Thanks to our pals at Ster Kinekor Entertainment, we’ve got one premium tomb Edition of Konami and Mercury Steam’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. I liked the game, but some odd design decisions meant it failed to live up to the promise of the original. Still, that Tomb Edition with all of its extras is one sexy heck of a prize. And the guy who’s won it is…
The fifth (and, deity of choice willing final) expansion for World of Warcraft is coming this year, and Blizzard’s seen fit to put the digital versions of the thing up for pre-order. You can pick up both the regular game and the digital deluxe edition from the Blizzard store. they’ve also revealed that the expansion will be out on or before December 20 this year. Brace yourselves.
I don’t really get the sharing stuff in the new consoles. The Playstatyion4, in particular, has button just for sharing videos and screenshots built right in to the controller. I’ve used it on occasion to test it out, but I’ve never felt compelled when actually playing a game to share the stuff I’ve just played. Maybe the cool stuff that happens in Watch Dogs will change that, but I doubt it.
Though it was easily my most disappointing game last year, I still liked Bioshock Infinite. It told a cool story, had a fantastic setting and interesting characters; I just wish the actual gameplay hadn’t devolved in to being a pure shooter. Far more disappointing is the knowledge that its developer Irrational Games has effectively been closed.
Yes, I’m looking very forward to Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U. I got to have a go with the game at E3 and rAge this year, and it’s a beautiful, smooth 60fps thrill ride. If we’re being honest though, it really is just more Mario Kart, and I really wish Nintendo would be more honest about its regular rehashes. If you've ever watched any of Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailers, then you know what to expect from this one from Smosh. It’s an Honest Mario Kart Trailer.
PlayStation Home, Sony’s bizarre online MMO crazy life simulator launched in 2008 for lord alone knows what reason. I first logged in then and it was a confusing place, much like Linden Labs’ Second Life, filled with the strangest denizens the internet had to offer. In surprising, confusing news Sony has said that it’s updating the virtual life service. Equally surprising? PlayStation Home still exists.
Titanfall is out today in the US, and on Friday everywhere else. Other than South Africa, that is. It is, by all accounts, a pretty exceptional game, evolving the Call of Duty formula and making it fresh and exciting. It’s the Xbox One’s marquee title. it’s killer app. And it runs pretty badly. Stand by for disappointment.
While we’re on the subject of South Africa not getting nice things, the chances that we’ll ever see Sony’s PlayStation Now streaming service working well from within the confines of our borders is becoming increasingly slim. If we can’t have a locally-rendered multiplayer game because we’re far from the servers, we’ll never, ever be able to stream games in real-time from servers located halfway around the world. Don’t be too sad though; it doesn’t look like streamed games will be all that cheap.
I don’t care much for trophies or achievements. Yes, I’ve gone out of my way in games before to hear that sweet sound, accompanied by the faux pride of the digital trinkets – but that’s all in the past. I know many gamers who’re still avid achievement and trophy hunters, spending dozen, if not hundreds of hours in pursuit of them.
Hate him or love to hate him, but whenever industry analyst Michael Pachter opens his mouth he says something interesting – even if you don't necessarily agree with it. I’ve a pretty good feeling many of you will agree with him this time though. He’s said that Kinect is “irrelevant.”
Virtual Reality. Is it the next big thing in gaming? Most within the industry seem to think so. and now, EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson thinks that it could well be – but that doesn’t quite mean that EA”s jumping on the VR bandwagon just yet.
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I enjoyed Dragon Age II in spite of itself. Yes, I found it disappointing after the exceptional Origins, and the re-used assets made everything seem a tad homogenous. Enemies respawning from the sky made the whole thing feel a but unpolished. It was the overall lack of scope that let it down most. Yet, once you waded through those issues it remained a pretty good RPG. EA and Bioware’s insistence that the next Dragon age will be better is assuring enough – but this location trailer’s what’s got me really excited.
No, we’re not discussing Titanfall. For a while now, I think console games, or more specifically, the last generation of consoles, have been holding videogames (yes, even PC ones!) back. It’s one reason why the uptake of this newest generation of machines has been unprecedented, with a combined total of nearly 10 million PlayStation 4’s and Xbox Ones in homes already.
I loved last year’s reboot of Tomb Raider, giving us a somewhat more realistic take on everyone’s favourite adventuring archaeologist. Despite its critical acclaim, after that game’s original release it was deemed a failure by its own publisher, Square Enix. They said, of it’s 3.4 million first month sales that it had failed to meet expectations. Now, thanks to the higher-definition re-release they finally seem happy.