I find my thoughts on The Game Awards to be very similar to that of Belghast’s. I don’t much care for the awards themselves. I didn’t even know they were on yesterday until I saw the stream of trailers entering my feeds. Still couldn’t tell you which games won anything.

But I did see a number of trailers that I’m quite excited about. Yay!

Crimson Desert

You know — for a time at least, I quite enjoyed Black Desert online. Ultimately, it was the intense grind — a grind it was possible to move backward in with rough RNG rules — that killed it for me.

I believe there have been a number of steps made to alleviate that endgame grind/RNG intensity but it’s a little late for me. It’s unlikely I’ll make a return.

However, once I work out exactly what sort of game Crimson Desert is — I’ll probably be really quite excited for it. ;) No, more seriously — it doesn’t appear to be another MMO. Rather it is a merger of ‘single player game narrative’ with ‘multi-player elements’. How much? Dunno. Is it a lobby-esque game like a Division/Destiny setup? Small-group co-op like a Remnant? Full on MMO after all? I don’t know. And honestly I at this stage don’t have a strong preference for any of those directions if the game itself is good.

Far too early to tell though.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

Hoo boy do I have some hopes for this one. I love me some Vermintide 2 — even quite recently there has been the odd jump in to play a few maps.

I’d like to see some more sustained blocks of gameplay footage, but from this I think you can tell it’s still pretty early. Some re-used animations from Vermintide that perhaps don’t quite fit and the gunplay… Well; it needs work to say the least.

Fatshark in my books have earned some faith though with the progression of Vermintide 1 to 2 and the post-launch patches since, so we’ll see how it goes!

Back 4 Blood

Unfortunate name aside, this one could also be one of interest when it comes out. Turtle Rock makes a return (at least in spirit, if not with the license to the IP in-hand) to their work on Left 4 Dead.

There is some pre-alpha gameplay footage available although it’s very clearly captured with a controller and doesn’t really offer enough even aside from that to form much of a solid opinion.

The original Left 4 Dead though, is perhaps the earliest example I can think of where a game came along with achievements that my friend group at the time and I specifically made pushes toward collecting while also pushing difficulty of the campaigns we were playing through.

Good times. :)

The Others

The full play-list of (still available1) trailers.

There’s a good few in there also of interest. Couple by a small outfit called ‘BioWare’. Working on… *checks notes* …Mass Effect and Dragon Age 4.

I dunno about those two though. My mental image of BioWare right now is one of a patient in a movie or Dr show where the heart monitor has given it’s ‘Beep… beep… beep’ and time has slowed, cutting to the family, friends and ones who love them while we await the next tick, afraid it will instead be a long drawn out ‘Beeeeeeeeeeeep’ indicating their passing.

But for right now we’re still caught in that moment of pause, awaiting to see the outcome. I’m tentatively optimistic though. And whatever issues we might’ve seen to date, I’d like to see where this goes for them.

Otherwise, Endless Dungeon looks to be the next entry into the ‘Endless’ series from Amplitude Studios. I’m still trying to muddle my way through what links it may have to Dungeon of the Endless (beyond the universe setting). Dungeon of the Endless despite being a bit of a side project for them is probably my favourite entry into the series being a really odd mix of rogue-like and tower defense.

This new one seems to be more of an Action RPG perhaps.

Then there is the rework of Nier: Replicant. Ooh — and Elder Scrolls Online returning to Oblivion! But I should probably go and play the (already purchased) Skyrim expansion before picking this one up.

In short though: Lots to be looking forward to gamewise; even if it’s all a bit early and tentative at this stage.

Footnotes

  1. Some have since been marked as ‘Private’ and are unplayable.

Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

7 Comments

WCRobinson · December 13, 2020 at 6:22 am

Really hope Bioware gets back on track with two amazing single-player adventures in Dragon Age and Mass Effect. :)

    Naithin · December 13, 2020 at 10:55 am

    I do hope so too, but it’s very much a wait and see thing. I was trying to think what the last good game released by BioWare was, and by my reckoning it was Mass Effect 3 in 2012 and even that was marred by the whole ending debacle. Then the fact when they extended the ending they doubled down on the absolute bollocks one they had which smacked more than a little of the behaviour of a petulant child, annoyed that the prevailing fan theory of the time was far better than their own ending.

    Even if for someone who really liked Dragon Age: Inquisition, that was 2014.

    So it has certainly been a while! I really do think these coming titles are going to make or break BioWare. I can’t imagine EA having too much more appetite for this level of performance.

      WCRobinson · December 13, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      I hope it goes positively. I really enjoyed Dragon Age: Inquisition, so much so it has gotten me now downloading the first two via Game Pass to try them out. The sense of awe in the environments, and the depth of character and story really clicked for me. After Anthem, I hope they realise that great solo RPGs are where their strengths are; the name of “Dragon Age” concerns me that it could be a game as a platform. We shall see – the trailer for Mass Effect and how clearly close it shall be to the events of 3 also appears a hint to Bioware going back to previous stories that people enjoy.

        Naithin · December 13, 2020 at 3:03 pm

        Be curious what you think of the first two going back to them now, without having experienced them at the time. DA:O is very much your oldschool CRPG, with DA2 being somewhere in the middle between that and what Inquisition ended up being.

        Honestly, I remember Inquisition quite poorly — but it seems enough people enjoyed it that I should perhaps try it again at some point.

        I think I was rather disappointed with it heading further and further away from what DA:O set out to be.

        I still love the lore of the world they built with the series though, so fingers crossed we don’t get some live service BS with the next one, like you say.

MagiWasTaken · December 15, 2020 at 8:02 am

Really looking forward to Endless Dungeon and the Nier: Replicant rework! Dungeon of the Endless is by far one of my favourite games to play with friends and the art style and that song that one can see in the Endless Dungeon Reveal Trailer look phenomenal! Not gonna lie, super hyped about Endless Dungeon!

As far as Nier: Replicant goes, I love Nier: Automata and am really looking forward to playing the previous games or rather… the rework of it! :D

    Naithin · December 16, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Yeah, same as you re: Nier Replicant. I loved Automata but had never played anything prior. Apparently there was a game even before Replicant, but it had a different name that I’ve also not played.

    Endless Dungeon we’ll see. I’m a little concerned they might be changing too much of what I enjoyed about Dungeon of the Endless, but it’s just too early to tell methinks. Hopefully this and some of the other titles will pick-up additional game media coverage, interviews etc, in the wake of the event. :)

      MagiWasTaken · December 16, 2020 at 3:04 pm

      Re: Endless Dungeon – I got a post about that with juicy info by the developers/their steam announcement.

      Re: Replicant – As far as I know, the Nier Games are based on the Drakengard games and play in a parallel universe or something like that. After the events of Drakengard 1-3, Grimoire Nier happened… and then Replicant… and then Automata… timeline might be mixed a bit. Super excited about Replicant – watched some videos on it after I played through the first ending of Automata and it looked cool. :)

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