We here at IM PLAYIN love hearing about video-games, so we’ve been understandably enthusiastic about E3 this year. The launch of the next-gen consoles was relatively impressive, but the launch titles were not quite as impressive as the consoles themselves. Thankfully, we’ve been more than treated by E3 with a plethora of new games coming to our consoles over the next year and a bit. We’ve got a real mix of new titles and hotly anticipated sequels to sink our teeth into, so below we’ve given you a brief summation of what we’re really looking forward to in the wake of E3. A few of the writers wanted to contribute to this article, as some of us might not be as excited about a game as the others. So here’s what IM PLAYIN are looking forward to playing.
Crackdown was possibly one of the best games on the Xbox 360, at least at the time. It was a completely fresh game, with nothing like it before and not much like it since. It was, and still is, a fantastic game and its sequel, Crackdown 2, wasn’t half bad either … though we always preferred the original. A few months ago Alecs Pillik heard a rumour that Crackdown 3 was heading to the Xbox One, and that really caught his attention. He felt like an eternity since the release of Crackdown 2, and we’ve all been more than patient in waiting for the trilogy to be completed. Although it hasn’t yet been given the title of Crackdown 3, a next-gen version of Crackdown is incredibly exciting, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it harks back to the original Crackdown rather than its less impressive sequel. We’ve not been given much information about the game, nor have we been given much of a release date, though a guess of 2015 probably wouldn’t be too far out. Still, we have a lot of hope for Crackdown.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
There has been a lot of chatter about The Division, and we’ve mentioned it once or twice on the website. The game’s set in a post-apocalyptic America after a disease has caused the death of millions of people. It doesn’t sound like, and it’s never been mentioned, that it’s a zombie survival game – so don’t expect to be combating any rotting corpses. Rather the game will be based on the reclamation of the US as you battle AI marauders intent on taking control of the decaying country, as well as other players. It appears to be a third person shooter MMORPG, which is a real change of pace from the classic MMORPG. In the video above, they mention some really exciting aspects of the game, such as the ability to capture buildings to turn into bases as well as the co-operative elements for tackling the enemy. Plus, the game looks stunning. This one’s destined for a 2015 release too, so still a while to wait.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
As with the original Crackdown, we also loved the original Dragon Age. For most of the guys, it was one of the best RPGs we’d ever played. It wasn’t quite as westernised as other RPGs, but it still had that western feel that some of us have come to love in our role playing games. At E3 we were given a good couple of minutes of gameplay footage, something that we’ve been lacking of late. The graphics look impressive, as you’d imagine, and the enemies look stunning. There also seems to be plenty of dragons, what fun! Alecs Pillik has been playing a lot of Dragon’s Dogma of late, and to him Inquisition seems very similar in style and, hopefully, content. Hopefully, EA and BioWare have learnt their lesson since Dragon Age 2 which was pretty dismal. As long as it follows more along the lines of Origins and less on its sequel, we’ll be some happy gamers. From the video, the combat seems to be much closer to DA2 rather than Origins, but we’ll see come October this year. We wrote a slightly longer article on Dragon Age: Inquisition as one of our ‘E3 Picks’, here.
Dead Island 2
Deep Silver have given us very little with their teaser trailer for Dead Island 2 … not that they gave us much with their original, super hyped teaser trailer for the original Dead Island. This time the game’s set in California, the well known island paradise (though some explorers did originally believe that California was an island). It seems to be boasting a new cast, but from the looks of the video it will have that brilliant combination of ridiculous weapons, ridiculous characters and ridiculous amounts of gore – our favourite. This time round there will be eight playable characters, rather than four, and we’re sure there will be a host of new weapons and special zombies. Overall, Alecs Pillik and Romnomnom loved the original Dead Island, but we weren’t overly fond of the tropical paradise setting. Having California as the base of the game could make it feel a little more ‘real’ and a little less ‘holiday excursion into a cannibal island’. This one’s coming out around Spring 2015. Bit of a wait, but we’re sure it’ll be worth it!
Star Wars Battlefront 3
We have been waiting for news about the latest instalment of the Battlefront franchise for a long time. The rest of the team laughed at ThinkBad Monkey when he pre-ordered this with his PS4 but it looks like he’s the one laughing now. We weren’t treated to much game play this time round and instead were offered a video showing the methods and lengths DICE are going to in order to recreate the same feel of Star Wars we all know and love. It would have been nice to see an touch of combat mixed in with a sprinkling of Yoda, but it is very satisfying to know that this project is in the hands of a team that obviously care about what they are doing. With aiming for a 2015 release, expect to see more and more over the coming year and we will be anticipating spending many hours revisiting the Star Wars universe.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
The original Hotline Miami was a unique gem of a game that took a bit of time to be given the credit it really deserved. Still unknown to some, it allowed fast fun gameplay with massive amounts or replay-ability. Hotline Miami 2 is shaping up to be more of the same wonderful thing. With new levels, weapons and missions than ever before, players can expect to dive into some evolved gameplay while at the same time getting their fix by selecting different modes allowing players to have a more first game experiences. In addition to the game itself, developers Devolver Digital are including a level maker, starting on the PC but with the hope to bring it to the PS3, PS4 and Vita. This will give players the chance to create their own levels and hopefully let others download and try them out for themselves. What we are looking at is a Little Big Planet for Hotline Miami, where we see fantastically creative levels come out of the woodwork to keep us playing for much longer than we originally would have.
Rainbow Six Siege
We’ve totally saved the best till last. Rainbow Six Siege looks the bomb. It looks incredible, revolutionary, extraordinary, amazingly brilliant and we can’t wait for it to hit our shelves in 2015. Why? You ask. Well, it’s because the game is the epitome of everything that we love here at IM PLAYIN. It has helicopters, repelling, teamwork, destructible environments, guns … explosions … guns. Just watch the video, and if you’re not convinced that it’ll be the best thing since sliced bread, tell us why in the comments section below. This is pre-alpha footage, so hopefully it’ll move from strength to strength in the coming months.