Now under development by The Coalition as opposed to Epic Games, Gears Of War 4 sees the series set around 20 years after the events of Gears Of War 3 and also sees long time protagonist Marcus Fenix’s son – JD Fenix take the leading role. After a successful beta and a huge amount of hype building around the game, we can’t wait to see just exactly what Gears 4 is capable of on Xbox One and whether the additions to the gameplay i.e. ever changing scenery due to weather – are to its detriment or not. Start your engines, cogs.
Battlefield 1 (Xbox One, PS4 & PC)
With that said, we’re eager to see the depths DICE have gone to with this 1910’s setting, with only two maps included in the beta; there is still a sense that Battlefield 1 has so much more to offer than what we have seen already. While Battlefield has all but mastered its online component over the years, it’s the depth of the campaign which has got us most excited for what’s to come.
Announced at E3 2015, many (including us) were hoping that Guerilla Games’ Horizon Zero Dawn would make it out in time to be Sony’s big fall game for this year, unfortunately that hasn’t happened. However it’s been a while since we have seen a game look so original and beautiful. A prehistoric/very post-apocalyptic setting with robotic dinosaurs sounds like a landscape that would be impossible to transfer into a coherent and emphatic third person action game; however that is exactly what the studio best known for the Killzone series has done.
There has been very little negative reviews for Horizon from those that have got the chance to get hands on. With most appreciating its originality and nuances in battle – with every fight seeming to require a well thought out plan and plenty of ammunition to get the job done. We can’t wait to throw ourselves into the world of Horizon and, you know, climb some robotic dinosaurs and stuff.
However VR does come with a sense that things might be different this time around, mainly due to the line-up of VR games within the first few months of its release including: Star Wars, Batman and Resident Evil. Now seriously, who doesn’t want to play Batman in VR? Add to this the fact that Sony claims over 50 games will be released on the platform before the end of the year, and that Sony seem to be genuinely behind VR in full force, and it seems pretty clear that we could very well be looking at a defining moment in the way we absorb games.
This year, FIFA seems to be going through its biggest changes in the last few years, with the Frostbite engine (also used on Battlefield 1) making its debut in the FIFA series, along with added player intelligence, re-written set-pieces and most interestingly; ‘The Journey’ FIFA’s very own narrative lead career mode, where we take control of Alex Hunter and experience his ride to the top of the footballing world. While the last two or three instalments to the FIFA series have made subtle improvements, the franchise seems to be in the need of a re-boot and we’re curious as to whether 17 can be the answer to this years’ excellent PES.