Maxis have unveiled the patch notes for SimCity update 2.0, and it's rather illuminating, by which we mean that we had little idea just how broken the original game actually was.
The notes are so long and so involved that they rather make a complete mockery of the original game's pretensions towards simulation at all. So it is that tourists will actually tour, buses will work properly, pollution won't spontaneously appear out of nowhere, casinos will actually make some money, and many more little bugs will be fixed.Get the full list of updates here >>
This week on the PWNCAST we get stuck into the subject of free-to-play games. We ask why the term is still considered by some to be a dirty phrase, we look at some of our favourite F2P titles and what developers and publishers can do to take full advantage of the model, and we cast our minds ahead and try to determine what the future holds regarding freemium titles.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be a few instances of strong language.
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Today's Dealspwn Playthrough sees Matt rope Ludovic into helping him perform a heart transplant in Surgeon Simulator 2013. Let's just say that things don't exactly go terribly smoothly.
You can check out our review of Bossa's retail version of their GameJam hit here: http://bit.ly/119rt0S
Do be warned, there's a fair amount of strong language in this one. And blood. Lots of blood.Click here to read more...
This week's Game Buzz is mainly about new stuff. There's Shinji Mikami's The Evil Within reveal, we get to grips with all of the announcements from this week's Nintendo 3DS Direct and the unveiling of FIFA 14, and we return to the subject of singleplayer games in the wake of Pete Hines' comments this week.
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Bethesda, Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami and Tango Gameworks’ have finally unveiled The Evil Within (or the game formally known as Project Zwei). It'll be coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and next-generation consoles in 2014.Click here to read more...
Developers: Bossa Studios
Originally conceived and then birthed as a GameJam project in the space of 48 hours (which you can play here), Surgeon Simulator 2013 brought the high pressure environment of the OR to life like never before. Forget Operation, Bossa's disgustingly messy, QWOP-esque slice-'em-up was an enormous hit, partly due to the hilarious user vids that hit YouTube in its wake.
It came rocking the Casualty theme tune, with deliciously warped approach to medical simulation, and placed you in the role of Nigel Burke - a man with about as much hand-eye co-ordination as a mop. Floaty physics, combined with a arsenal of tools that might make the Marquis de Sade cry, made for a fiendishly difficult little browser game, as it was originally released, using the Unity engine. A cult following soon followed, a Greenlight push was swift to follow, and now Surgeon Simulator 2013 is available at retail, with some bumped up features.
Firstly, it's clear that the game has had something of a graphical polish. Barnardshire General Hospital gleams in better-looking HD textures than before, and it's clear that Bossa have used the extra time to try and justify the fanfare that swept the game onto Steam. A new reception hub area provides ample opportunity for getting to grips with the controls, not to mention a few little hidden surprises and Easter eggs to reward players who try to interact with everything that they find. Frankly, there's nothing better than a game that gives you a novel interaction mechanism, and then rewards you for playing around with it.Click here to read more...
Nintendo's director of product marketing Bill Trinen has stated that the 3DS' slow progress in the US mirrors historically slow uptake regarding handheld devices, but that this will be the year that the console really starts to "take off".Click here to read more...
All praise the shining golden calf of Ballmer! Microsoft is bestowing free Xbox Live Gold weekend upon North America, Latin America and Japan.Click here to read more...
After Nintendo announced that they were bringing a new Zelda title to the 3DS, set in A Link to the Past's universe, we got very excited. Then DarkZero found a video of someone playing the thing for ten minutes.
And we got really excited! I mean look at it!
Paramount are very keen to take their upcoming Star Trek game more than your usual film tie-in. In a new trailer, senior VP Brian Miller explains just how the development have tried to do that.
Star Trek: The Video Game will be available April 26th for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Our love for Platinum Games is well-documented, and indeed studio head Tatsuya Minami is very satisfied with the games that his developers have been crafting over the past few years.
But he's not so happy about how well they're selling.Click here to read more...
I've been meaning to do this one for a while, pretty much ever since the Avengers movie came out. But then something else happened, probably a new game, and I forgot about and wandered off to check out the new shiny thing. However, with Injustice out this week, it got me thinking about superhero games and some of my favourites, and I figured it would be a good time to bring up Captain America and the Avengers.
It's important to note that the game of which I speak is the side-scrolling beat 'em up that hit the arcades in 1991 before making a jump to the Mega Drive/Genesis in 1992, rather than the 1991 NES version of the same name. In the latter, the only two characters you could play as were Captain America and Hawkeye, as Iron Man and Vision had been kidnapped by the Mandarin.
No, we're talking about the former: a game that managed somehow to release in the shadow of the vastly superior Streets of Rage and its sequel, dealt with Red Skull controlling the minds of a whole bunch of nefarious Marvel villains including Ultron, Klaw, the Living Laser, Whirlwind, the Mandarin, and Juggernaut, and let you play as any of the four characters to unload cans of whoop-ass on innumerable goons.Click here to read more...
Unconvinced by Mars: War Logs thus far? Well this video probabbly won't change your mind, but it does go some way to detailing the scale of Spiders' ambitions with this game, charting the downloadable, sci-fi RPG's development from inception through to a nearly finished product.
The game is out next month on PSN and XBLA. Read our hands-on preview here.
Who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman? Such was the subject of one of our Daily Bites a few days ago. Indeed, it's a question comic fans have argued over for years, and now thanks to Injustice players will finally be able to determine the answer for themselves.
In the last round of their 'Battle Arena' clips, Netherrealm have unleashed a Batman vs. Superman trailer just in time for Injustice's release this week.Check it out after the jump >>