If you’re struggling for some video game exclusives to choose from for current-generation consoles, then our resident Gaming & Tech Plonker, Umar Hassan, has some advice for the titles to watch out for this autumn!
Thus far, it has been a successful year in the gaming world with the E3 reveals of third-party blockbusters such as Star Wars: Battlefront, Mirror’s Edge, and a rebooted version of Need for Speed among many other titles. One thing that has been lacking this year, though, are the exclusives. What’s going on?
With the highly-acclaimed Bloodborne and Ready at Dawn’s The Order: 1886 being some of the only triple-A exclusives this year, it’s been relatively disappointing in terms of IPs for consoles thus far. That looks all set to change this autumn, though, so let’s take a look at some of the exclusives on their way – and please, remember remasters are not a compulsory extra!
No Man’s Sky (PS4)
It goes without saying that one of the most hotly-anticipated games for this current-generation has been Hello Games’ HUGE title No Man’s Sky; if you’re expecting your usual, bog-standard science fiction game, think again.
To even think this game was developed by only twelve people is mind-boggling, and it is a phenomenal achievement for the studio. If you’ve not seen any of the trailers or gameplay demos, then you’re in for one hell of a treat…
The story itself is one of the most-hyped games in many years, with one completely explorable universe consisting of 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 planets – count them if you don’t believe me! – which would take the player about 585 billion years to visit (I may not be alive by then, but that’s value for money if ever I saw it).
Of course, sheer scale alone won’t win sales, so there’s added pressure for Hello Games to deliver. I, for one, hope the game won’t suffer with The Order: 1886 syndrome: an illness whereby the game looks great, but is boring after the first hour or two!
Halo 5: Guardians (XBOX One)
The flagship mascot himself, Master Chief returns for his debut on XBOX One. It’s the first game in the series to be at 60fps, and boasts the largest amount of characters ever seen in the series to date.
This will also be the XBOX One debut of super-soldier John-117, who made his debut in Halo 4. After much speculation about whether Microsoft‘s long-standing mascot would step aside for John-117, it is a relief to many that Master Chief is alive and well. There’s also another playable protagonist in the game: Agent Locke, who’s a legendary ‘manhunter’ out to find Master Chief after all the Blue Team members disappeared.
Put this date in your calendars, XBOX One users: October 27th 2015. Prepare to have your controllers at the ready for endless hours of multiplayer bedlam when Halo 5: Guardians comes out worldwide!
If you fondly remember the original Star Fox for the Super Nintendo, rejoice! Star Fox is making a comeback for the Wii U and to Star Fox fans across the world, the time for waiting is officially over!
Masterminded by the legendary Miyamoto-san himself, you play as Fox McCloud who battles to stop the evil scientist Andross from completely taking over the Lylat System in an all-out space war.
Star Fox Zero returns to the series’ roots, and will be an adventure for Nintendo fans to explore different planets in the Lylat System whilst engaging in air battles. It will be out in the fourth quarter, in time for Christmas, so Nintendo fans looking for a perfect Christmas present: you have an option there and waiting!
Seven years ago, indie developer Jonathan Blow came up with Braid, which was a gorgeous puzzle platformer reminiscent of the 2D side-scrolling games of the 80s like Super Mario Bros. Seven years later and The Witness looks to be quite an intriguing indie title in the long list of indie titles the PS4 possesses.
Jonathan Blow said of the game in an interview with Polygon.com: “The one main thing we have to do before release is get the story nailed down and recorded. It’s going to be audiolog-style where you find recordings in the environment.”
“The challenge with the audiologs, however, is that players can collect them in any order by virtue of completing the game’s different environments in any order. This means that creating a coherent storyline requires some fancy footwork.”
Blow is hoping to build a narrative that, when separated into parts, will allow players to interpret things for themselves depending on which set of recordings they find first.
It’ll be interesting to see how the audiologs blend into the main story itself, but The Witness is on for a launch this year. One thing’s for certain: 625 puzzles in one game will keep puzzle fans solving way into 2016.
There’s more exclusives to come!
If that hasn’t got you all excited for exclusives this autumn, then don’t worry! There are plenty of new exclusives coming out for current-generation consoles. Forza Motorsport 6, Super Mario Maker, Inside and many more are coming your way shortly. So if you’re bored stiff, video game therapy is a must!
Comment below on what exclusives you’re looking forward to this fall!