HEARTHSTONE! Blizzard’s hit card game just keeps on trucking, having earned plenty of converts and fans since it went public. A free to play model that actually works and a meta-game that is open to newcomers and experts has resulted in Hearthstone being one of Blizzard’s big hits of 2014. Still, the game is going to need to keep that momentum going through 2015. And it’ll look to do just that with some new cards in the upcoming Blackrock Mountain expansion. IT’S TIME TO D-D-D-D-D-D-D-D-DUEL!
Are your Dark Knight undies filled with as much anticipation for Batman: Arkham Knight as mine are? If you said yes, then you’re my kind of messed up individual. Bad news however: You’re going to have to wait a few weeks longer for the game to release, as June 2 is no longer B-day for the B-man.
Devil May Cry 4. The best Devil May Cry. In the world, of all time and undisputed heavyweight champion of the franchise. It’s the Starship Troopers of Devil May Cry games and yes I am unbelievably biased when it comes to the game as I give objective reporting a Stone Cold Stunner and then defenestrate that neutral position. With DmC: Devil May Cry out in the world, it’s time for the fourth core game to get a chance in the spotlight. And that remaster will arrive June 18.
To be fair, we weren’t really going to have to wait much longer for it anyway. In an unsurprising twist of fate (and hopefully not at the expense of anyone’s job at IGN) the release date for Metal Gear Solid V has been revealed via a leaked video that was scheduled to go live sometime tomorrow afternoon. And quite surprisingly, it’s later than expected.
Mad Max is coming back! That hold a lot of weight for some people, but I’m one of the few that is yet to indulge in the Mel Gibson classics of old. The new film, starring tough guy Tom Hardy, looks better and better with each trailer. The same can’t be said for the game however, and we’ve hardly seen a thing yet, Regardless, its coming this year.
We are VR, baby. Love it or hate it, but virtually real hardware and software is here to stay as the field has opened up with various companies throwing their goggles into the ring. While the Oculus Rift may dominate headlines, Sony might have something up their sleeve that could prove an equal match for that VR trendsetter. It’s called Project Morpheus, and thanks to some beefy new hardware that has been added to it, it looks like Morpheus is finally ready to hit the shelves next year.
Hotline Miami is one of my favourite indie titles ever created. The way the first game mixed lightning fast reaction times with strategic stealth planning kept me on the edge of me seat throughout, punctuated with a dark and mentally twisting tale about answer a phone, driving to an address and leaving no one alive. The sequel looks like more of the same, and it’s out really soon.
Japan has access to a ton of games, that we’ll never see on this side of the globe. Crazy weird games, that star porcelain-skinned high school girls doing…stuff. While some of those games would most likely land me in jail if the cops ever found out about them, there are still other games that looks like an amazing load of fun, that never make it across the translation border. Well at least one of the more fan-requested titles is finally headed west, as Rodea the Sky Soldier will be hitting the Wii U and 3DS soon.
Man, I was following Abe before it was cool! If you were growing up in the 1990s and happened to have a Pentium II 400MHZ PC with a Voodoo graphics accelerator card, then chances are high that you’ll remember playing Oddworld: Abe’s Odysee in 1997. A remake has been on the cards for quite a while now, that see’s the meek potential meat product re-imagined in glorious new visuals. And now Abe finally has a date on non-PS4 platforms.
Pillars of Eternity promises to be a proper old-school RPG. Inspired by Baldur's Gate, Iceland Dale and Planescpe: Torment, it got a whole bunch of Kickstarter money in late 2012. Unfortunately, I haven't let myself be too excited for it, until now.
It’s actually kind if funny. As much as we gamers ache for new technology and games, we can’t seem to let go of our nostalgic past, holding onto our favourite classic games with the ferocity of an East-German bear hug. Over at the PlayStation Experience on the weekend, that nostalgia went into overdrive as Tim Schafer and Double Fine knocked out a trio of announcements.
When I think of Arc System Works, I think of games where the main goal is to punch, kick and slash your way to victory. After all, that’s the developer that cranked out games such as BlazBlue and Guilty Gear. For their next game however, you’ll still be punching, slashing and kicking anything in your way. You’ll also be pile-driving and smashing any obstacles in your path, as this particular game shifts to a new dimension.
Remember I told you about that mobile MOBA called Vainglory many moons ago? I’ve had my eye on it simply because it’s being developed by ex Riot and Blizzard employees. I have hopes of it being a decent and well conceived mobile title, and I will find out if it is soon enough. The game finally has a release date.
When you think of a space-sim, Star Citizen is probably the one that comes to mind the quickest. It is not, however, the only extremely promising one in development, and I’d go as far to say that I’m a little more excited for Elite Dangerous. Unlike Star Citizen though, Elite Dangerous has a release date. One not too far into the future either.
I should be embarrassed, but I'm not - I loved the original Harvest Moon games. I remember playing the original - tilling my perfect field and cheating on my wife. Ah, the memories of sowing my seed. The franchise is back, and it's better than ever.