From the dying embers of lackluster 2014 we look ahead to 2015 with hope, hope that finally shit is going to get real, hope that Ubisoft is going to deliver on it’s promises, hope that these f@cking rigs we built with our bare hands are going to get punished by some motherfunking bitching gaming awsomenessness. And what gives us this hope? these mofo’s right here……..
Tom Clancy’s The Division (Ubisoft)
Imagine a persistent, online, open-world New York where exploration, combat, and RPG player-progression are essential (so, not unlike real life then? – Travel Ed.). The Division is inspired by Operation Dark Winter and Directive 51, real-world events which “revealed how vulnerable we’ve become”, and according to which society has become “fragile” and “complex”. In the game, a disease spread by dirty bank notes on the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, causes the United States to collapse in just five days. Stunning-looking Big Apple locations and an element of cooperation between you and your buddies promise lots of tactical action that’s been inspired by the reality of counter terrorist operatives across the world. Check out our first look here. Ubisoft has had a hard time recently, and rightly so, with poorly optimized, glitchy releases like Assassins Creed Unity and Watchdogs making fools of us all. It’s a given that The Division will launch through the universally-hated Uplay, so it’s understandable that many people remain skeptical about this latest offering, which is a shame because it certainly has the potential to be a good one, just as long as they cook it long enough and work hard for a smooth launch.
The Witcher III (CD Projekt RED)
There’s no doubt that the new Witcher will be enormous in many ways. From finally being a truly open-world title with stunningly beautiful locations and well-balanced character design and development – it all looks like it’s been put together with real style. We’re in for a fantasy feast of epic proportions, and by epic we mean epic, as there are not one, not two, but sixteen DLC’s planned, all of which will be free, even if you only buy the base version. Couple that with the recently announced second playable character, Ciri, and you’re left with a hell of a lot of game content for your euro-pound bucks. With so many badly polished, under-tested games released on the market, it’s good to see that CD Projekt RED have pushed the release date back by three months to ensure all the bugs are ironed out. CD Procject RED, we at XP4T like what you’re doing and how you’re doing it – we tip our hats to you.
Dying Light (Techland)
Techland have, over the years, become experts at inflicting zombie infestation on us, and Dying Light is destined to be their crown jewel. Currently available footage tells us that we’ll be dealing with a serious FPS that has had many of its predecessors’ bugs eliminated, and lots of nice ideas added. The inclusion of the always-trendy Parkour-style free running is a great addition, allowing you to move fluidly through the environment. It’ll be great if you find yourself hemmed in and need an escape route. With the story looking like it’s going to be well-written, and with the usual good voice acting of the DI series, this might be a very strong contender for Game of the Year!
Syberia III (Microids)
Benoit Sokal is back, and so is Kate Walker, his greatest character creation ever. And when those two get together, you know there’s no talk of potential disappointment allowed. Fans of adventure games should already have Syberia III on their radar. Everyone else can expect a thrilling story told in beautifully rendered locations, with memorable characters. Satisfaction looks to be – by far – guaranteed.