I only jumped onto the Civilization bandwagon recently with Civilization V, but that hasn't prevented me from getting ridiculously excited about Beyond Earth. The series is leaving the green field of earth and setting out to break ground on new planets with this year's sequel. Is it an entry that fans simply have to pick up?
When Firaxis announced Civilization: Beyond Earth, it got many fans excited. Players imagined the addictive, replayable nature of previous Civilization games combined with the unknown of science fiction and outer space. Could Beyond Earth live up to expectations? Well, mostly yes.
What’s your favourite GTA game? I’m not the series’ biggest fan, but if I had to pick one, it’d probably be Vice City. something about the setting, and the cheesy 80’s music just resonates with me. For most though, if it’s not the newest GTA V, it’s likely GTA San Andreas. And it looks like it’s coming back.
Okay, maybe not exactly, but this new interactive experience might at least give you a taste of the game in a weird way. It's basically just a series of point and click rapid adventures, one released already and the rest coming soon. However, it certainly sets the tone for the game.
Viva la revolution! Assassin's Creed Unity is finally tackling one of my favorite historical periods, The French Revolution. It's recreating Paris with a stunning amount of detail too, but that could mean my PC is on for a revolution of it's own in order to get things running.
One of the first racing games I ever played gave me vehicles that weren’t even bound to the ground. I’m of course talking about Wipeout. That futuristic racer was a ton of fun back on the original PlayStation, and the later iteration on the PlayStation 3, Wipeout HD, was rather good too. If you’ve missed out on that franchise because REASONS, there is something similar on PC now. Quantum Rush: Champions has hit Steam Early Access.
It's a big deal to cross a million sales in general, but particularly in the indie world. With smaller budgets and quicker development times (in theory), a million sales means that the developers have made real money, and gotten some serious attention. Two games recently crossed that milestone, making it a good week to be an indie.
Dedicated servers are an important element in the longevity of any multiplayer game. The last Call of Duty, Ghosts, had a hybrid server system using both listen and dedicated servers. It didn’t work very well – and is at least one of the reasons COD Ghosts’ userbase has dwindled. Could Advanced Warfare make up for those sins? Maybe.
If you're like me, then it's a good time to start looking at PC upgrades. I already have my eyes on a nice GTX 970 to replace my old, 500-series Fermi card. Nvidia has worked some magic with their GTX 970, and now Gigabyte is taking all that power and making it really, really small.
I was but a young lad, just 10 years old, when Half-Life was released. I honestly don’t remember how I found out about the game, or how it ended up on my PC. I do remember one thing distinctly at least, it was the most impressive game I had ever played. As a kid, meeting those headcrabs for the first time with nothing more than a crowbar was beyond terrifying. Black Mesa was just begging to be explored though, and I pushed on. What is it about the game that makes it so special? This documentary attempts to explain the Gordon Freeman phenomenon.
I’m busy playing through Shadow of Mordor at the moment, and I quite like it. I think the brutal and rewarding combat’s excellent, the Nemesis system is genius and I love how each orc has an element of individuality. Beyond that though, I feel there’s something missing – something I can’t quite put my finger on. Still, I’m rather enjoying killing and/or branding everything I can get my grubby ranger hands on in Mordor – so I’m glad to see it’s doing pretty well. Maybe.
Yesterday, while we were resting, the good people from Bioware were showing off a live stream of some Dragon Age: Inquisition gameplay. They were running around, giving bits and pieces of information throughout, but all I could pay attention to was just how big the place is.
As a game developer, you pray for moments like these. Your game has just crawled out of the Early Access pit, ready for people to enjoy the game you actually wanted them to play when they paid you months ago. Better yet, your game is featured as part of a special Steam bundle. Everything is grand, until an incorrect listing threatens to cost you a few sales. What do you do?
I’m not sure if any of you are aware of the level of enthusiasm I have for Mortal Kombat X, the latest brutal brawler from NetherRealm. I got to play the game for the first time earlier this year ta Gamescom, and walked away rather impressed for somebody who favours Street Fighter’s mechanics and pace over Mortal Kombat. Like many of you, I also got to play it at this year’s rAge, which included the most recently revealed kombatant, Quan-Chi. I’ve been watching Ed Boon’s Twitter like a crazed fan, waiting to see who’s coming next. By the looks of things, it may be Kenshi.
Civilization: Beyond Earth is coming. By the end of the week, all of you can be hopelessly addicted to playing as you seek to colonize the new world. However, Firaxis knows that not everyone has played Civilization V to death like I have. So, they're offering it for free... for a couple of days.