Where’s the gameplay now – ?
© 2010 David Hilton
With E3 2010 almost here gamers everywhere will be hoping to hear new titles announced, along with new details on already announced upcoming games.
But what of those games previously announced where we have seen very little, if any, real gameplay footage, have few details on final retail release dates, or even know if they are really still coming? E3 sees studios and publishers (sometimes even those not at E3) provide new details of their upcoming games.
Here is my Top 10 list of games for E3 ’10 which I hope to see concrete in-game footage of to either prove they are still coming or to excite me for their future release. Some of these games are way overdue or just confirmed, while some are slotted in for the vague early 2011 release period.
What games do you need to see real in-game footage of at this E3 to get excited?
Please share your comments below: these cover all 4 platforms, not just Xbox games; we want to play them all . . . . don’t you?
Here’s my Top 10 “Show Me The Gameplay” Games:
10. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (360/PS3/PC)
We also know it will have multiplayer and is NOT Assassin’s Creed 3, which we speculate on in this article here.
Will this one have co-op (offline as well as on)? Or will it be a muck about messy multiplayer assassin-fest through the streets of Rome, with only lip service to a single player story?
Will we see “boyz in da hood” style gameplay (a bit like the first brawl of Assassin’s Creed 2) where Renaissance Rome becomes a battlefield between Assassins and Knights Templar to retake and hold neighbourhoods, like some Renaissance version of a gangsta game like Saints Row? I hope not.
We will need to see some real in-game footage if this game is being released by the end of the year, as we are assuming, before we can really understand where they are taking Ezio and the franchise with this one.
Some discussions on the game thus far:-
- The player may be able to play as a Knight Templar, either in single- or multiplayer mode, or both.
- The single player mode will be played either as Ezio, Desmond, a created Assassin/Templar, Vidic, another Templar/Assassin that has not been officially introduced, or a combination of the above.
- Customization will be included on- and off-line.
- Weapons include bladed Templar fans, syringes, axes, daggers, the ‘claw’, crossbow, and a switchblade.
- Split-screen/Online multiplayer, including co-op and battles.
- Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood will be released this Fall on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.
9. Hellion: Mystery of the Inquisition (360?/PC)
I was perhaps a bit dismissive of this interesting title in my previous writing about it, and I would really like to see it be something special even though being an indie developer usually means hardship getting your project to market these days.
The game Hellion: Mystery Of The Inquisition, which looks a bit like Oblivion, follows a medieval sword wielding Dominican Inquisitor battling in the 13th Century against the rising evil of heretics, possessed, witches, Templars, assassins, animals, demons (sigh) and zombies (double sigh) in a ‘historical fiction’ first person perspective hack ‘n slash.
At the moment there are a few screenshots and a couple promising videos, but I’ll have to see some real gameplay, hopefully during E3, to give me confidence that it will be released by year’s end and be an interesting buy.
Other OXCGN article on Hellion: Mystery of the Inquisition.
8. Highlander: The Game (360/PC/PS3)
Eidos announced Highlander: The Game back in 2008 and has been pushing its release date back ever since.
Last I heard it was due this year some time, but hopefully we will see more of it than the screenshots and initial enticing promotion video at E3. Otherwise I fear it is all finished for Owen MacLeod the immortal.
Highlander: The Game is a third-person action game featuring the previously unknown Immortal, Owen MacLeod, as he visits really cool locations in time and place like Feudal Japan and Roman Pompeii during the eruption.
I always have thought the Highlander universe would make a great game, but for some reason Eidos seems to have got cold feet. Let’s hope E3 proves this title is still on the way….
7. Beyond Good and Evil 2 (360/PC/PS3)
Retro-remakes like Serious Sam HD, Monkey Island and Perfect Dark have reminded many of us of the type of games we used to play way before excessive ‘realism’ (so called for very very serious modern or near future plots and over the top violence) took hold this gen.
It may now be the right time to really release some real game vision of Beyond Good and Evil 2, the sequel to the original released back in 2003 which was meant to be the first in a trilogy.
• Ubidays ’08 Trailer
The sequel had a promising video for it seen in 2009, but since then has been reported to be delayed and then put on indefinite hold.
However, Ubisoft France’s Geoffroy Sardin told Gameblog.fr in November 2009 that the game was still being worked on and would be released on next gen consoles (this gen? or next?).
• Could this be BG&E2 – Or Mirrors Edge 2?
An official announcement with in-game footage would be very welcome at E3 to clarify that the game hasn’t been ‘retired’.
6. L.A. Noire (360/PS3)
This film noir mystery game set in 1940s L.A. and being developed by Australia’s Team Bondi for Rockstar has been the subject of much discussion over the last couple years, mostly over reports of its PS3 exclusivity and its mysterious lack of released details.
March this year though, those of us who subscribe to Game Informer magazine discovered that the game is very much alive and well, and multi-platform.
With a big focus on narrative, lighting, jazzy period music and huge amount of voice-work, this game could be something a bit different and certainly very cinematic.
However, there needs to be some in-game footage shown beyond the screenshots and video already released to really understand what their vision will look like in game form. How open-ended will it truly be? E3 is the time to show us.
5. Gears of War 3 (360)
Gears Of War 3 announced only recently, (but actually known about as early as 2003) is the sequel everyone knew was coming and has only given us an excellent video taster and fascinating details of a 4 player co-op mode, but there can be no holding back demands to see in-game vision and it is confirmed as being at E3.
I myself preferred the first game’s environments and overall feel, but loved the second’s Horde mode (which provided offline and online bot fun)- which will apparently make a return in the third game.
The game has an “April 11th 2011” release date (direct quote from Cliff himself), but this is still a game that Xbox 360 owners will be keen to see and hear more of at E3.
OXCGN had the good fortune to catch up with Cliff Bleszinski (he’s dropped the ‘Cliffy B’ tag) while he was here in Australia for the release of GEARS 2, and we’re hoping that he’ll return for the much awaited third game once again.
4. Max Payne 3 (360/PC/PS3)
Another Rockstar game, this time from Rockstar Vancouver, Max Payne 3 sees poor world-weary Max employed in Brazil as a private security guard to a wealthy family 12 years after the second game.
Yay…no more New York, the most overused environment in video game history! Boo…Max looks nothing like his old self and instead looks like someone out of “Mercenaries Digest” (which I guess is the point…).
I was a huge fan of the first two games, especially the second one, but am not sure how the harder edgier Max in Sao Paulo with multiple chips on his shoulders will play.
Another standard third person shooter? That would be a downer for a series that put 3rd person gaming as a genre into our consciousness in the first place. Will Max still be popping pills and doing slo-mo dives as he blasts his dual pistols?
We really need to see more than some screenshots that don’t really look ‘Max Payne’. We need in-game footage! E3 should clarify things.
3. Zelda (next) (Wii)
This Zelda is going to use Wii Motion-Plus for greater accuracy of movement, but other than that we don’t really know much about it. Zelda is one of those game series that some gamers just adored, and others like me got a bit ‘meh’ about.
Still, the Wii can sure use some sort of console seller right now, with console sales apparently slowing and very few big ‘hardcore gamer’ titles being released on it.
The Wii’s graphics are definitely looking very dated now, but gaming isn’t only about looks as those of us with portables can attest- gameplay can often be way more important.
With Microsoft’s Natal motion sensing system and Sony’s Move motion controller going to be given huge attention at this E3, the Wii needs to grab back what attention it can get, and a Zelda game will do that.
2. Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
It was announced way back in 2006, and its main competition, Forza 3 on the 360, has been out awhile now and still there is no firm release date. It is supposed to be ready by the end of the year.
Prove it! Give the media the chance to play the near retail version at E3 and demonstrate to the rest of us that this $60 million game is really coming for the long suffering fans, finally.
The game is also supposed to feature 3D gaming and maybe even some PS Move action!
The game will be a sure-fire hit and will again probably boost sales of the PS3, such is the reputation this series has. That is, if it ever gets released…
1. Thief 4 (360/PC/PS3)
Eidos Montreal announced the next in this fantastic medieval stealth game series in May 2009, but we haven’t seen anything since other than the official website of course. Along with Highlander (above) this has me concerned, though if they are taking their time with it to get it right I’m all for it.
What we need are some new details announced either at E3 (I’ve yet to see Eidos listed as being there?) or around this period.
Ideally we’d see in-game footage to get an idea of what they are doing, but I’d be happy even with a series of screenshots and a promotional video to prove it is still coming soon.
Thief 3: Deadly Shadows was one of my favourite games on the Xbox last gen and if you haven’t played it, I recommend finding an old copy as it is reverse compatible on the 360, or trying it out on PC.
It had an amazing atmospheric feel and a huge variety of game environments and gameplay which made it a pleasure from start to finish. It allowed for a bit of exploration and choice in how you completed your mission, something that is now celebrated more often in games this generation like Assassin’s Creed 2.
You had blades and bows, but you often used your tools for stealth, like shooting water arrows at flaming torches on walls to kill the light so you could sneak around a guard. It did require a bit of patience and planning, but it always paid off. The mysterious story and quality voice-work were all top notch.
With the usual line-up of shooter games with names like Bulletstorm and Bodycount to be shown this E3, it would be very nice to have a different style of game like Thief 4 demonstrated for those of us who are suffering “shooter fatigue”.
So there’s my list.
What do you think I missed?
What other games must “show us the gameplay” this E3 to keep our interest?
© 2010 David Hilton
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