City Interactive’s newly announced action RPG, Lords of the Fallen, reared its haggard, tattooed face at Gamescom today, but unfortunately that face was caked with a layer of CGI makeup.
A new alien-shooting sci-fi FPS just blasted its way into our world with a new trailer, as shown at Gamescom in Germany today. Alien Rage will feature action-packed shooting of “relentless enemies” with “badass weapons.”
Ghost Warrior 2 has all the hallmarks of a generic modern military FPS: linear corridors filled with thick enemies, strategically placed explosive barrels, one-dimensional characters who spout military jargon, and things exploding. But the difference here is that you’re sneaking rather than blasting your way through these tunnels of scripted war nonsense. It’s a feature-length stealth section.
At first, I gave it the benefit of the doubt. It looks reasonably pretty thanks to CryEngine 3, so I thought it might be an enjoyable parade of shallow but visually dazzling set-pieces. Wrong. This is a bad game with a maddening stealth AI, bewildering checkpoint placement, and idiotic ultra-macho dialogue.
"There are soldiers," proclaims the absurd launch trailer for Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, "and then there are snipers." A slogan illustrated by a man heroically shooting at a helicopter pilot from a safe distance. Like its predecessor, Ghost Warrior 2 takes place in a series of extreme environments: in this case a jungle, a Tibetan mountain range and (er) Sarajevo, which by the looks of it appear to offer speedboats, stealth assassinations, and the classic Shooting at People from Blown-out Windows. The game is out next week, and now we know that it features a scene where you jump out the way of an explosion. Not very stealthy, that.
You'll learn two things about Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 from this teaser trailer. The first, rather obviously, is that it includes sniping. The second is that it also has plenty of gratuitous armpit stabbings. That one's also kind of obvious, since it's now mandated by law that all gritty, "realistic" war games must include at least one instance of unnecessarily detailed knife crime.
Not to be confused with Sniper Elite V2, or Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 is a military shooter about shunting slugs of lead into distant foes' frontal lobes. A rebuilt AI system and improved sneaking are the on-the-box improvements over the original, but the smart visuals will do more to catch the eye. Watch as CryEngine 3 spoons dollops of visual fanciness into the above trailer, spotted on Evil Avatar. Interested? Tyler's waiting to tell you what it's actually like right here in our Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 preview. It's out on August 21.
Become the bane of enemy soldiers who can't quite take cover properly in Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2. City Interactive will bring their CryEngine 3 powered sniper sim to PC next March. It'll hit Europe on March 16, and the US on March 20. The in-game footage above is taken from Sniper's Gamescom showing, and feels a lot like Call of Duty 4's Chernobyl level, in which you spend a lot of time dressed as a bush, being told what to do by another man dressed as a bush. But imitating greenery is the second most exciting thing about being a sniper. The first is the feeling of god-like power as you hover your sights over a distant, unaware foe. Expect plenty of that come March 2012.