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Flotilla, the real-time tactical zombie-killing of Atom Zombie Smasher, and first-person vignette 'em up Thirty Flights of Loving--whatever comes next is always interesting, and inevitably charming. And if it's described as "twentieth-century cyberpunk," well, all the better! Quadrilateral Cowboy is a first-person hacking game, where players will literally type code to hack systems, disabling cameras, opening doors, and sending out little robotic probes to complete whatever mission your employers have sent you on. I like these things. I would like to play this. BOOM video 14661
Dustforce, Hitbox Team is now working on a procedurally-generated platforming FPS. Hitbox has pointed to professional-level Quake 3 as the sort of thing it's shooting for in terms of player skill, giving plenty of room to master movement tricks and quickly switching between weapons and items. Spire will send players up the titular tower, which is different every time, to battle enemies, plunder treasure, and hopefully feel jolly cool. Hitbox hasn't explicitly said it's out this year, but don't crush my hope.
No idea what it is, and quite keen not to find out
The Witcher was flawed, but fascinating. Tedious combat and notorious bugs couldn't tear down interesting questing, wonderful characters, and a world that's not "gritty" but delightfully grubby. The Witcher 2 came on leaps and bounds, with fine combat and gorgeous graphics (not to mention art direction--the colours!) but was almost overwhelming as it lobbed lore bombs around the place then petered out at the end. I'm quite keen to see what happens with its third try, then. The Witcher 3 promises an open-world filled with difficult decisions and unforseen consequences. Combat's supposedly improved again. It's said to bristle with strange and wonderful monsters. It's looking ruddy gorgeous. And, of course, there's the conclusion to a story which has spanned, ooh, seventy-odd hours depending on how you took it. RED seems hugely ambitious, but given how much 2 improved over 1, it may just nail it. BOOM video 16563