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.
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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."
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably really eager to play Tales from the Borderlands, but are worried that you’re just not up to speed on Borderlands. How can you get caught up? Aren’t there like a million Borderlands DLCs?
Well, yes. You probably left it too long. But don’t worry! Humble Bundle is here to fix your mistake with the Humble Borderlands Bundle. It’s got... a lot.
League of Legends’ latest champion is a tanky river monster named Tahm Kench, The River King. Despite his elegant catfish-mustache and battered top-hat, the River King is not the most genteel of heroes. In fact, one could aptly describe him as a bottom feeder, though hopefully that won’t be the case in-game as well.
This is the review for the third episode, Catch a Ride. To read the review of Episode Two, Atlas Mugged, head to page 2, and if you're looking for the review of Episode One, Zer0 Sum, head to page 3.
Tales from the Borderlands’ third episode, Catch a Ride, doesn’t muck about, starting straight after the climactic closing seconds of the previous episode. That’s all well and good, immediately jumping into the effortlessly cool action that’s become the series’ raison d'etre, next to the quick fire gags, but it’s been four months. Again!
There’s a moment of confusion amid all the action, slightly reduced by the quick recap at the start, where I had to try and remember what the hell I was doing, who I sided with in the last episode, and what it is that I’m trying to do now. Freaking out, Fiona and running away, respectively, it turns out.
Once I shook off the discombobulation, I comfortably slipped back into Rhys’ skagskin loafers and Fiona’s dusty boots. Telltale’s episodic model clearly no longer works, but Catch a Ride, like Atlas Mugged before it, works like a Loader Bot to make it worth the wait.
Devolver’s Shadow Warrior 2 E3 gameplay video is as gloriously ridiculous and over-the-top as we’ve come to expect, Lo Wang carves through a level full of demons firing one-liners as fast as machine-gun rounds. We learn that he’s not just a master ninja assassin, but a man of rare wit.
This week sees World of Warcraft patch up to version 6.2, and there’s a set of pretty drastic changes coming. Leading the charge is the ability to take up your flying mounts and soar through the lands of the Warlords of Draenor expansion, a zone previously limited to on-foot encounters. “While fun and efficient, [flying] undermines the sense of fun and danger,” explains Ion Hazzikostas, World of Warcraft’s game director. So what led to Blizzard deciding flying was cool?
Slitherine, extraordinaire publisher of those very complicated wargame types like Pacific: Order of Battle, is holding a Q&A on Twitch right this second. Have any questions about the future of wargames and how the publisher will evolve? Time to pitch to the people themselves.
Last month NCSoft revealed that Asian MMO Blade & Soul is coming to the west. At the time the business model was mostly hush-hush, but the developer has announced that the game will be free-to-play, and be supported by microtransactions using the NCoin currency, which is currently in use in Aion and Lineage II.
MOBAs are free to play, but that doesn’t mean you can’t splash a little money their way if you fancy it. Funded by microtransactions, MOBAs have stores stocked absolutely full of new characters, costumes, and helpful boosters designed to make your fun even funner.
But if you were going to really dedicate yourself to a MOBA - and we really do mean dedicate - just how much would it cost you to buy everything? We’re talking the works: everything in the official store. I decided to do maths for the first time since my GCSEs and add up the costs of three of the most popular MOBAs: Heroes of the Storm, Dota 2, and League of Legends. Then we’d know which is the most expensive MOBA of them all.
The more recent Battlefield games have a touch of nostalgia for the classic games, as seen in the likes of Battlefield 3’s remake of Battlefield 2’s best maps for the Strike at Karkand DLC. That nostalgia hasn’t stopped, and the latest new-old map is Dragon Valley, which has been remade for Battlefield 4.
In case you needed any clarification, your monster PC will be able to run Fallout 4 at whatever maximum frame rate and resolution you can physically manage. Don’t be drawn in by any talk of 1080p and 30fps, that’s just for the console folk.
If what you really wanted in life was a mousemat with customisable LED lighting, then Razer has got a solution for you. The Firefly is a fancy micro-textured mouse mat surrounded by a bezel containing a light array capable of 16.8 million colours.
16.8 million colours. Flashing on your desk. Whilst you look at your screen. Trying to ignore the pulsating colours in your lower peripheral vision. Check out the HD trailer below.