Shadowrun is one of those Kickstarter success stories - bringing back a beloved franchise in a way that large publishers wouldn't dare touch. Shadowrun Returns in 2013 was rather excellent, blending an atmospheric setting with some great isometric RPG gameplay rather beautifully. Dragonfall maintained this standard last year - and it looks like Hong Kong will be no different.
That’s a lovely game you got there? Real lovely. It’s quite bloody, innit? I like that, I truly do mate. But uh, it’d be a right shame if something were to happen it. Know what I mean? A right shame. Supposing some fella set the game on fire? A right shame, yeah. But look here, I’ll make you a deal: If you can play Not A Hero and wipe out crime, I’ll guarantee that you don’t get done over. Of course, if you don’t, things might happen….Oops.
Spoiler: Neither of them. While the Witcher is an undeniable critical darling that seems to be worthy of its praise, both of the new consoles struggle to run the game the way it should run. We’ve had a look at all three versions, and it looks pretty similar on consoles – with both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 delivering some pretty shiny graphics, not too dissimilar from what you’d see on a reasonably high-end PC. The big difference comes in with resolution and frame rate.
Toys to life is the big money-maker genre these days. The market is still relatively small, with few real competitors willing to sink the time and money needed to invest in the potentially lucrative field of making parents bankrupt thanks to purchases of the various figures needed to complete a collection. For Disney Infinity, it’s been a massive win so far. While the console version costs a few beans, the PC toybox version is completely free. The catch here of course, being that you still need to buy the figures necessary to populate that version? Or do you?
Anyway you slice it, it’s painfully obvious that gaming has become expensive these days. Hell, even PC games aren’t immune to this, with their platform of choice long having been the domain of new games at reasonable prices. Still, if it’s a game that you genuinely want, you’re going to drop that coin anyway. But PC gamers usually have the advantage of daily deals that shave dollars off of upcoming games. And CD Projekt RED isn’t too happy with one digital retailers massive discount on The Witcher 3.
Yesterday, as promised, Mortal Kombat X on PC was patched up. According to NetherRealm, the patch was meant to bring the PC version of the game to parity with the console versions. Like the last patch, it weighs in at a monumental 15GBs. And it’s happened to break the game even more.
Mortal Kombat X on the PC is, without a doubt, a bit on the broken side. Even a monstrously large 15GB patch couldn’t bring it in line with the console versions. Developer High Voltage, notorious for its sub-standard porting duties on games like Zone of the Enders, the PC versions of Injustice and Mortal Kombat 9 and the backwards Saint’s Row IV remaster has done it again.
Mortal Kombat X is a pretty good fighting game. I have a few problems with it; most notably the weird dial-a-combos and perpetual, over-powerful juggles – but those are my problems, not problems with the game itself. The game does have problems though, especially on PC.
Grad Theft Auto V! It’s finally, finally on PC. That’s the entire game, from the gripping story through to GTA Online that’s available for PC gamers to experience. And of course, it’s the kind of game that’ll attract a certain kind of scummy player. Specifically the kind of player who uses cheats online. Thing is, even being more indestructible than the Juggernaut can only take you so far in GTA Online. And one regular player decided to teach a hacker a lesson in ragdoll physics 101.
You know what the best thing is about a game being properly ported over from console to PC? It’s not the bump in visuals, the joy in seeing fellow gamers experience a masterpiece or the eventual massive discount in a Steam Sale. It’s the fact that you can massively cheat the game system. I’m not here to discuss ethics, because just having such an option that doesn’t impact on other gamers, is bloody wonderful. And GTA V has plenty of cheats already, including one that allows you to morph into animals and keep on playing the game.
Behold! The most powerful force in the history of anything! Money! Yes sir, there’s nothing that you can’t do with a promise of worth on a piece of paper, and you’ll need plenty of the digital equivalent in GTA V in order to get your hands on the best possible gear. So what’s the best way to do that? By playing the stock markets of course. But you’re going to need to invest big in order to earn big. And here’s how you can be a wolf of Wall Street.
I’ll forgive you if you’ve never heard of Son of Nor, because before I got my review copy, nor had I. It’s not a AAA title - it’s the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign that launched way back in April 2013. 2244 backers pledged $151 175 to bring the game to life. Now, two years down the line, Son of Nor has finally been released. It’s an interesting game, combining action and puzzling. Is it worth your time and money though?
It's still a month until we can explore the wild world of The Witcher. But CD Projekt RED is ready. In fact, they're done. The game has gone gold and download sizes have been revealed. But does going gold still mean anything?
Mortal Kombat X was released yesterday, to very nearly universal critical acclaim. The platform of choice for publishers was the PlayStation 4. There’s been very little mention of the Pc version – and for good reason. It barely works. There are a number of issues plaguing the PC version of this year’s hottest fighting game, ranging from frame rate issues, to it being wholly unplayable. If you have the option, you may wish to avoid it for now.
Grand Theft Auto V is finally out on PC today (yes, it really, really is) and for the most part, it’s smooth sailing. The game works as advertised for most people, offering smooth and fluid gameplay that surpasses the 30fps you’d find even on the newest consoles. For most who’ve been playing it, it’s been a great experience. For others? Not so much. There’s a weird little bug that’s preventing people from downloading or installing GTA V on PC.