Videogames highlights - June 2017

September 23, 2017 · Filed Under In Depth, Videogaming 
This entry is part of the series Videogames Highlights

In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances June, a month traditionally devoted to that gaming madness known as Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). A show that this year achieved record numbers thanks to admissions from the public plus the press and professionals, and that saw the PC triumph as the most complete gaming platform - and of course the most powerful one - where in the upcoming months the finest gaming software will land. But June 2017 also saw other mad stuff related to video games, like the cassettes baked in the oven (at 45°) in the effort to recover the source code of old textual adventures by Magnetic Scrolls, or like the very expensive on-line auction by John Romero, id Software co-founder that sold one of his Doom 2 copies for more than $3,000 on eBay. Rather than madness, in this last case, we can safely talk about a theft.

A Plague Tale: Innocence

A Plague Tale: Innocence

France, the 14th century: the Black Death is decimating men and women while rats are multiplying endlessly. Rats. Everywhere. Especially in A Plague Tale: Innocence, a graphic adventure where the protagonists will have to keep their light sources close to them while also removing those brought by the thugs of the Inquisition. Rats hate light but they will devour everything that entered the darkness they dwell in. Rats. They disgust me almost as much as snakes. Almost. Coming within 2017 on PC Windows, PS4 and Xbox One.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Two years have passed since the more than successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter ($5.5 millions versus the $500,000 requested), and now Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is nearing the crucial time of market debut: the new game by Koji “Iga” Igarashi, producer of the Castlevania series, wants to be the spiritual heir of the Japanese vampire killer saga and follows the deeds of Miriam, an orphan affected by a curse that turns her skin in crystals. By facing and beating her demonic enemies, Miriam will acquire new powers and new weapons until the unavoidable last fight with the game’s big baddy. To be released on PC and consoles in 2018.

The Evil Within 2

The Evil Within 2

After returning to the ill-treated survival horror genre with the first Evil Within, Shinji Mikami took a step back by working a a “simple” supervisor during the development of the sequel: The Evil Within 2 is once again focused on the story of detective Sebastian Castellanos, who will once again face the mysterious organization known as Mobius and its alternate realities full of zombies, nightmares made of flash and other very evil things. But this time Castellanos will enter the STEM with a clear goal, ie to rebuild the mind of a daughter he thought was dead for years. The developers promise a more varied and less “claustrophobic” experience compared to the first chapter, even though gameplay should always belong to survival horror with scarce ammunitions and everything. The Evil Within 2 will arrive for PC Windows, PS4 and Xbox One on October.

The Last Night

The Last Night

On the surface The Last Night is a game with a (post-)cyberpunk setting and delicious cinematic platformer mechanics like the ones I love so much, in a world where work is performed by machines and humanity spends its time with entertainment except for the protagonist. In practice, the creative director of this emulator of Flashback, Another World and company (Tim Soret) is at the center of a controversy for his alleged anti-feminist and right-wing positions dating back to a few years ago. While Internet debates and argues, I prefer to focus on the particularly inspired pixel art or the taxi scene took straight from Flashback, hoping that the final gaming experience will be worthy of such a lineage. To be released on PC and Xbox One in 2018.

Vampyr

Vampyr

Vampires in video games were once careless bloodsuckers, thirsty for revenge at best and not much more. Nowadays, in titles like Vampyr the undead is a reputable member of society (a famed surgeon in this case) who has to deal with an unwanted vampirical transformation, running through the streets of London in 1918 and paying attention to whom he decides to turn into a meal to strengthen his supernatural powers. According to developers the choice to kill a NPC rather than another one can have significant consequences on the game’s world, a promise that is steadily neglected since 1917 or so. Vampyr will arrive on PC Windows, PS4 and Xbox One in 2018.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

The Nazi hecatomb brought by B.J. Blazkowicz in The New Order wasn’t enough to stop the Reich assault to the free world, a world that in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus sees an America under the rule of the Nazi army and an underground resistance waiting for a redeemer. That redeemer is obviously B. J. Blazkowicz himself, also known as “Terror-Billy” among the enemy lines, that after awakening on a wheelchair will once again have to become the nightmare of the Reich to save his family, the USA and the entire world. To be released on PC Windows and consoles in October.

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