Spoiler hounds, come take a look at this. If you really, really want to, you can watch the ending cinematic to Warlords of Draenor right here, right now. The cinematic from the final assault on Hellfire Citadel in the upcoming 6.2 patch has leaked onto the internet, so if you’re desperate to see how Warlords of Draenor finishes up without putting the hours in, then come take a peek.
Riot have been busy bees recently getting ready for the massive narrative-led Bilgewater: Burning Tides event. A key part of the event will be Butcher’s Bridge, a single mid-lane map that is based in the busy port side town of Bilgewater. It’s like nothing you’ve seen in League of Legends before, and you can grab your first look at it here.
Back in March, Unity released a real-time rendered short film inspired by Old Norse mythology: The Blacksmith. It was Skyrim via Jeepers Creepers - exactly the sort of pulpy fantasy premise that makes for a graphical showcase filled with fancy hair, reflections and heavy breathing.
If you’ve ever sat through one of those and half-wished it were a real game, there’s a chance this one will be. Unity yesterday released all of its assets, shaders and project tools to the engine’s users for free.
Dontnod Entertainment have been having a good time creating episodic adventure Life is Strange, gaining critical approval for its time-travelling high school tale. But should the game come back for a second season, the story of Max and Chloe would be left behind in favour of a brand new cast of characters.
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ARK: Survival Evolved developer Studio Wildcard has pinned a bounty on the head of any exploit that players can find in the game. Discover something that can lead to cheating, report it rather than abuse it, and you could land yourself $100.
Sound too good a promise to be true? Well one player has just picked up their bounty and are now one hundred bucks richers.
Following the long list of complaints of Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Knight on PC, publisher Warner Bros. has chosen to suspend all sales, until they can update and fix the performance issues, and more.
“We want to do whatever we can to make the experience better for PC players overall.”
Update: the game is now delisted from Steam, with a "Fall 2015" release window.
Having been all but subsumed by Epic Games after the release of Bulletstorm, Polish developer People Can Fly has announced its independence all over again, standing on its own feet like a proud newborn foal, albeit a foal that had already been born once and then climbed back inside for whatever reason.
Welcome to my review in progress for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, Square Enix’s first expansion to their self-redeeming Final Fantasy MMO. For the next two weeks - or however long it takes me to get to the end-game - I’ll be exploring what Heavensward has to offer, and giving you guys some early impressions with this blog, before writing up my final verdict.
This blog will be regularly updated, so be sure to check back often for my latest thoughts and adventures, and be sure to get involved in the comments section for discussion and questions alike.
Last update - levels 50-52: launch day and Ishgard.
Did you know that every banana is genetically identical to every other banana in the world? That means that all bananas are clones, and that to grow a banana tree you need to use a cutting from an existing banana tree because (for science reasons) the seeds don't work.
It also means that if our precious bananas were to fall victim to a contagious banana disease, we'd simply have no more bananas left on earth. And that would be very sad indeed. It happened once before and we were left with our current species of banana, which unfortunately was the less tasty of the two we originally had.
But here's a more uplifting banana fact for you: the latest Hearthstone Tavern Brawl — a mid-week special in which rules are flip-turned upside down in the name of funtimes and prizes — is banana themed.
It's the Hearthstone Banana Brawl, and you and your deck are invited.
Strategy games were first invented way back in 1938 when Winston Churchill looked out of an aeroplane window over France and thought hey, this would make a really cool videogame, whatever that is.
Since then there have been about a hundred million different strategy games, simulating about as many different kinds of fighting as we humans have had reasons to fight one another. From the all-encompassing broad strokes of the Civilization series to the individually rendered blades of the Total War games, and from the unflinchingly realistic depictions of Europa Universalis to the far flung fantasy tech of StarCraft, the genre is as diverse as they come.
But which are the absolute best strategy games on PC? Well just drag a selection box over our bodies and right-click on the horizon, and we'll all be on our way to finding out.
A little note from the editor: We’ve had a bit of time to reflect on the games we saw and played at E3, and it may be time to select “winners”. Part of that process feels unfair: E3 as a show has games that are available any minute now, and games that are years away. I don’t feel it’s fair to compare the two. So: we’ve decided to split out awards into two categories. Today’s awards are for games we could play, games that publishers and developers were brave enough to let the press and public touch. Tomorrow, we’ll look at everything else: games that were presented via stage show or controlled demo.
Guild Wars 2’s Living World means nothing stands still in the world of Tyria, narrative or environmentally. A year ago war devastated the capital city of Lion’s Arch, but today sees the city rebuilt, revamped, and ready for a new era. The city is nothing like you remember, so now sounds like the perfect time to jump in and explore.
Funcom’s Lego MMO Minifigures Online is launching at the end of the month on June 29th, and is adopting a buy-to-play structure for its final big release. The game’s big newly announced feature is that the online world is fully cross platform, allowing PC players to play alongside mobile users.
The genre-saving, Paradox-pleasing Cities: Skylines sold a million copies in its first month and a bit - and the best Skylines mods have helped keep its roads busy since. But Finnish developers Colossal Order want to do their bit to “prolong the lifetime” of the game with both free and paid updates - as well as moving on to their next thing.
Traditionally when DICE show off games they’re running on PC to show off all those glorious little details. But when demoing Star Wars Battlefront at E3 this year, DICE used PS4 consoles. Great to see what the game’s all about, but not what we PC buffs are really looking for.
Looks like DICE realise they need to offer a bit of bait for the PC crowd, so the studio has tweeted a short video showing the game’s Tatooine level running on a computer.
Very soon Blizzard will be throwing patch 2.3.0 for Diablo 3 onto the Public Test Realm, and it’s quite an extensive update. Covering many elements of the game, 2.3.0 includes a whole new zone, a new artifact that will be invaluable for crafting, and a bunch of new difficulty levels for those who think Diablo 3 isn’t torturous enough already.
Terraria is updating to version 1.3 soon, and the patch brings a gargantuan amount of new content to the game. You can get a quick taste of how much is coming in this new trailer, filled with swooping flying pirate ships, chaotic combat, and a portal gun.
Recently we have seen a number of games embrace a wider diversity of characters, and Guild Wars 2 is adding itself to that number with its first transgender character. Located in Lion’s Arch, Aid Worker Sya can be found admiring the city’s rebuilt architecture.
According to a dispiriting and upsetting read from Ars Technica’s Kyle Orland, the Entertainment Software Association (the ESA, the people that hold E3 and often represent the game industry’s interests to lawmaking and regulatory bodies) took some time at E3 to explain why they want to make sure it continues to be illegal to host unofficial servers for dead games.
Despite the fact that it harms efforts of videogame archivists and all but ensures that many older games will simply vanish, the ESA wants the United States controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) stays just as it is. Because, you see: “"There's no such thing as an obsolete game."