2018 promises to be a good year for geeks with a lot of exciting movies coming our way. Gaming is no exception and February is packed with some interesting titles. We Were Here Too looks cool; a sort of adventure exploration game where two players communicate over walkie-talkie in order to find their way out of a medieval castle. Shadow of the Colossus has been remade and is being released for PS4. Also with the release of Bayonetta 2, the original game will also be releasing on the Nintendo Switch.
There’s one release this month that I am excited about, and hoping I can pick it up for streams in the next month or so. The history nerd, and gaming geek in me is excited for Kingdom Come: Deliverance. This game had a rocky start with lack of interest and funding for a game from the newly formed Warhorse Studios. It looked, for a time, like this game would be just another game that seemed like a great idea but never saw the light of day.
In 2014 a Kickstarter was launched to earn enough money to prove there would be interested enough to justify funding. They secured the needed funds, and have since pulled in over $2 million. It will finally come to us in a full release on the 13th of the month after being in beta since March of 2015.
Why am I excited?
Unlike a lot of RPGs, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is going to strive to be historically accurate rather than set in a fantasy world. The game promises period appropriate architecture, clothing, armor and weapons from early 1400’s Bohemia (modern day Czech Republic). In the story the old king has died and the new king’s brother kidnaps him in a plot to seize the crown. The player takes on the role of the son of a blacksmith, whose parents were killed in the war. You will seek revenge for the killing of your parents, and attempt to restore the rightful king to his throne. I love the idea of a historical fiction RPG, which isn’t a very common concept in gaming. We get a ton of fantasy, science fiction, or variations of those but not many that try to replicate a time in Earth’s history. I love RPGs, video games, and I’m a huge history nerd so this game appeals to so much of what I enjoy.
The game seems to put a lot of consideration into the details as well. Your armor and gear will wear down and need repairs. You’ll need to eat, sleep, and otherwise maintain your character’s health. Even the horses have their own AI, can fight along with you, and have their own set of skills and equipment slots. Every NPC has tasks that they perform in their daily lives, and the player’s actions have an affect on them. From the description it looks like this will be a truly immersive RPG where player actions and conversations will have an impact on the world of the game.
They’ve even gone as far as layered armors and having their damage and wear show on the character’s appearance. Skills will change when they are used. Combat will include a variety of moves, defenses, and tactics all modified by a kinetic system where blows can affect what you can do and how fast you can do it. You can commit crimes, but they can change the game’s economics and how NPCs react to your character. The level of detail is impressive and it sounds like this will be a fantastic game if they pull it off as promised.
Notable Releases for February
Shadow of the Colossus – A remake of the original is coming to the PS4 early in the month. This is a complete rebuild from the frame up but it will retain its original game play.
Civilization VI: Rise and Fall – The first expansion for Civilization VI adding several new features, including the ability for your society to rise and fall due to several factors.
Dragon Quest Builders – This game will see players take the role of a hero setting out to rebuild the world after its destruction. Game play will be along similar lines of other block building games like Minecraft or Terraria.
Dynasty Warriors 9 – This next release of the popular hack and slash action game releases on the 13th of the month. It will include stealth elements and introduce an open world format.
Secret of Mana – This is a full 3D remake of the 1993 Super Nintendo release of the same name. It will release in the middle of the month.
Bayonetta 2 – The sequel to the popular action game Bayonetta will release in the middle of the month as well. It comes to us on the Nintendo Switch along with a re-release of the original on the same system.