We are slowly approaching the end of the year which always means one thing for me – the biggest hits of the year are about to hit consoles everywhere. Granted, it is only September so it is not technically “holiday season” yet, however, that does not stop gamers everywhere from jumping for joy over these smash hits:
Dead Island is an upcoming open world horror action adventure video game in development by Techland for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and OnLive. It is centered on the challenge of survival on a zombie-infested island with a major emphasis on melee combat. It was originally announced in E3 2006, but was pushed back to 2011 and will be released on the 6th of September. Dead Island will feature open world gameplay, played from a first person perspective, with up to four-player co-operative play in a heavily interactive environment. The focus will be on melee combat, incorporating customizable weaponry, vehicular customization/combat, and RPG elements.
GEARS OF WAR 3
Eighteen months after the fall of Jacinto, the remnant of Jacinto moved to the island of Vectes to rebuild. After a generally quiet period, the Imulsion infected Lambent began to emerge from the ground. Hiding something, the COG head of state, Chairman Prescott, abandoned the COG. Now leaderless and being forced off the island, the COG disbands and separates to the safest places left. Victor Hoffman takes some survivors to Anvil Gate while Delta squad sets off on the “Raven’s Nest” naval ship with the remaining humans to avoid further Lambent incursion. Gears of War 3 will feature four-player co-op for the first time in the series. A fully controllable mech suit, called a Silverback, will be available for use in certain parts of the game, armed with a machine gun and rocket launcher. They have two operating modes, in assault mode it is controlled like a standard character, in stationary mode, they lock into position and deploy their armor, as well as cover for other Gears from their legs.
In X-Men: Destiny, players will be put in the role of new mutants who join the X-Men or the Brotherhood of Mutants; they will have to make choices to decide the ultimate destiny of their character. According to early sources, X-Men: Destiny is placing an emphasis on “choice” as its main focus, as opposed to a more traditional linear type of gameplay. According to the official press release, “the all-new original video game casts players as new mutant recruits in a rich, branching storyline that features a deep element of choice and gives players ultimate control of their destiny”. Destiny is based in San Francisco, which has been divided into human and mutant areas due to conflict between the two groups. The game begins at a peace rally being held in memory of the deceased Professor X, where the player chooses from one of three mutant characters to play as, who have been originally created for the game. The game allows for the player to decide which mutants become their allies and enemies through choices made in the course of the story.
STAR FOX 64 3D
The gameplay for the remake is very similar to the original version, albeit with some modifications made to the game. The game features a “64 Mode” and a “3DS Mode”. In the 3DS Mode, players can control the game by using the 3DS’ internal gyroscope sensor to control the Arwing in space. Controls and character dialogue will be displayed on the touch screen. A multiplayer “Battle Mode” is included, which allows players to play up to 4-player multiplayer, this requires only one cartridge through DS Download Play mode, unfortunately however, there is no online multiplayer. The players will be able to take photos of themselves and they will appear in-game. In “64 mode” it is the same as Star Fox 64.
WARHAMMER 40,000: SPACE MARINE
Players take the role of Captain Titus, a Space Marine. An ork horde is launching an invasion of an Imperial Forge World, a planet-dedicated industry that manufactures vehicles and weaponry for the Imperium’s soldiers. The Warboss leading the invasion is attempting to steal a Warlord Class Battle Titan(a large walker vehicle that can wipe out whole armies). Captain Titus of the Ultramarines Chapter is sent with a small contingent of Ultramarines to slow down the invaders whilst the Liberation fleet prepares a counter assault. Space Marine does not feature a cover system. As a Space Marine, you are given enhanced regenerative abilities and an Iron Halo shield. When health gets low, performing sync kills can allow Titus to get a portion of his health back. You are accompanied by Sidonus and Leandros for most of the missions, though in some instances you will have to go on solo missions. The game features a fury system that, when filled up, allows you to either slow time for aiming or to unleash a devastating melee attack.