I hate Gamescom. Or should I say, I hate that it’s taking place in Germany, and I’m stuck here in South Africa. I also hate that a number of my colleagues and friends have been flown across the world to attend it, and play with all the exciting, unreleased games that I clearly deserve to play with more than they do.
So to celebrate my FOMO and crippling jealousy, I’m going to write about something that has nothing to do with Gamescom. I’m also going to get super indulgent, and spend the next thirty minutes frothing at my fingers while I excitedly fantasize about five games that I really cannot wait to play.
Here they are:
1. BioShock Infinite
This is an obvious one, and should be in any self respecting gamer’s list of must-play titles. With Ken Levine back at the creative helm, it’s almost difficult not to get excited about BioShock Infinite, which unlike the previous two games in the series, is not set underwater, but instead, plays out amongst the clouds.
BioShock Infinite is not a direct sequel or prequel, but will play out in an early time setting in the same universe established in the previous games. It will be released on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 and is expected out on 26 February, 2013.
Arkane Studios’ upcoming first-person stealth-shooter is shaping up very nicely, and looks to be doing the whole “you can complete missions from different angles” thing better than most developers who take this route.
Set in a fictional industrial city called Dunwall, Dishonored will allow players to step into the boots of Corvo Atano. Atano was the ex bodyguard to the Empress, until she was murdered – a crime which he was framed for. Dishonored is out on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on 12 October 2012.
3. Company of Heroes 2
Company of Heroes has come to be a cornerstone in the RTS genre, and is probably the most critically acclaimed and successful World World II strategy franchise on the market. So obviously, if you’re a fan of this genre, you have reason to get excited about the long-awaited sequel.
The game will feature the USSR’s Red Army as a new faction, and will let players fight their way through various stages of the Eastern Front campaign. It also makes use of the fancy new Essence 3 engine, which looks amazing and boasts some impressive new technical functionality, including an advanced weather system, environment erosion and a new “True Sight” system. It is currently scheduled for release sometime in 2013, and will be released on PC.
4. Watch Dogs
This open world action-adventure from Ubisoft is easily one of the most innovative-looking new IPs that I’ve seen in a while. In Watch Dogs, the player is basically able to hack THE WORLD as he passes through it. Hack traffic lights to cause accidents and use them as a distraction to escape an enemy in pursuit, or steal vital information from NPCs you pass in the street remotely.
You kind of have to watch this video to get an idea of what I’m talking about. So do that.
5. Hitman: Absolution
I’ll admit – I never got into any of the previous Hitman games, but I’m told that the franchise was very special. So what better time to check it out than in the current-gen iteration which is currently planned for a November 2012 release.
Hitman: Absolution is a stealth game with, as the name suggests, a healthy focus on killing key individuals. Apparently it is being aimed at a wider audience than the previous games, and it’s difficult to tell if that’s a good or a bad thing.
Hitman: Absolution is being released on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on the 20th of November 2012.