In our first month here on The Whiteboard, I have shared my thoughts on two of the biggest downloadable games so far this year in Shank 2 and Journey. So I thought it’d be a good time to look at some upcoming games in the downloadable space. So here are five games I am personally excited for that are set to release on PSN and/or XBLA in the future.
My favorite downloadable game on XBLA and PSN to date has been Castle Crashers. That alone would have me excited for The Behemoth’s next title, but BattleBlock Theater is looking pretty great in its own right. The story looks downright hilarious and The Behemoth’s trademark artstyle is here and looking fantastic. It is hard to describe the gameplay. The campaign seems like a co-op platformer of sorts while the multiplayer has quite a few different modes that look like frantic fun for you to play with your buddies online or off. Should be a blast. BattleBlock Theater is headed to XBLA and maybe some other platforms as well.
Dust: An Elysian Tail
As I’ve discussed before on this blog, I love the idea of a 2D game with a complex combat system. Dust: An Elysian Tail looks to combine the kind of combat we see in the premiere 3D action titles with Metroidvania-style level design. And it all comes wrapped up in some absolutely gorgeous hand drawn visuals. I’ve been waiting to play Dust for a long time now, but it seems this is the year it finally comes out. Look for it on XBLA sometime this year.
Mark of the Ninja
Coming off the heels of the very enjoyable Shank 2, Klei Entertainment is prepping a new title to release this summer exclusively on XBLA. While it will feature a slick 2D presentation similar to the Shank series, this game will move away from all-out action in favor of stealth. Not much is known about Mark of the Ninja yet, but a short trailer showed a ninja using some tools to distract and kill a guard while climbing around the environment. This small tease along with Klei’s previous work is enough to have me excited for Mark of the Ninja.
This new first-person game has you solving puzzles by switching between various dimensions. Finding batteries allows you to access new dimensions like the Fluffy dimension which makes everything soft and fluffy and more importantly lighter or the Heavy dimension which has the opposite effect. These and a few other dimensions are used to help you find your way through levels solving various puzzles. If it sounds a little like Portal that is because Quantum Conundrum’s project lead is Portal co-creator Kim Swift. I always like to see games in the first-person perspective that are less about shooting and this looks to be a promising game in that style. We should be able to play this one sometime this summer.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD
I used to really love Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. The first two are among my most played games on the original PlayStation. While I have sort of drifted away from the series over the years, I am ready to dive back in with the upcoming HD remix of the first two games. The graphics are getting an overhaul via a new engine and seeing some of the old levels has me rather excited. I look forward to taking a trip down memory lane with this when it releases this summer on PSN and XBLA (and that should include some multiplayer battles with my old Tony Hawk rival and fellow Whiteboard writer Omarey).
Those are the five games on the horizon for PSN and XBLA that have caught my eye the most, but it is just a small sampling of what is to come on both downloadable marketplaces. Feel free to share which downloadable games you are most excited for in the comments below. Thanks for reading!