Yes, it’s that time again.
I haven’t put one of these together for a while and since my last games post, every single game on that list has been released or is in open beta. Most of them turned out to be pretty good too.
My gaming tastes are not restricted to just MMOs, so I enjoy a good FPS, RTS, RPG, MOBA, puzzler, etc. So with that in mind, here is my current list of games to try or keep an eye on. Some are obvious, others maybe a little less so:
This is the new trailer fresh out of Gamescon in Germany and it is awesome. I think this will be a blast in MP and is certainly one to put on the shortlist.
and just because it is amazing, here is another:
What I think I love most about what we can see in these videos is the environment. Things change. They shift the nature of the battle which in turn keeps you on your toes. Skyscrapers collapse and hurricanes beach warships. Those are pretty big events and I can’t think of a game that has attempted something on that sort of scale in a multiplayer setting before. I’m pretty excited about playing this.
I couldn’t find a nice video set to a game soundtrack but the above two give you an idea of what we will hopefully see in game at launch. There is a lot of promise here and if delivered on would be nothing short of amazing. Having never played an Everquest game, I would be pretty keen to sink my teeth into this one.
I have touched on this one before (back in August of 2011!), but there is now so much more to see! Closed beta has started so things shouldn’t be too far away now. A few old WoW friends have said that this is looking like their next big MMO and it’s easy to see why. Wildstar looks polished, provides some innovations (such as paths) and is not fantasy.
Carbine also recently outlined their business model for Wildstar and it is noteworthy enough to mention here. Basically there are two options: 1. you can pay a monthly subscription or 2. you can use in-game currency to buy game time units (C.R.E.D.D) from other players who have purchased these units from the Wildstar store. The game comes with a free month, so theoretically you may only have to purchase the original box to play indefinitely.
I would advise you to keep a close eye on this one.
Might and Magic: Duel of Champions
The above video is gamplay from a final match in the recent world champs. I play this one and quite enjoy it. The gameplay uses the new lane mechanic well and doing away with having to worry about a spell resource is fantastic, instead you get an amount that increases by one each turn.
Best of all, this game is free-to-play and whilst getting cards can be a little slow and the in-game store is expensive (and in Euros), it is not so terrible that you feel you will be restricted for too long.
This is the one and only product I have ever kickstarted. I jumped in at the $35 reward tier and am really looking forward to release. Over the years I have played a few TCGs (namely Magic: The Gathering and the World of Warcraft TCG) so seeing some of gameplay elements that Crytozoic are adding to the genre is exciting.
Well, that should be enough for now. I hope there is something in there that piques your interest. Do you know of any others that people should be aware of?