That’s a lovely game you got there? Real lovely. It’s quite bloody, innit? I like that, I truly do mate. But uh, it’d be a right shame if something were to happen it. Know what I mean? A right shame. Supposing some fella set the game on fire? A right shame, yeah. But look here, I’ll make you a deal: If you can play Not A Hero and wipe out crime, I’ll guarantee that you don’t get done over. Of course, if you don’t, things might happen….Oops.
I can’t honestly tell you when’s the last time I played a traditional board game. I used to do it all; Monopoly, The Mad Magazine Game, and even that old school classic, Mouse Trap. The only tabletop action I get these days comes in the form of Pathfinder. I meet up with a Wookiee and several others nearly every week to go kill stuff and roll lots of dice. The problem with that is the fact that I have to leave my house and brave the cruel world beyond my front door each time. Human interaction be damned, this is the 21st century, and I want something playable over the Internet! One studio, Berzerk Games, foresaw my pleas, because there actually exists the very thing I need. It’s called Tabletop Simulator, and it’s officially releasing next month.
I'm not entirely enamoured with the amount of attention remakes and remasters are getting on current-gen consoles. It sometimes seems like a complete waste to focus so much energy and time on upscaling and optimising old games to look better - so that the collective majority can maybe play it again. God of War falls under the banner of "Why is this getting remastered?", but even I have to admit that it looks rather gorgeous.
GTA IV was a mess of a port when it initially released on PC, and it took a long time for the game to actually break playable levels. It also wasn't that visually enhanced in comparison to the console version, which made a lot of room for some crafty modders to get their hands dirty. The most famous mod around for the sandbox title was the iCEnhancer - a mod that is soon debuting for GTA V too.
I’ll forgive you if you’ve never heard of Son of Nor, because before I got my review copy, nor had I. It’s not a AAA title - it’s the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign that launched way back in April 2013. 2244 backers pledged $151 175 to bring the game to life. Now, two years down the line, Son of Nor has finally been released. It’s an interesting game, combining action and puzzling. Is it worth your time and money though?
GTA V for PC might have been in development for an extended amount of time, but it’s still unable to escape a painful reality. It is still a PC game, and PC games will always have problems at launch. That’s why it took me quite a while to get things running smoothly on my side, with an array of settings options doing the opposite of what they should. Don't worry though, because I’m here to help.
Although we pretty much all knew it was happening eventually, the reveal of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided came as a little welcome surprise last week. I’ve been dying for a sequel to the stellar Human Revolution since I finished it years ago, if only to see how proper boss fights would play out. The Missing Link DLC gave a good indication of what they could’ve been, but Mankind Divided is taking things a few steps further.
Steam Greenlight isn’t exactly what it used to be. Where as it used to be a platform for some truly exciting independent games to get some loving, it’s devolved into an endless pit of scary dreams and numerous empty promises. Still, every now and then a gem manages to claw its way through the filth and shine bright. Little Devil Inside is one of those gems.
From the faithfully recreated, bustling streets of Hong Kong to the visceral hand-to-hand combat, Sleeping Dogs was a sleeper hit when it launched, and quickly cemented itself as a cult classic. It’s one of those polarising experiences though, that either had you loving or hating it, with a pretty standard sandbox formula giving way to a new setting and gameplay mechanics. Instead of a proper sequel, we’re getting Triad Wars – an online vertical slice of Sleeping Dogs that’s probably going to divide far fewer people.
Square Enix is doing possibly the weirdest game reveal in the history of gaming. Instead of just biting the bullet and letting the world know at once, they’re forcing us to sit through a three-day reveal which is magnitudes more disorganised than any Twitch Plays Pokémon game ever. Thankfully, the internet is impatient – which is why the game we’ve been waiting for has leaked. And it’s not at all surprising.
Like most of you, I’m also getting tired of talking about Mortal Kombat X. I’ve been dumping hyperbole-coal into the Mortal Kombat X train for what seems like forever now, ever since the game was first announced. I’m still excited for the game, make no mistake, and it’s only a few more days until its out in the wild. Crap, there I go with that crazy hyperbole talk again. Crazy like Kung Lao’s 20% combo attack kids! CRAP, I DID IT AGAIN!
Sunset Overdrive was in many ways the biggest surprise for me last year. I had drooled over the Xbox One exclusive since its announcement, but slowly began worrying about its longevity in the months leading to launch. Those worries were put to rest after actually playing it, and I still maintain it’s the best game you can pick up for Microsoft’s console. And if you haven’t yet, you can save a few bucks now.
I don’t know which is more difficult: The mental trauma Lara Croft is enduring after her hellish escape from a supernaturally cursed island, or trying to get details about the upcoming Tomb Raider sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider. I’m pretty sure Crystal Dynamics and Microsoft are holding out for E3, but we haven’t even properly seen a game that is supposedly coming out this year. But hey, at least we know you’ll be able to stealth kill like a fish would.
Gather my minions! Gather around for a tale about our omnitipous, deviously cunning, deliciously evil master! He's been away for a while, but let's make sure he knows how much we've missed him. Give it up for your unrelenting leader. Your iron fisted dictator. The one, the only - Overlord!
Cliff Bleszinski is one of my favourite developers, and you can’t really blame me. The man was the genius behind Gears of War, a franchise still considered one of the best shooters around. It’s been ages since he left Epic Games and ventured out on his own, and we’ve had little to go on regarding his new shooter, Project Bluestreak. PAX East didn’t exactly clear everything up, but at least now we have an idea of what’s cooking at Boss Key.