I've wanted to do a blog about upcoming games for a while, so here it is. Don't really want to do too much research or delve too deeply into this - just wanna discuss the games and what has me interested about them.
Ori and the Blind Forest
It's hard to believe, but the release date of Ori is only about two weeks away. I've been looking forward to the game since last year's unveiling, and there's really just something so familiar yet refreshing about the whole thing that I like. For starters, it reminds me of the movie The Lion King for some reason, and also like a Studio Ghibli film, if that's at all possible. The backgrounds have a painted look to them, with excellent lighting and shadowing effect. Gameplay-wise, this looks a bit like the SNES Lion King video game, though I'd imagine it's probably lightyears better than that. It's said to have 'metroidvania'-like elements.
Why?: Ori was among the games that ultimately persuaded me to buy the XBox One last year. It helped to show a range of variety in game types that I sought in a new game system. Since I've really been in the mood to play sides-scrolling action games lately, I think OatBF comes along at a good time. And I feel like I owe it to myself to buy this game since I've been looking forward to it for some time. I think the $20 asking price is a bit steep, but I can probably overlook the extra $5 this costs compared to most downloadable games from last gen.
Why Not?: At the same time, a good reason not to jump on the game's release is that I own a bunch of sidescrolling XBox One games already, and need to work on them. There's 1001 Spikes, Volgarr the Viking, Super Time Force, and others like Chariot and Guacamelee which I might decide to play. It might be a bit of sidescrolling-overload.
There's also the question of how much content this game will include, and whether or not I will feel like it lives up to expectations. It's one thing for a game to look pretty and have a great E3 unveiling, but does it play well? These are things I probably won't know until after I've bought it and played it for a bit.
Final Fantasy Type-0
Final Fantasy games aren't what they once were. It was probably impossible to avoid, but the games started branching out and tried doing new and different things after a certain point, and the direction and tone of the games changed accordingly in an attempt to stay relevant. This choice by Square-Enix may have backfired on the company, resulting in a slow decade for the franchise. And, whatever your feelings towards more recent titles in the series, FF has largely changed since the Playstation 1 era.
That's not to say that it's been all bad news. There have been some noteworthy releases since FFX, some of which were better than others. FF Type-0, a PSP game that was only released in Japan up until this point, seemed like one of the more interesting games to come out of the brand over the past decade. You play as a group of classmates, each named after a card in a deck, with their own unique abilities. That is really about all I know of this game, except that it is an action-RPG, and that this release will be a console HD remaster of the PSP game.
Why?: Some part of me wants to give this game a chance. After all, I am an RPG fan, but there isn't much to look forward to in the way of RPGs on the XBox One. And when an FF game looks like it could be decent, that's sort of a rare thing anymore. Factor in the fact that I think this game looks more promising than Final Fantasy 15, somehow, and it seems like a reasonable game to consider.
Why Not?: Unfortunately, it isn't as simple as saying that this game looks interesting. I haven't really done my research on it, and maybe I don't really care enough to. The point is, FF Type-0 is a gamble. It could be good, it could be bad, or it could be pretty mediocre. And I suspect it will be the latter. One thing I really need to start considering is how much space each game I purchase takes up on my system. And I guess I'm not entirely sold on it. I mean, is this really what I want to play right now? Idk.
The Witcher 3
Ori and Type-0 are both slated for March releases. I think The Witcher 3 is the only other game on this list with a set release date so far - not until May.
The Witcher 3 is appealing to me because it looks gorgeous, and the series has gotten praise over recent years for its dark and somewhat realistic take on fantasy. Based on a series of books, the Witcher follows series protagonist Geralt as he slays monsters and travels the land in search of adventure.
Why?: As I said above, the XBox One doesn't have many RPGs. Dragon Age Inquisition is alright, but in some ways I feel like it is actually inferior to Origins. I could use a stronger RPG, and this game could be it. I'm not opposed to taking a new RPG for a spin, and maybe I'd find a new favorite in CD Projeckt RED's flagship series. After all, might not be too many other major disc-based releases for a while...
Why Not?: There's a lot of reasons why I'm still questioning this game. First of all I've never even played a Witcher game before, and I don't know entirely what to expect. And what if the game were to turn out not much different from Dragon Age Inquisition? I mean, that would be alright, but I am really looking for something different than that I guess. Aside from that, there is the whole question of how many games I have the time for right now, and how much money I am willing to sink into gaming right now.
I likely won't buy this game at launch, since it is so close to my wedding day. I probably won't have the time or money for it then. Later on, maybe, sure, but not at launch. Another thing to take into consideration is that the weather is getting nicer outside, and I want to experience more of that.
One of my most hotly-anticipated game releases for this year, Cuphead impresses with vintage cartoon artwork and animation, and run-and-gun gameplay that is said to be heavily focused on boss fights. Cuphead looks great, and its titular character (as well as his buddy Mugman) look like original heroes for gaming. I wish there were a set release date, but thus far it's still just slated for '2015'. The game got an article in the latest issue of Gameinformer, so hopefully that's some indication that is is on the way. ...For the time being, who knows whether it'll release in Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter...
Why?: I am likely going to buy this game. I am a big fan of animation and cartooning in general, and what this game accomplishes already is impressive. The gameplay, the graphics... Everything looks great, so I have high hopes that I'll enjoy it when it does eventually come out. It also has an overworld map - just learned that today!
Why Not?: I have a pretty good feeling that I'll get Cuphead, but I guess money could me one factor why I decide not to get it. Also, potentially horrid review scores.
Toy Soldiers: War Chest
Another game that has had little news recently is the upcoming Toy Soldiers game. For a while I was hearing that it would see an April 2015 release, but lately all signs point to an indefinite '2015' release date. What's more, is that the game is currently only listed on the official website as being released for PS4 and PC... Which is disappointing. I suspect this is a game that will release first on PS4, and later on XBox One.
Why?: I was a big fan of Toy Soldiers and Toy Soldiers: Cold War on the XBox 360. I actually considered them exclusives worthy of buying the console for. The games are great, and I would love to see the series live on. I will likely buy the new game, though news is slow to come.
Why Not?: I am pretty disappointed that Ubisoft is now publishing the series, and that it is no longer a Microsoft-owned property. Toy Soldiers and XBox just sorta go hand-in-hand, and I wouldn't mind it going multi-platform as much if it saw equal releases on both XBox One and PS4. It seems like Ubisoft is giving more consideration to the PS4 version, however...
The following games I won't give detailed opinions for... Due to time constraints, as well as a lack of actual information about the said games.
From the people who made Limbo, the game is a similar sort of deal. I probably won't get this game, it doesn't seem like my cup of tea... But I am keeping an eye on it, anyway.
Created by the team behind Super Time Force, Below is a roguelike top-down dungeon exploration game. It looks great. Keeping my eyes on it.
Double-Fine may have shafted us XBO owners by giving Costume Quest 2 exclusive PS4 content, but they are making up for it with the XBO console exclusive Massive Chalice. My understanding is that it will be a turn-based strategy game, where decades pass quickly in game time and you must constantly manage an empire. I am interested in this game, could be the downloadable RPG we need...
Mirror's Edge 2
Largely missing in action as of late, EA's sequel to their parkour-style game is still in the works. I've included it on this list because it was originally slated for a release in the early part of 2015, so I'm still suspecting it could be released early in the year.