With the year already entering its second half, the gaming industry is getting ready for new releases in this most profitable time of the year. The people at the leading companies at the forefront of technological advances and digital entertainment have had their hands full for several years already and they are about to release games for mouth-frothing fans all over the world. We will pay attention to 5 of their new publications which we know they will rock the basis of gaming all over the world: We will be presenting here Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell; Lost Planet 3, by Spark unlimited in tandem with Capcom and Microsoft; Sega’s Total War franchise presenting Rome II; Rockstar entertainment’s latest crown jewel: Grand Theft Auto V and Watch Dogs developed by Ubisoft’s Montreal. These games, appearing in the 3rth and fourth fiscal quarter will bring plenty of new revenues to their creator’s coffers as well as providing great new gaming experiences for diehard fans and casual gamers alike.
August 20th will see the release of Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist. The sixth instalment of Sam Fisher’s adventures once again saving the world. This time the plot revolves around upcoming and escalating assaults on U.S. interests all over the world after a disgruntled group of rogue U.S. agents from the former corrupt Third Echelon decide to issue a “black list” in revenge or intimidation about their fall in disgrace. The President is then persuaded to form a new all powerful Agency called “Fourth Echelon” with unlimited resources and answering only to her by Sam Fisher himself. The game features a new option called “killing in motion” that the player can execute after marking them following the rules of the game. With improved graphics and mechanics this new release poses to be a favourite among gaming fans all over the world.
A week later, on August 27th Microsoft and Capcom will release Lost Planet 3. A game that goes back to its roots by being placed in its original setting: an unforgiving planet living under an ice age and featuring new game options as the player can now interact with non-playable-characters, take side quests and customize his own weapons. The use of ‘Mechs’, powerful bipedal machines will still take a part of the story but this time differently than the second part, these will not be militarized, but instead heavy duty ones. However not all is for naught since the player will have the possibility to add upgrades and impromptu weapons like a mining rig in the arm or an industrial flamethrower.
One of the most anticipated games in the market is Sega’s new addition to its Total War collection, this time, the sequel for ROME. After almost ten years in the making. The 10 minute preview had left the attendees of E3 conference gawking in amazement. With a redesigned graphic interphase using the Warscape engine, the addition of cameras and an improved IA, the boys at the Creative Assembly (developers of the game) seek to infuse the game with the horrors and glories of combat. Horrified soldiers that respond emotionally to see comrade in arms fallen or mutilated. Centurions that give inspirational speeches to their soldiers and expanded facial expression promise to deliver an experience of being in the ground and tasting the dust the sandals of combatants lift from the ground. But not everything is dust, since there is an actual effort in improving naval combat and siege giving the player the ability of imparting blockades and conquering poorly defended coastal cities by themselves. Also, the player will be given the choice to provide their generals and armies with traits to assist them when needed, much as it happened in other Total War Games like Shogun 2.
September 17 will see the rise to the public of the game Grand Theft Auto V, by Rockstar entertainment, famous for being one of the first companies to provide the player with an open world sandbox style. Now with this ambitious franchise, they intend to recreate the whole southern California in a single gaming experience. This time, not having only one character, but instead three very distinct protagonists very unlike one another. According to Wikipedia: Michael is a retired former bank robber in his early forties who lives with his dysfunctional family on the proceeds of his former life in the upper-class suburb of Rockford Hills, based on Beverly Hills. Trevor, his former partner in crime, lives alone in a trailer in the desert of Blaine County, where his reckless and psychopathic behaviours are fuelled by drug addiction. Franklin makes a living in Vespucci Beach-based on Venice Beach-as a repo man for an unscrupulous Armenian car dealership. The three acquaintances are drawn into Los Santos’ criminal underworld ‘in the pursuit of the almighty American dollar’. The game promises a fully fledge ecosystem in which the characters can relate their own interests and hobbies and complete assignments to get experience points they can use to improve themselves further.
And Ubisoft Montreal, another heavyweight in the business is planning to release another one of its gems. This being Watch Dogs, scheduled for November 19th. This game is another open world experience focus on information warfare, in which the player acts as a computer savvy vigilante, that performs his deeds using a combination of parkour, dirty fight combat and hacking electronic devices. In the video clip released by the company we can see the main character called Aiden Pierce interacting with people and receiving information from them using his smart phone, also hacking with it through several electronic outlets such as traffic light boxes and lifting parking pillars from the ground to create improvised barricades. The visuals, always stunning, and the premise of a new and interesting twist towards reaching its goals poses to be of great acclaim among the many fans eager to acquire this game.
This second half of 2013 seems to be most auspicious for big game industry giants, now that time of release is coming near, everybody seems to be getting ready to make a killing in profits. From the developers on tour showing their new product, till vendors paying posters and merchandise all over the shops, going through fans already swarming the forums with opinions and enthusiasm and everybody in between we all expect these games to swipe us from the ground and keep us for hours on end for months to come.