War? What is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Good god y’all! When you think about it, war truly is a terrible monster. Not every civilian is gifted enough to be an unstoppable pair of hands with a healing factor stolen from the Wolverine, capable of surviving various bullets to the face and grenades to the groin. It takes a special kind of person to survive war. It quite honestly takes a bastard who is willing to do anything to live another day. Fortunately, I happen to be an even bigger bastard in This War Of Mine.
It could be said that I have a bat in my console belfry. Batman: Arkham Knight is a damned pretty game, make no mistake, as it’ll most likely push current-gen systems to their limits. One thing it won’t be doing however, is setting tongues wagging as to which platform has the best version of the caped crusader, as developer Rocksteady is going for some of that console parity mojo before the game releases.
If there's one thing PC gamers hate, it Uplay. Console gamers also aren't too fond of Ubisoft's DRM distribution service, but it's far, far worse for PC gamers, resulting in broken games and horrible experiences. Now Ubisoft is pulling some new releases from the UK's Steam client - could this be a sign of things to come?
"With the power of next generation processing" seems to be the mantra of a bunch of games releasing at the end of this year. Assassin's Creed Unity is promising to use that extra power in all aspects of the game; from environmental design to seamless co-op, Ubisoft keeps raving that this is the Assassin's Creed game that we've been waiting for. Now a new trailer wraps it all up quite neatly.
The biggest challenge that GTA V has right now, is that it may have been far too successful last year. It sold many millions, making for some very happy shareholders over at Take Two and Rockstar. Fast forward a year or so, and we have a shinier version on the way. But the problem is, is that just about everyone has played the game by now. So how do you sell it twice? By looking at GTA V through another perspective.
I live my life one DD3 RAM update at a time. 2014 has already seen two high profile racing games released, in the form of the rather superb Forza Horizon 2 and the lonely yet competent DriveClub. Third time’s the charm however, as Ubisoft is preparing to roll out The Crew. Another open-world racer, it’s looking like a fine middle-ground game for folks who aren’t into either of the two big releases mentioned above. And it also has the added bonus of being console-agnostic. But can your PC ride with the big boys?
And the Nvidia/AMD war continues! PC will always have the best potential for video game visuals, depending on how deep your pockets are. And depending on your brand loyalty (DOWN WITH THAT GRAPHICS CARD COMPANY!), you could be in for an optimised experience. With Assassin’s Creed Unity, expect to eat the very best of digital cake, according to Nvidia at least.
Elpis. A barren and dangerous moon orbiting the alien planet of Pandora. Majestic, scarred and teeming with life, I stood on a cliff and surveyed an outback frontier where bullets were cheap and life less so. I gazed at a herd of majestic Kragons, beasts that were content to wander aimlessly on the plains of Elpis. And then I butt-stomped the f*** out of those rock-skinned monstrosities.
Former Xbox One exclusives have a nasty habit of appearing on PC shortly after launch, with Ryse: Son of Rome and Dead Rising 3 being recent examples. Just yesterday, it was looking like Sunset Overdrive was already about to follow suit, after an advert for the game listed two release platforms.
We’re entering that time of year where all the biggest and blockbusteriest games are on their way. While money doesn’t always guarantee success, it certainly does help and you’ll most likely be hard-pressed to find a game that actually gets downright slammed by all the critics. That doesn’t mean that 2014 hasn’t had some bad games so far. Hell, it’s had some of the very worst games ever released actually. Here’s a look at the games that smelt like Batman Forever.
These days, it’s easier to outsource game testing to your consumers than it is to the hive of despair and misery known as QA. It’s free, developers can actually find out if their game can handle thousands of people playing it and have it ready for launch day. You know, unlike that other game. You know the one I’m talking about. The alpha for Evolve kicks off next week. Here’s what you’ll need in order to handle it.
Well that’s certainly not the way you’d like to kick off your weekend if you’re a racing fan. Project Cars, one of the most anticipated racing titles ever, isn't going to be launching this year anymore. Instead, it's suffered a bit of a delay.
You know how good Shadow of Mordor is? I finished the game, wrote my review, and I've still gone back for more game time. Now they've added a photo mode so you can take the perfect images of all your best and worst in-game moments. But it's not so simple on Xbox One.
Evolve was a definite stand-out at this year’s rAge Expo. There wasn’t once where I walked past the stand and didn’t see a massive line around it, even before the doors had opened to the public. People love hunting down a group of hunters as the monster, and adding to this beastly roster is exactly how Turtle Rock is going to keep the game alive.
Bugger Resolution-Gate and this obsession with eating 1080 peas, the red-headed stepchild of vegetables. The true issue in gaming should be all about frame rates. Nothing beats the silky smooth 60 frames per second of some games, and no matter how much I’m sold on a game aiming for a “cinematic” feel with 24 to 30 frames per second, I’ll go for the soap opera look every time. The Crew is one such game that is going for that 30fps territory. But it might be driving faster on PC.