Rome: Total War is an absolute classic - and people still swear by it to this day. Not only is the real time strategy absolutely top-notch and brimming with nuanced little features, but a whole host of other options (including families, generals etc) make assembling the perfect army as much fun as wielding it.
And it's £1.
Credit to PurplePerson at HotUKDeals, who found this long before SEGA sent me a press release.
TaleWorlds has announced that a full sequel to Mount & Blade: Warband is in the works. Entitled Bannerlord, this new mounted RPG heralds "war and drums and blood."
Specifically, Bannerlord promises to "take players on a journey into a fictional world of up-close and personal medieval combat on a huge scale, bigger, bloodier and more intense than ever before." Details are still thin on the ground (more soon, we reckon), but we've stashed a debut trailer below.Click here to read more...
Little King's Story is a fun and disarmingly charming game from the Harvest Moon developers, which I'd actually rate well above any of the farming sims. If you're looking for an aesthetically gorgeous RPG/RTS hybrid with strong characters and plenty of content, you can't go far wrong for just under a tenner. A sequel is headed to the Vita in a matter of days, but it'll likely cost upwards of £30.
Thanks to andywedge at HotUKDeals.
Earth Defence Force 2017 Portable, the Vita port of D3's ridiculous shooter, has been confirmed for a Western release. The official Facebook page carries the US announcement, with a European version confirmed in the comments.
This new version will contain the full campaign, but with four player co-op and the ability to play as a jetpack-equipped Pale Wing.
You know the old chant, soldier.
No date as yet, but we'll keep you posted. UPDATE: Namco Bandai has confirmed a projected release date of "winter 2013." So, erm, don't hold your breath.
The latest trailer for Assassin's Creed III gives us "a deeper understanding of the event that started the Revolution and the birth of a nation." Namely: the Boston Tea Party.Click here to read more...
Hideo Kojima revealed a couple of interesting tidbits regarding Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes at Eurogamer Expo today. The recently-revealed stealth game will allow Snake to build a base of operations that can be accessed between open-world sections via helicopter, specialised and fortified from enemy attack. We'll naturally be able to walk around it to admire our handiwork, but Kojima Productions are also looking into a smartphone app for players to customise their base while out and about.
The base will provide a central hub for weapons development and research, much in the same vein as Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.
Ground Zeroes hasn't yet been dated, though it's slated to release on current-gen consoles and PC. For now, here's the extended reveal trailer.
Dishonored releases on October 12th for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 - and it's looking very tasty indeed. More details available in Brendan's hands-on preview.
Hardcore World War II real-time strategy outing Hearts Of Iron III is on sale at a pocket money price to celebrate the release of its latest expansion: Their Finest Hour. As with many grand strategy games, Hearts Of Iron will doubtlessly appeal to the niche armchair general audience, but it's still fairly intimidating for new players despite a convenient interface.
Note that you can alternatively grab the complete collection for £6.24.
Tony Goodman, the founder of the sadly-closed Ensemble Studios, reckons that Xbox 360 RTS Halo Wars was a "fantastic, under-recognized product," but that development proved challenging to say the least. Not only were the Halo trappings forced onto the project by Microsoft, which was originally in development as a distinct IP, but Bungie wasn't exactly enthusiastic about another developer entering their universe.Click here to read more...
Resident Evil 6 may only be a few days from release, but Capcom is open to the possibility of remaking Resident Evil 2 for current-gen consoles.
"Just to lay all the cards on the table, that way there's no rumor-mongering or things like that, no, we are not working on a Resident Evil 2 remake as of now," Capcom producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi told Gamespot. "But if the fans really clamor for it; if there's a groundswell of support for remaking that game, then I think that's something Capcom would take under consideration."
So no pressure then, franchise fans. Would you be interested in a Resi 2 remake?
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has delivered a scathing attack on Windows 8 after being asked whether he'd be willing to certify Minecraft for the operating system's. According to the influential indie developer, Microsoft are "trying to ruin the PC as an open platform - and he'd like to "convince a few people not to switch to Windows 8."
Interestingly, though, certification is only compulsory for apps on the official integrated games marketplace.Click here to read more...
Developer: Marvelous Entertainment | Opus
Publisher: Marvelous AQL
Half-Minute Hero provided a innovative breath of fresh air when it released on PSP back in 2010. Half full-fat JPRG, half time trial puzzler and utterly charming to boot, Marvelous' marvelous hybrid resonated with gamers looking for a new and exciting take on the genre, packing a variety of gameplay styles and freely subverting everything we thought we knew about traditional grind-heavy adventures. Following a slightly skinny XBLA revamp that excised much of the content last year, the elaborately-subtitled Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy edition brings a comprehensive definitive version to the PC.
As always, the meat of the game is found in the Hero 30 mode, which skilfully disassembles the quintessential 8-Bit JRPG experience and rebuilds it into a thirty second format. All the elements are present and correct: a level one hero, a castle containing a nefarious villain (or similar objective) and a two dimensional swathe of land teeming with random battles, NPCs, villages and dungeons. For the most part, players need to improve their character by engaging in quick automatic battles, earn money to buy new gear and eventually face off against the boss. Reaching and defeating your adversary can often be accomplished in a number of different ways, frequently featuring optional companions with benefits and subquests of their own. Each level is a morsel of RPG goodness, a tiny yet perfectly formed game bookended with its own title screens, introduction and credits, boasting a story and identity of its very own.
Click here to read more...
The second episode of Dishonored's Tales From Dunwall miniseries is now live, filling in some more backstory courtesy in a slickly animated style. No, your ears don't deceive you, since it's indeed narrated by Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick Ass) and scored by Daniel Licht (Dexter).
Joe Danger 2 recently released on Xbox Live Arcade, but Hello Games clearly haven't forgotten their PSN roots. According to a new post on the PlayStation Blog, the PSN version will include "over 10 hours of exclusive content bundled with the main game."
"We’re putting the finishing touches to this at the moment," explained managing director Sean Murray, "and I don’t want to give too much away. But I think fans of the original will really love what we’ve done."
It's arriving "very soon," apparently.
Treyarch have officially blown the lid off Black Ops II's Zombies mode... which has been expanded into practically a full game in its own right. Not only will the traditional wave-based survival mode make a welcome return, but the new TranZit gametype promises to take us on a road trip through an expansive world where we choose the destination. If that wasn't enough, the appropriately-named Grief Mode will adds a competitive twist to the proceedings for up to eight players.
Reveal trailer and detailZ after the break.Click here to read more...
BioWare has announced that all three Mass Effect games will be bundled together into a single boxed edition next month. The Mass Effect Trilogy contains over 75 hours of story content and all three original games in a , though we don't know what (if any) DLC will be included.
This will mark the first time that PS3 owners can experience the whole narrative and take a character through all three games without playing the original on a different console. The original Mass Effect will also be made available as a standalone PSN download in due course.
Things kick off on the newly announced 'N7 Day' - 7th November - in the US. This will likely mean Friday 9th for us Europeans, but we'll keep you posted.
Because we know that you love Korean pop music so much, we've decided to dedicate our Daily Bites exclusively to Gangnam Style parodies from now on... no? Fine, you win - but here's one more for the road. "Watch the magic!"
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
It's easy to jump to conclusions when you first hear that Paradox Interactive are publishing a game based on the War Of The Roses. Your mind's eye will instantly conjure up images of sprawling overworld maps, supply lines, advisers and menus galore, the standard offerings you'd expect from the grand strategy veterans.
What you might not expect, however, is that War Of The Roses has more in common with Battlefield 3 than Crusader Kings or Mount & Blade.
The brutal civil war between the Yorkists and Lancastrians plays host to 64-player battle royales as footmen clash in ferocious third-person melee combat, mounted knights lead devastating charges and bowmen rain arrows down onto enemy positions. It's a glorious organised chaos; axes clatter on shields and armour, crossbow bolts glance off your pauldrons or bite deep into flesh and pollaxe-wielding peasants unseat arrogant horsemen to be picked apart by the rabble. Downed players scream for mercy as they lay prostrate in the churned mud, begging their enemy not to shatter their necks with their shield or drive a dagger through their helmet's eye slits. And yet, beneath the insanity, only the truly skilful can hope to survive.
If you crave a skill-based experience and want to play something different from the usual glut of holiday season shooters, War Of The Roses could well become your favourite competitive multiplayer game of 2012.Click here to read more...
Summer Uprising III has come to a close, bringing us another four days of intriguing and worthwhile Xbox Live Indie games. As promised in Part 1, it's time to get involved with Week 2's micro-review roundup: which includes Entropy, City Tuesday, Xenominer and Pixel.
Yes, I admit that the article is a bit late - but time makes fools of us all. Especially in the silly season when a relatively quiet week can turn into sleepless Torchlight and Borderlands-powered delirium.
Get Trial/Buy: 80 Microsoft Points
Entropy is easily one of the most accomplished puzzlers I've ever played on XBLIG. From a first-person perspective, you'll manipulate the base physical properties of objects and fluids to solve an increasingly clever series of puzzles. Though things start slow and simple, but build to pleasingly cerebral levels after the first dozen levels. 80 Microsoft Points will net you a seriously good-looking game too, with only a slightly choppy framerate betraying its humble roots.Click here to read more...