We are coming to the end of August, which means that the autumnal and winter seasons will soon hit us. While this is bad news for anyone currently in the middle of a holiday or fans of sunny weather, it means that we are slowly but surely moving towards the most exciting time of the year for gaming. The end of year schedule for games being released last year was nothing short of ridiculous, and while this year isn’t quite as filled to the gills with AAA titles, there are a few big hitting games that you will be enjoying soon enough. Last year. I wrote an article proclaiming the 20 games that I was most looking forward to, and in a very lazy show of journalism I am going to repeat the process…only this time I’ve narrowed my selection down to just 10 games after realising that I barely played many of the games I mentioned in the last list. So without further ado, here are the games that I am most looking forward to in the next few months. Continue reading Dazcooke’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Games For Winter 2012
Pleasant news from Capcom yesterday – Resident Evil 6 is going to be with us earlier than we originally thought. At yesterday’s Captivate (Capcom’s annual media showcase), we got a new trailer for what is one of the most eagerly anticipated titles of the year, alongside a swathe of new details.
It seems that the game is going to be split into three very distinctive areas, albeit linked together by the plot. As we knew from the first trailer, Leon Kennedy is stuck in America fighting off zombies in a University campus after a bio-attack, and Chris Redfield is gunning it up in China, and the bald guy from the first trailer has been revealed as Jake Muller…who just show happens to be the son of series antagonist, Albert Wesker. The overarching story is that there is a new virus on the loose, the C Virus, which had led to a whole new bunch of mutated nasties for our heroes to fight. Capcom have told us to expect different gameplay in each of the three story arcs, meaning that fans who complained over the differences between Resi 4 and 5 should be appeased.
Intriguing as this all seems, the real headline is that the original release date of 20 November has been dropped – Resident Evil 6 will now be released on October 2nd for ‘competitive reasons’, meaning it will now arrive before the likes of Bioshock Infinite and Assassins Creed 3. It’s a bold move on Capcom’s behalf, and I for one like the aggressive stance they had taken on the issue of release timing.
Finally, if you are one of the lucky people in the world that lives in Japan, they will be releasing a special collectors edition for an eye-watering 105,000 yen (about £800) which will give you the game, a set of special tablet covers, and Leon Kennedy’s leather jacket. I like to think it’s the first game that could drastically improve your fashion sense.
Along Resi 6, Capcom also gave out details on a raft of upcoming games including Lost Planet 3, DmC and Street Fighter X Tekken Vita, which have been handily summarised in this article by Game Informer – check them out if you have the time.
Following on from my post earlier today, I can confirm that the rumours were indeed true – Capcom has given the world Resident Evil 6.
First things first, watch the trailer
Pretty cool eh?
Capcom released the following information along with the reveal trailer:
“It has been ten years since the Raccoon City incident and the President of the United States has decided to reveal the truth behind what took place in the belief that it will curb the current resurgence in bioterrorist activity. Due to be by the President’s side is his personal friend and Raccoon City survivor, Leon S. Kennedy, but when the venue suffers a bioterrorist attack, Leon is forced to face a President transformed beyond recognition and make his hardest ever decision. At the same time, Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance member Chris Redfield arrives in China, itself under threat of a bioterrorist attack. With no country safe from these attacks and the ensuing outbreaks, the entire world’s population is united by a common fear that there is no hope left.”
So, both Leon and Chris will be the stars of the show, it takes place across the world with some suitably dead zombies, and you can move and shoot at the same time again. Sold. The release date is the 20th November 2012.
A few bits and bobs to report on today, and its mostly news from Capcom.
- The big rumour going about at the moment is to do with the possible announcement of Resident Evil 6. This week, viral videos and images have been spread around the interwebs from a strange domain name (nohopeleft.com), basically showing images of the world gone to hell. Eagle eyed readers will notice the biohazard symbols littered around the pictures, and the date of 19.01.12…which is today. Capcom are holding an official event in their homeland of Japan tomorrow to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the famous horror series, and surely announcing the next instalment would be the icing on the cake. One wonders that if they do whether the game will take the path of its immediate predecessors Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5 with their ‘stand still and shoot mechanics’ or whether we will have a return to the scary games…you know, the ones of the PS1.
- Elsewhere from Capcom, we have more reveals for the Street Fighter X Tekken roster. Joining from the Street Fighter roster are Balrog, Vega and Juri, while Law, Xiaoyu and the ever awesome Paul arrive from Tekken. I confidently predicted that this would be the superior of the two crossover games (we have still yet to hear anything about Tekken X Street Fighter – and besides, I greatly prefer Street Fighter to Tekken so I am biased), and the ever expanding roster continues to please me immensely.
- In a bold move, Take Two have announced that Max Payne 3 will be delayed in its release. Originally set for March 2012, it has been pushed back two months to May, meaning that it now joins the likes of Bioshock: Infinite, Borderlands 2 and (maybe) GTA V in Take Two’s 2013 financial year. The company expects that they will release a net loss for 2012 as a result of the delay
- Hideo Kojima has confirmed that there will be a playable demo of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance at E3 later this year. The game, which is now under the wing of Platinum Games, has split the Metal Gear fanbase with its emphasis on OTT action, so it will be interesting to see how the game plays.
- Finally, we have a confirmed date for the Mass Effect 3 demo – it will arrive on Xbox Live and PSN on February 14th 2012. Clear some hard drive space
ITS CHRISTMAS!!!!….or it may as well be, considering the amount of decorations popping up around the city right now. Yes, 23 days before the Lord Christ celebrates his 2011th birthday, Lincoln has decided to get into the festive mood – call me a traditionalist, but I don’t think it should really be celebrated until the 12 days beforehand….but whatever. With Christmas coming up, it also brings with it the busiest time of the year for the game industry, and as a result I have some news to bring you from the past week.
- The virtual sales on Black Friday may not have been the best we have ever seen, but physical sales of games and consoles went through the roof last week. Nintendo were able to report that both The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Super Mario 3D Land shifted over 500,000 copies apiece in the last week alone, making them the fastest selling Zelda and portable Mario titles ever. The 3DS also benefitted greatly from the arrival of the Italian plumber onto the system, tripling the sales of the previous week and meaning that despite its troubled year, it is still on to beat the first year figures of the Nintendo DS. Microsoft were also beneficiaries of the Black Friday spirit, shifting 960,000 Xbox 360 consoles and 750,000 Kinect’s to have their biggest sales week ever. A happy Thanksgiving indeed then for both parties
- Ah Skyrim, how you continue to captivate people – and unfortunately for Bethesda, recent news has not been kind. After several reports of crippling lag on the PS3, they released a patch this week which seems to have solved the problem for some users, but has also brought some new unintended hilarious glitches, such as dragons flying backwards. It’s not been all bad though – Skyrim has been the third most played game on Xbox Live recently (behind Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops, which will no doubt be there until the end of time), and has the distinct honour of becoming the first Western game to ever get a perfect 40/40 mark from Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu – who are kind of similar to Edge Magazine in that perfect scores don’t get handed out too often. As far as a personal report goes, I’m about 40 hours in on my Xbox 360 version, and haven’t encountered a single problem as of yet.
- You may remember if you were brave enough to buy a 3DS before the price drops that Nintendo were going to reward you with a bunch of free games. The NES titles have already been released, but the promised GBA titles, including Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Metroid Fusion, still have yet to come through. Nintendo this week dismissed a report that the games have been pushed back to February 2012, claiming that they are still on course to bring them out before the festive period. More news on this soon.
- The next instalment in the Resident Evil series may well be heading to the Far East– two CV’s were spotted by eagle eye journalists this week claiming that Resident Evil 6 will feature Chinese versions of the undead hordes. It wouldn’t be a great surprise, as the series has explored Spain in Resident Evil 4 and Africa in Resident Evil 5 – watch this space I guess.
- Finally, news which delights me personally – Final Fantasy VII, one of the most celebrated and despised games of all time, will NOT be getting a HD remake – according to Yoshinori Kitase at least. The producer of Final Fantasy XIII and its upcoming sequel, Final Fantasy XIII-2, has come out this week to say that it would take far too much effort as ‘the actual game volume’ of FF7 would be too big to properly realise in a remake and that it would take nearly ten times the effort to make than a new game. So…what he is actually saying is that the modern games are inferior and not as fulfilling as games that were released 14 years ago? Way to diss the project Kitase
And that is your lot for the week, enjoy your weekend – and don’t go opening too many windows on your Advent calendars…