Unreleased Xbox, PS 3 and PC games worth checking out
Entertaining new video games
We need to get away when life gets a bit hectic. Some people enjoy running, some read, and others like to play video games. Technology moves at such a pace that the games one can get now are so amazingly detailed, that it adds to the realism, taking you out of your reality and into another. Despite your opinion on violence in games, games do give the person the opportunity to pretend interactively. I am one of those people who like to imagine, “Imagine if I were in that situation, what would I do?”. Video games give us that ability to escape into the imagination, without the real-life consequences. With the Electronic entertainment expo (E3) that happened a couple of months ago, they show cased some new hardware and even some ground-breaking games. Here are a few titles that has many in the game world excited for release.
Publisher: Square Enix
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360
That's right, the beautiful and deadly Lara Croft is back! This is actually a prequel that explores Lara's intense and gritty origin and her evolution from scared young woman to a hardened, deadly survivor. This is the first time that Lara's adventure takes place completely on one big island replete with live-off-the-land game play, exploration, tricky situations and the added stress of limited ammunition and weaponry. Tomb Raider is an open world platform action-adventure game, with role-playing elements. This sees a younger Lara Croft set out to travel on the ship, Endurance, when it is hit by a violent storm, splitting the ship in two and leaving Lara and the other passengers stranded on a tropical island in the Dragon's triangle. She awakens in a coastal cave surrounded by corpses. She finds one of the passengers dead, in a ritualistic pose. Injured, she needs to escape the cave and survive by finding food and water whilst fighting off dangerous animals and locating the other survivors. All in a days work for Croft, but there is a darker unseen threat of malevolent mercenaries who seek to kill Lara and her companions. This forces our heroine to harden herself and kill another human for the first time. Its a game of survival, either kill or be killed.
Assassin’s Creed III
Platform: Xbox 360, PC, PS3
This latest in the Assassin's Creed series sees a new protagonist, new engine, new setting and new cast to revitalize the series. The plot is set in Colonial America and the Assassin-Templar war has found its way to the American civil war. The new protagonist is a young half-english, half-Native American man named Connor Kenwar, who after his village is attacked by colonists, is drawn into a fight against the tyranny in Colonial America. The story of the game spans 30 years of Connor's life from 1753 to 1783. This is an open world action-adventure game where one can explore New York and Boston, the frontier – an open world area with rivers, forests, cliffs, villages and other settlements of Lexington Concord – and even the opportunity to explore the entire eastern seaboard via a ship. Watch out for the sea battles!
The Last of us
This game looks interesting! It is a post-apocalyptic, third person, action-adventure game which tells the story of Ellie, a 14-year-old girl wise beyond her years and Joel, a hardened, “ruthless” survivor, who will do what it takes to survive. The game begins in a quarantine zone in Boston, 20 years after a fungal plague mutated and decimated the human population and civilization as we know it. Joel makes a promise to a dying friend that he will take care of Ellie, who stays in a strict boarding house, and help her escape the quarantine zone. Ellie and Joel make their way out of the quarantine zone and across a post-apocalyptic America. After plans to take safety at a safe haven falls through, the two protagonists continue westward across America. Along the way the two have to learn to work together to survive their brutal journey filled with countless hostiles, like fungal infected enemies, hunters and unfriendly survivors. The makers of the game wanted a good story revolving around the two character's father-daughter type relationship as opposed to a gory action horror. This definitely looks like something I can get into!
Beyond: Two Souls
With a script that was 2000 pages long, you know there will be one hell of a story to go along with the game and you can expect to be immersed in interactive storytelling at its best. The game centres around Jodie Holmes (Portrayed by Ellen Page, thanks to motion capture) and the question of what happens after death. You control Jodie through 15 years of her life as she sets out to find the true meaning of the spirit entity, Aiden, that is alongside her throughout the game. While Jodie is a sleep or if her path is blocked, she can turn to Aiden for help, who can even possess other characters. This game is not linear and the choices and decisions you make can lead to significant story changes with multiple endings. This game will have sandbox-style elements and action scenes, whilst never detracting from the drama of the story. A fully interactive, action-adventure with a great story and what seems like amazing graphics to keep you glued to your console.
Platform: PS3, PC, Xbox 360
This game was apparently the biggest surprise at E3 this year, with the name being on the tip of everyone's tongue. It took home a couple of awards at E3 including most innovative concept. Watch Dogs is another open world action-adventure game, but what makes this game so awesome is that it centres around hacking, surveillance and, yes, violence. You play the hacker-turned-assassin Aiden Pearce who is obsessed and well skilled in all aspects of technology. The game is set in an alternate reality Chicago where everything is automated by computers and technology, everything from mobile phones to traffic lights are all automated by CtOS (Central Operating System) and anything can be hacked. The scale of this game suggests that this is a new generation of game, with everything being interactive. Aiden can jam cellphones, use various devices, hack telephones, you name it, apparently the character can do. With the amount of possibilities the demo suggests, it would seem this is THE game to keep your peepers open for...
Video games is a huge industry with new titles being released all the time, with the more current games seem more like fully interactive movies, which adds to the entertainment and realism. It seems a good story and an original concept can be the difference between a mediocre game and a mind-blastingly amazing one. These games seem to have it all, but only time will tell. These games should be released later this year or next year.