This year’s big presentation of the Summer Game Fest didn’t have many big surprises. But sci-fi fans will definitely get their money’s worth.
Aliens: Dark Descent – real-time strategy with aliens
At the beginning of this year’s big presentation of the Summer Game Fest came the announcement of the novelty of the Tindalos Interactive studio, which has played games from the Battlefleet Gothic series. This time they borrowed the Aliens brand. In Dark Descent, you will host entire units of Marines who have to deal with Xenomorphy. But they will not be their only enemies.
You need to take good care of your unit as the enemy adapts to your strategy. As soon as you lose one of the soldiers, you have to say goodbye to him. The environments and different classes that you determine for the members of your unit should give you enough opportunities to get out of more difficult situations.
Callisto Protocol – the first demonstration of gaming
The news from the original developers of the Dead Space series reaped success during the last State of Play presentation. Now, in addition to the polished trailer, you can also watch a demo directly from the game. The inspiration for their previous work can be seen at a glance. At the frozen moon’s research station, researchers were playing with something they’d rather leave on the ice.
You have to worry about your life now because of that. The brutality of the Callisto Protocol is definitely not sparing. Blood splashes from the enemy, their limbs fall off and they don’t even get along with the main character when a monster bites him in the throat. In addition, it adds a minimalist user interface to the atmosphere. You can see everything you need directly on the protagonist’s weapon or suit.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II – game preview
Shortly after the proper unveiling of this year’s Call of Duty, we have a straight sample of playing the Dark Water mission here. During it, we saw a fairly long part of the ship’s night visit, where Inifinity Ward properly showed what the new version of their engine could do. The look of the new Call of Duty looks very good and will certainly play a nostalgic note to fans of the original Modern Warfare with a familiar environment and characters.
So far, most of the news only concerns the story campaign. So far, the only thing said about multiplayer is that we will return to smaller maps and long-term support after the release in the form of free updates. Likewise, not a word was said about Warzone 2.0. We should learn more about other modes during the summer.
Witchfire – FPS action with magic and roguelite elements
Fast-action creators like Painkiller and Bulletstorm have teamed up to put together this FPS shooter set in a dark fantasy world full of magic. But in addition to lines and spells, you will also have a rich arsenal of weapons at hand. Witchfire is based on satisfactory gameplay and various ways you can achieve victory.
Few would have guessed after watching the trailer that this studio is responsible for Vanishing of Ethan Carter. So they switched to a completely different genre, but it doesn’t seem to have been a bad choice. In the fight against the Black Sea witch, you must deal with her army of phantoms and obtain a mysterious artifact that can reverse the course of the war.
Fort Solis – sci-fi thriller on Mars
Engineer Jack Leary responds to a common alarm on the far side of Mars. At that moment, however, he had no idea that no one would welcome him to Fort Solis. The station is completely empty. He doesn’t really know what happened here during normal operation, so he begins to find out what led to the disappearance of all the researchers.
You will hear a pair of familiar voices while playing. The main roles will be edited by Troy Baker and Roger Clark. Together with them, you will discover the mystery of Fort Solis, which will take you through nine different complexes. During your search, you will reach both the underground corridors and the surface of the red planet.
Routine – and another sci-fi horror movie
To make matters worse, Lunar Software also came up with its space horror movie. In it, we look at the story of the monthly base, which was designed according to the vision of the future from the 1980s. Even at this station, all her staff evaporated out of nowhere. But this time the threat is more than clear after seeing the trailer.
The enemy is some kind of machine that wants to do a short process with you. As with the Callisto Protocol, discussed a few chapters ago, the Routine will depend on which parts of your body you attack. Likewise, the user interface will be minimalist, which should add to the atmosphere of the game.
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
This was more of a reminder of an early release than an unexpected surprise, but it was still one of the most enjoyable parts of the whole presentation. The DLC for Cuphead is coming out at the end of June and we are supposed to expect a big load of fun. The new bosses are even more unique than in the original game, and according to Geoff Keighley, the animation is even higher.
In addition to Cuphead and Mugman, you will also be able to play for Ms. Chalice, with which new special attacks and weapons will be added to the game. If you liked the first season of the Cuphead series adaptation, you can look forward to the first taste of the sequel tomorrow.
Nightingale – A survival combining magic and steampunk
We heard about this survival at the last Summer Game Fest. But this time there was also footage from the game. Nightingale is an open world PvE game that you can play solo or in cooperation. You will be able to build your base from the ground up to your liking.
The main building blocks of this world are portals, due to which you are stuck in this world full of danger. You must bring them under your control to discover the magical city of Nightingale, the last base of human civilization. We should start playing before the end of this year.
Saints Row: Boss Factory – Character editor for the new city event
The creators of Saints Row have been proud of the character’s creation and editability since the announcement. Now you can try it for yourself. Boss Factory, a character editor that is available for free, has arrived on both the PC and the console. You can then save your creations and transfer them to the game after its release.
Warhammer 40,000 Darktide – Cooperative FPS sci-fi carving
Vermintide’s fantasy collaboration was a success, so it was only a matter of time before the futuristic industry of this giant universe experienced a similar game adaptation. The city of Tetrium is flooded with bloodthirsty enemies that you and your unit must deal with. In addition to you, another mysterious force is trying to take over the city.
As in Vermintide, different game styles will be available this time as well. You can stand in the front line with a giant two-handed hammer or mow piles of chaos hips out of alignment with your automatic rifle. In addition to ordinary enemies, you will also get in your way species that will not be enough for just a few shots.
Layers of Fears – return to painting
The Bloober Team Studio did not give up after this unsuccessful second part with this horror series. Layers of Fears runs on Unreal Engine 5, so great looking scenery is no shortage.
But it is not completely new. Layers of Fears is a remake that brings the two previous parts together, including the story extension Inheritance. Stories should be more developed than the originals, and thanks to this, the creators also have the opportunity to correct mistakes that did not make them the second part.
Last of Us Part I – a remake of the classic from PlayStation 3
Another of a number of remakes, about which information has been coming to the public for several months. Before the presentation itself, Sony managed to release the trailer itself, so no one could be surprised during the performance. Although the first Last of Us still looks like the world, according to PlayStation, it obviously deserves improvement. In addition to graphics, they should also cover the gameplay and controls themselves, including the accessibility settings that came with the second part.
So you can look forward to the original story in improved graphics. The trailer showed footage from the PlayStation 5 version, which will arrive on store shelves 2nd of September and it will include the story extension Left Behind. But at the same time this version it is also created for PC. But it seems that, like Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, it will be released later. It has also been confirmed that a standalone multiplayer project is still in development, which Naughty Dog has swelled to the point of being the biggest game they have ever made.