Contemplating the Single Life

Looking at the press releases coming from this year’s E3, it is clear that fans of every genre will have some really stellar looking titles to be excited for. Who has time for a relationship? With work, school, rent, my penchant for hedonistic behavior and now all these exciting titles on the way, who wants to deal with emotions and complaining?

This is not an in-depth look at what was revealed so far at E3, it’s just me talking about what has me interested. If that’s what you’re looking for go to our home page.

DishonoredAs usual, Bethesda is showing how they have the industry on lock with the exciting gameplay reveal of Dishonored. New bits of the Dawnguard DLC for Skyrim were revealed and, despite what I said in my column last week, the new perk tree for werewolves looks pretty cool as was seeing the Vampire Lord in action…Twilight still sucks though.

Activision is scheduled to saturate the market with their Call of Duty promos as usual. The gameplay for the semi-futuristic Black Ops 2 was revealed and despite my not being the biggest fan of the franchise, the game did look rather gorgeous. I’m a little confused as to why they exclusively reveal bits of the single player campaign as though that’s the reason the franchise is successful. Seeing the futuristic technology that is being utilized by the soldiers in the video, I am slightly concerned about how this will be implemented in multiplayer without it being game-breaking.

A discussion for another day…

God of War: AscensionIn the realm of extreme action games, God of War: Ascension was the first up and, as usual, I was struck with conflicting emotions. The quality inherent within the game’s design shown through the brief but vibrant gameplay is testament to Sony Santa Monica’s dedication to the series. However, as fun and graphically appealing the gameplay was, I can’t help but feel that I’ve played this game before; its feel is very familiar. Depending on whom you ask, this can either be a good or bad thing.

What got me excited in terms of this genre was the new Devil May Cry.

Surprisingly, the story is not shot to hell as I suspected with this reboot focusing on the corrupt nature of media and its inextricable link to profit-hungry corporations; how this relates to demons and monsters may be where the story goes to hell in a handbasket. I’ve never really played the series for the story anyway.

What drew me to it was its emphasis on flashy combat; the flashier you are, the more successful you will be and it is rather difficult to be flashy.

Devil May CryThis is what separates the series from similar titles like God of Was and Bayonetta. In God of War, the more difficult the game becomes the more you are forced to stick with the basic combat mechanics, resulting in a less nuanced and complex gameplay experience. Bayonetta is just ridiculously easy. Regardless, the 8 minute video provided by Gamespot looks exciting and seems to retain what attracted me to the series in the first place.

Being a fan of Nintendo’s Smash Brothers series since about the age of eleven, I was insanely excited to see more of Sony’s PlayStation All-Stars.

Am I upset that it’s a blatant rip off of Nintendo’s quirky fighter?

No. There is no room for loyalty when it comes to fun. These guys are going to make millions regardless of whether I boycott one title. Not exactly solid logic right there but still…

Resident Evil 6The final game that has me excited is Resident Evil 6. While there has been a steady transition from survival horror to outright action game, my fanboyism has not wavered in the slightest (I will admit though that the whole shooting West Africans debacle from 5 was a little irritating). This game looks like a full-blown action shooter. Gone are the days when people jump in fear at anything having to do with Resident Evil. I’ve always been into the series’ story and I’m not really sure how this sequel will be legitimized when taking into account the events which transpired in 5 but I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that it doesn’t become a shit show.

There were many games that were revealed at this month’s expo but these are the titles that I’m drawn to, which is not to say that the rest were bad.

The Last of Us station at the expo is surely bathed in the bodily fluids of many a gamer as that seems to be the title everyone is talking about.

Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed 17 are being looked upon favorably as well, legitimately so.

I am especially looking forward to the new Duke Nukem reveal.