BATTLEFIELD, GRAND THEFT AUTO, METAL GEAR And FABLES At The GDC

A few anticipated sequels and one very cool brand new property were announced at the Game Developers Conference this week.

I'm in the middle of dealing with apartment hell (can you say two moves in three months?) but wanted to let you guys know about some amazing stuff coming out of the Game Developers Conference. Lots of great games are being shown off at GDC this week!

First up is this epic 17 minute gameplay presentation for Battlefield 4.

While Battlefield: Bad Company 2 had one of the best single player campaigns of any recent shooter, Battlefield 3 reverted to cloning Call of Duty with linear missions, QTEs up the ass and the usual eye-rolling story that eschewed the humor of the series' previous (side-)installments. The multiplayer was tight, as always, but what a mess of a campaign. It looks like Battlefield 4 seeks to correct those mistakes with a return to more open environments, with that same beautiful destruction and vehicular warfare we've come to know and love about the series. Really looks stunning but we shall see.

New Grand Theft Auto V screens are always cause for rejoicing and you can already deduct a few things from them. Like this.

And this.

Although perhaps the greatest thing is how purty everything is. Look at the waves!

But let's not forget why people play this Rockstar's series in the first place. Chainguns.

Another series with a new "V" installment is Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Ludicrous subtitle aside (hey, it beats 3's "Snake Eater"), check out Snake looking even more decrepit, and moping to a song by Garbage, no less. The reason for that is that he's been in a coma for nine years, much like the series (badumpbum). You might be asking what happened to the game Konami revealed last year called Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, and it's now been confirmed to be a part of this game.

Ground Zeroes will be a prologue to the main events before Snake's coma and control much like traditional Metal Gear games, linear levels and all, although perhaps with more limping. Afterwards The Phantom Pain will start up and bring the series into a completely open-world experience. Fascinating stuff, although this new trailer only details the beginning of the game. It's fun to try and figure out what parts you actually control - that new FOX engine is something else and they're seeking to intertwine cinematics and gameplay more smoothly than ever before.

In other amazing news? Telltale Games has partnered with Warner Brothers and DC comics to make games based on Fables. Certainly a step up in comic material for the Walking Dead developers! The first game will be titled The Wolf Among Us and be released this summer on Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Mac. It will star Bigby Wolf, who lives in NYC and keeps track of the secretive fairy tale characters like Mr. Toad and the Three Little Pigs that reside in the city.

"Developing The Wolf Among Us based on the Fables universe has allowed our studio to build upon all of the hallmarks of what makes our episodic series so engaging for players," said Telltale CEO Dan Connors to IGN. "Through an evolution of our approach to choice and consequence, we can further explore the complexity of each and every iconic character in a universe rich with untold history from the darkest sides of the storybooks."

Telltale is also are currently throwing a key party for a game that will be revealed on April 1st and is rumored to be another of their Poker Night games. The latest key in the dish on that page pretty much confirms that Ash from Evil Dead will be playing cards with the rest, which should be great.

Besides that they've also got the next season of The Walking Dead coming out later this year, so we've got plenty of Telltale goodies to look forward to.

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