Suffering from sequelitis? You’ve come to the right place. In our third annual New Horizons special, we preview the original properties set to take flight in 2012.
The first Vita game from Silent Hill director Keiichiro Toyama may prove to be just as surreal as his most famous creation. Exploring the cell shaded dreamscape of GRAVITY RUSH will require you to shift your perspective (which way is up, again?) with the aid of the handheld’s inbuilt motion sensor. You won’t have long to enjoy the view, however, as the macabre inhabitants of this crumbling world are determined to put a stop to your plans. REVIEW
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to slip on a leather mask, wacky 2D brawler GUACAMELEE could be the game for you. As heroic luchador Juan Aguacate, your quest to liberate the president’s daughter will require you not only to pound your enemies into submission, but also to alter the very fabric of reality. Developer DrinkBox Studios (Tales from Space: About a Blob) is yet to reveal target platforms for Guacamelee.
While some developers find their niche and stick to it, others refuse to be pigeonholed. 5th Cell is leaving behind the Technicolor whimsy of Scribblenauts and blasting its way into the highly competitive shooting genre with HYBRID. Set in a post apocalyptic future (is there another kind?), this XBLA exclusive boasts a semi-automated traversal system designed to place gunplay at the core of the experience. REVIEW
Making its third (and hopefully final) appearance on our annual New Horizons list is Ubisoft’s I AM ALIVE. Once an ambitious retail project, the disaster epic has since been relegated to downloadable status, leading many to view it as a disaster of a different kind. With its promising blend of combat and platforming, not to mention its intriguing intimidation mechanic, I Am Alive may yet deliver the goods. Look for it on XBLA and PSN this summer. REVIEW
It has long been said that you can’t trust a man with two first names. Fortunately “hot headed cop” Davis Russel isn’t the sole protagonist in Saber Interactive’s oft delayed alien invasion shooter INVERSION. You can also play as his “neighbour” (yes, that’s the only description offered) Leo Delgado. In a market dominated by Call of Duty clones, Inversion’s gravity defying shenanigans may turn heads when it lands on 360, PS3 and PC in February.