New year, new games!
Here's what I'm most excited for, including a couple of Australian indie titles!
Far Cry 5
I inadvertently missed the Far Cry franchise and I'm not entirely sure why. But I do love me a modern doomsday cult narrative, especially as a game concept. I even had a dream about it a few weeks back. I think this is genuinely my most anticipated title of the year.
Detroit Become Human
I didn't pay a lot of attention to David Cage's latest offering until playing the demo at PAX 2017. I was immediately hooked. In addition to a really captivating world and story line, I really enjoyed the unique controls.
It was the first demo in a long time that left me really irritated that I couldn't marathon it immediately.
The American Dream
I've never been one to be particularly excited over VR games, but The American Dream has been high on my radar since PAX 2016. From the Australian studio who brought us Screencheat, you make your way through a alternate reality 1950s world fair where you use guns for everything - from eating, to work, to driving. It even begins in the crib.
It's seriously hilarious and the most fun I've ever had in VR outside of Japan. I can't wait to shoot out more donut holes in my factory job.
We Happy Few
I lost my god damn mind when the announcement dropped for We Happy Few at E3 2016. I loved the concept, world and storyline and couldn't wait to get my hands on it.
I bought it in early access later that year and sadly, it was pretty broken. There really hasn't been much hype since, and I'm genuinely surprised to see an April release date on it.
Regardless, I'm holding out hope that this will be everything I imagined in to be two years ago.
I've heard a fair amount of scepticism around this and I'm actively choosing to ignore the anti-hype.
I was obsessed with Anne Rice's books during my formative years, so I need this to be good. We're long overdue for a really incredible and in-depth vampire RPG. If I'm being honest, I want it to be Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines.
Irrational? Sure. But a girl can hope.
Untitled Goose Game
I am so excited for this Aussie indie. From the same developers as Push Me Pull You, the game doesn't even have a name yet and I don't care. I just want to be an arsehole goose who steals sandwiches. Take my money.
Red Dead Redemption 2
I don't know what else I can really say, other than 'I've been waiting seven years for this'. I adored everything about Redemption and I can't wait to dive back into Rockstar's Wild West.
The Wolf Among Us Season 2
I'm a fan of the Fables comics, so this is an obvious one for me.
I haven't played all of the Telltale games but this one really captured me. The gritty noir style really suits their episodic format. I also found it was really fun to experience with a partner or friend, much like a TV show.
I love the Tropico series so god damn much. For anyone who hasn't played them before, I describe it as a cross between Sim City, Civilization and Evil Genius. I will continue being El Presidente for as long as they keep pumping out sequels.