To get the hype train rolling pre-E3, Guerrilla Collective started their second annual showcase this Saturday. For about an hour and a half they showcased upcoming games, chatted with devs, and just in general put on a show specifically designed to keep me from being productive.
There was way, way too much for me to talk about everything they showed off, so here are a few of my personal highlights from the show!
This is a top-down, twin-stick shooter where you play as an axolotl. Yes please.
Coming out later this year, this is an atmospheric first-person shooter. The trailer says it’s partially inspired by David Lynch, which explains the foreboding sense of “what the heck is going on?” The reason this made my list, though, is because the lumbering, zombie-like robot enemies look absolutely awesome.
Who doesn’t love a ridiculous, over-the-top third-person character action game? Ultra Age looks like it’s all about chaining together sword-based combos against robotic enemies. The presentation here looks phenomenal, from real cool effects as the character goes buck wild on enemies to a fantastic song choice for the trailer. No platforms have been announced yet, but I’ll be watching for more on this later this year.
Tinkertown uses a tilt-shifted pixel art style that seems to borrow a lot from the HD2.5 style showcased in Octopath Traveler. Described as a “charming pixel sandbox rpg”. I’m getting vibes of a traditional fantasy RPG melded with Don’t Starve. Mostly I’m excited about the fact that this game looks like it has a brand new take on a fishing minigame.
The Legend of Tianding
Brawlers can be a lot of fun, and the comic book stylings on this one look great. I dig that it’s all based on Taiwanese folklore, too!
Kung Fu Kickball
Rocket League borrows from driving games the same way that Kung Fu Kickball looks at Ninja Gaiden. Two teams compete to kick a ball towards a goal or bell or dragon’s mouth at the end of the field. All done up in beautiful pixel art, this game looks like a charming multiplayer laugh.
Sports Story is one of my most anticipated games right now, but until we get news about it I think RPGolf Legends will hold me over. This has an art style the looks like it’s lifted straight from the GBA, and seems to be another charming golf-based adventure. This is apparently a follow-up to a mobile game called RPGolf, which I’ll be checking out ASAP!
Low-poly, apocalyptic Finding Nemo but with a fox. You have to raise and protect two cubs as you look for one that has been taken. This looks like a narrative exploration game that will absolutely make me cry.
Blaster Master Zero 3
I love that a remake of an NES game has spawned a whole new franchise.
Beasts of Maravilla Island
This is one of the upcoming games I am most hyped for. It’s like a third-person exploration game where you have to catalog black-light creatures in gorgeous, glowing environments. Pokémon Snap with environmental puzzle-solving sounds fantastic to me!
It’s a bit unclear to me what this game actually is. What I can tell from the trailer is that it has cool creature designs and hoverboarding… which seems good.
The Light Bringer
I’ve had my eye on this one. It’s described as a “poetic adventure platformer”, and looks to me like Zelda crossed with Captain Toad, and I’m extremely here for it. Oh, also you use a boomerang, which rules.
… and there’s more!
You can find a lot more info on these and a whole bunch of other games that were shown off over at the Guerrilla Collective website. Be sure to also tune in this coming Saturday, June 12th, for Day 2 of the event!