The entire team here at Empire Ink big gamers. After a long day of tattooing, there’s no better way to relax than spending a few hours murdering aliens on either the XBox, PlayStation, Nintendo, or PC (we have no bias here). As such, news about a big new gaming release gets us itching to get a control pad in our hands.
E3 is here again and this is the most excited we’ve been about about an E3 for years. This year’s line-up looks bloody great too. After a bit of a gamming drought, the end of this year is shaping to kill many gamer’s sex lives.
I’ll do my best to order these in release order but game developers are forever changing release dates.
Destiny 2: Forsaken (XBOne, PS4, and PC)
September 4th 2018
First up we have a big story update for Destiny 2. Alex, Laura, and myself have been playing Destiny 2 since its release. This time around, it looks like our favourite character, Cayde-6, is going to meet his demise. Fans at E3 erected a shrine to honour poor old Cayde but we’re hoping that Cayde-6’s death is a misdirect because what will we do without Cayde’s humorous banter (voiced by the awesome Nathan Fillion). Either way, there will be great new weapons and armour to play with.
Both Alex and Laura have Cayde-6 tattoos booked in the diary so keep a look out for them in the future.
September 7th 2018
September is gearing up to be awesome. Any semblance of a social life will go out the window once this comes out. With Arkham style combat and a swinging/web system that looks wonderfully fluid, this one has me more excited than any other game in recent history. Obviously we are massive Spider-Man/Marvel fans here at Empire Ink but even without the Spider-Man licence, this looks slick. Check out this gameplay trailer and try not to get drool on your phone/keyboard.
The new look costume with the white spider is really cool looking. That said, if you’re after something a little more retro, there’s going to be a number of different skins so you can swing about the massive city dressed as your favourite wall crawler.
Red Dead Redemption 2 (XBOne and PS4)
October 26th 2018
After (hopefully) getting Spider-Man and Destiny 2: Forsaken finished, this monster of a game drops. It wasn’t really featured that much at E3 so I’ll link the latest trailer. If you’ve played the first, you know what to expect but this time around it’s getting a GTA V style multiplayer system.
With Rockstar North (the developer) being based in Edinburgh, we tattoo a few of their employees. Alas, they are all very tight lipped and we have no insider information.
Fallout 76 (XBOne, PS4, and PC)
November 14th 2018
Pull on your blue and yellow jumpsuit, strap on a Pip-Boy, and get ready to venture into the post-apocalyptic wasteland surrounding Vault 76. I liked Fallout 4. I know others that weren’t as happy with it but Fallout 4 took the parts that made Fallout 3 fun and added a nifty building system. I spent way too much time putting together my crap covered base; this looks to expand on that. If nothing else, it’s gonna have mutated killer sloths… I’m on board with mutated killer sloths.
Just Cause 4 (XBOne, PS4, and PC)
December 4th 2018
The previous Just Cause games were a lot of fun. Sure their physics are a little silly with your grappling hook slamming you to the ground faster than if you fall (yet somehow saving your life) but that made for enjoyable, frantic gameplay. I spent a silly amount of time in Just Cause 3 putting wee rockets to the bottom of porta-potties and launching them into the air. Hopefully this one has new toys and the explosive mayhem that made its predecessors so much fun.
Resident Evil 2 Remake (XBOne, PS4, and PC)
January 25th 2019
January is usually a dull month after the pre-Christmas gaming bounty but this 20th anniversary remake looks like it’ll fill the void nicely. If you’re an old bastard like me and remember the fun of the original release, you’re probably keen to revisit Racoon City with the classic gameplay that make the RE series so popular.
Anthem (XBOne, PS4, and PC)
February 22nd 2019
There’s never been a good Iron Man game but imagine if there was? Now imagine that Iron Man game mixed with Destiny 2. That seems to be what we can expect from Anthem and we’re optimistic. Fingers crossed this new IP can deliver.
Crackdown 3 (XBOne and PC)
February 22nd 2019
If Anthem doesn’t do it for you then, on the same day, Crackdown 3 is released. Sure, Crackdown 2 wasn’t good but the first game was a riot. This new one seem to capture the fun of the first… also, you get to be Terry Crews. Who wouldn’t want to be Terry Crews?
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (XBOne, PS4, and PC)
March 15th 2019
The first Division was great. A few bugs/glitches that were exploited by many in the early days (myself included) but it was still some solid gaming. With any luck the sequel will include some of the elements that were intended for the first game but never made it. We’ve just signed up for the Beta so the excitement is building even though it’s nearly a year away.
That’s it for part 1. Part 2 will be all about the games announced at E3 but with no solid release date