Far Cry 5 Preview

I had the opportunity to play Ubisoft’s upcoming Far Cry 5 at a preview event. The demo took place after the liberation of Fall’s End (previously seen at E3), so I had free reign to explore the Holland Valley region, a massive landmass covering about a third of the game’s world. Creative director Dan Hay emphasized that in that region alone, there were 10-15 hours of narrative content, not including the roughly 30 additional hours you could spend exploring it.

Far Cry 5 Preview

PSX 2017: The Gardens Between Preview

The long and short of it is, PlayStation Experience easily dominates the senses with the latest and greatest games featuring explosions, loud guns, and war cries. That’s what made playing The Gardens Between a real joy. A quiet adventure, The Voxel Agents developed a surreal puzzle adventure starring best friends Arina and Frendt who, for reasons unknown, have become slaves to time.

PSX 2017: The Gardens Between Preview

PSX 2017: Super Daryl Deluxe Preview

I won’t lie: Super Daryl Deluxe was probably the strangest game I tried out at this year’s PlayStation Experience. The game, developed by the two-man team of Dan & Gary Games, is an oddball adventure about Daryl, a slack-jawed high schooler who finds himself at the center of an interdimensional conspiracy involving self-help gurus, an underground textbook market, and friendship-starved computers.

PSX 2017: Super Daryl Deluxe Preview

PSX 2017: Mothergunship Preview

Earth is in danger! A malevolent AI has launched a devastating attack on our home planet using a fleet of deadly spaceships. A motley resistance organization with a love of big, outlandish weaponry are all that stand in the way of Earth’s total annihilation. Terrible Posture Games (Tower of Guns) and Grip Digital have teamed up to create Mothergunship, an action-oriented shooter which proves that the best offense is a great defense. I got to spend some hands-on time with Mothergunship at PlayStation Experience in Anaheim, California and walked away with the urge to play a lot more.  

PSX 2017: Mothergunship Preview

PSX 2017: Bow To Blood Preview

The idea is that players will take the role of captain on the airship Freelancer and take part in ship-to-ship combat for fortune and glory in The Arena. Bow To Blood struck a powerful nerve with me because I felt like I was playing a hybrid of Star Trek Bridge Crew with the sailing portions of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. Moving the Freelancer feels really great--it’s not zippy as a starfighter nor does it lumber about like a huge capital ship like the Galactica. The maneuverability of the airishp strikes a great balance that makes it a dream to fly.

PSX 2017: Bow To Blood Preview

Steep: Road to the Olympics Preview

I had the opportunity to try out the upcoming expansion to Ubisoft’s Steep, titled Road to the Olympics. This full expansion will add official Winter Olympics events and a career mode to the base game’s open-world skiing and snowboarding gameplay. From the early build, I played, Steep: Road to the Olympics had a satisfying competitive atmosphere while retaining the thrill of speeding downhill.

Steep: Road to the Olympics Preview

Quake Champions Preview

Since the 90s, Quake has been known as one of the most hardcore shooters in e-sports. Id Software's Quake 3 Arena revolutionized both the genre and competitive gaming scene with one swift twitch of the mouse. It was considered a masterpiece with precise controls, fluid combat, and a very dedicated fan base. While it's extremely technical it's also a bundle of fun, especially if you're playing with your friends. Quake Champions has, in theory, just about everything that made the aforementioned title so special.

Quake Champions Preview

Call of Duty: WWII Beta Impressions

Over the last couple of weeks Activision has been running private and public betas for their upcoming World War II shooter, Call of Duty: WWII. Three of our editors dipped their toes into the beta and came back with a wide range of opinions and expectations for the full release this November. 

Call of Duty: WWII Beta Impressions

Destiny 2 Beta Impressions

While nothing in the game is inherently wrong, some additions feel like a bit of a departure from what is otherwise an excellent game. I like to see bigger and better things from a sequel, but sometimes all a simple game needs is stability and consistency in order to remain at the top. Nidhogg 2 loses some of its simplicity in translation, but it’s still quite an enjoyable time.

Destiny 2 Beta Impressions

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.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Preview

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. 

Pit People Preview

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.

Thimbleweed Park Preview

Ghost Recon: Wildlands Preview

Ubisoft’s latest entry in the Tom Clancy franchise, Ghost Recon: WildlandsWildlands switches things up from previous entries in the series by placing the titular Ghosts in an open world.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands Preview