The Order: 1886, according to YouTubers who’ve uploaded the game to the internet, will last you about 5 hours; and that’s including the game’s maligned interactive cut-scenes. For many, that’s just not good enough; when throwing down $60 (or R799), people expect a game to last them a good few hours more than that. The thing is, those YouTubers have intentionally blitzed through the entire game for as short a run as possible.
Gamers a re a weird lot. I don’t mean that in a negative way, but it is tricky to gauge what is and what is not acceptable in the industry these days. While sitting down for a session of flavour of the month FPS, you’re going to see the usual amount of popping heads and blood sprayed everywhere. But torture? Hoo boy, that is something that gamers do not dig, one bit whatsoever. At least, that’s what Ubisoft is saying, as they’ve taken out that segment from the upcoming Splinter Cell” Blacklist, with extreme prejudice.
Bioshock Infinite has been through the ringer as of late, with several delays and some small controversy, but at the end of the day, it certainly does look a premium R600 game. It’s a single-player affair though, and after all the extra time spent on it, you’d expect a game loaded with content. And you’d be right, because right now, there’s around two entire games worth of content there…that has been cut.
Gamescom has renewed my interest in the PS Vita again. My technolust is rising, thanks in part to the new Cross-Play feature and the slate of upcoming games arriving on the system. Thing is, the Vita isn’t cheap, and it isn’t going to be receiving a price cut any time soon, as Sony Worldwide president Shuhei Yoshida says that the standalone device will still cost you a pretty penny.
Overall, I thought Microsoftâ€™s Press Event to be a little disappointing. Unlike last year, there were no shock announcements, no big game reveals and nothing quite like the impact of Natalâ€™s announcement. Rebranded Kinect, we got to see a few of the games for the system â€“ and they largely pander to the casual crowd. None of the retail games shown really wowed me â€“ bar one. Metal Gear Solid: Rising from Kojima Productions. It looks to have taken elements from Afro Samurai and refined them, resulting in a gorgeous, fluid action game that gives Ninja Gaiden a run for its money. No word on release date, but it'll also be making its way to PC and PS3 when it does launch. Hit the trailer after the jump!