This weekend I am planning on picking up Red Dead Redemption. Although I have never been the biggest fan of the GTA series, Rockstar have intrigued me with it’s wild west free-roaming offering. The last time I played a western game it was Neversoft’s Gun, a game that was fun and had a lot of potential but was marred by an irritating control system and a plot that was extremely short. The reviews for Red Dead Redemption have been generally positive (and sometimes a little over-flowing with praise!) so I’m willing to lay out some cash for it despite the video evidence of 101 glitches on YouTube. I think I’m gonna have a grand time in the old west.
This got me thinking about some other games that I am looking forward to playing. We’ve got some pretty excellent games on the horizon! These are the 4 I’m anticipating the most.
Mafia II – August 2010
Y’know, I never played Mafia. Crime games in general don’t tend to grab my interest. It’s not like I have anything against them it’s a just a personal thing. I tend to prefer stuff with a sci-fi or fantasy theme. Despite this I really, really want to play Mafia II. The gameplay trailers look like it will be immense fun (more Gears of War shoot and cover than GTA) and the work that has gone into constructing the 10 square miles of Empire Bay means it will likely be a joy to wander around. I’ve also been impressed with voice-acting I’ve heard on the trailers. I don’t expect this game to be particularly innovative in the sandbox genre but I love the idea of the playing a stylistic gangster game with great music, authentic environments and a good story. From what I’ve seen so far, Mafia II seems to be promising these things.
Dead Rising 2 – August 2010
Dead Rising was a good game that just didn’t quite work. The controls were iffy, the save system frustrating and the tiny text a massive pain for anyone without a HD tv. Here’s hoping that the sequel will eliminate all these issues! Because really, the opportunity to slaughter a screen absolutely packed with Romero-esque shambling zombies with weapons ranging from your fists to your own custom-built weapons makes my gaming thumbs twitch. Capcom say that the number of zombies which can be onscreen at any one time is roughly 6,000! There will also be cooperative and mutliplayer modes alongside the main plot. I just hope that it lives up to the hype that I have now created inside my head.
I Am Alive – 2011
Ubisoft first announced this title back in 2008. It was meant to be released this year but was pushed back after they pulled the development from Darkworks to in-house. I do hope it makes it to shelves because it just looks so interesting – like playing a part in a 70’s disaster movie. I like the idea that staying alive is part of the games mechanics and not something you only have to think about when being shot at. In fact, using tactics to trick or avoid your enemies is the main focus of play. Hopefully we will all hear more about it later in the year.
Fallout: New Vegas – Autumn/Winter 2010
If you’ve played Fallout 3 then you know why this game is heavily anticipated. If you haven’t played Fallout 3 then what are you still doing reading this blog post? Get out and buy yourself a second-hand copy! You won’t regret it!
So, what games are you looking forward to playing?