By AARON YNCLAN, Staff Columnist
Hello readers! We’re (finally!) about to see some high profile titles for the Wii U and the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft are now only two months away. And with this glorious generation of consoles comes a plethora of new titles from franchises both new and old for us to enjoy. Sony and Microsoft have a solid lineup built up for the PS4 and Xbox One and Nintendo will be releasing a few big name franchise entries this fall, but the games I’m looking forward to the most won’t be making their appearance until next year. It might take a little longer, but I’m ok with waiting for these console sellers:
Picking up seven years after the events of Infamous 2, Second Son follows the exploits of Delsin Rowe, a graffiti artist from the streets of Seattle. Cole McGrath’s legacy has left behind a world shrouded in fear and control, as the Department of Unified Protection is charged with the task of capturing “bio-terrorists” and protecting the citizenry from their threat. After attempting to rescue passengers from a bus explosion, Delsin discovers that he, too, is a Conduit with the power to absorb the powers of other bio-terrorists. In traditional Infamous fashion, it will be up to the player to determine Delsin’s place in Seattle and whether he will be a hero or a villain. Infamous was one of my favorite franchises this generation, and with a new protagonist, an abundance of new powers, and a gorgeous new setting, Sucker Punch Studios looks set to deliver the best game in the Infamous series to date. Plus you can teleport like Nightcrawler, how is that not awesome?
Call of Duty with mechs. That’s how many gamers are referring to the first title from freshman company Respawn Entertainment, the byproduct of Activision co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella. Though Jason West has since left the company, Zampella and Respawn are still looking to develop gaming’s next great FPS with Titanfall, a sci-fi shooter set in the Frontier, unexplored deep space full of adventure and opportunity to anyone willing to explore it. Call of Duty is one of the most divisive franchises in the industry, and though previews for Titanfall have shown its COD DNA, the level design, new gameplay mechanics, and the Titan mechs all add up to something that looks to be one of the biggest FPS’s of next generation.
Super Smash Bros.
Nintendo’s premier fighting franchise returns for the Wii U and 3DS next year. Developed by Namco Bandai (Tekken) and Sora Ltd. under creator Masahiro Sakurai, Smash Bros. once again brings Nintendo’s biggest mascots together for the ultimate slugfest. Early previews and trailers have shown the classic gameplay fans know all too well, with new characters joining the roster of classic fighters (Mega Man has joined the fight!) and fun new stages to do battle on. Nintendo hasn’t released much information aside from new character and stage announcements, but the game won’t feature a storyline mission like Brawl’s Subspace Emissary. The Wii U and 3DS versions also sport different art designs and are expected to have different content, which might entice some gamers (such as myself) into getting both versions.
These are my games to look out for as this generation begins, and I can’t wait to get my hands on each and every one of them. Sadly I’m gonna have to wait a while, but with hot games like GTAV, Watch Dogs, and ACIV all about to come out, I should be able to tide myself over until then.
How about you, what games are you looking forward to most? Email me at email@example.com.