With several new pre-orders for myself and the GamesCom in full motion, it’s time for some previews on what will be in store this holiday season and beyond. First up will be actually two games:
Assassin’s Creed: Rogue and Assassin’s Creed: Unity
Announced just recently, AC: Rogue will be the game for the last-gen consoles XBox 360 and PS3. While some may scream ‘milking the franchise’, I actually like the split of generations. AC IV: Black Flag was already way too demanding of the old consoles and it would be ether impossible to make another game for both systems or it would look and play awfully. So, what is AC: Rogue?
It’s the story of Shay Patrick Cormac, an Irish-born and assassin-trained templar who lives in Mid-18th century North-America. So the setting is right between AC IV and AC III and it was already announced that we will meet Edwad Kenway and possibly other characters from former games. As the player controls a templar this time around and the titles suggests, we WILL be hunting assassins. Who those targets will be or why our character’s gone rogue is still unknown but I’m already looking forward to it.
And while the one is of killing hs formers brothers-in-arms, the other tries to unify a whole country. Arno Victor Dorian is the hero of AC: Unity. The current-gen game will be set in revolutionary Paris and will have a full coop mode. This sounds like it will actually be fun to play with other players for a change. Well I’m sure others enjoyed the multiplayer modes of the earlier titles, but I sure didn’t. Most players I encountered played like they just finished a FPS game. Mindless running around, climbing houses and jumping around rooftops as if stealth was just a possible addition instead of a guideline.
But back to the new game. So it will see huge crowds in a city which is now known as the “city of love” but then was more of a melting pot of crime and violence. A full-fletched cover system, new parcour options and probably my most favourite time period – I’m even more excited about this game than about AC: Rogue.
Release dates: Oct. 28 (AC: Unity) / Nov. 11 (AC: Rogue)
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Next up is another fandom I really enjoy: The Lord of the Rings. After a quite good LotR: War in the North, which had it’s strong points but lacked an open-world environment or the simple possibility of jumping. But then again, it was an enjoyable hack’n’slash action-adventure which actually included local multiplayer, though only or two people. Which meant you always had computer-controlled character in your party.
But now comes Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. A mixture of Assassin’s Creed parcour and traversing and the lore of THE fantasy story. I do love Tolkien’s work and I’m a huge fan of the gameplay. Shadows of Mordor will be a very dark game with a large potential for replayability, which is another plus for the game. What more is there to say?
Release date: Oct. 7 (current/last gen, PC)
Publisher: Warner Bros.
While this are all the games I currently have pre-oredered, there are – of course – other games coming out soon, but this shall be all for today 😉