Welcome to our weekly post of featured downloadable content available for different gaming platforms sponsored by www.evopoints.co.za. Hit the jump for this week’s list of fresh downloadable games and content. Downloadable content has become a pretty big thing. More and more people are opting to get their games and add-ons through digital distribution. instead of the traditional Brick-and-mortar method. Some games and software; like XBLA games, PSN shorts and iOS games are available through the internet only – something that can be daunting for a lot of folk. Confused about what new games are available for your platform of choice? Don’t fret – we’ve got you covered.
Desktop Dungeons, the maths with a GUI game from local developers QCF is game that we’ve always felt would be perfect for tablets. At Gamescom last year, we got to fiddle with an early version of the tablet-bound game. Back then it still had some control and UI issues resulting from its port from Desktop to mobile. That has all, presumably, been sorted, because the tablet version of the game now has a release date.
People who’ve data mined the latest Steam beta build have discovered something that’s rather pertinent to those of us here at the bottom of Africa. It looks like Steam’s going to officially support the South African Rand – so you’ll be able to buy your games in ZAR. That may not be a good thing.
What’s the very best thing about The Witcher 3? It’s not the expansive world, or the interesting-interlinking side-quests. It’s not the fact that there are consequences to your actions, or even the Unicorn sex. No, the very best thing about The Witcher 3 is Geralt’s customisable beard – and that fact that it grows in real-time. And though I’ve just recently shaved my own, real-life one off, I have to admit that beards are awesome. Who though, has the best beard in videogames?
The BBC is busy making a docu-drama that tells of GTA developer Rockstar’s rise to fame and their battles with disbarred anti-game lawyer Jack Thompson. Called “Game Changer” the TV movie stars Danielle Radcliff as Rockstar’s Sam Houser, and Pill Paxton as the GTA-hating lawyer. Take Two wants none of that. They’re suing the BBC over what they believe could be trademark infringement.
Unlike many of you, I’m not having a single issue with The Witcher 3. That’s mostly because I’m not playing The Witcher 3, as I’m caught up in other games for review at the moment. Essentially, my only issue with the game is the intense FOMO I’m suffering. That said, many have been having issues. Despite the game’s stellar critical and user reception, many have been having serious enough issues that they’re unable to progress in the game. They’re issues CD Projekt has promised they’d fix. And they have! On PC.
There have been some terribly scary headlines in the media lately, linking video games with neurological diseases like Alzheimer's. Some have even gone so far as to say stuff like “Call of Duty increases risk of Alzheimer's disease.” It’s all stemming from a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, that claims that people who play games use a specific part of the brain, which in turn causes another part to shrink, which could lead to neurological disorders. Is it true? Could playing games gives you Alzheimer’s? Maybe. I’ve read through all of the research, but I’ve forgotten.
PC gamers hate any sort publisher-mandated DRM solution that isn’t Steam, and they generally hate using other launchers and digital shops – especially uPlay and Origin. There’s a pretty compelling reason to buy The Witcher 3 from uPlay if you haven’t got the game yet though; Ubisoft is giving gamers a few extras.
The Witcher 3 looks pretty good. But as many, particularly those on the PC side of the fence, think it could have, and should have looked better. They say that the game’s been downgraded, and that the blasted consoles are to blame. They’re right on both counts. CD Projekt RED has admitted that yes, the games visuals have taken a knock, and yes, the consoles might be responsible for some of that – but there’s far more to it than that.
Who really decides what “Game of the Year” is? Each publication seems to have its own awards, giving the mostly worthless award to different games. Sure, some awards are a little more official than others – but they all come down to the opinions of a select few judges. Game of the Year is a silly, pointless accolade that does little more than make marketing and PR people happy, and then let publishers re-release games with all of the game’s DLC stapled on. How meaningless is it? Well, apparently Deck 13’s action RPG Lords of the Fallen is getting a Game of the year edition.
Spoiler: Neither of them. While the Witcher is an undeniable critical darling that seems to be worthy of its praise, both of the new consoles struggle to run the game the way it should run. We’ve had a look at all three versions, and it looks pretty similar on consoles – with both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 delivering some pretty shiny graphics, not too dissimilar from what you’d see on a reasonably high-end PC. The big difference comes in with resolution and frame rate.
Whether you like it or not, Virtual Reality is becoming a big thing. Again. The hyper, digital worlds afforded by video games are going to become more immersive, more engaging, and frightfully more expensive. As we’ve seen from the required specs for the Facebook owned Oculus Rift, you’re going to need a fancy machine to even experience VR, with an NVidia GTX 970 as the minimum spec. We don’t know what HTC and Valve’s Vive will need when it’s finally out. That will be released on Valve time though, and will also likely cost a fortune, and require some equally beefy specs. It’s all starting to make Sony’s PlayStation 4 VR headset, Morpheus, a lot more appealing.
The Witcher 3 is out, and for many, that means you’ve spent most of yesterday exploring the game’s vast landscapes, getting sucked up in to the game’s side quests and generally witchering. That’s been the experience for most. However, some aren’t quite as lucky – and there have been reports of game-breaking bugs and glitches, freezes and crashes, making the Witcher experience somewhat less bewitching.
Kinect. Some love Microsoft’s motion-sensing peripheral, while most realise that it’s very nearly useless for anything other than controlling the Xbox – something that can be done just fine using a regular controller. Since Microsoft’s allowed developers to turn the thing off so they can use more of the machine’s juice to make bigger games look and run better. There’s not been a single blockbuster game that’s made owning the thing worthwhile – and it’s something Microsoft’s finally starting to realise.
I don’t really enjoy eating fish much. I don’t quite know what it is about piscine flesh that doesn’t really engage my senses in the same way a freshly roasted lamb knuckle, sizzling sirloin or grilled bit of chicken does. Maybe it’s the bones I inevitably fight with, that slight mercurial taste that its skin imparts or the fact that it’s generally so plain, but for the most part, I don’t like fish. And yet, one of my favourite things on this planet to eat is a Provencal fish stew; bouillabaisse.