Happy New Year Everyone!
2010 Sounds like the future doesn’t it? the sort of date that you expect to be in a Sci-Fi film rather than on your calender, particularly when you say Twenty-Ten instead of the much less futuristic sounding Two Thousand and Ten. Well we may not have the hover cars and household androids predicted in 50’s fiction but there must be some good games to look forward to this coming year, particularly as so many got delayed during 2009. So what do I think is worth looking out for? Read on and find out.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat [February 2010] It looks very good from the trailer and the developers, GSC Game World, claim that they have put in the parts that worked from the last two games and dropped that which didn’t. It should be good, It should be absolutely terrifying, it should be the reason why PC gaming is better than on a console. It may be a buggy mess but lets hope not. I really enjoyed what I have played of Shadow of Chernobyl, and would have continued had I not lost my save games (my fault not the games), I really must go back to it at some point before this one comes out.
Battlefield 1943 [Q1 2010]Well this one had better be good, after all us PC users have had rather a long wait for this one, hopefully that extra time has been for improving the graphics, ironing out bugs and more importantly, making sure that there are dedicated servers. I am particularly interested in this as it is one of EA’s experiments, an online shooter with only three maps (because they noticed that if you give people ten they only use three anyway) and a budget price. I expect it will sell very well as long as it isn’t exclusive to EA’s own download store or they go back on their word about the pricing.
Bioshock 2 [February 2010] I include this, not because I am particularly interested, but because it will no doubt be the most hyped game of the year (unless another CoD game is released). I enjoyed Bioshock, but it did not leave me thinking “this needs a sequel”, it didn’t even leave me thinking “I want to play it again”. It left me thinking “well it was fun but I’m glad I only paid £3.50 for it”. They said it was part RPG, but I must have missed that part… So back to rapture (still somehow not full of water ten years later) and into a Big Daddy suit. How they will make it a challenge when you are playing as one of the toughest things in the original game I don’t know. Also multiplayer, because everyone wanted that in the original. What? You didn’t? No, me neither. And as an added bonus they are throwing in games for Windows LIVE, Oh joy.
Deus Ex 3 [TBA 2010?]I have heard many things about Deus Ex 3 that worry me, the words “Cover System” and “Regenerating Health” (I’m assuming without augmentations from the context) suggest to me that it is going to be somewhat of a departure from the original, it seems to me that they may have turned it into a brainless action shooter like Gears of War. I hope they haven’t, I really do. The fact that is isn’t getting a console release (according to Wikipedia anyway) suggests that it is not necessary to make it into a brainless game for the masses. I will be keeping an eye on this one despite my suspicions as the original is one of my favorite games of all time (despite not having aged terribly well) and I would like it to have a worthy sequel.
Supreme Commander 2 [March 2, 2010]Everyone likes big robots don’t they? They must, otherwise the Transformers films would have made no money as people certainly didn’t watch them for the plot, maybe Megan Fox, but definitely not the plot… Well the three armies of giant robots from Supreme Commander are back in this sequel. Sup Com 2 is apparently going to change the original formula from Total Annihilation that made it and the first Sup Com successful. The main change is the simplification or removal (it is not clear which yet) of the economy with Chris Taylor saying that “You’ll be able to play this like any other RTS“. Perhaps I am remembering wrong but all the classic RTS games, Age of Empires, Command and Conquer and even Chris Taylor’s own Total Annihilation had an economy, I always felt it was a vital part of the game. I just hope that Mr Taylor knows what he is doing, with several RTS games under his belt he should do but it is possible that Microsoft green has convinced him to make a game that will work well on an XBox and has therefore simplified it. Regardless, the pedigree of this game means it is one to watch.
Jumpgate Evolution [TBA 2010?]I have never played an MMO before, partly because the idea of paying a subscription is not one I am particularly fond of as I never know if there might be a period when I can’t play and partly because most of them simply don’t appeal to me. Jumpgate Evolution seems to be quite different, twitch based flight controls mean your progress in the game is determined by your skill rather than just the stats of your character. This is what got my interest though only time will tell if the rest of the game is different from the WoW clones that dominate MMO’s or if you simply have to grind your way through missions until you have enough cash for a better ship.
So, what are you looking forward to? Is Just Cause 2 more your thing? Starcraft? Maybe you are waiting for the next WoW expansion? Perhaps Rage? Do let me know as I’m sure I’m missing some important ones.