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The Future of Action / Adventure Games: BioShock Infinite, Max Payne 3, Tomb Raider And More

With our butts comfortably nestled into the couch and our feet firmly planted on the coffee table, we explored an expertly recreated 1940s Los Angeles in L.A. Noire, became electrified by the morale choices New Marais had in store for us in inFamous 2 and revisited our favorite Lewis Caroll literary escape, Wonderland, in Alice: Madness Returns. But our travels didn’t stop with these three AAA titles. Surprise hits like Catherine, From Dust, and Shadows of the Damned took us to new worlds that were better than anticipated. Heck, even Captain America, a superhero game based on the WWII-set movie, was so good that it had gamers doing a doubletake.

Ten months into 2011, the action adventure genre feels as if it’s a journey halfway complete. At the top of next month, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception dares us to explore a lost city in the Arabian desert. Two weeks later, we get a pair of very different long-awaited action adventure games: The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword and Batman: Arkham City. Then there’s Saints Row: The Third, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Rayman: Origins, all dropping on November 15, aka “call out of GameStop sick day.”

You’re pretty much out of cash by December. That shouldn’t stop you from looking forward to the equally stellar action adventure lineup of 2012 and beyond. Once again, the genre includes a little bit of everything that can’t be pegged into a round hole: shooting, beat-’em-up, RPG, open-world, puzzle and stealth. As we learned in 2011, these unique combinations sometimes make the catch-all action adventure category an easy source of GotY-worthy titles.

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BioShock Infinite
Release Date: TBA 2012

BioShock Infinite is the game that Ken Levine and his team at Irrational Games were making while 2K Marin toiled away at BioShock 2. So if you found the second game less surprising, know that the original creators of Rapture are back in the steampunk saddle, creating a game that pre-dates their underwater utopia. Hearing that, you’d assume this is a prequel that focuses on the building of Rapture. Oh how wrong you’d be. “We really struggled with repeating ourselves,” Levine told G4TV’s Adam Sessler during the BioShock Infinite PAX Prime 2011 panel. The team’s decision was to “do another BioShock game but basically throw out all of the rules.” In other words, prepare for a new adventure with a fresh set of characters, a unique story and a balloon colony on the brink.

One of the most exciting ways in which Irrational is creating a very different sky-set Columbia is in how much the game embraces its lead character, Booker DeWitt. He has both a voice and personality throughout the game, not just in the introduction. Conversation is spurred in part by the non-playable female protagonist that joins him named Elizabeth. Best of all, she interacts with him in person - there’s no shortwave radio long-distance relationship here. Her banter with DeWitt and their fun back-and-forth jokes make Columbia seem like a less lonely environment at times. However, it can be every bit as terrifying.

That’s because Columbia has more than a couple of things wrong with it. It has been disowned by America, there’s a civil war between the established class and a growing resistance group, tears in the fabric of space and time, oh, and a giant robotic bird that wants to kill you and imprison Elizabeth. Other than that, everything’s pretty hunky-dory. Did we mention the bird is giant and robotic?
The Future of Action / Adventure Games: BioShock Infinite, Max Payne 3, Tomb Raider And More
So, does the collapsing Columbia have anything going for it? Maybe the skyline rail system that can be used via a skyhook - also your melee weapon - that emits zero carbon emissions. Levine describes this fun-looking former freight transportation system as a “roller coaster on top of another roller coaster on top of another roller coaster.” He also shows off a replica of the skyhook (2:45 into the video interview). We’re still waiting to hear whether or not multiplayer will skyhook-in at the last second and how the Move support will work on the PS3 version. But with a compelling new single-player campaign set in the air, an exhilarating skyrail system for getting around the cloud-like world and one angry bird that rivals Big Daddies, BioShock Infinite is bound to bring a trio of new elements to satisfy us for all of 2012. Three cheers for BioShock, eh?

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Thief 4
Release Date: TBA

From one current Ken Levine project to another series that he helped create back in the day, Thief 4 was announced in May 2009. Just recently, I traveled to Eidos Montreal and got to check out... a Thief 4 sign post. That’s right, in the past two and a half years, the development of this game has been just as silent as the series’ stealth gameplay encourages. Just as fittingly, it seems as if this franchise’s fourth game has been rumored since the Middle Ages. We haven’t had a Thief title since Thief: Deadly Shadows in 2004. That’s the original Xbox era.

The good news is that Thief 4 production has been “ramped up”, as the Deus Ex: Human Revolution is now complete. The originality of the non-confrontational Thief games alone casts us as intrigued and the success that Eidos Montreal had with its first game (that game being Deus Ex: HR), makes us fairly confident that Looking Glass Studios’ former creation was snatched up by the right set of developers.

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Max Payne 3
Release Date: March 2012

Our old friend Max Payne paid us a visit with a minute-and-a-half long trailer for Max Payne 3 last month after years of scant details and no more than two dozen screenshots since 2009. Once again, the ex-cop from New York City faces a situation in which “all hell [was] breaking loose around another girl [he] had been trying to protect.” While Max’s bad luck doesn’t change, his appearance and the environment around him stands in stark contrast to his days as a detective. First, he’s in Brazil. São Paulo to be exact. And he’s not there to camp out for tickets to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in neighboring Rio. No, he’s in South America’s largest city to make money working protection detail for a wealthy family. When they become targets of gangs, and a female (who we don’t know anything about yet) is kidnapped, the old Max Payne has to spring into action.

Just one little teensy problem about the old Max Payne springing into action... he looks old. On top of that, he looks to be broken, overweight and addicted to at least five different substances. Nevertheless, he shaves his head, puts on his finest white tank top and unleashes shotgun, assault rifle and pistol ammo on the gangs of São Paulo. As our breakdown on the Max Payne 3 trailer indicates, bullet-time returns in all of its slow-motion glory and on-rails sequences help vary the third-person shooter gameplay. And, although it’s brief, the trailer hints that bullet-tracking is also making a gory reappearance.

Rockstar Games might have saved the best for last. The end of the trailer promises the game by March 2012, meaning we’re just four short months from playing the long-awaited Max Payne 3 on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Hitman: Absolution
Release Date: TBA 2012

Also sporting a bald head is Agent 47 in 2012’s Hitman: Absolution. But that’s to be expected. In fact, everything we’ve seen from Square Enix’s other cloaked-in-darkness stealth game is on cue: Sneaking by guards who are on high alert, disposing of enemies in the most creatively lethal ways, putting on disguises to boldly walk in front of your enemies and setting up traps so that you don’t always have to be there when takedowns happen - for today’s “on-the-go assassin.”

The difference is that this Hitman game is built from the ground up for the current generation of consoles thanks to developer IO Interactive’s all-new Glacier 2 engine. If you think back to 2006’s likable Hitman: Blood Money, you’ll recall that it came out for the PC and Xbox 360 in addition to PS2 and Xbox. But its graphics made it look like a PS2 and Xbox-era game. PS3 hadn’t even launched yet.

Apparently, during the five years that our favorite silent assassin stayed quiet, he was perfecting his takedown animations and varying his arsenal of makeshift weapons. From a bust in a library setting to a bong in a pot den, Agent 47 is well-equipped with cranium-smashing objects on the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. We got to witness all of this first-hand in a walkthrough of the Chicago level at E3 2011. Glacier 2 made the game look incredibly smooth and allowed for more fluid gameplay than previous titles. You can see the same demo in the newly released Hitman Absolution playthrough, “Run For Your Life.” Given the careful and meticulous pace that Agent 47 exhibits in this sixteen-minute video and the demise of everyone who encounters him, I don’t think “Run For Your Life” is talking about him. Just a hunch.

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Tomb Raider
Release Date Fall 2012

Square Enix has had a lot of mentions in this action adventure run-down (interestingly, all by the way of former Eidos Interactive properties): Thief 4, Hitman: Absolution and by recalling Deus Ex: Human Revolution. However, no Square Enix video game star can outshine the likes of Lady Lara and her 2012-bound Tomb Raider origins story. This 21-year-old version of Lara Croft was a highlight at the Microsoft E3 2011 press conference when developer Crystal Dynamics came on stage to do a live demo. It was basically five minutes of torture - the good kind of torture.

The younger, less “pronounced” Lara takes a few pages from the adventure logs ofUncharted’s Nathan Drake by surviving booby traps, cave-ins and gushing water in tight spaces. Wait, I just used the words booby traps and tight spaces in a Tomb Raider write-up, yet not a single implied innuendo? That’s right. This reboot isn’t about the sexy side of Lara as much as its about guiding her through the series’ new survival horror tone. In fact, the traumatic demo would be difficult to watch if it wasn’t for the stunning graphics of the all-new Crystal Engine. The lighting effects, both in the underground level and when she rises to the surface, are so spot-on that you feel emotionally and physically attached to Lara. When she falls on something sharp, it’s painful; when she faces rising water, you panic; when she hits the ground with a thud, you feel sore. It just looks that good.

This deep connection (again, no dirty jokes - strange) translates over to the quick time events that seem natural from what we’ve seen so far. And there’s certainly more development time to further that personal experience. Adventure doesn’t find Lara Croft until fall 2012.

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The Last Guardian
Release Date: TBA 2012

The Last Guardian is supposed to be here right about... now. But it was delayed again this past April. It has also been a no-show at various video game events: E3 2010, E3 2011 and, most recently, TGS 2011. Frankly speaking, we’ve had an easier time tracking Waldo than Team Ico’s third game. As a consolation prize, the developer did release The Ico & ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection last month. It’s time, once more, to focus on this AWOL adventure.

In case you were born before the game’s unveiling all the way back at E3 2009, The Last Guardian is designer Fumito Ueda’s heart-warming tale about a small boy and an abused griffin-like creature. The doe-eyed Trico, as it’s called in the game, has been referred to as everything from a dog, to a cat, to a bird, to a dragon, but the designer is leaving it up to your imagination. It’s large, has feathers, pointy ears and a snout. So, almost any of the above could be right. Trico can be dangerous, having been attacked by humans with spears and arrows. This makes bonding with the creature an essential part of the game. Also, the boy that you control is pretty incapable of many of the puzzles alone in this action adventure game.

Humorously, Penny Arcade pretty much ruined the ending back in 2009. So, we really can’t see what’s taking so long or why Sony’s been more silent about this game than the first days of the PSN outage. Anonymous has yet to claim responsibly for Trico’s setbacks.

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Silent Hill: Downpour
Release Date: 2012

Silent Hill: Downpour is another game that was recently delayed and is receiving an HD collection to hold us over. But the collection, which includes the second and third games in the series, isn’t out yet, so our focus unwaveringly remains on the eighth installment. In Downpour, you play as Murphy Pendleton, a convict who inconveniently finds himself stranded in the town of Silent Hill after a prison bus crash. We’re sure his trouble with the law doesn’t spur him to send for help at the crash site, but that some of the eerie townsfolk already know a little more than they’re letting on.

Like many games on this action adventure list, Konami and Czech developer Vatra Games are seeking a new beginning with Silent Hill: Downpour. The PS3, Xbox 360-bound game will rely on survival horror and limited ammo rather than gore and unlimited firepower, contrasting with some of the more recent Silent Hill titles. That being said, this more roots-focused entry is keeping the fixed, room-to-room camera angles that genre rival Resident Evil ditched long ago.

Silent Hill: Downpour’s story sounds like it’s ripe for a psychological thriller game thanks to the setup of being a convict with a newfound chance at freedom, but in the worst possible town to find yourself in. Best of all, the conflicted character in this new plot bears no attachment to the past games. So while Silent Hill has recently seemed one step behind in the survival horror genre, this eighth installment may be one step ahead when it comes out in 2012.

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Darksiders II
Release Date: June 2012

Edwin Starr once sang: “War, huh, what is [he] good for?” Well, considering this member of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse may have destroyed all of humanity before its time in the original Darksiders, I’d say “Absolutely nothing.” And would “say it again” if asked in a sing-songy way. But then again, he may have been falsely accused. That’s why it’s up to you, his brother Death, to clear the name of War and return him from banishment. Luckily for War, even though you look like the Undertaker and got the short end of the looks gene pool, you have your bro’s back.

The introduction of Death, and two more years of game development at Vigil Games, means that Darksiders II is going to offer superior gameplay offer the 2010 original. The action will remain very much of a hack-and-slash nature and the puzzle elements will still make everyone call out Zelda references. But the incorporation of loot, armor and character skill trees will give the game a deeper RPG connection than the first. Likewise, if you felt like Darksiders was too linear, this sequel is supposed to be twice the size of the original, add quest hubs and feature enough side missions to keep the gameplay fresh to Death in June 2012.

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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
Release Date: Winter 2012

We’re ready for Resident Evil 6, but Resident Evil 6 isn’t quite ready for us, sadly. So Capcom is giving us the next best thing: a squad-based shooter set in our all-time favorite zombie haven. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is supposed to be out before the end of this year, but with less than three months to go and a tentative date of December 31, 2011, something tells us this game is going to be under the 2012 “umbrella.” But it’s not all bad, because we clearly have a lot of action adventure games to play through this fall as well as the latter half of 2012. A squad-based shooter would fit in nicely after New Year’s.

The gameplay switch that has us most excited about Operation Raccoon City isn’t that it’s a squad-based take on the survival horror series. It’s that you’re cast on the other side of the long-running conflict of this zombie series. No, you’re not shambling around as a T-virus infected zombie. You’re a member of the evil - or should I say formerly evil - Umbrella corporation. Can you imagine killing Leon Kennedy after playing as him in Resident Evil 2 for so many hours? That’s part of your mission if you choose to accept it. Same goes for gunning down police officers with no hesitation. For an already dark series, the world of Resident Evil may have gotten a little darker.

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Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Release Date: December 2012

From Raccoon City to an actual raccoon, we haven’t had a new Sly Cooper game since 2005. Hopefully by now you’ve either played the original three platform games on PS2 or were introduced to them through the remastered Sly Collection last year. Since original developer Sucker Punch Productions moved on to its inFamous series, Sanzaru Games is working on the next game cel-shaded adventure, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. But don’t worry, its the same team that artfully put together the HD compilation. They’ve certainly earned enough rings on their tail to do the fourth installment justice.

Sly Cooper the raccoon, Bently the turtle and Murray the hippo return in Thieves in Time and so does the Thievius Raccoonus. This guide to master thievery was the focus of the first game, where gangs stole the book and your lifelong ambition was to grow up to reclaim it. Fast-forward to the present game and the goal is to find the pages that are disappearing. There’s no telling who’s behind this latest scheme or if Carmelita Fox, Sly’s part-time love interest, part-time nemesis, will return in the new storyline. But hideouts, hub worlds, disguses and mini-games will play a major part in the sleuthing gameplay, which is expected to rendezvous in December 2012.

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Honorable Mentions

The action adventure genre doesn’t stop there. A few more unreleased games caught our eye, but there are too few gameplay details to give them our full attention. Sega’s Binary Domain would be the first. Releasing on February 14, this squad-based third-person shooter takes on a story that’s akin to Terminator, only it’s from Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi. And truly, nothing says “I love you” on Valentine’s Day better than a robots bent on human death.

NeverDead is another game scheduled for early 2012 that we didn’t have enough time with to really get a feel for. However, the concept to this Konami game is worth noting: While you have a female non-playable sidekick who must stay alive, you can never die and your limbs can fall off and be picked up to beat enemies with. Appropriately, Megadeath signed on to do the soundtrack.

DmC: Devil May Cry, and whatever form that character “emo Dante” takes on, may be on store shelves from before the end of next year. We know that Ninja Theory, the team behind Heavenly Sword, is in charge of this Capcom game and that’s pretty much the extent of the information out there. The same applies to the 2013-scheduled Devil’s Third. We know it incorporates third-person shooter elements and is from Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden creator Tomonobu Itagaki.

Finally, how could an adventure game get any more adventurey than beginning with the words “The Adventures?” Having the next two words be “of Tintin.” The intrepid reporter is bringing his world-wide exploits to all systems on December 6, just in time for the movie. If that last part worries you, think about The Adventures of Tintin: The Game not as a movie-game, but a fun, cartoon version of Uncharted with a dog named Snowy.

Matt Swider has been writing about video games for 12 years. Now based in Los Angeles, he is actively expanding GamingTarget.com and his freelance opportunities.

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