lot less forgiving than previous iterations. But with Advanced Warfare on the verge of release I find myself excited for a COD game again! The trailer blew me away, if only for the amazing speech given by Kevin Spacey. With the gameplay seemingly being built upon for this iteration, it looks like a chance for the Call of Duty franchise to once again prove why there are the top dog when it comes to FPS games and I am looking forward to giving it a go.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number – As one of my top picks from E3, this is a big one that I am looking forward to getting my hands on. It was great playing the first game on the Vita and made my commute that much better by taking part in some senseless murdering in the morning. The clever nature of the game sees you taking part in some kind of sadistic puzzle solving while having to execute your moves with pinpoint accuracy. Hotline Miami 2 looks to build on this formula and also the weird story from the original. The other exciting features coming with it is the map maker tool allowing you to build your own maps to challenge your self and the world. This boost of user generated content means that the game looks to have much more playability that the original and can hopefully keep providing challenged long after it is released.
Hyrule Warriors – If you are familiar with IM PLAYIN you will find it a bit odd that a Wii U game is on this list considering that none of us own a Nintendo console newer than the Gamecube and we haven’t really written anything about Nintendo as a company, whatsoever. BUT, you may also know that I am a huge fan of Dynasty Warriors. Being partial to a bit of Link as well, I am excited to see the mix of the two and also try the Dynasty Warriors gameplay with a more Nintendo style. It’s also an opportunity to play games that I would not normally play and if I am to try something new, why not be reminded of something very familiar to me.
Halo: Master Chief Collection – Speaking of games that I can’t play, as a PS4 man I am very much looking forward to giving the Halo Master Chief collection a good go. As a fan of the Halo series, I loved playing those game on the 360 and recently going back to Halo 4 the other day and I realised that they had much more of an effect on me as a gamer than I had thought.
Dying Light- This may come as a surprise to many, but the reason for it being in this list, is that I’m very interested to see what’s changed with the game since Alecs Pilik and I got our grubby mitts (Or hands as regular folk say) on it last year. Fingers crossed that the delay has seen some improvements on what look like a good prospect last year.
Shadow of Mordor- This game comes on to the list despite being just a week away from release. I’ve watched developer sessions from other conferences, but I can’t wait to finally see this game with my own eyes and get hyped for next week!
What games are you looking forward to hearing about?