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Have you ever wanted to explore other planets through Google maps but have been frustrated by how long it takes the incredible Mars Curiosity rover to traverse the alien world? Well now you have a chance to get a glimpse at what our solar system will look like in the world of Destiny. Bungie have teamed up with Google to create an innovative site where you can explore the planets of Destiny. It sounds a bit gimicky, but if you want to get a feel for the lore and worlds in the game, this is a great place to start. There is a trailer after the break if you want to learn more about it.Read More »
I see many games pass me by, float away into the ether. One such game which I missed when it first came out was Evoland, but a while after launch I gave it a blast and had some fun. I loved the meta-narrative on the evolution of adventure and RPG games. The news of a sequel coming out warms my heart.Read More »
A debut gameplay trailer has been released by Positech Games (aka Cliff Harris) for the upcoming space battle simulator known as Gratuitous Space Battles 2.Read More »
There is something to be said for buying into the new crop of consoles just a few days too late, it means that some things get to be a bigger surprise than you expected. You see, when I bought my PlayStation 4, the last Destiny public test had just come and I missed by chance to take part. To be honest though, I hadn't really been keeping tabs on Bungie's big break away from the Halo franchise. I wasn't planning on buying into the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 until Christmas at the earliest, and so I hadn't been tracking half of the new generation of console titles like I should have been.
For Destiny, that all changes right now.
I covered all the nastiness that has been going on recently in my Editorial from Friday night, so I won't dwell on that. I think the big news from the past week was the announcement from Nintendo that they are releasing a new model of the 3DS and 3DSXL...which is an interesting proposition. The new machine features a second analogue stick which the handheld has been crying out for since launch along with NFC capabilities which will let the device work with Nintendo's new Amiibo figurines. There is also the small factor of an upgraded CPU, which in turn means that the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles port will only be available on the new and improved machine. That doesn't sound very Nintendo-like to be, previous hardware revisions for the 3DS have all been fully compatible with each other. I foresee this causing a lot of confusion if more games go the way of Xenoblade. Even worse, we won't see the new 3DS machines until next year here in Europe.
Once you have digested that disappointment, why not hit the break to check the latest edition of Our Week in Games.
It has been a while since I last brought a roundup of simulation game news, so on this rainy bank holiday Monday, I thought it was about time I rectified that. Hit the break for word from the world of Euro Truck Simulator 2 and Train Simulator 2015.Read More »
From most accounts, The Last of Us was one of the games of a the generation when it was released on the PlayStation 3 last year. While Steve had some valid criticisms of the game when he played it last year, I have just finished the recently released PlayStation 4 version and, despite some issues, have been truly impressed.Read More »
There has been a lot of nastiness going around the web this past week, and sadly I'm not just talking about the real issues affecting the world at the moment. You see, there are some elements of the gaming community who prefer to spend their time attacking journalists and developers rather than paying attention to issues such as the Islamic State's horrendous actions in Iraq and Syria or the militarization of the police in Ferguson over in the US.
Those people who think it is fair to attack developers and journalists on any level need to wake up and take stock of what really matters.
I think that is about enough of that unpleasant business, so on with Our Week in Games.
A new trailer for The Crew was released this evening by Ubisoft showing off pretty much every feature you need to know about in the game. It is four minutes of hot racing action in this open world action driving game* with some narration to fill in the gaps between what the action and big words that pop up in the video try to tell you. In all honesty, this does look like a welcome addition to the racing game genre, there is the entire contiguous United States to explore. The country is split into five themed areas (west coast, mountains etc) and there are about a dozen large cities to drive through as well. Starting to sound like your cup of tea?Read More »
We live in a world where there hasn't been a real golf game on the PC since Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters. I've always been partial to dabbling in a bit of simulated golf and this lack of PC action has pained me. In turn, I was nicely surprised to hear about The Golf Club from HB Studios which was released on Steam earlier this week. The game had been in Early Access and now has been released to the wild. It has some really great, innovative features...and others which are still a bit rough around the edges. Read on for my thoughts...Read More »
RPGs are often so deliberately expansive, boasting of twenty hour main quests and thirty more for the incidental side quests, spread across vast fantasy kingdoms, or across the length and breadth of the Milky Way. But do they need to be? This is the question asked by Unrest, a low-key RPG set in and around the slums of a decaying city state in a fictionalised ancient India across eight chapters chronicling the events around a revolt.Read More »
Paradox Interactive have had a busy week of Gamescom announcements and media blasts with a new trailer for Hearts of Iron IV leading the way. They followed that up by announcing Cities: Skylines, an expansive sequel to the Cities in Motion series with first details on expansion to Europa Universalis IV and Crusader Kings II then being revealed. Read on for the roundup.Read More »
RetroBooster is an early-access title by ReallySlick where you pilot your ship around a number of levels trying to rescue survivors while avoiding/engaging an increasing alien threat. It is quite a pretty game, find out after the cut whether it lives up to the gorgeous visuals.Read More »