The Player2 2016 video game draft continues. Make sure you check out Round 1 for all the rules and regulations to this epic contest.
The 2016 Player 2 Video Game Fantasy Draft – Round 4
Paul James – Horizon: Zero Dawn
I was quite excited to see that Horizon: Zero Dawn was still available to me when Round 4 kicked off. Naturally there are risks involved surrounding a release date, that some speculate may be on the verge of sliding into 2017, but it was too tantalising a prospect to ignore. Guerrilla have hired up big in preparation for the game, including storytelling experts, and the game looks absolutely fantastic. Robotic dinosaurs, a massive open world, stunning visuals and an impressive narrative – I’m sold, and I have absolute faith that this new direction for the Killzone developers.
Sarah Ellen – Divinity: Original Sin 2
Metacritic averaged 87/100 for the original Divinity: Original Sin, but I want to talk to you about the Kickstarter for the second game. It met its $500,000 target in half a day. It hit $1 million dollars in five days (equalling the funding for Divinity: Original Sin). In 33 days, it raised over $2 MILLION DOLLARS. The best part of this success is that Larian Studios was not even looking at the Kickstarter to develop the game – the core game is essentially completed. Instead, they went to crowdfunding to seek funding for the additional content only. The funding of this game is evidence of consumer confidence in the end-product given the success of its predecessor, and the re-emergence of western CRPGs onto the market that challenge the likes of Baldur’s Gate. The CRPGs are back, being looked upon favourably by a nostalgic fanbase and critics over-saturated with other genres, and we are lucky to be a part of the genre’s renewal. In sportsball terms? Divinity: Original Sin 2 is the Queensland Maroons. We all know that the Maroons always win.
James Swinbanks – Superhot
I’m not even going to say anything about this, because my words won’t do it justice. I just want you to watch this.
How. Cool. Was. THAT! Now you understand why it’s my 4th pick in our 2016 draft. It could’ve very easily been higher.
Matt Hewson – Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
The long awaited Mirror’s Edge sequel (well actually prequel) is coming this year and I am excited. The original had its problems (hello combat) but it was a unique entry in the FPS genre that deserved more attention then it received. Nailing that perfect run over the rooftops was immensely satisfying and I have no reason to believe that has change in the years that have followed. Add to this the fact that DICE have promised there will be only melee combat from the protagonist and I think this one will go on to be loved by many. I have faith (shush I can hear you groaning from here) that DICE will knock this one out of the park.
Adam Rorke – Mighty No. 9
By all accounts, this game is going to achieve a glowing reception. The problem is we really don’t know when it’s going to come out. Delay after delay after delay has seen this one pushed back quite a bit by the people in charge. One can only assume they want this to be perfect by the time it finally hits our gaming screens, a perfect product on launch day will mean this title meets expectations and delivers in every facet that it has claimed thus far. This one should knock it out of the park since Capcom decided that the Mega Man franchise wasn’t worth investing in anymore.
Stephen del Prado – Unravel
From the moment I saw the shaking hands of developer Martin Sahlin clutching Yarny on the E3 2015 stage and the trailer that followed, I knew Unravel would be something worth playing. The gorgeous visual aesthetic borrows heavily from developer ColdWood Interactive’s home country of Sweden, lending a storybook quality to environments that are cleverly designed to enhance the physics and platforming puzzles on offer. I’m not going to lie – I’m hoping that the sheer optimism of Unravel will win over even the most callous of critics and result in an extremely warm reception.
Round 4 is now done! Only round five and the Wilcard Round. Stay tuned over the next two days to see how this all plays out!