TT Top Five: Games You May Not Have Known Were Coming

By Brandon Fusco, 9 months ago
With the release of Dark Souls III to the Western world, a new season of game releases is upon us. Some of these are big names such as Uncharted 4: A Thief's End or DOOM that you'd have to live under a rock to miss. There are several games in the near future that, due to small developer size, poor buzz, several near-cancellation experiences, or other factors, are not nearly as well known. Here's a short list of games you may not have known were coming out this quarter.

5. Homefront: The Revolution


Perhaps the bigger surprise than this game being released soon is that the game is being released at all. The original Homefront was a middling success with critics, but managed to make just enough of a splash at retail to warrant a sequel. That was only the beginning of the struggle to get a sequel to market. Homefront: The Revolution started development back at THQ before its dissolution. The franchise was bought at auction by Crysis developer Crytek who would co-publish the game with Deep Silver.

In June of 2014, Crytek bumped into some financial troubles. It appeared that many of the development team had left the company after not being paid for a significant amount of time. However things panned out, Deep Silver stepped in, took control of the property, rehired most of the development team themselves, and resumed development of the game. After being delayed once again into 2016 to ensure a quality product, it was revealed that the game would be released on May 17th and 20th 2016 for North America and Europe.

4. Odin Sphere: Leifhrasir

Originally released in 2007 for the PlayStation 2, the critically well received Odin Sphere was one of Vanillaware's first games, and upon looking at it, that's no surprise. Leifhrasir is an HD remastering of the original game for PS3, PS4, and Vita that will look and feel fairly familiar to fans of the more recent Dragon's Crown, albeit with a slightly more Norse mythological tone.

The game follows five protagonists who each have their own story. They represent the five warring nations of Erion. Originally, only one protagonist will be available, but through play, the others will be unlocked. Each story will follow a particular character as they move through an overarching story that intertwines with the others. Occasionally, the other protagonists will be encountered as enemies, and the battle between them will be experienced in both stories.

Odin Sphere: Leifhrasir is set for release on June 7th in North America and an unannounced date in June for Europe.

3. Severed

You are a young woman with only one arm and a living sword. To save your family, you'll have to cut your way through waves of colorful demonic enemies in first person.

Severed is the newest game from DrinkBox, the team behind the critically lauded Guacamelee!. Their latest outing makes use of the Vita's touch controls to give you the ability to cut through your enemy's weak points. As the game gets more complex, you'll have to juggle the attack timing of the enemies surrounding you to make sure that you prevent their attacks while placing well aimed attacks of your own.

If nothing else, the game features more of that interesting and colorful art style found in Guacamelee! With any luck, however, DrinkBox will strike gold again and give us another great game when Severed launches on April 26th.

2. Invisible, Inc.

Invisible, Inc. is the upcoming stealth-strategy game from indie darling Klei Entertainment, developers of Shank, Mark of the Ninja and Don’t Starve Together. Heading back to their stealth days, Invisible, Inc. is a tactical stealth game that sees the player strategically guiding a team to complete objectives on covert missions by using a variety of gadgets and tools. The premise is simple, but like many of their games, the joy comes from mastery of the games systems.

Until its PS4 release on April 19th, which includes the games "Contingency Plan" DLC pack, all of the above mentioned games are remarkable. They are all different, but if you have the slightest inclination to try one, you owe it to yourself to do so.

1. Alienation

Early adopters of the PlayStation 4 will probably remember the name Housemarque. Back in November of 2013, if you had a PlayStation Plus membership, RESOGUN was one of the first games you got to play. That's not their only hit game from this largely PlayStation exclusive 2nd party developer. Housemarque was also responsible for Outland, Super Stardust HD, and Dead Nation.

Unsurprisingly, Alienation borrows heavily from Dead Nation's twin stick shooter foundation, but it hopes to go much deeper. Most noticeable will be progression and class systems, but there will also be a plethora of weapons in a variety of rarities. Also, it just looks plain crazy.

This one is just around the corner, releasing on April 26th for the PS4


Honorable Mentions
Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma

The Visual Novel series Zero Escape has been a critical success since the release of the first entry, 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors on the Nintendo DS in 2009. A sequel, Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward was released for the Vita in 2012, once again succeeding with critics. Unfortunately, despite critics' generally positive view of the games, they have failed to do well commercially, and so the likelihood of a conclusion to the story seemed remote.

Zero Escape has been lauded for a complex narrative structure that provides you with tough puzzles and a plethora of important choices that result in varying endings. The game encourages the player to bounce around to make different choices, learn more about what's going on, and use that information to succeed in the different branches of the story. If you go left the first time, you may end up dying, but you'll learn a code that will help you succeed when you choose to go right the next time through, for instance, which in turn gives you a piece of knowledge to prevent your death on the left path. What appears to be a fairly simple but mysterious story and game turns quickly turns into a complex web of puzzles and choices.

Part 3, Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma, is set to resolve this series on June 28th, but you should definitely go back and play Virtue's Last Reward if you haven't already. You'll be left wanting more, but thankfully not for too much longer.

Battleborn

Battleborn is in an unfortunate predicament. The name is not so much unknown as simply overshadowed and frequently forgotten. This year is the year that the Hero Shooter makes its way into gaming consciousness with a huge splash. This year, you have Paragon and Overwatch, as well as the Microsoft exclusive Gigantic. Not only are there quite a few of them, but Overwatch is currently soaking up almost all of the lime light, leaving little for the others.

This is too bad, because out of all of the games, Battleborn is the only one that appears to be offering a single player campaign at the moment. When you consider that a lot of people will be introduced to this type of game this year (though not fans of games like Team Fortress), a single player campaign is not just a bunch of extra content, but a great way to learn the ins and outs of the game's mechanics.

Hopefully the little bit of lead time that the game has will do Gearbox well. We'll see if the Overwatch Beta launching the same day as Battleborn's full PS4 release on May 3rd will do any damage.

Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Mirror's Edge is something many thought we'd never see again. Despite critical praise and a cult following, the original game didn't sell very well for a company like EA to want to invest further in it. Or so we thought.

Here we are nearly eight years later, and a new entry is being released. Mirror's Edge Catalyst is one part prequel and one part reboot. It seems to be fixing many of the problems the original game had, such as a focus on combat and guns in the back half of the game. It's also opening up the cityscape significantly, giving players more free reign to get where they need to go, something that wasn't so much promised by the original game so much as promised by the concept of parkour.

What we're getting so far looks fantastic. The city looks stellar, the movement looks fluid, and the combat that exists is looking to work to the game's strengths of momentum and agility. If EA can just stick the landing when the game launches on June 7 in North America and June 9 in Europe for the PS4, then gamers could be in for a real treat. And who knows, this could lead EA to feel more confident in giving fans what they want.


Hopefully there's a game or two on the list that you didn't know about or had forgotten. Are there any games that didn't make the list that you think need a little more time in the limelight? Which game are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!
Brandon Fusco
Written by Brandon Fusco
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