Splatoon is just eight days away. Eight days for the seven of you who actually own a Wii U! I'm incredibly excited to get my ink on next week Friday - with an adorable inkling at my side. Thing is though, Splatoon was almost never about squid at all. In fact, early versions of the game had you shooting ink around as a delightful little blob of food.
For a game that was dormant for months, Overwatch seems to be gearing up for something if the past two weeks are anything to go by. Last week we got a good look at the busy, robotic monk Zenyatta in action - and for a support he looked incredibly fun to play. This week things are a little more on the offensive side, and Overwatch's very own cowboy doesn't play as you'd expect.
The Division is quickly turning into Ubisoft's second mythical unicorn. Despite the fact that we keep hearing about it, it's been a long time since anyone outside the Private Alpha has actually seen the game running. Now that the game got pushed back to 2016, it could end up staying that way for a long time - unless Ubisoft follow through on their supposed beta plans.
Overwatch made a huge splash with its "we're better than Pixar" cinematic and interesting aesthetic for in-game visuals during debut. The first-person, team-based shooter from the creators of Diablo and StarCraft hasn't really made a peep since then though - which was all remedied with a long look at one of the support characters you'll get to play as. And for a support, he looks incredibly offensive.
It's the running joke of the Star Wars franchise, but come later this year you too will know how it feels to be an inaccurate, inadequate Stormtrooper. DICE's Battlefront reboot is checking a lot of the right boxes (and missing a few), but the inclusion of a first-person view has had many worried about how combat will work in the multiplayer shooter. Fear not recruits, because it's not changing at all.
I used to be incredibly addicted to Team Fortress 2 shortly after it launched. It took a few months to fade, and I haven’t touched the class-based shooter in years. That doesn’t mean it fizzled out into non-existence though, with the game still ranking in the top five most played titles on Steam currently. That’s why massive changes, like competitive matchmaking, are still being implemented.
Sleeping Dogs was a fantastic experience. With a compelling protagonist, a unique world to play in and plenty of Kung Fu fun, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Triad Wars is meant to continue that wonderful experience in a new form, but I'm not convinced.
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.