Upcoming, to-be-released video games. Way more exciting than upcoming movies, don’t you think? Of course I love movies, but a new movie will give you a few hours of passive excitement at best, right? A new game, on the other hand, can provide dozens of hours (or in the case of RPGs… hundreds of hours?) of immersive, interactive, challenging, rewarding FUN.
At the moment, there are two games pending release that have me borderline-rabid with anticipation. Both are sequels to games that I’ve previously gotten seriously (maybe dangerously) involved with, so I guess these picks are predictable. But hey, that’s another point for games against movies. Game sequels: often (usually?) better than the original. Movie sequels: generally sketchy.
Dark Souls II (for PS3/Xbox360/PC) and Plants vs Zombies: It’s About Time (for PC/Mac/Smartphone) are about as different as two games can be. The dark-fantasy action-RPGs in the Dark Souls series are widely accepted as among the most difficult being made. They are invariably described by reviewers as being sadistic, frustrating, and prone to causing fits of despair and rage in players. Plants vs Zombies, on the other hand, is a highly-accessible, cartoony and cute tower-defense game that doesn’t require a console and can be enjoyed by the most casual gamer. Beating it won’t earn you much gamer cred, but who cares? It’s a joy to play. (The subtitle of the sequel is a jokey nod to the fact that it took four years to make a sequel to a blockbuster Popcap game).
Dark Souls II is slated for a March 2014 release, and PvZ: IBT will be released in North America within the next few weeks (the developer is being coy about giving a firm date). Have you played the predecessors of either game? Which upcoming games have you all hot and bothered?