The internet is buzzing about The Witcher 3, especially after so many media outlets got their hands on the game for the first time. CD Project RED has us waiting until May for release, rounding up their Witcher trilogy before they move onto something new. But could they ever return to the previous two titles and spruce them up for newer consoles?
If The Witcher 3 didn't have your attention yesterday, then I'm pretty sure it did after seeing 15 brand new minutes of gameplay late last night. CD Project RED have outdone themselves on the new consoles, but face a pretty serious issue. Previous Witcher titles weren't on the Xbox One and PS4, so how are players meant to get their precious, decision storing saves across?
When heart of Thorns appeared on the internet last week, Guild Wars 2 developers ArenaNet simply told fans to wait until PAX for an official announcement. That panel has come and gone, and Heart of Thorns has been properly revealed as the first expansion to one of the best MMOs around. And it's bringing with it some genre defining changes.
We're not getting The Witcher 3 next month anymore, which means CD Project RED has even more time to make you drool endlessly over the concluding chapter of Gerald's adventure. The game is done, so it's all about bug squashing for the next few months - which isn't all that interesting for folks like us. Thankfully, this new batch of screenshots more than makes up for it.
I dig Dontnod Entertainment. They’re a studio who approach familiar genres with novel concepts, which resulted in the underrated rough gem that is Remember Me. They’ve got another game on the way in the form of the episodic Life Is Strange, but that’s not all that they have under the hood. Because their next game is going to be a proper pain in the neck.
The Witcher 3 is still a few months away, but it isn't the only game from the series that CD Project RED is working on. Last year a brand new MOBA set in the Witcher universe was announced, but since then there's been hardly anything else about the title. That's going to change though - because the game is out in two days.
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.
The Witcher 3 certainly feels like it’s still coming out in February. Just the other day CD Projekt RED revealed the game’s PC specs, and now we have a brand new trailer. It feels like the game should be out soon, but sadly we’ll have to wait until May to get our hands on it; which is plenty time to catch up on some lore, which this new trailer really helps with.
Guild Wars 2 still stands as one of the most impressive MMOs I‘ve ever played, even though I couldn’t commit enough time to it to properly follow the regular season updates. The game is constantly updated with new content and lore to keep players coming back, all of which culminated in a Season 2 finale yesterday. A finale which strongly suggests an expansion is en route.
Microsoft had a rather surprising announcement at E3 last year, revealing that the cult classic card game Phantom Dust would be rebooted into a modern Xbox One exclusive. Considering the 2005 original was flawed in so many ways, Microsoft has to think of a different way to approach it. One strategy, is seems, is toning down on the story a little bit.
Role-playing games aren’t what they used to be, for better and worse. I think that’s why Divinity: Original Sin was such a hit last year, with the emphasis on old, more traditional role-playing mechanics. But when you think of old-school RPGs, Baldur’s Gate is usually the one that springs to mind first – and now there’s a sequel in development.
I’ve never had the chance to get my hands on a Kingdom Hearts game, but I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about them. The amalgamation of Final Fantasy and classic Disney characters is a series that is held close to a lot of gamers' hearts, and those same people have been itching to know when the fabled third entry will be available. According to Goofy, it’s coming this year.
The Witcher III is easily my most anticipated title of this year, and I was torn by its delay late last year. While I admire CD Projekt RED for wanting extra time to squash bugs, I really, really wanted to get my hands on the concluding chapter to the trilogy in February. Alas, that’s not happening, but at least now we know what type of PC we’ll need to get it running smoothly.
Anyone remember Shadow Realms? It’s supposed to be the next big from BioWare, which was announced as a PC exclusive at Gamescom last year after some exciting cryptic marketing. The episodic, 4 vs. 1 styled dungeon crawler looked like it was going in the free-to-play direction, but now it could be an all new game entirely.
With the new age of console hardware here we all expected a massive leap forward in terms of how many pixels developers could push into our eyes. This new generation isn’t disappointing, bringing a lot of absolutely gorgeous games worlds, new and old, to life. But in an age where broken visual experiences are a scary reality, our winner stood tall, delivering a beautiful, stable and artistic world.