PC @ e3
Who wants to sit through a lengthy e3 segment with half your life wasted watching an Intel advert? Not I, good sir. Not I.
So we at ShemWorld bit the bullet for you – and got all the important information in one, easy to locate space.
The Last Night
This game looks beautiful. Flashback had a baby with Blade Runner, and created one of the most vibrant cyberpunk worlds you could imagine.
Release Date: When it’s done / 2018
Wolfenstein 2 – The New Collossus
Bethesda is getting good at the ‘mixing live action with game play’ trailer, and the style is very reminiscent of the original Fallout 4 trailer. But enough artie reflection – ROBOTIC DOGS WITH FLAMETHROWERS. America has fallen to the Nazi scourge, and William “B.J.” Blazkowicz is back to kick their ass.
Release Date: October 27th
LawBreakers is an upcoming team FPS – think bloody as hell Overwatch, brought to you under the directorship of Cliff Bleszinski (Unreal Tournament, Gears of War, Bulletstorm, Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill – the man’s got some serious history).
You can sign up to join the beta right now, at http://lawbreakers.nexon.net/en/signup/platform
Release Date: August 8th
Price: $29.99 (“avoiding the usual $59.99 bullshit USD price tag” as CliffyB put it)
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition
Age of Empires is back, and getting a fresh lick of paint – including 4K play, a new UI, bug fixes, and new features. You can sign up for the beta at AgeOfEmpires (although be warned, the server’s currently down – after two hours of trying, I’m about 75% of the way through the sign up…)
It was also pointed out that this year makes the 20th anniversary of Age of Empires (Christ, I feel old), and we were advised to listen out for GamesCon in August, where there will be a special AoE event and a further announcement, to tie in with the anniversary in October.
Release Date: 2017
Doom in Virtual Fucking Reality. What more can be said? Now, I’ll concede, this appears to be more of a Batman: Arkham VR – a slither of a game, with tools to sit and stare at models, and rotate them in all their £700 Vive glory. But you get to kick Hell’s ass, face to face. Or its face, ass to ass. It’s a shame VR is still in the “Here’s a snazzy demo of what can be done with this tech”, because few can actually afford the hardware – but enough griping. This is a glimpse of the future.
Release Date: Q4 2017
Turn-based mech fun, based on the original tabletop BattleTech franchise – this is looking to be a lot of strategic fun. You can pre-order now on their BackerKit page.
Release Date: Mid/late 2017
Price: $35-$60 (depending on the pre-order package)
Sea Of Thieves
(Footage is for Xbox One X, but 4K game play and uncapped frame-rates were confirmed in the PC release). I will admit, this looks a fantastic little game. Roam the high seas with buddies, discovering treasure and shipwrecks, islands to explore, and ghosts of fallen pirates to slay. My one massive fear is that it’s exclusive to G̶a̶m̶e̶s̶ ̶F̶o̶r̶ ̶W̶i̶n̶d̶o̶w̶s̶ X̶b̶o̶x̶.̶c̶o̶m̶ ̶P̶C̶ ̶M̶a̶r̶k̶e̶t̶p̶l̶a̶c̶e̶ Windows Games Store.
I think that’s the name of it today.
Release Date: 2017
Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War
Now, I’ll admit – Shadow of Mordor did nothing for me. It felt like playing a Batman : Arkham game, but you fight the same boss over, and over, and over again. I really need to try it again when the backlog thins out (ha!). But I appreciate a lot of people loved the game, and it looks like it’s back with more of the same. Sadly the e3 PC footage was cinematic content only, but on that alone, it at least appears to be very pretty.
Release Date: 10th October
Price: £44.99 – £79.99(!)
Last, but by no means least…
Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord
Mount & Blade is back, and as brutal as ever. Engage in hand-to-hand combat, or ride on horseback – as long as you slice your enemy into pieces, it matters not.