5 Under The Radar Next-Gen Games
What is your most anticipated next generation game? Many gamers would probably say an ambitious new IP such as Destiny or Watch Dogs. Others would probably name an anticipated sequel like Metal Gear Solid V or The Witcher 3. And perhaps some would mention a creative new indie title like Contrast or Rime. Regardless of your particular interest, there are countless great games coming to the Playstation 4 and/or the Xbox One.
Unfortunately, with all of the amazing looking next-gen titles on the way and more getting announced all the time, some great games are bound to get overlooked. I do not want to see that happen to these. Far too often great games are ignored and I want to do whatever I can to help quality titles succeed! Here are five of such games flying under the radar and full of potential that absolutely deserve your attention.
Introducing the next flagship title from storied developer, Insomniac Games (Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank, Resistance). Sunset Overdrive is an open-world shooter with an outlandish sense of art and style that channels Saturday morning cartoons and Jet Set Radio. The game takes place in a city in ruins where most of the population has either been killed or somehow turned into mutants. The debut trailer featured loads of parkour and currently unnamed characters fighting said mutants with gadgets such as vinyl record guns and soda-can bombs.
Long story short, the game sounds crazy, looks crazy, and has an extremely talented developer behind it. Alas though, we still don’t know much else beyond what has already been mentioned. But we’ve already seen and heard enough to get that classic Insomniac vibe where you can feel that they had as much fun making the game, as you will playing it! It isn’t coming out until sometime next year exclusively on the Xbox One, but it’s never too early to add this to your list of “most anticipated games”.
This long-time coming part sequel, part reboot, will finally emerge from the shadows sometime in 2014. Thief looks to be a true blue stealth title the likes of which have been becoming increasingly rare these days. You’ll use all manner of parkour, distractions, tricks, and of course the cover of night to make your way through massive open levels you can tackle in anyway you want.
The talented and experienced developers at Eidos Montreal (Deus Ex: Human Revolution) have been working on this project for roughly five years now. What we’ve seen so far seems to suggest it has been time well spent. Hopefully the series that pioneered the stealth genre can inject it with a much needed shot of life!
Whore of the Orient
The reception toward the oft-delayed and ambitious, LA Noire, was mixed to say the least. Some were amazed by how different and original the game tried to be. Others were overwhelmed with boredom due to the game’s almost complete lack of excitement. The game sold well but unfortunately didn’t live up to its expectations and gargantuan budget. Nevertheless, Team Bondi, the studio responsible, has a new project in the works called, Whore of the Orient.
Not much is know other than it will be set in 1930′s Shanghai in a city ripe with corruption. We also know that it’s going to be an action adventure game akin to Team Bondi’s previous game. I personally didn’t enjoy LA Noire but it was hard to not admire the ambition demonstrated by the developers and see the potential such a good could have. That’s why everyone should be keeping an eye on Whore of the Orient. Hopefully Team Bondi can take the feedback received by LA Noire and use it to create a game that doesn’t differ entirely in style, but doesn’t carry the same weaknesses as its spiritual predecessor.
Lords of the Fallen
Slated for a 2014 release, Lords of the Fallen is a third-person, action RPG set in a fantasy world. The game’s main narrative concept is the idea of man versus god. The game is said to feature deep, robust combat with very deep skill trees and world-altering decisions and consequences.
Based on these early descriptions, the game sounds akin to something like, The Legend of Zelda, or perhaps more accurately, Darksiders; given the RPG mechanics mentioned. Others have drawn comparisons to, The Witcher, franchise. These certainly seem justified considering the involvement of Tomasz Gop who served as Senior Product on The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings.
While it’s up in the air as to whether the game will be more action-adventure or RPG, we know enough to be thoroughly intrigued by, Lords of the Fallen. It’s looking like it could be one next-gens first great action-adventure titles.
Polish developer, Techland, has had its hands full in recent years. They released their breakout hit, Dead Island, in Fall 2011 and released a part sequel, part expansion, Dead Island: Riptide, earlier this year; all while having two other projects in the works. One being the game I would like to introduce you to if you haven’t already been acquainted: Dying Light.
Dying Light looks like a cross between Dead Rising and Mirror’s Edge. It features fast and furious parkour, first person brawling combat similar to Dead Island, an open world, and legit scares if the released footage is anything to go by.
I remember when this game was first announced, nobody really cared. But weeks ago Techland released some extended gameplay footage and it looks good. Really good. The game appears to work exactly as advertised and that’s an extremely exciting prospect! But anyone whose spent some time with Techland games knows that they’re almost always technical messes full of glitches and tearing. Hopefully that isn’t the case with Dying Light which is just oozing with potential!
Okay everyone, I hope you enjoyed this brief look at some compelling games that’ll be in our hands before we know it. What are you looking forward to on next-gen consoles? Did I leave out any gems?