Zombies have become, for better or worse, a staple in nearly every form of consumable media. They appear in comics, series, films and games, and often take up the same role across the board. These lumbering, clumsy undead often epitomize the need for something fresh, but we're all still pretty content with them hanging around.. In a way, the familiar trope surrounding zombies perfectly sums up Techland's latest title, Dying Light. Like the appearance of the undead, Dying Light doesn't bring any surprises along with it, but remains an enjoyable experience to undertake nonetheless.
DayZ is a notoriously good idea wrapped in a currently broken, slow moving mess of a game. It's a bit unfair to expect much more though, since the game is still in some early development stages. The mod turned fully fledged project has been on Early Access for some time now, and it's going to be an even longer wait until the full final release.
I’m looking forward to Dying Light. Yes, it is another zombie game. The difference is, it has a Mirrors Edge feel thanks to the parkour aspect. Running on ground level is for losers, lets roof hop instead! The game is landing in January - the one month when everybody is more broke than a plate at a Greek restaurant. Want to save some cash? It’s time to make some zombie-loving friends… three of them.
I am unashamedly excited for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 - the sequel to one of the better franchise entries of late. It will take Claire Redfield, as well as newcomer Moira Burton (daughter of Barry ‘lol Jill sandwich’ Burton), and put them up against all manners of horror. Much to my delight, the game finally has a release date.
Just a week ago Bethesda revealed the required PC specs you’d need to get The Evil Within running in all its gory glory. They were pretty damned demanding, to say the least. What if you just wanted your annual dose of horror with a little less detail and a more stable frame rate? Well, then your PC will need to be at least this high to ride.
The Evil Within has a lot riding on it. Horror fans around the world are hoping it brings back some of the iconic horror that made the early resident Evil titles so engaging. With tons of ammo to burn through, that's a little tricky, so it's good that The Evil Within is planning to strip that all away.
Destiny kicked off what is bound to be a very busy, and expensive, few weeks. After a boring and quiet Winter it’s now time for literally all the games to come out, mostly starting in the first week of October. One game coming out during that week is Alien: Isolation, and it doesn’t look like you’ll need too much PC power to ruin sleeping with the lights off for the near future.
I really saw and did a lot at Gamescom. There was tons of gameplay footage and demos of upcoming games, as well as interviews with the people who helped create them. What I lacked was actual hands-on game time. I was quite chuffed on our last day, because my very last appointment was for Dying Light, a game I’ve been excited for since it was announced.
Somebody owes me cash, because my prediction about survival games being the next big genre is totally coming true. The next such title to make use of that genre? Re-ROLL, which just might be the most faithful open world game on the horizon, thanks to it using actual aerial drones.
As impressed as I am with Minecraft, I am completely unable to play it. Not because I'm a n00b (although that would probably also be true), but because I can't play any first-person games without turning green and doing my best Linda Blair impression.
Last week I was over in Poland at the People Can Fly studios for a bit of a hands on before Gears of War: Judgement is released later this month - and it was revealed at this event that a brand new multiplayer mode is being added to Gears of War: Judgement called Survival.
Free to play games can go suck a lemon, because who needs titles such as that when you can still milk gamers for a few extra bucks after they’ve spent several hundred Randelas on your product? Dead Space 3 is one such game that is going to feature a few options for micro-transactions, from scavenging for items to obtaining better weapons. Still, at least the game has one other option that won’t cost you a laser-torched arm and a leg, and that’s extra gameplay modes for when you finish.
Far Cry 3 is everything and nothing you expect it to be. Teased with memories of ecstasy, the game instantly catapults you into distilled fear and anxiety. There’s nothing quite like the abrupt murder of your brother right in front of your eyes to initiate the transmogrification of your very being.
Regular readers would know that I’m already dead sold on Ubisoft’s WII U exclusive living dead focused survival horror. One of its more interesting mechanics is that once you die, the character you were playing as becomes a zombie - and you’ll have to reclaim your loot from its mangled corpse as the new player you spawn as. Ubisoft’s now revealed it’s taking it a step further - by adding a ball-busting difficulty mode that’ll make Dark Souls players squeal with glee.