Games to Watch If You Want Something Different

One of my biggest gripes with gaming nowadays is that the market is overflowing with too-frequent sequels and copy/paste FPSes. I know I’m not alone. While our buddies are content with just buying the new* COD or Madden every year, there are a lot of us who are starved for some new blood. Well friends, it’s 2012 and things are looking up. I have three gems here poised to be some of the most innovative games of the year.

*new as in, essentially the same game but with minor improvements/changes

Binary Domain:
Release Date: 2/28/12

Binary Domain is a third-person tactical shooter. You command a squad which assists you on your missions in Tokyo in the year 2080. The highlight of this game is the AI, which follows your commands and learns whether or not to trust you based on your previous decisions. I always love it when I hear a game has innovative AI. It’s always refreshing to have bots that don’t drive off a cliff or forget how to walk around obstacles.

Metro: Last Light
Release Date: 1st Qtr 2013

M:LL is a sequel to the game Metro 2033, a game based off of the novel of the same name (it’s a great read). It takes place in Russia roughly 20 years after nuclear strikes forced the residents to take refuge in the subway systems. What really made Metro 2033 stand out was its emphasis on atmosphere. You could really put yourself inside of the small society that grew in the stations.
Even though it’s an FPS, it’s far from a COD clone. You carry your guns with you from level to level, upgrading or trading them along the way. In between markets you have to scavenge for all your equipment. Your ammo is also your currency, so playing run-and-gun won’t cut it. It was originally intended for this year but was pushed back to 2013. If that means the developers are taking their time and getting it right, then I don’t mind waiting.

Update: The release date for Metro: Last Light has been confirmed for December 31, 2012.

Hitman: Absolution
Release Date: Sometime 2012

It’s been 6 years since Blood Money and Agent 47 is back. When we last saw our friend he shot his way out of his own funeral and went off the grid. Now he’s back new and improved. Hitman is, of course, a stealth game where you play as a paid assasin. Although this is the fifth title in the series, developers promise a brand new experience for fans. New features on the table include a more realistic AI and the new “Instinct” mode, where you can predict what actions your enemies will take.

1 comment

  1. Matt Nolan February 27, 2012 11:14 am  Reply

    Having just finished Metro 2033, I’m really looking forward to Last Light. I am a little skeptical of the new Hitman given the gameplay mechanism that allows the player to see where the enemies are going to walk, but I think that can still work well in the game as long as you don’t think too hard about it… And I honestly don’t know much about Binary Domain, but I totally agree with you that there should be more focus on AI in games. I’ll definitely be reading up more about Binary Domain.

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