The Division 2 Preview
Overall my time with The Division 2 was far more enjoyable than any time I’ve spent with The Division 1 and talking to the developers makes me think that they learned from the mistakes on the first game. The game seems incredibly ambitious and I’m very interested to see how interplay with factions will play out.
Trials Rising Preview
Trials Rising is shaping up to be a solid entry. It doesn’t do anything crazy like some of its previous titles, but it offers simple fun in its creative track design, appealing customizability, and heated races. The game is essentially an extreme Excitebike, combining puzzle-platforming and stunt racing for a new generation of consoles.
Anew: The Distant Light Preview
It is one thing to make a demo fun for a short time, and it is another thing entirely to make a good, balanced experience that can be fun from beginning to end. Resonator has accomplished the former. We’ll find out soon, hopefully very soon, whether they can accomplish the latter, too.
Edge of Eternity Preview
With colorful visuals and excellent music, Edge of Eternity successfully channels the spirit and mechanics of classic JRPGs, and interestingly goes for a niche that few indie developers have explored. Fans of Final Fantasy should check this one out, as well as anyone looking for an easy to pick up and engaging turn-based fantasy game.
With so many games trying to be the biggest, deepest and most feature-rich, there’s something to be said for minimalist design that does one thing (hopefully) really well. Of course, the danger is in going too far and not providing enough content or variety. Elderborn is a first-person melee-focused dungeon crawler, or as the developer describes it, “Doom with swords and hammers instead of guns.”
Green Hell Preview
Arguments have been made for more realism in all sorts of game genres from shooters to survival games but often, added realism doesn't necessary translate to more fun or an engaging challenge, just frustration. One shot kills or game-ending snake bites might be true to life but don't make for enjoyable gameplay.
Set in the irradiated 2080s, Postworld is a post-apocalyptic shooter that takes a bit of Fallout and blends in a scoop of survival RPG and a helping of third-person shooter. Still in early access, Postworld comes from indie Russian developer Screwdriver Entertainment and although it has a solid premise and a few mildly original ingredients, the game is still very rough around the edges and unfortunately, deep into the core as well.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Extended Hands-On Preview
Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is shaping up to be an epic journey, taking the series to 5th century B.C. Greece. I previously wrote about my adventure in a late-game area with a beefed-up character, but I recently attended an event focused on the opening hours of the latest Assassin’s Creed.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas Preview
I had the opportunity to play multiple Ubisoft games at a recent preview event, and the upcoming Starlink: Battle for Atlas was one of my favorite games at the show. Starlink is an open-world space adventure that puts you in command of a combat-ready Starship. There is a toys-to-life component that allows players to mix and match physical figurines of ships and weapons. In an instant, the toy Starships come to life within the game.
Deathgarden is an asymmetric team shooter with a lot of interesting ideas and a pretty steep learning curve. Although its heavy metalish title doesn't give you much of a clue, the game is a sci-fi, Hunger Games meets Evolve futuristic competition set on procedurally generally stages, where the roles are Runners or Hunter and the stakes are life or death.
For Honor: Marching Fire Preview
For Honor: Marching Fire will be the next content update for Ubisoft’s fighting action game. The expansion will add the PVP mode titled Breach, four warriors of the Wu Lin faction from China, and the newly unveiled PVE mode, Arcade. I recently had the opportunity to try out the new Arcade mode at an Ubisoft event.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey Preview
Ubisoft’s upcoming Assassin’s Creed Odyssey continues the open-world RPG direction from Assassin’s Creed Origins, but this time sets the action in 5th century B.C. ancient Greece. I recently had the opportunity to try a demo at a Ubisoft preview event and came away wanting more.
Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Grim Sky Preview
Ubisoft is releasing two new operators and a reworked map for the team-based shooter Rainbow Six Siege as part of the latest content update Operation Grim Sky. I recently got a chance to try out the new offerings in a handful of 5v5 team matches pitting attackers versus defenders.
E3 2018: Metro Exodus Preview
I wanted the Metro: Exodus demo to wow me, to get me pumped to play the full game when it comes out next year. Instead, I walked away feeling confused and unsatisfied. A lot of the bugs and quirks really soured me on the experience, issues that occurred with a high rate of frequency.
E3 2018: Dying Light 2 Preview
I cannot wait to play Dying Light 2! Based on the presentation, it hits all the right notes for a sequel. It expands on the gameplay mechanics of the first game while deepening the fiction and world building by introducing more humans that fall inside that dark, gray space of morality.