With so many incredible titles and peripherals vying for attention at Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last week, I wanted to take some time to share the very best of what I saw. Naturally, "best" is in the eye of the beholder, but these are the games and hardware that had a lasting impact once the show had ended. In no particular order, here are some of the niftiest things I got to check out at GDC 2015.
A reimagining of the classic King's Quest adventure series, the upcoming episodic retelling of those classic tales is shaping up to be a nostalgia-laden joyride through the life of King Graham. If you grew up playing King's Quest in the '80s and '90s, the upcoming remake will take you through some of your fondest childhood memories, as King Graham recounts his adventuring days to a young Gwendolyn.
Each episode will focus on a chapter of King Graham's life as an adventurer, and the decisions you make will shape not only the story, but the decisions Gwendolyn makes over the course of the game. She'll be your protege, learning wisdom, strength, compassion - or not - based on how you play out Graham's memories of his youth. From his quest to become a knight to his eventually being crowned a king, you'll encounter myriad puzzles and characters.
The first of five planned episodes of King's Quest is scheduled for a Fall 2015 release on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC.
Schrodinger's Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark
If you've never heard of Schrodinger's Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark, you're not alone. Despite having a background in Physics and an innate love of all things quantum, I'd never heard of it either. Combining puzzle-platforming action with over-the-top physics jokes amidst the always-entertaining character dialogue, Italic Pig's Schrodinger's Cat brings some of the best and nerdiest jokes to life.
Schrodinger's Cat is the XKCD of platformers. It's intelligent, witty, and above all, fun. The basics of the game are approachable, regardless of your knowledge base, but many of the jokes will zip right past those uninitiated in relativity. If you're not familiar with Feynman, then The Cat's "Fists of Feynman" attack won't mean much to you, but you'll still have fun clobbering the big, bad bosons that get in your way.
Schrodinger's Cat launched on Steam last Fall, but is coming to Xbox One and PS4 in April 2015. Physics geeks will adore it, but even the least scientifically-inclined gamers can find something to love.