Top Picks 2014/2015

hottitlesWow, let me just say that as my first official day of part time status, this shit feels good!  Hah, this is glorious!  With that said, it’s time to figure out what the juicy titles will be for Q4 2014 and Q1 2015.  I’ll throw out a few that I have my eyes on and I’d love to hear from you guys not only what titles you’re looking at, but if you have any specific requests for games you’d feel would make for a great stream.

 

 

 

 

 

1) H1Z1 (Due out ?).  As someone who was rock hard for DayZ, it should come as no surprise to see that I’m following SoE as they release information on their upcoming zombie/survial/sandbox/crafting shooter.  This genre or rather blend of genres reminds me of when I first dove headfirst into BF42 all those years ago.  BF42 accidentally got a lot of things right, but either way, at that point in time it was obvious to me that I’d never be as happy playing a typical TDM based shooter ever again.  Similarly with DayZ and the plethora of open world survival style games to follow.  Regardless of how many issues DayZ had (or how many more the stanadalone currently has), it seems clear to me that while no one has been able to figure out just the right mixture or formula, that someone eventually will and we’ll all go bananas for it.

 

2) DA Inquisition (Due out Nov 18th).  One of the games I have slated for livestreaming is the original Dragon Age.  Great story, fun dialogue, and enjoyable RPG character development and combat.  The success of the first game sold everyone on buying DA2 which was unfortunately one of the worlds greatest letdowns.  Later confirmed via Bioware Developers, DA2 was a rushed expansion that ended up being turned into a standalone game.  With identical and repeating levels, stale combat and attacks, bland dialogue, and minimal character progression, DA Inquisitions had better be the next best thing since sliced bread in order to put DA2 behind us.  Personally, I’d like an apology and a discount for those who purchased DA2.  In reality people will all head over to IGN and read their 10/10 article and completely forget that DA2 ever existed.  Such is the world we live in.  /wrist.

 

3)Evolve.  (Due out Oct 21).  Brought to you via Turtle Rock Studios aka the guys who created Left 4 Dead.  It’s basically capitalizing on some of the more enjoyable moments of Left 4 Dead which were players taking control of tanks and attempting to smear the survivors off the face of a tall building.  Unlike L4D however this game has no mission or goal to complete.  It’s basically one gigantic arena and both the survivors and the monster run around leveling themselves up in an attempt to kill each other off.  I think it sounds like great fun and as a result of pursuing a 4v1 concept versus 4v4, it eloquently skirts the balance issues that plagued both L4D and L4D2.  If your first round was a disaster there wasn’t much incentive to go on and continue to get your teeth kicked in round after round.  Shouldn’t be an issue here.

 

4) Witcher 3 (Due out Feb 24th, 2015) I loved the original witcher.  I got really into and attempted to complete nearly every sidequest and bang everyone I could find (man, woman, or beast).  At one point I remember thinking to myself that despite having a lot of fun, I was feeling ready for the game to wrap up and finish.  The wombo combo of 23423423 side quests and the worlds most tedious inventory system eventually spurred me to drop what I was doing and just finish the damned game.  The witcher had a unique combat system where you chose either a steel or silver sword based on whether you were fighting human or monster-type opponents.  You then had several different attack styles that were tailored to the amount of enemies you were facing.  These attacks could be chained or combo’d based on when you timed the following swing.  Depending on the difficult you faced, you may or may not have had some visual indicators of when to “combo” into another swing.  Despite having an interesting story, the witcher 2 threw this combat style out the window and instead opted for a watered down version of an action/rpg game similar to mass effect.

5) Far Cry 4 (Due Nov 18th) Lets face it, Far Cry 3 was a pretty fun game with one of the most memorable villains I’ve ever come across.  Brilliant dialogue and a ruthless attitude turned Vaas into fun encounter, every encounter.  Unforutnately our main protagonist wasn’t quite as much fun and that was where we spent most of our time.  Either way, I had a blast with the game despite feeling a bit too powerful depending on the weapons I was carrying.  FC4 looks a bit like a re-skinned and re-purposed FC3 so I’m not expecting it to be night and day different from the previous title.  Either way I’m looking forward to it and I’ll be picking it up as soon as it goes live.

 

6) Bloodborne (Due out march 2015) Last but most certainly not least, Bloodborne.  Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls should need no introduction.  Deep RPG style combat meshed with a world where other players can invade you at any time has made for a hugely successful franchise.  What most stands out to me about Bloodborne is the character using a gun in his off-hand and the speed of combat being picked up.  I was worried at first glance that BB may end up resembling something closer to DMC but after watching the full 6 minute trailer it looks closer to a souped up Dark Souls.  One thing I think most of us would like is some way to PvP on dedicated servers.  I’m okay with P2P being used for invasions, but if we could at least have dedi’s for a few guilds that revolve around PvP I’d be happy.  As much as I love DS2, I just can’t take a game seriously where you appear to visibly strike your opponent, hear him being struck, and can see him flinch from being struck, but he takes no damage.  It forces PvP into a ridiculous roll fest instead of learning weapon ranges and swing speed of the various weapons.  IMO it’s a hail mary but throwing it out there either way.

 

I’m sure I’ve missed a few gems in the rough thanks to so many great games launching in the next couple months.  I also only targeted those titles due out within the next ~6 months but there will be some killer games dropping Q4 2015 that I cannot wait to get my hands on.  For my money, I think the singular most exciting title of 2015 has to be tom Clancy’s The Division.  After a million years playing games I refuse to buy into the hype and I’m more of the mindset that I’ll believe it when I play it, but I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that the Division lives up to it’s potential.  Anyway, let me know what you think!

20 comments

  1. Twin Sock Puppets

    Quake Live, the browser-based turned standalone-download game, is now being released on steam in the near future. Maybe we could see a little waldodude – quake action?

    Not saying you should fully devote yourself to the game or anything. I realize the arena style shooter genre is beyond stale at this point, but it would definitely be interesting to see you play a quake game on stream.

    And besides, you would be a god at quake, remember all those borderlands 2 rocket duels you crushed? Oh wait those were photoshopped. :)

    http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/07/18/quake-live-heading-to-steam-very-very-soon/

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  2. Bloodborne is going to be sick. Miyazaki directing, (hopefully) fully use of PS4 hardware, and it looks to be closer to Demon’s Souls. Some really interesting and fun looking mechanics so far in the trailers. Should be a hell of a game.

    Dragon Age Inquisition should go down as one of the greatest games I’ve ever played if Bioware does here what they did with DA:O. I’d turn in my DA2 game disc for a discount like you said. High hopes here.

    The Witcher 3 needs to be to Witcher 2 what DA:I is to DA2. Go back to what made the game so engrossing and fun to play. More high hopes here.

    I’ll play Far Cry 4, but probably after it goes on sale. They’ve all really been the same game: kill bad guy and his army with a huge stockpile of weapons.

    I’ll get more excited about H1Z1 when I know more about it.

    I’m not really into Evolve, but we’ll see for sure when it comes out.

    Other games coming out like Assassins Creed and Borderlands I can’t really get excited for anymore.

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  3. Obviouslyadouche

    Do you still have your Wii u, because if so I expect smash bros.

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  4. You could always play some Demon Souls xD

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  5. Twin Sock Puppets:
    Quake Live, the browser-based turned standalone-download game, is now being released on steam in the near future.Maybe we could see a little waldodude – quake action?

    Not saying you should fully devote yourself to the game or anything. I realize the arena style shooter genre is beyond stale at this point, but it would definitely be interesting to see you play a quake game on stream.

    And besides, you would be a god at quake, remember all those borderlands 2 rocket duels you crushed?Oh wait those were photoshopped.:)

    http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/07/18/quake-live-heading-to-steam-very-very-soon/

    If I never fire another rocket again it’ll be too soon. No way no how :(

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  6. Inquisition is going to suck a gigantic bag of dicks. Every talented person has left Bioware at this point.

    Metal Gear Solid V slated to be GOTY. You can recruit sheep.

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  7. Destiny – I know it’s being way over-hyped and whatever but I still think it’s worth picking up. It looked like you enjoyed yourself with those Halo 4 vids so might as well give this a whirl as well. Also considering that tons of people will be buying it, I think this would be an awesome game to stream or play with viewers.

    Assassins Creed Unity- Again, another over-hyped series but depending on how the game plays out, the 5 person co-op assassination missions could be a fun time.

    Batman: Arkham Knight – I know you played Arkham Asylum (not sure about the other titles). This could be a fun single player game you stream (plus it’ll be on PC).

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  8. Sorry to brings some bad news bears, but Evolve got pushed back to next February I think, definitely Spring time.

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  9. I haven’t taken the leap to ‘current gen’ yet for me the clinchers are MGSV and Batman Arkham Knight, moving off to university will mean a lot of PC gaming on my laptop and with a catalogue of stuff barely played on my steam already I have to say I’ll be sticking with my current games before I buy into the ‘new’ stuff.

    Apologies if this is a repost having a slow response time from your website.

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  10. I really want to get Bloodborne, but I’m not gonna buy a PS4 in order to play it. However, I do plan on getting Lords of the Fallen, which looks very close to a Souls game.

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  11. Waldo, did you ever try Planetside 2? It’s mostly the same engine as H1Z1 is going to be, and if you were a fan of the Battlefield games, I’m sure you’d enjoy it. It was one of their first massively multiplayer shooters, and I’ve really gotta recommend it.

    Bloodborne looks great too, and I’m surprised you didn’t mention that Miyazaki, the guy who made Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, is the designer again. (he didn’t work on Dark Souls 2, at least no in that capacity)

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  12. Ruiner:
    Inquisition is going to suck a gigantic bag of dicks. Every talented person has left Bioware at this point.

    Metal Gear Solid V slated to be GOTY. You can recruit sheep.

    MGSV does look pretty hot.

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  13. nwd44:
    I haven’t taken the leap to ‘current gen’ yet for me the clinchers are MGSV and Batman Arkham Knight, moving off to university will mean a lot of PC gaming on my laptop and with a catalogue of stuff barely played on my steam already I have to say I’ll be sticking with my current games before I buy into the ‘new’ stuff.

    Apologies if this is a repost having a slow response time from your website.

    I haven’t made the leap yet either. I was thinking I might do it for Destiny but I’m not really sold on it. However, Bloodborne and MGS V will probably do the trick.

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  14. Confused:
    Waldo, did you ever try Planetside 2? It’s mostly the same engine as H1Z1 is going to be, and if you were a fan of the Battlefield games, I’m sure you’d enjoy it. It was one of their first massively multiplayer shooters, and I’ve really gotta recommend it.

    Bloodborne looks great too, and I’m surprised you didn’t mention that Miyazaki, the guy who made Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, is the designer again. (he didn’t work on Dark Souls 2, at least no in that capacity)

    Ahh, I didn’t know about Miyazaki. That’s good to hear. I like the idea of the “soul” behind DS and Demons Souls merging with the faster paced gameplay of Bloodborne.

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  15. Worst blog ever. Bubonic plague for all of you.

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  16. XAYD WHAT THE FUCK MAN!!!! How old are you now like 83?!! Lol get on steam sometime!

    xayd – Last Online: More than 1 year ago.

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  17. Youtube told me that one of Xcal’s videos was related so I googled his youtube username and wound up here, bitches! I don’t know about 83 but fuckin’ 40 is comin up pretty damn fast. I’ll be 38 in December.

    What the fuck have you all been doing? Hopefully not still playing Battlefield…

    I’ve been, well, dodging hurricane Katrina in Little Rock, then married, then went and learned to fly IRL, then bought this here recently…

    http://airplane.nbfl.net/N595TC/ExteriorPics/DSC01469wtmk.JPG

    Don’t make me fly over your house with a load of golf balls…

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  18. I think along with the games you mentioned already two really big coming/came out are mario Kart and Smash bros.. I don’t know if you’ve played the new Mario kart but it is really fun and the new Smash seems to have really great features. Something to be hyped about imo

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  19. Xayd:
    Youtube told me that one of Xcal’s videos was related so I googled his youtube username and wound up here, bitches!I don’t know about 83 but fuckin’ 40 is comin up pretty damn fast.I’ll be 38 in December.

    What the fuck have you all been doing?Hopefully not still playing Battlefield…

    I’ve been, well, dodging hurricane Katrina in Little Rock, then married, then went and learned to fly IRL, then bought this here recently…

    http://airplane.nbfl.net/N595TC/ExteriorPics/DSC01469wtmk.JPG

    Don’t make me fly over your house with a load of golf balls…

    Lol that is awesome!! Hah, actually we have played a few rounds of the old 42 now and again. Those big 64 player cluster fuck servers are still up and running! Married?! Fuck, that’s a video game death sentence if I ever heard one. Don’t be such a fucking stranger all the time, Jesus Christ! I’ll be posting up some teamspeak info here in the next week so feel free to hop or at least send me a god damn steam message once in a while. Say hello to Deudalus while you’re at it!

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  20. WaldoDude: Lol that is awesome!!Hah, actually we have played a few rounds of the old 42 now and again.Those big 64 player cluster fuck servers are still up and running!Married?!Fuck, that’s a video game death sentence if I ever heard one.Don’t be such a fucking stranger all the time, Jesus Christ!I’ll be posting up some teamspeak info here in the next week so feel free to hop or at least send me a god damn steam message once in a while.Say hello to Deudalus while you’re at it!

    Yeah it is pretty much a video game death sentence. I played D2 off and on for awhile after I moved here, but not much else. Played BF3 for a minute with Damon and Nappy, but quit pretty quick. We all played D3 when it came out but it was kindof a shitfest when the AH came out and generally not as fun as D2.

    Here’s Deudalus, speaking of, training his toddler up…

    http://airplane.nbfl.net/N595TC/nein.mp4

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