Even before the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) gamer hype is at an all-time high during the summer. This is due to high profile launches, that a lot of industry analysts would call “system sellers” as they can drive home console sales in ways that most other titles simply cannot. The following are some must-buy games launching over the summer to keep you occupied and having a great vacation.
This starts on May 10 with the launch of “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End”, which will utilize the unique yet somewhat traditional development style of Naughty Dog, to create an immersive 3rd person adventure experience, starring Nathan Drake.
This title, intended to be the final game in the critically acclaimed series, is an effective example of interactive storytelling and immersive world-building despite being in an already realistic and established setting.
A mere three days later on May 13 Bethesda launches the long awaited title “Doom” which is a first person shooter action game that reboots the genre’s pioneer series. This action game puts a major emphasis on destruction, cathartic violence, and fantastical gore. While these elements may be a turnoff to some players, others will find solace in a game that stays true to its roots with a trusted developer like Id Software keeping everything in order.
On May 24, Blizzard Entertainment, the developer behind the “Warcraft” franchise will be releasing their first person shooter “Overwatch”. “Overwatch” combines the team elements found in a game like “Team Fortress 2” with the over the top antics that can sometimes be associated with Blizzard. All in all this is shaping up to be one of the summer’s biggest releases. The open beta took place over the course of the last week, and reception was so strong that Blizzard extended the beta by an extra day. This over the top shooter had an incredible presence at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX East) and reception has been all but unprecedented.
Also on May 24, the long awaited sequel to the first person parkour-esque platformer Mirror’s Edge will arrive. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will take things to the next level with new technology and hopefully even more fresh and progressive storytelling. Originally set to release in February, this game’s delay can only mean that the developers took the right amount of time to see to a truly polished final product.
Jun. 10 brings a new installment to a popular series. “Kirby: Planet Robobot” is a side scrolling action platformer for the Nintendo 3DS that will make use of amiibo functionality as well as the 3D visuals to make for a truly deep game, that requires a lot of critical thinking and well timed combinations to see players through its many challenges. The game will launch with its own series of amiibo custom made to truly emphasize the cute and charming visuals of the “Kirby” series that we have all come to know and love.
On Jun. 21st, the long awaited indie space exploration game known as “No Man’s Sky” will finally take center stage, introducing one of the largest explorable worlds in video game history. While this game will operate on realtime online multiplayer at all times, it is truly a single-player experience. While you share the world with others finding specific friends is close to impossible. This game truly replicates the vast void of space but fills the world with enough to keep any curious mind occupied.
These are the highlight titles that can be expected over the summer, and with E3 coming up, we can expect even more great announcements. Be it more information on Nintendo’s new console, the NX, or more information on Playstation VR, the world of games is as fast moving as ever, with the summer being a great time to go out and start playing. And a great time to stay tuned for news from Mustapha’s GAME ROOM!!!