So it’s that weird time of year when it’s still too close to Christmas for anything meaningful to be released because nobody has any cash left over and the bailiffs will be kicking the door in any day now.
However by the time the next pay-day loan is approved and the loan sharks are temporarily kept at bay, the slew of liquid shit that will pass for 2017s video game release schedule should be well under way. So in the meantime I’m going to look at those particular titles that don’t leave me colder than an OAPs home at this particularly dangerous time of year.
Resident Evil 7.
This is the 23rd iteration in the Resi series, despite what its title is unashamedly trying to get away with, but it might be the first since the hugely underrated Resident Evil 3 to actually bother with the survival-horror bit of what is, ostensibly, a survival-horror franchise.
Fans of the original games will be delighted to hear that the emphasis is back on atmospheric tension, jump scares and genuine suspense. As oppose to enormous men punching boulders at people (seriously). The camera has switched to a first person perspective and the silliness has been toned down considerably, at least the short demo that was released earlier last year would seem to suggest so anyway, you never can trust Capcom.
I applaud the attempt to do something a bit different with the series whilst also returning to it’s roots. Should be decent, will probably still be shit.
Halo Wars 2.
A game I’m quite frankly astonished actually exists. The original was fun, if lightweight and fiddly, and could hardly claim to be such a success that a sequel was warranted. Especially one that is being released nearly 10 years later. Think Age of Empires but with Halo twats and you’re in the right sort of territory.
This will be popular amongst Halo fans, who are the worst, but that’s about it. Meh.
Horizon Zero Dawn.
Notice the distinct lack of any punctuation in that title. So to be clear, this game is called Horizon Zero Dawn, not Horizon: Zero Dawn which would at least make a miniscule amount of sense.
Thankfully, the game itself looks fairly promising with good mixture of adventure, combat and original storytelling. If I were a betting man, I would place a wager on this being the sleeper hit of the year. If it works, and isn’t a glitchy pile of wank (eh, The Last Guardian?).
Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Game of the year.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands.
Shooty shooty bang bang. A Trump voters wet dream where a bunch of paramilitary maniacs subvert the protocols of national sovereignty by invading Bolivia and shoot up the place, because drugs.
To be continued…