Since this E3 week, I’d thought I’d use this week to highlight some of the more interesting games that I’ve seen and I’m excited about that have been announced during the week. I won’t talk extensively about them, but just to give a little explanation about it and why I’m interested in it. So far, this E3 has been light on games that have interested me. EA had two games (well, they had 3, but they botched one by not premiering on their own stage, but giving only a teaser while giving an “extended” premiere to Microsoft, while Bethesda had nothing that interested me particularly this year, so today and tomorrow, I’ll briefly cover the two games from EA that were interesting.
Need for Speed – Payback
I know few readers of the blog will be interested in video games, and fewer still will probably be interested in a racing game, but this one is doing something different. It is trying to tell a “story” using racing gameplay as the driving force (no pun intended) to move the player through from one story element to another. It is very much inspired by the Fast & Furious (F&F) film franchise, but imagine that instead of just watching exciting car chases on film, you could actually take control of the cars and do all those crazy “set pieces” yourself. That seems to be what NfS:P is going for.
Now, EA has tried this once before in a Need for Speed game, Need for Speed The Run (NfS:TR). The Run tried to tell a cinematic story, but it didn’t work out very well. I finished The Run, but felt no desire to go back to it once the story was done. The story, which had you trying to get the main character into 1st place by the time you reached the other coast line was too restrictive and didn’t work as well as they planned. However, several F&F films have been released since then and I feel fairly confident that they have figured out how to integrate the narrative with the gameplay this time around.
Here is the trailer for Need for Speed Payback Gameplay Trailer and here is the trailer for The Fate of the Furious (Furious 8) for comparison. You’ll notice a similar “vibe” between the two, I think.
This one looks like it could be a lot of fun. I am cautiously optimistic for it and will check the reviews when it releases later in the year.