A while back, I had the misfortune to review Resident Evil 6, which was a clunky orgy of explosions with a personality as deep as TV housewife of wherever, and gameplay that matched its vapid attempt to hit all the demographics. It’s been a while since then, and on reflection, I’ve decided that I’m still 100% right about that waste of a game. What was a better game in that franchise however, was Resident Evil Revelations. And it’s getting a very well-deserved sequel.
I genuinely don’t get certain hackers. There’s a difference between uncovering hidden information, and being a spiteful little bastard who makes life hell for everybody. And that level of douchebaggery is something that the Xbox, PlayStation and Electronic Sports League have just experienced.
Microsoft’s conference at Gamescom yesterday was another great showing. They had tons of blockbuster games, focusing primarily on some of the exclusives that are headed to Xbox in the near future. Who would’ve guessed the internet would be in such uproar over one of those titles?
Halo is just one of those franchises that Microsoft is not ready to let go of. That’s why we’re not only getting a collection of all previous Halo titles, but our very own Halo channel too.
The Tomb Raider reboot from last year was a pretty solid game and earlier this year we found out that a sequel was in the works. What we didn’t know was that Rise of the Tomb Raider is in fact a Xbox exclusive.
By the time you read this Geoff, Zoe and Martha will be on the ground in Cologne preparing to cover Gamescom 2014 for all you lovely people.
You may laugh, but multiplayer is a massive deal in Call Of Duty, with each new map released meaning hours upon hours worth of practice to pro-gamers. Choke points, rush zones and hotspots all fall into a competitive strategy that needs to be analysed and examined thoroughly. So for the pro players who are reading this, here’s a preview of two of the new maps from Call Of Duty Ghost’s Nemesis DLC pack. I’ll be analysing guns to see if they can make pew pew noises.
This Gamescom is my first and the unanimous opinion from everyone I speak to is that Gamescom is way better than E3 - it's more about hands-on time and opinion formulation than press briefings and random trailers. However, this Gamescom, the major players are broadcasting their press conferences, and maybe even revealing some new things.
It’s that time of the month again. No, I’m not talking about crippling debt repayments and around a dozen phone calls a day from institutions offering you credit cards and funeral cover. I’m talking free games man! Xbox has a couple to give away, and August will offer you everything from down and dirty racing to dishonorable action.
We may be many, many years from ever seeing Halo debut on the big screen, but TV is a whole different matter. Halo: Nightfall fills in that gap as Xbox delivers on its digital entertainment promise this November. San Diego Comic Con is in full swing right now, and it's provided a first look at the upcoming show that bridges Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. Check it!
You know how I told you that Microsoft was canning a bunch of people? Well, when the numbers came out, they were staggering; 18 000 people have lost their jobs. Most come from Nokia thanks to the merger, but it seems the Xbox team is also suffering.
One of Microsoft’s big pushes with the Xbox One was that it was to feature original TV programming – much in the same way that digital streaming services Netflix and Hulu do. It would have had shows that catered specifically to the Xbox demographic. In fact one game, Quantum Break, even relied on it – using a live action series interweaved with gameplay as its hook. That whole division is being closed.
Ever since Microsoft debuted the Kinect a couple if years ago, it’s been a hard sell for the company. The pinnacle of wiggle tech, the response to the device by gamers hasn’t exactly been overwhelming. And it received a less than enthusiastic welcome when the Xbox One initially bundled the hardware with the console. Times changed, and Microsoft eventually dropped the Kinect as a mandatory Xbox One organ. And that’s had a positive effect on sales.
Early Access programs have generally been exclusive to the Pc platform, but earlier this week, Geoff reported how Sony have been contemplating adding Early Access to the PS4. Apparently, ID@Xbox developers have been requesting the same, meaning Xbox could be implementing the program at some point too.
We knew Microsoft would be cutting jobs again soon - it was part of the "money saving" expected after the merger with Nokia was completed. However, there are some unexpected cuts coming into play, and things don't sound too great for employees of the company.