2016 is not only about losing weight or getting married, it is also about playing the best ever video games. This year there is a lot in store and maybe we should just sample a bit of what is yet to come.
ReCore was one of the 5 best-looking new IPs announced at E3 2015. It’s from Mega Man and Dead Rising creator Keiji Inafune. We don’t know much just yet about the title, but we know the man character is named Jewel, and her robot buddy is named Mack. Mack and Jewel find each other in the beginning of the game, and they try to help bring humanity back to the planet while a separate faction of robots tries to stop them. According to Inafune, “One of the big features of this game is that the scenery completely changes after a sandstorm, which actually affects the maps in the gameplay.”
Like many, we were disappointed with the news that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End wouldn’t see the light of 2015. The upcoming action-adventure game will take place three years after Uncharted 3, with a retired Nathan Drake being needed by his older brother, Sam. The duo chase the conspiracy behind a long lost pirate colony and the treasure contained within. You can read more about the Uncharted 4 Collector’s Edition.
Now there are games that were a success in 2015 but there are some that received a major knockout. These are the games that many gamers hated and it would be a surprise if they popped up again.
Motorbike (PlayStation 3)
If you’re lucky, you didn’t spend $14.99 on this game. If you’re lucky, you’ve never even played this game. On top of a magical motorcycle that can drive in reverse, the undazzlingly named Motorbike video game was chock full of bad physics, bad levels, and bugs that would see the ground break and suck your rider half-way down. If anyone wanted to, they could suffer through this game with a friend in the 2-player mode, but then they’ll be confronted by a new problem: a crazy camera that splits, unsplits, and completely loses track of the players on occasion. What makes matters even worse is that there are tons of free online video games that offer pretty much the same gameplay without all the problems. Check out these motocross games or — one of my personal favorites — BMX Highlands for a much more bearable bike experience.
Fast & Furious: Showdown (PlayStation 3)
“Video games based on movies are never good” may be a shaky truism, but there’s no fallacy in applying that truism to Fast & Furious: Showdown. The game was available on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3, and did poorly on each. It felt like a cheap racer with some quirks thrown in, like dragging a physics-less bank vault behind your car. Some moments made it seem like a Burnout ripoff, unfortunately not to the games benefit. Awful cut-scenes, bad graphics, bugs, and long load times marred this already unimpressive game. What’s worse, there isn’t even much for fans of the Fast & Furious movie franchise. It has none of the films’ actors offering voice-overs, and doesn’t even have Vin Diesel’s likeness. To put the icing on the cake, it went for $40 and had just 30 missions that ranged from short to incredibly short.
If you want to have more fun in the Fast & Furious world, get yourself a steering wheel and pretend you’re driving while you watch the movies. That’s almost guaranteed to be a better experience.
There is a place in the world right now where certain video games have been banned. It is good to know where just incase the information is needed some day.
Wolfenstein 3D is a legendary game, mainly because it (alongside Doom) popularized the first-person shooter genre that now dominates mainstream gaming. Many of the basic tenets of the FPS genre can be seen in Wolfenstein 3D, so Call Of Duty probably wouldn’t exist without it.
The gameplay was simple, with you playing an allied spy trying to escape Castle Wolfenstein during World War II. The game was banned in Germany thanks to the Nazi references, as the Fuhrer discovers in the Hitler reaction video embedded above.
The original Mortal Kombat was a decent game that exceeded the levels of success it should have achieved thanks to the ramped-up levels of gore. Finishing moves, which saw your character killing his or her opponent off in a grisly manner, shocked politicians, owing to a ban in various countries.