What Should be on Your Calendars after Skyrim – Jsixgun

If you’re like me, you have an app on your phone that counts down to Skyrim’s release date. If you’re not like me, trust me, you want to be. I’m cool. Anyways, much of the gaming world is on edge waiting for the release of Bethesda’s new Elder Scrolls game, while in Russia, Putin is demanding it early; as he has a penchant to do. After all, he really is very finicky when it comes to release dates for video games and twilight movies, because every one knows you can’t keep the Kremlin down. In lieu of his incessant whining he absolutely reminds me of Chavez when he acts like that, and don’t even get me started about his views on the Roman calendar! However, unless you’re that Kim Jong character in North Korea, you’re going to have to wait for 11-11-11 like the rest of us.

“I dragon, I no wait for dragon game.”

And after that fateful day, 100+ hours into the game when you finally beat it, what will you have to look forward to then? Of course you could take up a hobby; I hear underwater Polo is nice towards the end of the Winter Solstice. Perhaps, you could even study Iranian Fashion and write a dissertation on why Ahmadinejad never wears a neck tie. Or you could look into the following three games which look to be awesome in their own right. While I would certainly lean towards the second choice, the third choice is the most viable. So get you specks on, and let’s take a look.

#1 Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning

Have you ever heard of Curt Schilling? Well, he pitched for the Boston Red Socks and bled through his sock once. I think he also won a World Series, so he had moderate to average talent for sure. After all that was done he decided he wanted to open up a video game studio and did just that. His studio goes by the name of 38 Studios and they are working on what appears to be an awesome new fantasy game. Don’t believe me? Well lets just say he drafted an all-star team (A sports pun! A sports pun!).

First to bat (I did it again!) we have Ken Rolston. “Holy Crap!” you say? …No?… Okay you may not immediately recognize his name but you will recognize his games. Mr. Rolston, was the executive developers of both Morrowind and Oblivion; so it’s safe to say he is good at open world RPG’s, but that’s just the beginning. Joining him you have R.A. Salvatore pinning not only the story, but 10,000 years of lore to accompany the game. R.A. Salvatore is the guy who has more New York Times best selling novels than Lady Ga Ga has outfits. If that wasn’t enough, then enter another big hitter, Tod McFarlane. Yes, Tod McFarlane, the guy who created Spawn, will be leading the art direction for the game. Call me a sucker, but I’m already hooked. Take a look at the trailer below.

#2 Dishonored

Dishonored is being developed by Arkane Studios, recently purchased by none other than Bethesda. While not a whole lot has been released on this game so far, what has been released has my RPG senses tingling. It’s been described as a multi path game like Deus Ex mixed with combat variety reminiscent of Bioshock. Every action you take, every way you tackle a mission feeds into a chaos system which will measure and change progression of the story considerably. According to Arkane, the game will be built on choice after choice, all of which will have an impending and real effect on the world.

I strongly urge you to read more into this game, as all we have at this point are a few articles. However, despite the lack of info so far this game is on my radar.

The best part about it is the interesting mix of settings. They have instilled a fantasy game where magic does in fact exist into a mid 1800’s London feel. Furthermore, they have really created an interesting dynamic with a plague taking over the city from swarms of rats; rats which you can control or possibly even become if that’s the way you level your character up (Seriously it’s been confirmed that one of the powers you can delve into is controlling swarms of rats and sicking them on your enemies). Perhaps you want to be a thief, jumping from rooftop to rooftop, picking locks and shanking fools with a dagger? Maybe you want to be a small arms expert as the game does have period firearms as well. It’s another game where you get to choose how you play, and what effect you have on the world- so sign me up. Besides, its owned by Bethesda now, and I’m sure they will lead it in the right direction.

#3 Dragon’s Dogma

Out of the three this is the one I’m most skeptical of. Don’t get me wrong, I am very interested, but it’s being made by Capcom which makes me uncomfortable. Nothing against Capcom, but this isn’t Mega Man or Street Fighter; it’s an open world fantasy RPG which is something they have never conquered before. However, it could be simply amazing and is looking like it just might be, so I will wait with eager skepticism while keeping my fingers crossed.

One of the most interesting aspects of the game is the party system. You will be a member a four man team including your fully customizable character as well as one pawn which is also fully customizable. Stop right there, the fact that you can create a companion character to your likings is a very cool idea. Say you decide to be a tanking knight, well you can create a magic-using buddy to offset your skills in an effective way. That’s pretty interesting and unique. Moreover, the other two pawns are character’s other player’s have created. In fact, there is supposed to be some game dynamic which works to your benefit if you send your player’s pawn out into the world to help others. Perhaps he comes back with monies, or weapons, or lasses in tight skirts. Who knows? Suffice it to say this game could be a lot of fun. Check it out below:

Warning: climbing Griffons looks awesome.


2 Responses to “What Should be on Your Calendars after Skyrim – Jsixgun”

  1. When the Grand Thief Auto V will probably be released.
    GTA certainly takes the lead in terms of the Sandbox genre,
    and everyone who has played it knows the reason behind this.
    So its not necessary PS Plus to play these games online on the Play – Station 4 inside future.
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