Two Techland ideas spiralled out of the mechanics of Dead Island. While Dying Light focused on making the studio’s infested open worlds more entertaining to traverse - Dead Island 2 having been handed off to Spec Ops studio Yager - Hellraid doubled down on the hitting rotting people in specific parts of their body.
It was first expected in 2013, reengineered for Steam Early Access in 2014, and then - the silence of the dead. Turns out Techland have sealed its sarcophagus for the time being.
The League of Legends public beta environment is where all its wonderful or wonky balance fixes make a nest first. Early this week players noticed that utility-focused champions, who provide benefits to their team outside of damage, were being fed mana in a different fashion. And that has profound implications for their casting over the course of a match.
Riot said their plan was to make plunging deep into the utility mastery tree more rewarding - but acknowledged the possibility that some players might lose out.
Pinball FX is getting a neat bit of DLC next week in the form of a wonderfully detailed Portal-themed pinball table. Housing GLaDOS, Wheatley, turrets, and Chell herself, the new DLC is embracing every element of Valve’s beloved puzzler. The new trailer shows the whole thing off in motion.
We knew the fourth episode of Telltale’s Game of Thrones wasn’t that far off thanks to a teaser a few days ago. But we’ve now got a firm release date for next week, and a trailer that shows off some of the action.
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Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm has hit Open Beta testing, and with that milestone comes a few little adjustments. Global Play is one of those. Now if you want to play on American, European, or Asian servers, you can! The choice is completely yours.
Witcher 3 players, that stability patch you’ve been demanding is here. Just two days after launch, CD Projekt Red have released patch 1.03 to help keep The Witcher 3 completely stable and free it from some of its launch bugs.
If you had problem with Nvidia Hairworks, post-process settings, or the UI, these and many more issues are addressed in this patch.
Well this was inevitable. Everyone loves a good zombie game, and VR seems the perfect platform for scaring the bejeesus out of people. Slam the two together, and you get a zombie outbreak survival shooter, beamed straight into your eyes. It’s called Arizona Sunshine, and it’s the work of Dutch indie Vertigo Games.
For a few years now, there’ve been Minecraft servers that fold the game’s capacity for construction and destruction into a deathmatch format - and lately the movement has spilled out onto Steam, with a growing subgenre of deformable first-person shooters: Ace of Spades; Blockstorm; Blockalicious; Block Sabbath; Back to Block.
Not all of those names are made up. Today I’ve been playing Blockstorm - an FPS that’s been in Early Access since June and garnered some very positive user reviews since.
Time to block ‘n’ load. Ah, somebody did that one? Bums.
Edge Case Games have had their space combat game Fractured Space in Steam Early Access for a whole six months now, and the game has changed a lot in that time. Not a developer content to throw up a build and neglect it, Edge Case have pushed Fractured Space forward each month. And now, half a year on, one of the game’s biggest updates will add two new ships and 11 new crew members.
The Northern Kingdoms, the beautiful but war-ravaged setting of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, is a big place. I’ve been wandering through its striking forests and smelly marshes, riding through its ramshackle villages, and slaughtering its grotesque monsters since Sunday, and I’ve barely scraped the surface.
For this reason, we decided that a review in progress was called for, rather than making all of you lovely folk wait for the finished review next week. I’ll be adding to this throughout the week, detailing its combat, quests, the world itself and its technical ability, so keep an eye out for the updates.
Call of Duty started a trend for live-action trailers about gamers escaping the everyday, and they’ve tended to be a little on the nose - like a Batfist in a perp’s face.
Black Ops II’s The Replacer and Ghosts’ Stephen Graham encouraged CoD players to abandon their spouses to shoot strangers for a few hours, and revealed their target demographic to be 18 to 25 year-old men who don’t know a good thing when they’ve got it.
Warner Bros and Rocksteady, meanwhile, think Batman: Arkham Knight is for men of varying ages who feel utterly powerless in normal life.
Skip the first eight, and head straight for the Ninth World: here the setting of Torment: Tides of Numenera is shown to be technologically fanciful, unnervingly organic, gravitationally unorthodox, flamboyantly colourful, unbothered by the boundaries of science-fiction and fantasy. Oh - and unendingly isometric.
Our Fraser’s covered the heavy atmosphere and undeniable good looks of CD Projekt RED’s opus in his Witcher 3 review in progress. But in some quarters, the RPG’s wide-open gorgeousness has been overshadowed by an arguable downgrade from the game shown at the VGX Game Awards two years ago.
“We don’t feel good about it,” said CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwinski, “[If] you play it and you are not fine, we’ll do our best to make it up. But if you didn't play it and you’re trolling: think twice please.”
There’s a nice ambiguity to the word Battleborn - excuse me, slickly-animated FPS avatar, but were you delivered as a newborn right onto the battlefield, or do you simply consider it the site of your spiritual rebirth as a true warrior? Ambiguity is good, because we haven’t had much else to mull over in regard to Gearbox’s MOBA-y new shooter.
The Borderlands studio have kept their feature-set closely guarded - but Take-Two have let slip a couple of details about the arena FPS, with the promise of more to come at E3.
The Heroes of the Storm Blizzard multiverse is the spa treatment of fan service - a blockbuster version of the 3am who’d-win-in-a-fight conversation. Horde warchiefs charge at broodmothers who summon hydralisks to tackle murlocs who fling slime at brewmasters.
But it’s not without its compromises. StarCraft II’s iconic head-in-a-helmet, Tychus, has lost his trademark cigar - and that’s rubbed some of his most ardent supporters the wrong way.
Blizzard are starting the hype train for Overwatch, their upcoming multiplayer shooter. They’ve already shown off their medic character and a support monk, but today it’s time for McCree to take centre stage. He’s a cowboy with a metal arm and a very fancy revolver called the Peacekeeper. Take a look at him in action in this video showing off a full match.
At first glance Drive Any Track is Audiosurf. You chuck music at it, it generates a race track, and you drive along to your favourite tune. Getting in the driving seat, you soon realise that this isn’t quite true. Drive Any Track has its own feel, and it’s one you’ll probably enjoy.
The game’s about to head into Early Access, so I took it for a spin to see how it handles.
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Perhaps the best thing about GTA V on PC is the inclusion of the Rockstar Editor, which enables you to record and edit your own movies and even upload them straight to YouTube. It's powerful yet straightforward to use, but if you're planning to create impressive videos then it pays to familiarise yourself with the tools and then use them wisely.
To help out we've put together ten tips that should boost your directorial skills.
Got a GeForce GTX Titan X graphics card? Yes? Well did you know you also own The Witcher 3, too? Well, almost. Nvidia are giving away the game to anyone who powers their PC with that beast of a GPU, and all you have to do is beta test a little bit of software Nvidia have made.