I’ve defended both DLC and Call of Duty before. While many abhor the franchise (and truth be told, I’m not the biggest fan myself), it certainly has its place. With millions of loyal ardent fans lapping the game up every year, it makes sense for Activision to capitalise on that. The same goes for DLC; “a fool and his money are soon parted,” the cliche goes. What I can’t stand though, is Season Passes.
Studios certainly love to show off their wares sooner than ever. Why wait until the third date before jumping into bed with players - they're willing to expose what's on offer in the Alpha stage already. However, much like overeager daters, it's all in an attempt to seal the deal and get you to commit. Okay, this metaphor is getting creepy, but that doesn't make it wrong - does this early footage make you excited to commit and pre-order Rainbow Six Siege?
Technolust. It’s a sensation that everyone gets when some new hardware arrives. That fear of missing out. That urge to have the newest gear on day one. There’ll be more consoles, graphics cards and games in the near future. Technology which you just have to have. And if you’ve got the shakes in anticipation of Nintendo’s next dedicated gaming device, well then, good news. You can pre-order whatever it is that Nintendo has up their sleeves, right now.
I seriously don’t understand Battlefield: Hardline. After playing through both offered beta events, the only thing that really stands out is how familiar it all feels. Hardline’s cop vs. robber skin does nearly nothing to mask that fact that it’s still a war-themed shooter, and I’m hoping the campaign does something different to address that. At least you’ll get to see for yourself early if you’ve got EA Access.
I am so wary of pre-order bonuses. I know that publishers want people to pre-order games so that they are guaranteed a certain number of day- one players and a massive income. However, considering the trend of broken games in 2014, I'm a bit afraid. Evolve is sweetening the deal on their pre-order, but will it win you over?
Far Cry 4 is absolutely bonkers - perhaps even moreso than the previous entry, which featured the most mentally unstable antagonist I’ve ever seen. Far Cry 4 ups the ante with the various different flavours of destruction you can cause with all sorts of weapons and wildlife. Like monkeys, for example. You can cause chaos with monkeys, especially if you pre-order.
In theory, pre-ordering a game should bestow on a player various bonuses for placing their faith in a developer at an early stage, while shaving a few bucks off the release price. In practice however, it usually results in merely some exclusive cosmetic content and buggerall else. That’s the approach that most games take these days. But what US gaming franchise GameStop has in mind just sounds completely wrong.
Aah Naruto games, truly you are the Call of Duty of annual fighting genre releases. Well clap your hands together and raise your fingers in weird poses, because you can bet your ass that little to nothing will have changed in the next release, but at least it’ll look pretty-no-jutsu.
PC gamers have been able to pre-load games for ages. Buy a game on Steam, well ahead of release, download the files, and you’re able to play the game as soon as the clock strikes midnight. It’s the sort of stuff that’s made midnight launches irrelevant. Now, that feature is available on your PlayStation 4..though it’s limited to just two handfuls of games right now.
I don’t know if I’m alone with this but The Last Guardian is starting to feel a bit like Duke Nukem Forever. Full of early promise but it has now been in development for 7 full years and is already 3 years past its first official planned release date.
A new Lord of the Rings game, that stars a new hero and features a far higher ratio of ass to kick instead of watching midgets become uncomfortably chummy with one another on an High Elf bed! Hell, I’m already sold. And I still don’t see why everyone is labelling this as an Assassin’s Creed clone.
The next iteration of the Unity engine, Unity 5, is available for pre-ordering sometime today at the Unity store.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. It's a quirky and fun take on the ARPG genre, and I'm excited for the second installment. Now, we have a launch date, and a nifty way to compare the second game to the original.