Welcome to ‘The Month Ahead’, a new feature where we take a brief look at some of the PC games coming in the month ahead and what we think of the games that you are dying to play, or dying to avoid. This month we have monster titles such as Medal of Honour and Fallout: New Vegas coming, the racy Official WRC Game, an…interesting sounding Garden Simulator and more readying for release.
Medal of Honour (u added for British’ness) is EA’s answer to Call of Duty, which was at one point in time Activision’s answer to Medal of Honour, how times have changed, this is the first time since Allied Assault that I am remotely interested in the series. That is in large part down to the controversy surrounding the inclusion then exclusion of the Taleban in multiplayer. Apart from that I haven’t seen enough of the game to convince me that it can take the series back to its’ very impressive roots.
The modern setting is starting to get a bit of WWIIitis now with the heavyweight prescence of the Modern Warfare titles, but there is a chance that EA will pull of what Infinity Ward managed with the original Call of Duty and make the setting feel fresh once again.
The new Fallout game is coming from Obsidian with many staff members having worked on the original Fallout titles. While Fallout 3 alienated many die-hard fans of the games it will be interesting to see how they take to a game made by developers with links to the past like Obsidian. While it will remain to be seen whether it wins over the few, New Vegas seems to be a much more alive game than the desolate plains found in areas of number 3.
With changes to the VATS and melee systems along with the new Hardcore mode and the Vegas setting, this one is sure to offer players a radically different perspective on life after nuclear devastation to what there was in Fallout 3.
The new official WRC game is right up there with New Vegas in games coming out this month that I am really looking forward to playing. The prospect of a real rally game has me very much excited, the interview I did on it last month cranked up my anticipation considerably. I am prepared to be disappointed though, the game engine doesn’t seem to have the bells and whistles found in Codemasters’ EGO engine which could hold the game back considerably. It will be very interesting to see how it turns out.
Uhm yeah, I was serious, there is a game called Garden Simulator coming out this month. Need I say much more?
It does remind me that I still have Police Simulator and Demolition Company to play…
While they are just some of the highlights…and lowlights, of October’s PC releases there are some other titles which may catch your eye. Front Mission Evolved looks like it could be a half-decent mech-’em-up while JoWood will be hoping Arcania – Gothic 4 manages to capture the imagination of people outside Germany. Lionheart: Kings’ Crusade looks like a promising take on the Crusades and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II will feature Guybrush Threepwood so immediately gets my seal of approval.
I know what I am looking forward to, what are you all expecting from the games coming out this month?