Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)
Developers: Telltale Games
Publishers: Telltale Games
I never thought I'd feel sorry for a zombie.
There are times in this series, of course, where bad things happen to good people, and tragedy befalls the innocent and unaware, but even in those moments, you feel more for those left behind. But last night, playing through Episode Four of Telltale's masterclass in interactive storytelling I felt incredibly sorry for the creature whose head lay beneath Lee's boot, so much so that after it finally perished I had to take ten minutes or so away from the screen.
A game has never produced that kind of effect in me before. There have been plenty of moments of shock and awe, the excitement and the exhilaration that action games can bring, the moving nature of often bittersweet epic romances and relationships that are the domain of many an RPG, the satisfaction that comes with meticulous stealth, the personal narratives offered up by player choice. In this case, the choice is simple: do you do the dirty work yourself to spare the duty from others, or do you wash your hands and walk away?
But Telltale have a knack for making us care almost immediately. Whether through the stylised aesthetics that render facial expressions superbly, or through the superb voice acting on display, and indeed through the writing itself - Sean Vanaman's scripts in particular delivering some light and delicate touches that provide a little warmth in amongst the horror, and maybe even provoke a smile or two.Click here to read more...
Konami have announced a bunch of free updates that will arriving today for PES 2013, upgrading the game's online elements, and bringing the team rosters up to date.Click here to read more...
So, Borderlands 2 is pretty good. You should probably buy it. It's all we've been talking about. I personally found the first game to be a little stale for me, but I can't put this one down. Online, offline, alone, or with friends, Gearbox have just delivered an outstanding game, and now it's under thirty quid.
Thanks to TheCrackInTime at HotUkDeals.
Well, it would seem so.
With speculative dates pointing towards a November release, the package will apparently include Red Dead Redemption, LA Noire, Midnight Club: Los Angeles Complete Edition and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.
FIFA Street kind of does for the street football sub-sub-genre what Skate did for the skateboarding crow. Deceptively deep, and managed primarily by the two sticks, it's a good game, there's just not that much to it. Thankfully, it's now dropped under the £15 mark, so if you want a little flavour in your footy, then this is worth a look.
Nice one CyberbobGR.
Essentially a divine mashup between RTS and 4X genres, the Sins series just delivers where it counts. Epic grand 4X strategy across a vast map, some seriously epic battles in real-time, plenty of opportunity for diplomacy and intrigue and broken promises and strong alliances and backstabbing. And the price is exceptional.
Well it's a good day for Sony, as their Playstation 3 has sailed past the 5 million consoles sales landmark here in the UK, helped no doubt by the recent launch of the Super Slim PS3, which is less than half the size and weight of the very first 60GB model.Click here to read more...
The £3.74 deal for the complete edition of Sword Of The Stars is a popular one over at GamersGate, but there's never a better pricce around for it when it drops. The Complete Collection includes all three expansion packs, and the price is ess than just the standalone game at this point, so check it out if you want some RTS space action.
Or spend a little more and buy Endless Space.
200+ titles? 50m+ gamers a month? Those are the figures that come shrieking forth from Gaikai's new site revamp, and that's not the only thing.
The revised website has been updated with a background hosting some images of a few rather familiar video game franchises, with the likes of Mass Effect, Killzone, LittleBigPlanet, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, God of War, and Uncharted peeking out from the background.Click here to read more...
Capcom got rumbled a couple of days ago when a modder datamined the Resident Evil 6 disc to uncover tracces of on-disc DLC, and they've now confirmed that the disc does hold a super-hard difficulty mode called No Hope Left, and also a co-op mode for Ada's campaign. It'll also allow players to dive into Ms. Wong's campaign from the start rather than having to complete all of the other story threads first.
Oh, and they're releasing it for free.Click here to read more...
Microsoft have revealed that developers will not be able to ship mature-rated games through the Windows 8 Store in Europe. According to a new report that quotes heavily from the Windows 8 app certification requirements, the new regulations will prevent the sale of any games rated PEGI 18 in Europe, or ESRB Mature in North America.
If that seems a little hypocritical considering the Xbox LIVE Marketplace, well that's because it is.Click here to read more...
Why is Darren Bent in a promotional video for Medal of Honor: Warfighter? Well, we're not entirely sure. The latest trailer for Danger Close Games' authentic military FPS is a bit contrived to be frank, essentially showing the best way of silently neutralising people having a little kickabout in the park.
Jumpers for goalposts and stealthy assassinations? Oh, go on then.
Check out our recent Warfighter preview here.
Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (version tested)
Open world games and plots are often uneasy bedfellows. You see, while the freedom of player choice combined with a detailed and intricate world can provide the basis for numerous player-driven, emergent narratives, the nature of open world games, and indeed the scale of the worlds such games provide, mean that delivering a focused plot can be a trying task. Rockstar have struggled with consistency in this area, delivering a sweeping Western epic in Red Dead Redemption and ultimately falling short in GTA IV. Skyrim offered up thousand of anecdotes, personal tales, and memes galore; Just Cause 2 let us live out our action-movie fantasies in exceptional style, set in a gargantuan tropical paradise; lately Dishonored gave it a damn good stab (forgive the pun), though not quite truly an open-world title. But all of these, the last one included, fell short when it came to a crafted story - the personal journey of how you found and made your way through the game providing the most telling memories.
Far Cry 3 is looking to change all of that.
"Those two things don't have to be mutually exclusive," Lead Gameplay Designer Jamie Keen tells me. "We're fully committed to the open world experience, that's something that's very much at the heart of Far Cry as a series, that freedom of choice, and the feeling of you stalking your prey - human or otherwise - through the jungle. But we wanted to be ambitious, we wanted to deliver an incredibly engaging singleplayer experience in amongst that. And you can go off into the jungle and do your own thing at any point, and there'll be plenty for you to do, but occasionally there will be some more crafted, scripted moments, some slightly more linear setpieces. But you can have it all in this game, and that's what we wanted to bring across."
Having spent three hours with the game a few weeks ago starting from square one, it's easy to see what Keen is talking about. The game opens with you, as the fresh-faced, carefree Jason Brody, on holiday with your brother and a few fellow twentysomething chums. You've gone on holiday, wound up in this beautiful island paradise; young things, running free.Click here to read more...
Oh, funk yes! SEGA have officially announced that ToeJam & Earl will be returning as part of the SEGA Vintage Collection on Xbox LIVE and the PSN next month.Click here to read more...
You'll have to excuse us a little bit. It's just that after a year where we've had precious little information to help update us on where Irrational's seemingly stunning FPS is at, the fact that there's even the hint of some new material has made Jon joypuke all over the place, and I'm currently typing this while twitching with barely contained glee.
There's a new trailer coming for Bioshock Infinite and you can vote for what's in it. Want to see more of the Songbird, or check out Elizabeth's powers to a greater extent? Are you more interested in Zeppelins or Sky Rails? Find out how to cast your vote and stay abreast of the countdown clock here.
Before you get too exited, no that headline does not mean that Paradox will deliver you beer should you pre-order A Game of Dwarves. However, you can indeed pre-order the game from today, with an RRP set at a very reasonable $9.99 for the Dwaf Fortress-meets-Dungeon Keeper dig-em-up, and doing so will gift you the Ale Pack DLC that adds the le Tree and Mead Barrel to your dwarven inventory.
As you'd expect, both items do much to raise the happiness levels of your subterranean, cavernous kingdom, because, let's face it, a drunk dwarf is a happy dwarf.Click here to watch the brand new trailer for A Game of Dwarves >>>
SCEA have announced that the Blu-ray edition of the Total Recall reboot will have a sneaky little extra that may appeal to some bloodthirsty PS3 fans. A singleplayer demo for God of War Ascension will be bundled in with the movie for anyone picking up the Blu-ray this winter.
The demo will be a playable version of the one seen at E3 this year. It's worth noting that this info was revealed on the US PS Blog, so things are a bit fuzzy regarding the EU versions, but we've contacted Sony for comment.