ARK: Survival Evolved Preview
Fortunately, the development team is constantly applying new updates, so who knows what the future of ARK holds? I think a quest system and some kind of subtle storyline would really do the game wonders. If not, it’s just going to be a game full of trolls and dinosaurs.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Preview
As a first look into the expansion, I see a lot of improvements over Elder Scrolls Online proper. The new land looks properly mystical, with its GIANT mushrooms and what not, and the new storyline, with its floating gods and daedric influence, grabbed my attention enough to pull me in. I have no doubt that if you were a fan of The Elder Scrolls Online before, this new content will be right up your alley. I don’t know if it's enough to bring in more fans or make them stick around if they buy their way in, but I am nonetheless encouraged by what I have seen. Morrowind has promise. I hope it finds a way to build on it.
Pit People Preview
This is to say nothing of the expansive and robust cooperative and player-versus-player systems that the game also incorporates. Put simply, Pit People has a lot to offer, especially to players that were already fans of the wacky Behemoth games that came before. Given the scope of the project, it’s easy to see why The Behemoth chose to put this particular title through an early-access period. Make no mistake, however, the studio appears to know exactly what they are doing. Gamers are advised to keep their eye on Pit People – it’s going to be a good one.
Thimbleweed Park Preview
Indeed Thimbleweed Park is on the track of holding onto its promise of being the best adventure game you never played in 1987. Doing so the developers have invented the time machine. When I was playing Thimbleweed Park, it was like there never were these last 30 years. The game already has its audience in my generation but I hope it can generate interest beyond that, showing the younger people exactly why we old farts have these fond memories of the adventure games of the past.
Might & Magic Showdown Preview
I was left impressed with the direction of Might & Magic Showdown. The duel mechanics and programmable Creatures add a layer of tactical pleasure I did not expect, while the ability to customize the pieces through a wide variety of digital paints will give those with an eye for that kind of thing hours of detail oriented excitement. I look forward to seeing where this ends up.
PSX 2016: EarthNight
Esthetically speaking, Cleaversoft’s procedurally generated side scroll is a thing of beauty. All of the in-game assets were hand drawn and they look beautiful. I got to chat with a programmer on the game who was proud of the EarthNight’s visual flair despite how tricky it was to pair the art with procedurally generated levels. The game also sports an incredible chiptune soundtrack that I was enamored with from the very first chord of the in-game soundtrack. It’s a lovely way to package such an interesting game. EarthNight is on track to be released for PlayStation 4 and the Vita in late 2017.
PSX 2016: Bandai Namco Showcase
The PlayStation Experience returns to Anaheim, California, this year to celebrate the brand that Sony built over twenty years ago. Bandai Namco invited Darkstation to a pre-show event and offered us a first look at games they (by the time you read this) will announce at the two day event.
Watch Dogs 2 Hands-on Preview
Watch Dogs 2 will live or die by is how well the game develops Marcus as a character and the story around him. There are some interesting characters and worlds to explore here and if they’re able to provide that with a compelling narrative, Watch Dogs 2 might be one of the better games of this holiday season.
Deliver Us the Moon Preview
That’s the Deliver Us the Moon demo in a nutshell: it looks and feels perfectly good, but it has no substance. In a few months (which, incidentally, is when the first of the five planned episodes is set to drop), when additional content is more visible, the title may be worth a look. For now, it’s just another drop in the Greenlight ocea