What’s happened this week in the gaming world? Oh yes, the beta for Titanfall has started, the conjecture on Twitter is that people have been going slightly mad trying to get access. Apparently some people have been buying codes on eBay for ludicrous prices. Valve took the brave step in allowing people to add tags to games which might have resulted in the expected nonsense. Meanwhile Kevin Spacey returned with House of Cards on Netflix which makes me wonder why can’t we get more games with episodic story-telling to equal The Walking Dead episodes?
The latest outrage in the games industry lies with the rebirth of a seminal favourite, Dungeon Keeper. EA released a new mobile version of the game this months using the now commonplace free-to-play philosophy. Their free-to-play methods seem to have done down like a paid of concrete boots with gamers, even the BBC picked up on the outrage. I haven’t played this monstrous, evil game yet…but my impression of mobile games like this is that you flick on once or twice during a day and have a quick blast before switching to something else. If you play like that, surely the in-app purchases aren’t such a big deal? But maybe that is just me wanting to play devil’s advocate as usual.
On a less controversial note, why not hit the break to check out our latest version of Our Week in Games. …
I’ll come out and say that I have been blown away by Far Cry 3 from what I have played so far, I thought that it had a lot of potential from when I played it at the Eurogamer Expo, but that was limited to the open world and was only a relatively short experience. Playing Far Cry 3 in all its glory shows you what a brilliant game it really is. Note that this is only a Verdict based on the singleplayer side of things, there are co-operative and other multiplayer gubbins, but I haven’t touched them yet. Hit the jump for my thoughts. …
As I take a few minutes away from Far Cry 3 I see an email about a new video for the tropical shooter showing off some wild action along with numerous machete based takedowns and some C4 loaded hang-gliders. I’ve been playing my review code for a few hours now, and I can firmly say that this is one heck of a shooter, and I’m playing it on the 360, not my first choice for an FPS’, but it just works so well. The game is out next Friday in the UK, I’ll have my Verdict up before launch, but so far things are looking very good. That trailer is after the break. …
Poor Jason Brody. He is on the trip of a life-time, jet-skiing and hang-gliding around beautiful tropical islands with girlfriend and best buds when everything goes to hell. Girlfriend and mates kidnapped, with psychotropic drugs flooding his system and manipulating his senses, he has the bad luck to meet lunatics like Buck and Vaas.
Welcome to The Reticule’s definitive roundup of gaming releases throughout November 2012. All release dates stated are for the EU, across all currently available platforms. Keep this page bookmarked for easy access, as we will link all previews and reviews when we post them on the site.
Still catching up with this months games? October’s release schedule can be found here.
2nd Batman: Arkham City Game Of The Year Edition
PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Nike And Kinect Training
Silent Hill: Book Of Memories
PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Football Manager 2013
This year’s version allows you to take control of any club in more than 50 nations across the world and includes all of Europe’s biggest leagues as well as database of over 500,000 real-world players and staff. You’re in the hot-seat, which means you decide on who plays and who sits on the bench, you’re in total control of tactics, team-talks, substitutions and pitch-side instructions as you follow the match live with the acclaimed 3D match engine allowing YOU to make the difference!
DS, Wii, 3DS
6th Halo 4
After thirty years of war with the Covenant, humanity finally found victory. The Master Chief, a Spartan super-soldier, and Cortana, an AI construct of unmatched technical sophistication, put an end to the Covenant, the Flood, and the threat of the Halo Array on a remote installation known as the Ark. Now, in the wake of the conflict, the Chief and Cortana drift through space aboard the remains of Forward Unto Dawn, slowly approaching a mysterious artificial world they will soon come to call Requiem.
Rockstar Games Collection: Edition 1
PS3, Xbox 360
7th LittleBigplanet Karting
8th Mass Effect Trilogy
PC, Xbox 360
Angry Birds: Star Wars
13th Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2
PC, PS3, Xbox 360
The Hip Hop Dance Experience
Wii, Xbox 360
Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed
Hitman: Absolution is the upcoming fifth title in the Hitman series by producer, IO Interactive, published by Square Enix and co-published by Eidos. The game will be available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows on November 20, 2012. Hitman: Absolution will run on IO Interactive’s proprietary Glacier 2 game engine, combining classic Hitman game mechanics with new mechanics. The game’s story will further delve into the mysterious life of Agent 47, the series’ protagonist.
23rd Rise Of The Guardians
DS, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 3DS
Far Cry 3 returns the series to a tropical island setting. Players will assume the role of protagonist Jason Brody, a tourist who has been stranded on an island chain in the grips of violent local conflict for years. Jason has been separated from his girlfriend and, in his search for her, developers have stated he will have to deal with a wide cast of mostly unstable characters who have been trapped on these islands for some time.
In Part One of my Far Cry 3 hands on report I talked a little bit about climbing a radio tower and assaulting a mercenary outpost with the help of a hang glider and jet ski. The second part of my report picks up after I have ensured the outpost is cleared.
The mission from the notice board asked me to eliminate a mercenary leader in a nearby camp with a melee or knife takedown. So far, while I had tried to assault the outpost quietly I ended up having to go in guns blazing; this mission would be my first chance of trying out some of the stealth mechanics. …
During the Eurogamer Expo I was able to check out the Far Cry 3 demo a couple of times, the demo was PC based and looked amazing. This is the first part of my hands on report.
When I played a little bit of Far Cry 3 during my first day at the Expo I came away with mixed feelings, it seemed to have a lot of potential with the open world and RPG style elements, but that it wasn’t harnessing what it could do properly. That however was a by-product of a limited play test. On the last day of the Expo I had an extended 40 minute session with the game and fell in love with the open world environment. There weren’t any story missions to direct me, just the freedom of the island. …
The more we see and hear about Far Cry 3, the more I am convinced that it is a meeting of FPS and RPG. Just take this latest trailer which you can find embedded below, it talks about side-missions, crafting and hunting wild animals. If they aren’t RPG-like elements, I don’t know what are. The current console generation might be drawing to a close, but there are some massive titles to come out still, and Far Cry 3 is certainly one of them. …
On Saturday we reported about the slump in business for UK retailers, leading to the lowest week in software sales since records began. After the slow summer season salvation may be around the corner however, as the Christmas rush for AAA releases could bring in as much as £320 million to stores across nation. …