Coming Out Sooner or Later
As my subject lines says, I thought I would talk about trailers for various upcoming games that make them look promising. Of course, the problem with trailers is that even something which is terrible can appear to be awesome (Hello, "Aliens: Colonial Marines"!), so who knows how good these future titles will be. From the promising footage of both cinematics and game-play however I think we may be in for a treat with these titles. No, there are in no particular order except for the first one which I am in fact most excited about...
Last summer I heard about how at an otherwise boring E3 there was a demo for a game that looked incredible. Yes, there was the issue that the graphics looked too good for current consoles (and it has been confirmed this is a next-gen title) but otherwise it was so glorious. You watched the tricks the main character did with his cell-phone and went, "How did he do that? How can that be possible in a game?" something I hadn't asked about a title in some time. I now present that debut trailer to you in all its glory:
Yeah, that looks pretty awesome, doesn't it? There is a 2nd trailer you can find here, but for my money that first one was just plain amazing. I am so excited for this game and if it is as good as it looks it may be the main reason I buy a next-gen console earlier on instead of waiting the safe year-or-so for all the kinks to be fixed in the machines. The release date is a tentative Fall 2013.
I enjoyed the third game in the series even if single-player was quite mediocre -actually, let's be honest and just call it bad. With the fourth entry in the series, however, it seems the goal is to make that single-player experience something memorable. I now present to you the 17-minute trailer of what is apparently game-play. I know that sounds like a long time but it goes by pretty quick in this action-packed mini-movie:
If the actual game can live up to that, and deliver some awesome multi-player we may have us a dynamite game on our hands. I've heard release dates as vague as Fall 2013 and as specific as October 25th, 2013.
Beyond: Two Souls
There are a lot of videos of this title floating around, but let's view that first suspenseful trailer:
Pretty snazzy, wouldn't you say? I recognized developer Quantic Dream's last title "Heavy Rain" as the best game of the year in the early days of my blog, and I stand by that decision completely. David Cage and company look to be making something just as unique and fun with this game. I look forward to October 8th, 2013 to play it.
The Last of Us
Naughty Dog has an interesting history. They did Crash Bandicoot, did those Jak and Daxter games, and then suddenly leap into realistic(ish) stories with those Uncharted games. Now they are going all sci-fi with this title, which is a zombie game without zombies...in the sense that it is a fungus causing all the trouble. Here is a trailer breaking-down some of the story:
I am intrigued by the premise. We will find out if it is a good game on June 14th, 2013.
Grand Theft Auto 5
Come on, was there any doubt I would at least be a little pumped-up for this? Now to view the 2nd trailer which introduced us to the main cast.
This game will probably sell more copies than anyone could imagine. I would bet it will be pretty good too. Expect it on shelves September 17th, 2013.
This game has slowly been gathering more and more press. Even if the rest of the game isn't that great, the memory-remixing bits should at least be a ball. To illustrate that I have a video of the "memory remixing" at work:
Very cool. It is out June 4th, 2013.
A Potentially Great Year for Gaming
All of these titles should be out in 2013 if their current release dates hold. This makes me think that we might be in for quite an enjoyable year of gaming even if only half of these six games deliver on their seemingly vast potential for fun and deep story-telling. We will know what is good before too long.