Splatoon, as mush as it doesn't look like it, is actually a pretty serious shooter. You've got weapon classes for different situations, coupled with the standard player progression system that has kept games like Call of Duty ticking for all these years. It’s just wrapped up in a cute, childish package, which is meant to attract a new audience to the world of online gaming. A world which Nintendo is restricting, so that its true colours aren’t shown.
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.
Despite its cute, colourful exterior, Splatoon might just be one of the more hardcore games Nintendo has decided to bet on. The online shooter shares most of its DNA with traditional multiplayer tropes, including various different weapons and a bunch of customisable items. We’ve only seen a handful of them to date, but that changed with a screenshot explosion last night.
Splatoon is, for all intents and purposes, a strong multiplayer-focused shooter. The game twists the rules of conventional shooter mechanics by making you paint arenas rather than just shoot enemies, with Turf War rewarding the team that manages to spread their colour around the most. But it’s not the only trick the Splatoon pony knows.
If you're playing games on PC, you're probably using Steam. It's fine though - all the cool kids are as well. Valve's online platform is the central hub for most modern PC gaming, and it seems that more and more people are battering their servers every single day. So many in fact, that they've gone on to break a record only just breaking infancy.
In news that will surprise nobody, a second Titanfall is in the works. For multiple platforms! With bigger robots! And your mom! Well, some of that may be a lie.
We’re living in a digital-driven age, where more and more of our purchases are made online with details that are stored somewhere on a server we hope is secure. There are, of course, various ways to ensure this information stays safe, but no matter how much security there is a system is always vulnerable to attack. In those cases, it’s great to have good customer service to fall back on, so that any collateral damage is dealt with. It’s that last step where Sony is falling so very short.
GTA V Heists have finally launched, bring the most arguably the most anticipated feature of the entire game to every platform currently on shelves. You can now hop online and plan dangerous, stealthy and explosive heists in equal measure, with a brand new range of vehicles and weaponry at your disposal. The money you manage to make off with will come in handy too - especially if you're in the market for these two exotic new vehicles on offer.
Permadeath is a fickle mechanic in a lot of games that attempt to use it as a form of ultimate punishment to the player. Some games absolutely nail it, forcing you to face your failure or decisions in a particular situation with the prospect of losing a character forever, be it your own or a friendly AI. Upsilon Circuit, a new online RPG, embraces this mechanic – and then kicks it up to a ridiculous level.
Grand Theft Auto V has been teasing Heists ever since the very first trailer for their online mode. The feature has been delayed time and time again, but it's finally reaching all versions of the open-world game next week. You’ll be able to rob banks with friends, engage in heart-racing getaways and bag a whole lot of cash in the process. That’s what it sounds like on paper, but how does it actually look in game?
GTA V has been a on long road to PC - and taking wrong turns at nearly ever junction possible. Just a few short days before the game was set to launch in January, Rockstar set back the PC version back to March, along with a window for the eagerly anticipated Heists mode. Heists are still on track for launch, but GTA V on PC has been delayed yet again.
I stopped playing Destiny a long time ago, but I’ve kept my eye on what Bungie has been doing with their ever growing MMO shooter over the past few months. It’s becoming apparent that really high level players are hitting the wall, forcing them to seek out ridiculous challenges and strikes just to stay entertained. That’s included some really entertaining solo Strike runs, which technically shouldn’t be possible within the game’s rules. And now Bungie is making it completely impossible.
World of Tanks is a, surprisingly, really popular, well designed free to play multiplayer title. It blossomed on PC, shortly after which it made it’s free debut on the Xbox 360. Anyone with an Xbox Live Gold account could get in on the tank rolling fun, and soon you’ll be able to do the exact same on the Xbox One.
We’re a week away from Chinese New Year, which is a festive time for most Chinese communities around the world. More importantly, it’s a festive time for every Dota 2 player on the globe, as the New Bloom update looms. Bringing a new game mode, items and more, New Bloom is one of the biggest events for the game of the year. Only this time, there’s a new character joining the action as well.
I’m fairly confident that Mortal Kombat X is going to be a solid single-player game, even if you do plan to Forever Alone it. But the real strength in this title is going to lie in the eSports and tournament scenes. And Mortal Kombat X may have a feature that merges the single and multiplayer sides of the game, in the form of factions. So you wanna join a club in Mortal Kombat X? Then GET OVER HERE!