It’s the third day of March and as yet, March’s Instant Game collection hasn’t been announced. That’s…odd. Last week, PlayStation Europe’s community manager Fred Dutton said we might be waiting a week longer to find out which game’s we’d be getting as part of our subscriptions this month.
Helldivers is out today on PlayStation platforms. It’s a top-down shooter, like the ones of old, with a focus on co-operative gameplay. Set in a dystopian future, it requires lightning reflexes – especially seeing as players need to avoid shooting each other. Yup, there’s friendly fire in this one. And it’s apparently awesome.
Mortal Kombat creators NetherRealm have been teasing fans with sporadic character reveals for the latest in the brutally violent fighting game series. It’s coming n April – but a large chunk of the game’s roster has yet to be revealed. They may have been leaked. In fact, they may have been leaked weeks ago.
I loved the heck out of Far Cry 4. It may not have had quite as crazy and overarching a story as the previous one, but it felt quite a bit more cohesive and coherent. And aside from those blasted eagles, I liked pretty much everything about it. Well, except for its last DLC, the Escape from Durgesh prison. That was a single mode, separate from the main game that added an arcade-like time trail to everything. It was not worth the asking price. Hopefully, the next DLC, Valley of the Yetis, makes up for it.
While I lost interest in Destiny months ago, I can understand why it’s repetitive, grinding nature is so appealing to many players. What I don’t really get though, is why – for all its desire to be like an MMO – it fails at the one thing that makes MMO’s an interesting, social experience; the social bit. Destiny’s singular social space, The Tower, allows for as much social behaviour as Darryn’s abrasive personality allows for real life friends. That could be changing. According to leaked images of the upcoming expansion, Destiny may have a new social space.
Earlier this week, we told you that you may not need PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play Mortal Kombat X’s adversarial multiplayer when the game is released in April. The news came courtesy of Shaun Himmerick, the executive producer on MKX. Responding to a fan question, he said that PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live were “not needed for any feature.” Turns out that’s not the case.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 is a pretty fun, episodic action horror game. It’s built around a co-operative campaign – and yes, while the survival aspect seems to have gone out of the window – makes for some good two player action. Only local co-op, one of the game’s defining features, has been left out of the PC version.
Hotline Miami is one of my favourite indie titles ever created. The way the first game mixed lightning fast reaction times with strategic stealth planning kept me on the edge of me seat throughout, punctuated with a dark and mentally twisting tale about answer a phone, driving to an address and leaving no one alive. The sequel looks like more of the same, and it’s out really soon.
Special editions of games keep becoming more lavish, more ostentatious and as a result, more expensive. Oftentimes, they border on the ridiculous. They’ve now quite convincingly jumped the shark. The latest, very limited edition of the physical edition of Dying Light costs a disconcerting £250,000. At current exchange rates, this extremely limited edition of the game would cost you R 4,442,120. Yes, that’s nearly four and a half million Rand. I think. I'm not good with numbers. It’s available exclusively from the UK’s GAME, and is called My Apocalypse. Why on earth does it cost so much?
Resident Evil used to be one of my favourite gaming franchises. Hell, I even enjoyed the heck out of Resident Evil 5. It may have been a bit dumb and focused far too much on action – but it was a heck of a lot of fun, especially when played co-op.
If there’s one JRPG series out there that doesn’t get nearly enough love in the West, it has to be Dragon Quest. It’s a franchise that has been knocking around since 1986, although it wasn’t until 2005 when the series stopped publishing itself as Dragon Warriors and started growing the Quest brand. A new game is on the way, Dragon Quest Heroes, for both old and new consoles. And I like what I’m seeing.
I am a huge Mortal Kombat fan - more than any other fighting game, I'm excited for MKX. While part of the joy of fighting games is the couch fighting so that you can see the expression of your defeated friend or loved one next to you, the only way that I can fight Darryn or Geoff is via multiplayer. Luckily, online multiplayer in MKX just got a whole lot easier.
A few times a year, Steam has their massive sales and causes PC gamers' backlogs of games to grow. Console and handheld gamers generally pay more for games and therefore have smaller backlogs, at least in theory. However, with this new PlayStation sale, it's a good time to build your console backlog.
A long long time ago, 2 days to be precise, Zoe posted an article announcing that Sony had allowed the trademark for The Last Guardian to lapse in America and we really all felt this was the final nail in the coffin of the joke that is The Last Guardian.