What, you thought that you were going to pay only once for Battlefield Hardline? Ha! I scoff in your general direction! SCOFF TO THE MAX! Much like previous Battlefield games, Hardline will have a premium membership available for consumers who want more out of the multiplayer side of the game. And it’ll cost ya.
Shadow of Mordor redefined emergent gameplay. Thanks to a unique experience for each player as they progress through the story, brand captains and develop a nemesis, Shadow of Mordor made this particular open-world sandbox feel dynamic and intriguing to explore. The Bright Lord is meant to expand upon this experience while giving us greater insight into Celebrimbor's backstory.
Forza Horizon 2 was easily the best racing game of 2014, no matter what Geoff and Matty had to say as they proved that democracy was not for the people when they gave Mario Kart the award last year for best driving title around. Ahem, sour grapes aside, I’m still digging the game. Forza Horizon 2 managed to perfectly encapsulate the joy of having a car that costs more than a house, and the sheer heartache of crashing it and ruining the paint job. It’s also the kind of game that is getting ready to live its life a quarter of a mile of a time.
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.
Batman is such a great crime solver. Sure, he may be known for his awesome rogue's gallery and insane toys, but he is meant to be a detective at heart. Now you can embrace your inner Batman in the Sims 4.
Shadow of Mordor won our most coveted award in 2014 - Game of the Year. It won this because it was a ridiculous amount of fun with a highly innovative Nemesis system. Now Warner Bros has released a cool infographic about just how many Uruks we've all killed, just in time to go kill some more in the new DLC, The Bright Lord.
Shadow of Mordor was a surprisingly incredible game last year. It was so good that it managed to claim our top Game of the Year honour, and I can’t really fault it in too many places. One gripe I did have with the game though, was how it dealt with ring creator Celebrimbor, and how his story with Sauron was not explored deeply enough. Good thing there’s now DLC for that on the way.
As we inch closer and closer to the release of Mortal Kombat X, Ed Boon and the rest of NetherRealm Studios are doing a good job of keeping the hype train moving with frequent updates to the fighter roster. There are already a handful of returning classics and new fighters alike, and there’s probably going to be much more before launch in April. But what about fighters outside of the Mortal Kombat universe? What about someone like Predator?
Mortal Kombat X is now a mere two months away from being released. And we have yet to see the full roster revealed. The people want answers. The people demand more news. And at Lazygamer, we aim to deliver that news, no matter how catastrophically incorrect we may be in our pursuit of a half-baked almost-truth. And by the mighty skeletal summon fist of Shinnok, we think we may have cracked open another exclusive reveal for the game.
I loved the hell out of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and right now, I’ve got a cupboard full of faux plastic instruments that still get hauled out on the odd occasion, when company and the requisite amount of alcohol dictate it. With the rocking-out-to-music-while-jamming-on-fake-instruments genre gone for many a year, there’s been a great deal of speculation as to whether or not it’ll find a resurgence. Could Rock Band and its ilk come back? Harmonix seems to thinks so.
I’m kind of excited for a decent Star Wars multiplayer game again. A couple of years back, my favourite such game to go online with was Jedi Outcast, a Quake 3 Arena powered deathmatch that combined the Force with laser, lightsabers and thermal grenades. It was of course, absolutely sublime to play. What was also just as damn good, especially on console, was Star Wars Battlefront. Even bigger, and packed with tons of players, the game was pure anarchy. A new Star Wars Battlefront is on the way, and it sounds like it might just be the biggest Star Wars game ever made.
If you’re still waiting for the local release of the physical version of Techland’s flawed but fun open-world zombie apocalypse simulator, it’ll be out here in two weeks. It’s some of the most fun I’ve had with a game in a while, because like the criminally underrated Wii U exclusive ZombiU, it makes the undead terrifying again. And soon, it’ll be even scarier.
The next big thing in multiplayer gaming, Evolve, is out – and it’s really fun when played with friends, or under the right, fortuitous circumstances. Back in January, Turtle Rock and 2K Games came under fire for the game’s DLC plans; a criticism that they took umbrage at. People are raging about the game’s DLC anew. The reason? All of the extra content in the game – the stuff not included in the season pass - would cost a player more than double the base game itself.
Dying Light is a pretty fantastic game. It’s fun, long and full of undead dismemberment is all sorts of beautifully gory ways, and it kicked off the gaming year with a bang. It is also, however, pretty terrible when it comes to additional DLC. Take the game’s season pass for example, which comprises almost entirely of pre-order incentives.