E3 Show Daily

Maximum Impact

At E3 this year, publisher Maximum Games is shooting for maximum variety:  The five games on display all hail from widely different genres, and each promise rich and distinctive experiences. It all kicks off with a licensed snowboarding game featuring one of the most celebrated extreme sports athletes on the slopes today.

Mark McMorris Infinite Air features the titular star, who won back-to-back X Games gold medals in slopestyle, and earned a bronze medal in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The game, developed by HB Studios, promises to be the most realistic snowboarding experience available for the current generation of consoles, offering physics-based controls and a seemingly unending variety of wild and daring tricks. Additionally, the procedural mountain generation ensures that players always have fresh digital powder to carve.

While McMorris is the headliner, Infinite Air also features other top snowboarders, as well as big air and half-pipe events alongside the slopestyle competitions. Mark McMorris Infinite Air releases in winter 2016 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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Also from HB Studios is a very different kind of sports experience: golfer fan favorite The Golf Club 2. Expanding upon the foundation of its successful 2014 original, The Golf Club 2 adds a fully featured career mode that allows players to rise through the ranks by earning money and buying entry into famed golfing societies.

New tutorials help players ease into the game’s simulation experience even better than before, the graphics have been enhanced, and the course creator offers even more options. Best yet, all the courses that were designed and shared in the original game— more than 100,000 of them—will still be accessible. No release date has been announced for the game.

Elsewhere in the lineup, Loading Human: Chapter 1 sees Maximum Games jumping headfirst into virtual reality headsets with an episodic science-fiction game series. The first-person adventure finds the scientist hero preparing for an intergalactic quest to save his father, and allows players to solve various puzzles within immersive environments. The first episode is due out before the end of summer on PC for the Oculus Rift, and will also release for PlayStation VR on PS4, once the console headset is available.

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Troll and I is another adventure from Maximum Games, offering amped up action and designed for traditional screens. Coming this September for Xbox One, PS4, and PC, the game sees players taking control of two different characters—Otto and Troll—either separately or simultaneously, as each quest requires. Developer Spiral House’s game features a distinct narrative for each character, inviting gamers to revisit the experience multiple times.

Rounding out Maximum Games’ E3 offerings is Road Rage, a combat-centric motorcycle game that hearkens back to the much-loved Road Rash series of old. As a member of an outlaw gang running the city of Ashen’s criminal underground, players will complete missions as they rise through the ranks—and ultimately pursue their own agenda once they are running the show. The open-world affair promises 98 total missions and four-player combat both online and locally, with the PS4, Xbox One, and PC game releasing this September. 

Five games, five unique experiences, and one place to find them all: Maximum Games seems well primed to entertain a maximum number of gamers.

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