5 Upcoming Video Games to Entertain You Until Summer
Spring is officially here, but in a lot of places it’s still cold. It’s still going to be a while before many of us get the urge to get up and go outside for our entertainment. Until then, video games will continue being a good source of fun. Fortunately, there’s a good slew of games on the way to keep us all busy until the weather truly warms up and helps us get out of hibernation.
The Elder Scrolls Online (PC, Mac: April 4; Xbox One, PS4: June)
For fans of the Elder Scrolls video game franchise, the announcement of The Elder Scrolls Online was quite the shocker. The rich, immersive role-playing game brought gamers into dazzling worlds, gave them a vast array of powers, and pitted them against all manner of foe from overgrown crabs and rats to demon lords and dragons. But one thing that had been long absent from the game was the ability to play it with friends.
Though Elder Scrolls games featured some of the bigger worlds put into games (thank goodness for fast-travel), all that space could only be explored by players on their lonesome. There was some unofficial modding that took place to get Skyrim to allow online multiplayer. But an intense overhaul of the game such as that required to get Skyrim online was guaranteed to face significant trouble and struggle with issues.
The Elder Scrolls Online shouldn’t face those same problems. And, being an MMORPG, will allow players to not only show their friends how awesome their character is, but show thousands and thousands of other players inhabiting the game world of Tamriel. Fans of Skyrim might be disappointed by some lacking features that couldn’t be retained between games, and people who modded their game to ultra-realistic quality will likely find the visuals a bit less impressive, but there should be no lack of the extensive in-game lore and character customization.
Watch Dogs (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC: May 27; Wii U: Planned)
As one of the more highly anticipated games for next-gen consoles, Watch Dogs has made would-be fans wait after Ubisoft announced that it was going to push back the launch date. Fortunately, the reason for doing so wasn’t an arbitrary one, and games should look forward to a higher quality release less marred by bugs, glitches, and other roadblocks in the way of fun.
The game appears as though it will offer a similar blend of fun as that found in the ever-popular Grand Theft Auto franchise. With a large, sand-box Chicago for players to navigate, there will be plenty of exploring, sight-seeing, and joy-riding to be had. But the complex, hacking-based gameplay and stealth dynamics will offer a unique gameplay experience, not to mention the ability for other players online to slip into your game and ruin your day — and for you to do the same right back to them.
Murdered: Soul Suspect (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC: June 3)
Murdered: Soul Suspect looks to offer a new spin on the detective gameplay. Though not the most widely hyped game around, it could draw a big audience due to the still sparse game offerings on current-gen consoles.
The game may be able to draw in fans of L.A. Noire, which featured similar investigation gameplay. The twist is that the main character is dead throughout the game. So the game combines supernatural elements with its detective plot. The concept for the game may not have the broadest appeal, but players looking for a game that’s very different from everything else coming to market might just find what they’re looking for here.
Wolfenstein: The New Order (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC: May 20)
If there’s one thing widely known to video game developers, it’s that gamers like to shoot Nazis. A lot. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like one of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, look no further than the latest installment in the Wolfenstein franchise.
In this game, Nazis won World War II, and have spread to dominate the globe. Needless to stay, that is an unacceptable status quo, and the protagonist is hell bent on being on the front line of the resistance and delivering some ultra-violence. With over-the-top action and impractically intense gun-play (can anyone dual-wield .50 caliber machine guns?), Wolfenstein: The New Order will stay loyal to the series and could please gamers who don’t want to spend a second with their fingers off the triggers.
LEGO: The Hobbit (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS, Mac, PC: April 8)
There’s not much to say about the upcoming LEGO game that the title and franchise don’t already say for themselves. Anyone who has played LEGO’s recent video games knows to expect a somewhat goofy, but surprisingly fun action game with very simple gameplay, building puzzles here and there, and lots of digital plastic bricks. The game will naturally follow along the plot of the Hobbit film series, which was already quite goofy on its own.
LEGO: The Hobbit should be able to reach a large audience, considering its available for almost all of the most popular systems, with the notable exception of the original Wii. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also the only game on this list suitable for most audiences.
If none of these games spark your interest, keep in mind there are still a few expansions coming out soon as well, such as Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea — Episode Two. Let us know what games all of you are looking forward to playing this year in the comments below.
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