Friday, August 3, 2012

The Steamworks: New Releases Featurette!

Hey Gang,

So today I want to talk to you about some new releases coming in the fall and winter that I'm pretty excited about. There are a ton of awesome new games coming out in the fall and winter, and I'm sure they're all going to be a blast. Just a note here, these will be in no particular order, just whatever comes to mind. Let's get started:

1. Borderlands 2 (Release: September 18th, 2012): Recently Chazz, J.D, and I along with our friend Eric who helps out with the blog a lot have been doing a run through Borderlands to prep for the new Borderlands 2 game coming out. This is one of those games were you just forget how awesome it is if you haven't played it in a while. I love the art style used in the game that's sort of cartoon-like. Claptrap is the best. Right now through Borderlands I'm playing as the Hunter Class and I'm really enjoying it because it's giving me a chance to improve on my sniping skills since I'm not very good at sniping in many games other than L4D, and it isn't too hard to snipe in that game. I'm pretty pumped to see all the new weapons, classes, areas, bosses, and mobs of the game, and of course more claptrap. I can't wait to dig into the story line and see what else Pandora and Gearbox has to offer us.

2. Halo 4 (Release: November 6th, 2012): In case you didn't figure it out by now or in case you're new to PBD, we here love our Halo (and severely dislike CoD games). With Halo 4 kicking off a brand new trilogy to the universe of Master Chief, what more is there to say? New weapons, new maps, more story. How much more awesome could it get? Also the new multiplayer system sounds like it will be fun, competitive, and definitely innovative.Wake up John; it's time to play Halo 4!

3. Bioshock Infinite (Release: February 26th, 2013): I personally am a pretty big fan of the Bioshock games, or, at least, the story of it. I first played Bioshock relatively close to when it was first released and immediately fell in love with the mad world of Rapture. Recently I've been trying to get through Bioshock II, but the ironic thing about me loving this game is I hate how the horror mechanic works. I just don't like the way Bioshock inflicts it's horror upon the gamer; basically, it gives you barely enough health, a little bit of EVE (which is like mana), and one bullet. Then it puts you in the middle of twelve zombies and shouts GO! It's possible to make a horror game where the gamer has enough supplies to survive yet scarred. Anyway, Bioshock Infinite looks very promising. I'm totally digging the new atmosphere (no pun intended) and I'm really looking forward to seeing Elizabeth's unique powers at work.

4. Assassins Creed III (October 30th, 2012): What I personally love about the Assassin's Creed games is the platforming, parkour, and combat. Call me simple-minded, but I just can't follow the story of Assassin's Creed. For me there's just way too much going on, way too many characters, and way too much to follow (again, this is just how I feel personally). That being said, I've only completed Assassin's Creed II and loved the gameplay. So, naturally, I'm extremely excited to see the new innovative combat and obstacles in ACIII. The setting is also very intriguing to me and I'm really excited to see how the game plays out.

5. Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition (August 24th, 2012): Now I've been wanting to play Dark Souls ever since it came out. In fact, on my Christmas List post back in December, I had asked for it and sadly didn't get it.This actually turned out to be a good thing because around that time Dark Souls released word that they were going to make a PC port and that it would have new DLC. This game is actually coming out fairly soon and I'm really hoping to pick it up sometime. I'm ready to die!


6. Dishonored (October 9th, 2012): This is a whole new title game by Bethesda that's coming out in about a month or so. I actually knew nothing about it until a few days ago when Chazz from Shatterblog! pointed it out to me. At first glance, it kinda looks like Bioshock to me though. The whole atmosphere just reminds me of an above ground Rapture. The whole hand power and the way combat works just looks a little too familiar. Chazz claims it looks a lot like Deus Ex but I can't testify to that because I haven't played Deus Ex yet. I still want to give this game a chance though because it still looks pretty cool.

7. Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time (Late 2012): Sly Cooper was one of the best games of my childhood. I spent endless amounts of hours platforming as sly, hacking computers as Bentley, and smashing baddies with my meatfists as Murray. All the characters from this game are very close to me and I can't wait to explore the new story arch behind Thieves In Time and meet up with my childhood gang of thieves.

8. Super Smash Bros. Next (2013): I've always loved Super Smash Bros since the classic version on the Nintendo 64. The idea is genius; why don't we get as many Nintendo characters as possible, put them in an arena, and see what happens? It's always so exciting to see when the new Super Smash Bros. games come out, what with the new characters and arenas that are always added. This game just might make me purchase a Wii U sometime in the future.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my new release featurette! Are there any games you can't wait to play? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

Peter, The Steamworks

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