When I buy a game new and or day 1 release, there are a handful of things that I look for to ensure that my gaming experience will be as good as I hope it to be, and sometimes the price is a defining characteristic that sort of edges me away from purchasing a game that I know is going to be incredible down the line, but how about the upcoming game releases that will be worth paying full price for?
No Man’s Sky (PS4)
If you’re an Xbox user and have no means of playing a PlayStation 4, this won’t be for you – but if not, No Man’s Sky will be a game to remember for years (hopefully). It is an exploration and survival game, with a procedurally generated universe allowing you to fly through a number of different star systems, land on a crazy amount of planets and so much more. Of course, we’ve seen things like this made before sort of with Minecraft, and I know it’s hardly something you can compare it with but that was one of the games that really kickstarted the development of procedurally generated games.
See also: Spoiler Warning: Over 25 Minutes of Leaked No Man’s Sky Gameplay
Each planet will be different, according to the developers and you’ll encounter new life forms on every single landscape. Artifacts can also be found to reveal the secrets of the universe, allowing you to learn the language of traders or natives to the planet you happen to land on.
Every solar system, planet, ocean and cave is filled with danger, and – make no mistake – you are vulnerable. Your ship and suit are fragile, and every encounter may test your skills to the limit. From dog-fighting in space to first-person combat on a planet’s surface, you will face foes ready to overwhelm you. One mistake could see you lose it all. In No Man’s Sky, every victory and every defeat is permanent. The voyage that stands before you cannot be taken lightly. You must prepare.
The third installation in a much beloved series, you are put in the shoes of a Vietnam war veteran, Lincoln Clay. Placing you in New Orleans, you quickly find out the difference between what a family really is. I really hope this game manages to stick to the hype it’s received since Mafia II (which was a great game in my books).
It boasts a whole new system for their gun fights with improved hand-to-hand combat and a brilliant crew system, much like most other mob-type games that require you to take over the city in order to put your family at the top.
The first of the series was an absolutely breathtaking game, with a unique art style and a feature that allowed players to progress through the entire game having several different endings, something we see a lot but usually poorly executed.
Dishonored 2 takes your protagonist, Corvo Attano or Emily Kaldwin, to the coastal city of Karnaca where the choices you make will have significant impact on the world.
If you decide to play as Emily in Dishonored 2 then it’s all new for you. She has her own set of powers, her own assassination style and her own set of animations.
In the announcement trailer you can see one of her unique skills, which is known as Far Reach. It’s a teleportation ability that can be upgraded and changes your mobility and the way you can flow around the world.
She’s also got that awesome tentacle arm that you can see in the trailer too.
If you play as Corvo, things will be much more familiar. He uses the rat swarms, possession, time stops and other skills you’ll know from the first game. Apparently he’ll feel a more heavy and brutish than Emily, especially as he’s got 15 additional years on him now (Trusted Reviews)
If you’re unaware of who Emily Kaldwin is, you see her initially during the first game as the rightful heir to the throne of the Isles and child of former Empress Jessamine Kaldwin who was assassinated by Daud. Corvo’s involvement with Emily is the influence of the storyline, as he acted as the Royal Protector before and after her birth. We’re currently unaware of any more important details of the newest game but stay tuned as this will definitely be one to keep your eye on.
Now before you start giving me grief for including this in the game, let me explain. I know the first game was arguably poor, with many lies being tied into it – especially graphically with the E3 footage being absolutely nothing like the official release. However from what we’ve seen during the latest E3 and the new features, new characters and environment, I don’t think we should be jumping to conclusions just yet.
Check out the birthplace of the tech revolution as Marcus Holloway, a brilliant young hacker who has fallen victim to ctOS 2.0’s predictive algorithms and accused of a crime he did not commit. In Marcus’ mission to shut down ctOS 2.0 for good, hacking is his ultimate weapon. Players not only can hack into the San Francisco Bay Area’s infrastructure, but also into every person and any connected device they possess to trigger unpredictable chains of events in this vast open world.
If you’ve yet to see any gameplay or screenshots, I highly recommend you start watching some if you’re having your doubts. Truthfully, so am I and I wouldn’t pay for the ridiculous prices if I wasn’t in the small percentage of fans of the first but hopefully this time they’ve realised their mistakes and they’ve picked themselves up, dusted themselves off and really tried this time, but cheaters never prosper so don’t lie to us again Ubisoft.
You thought we’d forgotten about Battlefield 1? Don’t be silly. This is one of the games I bought months ago, played the alpha and was pleasantly surprised with the state the game is currently in and still has more than 2 months to go for improvement. The destruction factor is still in the game, with dynamic weather that developers say “will ensure no battle is ever the same”, the game has stupidly realistic weaponry and terrain and with the additional weather implementations, you’ll need to mix up your tactics constantly to ensure you’re on better ground for the battle.
One of the games people are rightfully comparing this to is the latest Call of Duty which has fallen in expectations, and likely to carry on falling to nothingness in the future. We’ve been covering this game for months now, updating you and we have nothing but praise for the game and the developers. If it’s anything like past games then they’re likely to succeed, and instead of going forward for a ‘realistic’ game like developers behind the Call of Duty franchise are – they’re going back in time and all I’m trying to do is spin the clock forward to get there faster. Where’s my Delorean?
These are just a few games I personally feel will be worth their retail price, with the features and gameplay we’ve currently seen and played I have no doubt they’ll stand up to their hype. But what if we’re wrong? Let us know down below in the comments and we’ll try to answer your comments! Stay tuned to ThisGenGaming for more updates, news, articles and giveaways!