Walking through the streets of Warsaw, the PR head at CD Project Red explained to me how important The Witcher is to the people of his country. It's a franchise held up as a national treasure - a gift that the president himself gives to visiting dignitaries. To the public, it's a national symbol - a piece of literary and digital art that they can proudly point to and say "this came from home". To say that creating a fitting conclusion to such a renowned franchise is stressful would be a gross understatement.
If you’ve been patiently waiting all weekend for your first glimpse at this year’s Call of Duty entry, then this evening is for you. Activision has ceremoniously unveiled it’s latest blockbuster entry into the long running franchise, helmed by crowd favourites Treyarch. Thing is: I thought we played Advanced Warfare last year?
Console gaming is great - you can sit on the couch, hold a controller and play on a gorgeous big screen TV. However, not all games and genres make it to all platforms. While Neverwinter is there for MMO fans who want to play on Xbox One, many people have been holding out for The Elder Scroll Online to land on PS4 and Xbox One. Just be prepared to delete some games to make room for the massive client.
It’s been over two decades since Mortal Kombat made a debut in arcades. Twenty two years of horrific dismemberment, gore and blood pumping out of of arcades and home consoles in a franchise that began to lose momentum along the way. 2011 however, gave birth to one of the finest Mortal Kombat games ever made, a reboot that set a new path for the series and its Earthrealm kombatants. Mortal Kombat X marks the evolution of that style, as the return of the king makes way for a new era in gratuitous violence and competition.
Let's get this out of the way: EA sort of lied. Everyone was expecting the first proper look at Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay at the Star wars Celebration over the weekend, and while attendees definitely got that chance the rest of us didn't Instead, we now know a hell of a lot more about the online shooter, and it's sounding very much like a sequel any fan would want to play.
The PS3 went through a strong period in its later years, producing some of the finest third-party exclusives on any console to date. While it’s easy to point out the blockbuster AAA titles that thousands clamoured for, my favourites came in the form of smaller, more intricately designed experiences. Those titles all happened to come from the same house though, with thatgamecompany really shining with games like Journey, Fl0w and Flower.
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?
Bloodborne is obscenely cruel at times through its own brand of misdirection. Although it’s a bit generous to call it that – since that would entail that there was some sort of direction to begin with. Part of the allure of From Software’s titles comes from just how obscure and non-sensible some things are. For example, how the lantern you’ve been carrying around is actually making your game harder.
Look, I don’t ask for much in life, outside of finally winning the f***ing lottery for once. But a game starring the king of all kaiju, battling it out with some atomic flame-breath destruction and the chance to play as those various rivals as well? I’m freakin’ sold man. Completely and absolutely. GODZILLA ONOMATOPEIAH TIME! SKREEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNK!
I’ve owned every single Souls game that From Software has delightfully created – and I ended up despising every single one. Not because they’re bad games, but rather because I just didn’t get them. It made me reluctant to pick up Bloodborne, especially since it meant getting a PS4 too, but there hasn’t been a second where I’ve regretted that purchase. That’s not counting the 30 or so seconds of anguish after each and every death though.
Sony’s PlayStation 3 didn’t really start doing as well as it should have until the company released a smaller, cheaper model of the hardware. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 found its way in to more homes once they’d done a cheaper – and more reliable – hardware refresh. Many gamers are waiting for the same to happen with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 before they jump in to the new generations. When might that happen? Very possibly soon, says the Doritos pope himself, Geoff Keighly.
Brutal. Dastardly bastardy. Various other cuss words so heinous, that they were last heard in an episode of Spongebob Squarepants. Yep, sounds pretty much like Bloodborne to me! From Software’s hit action RPG digital torture session isn’t exactly an easy game, with death merely a nightmare-fuelled monster away. The game puts the baws in boss battles, with some challenging creatures looking to turn your skull into a love toy. Fortunately, there’s an easy way around that. Just don’t tell anyone that I used this method, ok?
In non April Fool’s news of a most shocking nature, new details have slipped out that reveal the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight to be a game that is bigger than an entire book of yo mama jokes. We do advise any readers with sensitive constitutions or sissy-boy tolerance levels for high bandwidth downloads, to not read further. If you don’t want to be cool that is. CHICKEN!
The only problem however, is that it doesn’t come in black. But the contents of this bundle, shall be gratefully accepted! We will need them, when we take over Gotham with our various and poorly performed Bane one-liners from The Dark Knight Rises. What a lovely, lovely voice…
I love me some action games where the objective is to merely mow your way through wave after wave of enemies. There’s something…cathartic about the whole idea, as you flex some godly muscle and power your way on through. Dynasty Warriors perfected the formula for such a game, and for years now, it’s been applied to other franchises as well. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 is on the way, and not only does it look like some cheesy good fun on the high seas, but it’ll be unleashed in a special edition as well.