Videogames highlights – March 2013
Single-player games are dead, once again: the silly meaningless nonsense is now stated by Cevat Yerli, CEO of a more than well known developer (Crytek) that would like to spend the rest of his life making free-to-play games and always-connected titles even when you play alone. The idea is ludicrous, of course, and the dumbasses ready to repeat stupid things hoping that someone believe them will always be forced to deal with a reality of wrong design choices, merciless hacks and disastrous launches.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
After Assassin’s Creed III and its American Revolution, the new episode of the action-adventure series by Ubisoft will feature an assassin whose job is to be a pirate – or a pirate trained by the assassins, make your choice. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will have a double adventure-sci-fi nature faithful to the saga but will offer a good amount of new gaming opportunities including shark hunting, ship broadsiding and much more. Available on October 2013 for PC Windows, PS3, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4. Note: the trailers below are in Italian, follow the links above for the English ones.
The game previously known only as a generic “Double Fine Adventure” finally has its own title and web site: Broken Age is the work resulting from the extraordinary success of the crowdfunding campaign by Tim Shafer and friends, a point&click graphic adventure centered on two parallel lives with the same desire to escape from a pre-defined reality. The game’s graphics is stylish, the development phase has been intense and the release time is nearing. Available soon (second quarter of 2013) on PC (Windows, Linux, Mac) and mobile toys for dumb children (iOS, Android).
Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey
Like Broken Age, the third episode of The Longest Journey series is an adventure game and it was successfully funded on Kickstarter as well. Differently from the Double Fine title, however, Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey will make use of an entirely 3D graphics to tell its (hopefully puzzle-filled) story suspended between two parallel worlds which meet where dreams begin. To be released on PC (Windows, Linux, Mac) on November 2014.
Developed by the PlayStation C.A.M.P! Japanese team, rain is an action-adventure title of ghosts under the rain where the characters’ silhouettes disappear in the dry sections. The game’s protagonist is a boy which enters the spiritual world in search of a ghost-girl haunted by ecto-dogs and other ethereal beasts, and that becomes an (almost) invisible prey of the aforementioned ecto-beasts as well. To be released in digital delivery on PlayStation Network within 2013.
Shadowrun Returns is the nth title born thanks to the success of its own crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, and as the first demonstration video taken with an alpha version shows it’s a product which the backers have done right investing in: the game that has the task to renew the turn-based RPG splendors will likely have no issues in winning the costly bet of the developers. To be released on PC (Windows, Linux, Mac) and shiny slates for dumb children (iOS, Android tablets).
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Polish developer CD Projekt RED is back to work on The Witcher action-RPG series, with a third chapter set to conclude a trilogy. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be based on an all-new technology that is clearly worthy of the gaming next-gen, and other than an obscenely-detailed 3D graphics there will be room for a world 30-time larger compared to the previous games, many things to do (or to kill) and three different epilogues with 300 details altered by the choices made by the player. To be released in 2014 on PC Windows and PlayStation 4.
Zeno Clash II
Absurd, bizarre, strange: this and much more is Zeno Clash II, a first-person action-RPG-beat’em up developed by ACE Team and published by Atlus which has a thing for oddities (Trine). The game will offer new combos, weapons and characters compared to the first chapter, other than a new multi-player mode and RPG-style stats. To be released on PC (Windows), PS3 and Xbox 360 for the end of the month.