The upcoming months are packed with some huge-name games, along with some pretty big console announcements, but before the spotlight gets hogged, here’s 5 upcoming and recently released games you really need to know about.
Nether is one of the more interesting games coming out this year and should appeal to those who are not even fans of the genre.
Nether is a sandbox survival MMOFPS that throws players into a derelict city and now-mutant wasteland.
The city has a huge degree of verticality, allowing players to climb buildings and use higher ground advantage over other players and the creatures that roam the game world.
The game looks very pretty for an MMO and features some really interesting player mechanics and atmospheric elements that highlight the tension of not knowing what’s just beyond the fog, and if another player is really your enemy or your ally.
Contrast was one of the most interesting and gorgeous looking games shown at Gamescom 2013, unfortunately, it went under the radar with little time in the limelight.
Set in 1920’s America, the game is a puzzle platformer which plays with the mechanics of shadows and lighting.
Players have to manipulate light sources and switch between the planes of shadows (which become the environments) and real-world objects to traverse along the levels – it’s much easier to see than explain.
Contrast is heavily inspired by German expressionism (which was also one of the major influences on the film noir aesthetic), and features a female protagonist who has to help a young girl named Didi find out more about her troubled family and the dark secrets that have been hidden from her.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
For some reason, people seem to be neglecting LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, but if you just take the time to look at it, you’ll see it’s got all the hilarious charm of LEGO, excitement of a 3D action platformer, and awesomeness that comes with the Marvel universe.
Anyone who’s played a Lego game can tell you that they’re pretty damn amazing, and having the Marvel characters in all their blocky glory is a match made in heaven.
Like previous Lego games, it will be an action platformer with over 100 Marvel Universe characters to control, such as Spider-man, Hulk, Iron Man, and Wolverine, to name a few.
Rain is an adventure game from Sony’s Japan Studio, which was revealed at Gamescom 2013.
As its name implies, the game uses the element of rain to create a unique gameplay mechanic.
Players are invisible, and can therefore only be seen in the fall of the rain. If the boy walks under shelter, he can no longer be seen. There are other invisible creatures tracking the young boy, and the player will need to use the visibility (or invisibility) to solve puzzles and progress through the game.
The game is download-only and will be released on the Playstation Store on 2 October 2013.
The Wolf Among Us
The Wolf Among Us is The Walking Dead: The Series developer Telltale Games’ next project, and features an entirely new story and setting.
The game is a spin on classic fairy tales, throwing the iconic characters into a real-life world in which they have to keep their identities safe.
Players take control of Bigby Wolf (The Big Bad Wolf), who is a detective that has to help keep his fantastical world safe, or let the secret out to the real world – it’s your choice.
The game features a similar choice-based narrative system that gamers experienced through the award-winning Walking Dead games.