June 9, 2014

Battlefield Hardline and E3

E3 is upon us once again, and it is time to check out all the gaming goodness coming our way!  I will certainly be keeping my eye on all it has to offer. For info on where and when to watch the press conferences, check out the listing on Forbes.

Battlefield holds a special place in my geek gamer heart, although BF4 was not what my expectations had hyped it up to be. Regardless of that, I do still manage to have fun. I will be keeping a close watch on Battlefield Hardline from Visceral Games. The cops and crimals theme has me intrigued, and the involvement of a new developer will hopefully put a renewed level of thought and polish on the game. This one really has potential, but I worry it will fall flat. The good thing is that many have lowered expectations right now from the Battlefield franchise, so hopefully we will not get overhyped, which is a recipe for failure. If you wish to keep up-to-date on news, rumors, and analysis of it all regarding Battlefield Hardline, check out Hardline Central.

I have not played Call of Duty since Black Ops, and even that one received little attention, so I guess Modern Warfare 2 would be my last extensively-played title. I am a bit curious about COD: Advanced Warfare, though, as a new developer (Sledgehammer), and a new sci-fi-ish setting might refresh the title a bit. I do not yet know the extent to which the engine has been modified; that may be a bit factor for me, as the engine has become so old and tired. Maybe I am a bit spoiled by the environmental interaction Battlefield has offered. It feels strange to play a game without such significant destruction and the ability to get on objects. Nonetheless, I will be watching this one as well. Find more about COD: Advanced Warfare at AdWarCentral.

Another specific title on my radar is Civilization: Beyond Earth. I really love the Civilization series, and have even started a Let's Play with Civ V. Beyond Earth promises to provide a new setting for a familiar game (seems a common theme this year), introducing changes in the game play that sound as though they fit well with the new sci-fi setting and them, as well as refreshing the replay value of the series. This one will be an almost definite purchase for me. The other two may wait until they prove themselves. As always, I will not be pre-ordering anything, as I have learned my lesson on that front.