Hosted in part by Kinda Funny’s trending gamer Greg Miller, the Guerilla Collective is a series of independent video game events, set up to give those small-budget independent studios and talented game creators a platform to showcase their latest projects to the world. In the wake of the void left by E3 and restrictions on events due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, it’s a great way to keep in the loop on what’s going on in the greater gaming sphere.
Want to know which incredible games to look out for in the coming weeks and months, outside of the usual triple-A blockbusters that are already on your horizon? Aside from heading over and watching the streams for yourself, here’s a selection of interesting titles from the day one showcase that you should check out.
Nightdive Studios, known for rejuvenating old classics and bringing them back to current consoles with modern sensibilities, seems like the perfect fit for this new entry into the beloved System Shock series. The Alpha build gameplay footage that they showed off looked authentic to the original games and yet new and exciting, and you can check it out now with the new playable demo. Overall, it’s a win for this precursor to the BioShock series.
Did you know? – Meeting the demands of the porting process and rejuvenating games to suit modern audiences can be a specific development hurdle. Some studios are known for having an intricate and handled knowledge of dealing with different hardware platforms, such as Abstraction game development studio, and some are known for bringing back older gems with a fresh coat of paint, such as Nightdive.
Ever wanted to play as a frisbee? Well, here’s your chance to be that, and also a kinetic, ball-type thing? Exo One looks to be a relaxing, momentum-based game, where you fly and traverse over sweeping landscapes and varying terrains. It looks to be a refreshing change of pace from the many stressful shooters and action games out there, so it’s one you should have on your radar if you like playing things that are a bit different.
Baldur’s Gate III
The hotly anticipated third instalment in the much-loved Baldur’s Gate franchise had a standout showing at the Guerilla showcase, highlighting some impressive medieval visuals (particularly for pre-alpha gameplay footage) and also some of the variety in characters, weapons and terrains. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of the series, this is one to keep on your horizons when it eventually launches. It’ll be coming to PC in early-access at some point later this year, and the studio hasn’t ruled out console ports, but that will be in the far-flung future.
No Place for Bravery
Sword & Sworcery-Esque visuals and animation, but closer to BELOW style gameplay from the looks of the trailer, fans of Capygames might want to keep an eye out for this one when it launches next year. A 2D Top-Down RPG telling the story of a father looking for his lost daughter, It looks to be an exciting action title with some varied environments, and will surely look beautiful on modern hardware. At the moment it’s announced for PC and Switch.
Taking the fast-paced hellish gunplay from DOOM and putting it to the beat, Metal Hellsinger is part-rhythm game, part-shooter, and it looks to be all fun. Merging the addicting gameplay genres into one experience is a great idea, and if the trailer is anything to go on, it won’t disappoint fans that love the fast-paced stressful onslaught of DOOM and want some tunes that interact in a more hands-on way. Metal Hellsinger is due to launch in 2021, and will be coming to PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Next-gen consoles (more than likely the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5).
Just Die Already
With its trailer parodying the original Death Stranding reveal trailer from Hideo Kojima, Just Die Already – Old People Mayhem Sandbox is clearly going to be a crude, tongue-in-cheek game that will surely give a few laughs when it launches. The gameplay itself wasn’t shown much, and we’re unsure what to glean from the trailer, but it definitely caught our attention in amongst a stacked list of promising titles. If you like a bit of humour and want some levity in your library, keep an eye out for this one down the line. For comparisons, think maybe Goat Simulator, or Octodad, or something to that effect!