I hate this time of year; the build-up to E3. Instead of any real news, all there is from the gaming industry’s PR and marketing cogs is a series of teasers, teaser trailers, and trailers for teasers of trailers. It’s one of my pet hates – and yet here I am, falling for it and being part of the machine. But only, and only because it’s about Doom. Bethesda has released a brand new damned teaser trailer for Doom 4, ahead of the company’s planned full reveal at E3 this year.
Shinji Mikami’s Evil Within is a polarising game. While many found it a bit of a drag, others loved the (almost!) return to classic survival horror and torture porn to be had in the game. Gory, violent, and creepy, the game hit the right notes for many fans of the old-school horror fan. One of the reasons for that is that box-headed Keeper, who’s rather reminiscent of Silent Hill’s Pyramid Head. And soon, you could play as one.
This generation seems to be one of remasters and remakes. Neither of the new consoles includes backwards compatibility, making it nigh impossible to play older games from your library. Unless, that is, you purchase them anew for your shinier, newer machines. That, and the relative low cost and high reward of doing a remaster seem to be the impetus behind the myriad re-releases we’ve seen this generation. The latest game getting the remaster treatment? Arkane and Bethesda’s Dishonored.
Rumours about the next numbered chapter in the post-apocalyptic, vault-punctuated Fallout series have been all over the internet since 2008, which makes the quarterly ones that crop up seem a little like the boy who cried wolf. With E3 right around the corner and the fact that Bethesda has - for the very first time - organised its own conference at the annual gaming industry extravaganza, those rumours are back.
World War 2. It truly must have been the worst war ever fought. According to my extensive knowledge of butchered history and video games, it was a war that involved the Axis and Allied forces duking it out with cyborg Nazi death machines, killer robot dogs and obligatory Scottish pilots who were clearly too old for this kind of sh**. Hey, my memory of the war may be dodgy, but it still reads better than the History Channel’s Ancient Alien's in World War Two documentaries. And the war for it all takes a B-movie turn in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood this week. So sit back, relax and check out some gamplay footage!
Wolfenstein: Old Blood is a standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order. Want to jump back into the shoes of BJ Blazkowicz? Pre-ordering will lead to pre-loading so that you don't have to wait. Of course, you need to know if your PC can handle it, if that's your platform of choice.
Easily one of the best, purest first-person shooter experiences of 2014, Wolfenstein: The New Order breathed new life into the anti-Nazi war machine when it was released. It was a no-frills blaze of glory that focused only on telling a single-player story over various missions and hours. Since then however, all has been quiet on that front. Until now, as the game is about to inject some Old Blood back into its veins.
I wasn't thoroughly impressed with The Evil Within. There were absolutely excellent moments in the game, but much of it felt predictable or repetitive. With a new DLC coming soon, we might get more insight into the actual story of the game, and we are promised some all-new gameplay.
Try your very best to conceal the shock and surprise that you don’t have – but Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls MMO is dropping its subscription fees. It took a little longer than we’d expected (we gave it six months), it’s finally happened – you’ll no longer have to pay a monthly fee to kill things and carry out fetch quests in Tamriel.
There are 12 brand new games being shown off at tomorrow’s The Game Awards. For a while now, rumours have circulated that one of the new titles being shown off at the VGA’s reborn would be Bethesda’s next Fallout game. I certainly hope you don’t have your hopes up – because that’s just not happening.
What’s the one game that would get your engine roaring? The one game that would make your jaded outlook on life a tad bit sunnier? For me, that would be a Ninja Theory developed sequel to DmC: Devil May Cry. For a lot of other people who aren’t chucking rocks at me right now, that would be a new Fallout. Fallout 3 was one of the defining games in the last generation of consoles and PC, a benchmark-setting triumph. A sequel will most likely be made one day, but it most likely won’t be titled Shadow Of Boston.
It’s very easy to get confused by all the multiplayer-only titles racing to launch lately. It’s even easier when there are two games that sound almost the same. Battlecry and Battleborn are two that I constantly confuse, but thankfully they’re starting to look more distinct now. Or at least Battlecry’s violent steampunk sword gameplay is standing out the most.
The Evil Within was a pretty good game. It didn't blow me away, but it certainly offered some fun gameplay at times. If you're still curious but don't want to commit to spending the money, Bethesda has you covered... on PC.
Every generation of gaming has that one title that has been stuck in development hell for far, far too long. Games such as Duke Nukem Forever, Daikatana and Team Fortress 2 for a few examples. One other game that was seemingly going nowhere? Prey 2, a sequel to the cult classic topsy-turvy Human Head developed shooter. Details on that game have been rarer than hen’s teeth. But the latest info is overwhelmingly clear: The game is dead.
Right, in case you’ve forgotten, we’re giving away a decidedly terrifying hamper including a copy of The Evil Within, and a wealth of associated goodies – like the coolest bottle opener on the planet. We forgot to do the draw last week, because we were too busy being lazy jerks. Here then, is the winner of the hamper.