it’s safe to say that Valve are one of the best game developers in the industry and have been for many years, with games life the ‘Half Life’ series and mods like ‘Counter Strike’ winning multiple awards from multiple sources. However during more recent times it seems like Valve is slowly losing their prestigious status amongst the gaming crowd and fewer and fewer of their games reach the status of those that came before them.
The year is still a few months away from closure, but don’t be fooled into thinking the best games have come and gone, no way – The best is yet to come, this list is a countdown of the top 5 biggest titles that are yet to be released.
This realistic war sim for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 claims to ‘put the Fear back into first Person Shooters’ this is one shooter that will be gunning for the top spot this year. With tons of true-to-life military weapons, vehicles and equipments, countless military tactics employed straight from the US military tactics manual, a punishing health system and more hair pulling features – This is not a game for the faint of heart. Boasting gritty realism as it’s selling point, Codemasters Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is one to watch.
Sequel to the hugely successful ‘Assassins Creed’, this time players will embark on a dangerous yet slightly romanticised journey with out new favourite dual-bladed assassin, Ezio’. However not keen on falling into the same traps the first game did, the sequel boasts a ton of variety ranging from side missions to hidden collectibles. With a new notoriety system players will also have to watch their actions carefully, or risk becoming the most wanted in the land. It doesn’t stop there, Ubisoft have also included an economy system into the game, players will now be able to purchase services and weapons to further customise the gameplay. This game is hitting all the right marks.
An expansion pack it may be, but it’s absolutely worth your time, not only does this come packed with a whole new single player campaign from a whole new perspective. Bungie have also thrown in numerous new maps, weapons, and a whole new ‘firefight’ gamemode, this is one expansion pack that will keep you glued to your seats. Just remember to pick this up when it launches on the 22nd of September.
Sequel to the platinum selling PS3 exclusive Uncharted: Drake’s fortune, this game automatically earns a spot in this list. Among Thieves will take us on a journey to new heights, with unparalleled visuals, stunning attention to detail and an all new multiplayer mode, Uncharted 2 is looking great. Does fortune truly favor the bold?
The top spot is reserved for the sequel to the game that won countless game of the year awards in 2007, the game that won 3 BAFTA awards at the annual ceremony back in March, the game that has been voted on many people’s lists as one of the greatest games ever made – It’s self explanatory really if Activition can pull of a similar feat with this new game, it could very well break even more records, so far‘Modern Warfare 2′ is looking sharp and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. With an expanded multiplayer mode and a guaranteed engaging storyline – this could very well be GOTY 2009.
The up-coming tactical military shooter, Operation Flashpoint 2, currently being developed by the Codemasters team, is based heavily on one thing, and that is ‘realism’.
To put it short and relatively simple, Resident Evil 5 is rubbish. There I said it, if you are a fan of the game and the series, that is great and I hope you continue to enjoy the game, however there is a clear sign of lazy developer values, and utterly poor gameplay.
Where do I start? there are so many problems with this game it’s unimaginable, firstly the co-op buddy A.I of Sheva is brain dead, “no wait”, that’s an understatement it’s worse than brain dead. either she prefers to stand helplessly around, watching me get attacked by monsters and packs of ravaging “zombies”, or she would waste precious ammo on small and easy enemies, so when the big bosses come into play, she is out of ammo. How convenient.
Playing with a friend however solves that issue, but shouldn’t Buddy A.I be one of the forefronts of any co-op experience?
What next…the controls are an absolute pain to get to grips with, I found myself fighting with the controls half the time, if Capcom thought broken controls will add to the tension, they are horribly mistaken, all it does is frustrate the player, it could and should have been more streamlined. Outdated controls more suited to a survival horror game, don’t work in an action horror game, because that is what RE5 is Action horror.
Capcom clearly decided to sit on their laurels and release a game that is almost entirely identical to RE4 from a gameplay perspective, but this is totally unjustified in a 2009 release, not only is the shooting frustrating, the sluggish movement and knife controls top it all off. I guess you could say the main issues with Resident evil 5, are the poor controls and terrible friendly A.I, more than enough to render any game useless.
It’s not a completely bad game, but some of the design choices are extremely baffling, and once again linking back into the controls, during some segments of the game, you are required to dodge attacks from sub-merged creatures, now in most games you would use a nicely placed dodge button to carry out this maneuver, but in Resident Evil 5 you don’t, instead silly QTE are required to dodge the attacks, another sign of poor design choices.
In conclusion, I believe strongly that Capcom should return to the planning stages, and think things though, what do they plan on doing with the series? because as it stands Resident Evil 5 is a poor attempt at action horror, let alone survival horror. I have this thought, if Resident Evil 5 wasn’t made by Capcom, or a continuation of the great RE story, but instead a new release by a different studio, with a different name…would people even take a glance at it?