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.
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.
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.
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.
Post-E3 Report: Dying Light
I really enjoyed what I saw in Dying Light. The smoothness of the game's controls and the ease of traversal make for a much more dynamic and exciting experience that Dead Island lacked. The game looks gorgeous too, a benefit of the demo running on a PC. The game is scheduled for a 2015 release and will offer four player online co-op. I only hope it will do away with Dead Island's bizarre online system that wouldn't let people play if they were at different points in the story.
Post-E3 Report: The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
I've always admired The Witcher from afar. I had a difficult time with The Witcher's mid-game slump and the complexity of The Witcher 2 left me feeling like I was all thumbs. The one part of the demo I feeling comfortable praising is its gorgeous and beautiful art direction. The port city of Novigrad really took my breath away. It was equal parts beautiful and ugly, with the city's common and poor areas looking wonderfully distressed, messy and tired. The No Man's Land was pretty but not as visually enticing and complex as the city area. I can only assume that those running a high end PC are going to get the most out of The Witcher 3. We've seen how good games can look on the new consoles, but if the demo was running the computer version it will be a thing of absolute beauty. Scheduled to be released on February 25, 2015, The Wild Hunt looks like it will have everything Witcher fans have come to love. Pre-orders for the game are currently available through Steam and Good Old Games.