Industry veteran Gordon Walton has slammed big publishers for seeing developers as "replaceable meat puppets", praising EA for at least trying to do new things under John Riccitiello, and has prophesied thatActivision's business plan will "end in catastrophe".Click here to read more...
New owner Hilco are wasting no time in attempting to restructure HMV having saved the high street entertainment retailer from a complete demise. However, to do so it's reported that the parent company is looking to cut a further 400 jobs as the new owners attempt to reduce the annual payroll by around £7.8 million.Click here to read more...
Fans disgruntled at Eidos Montreal's decision to not have original voice actor Stephen Russell providing the vocal work for Thief's titular protagonist Garrett have started an online petition to try and convince the developers otherwise.Click here to read more...
American sports are great...if you take all of the adverts out, of course. Except baseball; never you, baseball. Take this NHL '14 trailer, for example. Half of it is fighting, full-on body checks, and large amounts of ice-based violence.
What can we deduce from this trailer? Very little, aside from the fact that EA Sports's latest ice hockey title will look frighteningly realistic (the vid contrasts gameplay footage with the real stuff rather nicely), and emerge on current-gen formats on September 10th.
Oh, and that it'll probably prove just as bone-crunching as its real-life counterpart. Bliss.
Developers: Space Bullet Dynamics Corporation
Publishers: Space Bullet Dynamics Corporation
If you were to describe Signal Ops in high concept fashion, you might call it a squad-based, first-person, strategy shooter, with elements of Rainbow Six and, more aptly, Space Hulk thrown into the mix. The basic premise is relatively simple: you start out in a muddy, grimy bunker, surrounded by gentlemen who speak as if plucked from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and you're tasked with handling several covert operations. Instead of hitting the ground running yourself, you take up a position in front of a large monitor, dictating the actions of your agents via multiple displays.
It's a neat idea, and Space Hulk managed to pull off something similar back in the mid-Nineties, but the multiple perspectives frequently get muddled and confused. The game's graphical stylings - a washed-out masterclass in all of the colours you might class under the umbrella of "murky grime" - don't help, and though objects are relatively distinct in each of your displays, the shadows are not, which is not ideal for a game that provides much of its satisfaction from successfully completing missions in a stealthy fashion.
Missions will, more often than not, see you presented with a relatively simple objective - retrieve something on the other side of the map, assassinate a designated target, plant incriminating evidence and then hightail it out of there - carried out by two or three agents. Those agents will, typically have different roles to fulfil. The Wrench agent, for example, is a mechanical fixer of sorts, and useful for opening doors. The Shield agent is your tank, able to soak up a fair amount of damage and ideal for direct confrontation. The Scope is, as one might expect, useful from long-range, and the Demo likes to blow things up.
And then there's the Bolt agent, also known as The Fun Killer.Click here to read more...
This week on the PWNCAST, Jon and Carl give their initial impressions of Defiance; we wax lyrical over Fire Emblem: Awakening and the notion of the 3DS as a must-have device due to its now-stellar lineup; and Matt goes bonkers and goes eBaying while drunk on nostalgia, leading to something of a Star Wars love-in.
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This week, we find ourselves playing devil's advocate a lot. First we defend Windows 8's honour, and argue not only that it's possible the OS might not actually be the reason PC sales are down, but that it's made PC's accessible for many for the first time in years; we look at the latest rumblings from the rumour-mill, specifically Durango's backwards-compatibility or lack thereof, microtransactions potentially coming to Halo, and the resurfacing of Ryse on our radars; we chat a little about Bethesda's noise about noise, beg them to finish Prey 2, and look at Pete Hines' words on day-one DLC. Finally, we briefly discuss the emergence of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, the new Dark Souls II gameplay footage, and the Flashback sequel from Paul Cuisset.
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Injustice: Gods Among Us is out next week, and Netherrealm's superhero-stuffed fighter has bagged itself a suitably punchy launch trailer as well as a couple of rather neat inforgraphics detailing the history of some famous figures on the brawling roster.Click here to read more...
Wii owners take note! Although probably not, because let's be honest, who really used any of these services?
In any case, Nintendo has announced that it will be discontinuing a number of the Wii's online services at the end of June.Click here to read more...
Sony have announced plans for some hefty PSN maintenance on Monday 15th April, with separate times depending on where you're basedClick here to read more...
Mmmmm... mechs. Armored Core: Verdict Day has gotten itself a new trailer that pulses with industrial electronica, and features plenty of snapshots of mechs blowing one another to smithereens.
"Come heavy, or not at all" seems to be the motto once again. And that suits us just fine.
GOG do like their sales. We've had variations on this theme before, and once again the retro library of digital excellence has slashed the prices on its Interplay titles by 50%.
That means discounts for the likes of Fallout, Earthworm Jim, Freespace, MDK, and Kingpin. What are you still doing here? It runs all weekend, get stuck in!
Microsoft is getting a bad rap lately. The rumour mill is bleeding contentious streams of whispers, employees are putting the feet in the proverbial across social networks, and now a few indies have come out to slam Microsoft's practices regarding smaller devs, and praise those of its competitor.
But not James Silva.Click here to read more...
It's been interesting. The more I play of Bioshock Infinite, the more I realise how much more I loved Dishonored. We're getting rather excited over getting the opportunity to step into the boots of the legendary assassin of Empresses.
A new gameplay trailer has emerged for Dishonored's second slice of DLC - 'Knife of Dunwall' - and you can check it out after the jump. The add-on itself is out April 16th for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC for £7.99/ 800 MS Points.Click here to read more...