By Carson Major
The late 1970’s was the golden age of video games, with new classics like Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, and Frogger cropping up in arcades all over the world like wildfire. Through the years, gaming technology has progressed by leaps and bounds. Nowadays, games are so realistic that kids don’t even want to go outside anymore, myself included!
Yep, it’s that bad.
However, we’re not here to debate why my couch is sooooooooooooo much more comfortable than the stupid grass. We’re here to talk about how some of the gaming masterpieces that are going to usher in an all-new era of gaming.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Although the game’s release date is October 23rd, not a lot of information about the game as a whole has been leaked, which is unfortunate for those of you who enjoy spoilers, but I can tell you some of what I know so far from Gamespot.com. “The latest installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise features dual protagonists with their own storylines: twin siblings Jacob and Evie Frye. Born in Crawley, a rustic borough just under 30 miles from the city of London, Jacob and Evie were raised as assassins. At the start of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, they are newcomers to London, and you’ll discover the city alongside them, learning its dangers and advantages in tandem and mastering industrial technology. Long story short, this game is not only going to have a boatload of customization options, in-depth combat mechanics, and great detail, but it will also have a killer storyline.” Gamespot.com.
Rise Of The Tomb Raider
Most avid (or even minor) gamers will recognize the name Tomb Raider, and some may even remember playing one of the older games. Next month, Crystal Dynamics will be releasing the 11th installment of the series. So here’s what I know from tombraider.wikia so far.
“In her first adventure, Lara Croft was forged into a true survivor, but she glimpsed a deeper, secret world. In the next chapter of her journey, Lara must use her survival skills and wits and ultimately accept her destiny as the Tomb Raider.
After she encountered an immortal being, Lara spent a year researching eternal life to both understand and prove what she saw. This research leads her on a quest to find Kitezh, a mythical city both founded and lost in what is now Russia’s Siberian tundra.” tombraider.wikia
Halo 5: Guardians
Halo is possibly one of the most recognizable names in the world of first-person shooters, right behind Call of Duty. And although I myself am not exactly a hyped-up superfan of the series, I am looking forward to the release of Microsoft’s latest installment of the epic sci-fi genre. Not much worth mentioning has been released as of yet, so there will be no story speculations on this one. Sorry.
Just Cause 3
This may not be as popular a genre as other games out there, but the highly reputable Avalanche Studios will be releasing the (you guessed it) 3rd installment in the Just Cause series in December. I may only know a little of what the game has to offer, but this is my personal favorite on the list as of yet. If you want to see an epic trailer of the game here’s a link. Anyway, here’s what I know from Gamerant.com.
“Set ‘several years after’ the last outing, Rico has put the time to use by adding a wingsuit to his repertoire, noted for not only its ability to move players across the map during free fall, but achieve all new high speeds. According to the outlet’s hands-on time with the game (the open world, not the story missions), the controls have received some attention, allowing the grappling of planes and enemies with less difficulty.
All new mechanics have been added as well, with Rico able to lessen the General’s influence over Medici’s inhabitants by destroying billboards, statues and propaganda loudspeakers. When influence has been erased, Rico “owns” the town, meaning he is able to travel to it instantly, take refuge within it when the heat is too great, and even save rare vehicles to be acquired later via air drop.” Gamerant.com.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Yes, I know it already came out, but it’s just so good I had to include it. As far as gameplay goes, this is, in my opinion, the best stealth-action game of all time, and one of the best open world games you can buy.
Everything you have read so far has been opinions and speculations, but these are confirmed facts. If you don’t want anything ruined, skip everything in blue text.
From Wikipedia: In the aftermath of the events of Ground Zeroes and the destruction of Militaires Sans Frontières (commonly abbreviated as MSF), Big Boss falls into a coma. Nine years later, he awakens and helps lead a new mercenary group, Diamond Dogs. Adopting the codename “Punished ‘Venom’ Snake”, he ventures into Afghanistan during the Soviet–Afghan War and the Angola—Zaire border region during the Angolan Civil War to track down the men responsible for MSF’s destruction. Along the way, he becomes re-acquainted with his former rival Ocelot and encounters Quiet, an assassin and sniper with supernatural abilities. While he and Benedict “Kazuhira” Miller are initially driven to exact revenge, Snake soon unearths a plot by the Cipher organization to develop a new model of the Metal Gear system known as the ST-84 “Sahelanthropus”.
Let’s face it – everyone who has read this far saw it coming. I’m not even going to speculate on the story because this game might be too epic to assume anything. But I will say this, Fallout 4 will be the deciding factor on Bethesda’s future success. This genre has already been hugely popular in the past, and if Fallout 4 lives up to expectations, it will be Bethesda’s crowning jewel. Their silver bullet. Their magnum opus. My point is, with all the attention this game is getting, it could either make or break the company. But that shouldn’t get you worried because they know this too and are sure to do a good job because of it.
Well, that just about wraps things up. Have a good time gaming!