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Top 100 of 2012: 40-36 - ModNation, Metal and Medal of Honor

Time for a Road Trip.

And then there were forty! If you’re a little behind, catch up on yesterday’s games here, or read on for today’s five:

40 ModNation Racers: Road Trip

United Front’s ModNation Racers was a sleeper hit on PS3, getting decent review scores (with only the game’s lengthy load times holding it back) and building up a dedicated fan base. Now the game is heading to Vita from Sony’s San Diego Studio, with a whole load of new tricks up its sleeve. The racing itself has been tightened up, front and rear touch controls have been added to the track designer, and the game can access all of the user-created content from the PS3 iteration, opening up the millions of pieces already available from day one.

Whilst the latest previews have praised the game’s new additions, it sounds like the series’ now-trademark lengthy load times are still present – hopefully that’s something that will get fixed ahead of the game’s release next spring.

ModNation Racers: Road Trip is due out at Vita’s EU launch on February 22nd.

39 Twisted Metal

Despite David Jaffe’s constant claims to the contrary, Sony’s E3 2010 presser revealed that Eat Sleep Play are indeed working on a new game in the Twisted Metal franchise – the longest-running PlayStation-exclusive series to date. The new title, simply titled ‘Twisted Metal’, is a return to the darker stylings of the PS2’s Twisted Metal: Black.

Plotwise, nothing much has changed; players compete to win the car-combat Twisted Metal contest. What has been added though is a new multiplayer component, expanded massively from the PSP’s Head-On. Other additions include an extra special weapon for each vehicle, and a whole bunch of new factions including The Clowns, the Dolls, the Preachers and the Skulls.

Twisted Metal is due out on PS3 on February 14th in the US, with a European date yet to be announced.

38 Prey 2

Human Head really went back to the drawing board when they started on Prey 2. Rather than the usual formula of ‘previous game – bad things + new things = sequel’, the studio went for ‘core concept of previous game – everything else + a whole new game = sequel’. Out are the portals and other elements that made the original Prey a unique title, and in is a Red Dead-inspired bounty hunter adventure game with Mirror’s Edge’s free-running and a cross between Mass Effect and Deus Ex’s style. Killian Samuels, the aforementioned bounty hunter, is out to find out what happened in number of missing years of his life, killing a fair few people along the way we presume.

Interestingly, the game is being built on the older id Tech 4 engine – albeit a heavily-modified version – rather than Tech 5, the engine behind this year’s Rage. “We put a lot of time and energy [into id Tech 4], and we really love what it’s capable of at this point,” says associate producer Matt Bisenius. You have to respect a studio not afraid to stick with what they know in order to create the game they want to rather than just jumping onto the newest passing shiny thing.

Prey 2 is coming to PS3, 360 and PC sometime in 2012.

37 Medal of Honor 2

I was one of those people who really enjoyed 2010’s Medal of Honor reboot. If you’re also one, rest safe in the knowledge we are not alone – when the game took the WeView podium earlier in the year, it was awarded a ‘Buy It’ rating quite comfortably. Of course, MoH wasn’t perfect – there were technical issues with the now-ageing Unreal Engine 3, as well as balance problems and a rather short campaign – but I really hope when approaching the upcoming sequel, Danger Close keep the ‘feel’ of the first game.

So what do we know about Medal of Honor 2? Very little in fact. Based on executive producer Greg Goodrich’s words in an open letter revealing the follow-up earlier in the year, it’s likely we’ll see a sequel take place in the present day. The flyer included with Battlefield 3 confirmed nothing more than that the game is coming, and is definitely a Medal of Honor game. Most likely, given EA’s new-found love of Frostbite 2 (Battlefield, Command and Conquer, Need for Speed, etc…), the game will be based on that engine. It’ll be interesting to see if EA decides to split single- and multi-player development between two studios like they did for Medal of Honor (and were slated for), or if they’ll let DICE have some time off, with Danger Close picking up the MP reigns.

Either way, if it retains the same tight feel and atmosphere of the original, Medal of Honor 2 could be something really special in 2012. Enough to go up against Treyarch’s next Call of Duty? Who knows.

Medal of Honor will likely arrive on PS3, 360 and PC towards the end of 2012.

36 Diablo III

More than ten years in the making, next year should finally see the release of Blizzard’s Diablo III. The action-RPG series with a focus on dark magic last saw an outing in 2001, but the new game’s modified StarCraft II engine should bring it bang up to date. The new game keeps the style and story of the originals, as well as the isometric viewpoint, and adds online co-op to the mix.

The game has been in the news mostly over the last year or so due to Blizzard’s back and forth over bringing the game to consoles. Whilst the studio’s recent work has been limited to PC, at Gamescom Diablo’s lead designer was quoted as saying he is “very, very serious about bringing the Diablo III experience to the console”, and that Blizzard is currently building a world-class console development team with the hope of making that happen. So whilst nothing is in stone just yet, don’t be surprised to see the Diablo series on PS3 or 360 sometime in the not-too-distant future.

Diablo III is due for a release sometime in the first half of 2012 on PC and Mac.

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19 Comments
  1. Jim Hargreaves
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    I’m game for pretty much every title in this cluster, especially Twisted Metal. I’ve only played Head-On which I didn’t actually rate too well, but the multiplayer focus of this new instalment is enough to have me intrigued.

    Comment posted on 21/12/2011 at 17:08.
    • Jakster123x
      Member
      Since: Aug 2011

      I’m interested in pretty much all of these too. Prey 2 is definitely on my radar atm

      Comment posted on 21/12/2011 at 17:24.
    • GTRsannin
      Member
      Since: Nov 2010

      Well if it’s anything like Black it’s going to be good

      Comment posted on 21/12/2011 at 20:40.
  2. Origami Killer
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    Hope MOH2 is true, really enjoyed the 2010 version, and hoping for more of the same but with the issues sorted.

    Comment posted on 21/12/2011 at 17:08.
  3. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    I’m interested in them all, although my laptop probably can’t play Diablo. :(
    I didn’t realise Modnation was also a launch title. Where can I get all the money I need?

    Comment posted on 21/12/2011 at 17:11.
  4. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Expect MoH2 will arrive about a fortnight before BlOps2

    I found MoH quite a capable & solid experience but ultimately extremely boring, although I hope they don’t wind the over the top action up to MW3/Bf3 levels there should be room in the genre for something halfway between Operation Flashpoint & CoD

    Comment posted on 21/12/2011 at 17:15.
  5. MICKY17
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    I really enjoyed MOH single player and thought the MP was good but it tried too hard to mix BF and COD style gameplay, that I think they got confuzzled.

    Comment posted on 21/12/2011 at 17:54.
  6. philbert8
    The Frankie Boyle Of TSA
    Since: Sep 2010

    I’m looking forward to all of them. So I can not buy them and think of all the money I’ve saved.

    Comment posted on 21/12/2011 at 17:56.
  7. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    2 sequels for 2 great, if slightly flawed games. Modnation was just made for vita, definitely getting it and vita, designing tracks on the train ftw! Moh was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed getting platinum on it. A sequel that improves on the solid foundation could be truly awesome.

    Comment posted on 21/12/2011 at 18:08.
  8. kivi95
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    Twisted Metal,Diablo 3 and Modnation:Road Trip will be mine :)

    Comment posted on 21/12/2011 at 18:13.
  9. david24
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    why was moh slated for spliting the development of the single and multiplayer?

    Comment posted on 21/12/2011 at 18:30.
    • colmshan1990
      Member
      Since: Apr 2009

      They played differently- the controls and feel were too different, and that disconnect shouldn’t be noticeable.
      It would have been better off being done like Bioshock 2- it’s multiplayer was developed by a seperate studio, but it felt like the same game as the single-player, while MOH didn’t.
      (I felt the multiplayer was better than the single-player controls btw)

      Comment posted on 21/12/2011 at 18:36.
  10. Sympozium
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Oh god… not Medal of Honor 2, why….

    other than that is just Prey and Twisted Metal

    Comment posted on 21/12/2011 at 19:39.
    • Sympozium
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      Oh…..!! and Modnation thats two games for Feburary hopefully Vita, TM doesn’t get delayed

      Comment posted on 21/12/2011 at 19:42.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      “Oh god… not Medal of Honor 2, why….”

      Because it clearly sold well & people seemed to like it (as the article mentions, it got a solid ‘Buy it’ in WeView). I have even been interested in it myself, just never found a cheap enough copy at a time when i had some free time to play it.

      Unfortunately, you can’t write something off just because you don’t enjoy it. If that was the case, I suspect that all we would have to play is Monster Hunter! :P

      Comment posted on 22/12/2011 at 10:48.

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