I’ve always enjoyed the inclusion of the undead in games. Titles like Resident Evil (back in the day) popularised their existence, and since then anything with a rotting corpse attached pretty much grabs some attention. Dead Island grabbed even more with an emotional trailer that had the internet buzzing, but the game itself felt disjointed, and ultimately fell into the pit of mediocrity. I really disliked it, but I can’t really say the same yet about Techland’s latest game, Dying Light.
I’ve been excited for Dying Light for a long time, even more so since I got some hands on time with it at Gamescom. It is quite literally the love child of any first-person zombie title and Mirrors Edge, blending undead slaying/survival action with some casual parkour. I have high hopes for the game, and I hope it’s really good when it finally releases at the end of January next year. Are you ready for it? Perhaps you should test your survival skills first!
I’ll be honest; I haven’t really paid much attention to Dontnod Entertainment’s new episodic adventure title, Life is Strange. It’s a massive departure from the studio’s previous work on Remember Me, cashing on the buzz surrounding adventure titles and their broken up nature. It didn’t really catch my eye – until I watched this latest trailer for the first episode.
Elite: Dangerous is now officially out, getting the head start over Star Citizen and plunging PC gaming back into the hay-days of space simulators. I’ve been wrestling with the download client for a few days now and can finally hop into my very own spaceship to explore the game’s vast universe, and it seems like I should getting cracking too, since Frontier is paying dedicated players quite handsomely.
It’s been a year of ups and downs for Counter-Strike. There’s been scandal, hacking, drama, and lots of other words with bad connotations! On the plus side though, it could get its very own International-like tournament similar to Dota 2 in 2015. It wasn’t all doom and gloom this year anyway, there were some outstanding moments! One YouTube user has racked them up (his personal favourites) into a neat top 10 video.
Snowdown is here! The festive event for League of Legends kicked off yesterday and will run through till the 6th of January. This means that the new game mode has finally been detailed. It’s packed with snow, fun, and of course, a ton of adorable Poros!
As the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it the next big MOBA… or something like that. It seems like EVERY company thought it would be a good idea to hop onto that genre’s bandwagon, looking to compete with top dogs Dota 2 and League of Legends. It’s incredibly risky, and honestly, I don’t see it working out for many. EA’s offering, Dawngate, shut down just over a month ago for example, before it even saw any proper release. Those footsteps are being followed by another title – Transformers Universe
If you’ve been waiting patiently for a Metal Gear Solid title to grace your PC again, then you’re just a few short hours away. Ground Zeroes, the prequel to next year’s fully fledged Phantom Pain sequel, is out on Steam tomorrow. That’s the good news though. The bad news is that the requirements for the game just got a little beefier.
I’m incredibly disappointed that Valve have cancelled Christmas in Dota 2 this year. I know they have their reasons (something about an engine overhaul or something), but that doesn’t mean I won’t be a spoilt Internet brat and demand free stuff anyway! Dear Gaben, please send a update with lots of extra snow flakes and candy sprinkles. Lots of love from Porra #2.
The Naruto manga, is over. Sort of. But clearly, the video games have plenty of life left in them still. Bandai Namco has been releasing an annual Naruto game for ages-no-jutsu now, with the majority of them being about as unimpressive as an anime filler arc. With old-gen out and dead for good in 2015, expect the series to hop on over to the current crop of high definition consoles. And PC. Yes, don’t forget PC dammit!
Hey, I know we’re no longer on speaking terms since I told you about the Humble Store Winter Sale. I just wanted to apologise. How was I to know you’d blow all your savings like that though? Anyways, I think we should be friends again, come on, for old times sake at least! Listen, I've got some inside information on cheap games, guaranteed to give you hours of entertainment and save you mone… hey wait, where are you going?
Elite Dangerous is bringing back space simulators this week in a big way. There’s a good reason why it’s being held up against the highly regarded Star Citizen, with some stellar visuals, authentic space sim gameplay and the fact that it’s actually finished making it highly attractive. It’s too bad you’ll never actually play the game like this launch trailer though.
Late last week Valve took down their new Auction House, which allowed everyone to convert useless trading cards into gems in order to bid on a massive catalogue of games. It wasn’t long before a huge exploit was discovered, allowing anyone to basically create gems out of thin air and post ludicrous bids. Valve say they’ve fixed the problem, but it still seems wildly silly.
The festive season hasn’t slowed down Riot Games one bit it seems. Two weeks ago, they teased Rek’Sai the void burrower - the incredibly terrifying shark… worm... thing. The champion is now available, and just in time for Snowdown too!