Before a game can be released and then reviewed, it has to be announced first. There were few teasers for upcoming games, mainly because I always thought building up hype and expecting too much of certain titles would lead to disappointment and only a row of trailers and screenshots without anything new to tell.
Telltale Games was featured heavily in the game release articles in 2015 overview, and it happened again with its announcements of even more episodic content, the most surprising being Batman – A Telltale Games Series and The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Games Series. The former is certainly exciting, considering what the DC license can bring in terms of storytelling, especially with so many Dark Knight games of Rocksteady Studios around. Having an adventure approach will be interesting. While I haven’t been able to play the second season of The Walking Dead, the spin-off indicates that Telltale tries different concepts, even if the gameplay of decision-making will probably be as unchanged as the graphics.
Speaking of relying on what works great and brings success, Day of the Tentacle: Remastered was a personal announcement favorite of mine. Maybe not a big surprise, considering that the Grim Fandango: Remastered pre-order got me excited (just as the final product reviewed). Isn’t it telling that one can feel a rush of bliss when hearing the news that an old game is remade in these days of so many games and franchises milked dry?
Cute kitty blaster Shooting Stars was another game that found success on mobile platforms, but was then announced for its special PC edition (which is already out this year). Morningstar – Descent to Deadrock might have been an interesting new addition to Phoenix Online Publishing’s indie roster, but as we already discussed the release news, we’ll leave it at that. The same goes for The Witcher 3 Expansion Pass and The Witcher promo.
Another new category was added to the blog, although in hindsight it would be more fitting to include it in the announcement section. Sometimes this is difficult, though, as in the case of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt epic trailer being shown after the game was out. Of course anything CD Projekt RED-related was nice to have, as the preview videos The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – PAX East 2015 gameplay and The Witcher 3 universe gameplay trailers were impressive enough.
Impressive were also new CRYENGINE licensee and tech showcase trailers. The company has always done remarkable things with its technology, and some of the games looked amazing without necessarily being FPS titles. More disappointing was the Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom first Director’s Cut trailer, as it didn’t show much of the gameplay, while only a few parts sparkled with that Studio Ghibli animation magic. However, it’s too early to judge, as the JRPG still needs some time to develop. The J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars new gameplay video showed more of the sci-fi adventure game that was out for a while, with a Valentine’s Day sale accompanying it.
Even if I haven’t discussed many announcements, did you find any of them particularly interesting? Or was there are a specific game or trailer revealed in 2015 that you’re eager to play when it’s out in the near or far future?
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