Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most highly anticipated games of the modern console generation. Pushing the boundaries in both graphical engineering and gameplay mechanics it promises to be one of the hottest releases in 2020. The game, developed and published by CD Projekt RED, will be released on PS4, Xbox One and PC as well as being re-released on the PS5 and Xbox Series X in 2021.
Although Cyberpunk doesn’t have the largest open world map, it certainly boasts one of the most intricate and interesting worlds to date.
Meeting a large collection of NPC while also having a huge number of AI characters to make the city seem both busy and alive. It truly captures what it would be like to live in a futuristic, 80’s esque, megalopolis. If you’re a fan of games that create atmospheric worlds which truly feel as though they have been lived in then Cyberpunk 2077 is definitely a game that should interest you.
Based in Night City, you take charge of a mercenary named ‘V’ and begin your rise to the top of Cyberpunk’s criminal underworld. Fighting with police, gangs, security teams and fellow mercenaries while you’re notoriety increases and risk does also. Building a bigger name for yourself as you fight your way to the top of the food chain, for the rarest cybernetic implant of all. Immortality.
As with a lot of features on the game, the character customisation is extremely in depth. While the looks are preset based CD Projekt RED have seemingly worked extremely hard in ensuring players have a vast array of options when customising their character. With the basics covered ie. hair, face, and skin tone, ETC. Cyberpunk 2077 takes it a level further in also allowing you to change other character aesthetics such as piercings, pupil shape and even choosing your own genitalia models. These customisable options are also complimented by the fact that Cyberpunk 2077 is a true action RPG, with a full array of cybernetic enhancements and skill sets, that influence your characters play style. The 6 stat sections are as follows: Strength, Constitution, Intelligence, Reflexes, Tech and Cool. These attributes are designed to give each player a unique gaming experience and offer the player a wide variety of possibilities when approaching main campaign/side missions and also how other characters respond to you.
In order to climb your way to the top of Cyberpunks underworld, side missions are going to take up a lot of your gameplay time. By doing side missions for gangs, factions and NPC’s the player gains ‘Street Cred’ XP. This Type of XP can be used to unlock access to vendors and fixers who in return will offer you better, more dangerous contracts. The more you do the more renown your name becomes offering you the opportunity to increase your stock, become a more recognisable figure within the game and increase your wealth. Money within the game can be spent on body modifications, weapons/upgrades, cars, bikes and clothing. Satisfying the players needs to splash on their hard earned cash.
All in all we find ourselves overwhelmed with the sheer scale and promise of Cyberpunk 2077 and can’t wait to get our hands on a copy. With the release date having been delayed twice already we’re really hoping that everything goes as planned for their new 19th November 2020 release date so that we can start building our very own Cyberpunk outlaw.
Almost instantly recognisable from the level design and artistic elements, the next highly anticipated title on our list is ‘Deathloop’ and comes from none other than Arkane Studios. The developers of other great titles such as, Dishonoured, Bioshock 2 and Prey. Deathloop is stated to be “Console exclusive for a limited time” so if you are looking at getting the Xbox Series X as your next gen console, there is still hope for you to play This unique and stylistic game. Regarding there are no setbacks Deathloop is set to release on PS5 and PC in December 2020.
Deathloop is a first person action game based on an island named Blackreef. A 60’s inspired, futuristic-retro maze. Offering multiple pathways to traverse and explore. If you have played the Dishonoured games from Arkane you will already know just how good the team are at creating unbelievably atmospheric worlds within their games and Deathloop does not look to disappoint.
Using a varying degree of weapons, both guns and melee, as well as a ton of special abilities, the aim of this game is to break the endless cycle of daily loops by locating and killing 8 separate enemies before the day resets. You play as the character named ‘Colt’. A highly trained assassin destined to save the island. When you die the day will reset leaving you to encounter the same tasks as you did before, either the same way you did previously in the hopes of a different result, or inspire you to adapt and take a completely different approach. Sounds easy enough right? However Colt isn’t the only highly trained assassin on this island. There’s another named ‘Julianna’ whose sole purpose is to stop Colt from succeeding in his mission and keep the loop revolving infinitely. Forcing the player to not only evade his hunter but also develop new strategies as he hunts his own targets.
Whether you enjoy going in guns blazing or using a more stealthy approach Deathloop offers you the opportunity to play the game as you see fit. Picking up clues along your journey and learning the schedules of your 8 targets. Deathloop will have plenty of replay value upon completion as there are a multitude of different styles and paths to choose between.
Deathloop also has a very unique multiplayer option within its campaign. As you play through the story as Colt other players will be given the opportunity to edge their way into your play through by taking control of Julianna. Where they will then be able to hunt you down in any way that they choose. Although multiplayer is on the game, it is entirely optional and players will be given the choice to play through their campaign offline with Julianna being controlled by AI.
We really can’t wait to play Deathloop and are certain more will be revealed in the coming months. This is definitely a title you should be excited for.
Next on our list is Halo Infinite. A title we’re sure you’re all familiar with, especially if you’re an avid and loyal gamer of Xbox consoles. Halo infinite is a first person shooter being co-developed by 343 Industries and SkyBox Labs. Being an Xbox and Microsoft Windows exclusive, the game won’t be coming to the PS4 or next gen PS5 console. Regarding there are no setbacks Halo Infinite is set to release some time in 2020.
Halo infinite is the 6th instalment of the Halo series and picks up where ‘Halo 5: guardians’ left off. We’re led to believe that the campaign will be taking place on a Halo Ring (A megastructure created by the ancient and highly intelligent ‘forerunners’) Although we don’t know too much about the campaign at present date it is confirmed that Master Chief is back as the main protagonist. As well as the possibility of ‘The Banished’ making a return, Halo Infinite’s campaign has everything we need to make this a better release than Halo 5.
Halo Infinite is going to have multiplayer hopefully as we all know and love it. With a split screen campaign/online as well as the forge making a comeback. We personally spent hours in Halos forge in the past. Creating your very own multiplayer maps, assault/race courses and mazes are but some of the amazing things we remember doing. Mixing these facts alongside a more in-depth character customisation the possibilities are endless and, if executed the same as some of Halos earlier titles, a lot of fun.
Halo Infinite is going to have a beta release period where it will afford the development teams the opportunity to build the game with the help of its community. This shows us that 343 industries really care about doing the Halo series Justice as they want to try and test new ideas with the game but also keep the factors of what us fans have always loved about Halo.
We’re really excited to see what this game becomes and can’t wait for more information to be released. We will certainly be keeping our ears to the ground on this one!
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
Crash Bandicoot is a game we all know and love. Originally released on September 9th, 1996 as a PlayStation exclusive, the most recent installment of the franchise, ironically titled “Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time”, is set to release on October 2nd, 2020. The game, which is being developed by ‘Toys For Bob’ and published by Activision, is currently confirmed to be releasing on PS4 and Xbox One however due to the release date we’re also expecting an upgraded version to release on PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Crash Bandicoot 4 is the first entry in the crash franchise in over a decade and is a direct sequel from the original Crash trilogy. Built in UnrealEngine Crash 4’s development team, Toys For Bob, have completely updated the art style. While keeping the original quirky and fun elements, we have all grown to love, the next game in the franchise is definitely set to turn heads with its reimagined image. Vibrant and colourful along with details better fitted to the more recent generation of gaming consoles we are sure It’s going to look and feel as amazing as the originals while also “breathing new personality and charm” into the franchise.
Although in essence Crash Bandicoot 4 is the insane, fun and hilarious 3D platforming game we come to expect, it will be coming with a few new gameplay features. One of these features is the brand new ‘Quantum Masks’. These are powerful masks similar to ‘Aku Aku’ from the original trilogy. The two that have been confirmed so far are ‘Kapuna-Wa’ the time mask which allows time to be slowed, giving Crash a helping hand in precise and more difficult manoeuvres, and ‘Ika Ika’ the gravity mask which allows for you to bend the laws of reality and experience Crash from a completely different point of view. Two are still to be confirmed although we would hazard a guess that Aku Aku is set to make a return also.
Crash 4 also has more abilities and gameplay mechanics than its predecessors including rail grinding, wall running and rope swinging. Adding a breath of fresh air into how Crash tackles obstacles in each of the newly created worlds/landscapes. Whilst you can play as Crash and Coco, in your skilful endeavours to save the multiverse, players are also offered the opportunity to take charge of other playable characters such as the infamous Neo Cortex. Affording you a look into how pesky our hero’s really are to someone of an alternate perspective.
With over 100 levels promised and plenty of new gameplay mechanics and abilities, as well as a completely refreshed art style ‘Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time’ could be the crash game we’ve been waiting all these years for and all we can say is, It’s About Time!
Star Wars: Squadrons
Set after the events of ‘Return of the Jedi’, Star Wars: Squadrons, is a flight simulating combat game developed by Motive Studios and published by Electronic Arts. Set to release October 2nd, 2020 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Although there’s been no mention of the game being released on the next gen consoles we wouldn’t be surprised if it does, due to the release date.
Star Wars: Squadrons is going to have a campaign mode which follows the events that transpired after the Battle of Endor and destruction of the Death Star. Switching between alternate points of view the player will be able to assume control over fighter pilots from both sides of the war allowing for different perspectives on how it all played out.
The main focus of Star Wars: Squadrons is leaning towards the multiplayer experience. Fighting either for the Rebels or Imperials pilots can take to the skies in epic 5v5 dogfighting game modes or Fleet Battles, where opposing teams engage in a multi-stage, objective game mode where both teams battle to destroy the others’ flagship. Players will choose which of the four classes they deploy with as well as being given the option to customise their ship. Allowing them more freedom in their play style while also benefiting their squadron in an effort to ensure victory.
Squadrons is going to be cross-play enabled so no matter what platform you play on, teaming up with friends is entirely possible. As well as having complete VR support. Star Wars: Squadrons are extremely ambitious in making this one of the best 1st person experiences that can be made within the Star Wars universe. Featuring old locations as well as new ones specially designed for the game and story, we are really hoping it delivers to our expectations.