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Stuart's Most Anticipated Games of 2015 / 17th January 2015



The Division

A return to the top spot looks likely for Ubisoft with The Division, a third-person Tom Clancy IP set in New York in the not so distant future. A lethal pandemic has torn across the world and devastated the social structure of countless countries, plunging the majority of populated zones into chaos; food shortages and power outages are commonplace, whilst gangs roam the streets as the virus continues to spread. Players will take on the role of an agent of The Division, a classified SPEC OPS unit trained to deal with such a scenario. Our goal, to work both independently and together to restore order to the city. 


Like any good Tom Clancy game, The Division comes with a neat new player UI and state of the art technology for us to play with. This game features seamless multiplayer, the ability to craft and make items, skills and abilities, and it allows you to fully customize your bug out bag (your kit). Not to mention an interesting inclusion that takes advantage of the growing use of companion apps. The Division features a superb take on the concept; allowing players to take control of a drone and look down upon the battlefield in real time from with bird’s eye view, assisting your teammates and raining hell down upon enemies. You can check out some footage and insider info below.


Rainbow Six: Siege


I love Tom Clancy games and three of my favourite series’ are Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six. The latter, of course, is an acclaimed shooter which was a huge hit on the 360, seeing many of us battling it out to the death online as well as contending with international terrorism in the campaign modes. 


This time Rainbow Six: Siege is adding a whole new dynamic to multiplayer; Team Raven and Team Rogue go head to head, one team taking on the roles of an anti-terrorist team whilst the others take on the roles of the terrorists themselves. The terrorists must hold a hostage and secure the surrounding site to fight off the breach from their opposition, and in order to do this they can set up traps, board up windows or doors, lay down shields and use other various defensive tactics to making things harder for their opponents. The attacking team has access to drones that can recce the situation, and plot the best course of action or identify a suitable breach point. They’ll also be equipped with shape charges and C4 to blow holes virtually anywhere in what Ubisoft Montreal is calling ‘procedural destruction’. The end result being you’ll be able to drop through floors onto enemies, blow open walls to secure hostages and work your way around any nasty traps. This game looks like a hell of a lot of fun and best of all, it requires actual teamwork as the clock is always counting down and both teams need to work together to win, my kind of game!



Star Wars Battlefront


2015 will see the Return of the Sith and, of course, get the highly anticipated Star Wars franchise back in full swing with some help in the form of Star Wars: Battlefront. Once upon a time I religiously played Battlefront on the PlayStation 2; it’s one of the best multiplayer games I have ever experienced and so I’m very happy to see it return to the universe, and even more ecstatic that Dice are at the helm. With their expertise we can all safely assume this will be a solid multiplayer that will engage us to no end.



2015 will see the Return of the Sith and, of course, get the highly anticipated Star Wars franchise back in full swing with some help in the form of Star Wars: Battlefront. Once upon a time I religiously played Battlefront on the PlayStation 2; it’s one of the best multiplayer games I have ever experienced and so I’m very happy to see it return to the universe, and even more ecstatic that Dice are at the helm. With their expertise we can all safely assume this will be a solid multiplayer that will engage us to no end.

To date there hasn’t been much released about the game or any mention of what new features will be included, but if it looks anything like its early in game footage then this could be one of the most impressive games this year.


Mirror’s Edge 2


Critics slated the original Mirror's Edge, with the narrative taking the brunt of the beating, yet the game became a huge cult success, drumming up a substantial fan base in the process. I for one loved it, in part due to parkour being so close to my own heart, but also because of the unique colour pallete, the graphical standard, and relevant concepts. Not only that, but the music was great and the fluidity of the movement was, of course, second to none. Many games since have attempted to feature parkour and none have come anywhere near how smooth it was in Mirror's Edge. 


So, to say the least, I’m pretty damn excited about the potential for the second instalment and where Dice will take us with the parkour element, they’ve even promised us a new and improved fighting system that will be ‘the best FPS close combat in the world’. We know from the minuscule information released that Mirror's Edge 2 is a prequel to explores Faith’s origins, and how she came to be a parkour legend on the NWO’s hit list. Other than a short trailer showcasing the fast paced movement and combat that we have come to associate with Mirror's Edge, little else is known, so we will have to keep an eye on this project from the rooftops if we are to bring you the latest details as and when they emerge.


 
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