With EB Games Expo only one sleep away for Australian gamers, we figured there is no better time to reveal some of the games the DC team most want to tenderly caress for three days. A word of warning though, there is talk of syphilis. Enjoy!
1Adam: Tomb Raider
I’m an unabashed Uncharted fan, that much I make very clear. When the new look Tomb Raider was shown off at E3 2011 therefore, my interest (and that of the general gaming public) spiked. A hardened Lara, a dangerous new world and a brutal origin story might reek of certain treasure hunting Lothario, but who ever said that was a bad thing. After all, many argue that Miss Croft was the lass that started it all.
Regardless, I’ve been dying to get my unnaturally sweaty hands on this bad boy for a while and now’s my chance. Will control be as smooth as a buttery cloud? Has Crystal Dynamics successfully made environments open for experimentation? Or has the team fallen into the trap of linearity? Most importantly tough, where the hell is Sully?
Also, I know this is against the rules, but an honourable mention has to go to Halo 4. If only because I’m ready to finish the fight. Again.
2Daniel: Far Cry 3
Without a doubt, the game I’m most looking forward to is Far Cry 3. But it ain’t for the gameplay…Would you believe?
I’m a man of simple tastes. I like pretty, dark haired woman and breakfast food. I also like solid writing and a good bad guy. Far Cry 3 looks to have those last two items in spades.
From the moment I saw the open world shooter’s reveal video from last year’s E3 I was hooked on Vaas. If I could grow a beard, I’d be his. If a sweet Mohawk was acceptable in my social circles, I’d have one of those too.
The thoughtful/batshit insane dialogue combined with his unique style just has my expectations all a quiver.
From what I’ve seen (and played) so far, the game itself looks to be well on track to deliver a solid experience which is always a bonus. But I’d wager that after the dust of gameplay settles, it’ll be the man people will remember.
3Chad: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Metal Gear Solid’s pretty boy Raiden had a somewhat lukewarm debut to say the least. Being the subject of one of the biggest bait and switches in video game history, fans were left sour as they played almost 90% of Metal Gear Solid 2 with Kojima’s new silver haired lead. Fast forward to Metal Gear Solid 4 though, and you’d be considered silly if you didn’t want to play as the now seemly unstoppable cyborg ninja known as Radien 2.0. Thanks to Platinum Games swooping in and saving the game from development hell, we’ll get to do exactly that in Metal Gear Rising: Revengance.
Although Rising isn’t exactly shaping up to be a stealth aficionado’s cup of tea, one thing is for sure; this is going to be prime example of textbook Platinum Games batshit insane, fused with the craziness of the Metal Gear Solid series. And damn, does it look delicious. The hook of Rising is its ridiculously brutal “Blade Mode” which allows you to drop into bullet-time and literally cut anything at will. From enemy’s limbs, to vehicles and even entire structures, all this can all be sliced and diced to your most sadistic desires.
Being a hardcore MGS fan myself, the latest trailer from TGS simply had me salivating for some hands-on time. Vanquish meets Metal Gear? How can I not love that?
4Mark: Assassin’s Creed Liberation
Out of all the games on show at EB Expo, why on earth would I choose AC Liberation? Is my syphilis playing up again? No. No it’s not.
AC Liberation is for the Vita, which some of you know as ‘Sony’s handheld that isn’t doing so well.’ The Vita promised AAA gaming on the go, and thus far, those titles that could be considered AAA (Uncharted, Resistance and ModNation) have been sub-par, while smaller titles such as Sound Shapes, Escape Plan and Little Big Planet, have been nothing short of spectacular.
However, AC Liberation will be the first AAA title coming from a third-party franchise, and if it’s good, who knows? That beautiful, yet basically impotent little handheld may start to draw some much needed attention from the bigger developers. Developers it so sorely needs to seduce if it wants to survive. If it ends up being a terrible, miserable failure, I will fall back on All-Stars and pwn some righteous noobage with Sir Daniel Fortesque.
That’s our hit-list, but if you’re heading to EB Games Expo this weekend, let us know what games have you pumped in the comments section below!