If you have a Google Stadia subscription and controller, we salute you. Jumping on board Google’s new gaming platform in its early stages was a risky move, and for a while, it didn’t look like it had been a worthwhile one. From technical problems to a shortage of games and a lack of communication from the company responsible running the show, there seemed to be no end to the teething problems that went on during those first few months, and some people even declared Stadia to be dead on arrival.
Happily, we can now say that we can see the first green shoots of recovery. More and more developers are coming aboard and announcing new games for Stadia, and it’s starting to look like it will eventually become what it was supposed to be from the beginning – the video gaming equivalent of an online slots website. The principle is basically the same, but what’s made online slots websites so popular with gamblers is the fact that hundreds of games are grouped together in the same place. An online slots site that only had a few games to offer would struggle to survive, and Stadia wouldn’t fare any better. Now there are reinforcements coming in the shape of plenty of new eye-catching games such as Fluffy UK slot, and these are the best ones we’re aware of that are currently on the radar for release in the near future.
You’ve probably heard or seen a few things about this game already if you follow video game development news. It made headlines all over the world when it was first announced because it features an incredibly realistic-looking digital version of acting legend Keanu Reeves. Cyberpunk 2077 is being developed by CD Projekt Red, who already have plenty of fans thanks to their best-known creation to date: The Witcher. This is an open-world game set in a dystopian cyberpunk universe, where players are expected to be as good at hacking and building as they are hand-to-hand combat. You can choose your path to success in Cyberpunk 2077 – you can fight your way through it, or you can rule the world without spilling a drop of blood. It should be ready to play by the end of summer.
Here’s some really good news – after a brief delay, the latest game in the DOOM franchise should already be available by the time you read this. It’s had some amazing reviews, and it should hold as much appeal to brand new players as it does to those who have stuck with the DOOM franchise since it first appeared on consoles and home computers during the early 1990s. It’s still a simple first-person shooter at heart, but it’s a genuinely gripping one with fast-paced action, genuinely terrifying monsters to fight, and a single-player campaign mode that should keep you occupied for days. When you’re done with that, you can go online and either team up or go head to head with other human players. This is a sequel to the 2016 reboot of the classic game, set later in the same timeline, and at a point where Earth is on the blink of collapse. Can you save the world?
What can we tell you about MotoGP 20 that isn’t covered by its title? Well, how about the fact that it’s the best-looking motorcycle racing game we’ve ever seen in our lives? The first trailers for the game dropped relatively recently, and for fans of the sport, it’s likely to be the only bike racing option they have to entertain them for a while. It’s currently scheduled for an April 2020 release, and as all of the necessary work has been done on the game, we don’t expect it to slip back from that. Tire wear, fuel consumption, and bike-riding physics are said to be better than ever before, and the braking system has been ripped apart since MotoGP 19 and replaced with totally new coding. You could always choose to turn all of those things off and just play in arcade mode instead – but where would be the fun in that?
Baldur’s Gate 3
If you’re a fan of dungeons and dragons-themed games, you’re probably already making excellent use of your ‘World of Warcraft’ subscription. You might want to put that on pause for a while soon, though, and use your Stadia setup to take advantage of the soon-to-be-released Baldur’s Gate 3 instead. This is a game that belongs to the official Dungeons and Dragons universe and pits players against nightmare-inducing mind flayers. If you’re familiar with Dungeons and Dragons, you’ll already know what they are. If you’re not, don’t expect to sleep again for a while after you find out. The first trailer for the game appeared in June 2019 and suggested that Larian Studios were close to finishing the title, and it’s graphically stunning and very moody. Only the strongest will survive – but you have no concerns about that, do you?
Watch Dogs: Legion
Ubisoft has been a little coy about when they’ll be releasing Watch Dogs: Legion. It should have been released already, but they decided to switch it to the 2021 fiscal year, which begins in April 2020. Presumably, they did that for financial reasons, and so they’re probably expecting to make big money off this title. As soon as the financial year begins, we expect the game to get a release date. Given the fact that it’s already finished and it’s been finished for a very long time, we don’t expect a major delay. This surreal, horrifying, violent world should enchant and appall gamers in equal measure, and offers a feature that’s almost unique in video games – you can take control of any character you can see. If you’re bored of playing as a teenager laying waste to the people and places around you, you can switch to a concerned elderly citizen and try to chase the teenagers off instead. Your ultimate aim doesn’t change, though – you’re there to bring power back to the people from the oppressive government, and you can do it by any means necessary. Bring down the elite!
With these all-star games set to be added to the roster, Stadia is looking like a more attractive proposition than it was a few short weeks ago. If you’ve been holding on to your equipment and subscription in the hope that it will come in handy one day, then you don’t have much longer to wait!