Action and FPS (continued)
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3
A modern military shooter sequel that blends the long-range marksmanship that you'd expect from the title with stealth and action approaches supported by lots of Clancy-style gadgets. Maps are large with lots of defensive positions to bypass, camps to raid, and security systems to manipulate.
The latest in open world orb collection is due this year, no longer an Xbox exclusive. In earlier entries, you jump, punch, and shoot your way around a big city, collecting power orbs that upgrade your jumping, punching, and shooting powers. It’s a simple loop, and Crackdown 3 likely won’t stray far from supersoldier sandboxing, but this time around the entire city is fully destructible. You can take out entire skyscrapers, and they won’t just animate collapse and disappear—they’ll break into fully rendered physics pieces, which should make for some interesting benchmarks on the PC.
Agents of Mayhem
Set in the Saints Row universe, Agents of Mayhem is essentially a rebranding and reboot of the series. It’s got a more cartoony look than the rest of the Saints Row games, and a near-future pseudo-superhero setting somewhat reminiscent of Overwatch. Although developer Volition is calling it a “sister game” to Saints Row, it doesn’t look too far off from its sibling. The over the top action and adult humor we’ve come to expect is still there, but the new direction has given the studio a chance to branch out from other pre-existing conventions of the series.
The newest game in the Quake series, Quake Champions is a fast paced arena shooter. New to the series in this game is the addition of, you guessed it, champions who each have unique abilities. There was initially a sense of trepidation when the idea was announced, given Quake has always been seen as a 'pure' FPS experience, but the first gameplay trailer released showed it still looks as fast and lethal as the series has ever been. Still, we’ll have to wait and see if that’s really the case when we actually get our hands on it later this year.
Update: Scalebound has been cancelled.
Devil May Cry creator Hideki Kamiya's next action game has: co-op, dragons, punching, and gigantic bosses. That set-up sounds a bit like Capcom's Lost Planet series, but with Platinum Games and Kamiya behind the wheel (horns?) Scalebound may end up a far more satisfying action game. There are also some clear RPG elements at play, with damage numbers popping out of enemies and equipment for range and melee combat. To be honest, it's still a bit hard to get a handle on everything in Scalebound except the main character Drew and his dragon Thuban, who are linked together in a total Dragonheart scenario.
As the self-described “lovechild of Syndicate and GTA 1,” Tokyo 42 is a stylish sci-fi take on isometric open world mayhem. The camera takes a much higher perch than typical, turning your character into a tiny blip on the screen, but retains the arsenal and abilities you’d expect from a big budget open world romp. Use stealth or go in with weapons drawn in a colorful take on future Tokyo sometime in early 2017.
Squad has quickly become one of our favorite multiplayer shooters, and steady updates has helped the game change a lot over 2016. Big puzzle pieces like vehicles and logistics have finally snapped into place, and developer Offworld is planning for a final version release during 2017. We particularly love how Squad emphasizes voice chat and teamwork, which makes finding a good squad a magical experience filled with friends and swearing.
Insurgency is a for shooter fans looking for something a bit grittier than Call of Duty, but not quite as coarse as Arma. With Insurgency: Sandstorm, the game is jumping to , new visuals, and adding a storyline. Is it an expansion? A reboot? Don’t ask questions while we’re trying to aim.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead
We were really hoping to sink our decaying teeth into this new , the folks behind Payday and Payday 2, in 2016. Some in an official business capacity (or something—we don’t really understand how business works), and Overkill’s Walking Dead got pushed to late 2017 to make time for a global release in Asian and Western markets.
Styx: Shards of Darkness
In the realm of fantasy-stealth-goblin games, Styx: Master of Shadows was one of the best. We’re excited to check out the sequel from Cyanide, Shards of Darkness. While sneaking, stealing, and assassinating to your little goblin heart’s content, expect to use a lot of potions to create controllable clones of yourself, set acid traps, and turn invisible. Plus, the fantasy setting and stark, fire-cast lighting looks excellent.
John Wick Chronicles
It’s fitting that one of the first really interesting VR games for the HTC Vive is John Wick, a movie famous for looking like an FPS video game. John Wick Chronicles is timed to come out with the second John Wick movie, and the full-body movement mechanics in the Vive should look and feel great in the film's gritty suits-and-neon world.
Release date: 2017
Developer: Cedar Interactive Arts
Link: Official site
This fan-made, multiplayer focused TimeSplitters game (which has Crytek's blessing) is still alive, and according to the latest teaser below, the team is now aiming for a release this year. We wrote a little about Rewind all that way back in 2013.
Alfred Hitchcock described the difference between surprise and suspense in terms of a bomb: if a bomb explodes, that’s surprise; if you can see a bomb about to explode, that’s suspense. Hello Neighbor is so damn thick with suspense that we get ulcers from watching the trailer.
One player, the eye in the sky ‘Overseer,’ wears an HTC Vive headset and surveys a complex structure of stairs and platforms. Another person plays as the ‘Challenger’ on a regular monitor, running and hiding from the Overseer’s gaze as they attempt to escape a prison. It’s a creative, asymmetrical use of VR for multiplayer.