The Last of Us blew me away; an incredible story that kept me emotionally involved and caring for the characters from beginning to end. It had dynamic gameplay that featured excellent melee combat and some great stealth mechanics. It had top notch voice acting and a stunning overall presentation. It’s going to be a hard game to top.
1. Beyond: Two souls
After moving from The Last of Us, a game that starred an Ellen Page-like actress, it seems like the stage is set for Ellen Page to actually star in her own game, Quantic Dream’s follow up to their unique, interactive, cinematic, action/adventure game, Heavy Rain.
The game, which features psychological, spiritual and thriller elements, is centered around questions about what happens after death. The game lets the player take Jodie Holmes through 15 years of her life (ages 8 through 23) on a journey to discover the true meaning of the entity Aiden, who has been alongside her throughout her life. The game’s producer noted that players might be able to find out “what lies beyond” after playing it.*
Based on the above gameplay video clip of Beyond: Two souls, it’s going to be very similar to Heavy Rain. And in my opinion, that means a big emphasis on storytelling and character development. Where Heavy Rain took the experiences of four people and tied them together at the end, it looks like Beyond: Two souls might focus on the main character’s relationship with the entity that has been with her since she was a child.
I was a big fan of Heavy Rain, and I believe this game will go beyond what Heavy Rain did. I can’t wait to try it out!
Game: Beyond: Two souls
Developer: Quantic Dream
Release date: October 8, 2013
2. Tom Clancy’s The Division
This was a surprise announcement at E3 2013. It’s an MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game), slated for a Q4 2014 release date. I have to admit that MMOG’s aren’t usually my style – storyline’s are important to me. But that’s one of the reason’s I’m so excited for this game. It will be a new experience for me, and it looks like a pile of fun.
The Division is inspired by Operation Dark Winter and Directive 51, real-world events which “revealed how vulnerable we’ve become”; society has become “fragile” and “complex”. In the game, a disease that spreads on Black Friday causes the United States to collapse in five days. The player is part of a group called “Strategic Homeland Division (SHD)”, called “Division” for short. This group was established to combat the threat and do whatever it takes to “save what remains” in a massive multiplayer online situation, putting them against friends, AI, and other players.*
I’d imagine the social aspect of MMOG’s are what makes them attractive. Hopefully I’ll have a few friends as excited as I am to play it.
Game: Tom Clancy’s The Division
Release date: Q4 2014
3. Murdered: Soul suspect
Occasionally, a game changes our perceptions. It brings in new mechanics and offers a unique perspective about how a game “should” be played. Heavy Rain successfully took a chance on different mechanics. LA Noire was a departure from the fame Rockstar got with their Grand Theft Auto franchise, focusing more on finding clues and tracking cases than straight violence and gunplay.
Murdered: Soul suspect seems to have the potential to do exactly that – change how we feel about the way games should be played. It’s risky, because developers need to make money. Once the suits see a formula that works, they tend to milk it for everything it’s worth (see Call of Duty). I hope this game offers some unique gameplay and manages to keep the excitement alive.
Murdered: Soul Suspect is an upcoming action-adventure game published by Square Enix. Instead of a direct announcement, it has been teased with posts onTwitter, with some depicting what could be the tagline of the game: What is the hardest case to solve? On February 19, 2013, a teaser trailer was released on the official YouTube channel of the game. The developer has been confirmed to be Airtight Games and the game will release on Microsoft Windows,PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It has been teased to be targeted for 2014.
The concept of the title was based on Die Hard, but with a twist when creative director Yosuke Shiokawa wondered what if protagonist John McClane died in the events of the film yet continues to fight as a ghost.
The game is centered on Detective Ronan O’Connor who uses his ghostly powers to solve his own murder while combating demonic creatures at the same time.*
Game: Murdered: Soul suspect
Developer: Square Enix
Release date: 2014
This was deliberately a short list. There are lots of games to look forward to, especially with next generation console releases just around the corner. So here are two bonus games that I’m just as stoked about!
Comment below and tell me what games you’re excited about. What games do you think belong on this list?
*Plot synopsis’ copied from Wikipedia