Expecting, dreaming, hoping, craving! Here are some of the interesting titles on my horizon, which are your ones?
Mirror’s Edge 2
This is a clear top position among the looking-forward-to titles. The first game was an extremely fresh and speed loving game, with a daring approach to difficulty and an optional non violent play style. The graphical presentation was amazing in a special way with distinct colors, which gave the urban game world a very special atmosphere. A sequel was first planned, and then cancelled, but recently the sequel idea has been resurrected and it will use the same graphical engine as coming shooter game Battlefield 3. Not much more is known about the game, but expect more information to come as soon as Battlefield 3 is released.
Presented as a dark and extremely difficult action, sword wielding game, this is a title to look out for. Playing a lone knight pitched against hordes of evil creatures, it sounds like a quite typical game, but the presentation and play style looks extremely promising. One interesting part is where you can leave notes and messages to other players about upcoming challenges and such, in the game. The high difficulty level promised in the game is also refreshing. I hope to report more about this game, when I get my hands on it at the Eurogamer Expo in London later this month.
Retro City Rampage
Ever since hearing about this game at Gamecity Nights in Nottingham I have been looking forward to it. The presentation of the game is as if Grand Theft Auto (the first one) have been converted to a Nintendo 8-bit game, with a large piece of irony and humor added, mixing the best from the 8-bit era and highs (and lows?) from today’s games. It seems like a release could be coming shortly, but since nothing is confirmed, it can also be a bit away. Whenever it is released, I’m quite sure it will be a funny retro ride, full of references to other games, other media and different periods in gaming history.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
As always with Zelda games, the expectations for this game are sky high. The first glimpses of the game made some people hesitate a bit (including me), but recent information and new gameplay videos that has been released have reassured us that it looks like Nintendo has something good going on again. Most Zelda games have a theme for the game play or the game world, e.g. time travel in Ocarina of Time or travel between the dark and light world in A Link to the Past; this time around the theme is flying. Hopefully there will be less “dead time” spent on traveling; traveling made Wind Waker a bit boring at times, when you had to sail over oceans to reach your destination. This game will come out in November this year.