EA has made some unpopular decisions that have stuck in the industry. Many still blame them for the ridiculous free-to-play monetization the industry has seen in recent years. Now they have a new free-to-gouge model, although I actually think I like it.
Don’t let anyone tell you that The Sims 4 isn’t a solid game. It’s got a great new selection of gameplay features, characters and ideas bubbling under the hood of that Playing-God-Simulator that makes it not only accessible to newcomers, but a fresh experience for veteran fans as well. What the game didn’t have on launch however, was a ton of content. Over the last couple of months however, The Sims 4 has added new features, making the game more substantial. With the Outdoor Retreat “game pack” however, the game goes into expansion territory as it tries to offer plenty of bang for your camping buck.
The Order: 1886, from Daxter and Ghost of Sparta developer Ready at Dawn is nearly upon us. It’s a graphical showcase for the PlayStation 4 - even if it is 30 frames per second, sandwiched between two black bars. The game’s set for release in the third week of February, and thankfully, it looks like it’ll make that date. It’s gone gold.
I'm amped for Evolve. It's not my usual type of game - there's no real storyline, no character development, no RPG party mechanics. And yet, it's one of my most anticipated games of 2015. I have a ridiculously fun time playing it at events and I can't wait to have it in my living room. However, it's causing controversy thanks to its approach to future content.
Evolve is just a few weeks away, and up until yesterday it was pretty unanimously agreed that it was looking really hot. That perception changed for a few after Turtle Rock detailed their extensive DLC plans for the game, which will charge players for new monsters, hunters and skin in the future. There was outrage, but Turtle Rock maintains that it’s fair.
We knew a fourth monster was coming and it would only be available to those who pre-order or buy extra DLC later. But he has emerged in the wild and he's a juggernaut, baby. Similarly massive are the digital versions of the game with all kinds of cool extras, including a "PC Monster Race" edition.
Ubisoft really dropped the ball with the launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity last year, and they know it. That’s why they eventually offered up the first little bit of DLC for the game free, with the Dead Kings expansion available to anyone who purchased Unity. It’s finally out today, and it’s does look rather interesting.
Assassin’s Creed Unity might not have been my most disappointing game of last year, but it was pretty damn lacklustre. Gameplay issues aside, the game was an embarrassing collection of bugs and performance issues, which eventually led Ubisoft to giving away DLC for free. The first big expansion for Unity, titled Dead Kings, is out next week, and it could show off the future of the franchise.
Whether you loved or hated the game, there’s no denying that Destiny is a platform for DLC. It has plenty of that content on the way, having recently released the Dark Below DLC and paving the way for House Of Wolves in March. But that’s nothing compared to what’s on the horizon for Destiny.
I’ve got a score to settle with Rockstar. Or at least one to plan, prepare for and execute perfectly. Synchronise cheap watches bought at the robots, on the count of 3, lads. GTA Online heists are finally, finally, coming to the game. But that won’t be until next year. Which means that you need to be a tad bit more patient. But at least Rockstar will be making it up to players, with a Christmas gift.
So here’s the deal kiddos: I’m about to start diving into spoiler territory. I’m using this intro paragraph however, to warn your asses of what I’m about to do, because that’s what heroes do. So, if you’re still planning on playing either Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel or the Telltale Games developed Tales From The Borderlands, I’d recommend not reading any further. You got that? Great!
Hey! Hey you! Yeah I see you, putting that copy of Sunset Overdrive away. LET ME SEE THOSE HANDS, DON’T MOVE! Ahem. Sunset Overdrive is currently one of my favourite new IPs of this generation, filling in that gap to bounce around city rooftops while dressed like a garish 1980s washed up pop star. By now though, you’ve long finished all the content in the game. Fortunately, there’s some new DLC on the way.