Last year’s E3 06 brought us info on many next-gen games such as the notable Gears of War, Call of Duty 3, Splinter Cell Double Agent, as well as plenty of others. E3 brought multiple news bits, screenshots, and videos of upcoming games. One thing for sure is between 06 holiday season up to late 08 we will have plenty of games in our 360 library to play with. Games such as Assassin’s Creed, Too Human, Mass Effect, BioShock and many more are looking to bring next-gen gameplay and graphics. Let’s look at some of the more notable upcoming releases
Assassin’s Creed has been delayed a few times, but the game is looking to bring the true next-gen feeling with amazing graphics and great gameplay and an interesting style of combat. You are an Assassin by the name of Altair, when you joined the group, you had to sacrifice a finger, which they replaced with a blade placed that you use to assassinate your targets.
Last years E3 prompted some serious excitement over upcoming games. One such game, of truly mythological proportions was Silicon Knights’ Too Human. Promising a unique blend of melee and fire arms combat and an unprecedented cinematic feel, Too Human left most of us longing to see more. The first part of the proposed trilogy places the gamer in the role of the Cybernetic God Baldur as he attempts to defend man kind from machines bent on the destruction of human life. Using the Unreal 3 Engine and ancient Norse Mythology, Silicon Knights has what should be an instant classic.
BioShock is a unique type of first person shooter where you will use genetically enhanced formula to biologically mod your body plasmids. While enhancing yourself, you have many other skills such as hacking devices and systems or controlling other objects and bots. BioShock is all about giving you choices while playing in a unique underwater world. The visuals are simply breath taking. Using the Unreal Engine 3 to create the finest graphics, the developer Irrational Games has even hired a separate staff just to work on water effects. BioShock is looking to rock the console world in the first person shooter genre.
– Catch his Grenades in Mid Air and Toss Them Back at Him
– Freeze Him Solid and Shatter Him with Smack of your Wrench
– Lead him and his comrades to water and Zap them all with 1000 Volts
– Burn Him Up With Home-Made Molotov Cocktails
– Booby Trap Healing Machines and Watch Them Blow up IN his Face
– Brainwash Him to Become Your Personal Bodyguard
– Invent your own Ammo Types to Prey on his Vulnerabilities
– Turn his own Security System against Him
– Light Him on Fire and Launch Heat Seeking Missiles at him
– Torment Him with Plagues of Insects
– Take Research Photos of Him to Learn his Weaknesses
– Send Him Flying into the Ceiling to Knock him Senseless
No encounter ever plays out the same way twice. No two gamers will ever play BioShock the same way.
Hype for games always makes huge promises; second only to politicians. But Mass Effect has seemingly promised to deliver, well a universe. Touting exploration as one of its major selling points, Mass Effect will allow players to visit over one hundred locales within the galaxy. With its pending release sometime this year, gamers have spent months drooling over impressive screenshots and promised NPC user-interaction, basically meaning the computer people will act and react realistically, that Bioware has become famous for using. Taking place in the future, players will have a unique array of weapons. When you throw in Bioware’s characteristically long and enjoyable storylines with what is expected to be an amazing combat system (combining some shooter aspects into an RPG), it’s hard not to fuel the hype for this game. Hopefully, it will deliver.
Halo 3, the third game in Bungie’s Halo franchise, is looking to finish off the story arc. From the last E3 where the trailer had our hairs standing up on our hands, this game just get’s better each time we hear something about it. Being the last game, this one will reveal all about the current Halo universe. Besides all the joking, Halo 3 is looking good with a strong multiplayer bringing all familiar weapons back along with a few new vehicles. The beta is soon to be released so we will get to see how the multiplayer really plays. So far Halo 3 is on the right track with possibly a few graphical improvements, the game looks like it’ll still keep that great gameplay that we have always adored from Halo’s.
Two Worlds, often compared to Oblivion, promises new innovations in free form gameplay and character development. Your actions will affect the story and how everything unfolds, allowing additional user control. Players will be able to fight and ride various beasts which will be a new thrill for gamer; however, one of the more flooring features is the up to eight player multiplayer mode. Offering stunning visual environments, innovative combat controls, realistic physics and weather, and a multiplayer mode, it becomes clear why so many look forward to this game.
To demonstrate the impact of this game, when the first GTA trailer was released almost every site carrying the trailer crashed. The trailer showed: “Things will be different” and indeed they will. With the release of the latest installment of Grand Theft Auto, debuting for the first time on a next-gen system, things will be different. In the trailer, it shows scenes of New York attractions making people think that is where it will be set. But, it will be taking place in Liberty City again. The game will tell the story of Niko Bellic, who comes to America after receiving emails from his cousin Roman, who is supposed to be living the “American Dream.” Rockstar has given hints to the fact that there will be downloadable episodes from the Marketplace, like being able to play past events in the characters life. The biggest thing that will be “different” is the addition of an online multiplayer mode, which we know little about, but we know it will rock….
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Well, we can all say goodbye to the end of World War 2 shooters from the Call of Duty series. The latest installment in the Call of Duty series is named Call of Duty 4: Modern Combat; a good name for the changes that will be made in this game. Instead of the same old World War action, the game has shifted to “Modern Combat;” action full of helicopters, planes, newer weapons, realistic, modern settings are just a few of the features being changed in this game. Infinity Ward has said that the game will be played in urban settings with more destructible environments and overall a more realistic game. Call of Duty 4: Modern Combat will be available on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC and will be available later this year.
These are some of the plenty more games coming out to the Xbox 360. This year should a great one for developers and gamer’s as it will bring the true next-gen style of gamplay and graphics. The developers have learned how to develop for the system in most cases. Stay tuned to myarcadeplanet.com as we bring you the latest on these games and many more. Our next article will feature the PS3 most anticipated titles.