Civilization: Beyond Earth could have been a huge change for the franchise. Moving from historical simulation into the future (and on to new planets), it had the potential to be a revolutionary new kind of Civilization. Unfortunately, many feel they didn't do enough to make it truly unique. That's about to change with a new expansion, Rising Tide.
When you say the name Van Helsing I automatically conjure up an image of an academic with a mild case of the suspicions. White jacket. Blood samples. The works. And these suspicions ultimately lead to a rather horrible discovery that Vampires exist and OH NO DON’T EAT ME ALIVE. Ding dong, the academic is dead. Let’s face it. Our professors in our universities do not strike me as the monster fighting sort. In the 21st Century if I need a monster killed I’m thinking Sam and Dean. Maybe even Constantine (if he isn’t still cancelled).
It’s the gift that just keep on giving. #GamerGate will not lie down and die, and the die-hard Gamergaters have now created their own website to publicly call out the corrupt actions of the video game journalists.
If you know me at all, you'll no doubt know by now that I'm practically in love with Splatoon. Ever since the game's reveal I've been clamouring for more of it, and this weekend I got just that. Nintendo rolled out three hour-long testing periods for their inky shooter on Saturday, giving anyone the chance to hop into some rapid Turf War matches. They confirmed a lot of what I had hoped for the game to be - but also revealed a few cracks.
Project Cars, a game that has been in winding development for four long years, is finally finished. The new kid on the racing sim block hits shelves today, and it's one that enters a truly dominated market. Forza Motorsport has been the king of this hill for a long time now, but Slightly Mad Studios aren't afraid of the challenge. In fact, game Director Stephen Viljoen welcomes it.
The Witcher 3 is coming. Don’t support DRM. Do, however, support this competition – which could see you winning a Collector’s Edition for what’s easily the most anticipated game to be coming this year. Thanks to local Witcher 3 publisher Megarom, we’ve been given a Collector’s Edition of the game for the PlayStation 4 to give away to one of you.
Despite some folks ambivalence towards it, rAge is a pretty damn important event on the gaming calendar locally. It’s the only really big gaming expo we have (read: only expo at all really), and it gives international developers the chance to fly out here, show off their games and get a good sense of our market. It’s also a great time for everyone – serious gamers all the way to casual – to gather and catch up on the months coming. So you’d think that a event like this would need a rather appropriate mascot, right?
Walking through the streets of Warsaw, the PR head at CD Project Red explained to me how important The Witcher is to the people of his country. It's a franchise held up as a national treasure - a gift that the president himself gives to visiting dignitaries. To the public, it's a national symbol - a piece of literary and digital art that they can proudly point to and say "this came from home". To say that creating a fitting conclusion to such a renowned franchise is stressful would be a gross understatement.
If you ever stepped onto a skateboard and dreamt of shredding massive rails and landing massive Ollies, then you’ve got Tony Hawk to thank for the inspiration of joining generation X. And I’m not talking about his cameo in Police Academy 4: Citizens On Patrol. No, it’s the Tony Hawk video games which are to blame for your scraped knees and excessively baggy pants. And some were great! Some were also beyond terrible! So let’s take a grind down memory lane, and examine every single one of them.
I don’t know when we’ll see another Batman game once Arkham Knight wraps up. But I also doubt that Warner Bros. Interactive will retire such a franchise once Rocksteady departs. Because there’s still plenty to mine out of the Batman mythos, and I’d bet my left Bat-testicle that we’ll see a new game unveiled within the next couple of years. And maybe, one of them can borrow story elements from some legendary Batman tales.
The release of GTA V came and went in the later months of 2013, devoid of one crucial piece of content. GTA Online was missing from action, and the promise of a shared, persistent online slice of Los Santos to wreak havoc in with friends remained a distant dream. Only a few weeks later, and the gates to online multiplayer were flung wide open to all – but it would be a long time for the true promise of multiplayer to arrive. And even longer for a whole new market to get in on the action.
Following the blockbuster release of Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar once again got back to work on their iconic franchise in 2009. Not only aiming for a game that looked bigger, better and hewed closer to the ridiculous side of the franchise, Rockstar wanted to create a game that told a better story. And the best way to do that, was to triple down on the ambitions.
Following the release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in 2004, Rockstar immediately began work on a game that would be even more ambitious in scope, size and narrative. With a core team of around 150 developers that were led by the key members from the Grand Theft Auto 3 development squad, Rockstar got to work on a game that would graphically surpass everything that they had done so far.
Hah! Bet you thought we’d move on to GTA IV today – but no. Instead, we’re going to look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of the handheld Grand Theft Auto Games. While the series was born on PC and later made its home very much on consoles, the series has found its way to various handhelds over the years. It didn’t exactly start off well.
The intriguing realm of Mortal Kombat is one that has always been steeped in mystery and absurdity. Ever since the release of the original Mortal Kombat in 1992, the franchise has paved the bloody path for video game violence. Now more than a decade later we see the release of Mortal Kombat X, the 10th major title in the series and one that is expected to only further cement the MK franchise as one of the best in the fighting genre.