‘Resident Evil’ and some of the best videogames coming your way this year

Thu, 2020-03-12 11:44

RESIDENT EVIL 3 (REMAKE)

After the success of Capcom’s “Resident Evil 2” remake, it
was only natural to expect it to do the same for episode three of
its popular zombie-killing gorefest, originally released in 1999.
Jill Valentine and Carlos Oliveira will be reunited in their
attempts to escape Raccoon City. Unfortunately for them, Jill’s
somewhat rage-y stalker — Nemesis — is back too.

RELEASE DATE: April 3

FINAL FANTASY VII (REMAKE)

News that Square Enix was revamping its game-changing 1997
“Final Fantasy VII” RPG has induced significant blood-pressure
rises in gamers of a certain age. It was a game-changer on its
release, with Cloud Strife and his oversized sword taking up hours
of many lives. Whether it’s good or not, it’s going to sell
millions. Thankfully, judging by the demo at least, it’s going to
do so deservedly. 

RELEASE DATE: April 10

THE LAST OF US 2

This might be the release with the most to live up to this year.
The first instalment of this post-apocalyptic action game, released
in 2013, was a work of art — as immersive and engaging as a great
movie, with characters that demanded real emotional involvement.
(It’s now being developed as a TV show by HBO.) Part 2 is set
five years after the original, and sees a grown-up Ellie (without
her guardian Joel, at least at first) set on taking bloody revenge
against a group of antagonistic adversaries, while still needing to
dodge/destroy the infected hordes roaming the world. Like the
original, it seems other humans are just as — if not more
— dangerous than the monsters.

RELEASE DATE: May 29

GHOST OF TSUSHIMA

This stunning action game set in ancient Japan pits the player
(a samurai swordsman known as The Ghost) against the forces of the
Mongol Empire. The trailer promised all-out meleé action combined
with stealth slaying, set against gorgeous backgrounds. 

RELEASE DATE: TBC, Summer

MARVEL’S AVENGERS

Crystal Dynamics is the developer tasked with turning Marvel’s
movie behemoth into a decent game. The voice cast augurs well, as
does the gameplay revealed so far. The storyline, wisely, steers
clear of the film scripts. Instead, players can choose from Captain
America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow or Hulk and set out to save
the world five years on from disbanding after being blamed for a
disaster in San Francisco.

RELEASE DATE: September 4

CYBERPUNK 2077

The footage released so far for CD Projekt Red’s newest game
looks incredible. Set in Night City — a scuzzy, crime-ridden
metropolis “obsessed with power, glamour and body modification”
— this first-person open-world action-adventure (players can
customize their character, a mercenary known as V) demands mastery
of heavy, high-tech weaponry and digital spying skills from
protagonists. 

RELEASE DATE: September 17

DYING LIGHT 2

The popular parkour/zombie-killing horror game from 2015 gets a
much-anticipated sequel helmed by acclaimed designer Chris Avellone
(“Fallout,” “Prey”). Set 15 years after the original, you
play as Aiden Caldwell — a gifted free-runner and fighter —
navigating urban open-world setting The City. Player choices will
have major effects on how The City develops (or doesn’t) and on
who holds power there. Oh, and night time is still a very, very bad
time to be out on the streets.

RELEASE DATE: TBC

SPIRITFARER

Indie developer Thunder Lotus is behind this intriguingly billed
“cozy management game about dying.” It’s a low-key, gentle,
and artfully illustrated management sim in which you play Stella
— a ferrymaster in charge of preparing spirits for — and
transporting them to — the afterlife. From trailers, it looks
like a sweet and genuinely moving game about letting go of loved
ones.

RELEASE DATE: TBC

12 MINUTES

There’s been a lot of hype around this title since its trailer
debuted at E3 in 2019. You play a husband stuck in a 12-minute time
loop. A really bad 12 minutes in which a very aggressive police
officer breaks into your house and accuses your wife of murder. The
game plays in real time, and — as creator Luis Antonio explained
at E3, “Each time you play a loop, you’re gonna learn more
about the situation. And you use your interpretation of the events
to decide what to do. The game never gives you any objectives or
tells you what to do (next).”

RELEASE DATE: TBC

SKULL AND BONES

In a smart, if unimaginative, move, Ubisoft has taken
“Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag,” removed the assassins, and
kept the awesome pirate battles. Gamers aim to take control of the
18th-century Indian Ocean, whether in a huge solo campaign, or
online against other players’ customized warships. 

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Source: *FS – All – Science News Net
‘Resident Evil’ and some of the best videogames coming your way this year