Right, I've pre-ordered two games that are due for release in November these last few days.
First game I pre-ordered was Space Hulk: Deathwing.
Its a first person co-op shooter where you play as a Space Marine Terminator belonging to the secretive and most feared of Space Marine forces known as Deathwing of the Dark Angels Chapter.
Now there will be a single player mode for the game where you play as a Librarian with access to plenty of Psyker powers for you to use as you fight through the Tyranid hordes onboard the Space Hulks.
But it is of course the co-op mode that's the biggest focus as you can bring three friends with you on missions to clear out the Tyranid hordes with all sorts of weapons, including Flamers and many others.
Interestingly, the game is being developed by Streum On Studio, a French game studio, that a couple of years ago made a rather underrated and overlooked rather nuts cyberpunk shooter called E.Y.E. Divine Cybermancy, but unlike that game which featured a lot of insane dialogue and events that made you scratch your head, the story in Deathwing is penned by Warhammer 40K author Gavin Thorpe who is also a Games Workshop employee that worked on the designing and developing of many of their products since 1994, he's also written more then half a dozen novels for the Black Library division of Games Workshop so he knows quite a lot about the lore of Warhammer 40K.
Here are some trailers for the game, one of which shows the arsenal you will be able to obtain as you progress through the game:
Gameplay first look:
The Steam store page doesn't show when the game is supposed to come out, but when I was going through the basket that you have to go through in order to buy, it showed that it will be released on the 24th of November.
Now onto the other game I pre-ordered, it is Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
I booked it via Green Man Gaming where they're having a 15 % discount for those that have an account on the website and I decided to go for the Deluxe edition which comes with not only the season pass but also the Modern Warfare remaster.
The plot of Infinite Warfare is that mankind's reached a point in space travel where it is now possible to colonize other planets, but now something's happened and a bunch of colonies have formed the fanatical and fascist Settlement Defense Force and they've attacked the Earth, Tier 1 Special Operations pilot Lt. Nick Reyes finds himself right in the thick of everything and becomes field-promoted to Captain after the original captain is killed in the attack on Earth.
Now Nick finds himself in charge of a thousand naval troops, Marines and SCARs, Special Combat Air Recon, onboard the carrier Retribution and he must now take the battle to the SDF, take down their fanatical leaders and bring this war to an end.
Interestingly, the game won't be as linear as the other CoD games have been, instead you will be able to pick whatever order you want with the missions, although it isn't clear if completing one mission will affect the other in some way, but we will have to wait and see.
Another interesting thing is that you will be doing a lot of firefights in zero gravity and you've got a grappling hook for getting around more easily during those moments, kinda like the one in upcoming Titanfall 2, you can even use the grappling hook on an enemy to get in closer and pull off a brutal melee kill, like ripping off an oxygen hose on a SDF soldier's spacesuit and watch him panic as he loses air.
And of course, the Zombies mode is back and it seems like they've got more celebrities to take part like David Hasselhoff as an enigmatic DJ , Seth Green as the nerd Poindexter, Ike Barinholtz as A.J. the jock and a few others.
Now, the Zombies mode doesn't feature anything related to the multiplayer and campaign, instead it will be about four 80's archetypes that are aspiring actors who become trapped inside a horror movie created by the renowned director Willard Wyler, played by Paul Reubens, and now they have to try and survive the onslaught of undead in order to figure out a way to escape this nightmare they've gotten themselves into.
But you can't forget the multiplayer and it looks quite fun and hectic.
It will feature the usual game modes, but they've thrown in a crafting mode where you can create weapon prototypes of various grades of rarity, which includes common, rare, legendary and epic.
Each crafted weapon will come with its own set of perks, which also includes the return of the infamous nuclear strike 25 kill streak called De-Atomizer which comes in the form of a mothership that warps in over the map and unleashes a deathray which ends the match.
Now in order to craft the weapons, you will need Salvage which you can earn ingame, although they've not said how you earn Salvage other then "in a variety of ways" which might indicate completing challenges and other tasks during matches.
As for the Modern Warfare remaster, it looks absolutely stunning.
The original still holds fairly well to this day, but oh boy, they've really remastered the hell out of a great game.
And it will come with multiplayer too, although only 10 maps will be available for it.
The only bad thing I can think of is that it feels kinda cheeky to have the remaster only available in the Legacy and Deluxe editions of Infinite Warfare, it was one of the biggest gripes people had when it was revealed.
Other then that though, I think this looks like a really fun Call of Duty game with plenty of interesting new features for longtime CoD fans to try out.
And here are some trailers for the game, including the reveal trailer for the Zombies mode along with the crafting system:
Ship Assault gameplay trailer:
Weapon crafting overview:
Zombies in Spaceland reveal trailer:
Modern Warfare Remaster multiplayer reveal trailer:
Modern Warfare Remaster launch trailer:
I quite frankly, in my own opinion anyway, think Call of Duty is the better war FPS this year, especially since each new entry as of lately have tried out plenty of new and interesting mechanics to keep the CoD franchise fresh and interesting, way better then Battlefield 1.
Just gonna say it out loud, Battlefield 1 doesn't seem that interesting to me, heard that the game's campaign is quite ridiculous as the very first mission of the War Stories, which is a series of recollections by the protagonists that survived the war, puts you in the boots of an Italian soldier who is dressed from head to toe in heavy metal armor AND is carrying a fecking heavy machinegun which he uses to mow down at least 200 German troops as he advances up a hill before he spots several German bombers approach his location and jumps in an AA gun and shoots down 30 or so of them before he is knocked off by a bomb and he dumps the armor at that point, even though it apparently wasn't that badly damaged according to TotalBiscuit that went on a bit of a rant about Battlefield 1 in the latest Co-Optional Podcast.
I just couldn't believe my ears when he described the absolutely LUDICROUS situations that the protagonists found themselves in, to say it is historically inaccurate is to put it very lightly...
He also brought up a good point of that the last few Battlefield games have basically been the same and yet many of the die-hard Battlefield fans claim that it is the same CoD game we get every year, something I personally think is a whole load of bollocks, TB finds it rather odd that people complain about CoD when Dice and EA have been release pretty much the same Battlefield game for the last few years now.
The Call of Duty franchise on the other hand have got three developers that each work on their on CoD game and Activision rotates it so that one studio releases a CoD game that year and then another studio gets the next year, I believe next year is Sledgehammer Games' turn and it will be interesting to see what they will come up with now after the rather well done Advanced Warfare from 2014.
Anyway, Infinite Warfare is due for release on the 4th of November, two days after my birthday, so I'm looking forward to playing this on PC.