the new tomorrow

13 05 2005

2 Days to Vegas (Steel Monkeys) – A third-person action-adventure involving gangsters, car chases, shootouts and lots of stuff that takes place during a 48 hour period, according to IGN.

Alan Wake (Remedy) – Alan Wake, which is set to be unveiled in more detail at E3 in a cinematic presentation, is Remedy’s first game since Max Payne 2 and is a psychological action thriller according to the developer.

Blue Dragon (Mistwalker/Microsoft) – One of the two games Microsoft’s signed Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi up to make for them, Blue Dragon is said to be

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Call of Duty 2

Call of Duty 2 (Infinity Ward/Activision) – While current-gen consoles are getting a squad-based game focused on the American 1st Infantry – subtitled Big Red One – the Xbox 360 looks forward to the same content PC owners can expect. Infinity Ward is at the controls, and the expectation is that CoD2 could be the World War II game to end them all.

Condemned: Criminal Origins (SEGA/Monolith) – Monolith’s next-generation title is a first-person crime thriller which sounds very disturbing. It sees an FBI agent tracking down serial killers in increasingly horrific environments, pursued by “the Condemned” – people who appear to be under the influence of mind-twisting evil.

Dark Sector (Digital Extremes) – Apparently Dark Sector uses a first-person shooter control system in third-person environments, and the polycount is ridiculously high.

The Darkness (Starbreeze/Majesco) – This is a film and comic book adaptation about an assassin with power over the shadows, but the really interesting thing is that it’s being developed by Starbreeze, the Swedish group behind The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay

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Dead or Alive 4

Dead or Alive 4 (Tecmo/Microsoft) It looks like Dead or Alive 3 with a leap in detail levels. .

Demonik (Terminal Reality/Majesco) – Announced prior to E3, Demonik is a third-person action game from BloodRayne developr Terminal Reality, in which the player wreaks havoc as a nasty man. Most interesting though is that it’s being developed as a film and game project that sees John Woo joining forces with Clive Barker…

Dimitri (Lionhead) – Again, this one hasn’t been officially confirmed for X360, but figured in a GameReactor magazine article created in collaboration with Microsoft. It’s another brainchild of Peter Molyneux. “It’s a game about… You,” he said recently. “It allows anyone who plays the game to relive their life, their entire individual life. That’s a pretty ambitious concept.”

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks) – A series with real pedigree, the previous effort – Morrowind – kept EG sometime-contributor Ronan occupied for almost an entire year. Oblivion has been in development since 2002 and, if Bethesda can keep up the standard, could be the first great Western RPG on the Xbox 360.

FIFA 06 (EA) – Set to be unveiled at E3, this is, we’re guessing, a lot like EA’s previous football games except with a lot more detail and, probably, some kind of gimmick.

Frame City Killer (Namco) – A late addition to this list, FCK (brilliant!) is an action game based on Unreal Engine 3 due out by the end of the year in the US and Europe. You play a chap called Crow, an assassin sent to Frame City to eliminate “Khan”.

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Full Auto

Full Auto (SEGA) – This sounds ingenious. Rather like Prince of Persia, it has a rewind feature that allows players to turn back time on events that don’t go their way. Except it’s a racing game. So you’ll get Burnout-style spectacular crashes followed by the chance to undo them again. It looks mightily impressive, and word is it was the basis of the gorgeous XNA “Crash Test” demo shown off at the Game Developers Conference in 2003.

Gears of War (Epic Games) – One of the most impressive looking of a bunch of action games where “impressive looking” is roughly all we have to go on. Featured in numerous Unreal Engine 3 tech demos, and then everyone licensed Unreal Engine 3.

Ghost Recon 3 (Ubisoft) – The screenshots demonstrate something called Cross-Com, which enables you to basically micromanage soldiers on the battlefield. Should bring something new to the squad-based shooter series.

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The Godfather

The Godfather (EA) – Francis Ford Coppola isn’t all that keen on it, but that won’t stop EA, which is marching forward with its adaptation of the Mario Puzo book/Coppola film undeterred, with various of the actors on board and a GTA-style premise that involves becoming intimately involved with the Corleone family, complete with voice acting from the late, great Marlon Brando amongst others..

Halo 3 (Bungie/Microsoft) – Unconfirmed, but in the GameReactor piece, and, well, would you be all that surprised if it appeared at Microsoft’s pre-E3 2005 press conference on Monday 16th?

Kameo: Elements of Power (Rare/Microsoft) – Looking, similar to the way it looked when we thought it was coming out on Xbox, this third-person adventure fuses exploration and puzzling with real-time combat and transforming creatures. “Launch portfolio” title, says Peter Moore.

King Kong (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft) – Ubisoft’s planning to show this off at E3 too and is working very closely with Peter Jackson. The Montreal Studio’s handling it.

Lost Odyssey (Mistwalker/Microsoft) – Aha, Hironobu Sakaguchi’s other RPG. You play Kaim, a man sentenced to live for 1,000 years, and in his shoes you wander through several generations, falling in and out of love and affecting people. Soundtrack’s being provided by Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu, although the game itself is being handled by Feel Plus, a company featuring yet more former Square Enix exployees.

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Madden NFL 06

Madden NFL 06 (EA) – American Football

NBA 2K6 (Visual Concepts/2K Games) – Visual Concepts’ basketball series

NBA Live 06 (EA) – Basketball

Need For Speed: Most Wanted (EA) – Potentially steering itself away from the shackles of the neon-doused Underground label, Most Wanted sounds more like the old-school Hot Pursuit NFS titles.

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Ninety-Nine Nights

Ninety-Nine Nights (Q Entertainment) – Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s Xbox 360 title, featuring lots of very, very shiny men. It’s full of jaw-dropping vast battles and sees the developer angling away from his usual musical influences in a game that looks more like Dynasty Warriors than anything else.

RalliSport Challenge 3 (DICE/Microsoft) – Unconfirmed, but mentioned in the print press.

Perfect Dark Zero (Rare/Microsoft) – It’s the sequel to the Nintendo 64 game Perfect Dark, .

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Possession

Possession (Blitz Games) – Imagine a strategy game in which you order zombies around.

Project Gotham Racing 3 (Bizarre Creations/Microsoft) – Accurate racing sim

Saint’s Row (THQ) – Briefly mentioned on MTV – we’re going on other people’s testimonials here – Saint’s Row is said to be a third-person action game with big guns, cars and action.

Quake IV (Raven Software/Activision) – Mentioned last night and blown open on the PC at least in a number of arranged pre-E3 mag exclusives, Quake IV marks a return to the storyline of Quake II (since Quake III didn’t really have one), and sees the player take control of a chap called Kane in a fight against the evil Stroggs. Improved AI is something we’ve seen mentioned. Hrm. Naturally though it’s incredibly detailed. More at E3.

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Test Drive: Unlimited

Test Drive: Unlimited (Eden Games/Atari) – This could be a launch title, apparently, and involves racing around in a persistent online world.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 (EA) –

Tomb Raider: Legend (Crystal Dynamics/Eidos) – If the shots are anything to go by, it could be good.

Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland (Neversoft/Activision) -Presumably having dumped the increasingly tedious Jackass influence, Neversoft and publisher Activision are building this around a free-roaming LA environment. It could be much the same, but it will at least have BMX bikes in it to keep us interested.

Unreal Tournament 2007 (Epic Games/Midway) – Epic Games brings its multiplayer series to Xbox 360.

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