The fourth installment in the popular Far Cry series takes the players to Kyrat, a fictional Himalayan region ruled by the game’s antagonist Pagan Min. A power-hungry Hong Kong drug lord, Min used an ongoing civil war in the remote kingdom of Kyrat to claim the throne, and then proceeded to remake the country to his own liking. Yet not everyone in the land is willing to submit to his despotic rule. The parents of the game’s protagonist – Ajay Ghale – were the leaders of the resistance movement in Kyrat. That’s why, when Ajay returns to the country of his birth from America to scatter his mother’s ashes, he gets a warm welcome from the unpredictable Pagan Min.
The Order: 1886 is a third-person action-adventure game developed by Ready at Dawn and published by Sony exclusively for their PS4 platform. Set in an alternate version of the Victorian-era London, it follows the titular Order, whose job it is to hunt down dangerous Half-Breeds such as Lycans. Empowered by a mystical substance called Blackwater and equipped with deadly weapons made possible thanks to the Industrial Revolution, the long-lived warriors of the Order are the only ones who can protect humanity against the Half-Breed threat.
The Order: 1886 features a “filmic” look achieved by using subtle film grain, chromatic aberration, and other effects. According to the developers, the 1920×800 resolution and 30 frame rate were also chosen for aesthetic reasons, although one could speculate that the costly particle effects and the high visual fidelity of the game are to blame.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is an upcoming FPS game developed by Sledgehammer Games and published by Activision. Set in year 2054, it features highly futuristic combat with exoskeletons that allow their users to perform enormous leaps, blazing-fast dodges, and supercharged melee attacks. The players can even become invisible for a brief period of time using the powersuits’ cloaking capabilities. The weapons arsenal is also getting a sci-fi upgrade in the form of directed-energy guns which fire laser-like beams.
Advanced Warfare also offers a more advanced “Pick 13” system which now includes customizable scorestreaks, new multiplayer modes, new vehicles and drones, and tools like the grappling hook or IR grenades that add interesting tactical possibilities.
Sunset Overdrive is an open-world third-person shooter developed by Insomniac Games and published by Microsoft exclusively for Xbox One consoles. It takes place in year 2027, when a zombie apocalypse of sorts strikes the fictional Sunset City due to a new energy drink, OverCharge Delirium XT, turning its drinkers into crazed mutants. As the one tasked with cleaning up after the launch party, the protagonist is one of the few people left unaffected.
Sunset Overdrive features highly dynamic and fluid gameplay centered around speedy traversal. Players who keep moving while blowing up the plentiful enemies are rewarded with Style points. Destruction comes easy with the variety of wacky weapons available: Roman Candle launches multicolored fireworks, High Fidelity shoots vinyl records, and TnTeddy combines the cuteness of a teddy bear with the explosive power of dynamite – and that’s just the beginning. The game is bright, colorful, and, in the words of the developers, completely irreverent.
AC Unity is an upcoming installment in the highly popular Assassin’s Creed series by Ubisoft. Set in Paris during the French Revolution, it follows Arno Dorian, a young man who joined the Order to avenge the murder of his adoptive father and find the instigators of the bloody revolt. Armed with deadly weapons like the new Phantom Blade (a Hidden Blade with a small crossbow which shoots poison darts), Arno quickly rises through the ranks of the Assassins and uncovers new details about his father’s death.
Assassin’s Creed Unity is the first game in the franchise to include skill trees, and there’s even more customization options available in the form of gear which adds various stats and bonuses to your character. This allows the player to develop their own unique playstyle, and becomes especially important in the co-op mode, where each member can bring something useful to the group. If you want to build the ultimate character, though, never fear: the devs have confirmed that it is possible to unlock all the skills in a single play-through, although that will take a lot of quests and exploration.
Dying Light is a first-person action / survival horror title developed by Techland, the makers of Dead Island. Like its predecessor, the game is also centered around a zombie apocalypse, but there are numerous changes as well. For one, Dying Light takes place in a slum city, and gives the players the ability to traverse it easily using parkour-style jumping and running. The day and night cycle is a core gameplay element, with the infected becoming stronger and faster in the dark. The idea is to scavenge for supplies during the day, and find shelter before the nightfall, when the truly dangerous monsters come out to play. Even the best player-crafted weapons and traps might not be enough to kill enemies like the fearsome Night Hunter.
LBP3 is an upcoming third installment in the core LittleBigPlanet series developed by a British studio Sumo Digital. The game includes three new playable characters – Swoop, Oddsock, and Toggle – each with their own unique powers; Sackboy himself also gains an ability to climb certain objects. In addition, there are new power ups such as the Pumpinator, which releases gusts of wind to move light items.
The Create Mode has also been greatly improved with the removal of the thermometer; HDD space is now the only limit. Furthermore, levels can be made more complex thanks to sixteen available layers, giving them more depth. Players of the previous titles will be happy to hear that LittleBigPlanet 3 is going to be backwards-compatible with the user-created levels from LBP and LBP2, rendering them at a higher resolution in the PS4 version of the game.