Tired of all the sequels and remakes? Here are the Top 10 games that are none of those.
10. Lollipop Chainsaw
Have you seen Grindhouse? Yes? No? Well if you have think of Lollipop Chainsaw as sort of the videogame component of that movie experiment from Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. If you haven't seen Grindhouse, then think of Lollipop Chainsaw as all kinds of crazy. Developed by Suda51, Lollipop Chainsaw looks to have the kind of plot designed only for cheap and nasty laughs, but coupled with a viseral and tight cheerleaders and chainsaws gameplay.
9. Devils Third
Tomonobu Itagaki is most famous for bringing us the excellent, but underrated Dead or Alive games and the excellent, but highly rated Ninja Gaiden games. After his acrimonious departure from his old studio, Team Ninja, Itagaki has now branched off on his own. Devil's Third is his first project with new studio, Valhalla. Yet despite that change, it doesn't seem like Itagaki's taste in games have shifted. If the trailer is any indication, Devil's Third looks a lot like Ninja Gaiden. Just with guns. We can live with that.
8. Anarchy Reigns
Whenever we put these lists together there always has to be one game that cheats it's way onto the list.The reason Anarchy Reigns skirts the parameters of the list is that it features the lead character of the Wii-exclusive game, Mad World. So some people are crying sequel, we say distant spin-off. But whatever, we have a top ten to fill. Anarchy Reigns is an upcoming online beat 'em up game currently in development by the genius crew at Platinum Games, creators of Bayonetta and Vanquish. The trailer makes it look like a sweet combination of those two games, but with strong leaning toward a 1-on-1 fighter. Whatever it actually is, it's certain to be fun.
On the face of it, NeverDead looks like a typical third-person hack-n'-slasher in the vein of Devil May Cry or even the ealier featured Lollipop Chainsaw. How it tries to separate itself - in a literal way - is that immortal demon hunter Bryce Boltzmann uses his severed arms and legs as weapons and then just re-attaches them later. But its more than just a combat mechanic, Boltzmann can even remove his head to scope out secret areas. And probably also use it to cheat at bowling.
6. Retro City Rampage
Retro City rampage is basically, "What if GTA was made during the 8-bit era?" We don't know about you, but that seems like a question worth asking. The game doesn't look like its going to rewire the gaming industry, but sure does look like it will inject some straight up humour, something the gaming industry has been lacking over the last few years. In development over the last seven years by Canadian games industry veteran Brian Provinciano Retro City Rampage is set for release on WiiWare and XBLA.
Believe it or not, but this little gem comes from the same people that brought us Marcus Fenix. Thats right Epic Games' latest title is all about cartoon kablooies. The premise sees you scavenging the game's environments for useful salvage to build a secure fort and then at night defend that fort from ghouls, zombies and other assorted boogie men. No firm details on exactly how it will play, but it considering the studio, it certainly one to keep and eye on.
We haven't had a stealth action game akin to the Thief series in a long time and it looks like Harvey Smith, one of the developers on Thief, agrees. Like Thief before it, Dishonered is a game that encourages the use of non-lethal attacks to progress in the game, but doesn't preclude the ability to just go wild. With the backing of Bethesda - of Fallout and Skyrim fame - Dishonored could be the marquee franchise 2012.
This trailer is pretty much all we know about Overstrike, but given the pedigree of the team putting its together, the potential for it to be awesome is quite high. Insomniac has been cranking out hits exclusively for the entire Playstation range since 1996 and Overstrike marks the first time the team is going multi platform. Its a four-player co-op shooter, featuring a ragtag group of mercenaries, fighting against global terror. But with its less than realistic visual stylings, out there gadgets and sci-fi weaponry, its clear Overstike isn't trying to make a statement about the current political climate. Here's hoping the four man co-op doesn't hamstring the experience.
Rockstar's Agent came to light as long ago as 2007, with an official announcement only happening at E3 2009. Almost three years later, it looks like we may actually get to play the game we know almost nothing about. What we do know its that plot takes place during the Cold War in the late 1970s and will involve the world of counter-intelligence, espionage and political assassinations. Given how well Rockstar introduced the game world to the Wild West and Noir crime fiction, we're inclined to think they can do the same for the Cold War.
1. The Last of Us
Naughty Dog wants to change the way stories are told in games. And they plan to do it with The Last of Us. The team have given zero hints as to how this game will actually play, focusing instead on the plot, a survival story of a man and a young girl who have come face to face with the Zombie Apocalypse. Given the teams emphasis on strong character building in the Uncharted series, it would seem that they might just pull it off. Naughty Dog promises's the Last of Us will be a genre defining experience.