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Upcoming Horror/Nope Games
In fear of (pardon the pun) losing track of all things Horror let's dump all of the upcoming releases in here so we have time to prepare ourselves for when they hit (ie: buy new underwear).
Outlast (September 4, 2013) [spoiler]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q97yE2zkNvs[/spoiler] White Night (March 3, 2015) [spoiler]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_pNHNJ2iig[/spoiler] Dying Light (March 31, 2014)
Among the Sleep (29 May 2014) [spoiler]http://youtu.be/YWDQN_X5b-M[/spoiler]
The Forest (30 May, 2014)
Daylight (April 30, 2014)
Alien: Isolation (October 7, 2014)
The Evil Within (October 14, 2014)
Monstrum (May 20, 1015)
Coming soon: Until Dawn (August 26, 2015) [spoiler]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAKBU7VXdUI[/spoiler]
Fatal Frame (PAL 2015) [spoiler]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5eCTJ2gkfo[/spoiler] Routine (2015)
Perception (2016) [spoiler]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_1zUXv5l7M[/spoiler]
Homesick (TBD) [spoiler]http://youtu.be/sIpOqLyHr10[/spoiler] SOMA (TBD)
What Remains of Edith Finch (TBD) [spoiler]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtDiPwzqZd8[/spoiler] Draugen (TBD) [spoiler]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_z-KQl6WOs[/spoiler] And here's one for ya: What is it that makes us keep coming back to this genre and often with high expectations? Is it because it's one of the few, if perhaps only, genre(s) which is guaranteed to play on your emotional state? As in fear? Hm, ponder this I shall.
Spelunky (360, Vita, PS3, PC and now PS4!)
This is currently 88 on Metacritic and Eurogamer have given it 10/10. It's also highly replayable so I think it warrants its own thread.
It's based on the indie PC game and is essentially a rough cross between Indiana Jones, Mario and a Roguelike.
It's out today and I can't wait to play it. I'm thinking of getting a fightpad or one of the new silver pads with the improved D-pad. Can anyone say which is the better option?
I'm expecting glowing impressions throughout the day so I can get more excited while I wait for my mum to pick me up. Don't let me down lads.
The Random XBONE DROPZONE
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E3 2014 Microsoft Conference Thread: June 9th 5:30 PM BST
UK: June 9th 5:30 PM BST
EU: June 9th 6:30 PM CET
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Having performed the relevant policy reversals, taken their lumps across the media and all but abandoned their original vision of creating an all in one media box controlled via Kinect, Microsoft's Xbox division is in a very different place than it was going into last years E3. Perhaps the most significant change is at the top. Replacing the bumbling, android-esque Don Mattrick with the far more affable Phil Spencer, is being hailed by many across the industry as a sign that Microsoft is serious about getting gamers back on board, and at his first E3 as president of Xbox, Phil will be looking to make an impact.
Xbox One already has a hugely promising set of games announced, including: Halo 5, Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive, Fable Legends and the enticing looking user generation tool, Project Spark. Now that the ID@Xbox program has had time to mature, expect Microsoft to make up ground amongst the indie community, by ensuring they get a good shot at the spotlight, likely in a similar fashion to Sony's Indie showcase last year.
Microsoft have a lot of rumoured games in the pipeline too. The most prominent is the leaked Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which will feature HD remasters of Halo 1 - 4. With this and the inevitable Halo 5 showcase, expect E3 2014 to be a big deal for MS's 343 Industries. Another popular franchise heavily rumoured to be making a return to Xbox One, is Forza Horizon 2. The open world racer has been a strong fan favourite, and will be well positioned to go up against Sony's Drive Club this winter.
We could also hear the first details about Black Tusks' Gears of War, even if it is just in the form of a CGI trailer, and similarly, Crackdown 3 may get an announcement trailer, although the game itself isn't rumoured to be arriving until 2016. Of the credible rumours floating around, this final one is probably the most interesting, and if true, will do much to sell me - and others I'm sure - an Xbox One. Project Nagano is the apparent codename for an Xbox One exclusive developed by action kings, Platinum Games. Of course Platinum have their good days and bad, but anything which smells even remotely like Bayonetta or Vanquish will almost certainly sell me an Xbox.
On the services front, I imagine they'll talk about their next dashboard update, reveal more details about how Games With Gold is coming to Xbox One (cheers for the update Cosmic_Guru), and we'll hopefully get some insight into what their plans for Kinect are, now that they seriously need to incentivise people to buy it.
More unlikely, is a reveal of their AR Fortaleza Glasses in response to Sony's Project Morpheus. It would seem like the wrong place to unveil the tech - if indeed they are still working on it - but who knows, it could be a way to give a game focussed show an injection of variety.
In many respects, E3 was Phil Spencer's moment. After taking control of Xbox, Phil has had one message, Xbox is about games and this E3 was his time to prove it.
One thing I think people forget about E3 2013, is that whilst policy announcements stole the show, MS were true to their word on making their E3 showcase all about games, arguably announcing a better set of exclusives than either Nintendo or Sony. They stuck to a similar strategy this year, and from the moment Phil took the stage, (but after offering a humble, almost contrite introduction to those watching) the game announcements just kept on coming, and didn't stop until the lights went down.
Sticking with a long running tradition, the show opened with Call of Duty and was quickly followed by the unveil of the highly anticipated Forza Horizon 2. The show kept the pace up, with showcases for third party titles, Assassins Creed, Dragonage 3 and The Division, as well as some fun looking DLC for Dead Rising 3, which was announced as immediately available to download. The biggest third party reveal came in the form of Rise Of The Tomb Raider, which - awful name aside - has jumped to become one of my most anticipated titles for 2015.
Sticking with 2014 though, and we were given a further look at E3 standout, Sunset Overdrive, along with create 'em up, Project Spark. The latter of which received a surprise outro from Conker. Although some bemoaned the implication that this meant MS was unlikely to deliver a full Conker title themselves any time soon.
Unlike the previous year, Indie titles got a nice chunk of time. ID@Xbox head, Chris Charla was on hand to introduce a range of exciting titles, the highlights of which were Playdead's Limbo sequel, Inside and the gorgeous looking, Ori & The Blind Forest.
Rounding out 2014's roster was the reveal of the - sadly - leaked title, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a remastering of Halo 1 - 4, featuring all the campaigns and original multiplayer modes, remastered at 1080p and 60fps. The collection is going to be available this year and all for the price of a standard game.
With the known quantities out of the way, MS went on to reveal an early look at a reboot to Phantom Dust (a game I'd have to confess to not being familiar with), and more excitingly, Scalebound, a large scale action game (with added dragons), from the masters of the genre, Platinum Games. The show closed out with the announcement of an Xbox favourite, Crackdown, helmed by original creator, Dave Jones, the game is said to be utilising the contentious cloud tech to bring added physics to some of the larger scale set pieces.
Conspicuous by its absence was any mention of Kinect. Either as a utility or as a game input, a fact which more or less puts to bed any notion that it will be used as a serious control method for games going forward.
So there you have it. Phil stayed true to his word that E3 was going to be all about the games, and games is what we got. With no time dedicated to anything else, the show did at times feel a little like an expanded shizzle reel, so whilst they arguably cut the fat, they also lacked a variety in their pacing.
Sadly prior leaks took the edge off many of their surprise announcements, an over reliance on CGI trailers blunted some of the excitement of their reveals, and a lot of third party games were given time many had hoped would be dedicated to first party exclusives. All of which left me initially underwhelmed by MS's showing, but in putting these links and text together, it's impossible to deny that they came out swinging, and showed off a lot of strong content. They have a stronger 2014 lineup than either Sony or Nintendo and Sunset Overdrive could very well be game of the year material. I'll be keen to see where MS is after a year of Phil's leadership.
Assassins Creed: Unity:
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The Witcher 3: