SimCity plans to offer a uniquely tactile take on city building and town planning due to its powerful yet accessible toolkit. We could elaborate (and have, at length, in our SimCity hands-on previews), but this new trailer gives creative director Ocean Quigley a chance to "poke, prod and tinker" at the dynamic world.
It's out on March 8th - and is quickly becoming one of our most anticipated games of 2013.
Dunwall City Trials, the first DLC expansion for Dishonored, will release from December 11th (the EU PSN version will likely be available the following day).
As previously reported, the expansion contains ten challenges for advanced Dishonored players to overcome against a global leaderboard. It'll cost you £3.99 or 400 Microsoft Points.
More details are available in the reveal story, but we now have some new screenshots for your delectation. Check them out after the break.Click here to read more...
Battlefield 3's latest expansion - Aftermath - should be rolling out today for PS3 Battlefield Elite members. If you want to start learning the maps early, this new trailer gives us a narrated walkthrough of the Talah Market level.
"We look at the challenges the team at DICE faced when designing the Talah market map," explains the blurb, "to encourage different play styles, such as sniping, big standoffs, mid-range encounters as well as fast paced close quarters action."
Aftermath will deploy over the next three weeks depending on your platform and Elite membership status. Just in case you've lost track, I've stowed the relevant dates below the video.Click here to read more...
Square Enix Montreal are getting stuck into the next Hitman game, having appropriated some of IO Interactive's franchise veterans, and have revealed a couple of pieces of concept art Montreal International Game Summit. Amazingly, these two pieces were painted live at the summit by art director Rasmus Poulsen and senior concept artist Leonid Enyne.
IO Interactive recently suggested that Square Montreal's game will offer a "fresh perspective" on the series and characters, which certainly seems to be the case if these pics are anything to go by.Click here to read more...
Garry Newman has been hard at work integrating Kinect into Garry's Mod, the frequently hilarious Source Engine toolkit. Within a fortnight, users will be able to directly control character limbs by moving their own, which should lead to plenty more odd videos hitting YouTube in the near future. It will also work in multiplayer, and I'm struggling to find a single word that sums up just how exciting and worrying that is.
The embedded video shows some of the Kinect-controlled characters in action, though it's the end product of plenty of hard graft. Head over to Newman's blog for more details.
Rumours concerning a new form factor Wii console seem to be right on the money according to Best Buy Canada, who've slapped the recently-leaked micro-console with a December 7th release date in a front page banner. Interestingly, the product page doesn't seem to be in place yet, suggesting an accidental slip. [via EG]
Yes, that is the best picture we have. Sorry.
Nintendo has yet to officially confirm the red and black slim console, but a purportedly leaked product schedule suggests that it might be out in time for Christmas in some territories. Its successor, the Wii U, hits British shores in three days. UPDATE: Nintendo has officially announced that the Wii Mini is indeed real, but will be exclusive to Canada. Back to work. Nothing to see here.
We want Timesplitters 4. So do you. But back in 2009, no publisher would touch it.
TimeSplitters co-creator Steve Ellis and Crytek UK’s Karl Hilton reckons that it would have been difficult to market... and that you're only as good as your last game. Which, in this case, was Haze.Click here to read more...
Mass Effect 3's Omega expansion is out this week (today on Origin and Xbox Live, with the EU PS3 version slated for tomorrow), meaning that it's trailer time. Commander Shepard joins forces with infamous crime boss Aria T'Loak to retake her asteroid from Cerberus occupation, adding "powerful weapons" and "never-before-seen characters" to the franchise.
It'll set you back £11.99 or 1200 Microsoft Points.
Max Payne 3's next DLC pack will feature maps based on familiar locations from the original game.Click here to read more...
Planetside 2 is now out and free to play, offering all manner of massive vehicular shenanigans and battles between hundreds of simultaneous combatants. Sony Online Entertainment are keen to remind you that it's a little bit hectic, offering a challenge to competing FPS games.
We're enjoying Planetside 2 immensely, though its shaky EU launch did it few favours. We'll bring you our full review once we've sufficiently explored its labyrinthine progression system.
22Cans designers Peter Molyneux and Jack Attridge sit down to chat about recently-Kickstarted Project GODUS in this new video. The pair pick apart some of Molyneux's previous works, such as Populous, Dungeon Keeper and Black & White, in order to identify what mechanics worked and what inspiration to take from them.
If you're currently on the fence about backing Project GODUS, this is well worth a watch.Click here to read more...
Xi, the 2009 Alternate Reality Game which mainly took place in Playstation Home, will be getting a sequel from its creators at nDreams. Titled Xi Continuum, it aims to begin over the next few weeks.
In a press release, CEO of nDreams Patrick O’Luanaigh said “Xi: Continuum crosses between console, websites, videos and the real world, yet can be played at any time. We believe that the game offers a genuinely original game experience that will be unlike anything else you have played before.”
The announcement emerged with its own teaser trailer, which you can see for yourself after the jump.Click here to read more...
It's a shame that a AAA game having a campaign longer than 6-8 hours is newsworthy, but that's the state of play these days...Click here to read more...
The latest Episode of Halo 4's cooperative Spartan Ops campaign is out today, wherein "an unknown intelligence contacts Doctor Halsey, Thorne tries to understand the history of the Spartan Program, and the Sangheili terrorist known as "The Didact's Hand" appears on Requiem." It'll automatically be added to the Spartan Ops War Games tab.
In other news, however, the first multiplayer map pack is heavily tipped to arrive next month.Click here to read more...
Nintendo has announced that the Wii U's TVii service, which allows users to browse and watch video content from several providers, will roll out Stateside next month via a new update. More interestingly, however, Nintendo UK's website now confirms that TVii "will be available in selected regions throughout Europe in 2013."
Good. We deserve nice things.
The Wii U hits British shores in four days.
Black Ops II has managed to fend off a stealthy attack from Agent 47, securing the top spot for a second week while Hitman: Absolution settles for second. Carl is currently working on our full review.
LEGO: The Lord Of The Rings has entered the charts at a strong sixth place. It's certainly not the biggest debut for a LEGO game, but considering the competition, it's pretty good going. Matt presented it with an Editor's Choice award in our 8/10 review.
Otherwise, the same old faces continue to jostle for position; joined by Dishonored that's managed to bounce back from fourteenth.Click here to read more...
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 is still stealthily taking shape at City Interactive, with this latest gameplay trailer showing off the CryEngine 3-powered visuals. The sneaky sequel plans to make amends for its devastatingly mediocre predecessor by focusing on the sniping (of all things) rather than diluting the experience with rubbish traditional sections.
It's set to release in January 2013 - and we'll have some more gameplay details for you soon.Click here to read more...
David Braben and the good folks at Frontier have released the first developer diary for upcoming space sim Elite: Dangerous. Braben chats about multiplayer features in this initial video, describing a number of the game's core pillars as two ships twirl and dance through an asteroid field.
The gameplay footage is still very early, there's no HUD or cockpit view yet, but it's still a rather soothing way to start a new week, and a reminder that Elite: Dangerous' Kickstarter campaign is still ongoing.Watch the video after the jump >>
In the news this week the Wii U gets off to a rocky start in the US, Star Citizen performs some power-busking with its kickstarter campaign, THQ narrowly avoid meltdown, Mirror's Edge 2 moves closer to reality and Peter Molyneux gets a bit emotional, then asks us for money again. In our reviews we play Lego The Lord of the Rings, F1 All Stars, Nike +, Borderlands 2 DLC and the final episode of The Walking Dead. Our features take a look at the future of Sony's Vita regarding third-party titles and I get all excited for the best looking games of 2013. So enjoy the links below and I'll see you all next week, if I can tear myself away from Far Cry 3 that is.