With new consoles comes the waves of many new games and innovation throughout the year. We here at XXIV have broken the year up and are giving you what we are most looking forward to in the first quarter for gaming. Next gen consoles won’t be the only machines getting a work out. Your previous gen consoles still have more shelf life yet with reboots of old games, sequels, and entirely new concepts debuting across the new few months.
Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD
For those of you who still wonder what it would have been like to explore New Orleans as female assassin Aveline de Grandpré in Asssassin’s Creed III: Liberation, stop now. The game is coming to the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows for fans of the series to indulge in the title that bears story tie ins to Assassin’s Creed III. Liberation was released alongside AC3 back in 2012, but without a Vita followers of the brotherhood were not are able to continue the battle against the Templars. We here at XXIV can’t wait to dive back into the AC world, and as a kick-ass female too, heck yeah!
Fable was originally released in 2004 as an Xbox exclusive, and was followed by several other games in the franchise. The game has been rebooted in HD format for improved visuals and will be available for the Xbox 360 this coming February. If you haven’t played a Fable game before, the franchise is welcoming both new fans and old into the Fable universe. Playing as a hero or a villain, you create your own story along a path of good, or its evil counterpart. The recent trend of HD game reboots is going strong, and it only makes sense for a classic like Fable to do the same.
With all the hype and anticipation that has built up around this game, we expect it to be everything we could want and more from a stealth game. Set to grace the screens of gamers on both next gen consoles, their predecessors and Windows in late February, Thief brings protagonist Garret back after a ten year hiatus, and is to be the forth installment in the successful cult franchise. Thief will show us what is was once revered for; it’s intuitive stealth game play, which really set the bar for other games in the genre to follow. As Garret, you will be able to sneak around the shadows if you so chose, or be able to find yourself taking on the bad guys, if your style of play is such inclined.
A Microsoft exclusive that will be released on the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One, Titanfall seeks to redefine the first-person shooter multiplayer genre. The game sees you take control of a titan, which is a giant robot armed with weapons and different abilities depending on what titan you chose from several varieties. Though you don’t always have to pilot your titan in the matches, you can opt to take out your enemies on foot instead. Despite the game being only online and multiplayer, single player components are also woven into Titanfall, such as a plot line and non-playable characters included in matches. It will be interesting to see how well met game reception will be, and if Titanfall seamlessly is able to weave a single player plot through multiplayer match ups.
This game was officially announced to the world at E3 in 2012, and with it’s intriguing concept it left people wanting more. The concept of the game is that you will play as a hacker, and you will be able to download important information from and hack all types of technology in the city of Chicago. From downloading personal data of anyone you chose, to even controlling traffic lights, your purpose is to seek revenge for your family, though you will also come across other enemies of the city. How you stop your targets is entirely up to you. Depending on what you hack and what devices you control, your actions will determine the outcome.