I’ve been slow getting on the Oculus Rift bandwagon as I didn’t really see how slapping a helmet on with a screen in my face could really be that exciting. But my mind has just been changed thanks to a video posted up by an Australian developer.
What’s next for Epic games? Gears of War is pretty much a fond memory of chainsaw swords for the company, while they’ve focused on graphical engines and some zombie-slaying action. But don’t count them out of the shooter market just yet.
Its next generation shooting doing its thing. EA showcase a 64 player multiplayer game, showing us what we can expect.
I’ll admit to praising Insomniac’s Resistance 3 probably a little more than it rightfully deserved. the single biggest reason for that was the game’s weapons, and the incredible agency that accompanied them. Inventive weaponry seems to be Insomniac Games’ forte – because that’s the only thing that sets its latest, multiplatform effort FUSE apart from its myriad competition.
Not long ago, 2K Games hushed up all the media pertaining to the XCOM first person shooter, by making all the YouTube videos private, and killing the game’s site. And then yesterday, Darryn received a strange package (well, stranger than the other packages he receives, and I’m led to believe he *ahem* receives…*ahem*…packages all the time), pretty much convincing us that the XCOM FPS was set to make a grand return. 2K Games has now confirmed our suspicions.
I’ve got sources man! Leads into all kinds of mysteries! And according to the FedEx guy who just dropped off a mysterious parcel, proof that XCOM is still alive!
Insomniac Games live streamed some Fuse gameplay and I have to say it was really almost impressive, but not quite. The game looks like it’s been designed well but presents just about nothing new. The reason for my complete lack of enthusiasm may just be that we don’t see enough innovation and originality in games; this however doesn’t necessarily make it a bad game.
Back in 2010, first-person aficionados who had a hankering to shoot targets from a much further distance got the chance to squeeze that trigger in Sniper: Ghost Warrior. And it was absolutely awful. Armed with a fresh sequel, the second Sniper: Ghost Warrior game is a improvement on the original. Not that much though, but still, sort of better.
I’m probably in the minority, but I actually liked Crysis 2. It didn’t offer the sandbox freedom that the first game provided, but it was an entertaining battle through smaller, tighter and decidedly more linear levels. With Crysis 3, Crytek have sought to find a modicum of balance between the two philosophies – and they’ve largely succeeded.
Shooters aren’t just about shooting (doh!), it’s about the sheer thrill of tactical gameplay and strategy. That head-shot from 300m away, that SMG rush, that AK-47 destruction, and then sometimes there’s a story in it or whatever. There’s been a great battle of the shooters this year, but whether you love it or hate it, the award goes to…
I did not like Splash Damage’s last game, Brink, at all. Though it had a pretty interesting visual style, and promised to blend parkour and first person multiplayer mayhem, all it really did was blend a whole bunch of half-baked ideas in to an uninteresting mess of a game. Maybe..just maybe they’ve learned from their mistakes.
Crysis Developer Crytek is such a technology focused developer - with many believing that they’re too focused on technology, and have lost sight of what it takes to make a great game. I can;t honestly tell you if they’ve turned that around with Crysis 3 just yet, because I’ve not had the opportunity to tackle the single player - but I have had some time with two of the game’s multiplayer modes - and they’re pretty damned fun.
Just before the weekend, the internet took a quote made by EA Games’ marketing boss Laura Miele out of context (because that’s what journalism is all about, really) saying that the company added co-op to Dead Space 3, because gamers found Dead Space 1 and 2 too scary. Many took this to mean that Dead Space 3 would dispense with the frights, evolving (perhaps devolving?) in to a straight out action game.
Over the past few days EA have been asking us to Like their Facebook page so that they can release the multiplayer trailer for their upcoming shooter, Warfighter. We haven’t posted about that since it’s stupid and I’m sick of these campaigns. However the trailer has now been revealed and it is looking pretty awesome.
Do you remember being surprised by the news that Bungie had signed an exclusive publishing contract with Activision a few weeks after West and Zampella had done their runner from Activision?
Well that contract has now been unsealed by a judge in relation to the West and Zampella case and we can now see exactly what to expect from Bungie, starting next year in fact.