Ever since reviewing the Sony reveal last month, I’ve been pretty stoked to see what the competition from the green camp is going to bring. The time has now come to fruition.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, the Xbox games showcase revealed some pretty heavy hitters being announced for the new generation.
Since Sal has given his opinion on the subject, I thought that I’d chime in as well; though my picks shouldn’t surprise anyone.
Is it time to return to the Zone? GSC Game World affirms this.
For those who are unfamiliar, Stalker is a series of games based off the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster in the late 1980s. Set in an alternate universe where this incident created an ecological anomaly known to the locals as “The Zone”, a vast expanse of area that creates never seen before anomalies called Artifacts; properties of which made it lucrative to scavengers, scientists and businesses alike. Rumours of what lie in the centre of the Zone is what drives the plot of the games forward.
In this new world premiere trailer, we can finally see what awaits us when we go back to the Zone next year. As per a trailer reveal, it’s just a few glimpses of iconic locations that veterans of the series will instantly recognize. Places such as the Ferris wheel in the town of Pripyat and the small village of Cordon, prominent as the place that the player starts in in the first game of the series.
Still, what we DO see looks gorgeous, the environmental design, lighting has massively improved from its counterparts during the previous console generation. The environment, looks dreary like all the games before, but amped up to 10. It still carries that unique Eastern European feel the series is known for.
Though I doubt this will be much of a surprise with my anticipated next-gen games since I’ve previously shared about how Stalker 2 is still set for a 2021 release as of last year. These will be some horribly long months ahead as I can’t wait to jump into the Zone again and tune in to bandit radio!
Finally, we saw what’s cooking at Obsidian when Microsoft had acquired the studio some time back. Turns out, they were developing another RPG based on the already established lore of Eora; the same universe that Pillars of Eternity is based on.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time playing PoE and I have no doubts that Obsidian will deliver another world-class RPG to the hands of gamers regardless of the combat system.
No gameplay was shone in the teaser but it definitely gave me the vibes of something that will be Elder Scrolls-esque in combat with the first-person perspective shot right at the end.
Which game was your favorite in the showcase? Let us know in the comments!