SDCC 2014: Square Enix, Keen Games and Deep Silver show off Nosgoth, Sacred 3 and Escape Dead Island

San Diego Comic-Con may be mainly about the comics and cosplay, but in the past few years, video games have been a major part of this geeky wonder. We were able to play and dig further into three awesome games that Square Enix and Deep Silver were showing off at a club not too far from the convention center. All three of these titles had a certain distinction from their predecessors, especially Escape Dead Island.

Escape Dead Island is absolutely revamped with not just a cell-shaded art-style but also in terms of gameplay.

From the trailer alone, you’ll see the distinctions in comparison to Dead Island 1 and 2. Deep Silver has taken an approach to this that opens the series to an audience which doesn’t relate well to first-person shooters, turning the series into a murder, mystery, survival genre. The game is set after the events of the original Dead Island. The player’s character arrives on the island weeks after the initial virus outbreak that turned everyone into zombies. He and his friends are tasked with finding out what happened.

Escape Dead Island will launch on the PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Xbox 360 this fall. The game will retail for $39.99.

Nosgoth is a step away from Square Enix’s norms with single player RPGs and MMOs, instead releasing this free-to-play title.

I was able to spend a few hours with this title, and must say that it really is a ton of fun. Quite similar in terms of gameplay to Team Fortress, Nosgoth is a team arena title themed after Vampires and Vampire Hunters. Multiple maps, classes, talents, and abilities are available for each “Class” of character. Gameplay also varies tremendously depending on which side the player is on. Similar also to Alien vs Predator titles in the past, you’ll have carnage on a grand scale, and no match is ever the same.

I enjoyed the customization allowed in between matches, but do wish that more options were available, especially for Vampires. I also felt that a few balancing issues still remained in the current beta version, as Vampires did have an advantage due to their incredible mobility. With levels that emphasize walls and burning cities, it can be difficult to spot your prey. If you enjoy third-person shooters and fast paced combat, you’ll wait patiently as it comes out in the fall of 2014.

Sacred 3 can be described as Keen Games’ ambiguous love child between Diablo and Gauntlet Legends.

While chatting with the executive producer for the title, it radiated of how passionate Sacred’s team really is about the title. Having played every Diablo and Gauntlet title in the past, I was able to quickly pick up Sacred 3 and really get into the action. I have to say, the focus on fun gameplay rather than gear is quite refreshing. Something that always bothered me about Diablo was how important gear stats were. In Sacred 3 it’s much simpler to grab a controller and start slaying.

Features such as two person multiplayer on one screen are what really make this title a ton of fun to play with friends, without having to grind through 5 difficulties of the same game. Sacred 3, Keen Games’ action role playing game, will be released Aug. 5.


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