Cuphead hardly looks like a video game at all. Done in the striking art style of 1930s cartoons, the game puts you in the shoes of the title character, who has made a deal with the devil and has to repay his debt.
Gameplay-wise, you run around and fire off projectiles to defeat enemies. The bosses are huge, with widely varying move sets and abilities. If it’s as enjoyable to play as it is to look at, Cuphead could please fans of action platformers.
Why it might disappoint: This game has looked like it was finished for years now, but it just never seems to come out. It was originally pitched as a game filled with nothing but boss battles, but it’s since been retooled to include standard Mega Man-like levels. The problem is, as gorgeous as those graphics are, the gameplay looks fairly uninspired.
Developed by Platinum Games, the makers of such excellent action games as Bayonetta 2 and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Scalebound looks like a fantasy game of epic proportions. You play as an adventurer who travels to a distant world full of enormous monsters. Luckily for you, you soon befriend a dragon who helps you take on these vicious beasts.
Why it might disappoint: Platinum Games has had a decidedly mixed output of late. Sure, Bayonetta 2 was a winner, but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan and Star Fox Zero were major duds. Scalebound looks pretty good in trailers, but that doesn’t necessarily mean much.
- Days Gone
What do you get when you mix Sons of Anarchy with zombies? Something like Days Gone, a game that follows a biker through a zombie apocalypse that looks much like the one from World War Z. That means your blood-thirsty enemies — they’re not zombies, they’re “freakers” — will come at you in fast-moving hordes, which you can thin down by spraying them with automatic weapon fire. If you’re not burned out on zombie games, this will surely be worth a look.
Why it might disappoint: Call them whatever you want, but zombies are incredibly played out by now. Sure, flooding the screen with them is a new idea in video game form, but running from hordes doesn’t sound like my idea of fun. We’ll see how it plays when it launches, but for now I’m skeptical.