Dragon Ball Fighter Z (Bandai Namco, Arc System Works)
Dragon Ball Fighter Z looks like a Dragon Ball fans dream. Exuding stark visuals and bombastic pyrotechnics, its humbling to know that we have finally reached a stage where game art can look this good (with a huge assist from Akira Toriyama’s source material). With Arcsys at the helm, it’s very likely that the game’s mechanics and combat will be more than a match for it’s aesthetics. We find out if DBFZ lives up to the hype at the end of the month.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the night (Artplay,505 Games)
‘Metroidvanias’ are one of the independent scenes ‘go to’ genres and over the past 6 or 7 years, we’ve seen number of titles draw inspiration from Super Metroid and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night in their attempts to recreate the magic these two classics conjured up during the 90s. Bloodstained: Ritual of the night is a Kickstarter project headed by one of the godfathers of the genre and Symphony of the Night’s maestro, Kojima Igarashi. I can’t say that I’ve been blown away from the little footage I’ve seen from Bloodstained, but here we have a motivated IGA helming an IP of his own with, maybe, a little something to prove. I’m expecting Bloodstained to deliver.
Spider-man (Insomniac games)
If any superhero is deserving of a good videogame it’s Peter Parker. Marvel’s most profitable character has featured in his fair share of titles over the years, but none has quite reached the dizzy heights of an essential purchase. Insomniac games have been given the weighty task of drawing from the open world knowledge they gleaned from working on Sunset Overdrive and delivering a game befitting one of the comic world’s ‘big 3’ (the other two being Batman and Superman). The signs are promising; a vast location, the story intrigues and there are rumours of a focus on Peter Parker, who, to Spider-man fans, is as equally important as the titular character.