With the Mayan calendar ending this year and doomsday chatter running rampant around the globe, video game developers are looking to cash in on the hysteria. Well, thats what it looks like to me. There are ten solid post-apocalyptic games slated to drop this year with many more having that “end-of-the-world” aspect to their storylines. Have developers gone doomsday crazy? Is it too much and too similar for gamers? More importantly, do we have enough time to play them before the end?
No. No. And hopefully.
While I don’t believe the world will come to an end December 21, I feel that it has given developers and writers some great inspiration. There are some really amazing games under development. The basic premise is shared by most of these games (end of the world and life as we know it, death, destruction, blah blah blah), but they all have a unique twist and interpretation on this idea.
Now, I’m a huge survival horror fan which already have that doomsday feel to them. So I naturally gravitate towards games like Fall Out and Borderlands. I’m really into the suspense of these games. That feeling of dread while crawling through a dilapidated building is thrilling. Also getting the crap scared out of you by some twisted mutant smashing through a wall is great too. I can spend hours late at night playing these types of games.
Besides hours of enjoyment, we can learn valuable survival skills. Thanks to zombie films and games, I know how to kill a zombie (or other creature trying to devour me). Thanks to games like Fall Out, I know how to survive and find supplies in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Well, maybe not real-world skills but I have thousands of hours of training. My father has taught me many survival skills over the years. Along with shows like Survivorman and Dual Survivor, I think I can survive and thrive in the post-apocalyptic world to come.
This wave of post-apocalyptic games includes some cool new titles like The Last of Us, Metro: Last Light and Lollipop Chainsaw. It also includes some great sequels like Darksiders 2 and Borderlands 2. Read about each of these post-apocalyptic games below and get your training in before the end comes.
Available September 1, 2012
Borderlands 2 is the sequel to 2K Games’ highly successful shooter. Combining invention and evolution, Borderlands 2 features all-new characters, skills, environments, enemies, weapons and equipment, which come together in an ambitiously crafted story. Players will reveal secrets, and escalate mysteries of the Borderlands universe as they adventure across the unexplored new areas of Pandora.
Available December 31, 2012
Darksiders II follows the exploits of DEATH, one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, in a weaving tale that runs parallel to the events in the original Darksiders game. This epic journey propels DEATH through various light and dark realms as he tries to redeem his brother WAR, the horseman who was blamed for prematurely starting the Apocalypse in Darksiders. Featuring a dramatically larger world, full weapon and armor upgrade systems as well as bigger and more challenging dungeons and vast array of new enemies and bosses, Darksiders II strives to improve on every aspect of the original hit.
Fallout New Vegas: Ultimate Edition
Available February 7, 2012
Experience all the sights and sounds of fabulous New Vegas, brought to you by Vault-Tec, America’s First Choice in Post Nuclear Simulation. Explore the treacherous wastes of the Great Southwest from the safety and comfort of your very own vault: Meet new people, confront terrifying creatures, and arm yourself with the latest high-tech weaponry as you make a name for yourself on a thrilling new journey across the Mojave wasteland.
The Ultimate Edition of Fallout: New Vegas includes the original hit game as well as all previously-released DLC packs, including Dead Money, Honest Hearts, Old World Blues, Lonesome Road, Courier’s Stash and Gun Runners’ Arsenal.
I Am Alive
Available March 7, 2012
One year after a worldwide cataclysmic event wiped out most of human civilization, a man struggles for survival. Faced with an insecure, decaying and hazardous world, he scours a desolated city, searching for his long-lost wife and daughter. Survive the suffocating, murky streets covered in dust. Climb the teetering remains of last-standing skyscrapers to reach breathable air and find untouched resources. Explore the crumbling ruins of a once-thriving metropolis. Discover a changed human condition, punctuated by distrustful survivors, dangerous armed gangs and victims in need.
The Last of Us
Playstation 3 Exclusive | Available late 2012
A PlayStation 3-exclusive title by Naughty Dog. In The Last of Us, you will find abandoned cities reclaimed by nature. The population has been decimated by a modern plague. Survivors are killing each other for food, weapons, or whatever they can get their hands on. Joel, a brutal survivor, and Ellie, a brave young teenage girl who is wise beyond her years, must work together if they hope to survive their journey across the US.
Available August 1, 2012
Lollipop Chainsaw is the‘un-deadly’ story of sweet but killer zombie-hunter Juliet Starling and her quest to uncover the root of a colossal zombie outbreak. With her wickedly awesome chainsaw in hand, Juliet slices, dices and splits her way through hordes of the undead, but soon realizes the horde is only the opening act to a festival of zombie rock lords determined to kill the chainsaw-wielding cheerleader.
Metro: Last Light
Available December 31, 2012
Metro: Last Light will immerse the player in the haunting, desolate ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, one of the most richly detailed, and beautifully realized gaming worlds of modern times. Developer 4A Games will deliver a terrifying, atmospheric single-player adventure that fuses thrilling combat with exploration and survival horror to create a unique, memorable experience.
Available late 201
Ravaged is a multiplayer only first-person shooter game with vehicles, team objectives and skill-based gameplay. Set upon a post-apocalyptic earth devastated by natural disasters caused by the sun’s solar flares, Ravaged chronicles the struggle between the “Resistance” and the “Scavengers” as they fight one another to gain an upper hand in an ongoing war for survival, territory and resources.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
Available March 20, 2012
It is September 1998 and the action centers on the ill-fated Raccoon City and the horrific consequences of the deadly T-virus outbreak, developed at the Umbrella facility. With a cover up required, Umbrella orders an elite team into Raccoon City to destroy all evidence of the outbreak and eliminate any survivors. Meanwhile, the US Government has quarantined the city and dispatched its own team of elite soldiers to determine the source of the mysterious outbreak. You are an Umbrella Security Services soldier (U.S.S.), competing alone or in up to four player co-op in a battle against all the competing forces at play in Raccoon City. Expect the return of original Resident Evil enemies, iconic landmarks such as the Raccoon City Police Department and fan favorite characters, including Leon S. Kennedy, who, as a rookie police officer in Raccoon City, is on your hit list to eliminate.
Resident Evil 6
Available November 20, 2012
It has been ten years since the Raccoon City incident and the President of the United States has decided to reveal the truth behind what took place in the belief that it will curb the current resurgence in bioterrorist activity. Due to be by the President’s side is his personal friend and Raccoon City survivor, Leon S. Kennedy, but when the venue suffers a bioterrorist attack, Leon is forced to face a President transformed beyond recognition and make his hardest ever decision. At the same time, Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance member Chris Redfield arrives in China, itself under threat of a bioterrorist attack. With no country safe from these attacks and the ensuing outbreaks, the entire world’s population is united by a common fear that there is no hope left.