Those of you who weren't glued to the footy may well have watched the BAFTA Game Awards last night, where two PSN exclusives managed to clean up. Journey returned with no less than five awards, including game design, artisitic achievement and even online multiplayer (called it), while The Unfinished Swan managed to snag two shinies for innovation and best debut. Other worthy winners include Dishonored as Best Game, XCOM: Enemy Unknown for Best Strategy Game and The Room as best of British.
We've got all the winners and nominations after the jump, thanks in no small part to the inestimable Late who actually beat us to the punch this morning.Click here to read more...
Tonight sees the British Academy Games Awards 2013 ceremony kick off to honour some of the finest titles of the past year. Telltale Games and Thatgamecompany lead the nominations this year, with the fabulous Journey nominated for no fewer than eight awards, including Best Game, Artistic Achievement and Game Design. Meanwhile Telltale's outstanding episodic series The Walking Dead is in the running for seven awards, including Best Game and Best Story.
You'll be able to watch the show unfold right here from 9pm GMT (1pm PST).Click here for the livestream >>
The cat is out of the bag. The game formerly known as Thief 4 has been simply rebranded Thief, and heralds the return of master pilferer Garrett in 2014 in a series reboot that will debut on next-gen consoles and Windows PC.Click here to read more...
Born Ready Games have announced that Patch #3 for Strike Suit Zero is out this week. The latest update will come packing a number of difficulty levels (not to mention the removal of some of the more glaring difficulty spikes in-game), boast universal cockpit view options for all of the ships, and add in checkpoint saves.Click here for full details >>
Lara's back, and (eventually) she's kicking bottoms and taking names! Our review will be ready tomorrow, but the short version is that you really ought to buy it. Because it's awesome, as this Day One trailer is designed to show.
Whether you're a man, a woman, transgender, whatever...just pick it up. It's not flawless by any means, but it's a damn fine reboot to be sure.
City Interactive unveiled a fresh trailer for the imminent Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 today, taking a peek at some of the optical gadgetry that you'll be able to use in the game to off your targets from afar under various conditions of visibility
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 releases on March 15th in the UK on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
From the people who (jokingly...allegedly) ripped Mario a new one for wearing a tanooki suit, and then fashioned a terrible, hideously gory Pokemon parody to make a point about the cruelties of having cute little creatures fight one another...
Assassin's Creed IV: How To Glorify Whale Killing*.Click here to read more...
SimCity is upon us! Well...not exactly. The game has released across the Atlantic, but we'll have to wait until Friday for the game to hit European shelves.
Worryingly, we've had some of our US readership write in to inform us that players are experiencing a number of widespread server delays, with some rather annoying wait times just to start playing by oneself.Click here to read more...
UPDATE: The US PR wing of EA has rubbished the rumours, calling them "patently false". However, there's been no extra information on the Visceral Montreal situation, nor any comment made on Dead Space 3's performance thus far.
Anyone who reached the end of Dead Space 3 could have been forgiven for naturally assuming that there'd be a fourth game in the series, however it's unlikely for the time being.
A new report suggests that EA has canned development on Dead Space 4 after the recently released Dead Space 3 failed to live up to sales expectations.Click here to read more...
The first in a number of Wii U speed and stability firmware updates is rolling out today, clocking in at around 30MB. It's a relatively small improvement, but it's just the vanguard of a wave of promised patches that will add new features and speed up that sluggish OS.
Remember that you can download firmware v2.1.3. U in the background - chances are your console will queue it up automatically.
BioWare seems to be on a mission to give the fans the happy ending they've always wanted in Citadel: the last piece of Mass Effect 3 DLC. When mysterious soldiers aren't trying to kill Shepard, our hero will reunite with a dream team of familiar faces, enjoy expanded romance options with the likes of Jack and Ashley, bring the rain with Wrex, dance with Garrus and even pose for a Kodak moment.
"Everyone say... Normandy!"
Bizarre stuff, which reads a lot like my secret Mass Effect fan fiction. Citadel is out today on XBLA, and tomorrow on PSN. What would you want in your dream Mass Effect 3 DLC pack?
During the early hours of the morning, the folks at Red Thread Games finally announced the mysterious $1.5 Million stretch goal for Dreamfall Chapters – A Director’s Cut. Hitting this target would allow the Norwegian developers to put in all of the extra content they were forced to cut out to accommodate a leaner budget, meaning more puzzles, greater detail to the game, and a few extra characters that, while not key to the experience, would have been sidelined.
The news comes after yet another busy weekend for the folks at Red Thread Games, having sped past two more Kickstarter goals to reach almost $1.2 million at the time of writing. This is more than likely down to renewed interest in the Kickstarter campaign thanks to a series of exclusive reveals on several of the larger gaming websites.Click here to read more...
Journey exists for me now as a collection of glorious, almost ethereal memories, as if my three playthroughs of thatgamecompany's emotional, evocative experience were part of some waking dream.
Of course, much of that has to do with Austin Wintory's majestic, Grammy-winning orchestral score, which he's uploaded to YouTube with a bunch of screens, artwork, and insightful annotations giving interested parties a rather compelling look into the making of the soundtrack.Click here to read more...
ASDA have slashed the Wii U's asking price by fifty quid, offering the basic edition for £199 instead of £249, and the Premium pack for... well... £249. It's still nowhere near as competitive as Zavvi's fleeting £224 deal, but it's potentially an interesting statement of intent.
British retailers have recently started clamouring for Nintendo to change their strategy and reduce the Wii U's asking price after an awkward few months - and perhaps this is just the start of a price war. Though a price cut may be an admission of failure (and difficult to implement for a number of reasons), is this extra £50 saving enough to tempt you into buying Ninty's new console?
Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad, the fast and furious downloadable rally racer, will be hooning out of XBLA for its European PSN debut on March 13. UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, but 2XL Games have announced a 9.99€ RRP on the mainland and Eire.
"Jeremy McGrath's Offroad doesn't set out to reinvent the rally genre, nor does it try to be the biggest or best," I wrote in our 7/10 review. "What it does is provide a handful of great tracks, ridiculously fun mechanics and an addictive progression system for less than £7. Which is absolutely fine as far as we're concerned." Sadly, it looks like the shocking lack of local multiplayer still hasn't been addressed in this new version.
The Creative Assembly have been incredibly quiet regarding their Alien-related game, announced back in 2011. Until now, that is.
A blurry screenshot that seems to show a female crash dummy figure in a Nostromo-branded shirt has emerged online, and the Creative Assembly have updated their Twitter background to reveal a screen of the Nostromo crew in their sleeping pods.Click here to read more...
Crytek's CEO Cevat Yerli comes across as a little disheartened in a recent interview, lamenting what he calls "a certain fatigue level with the old generation" that has filtered into public consciousness to create a consumer base with expectations that surpass what games of this generation can do.
Crysis 3 has been racking up some perfectly respectable scores (it currently sits at 77% on PC at the time of writing), but Yerli reckons that the third instalment in the trilogy is nothing short of a "masterpiece", and has been comparing it to the original's 91%.Click here to read more...
The cat wasn't out of the bag, rather, it had chartered a ship, sailed to the West Indies and set up a new life as a fuzzy buccaneer. As I sat in the auditorium deep within Threadneedle Street's Tailors Guildhall, surrounded by the great and good of the gaming industry, the room buzzed with talk of those myriad leaks and reports. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag was out in the open, and it was basically up to Ubisoft to fill in the details.
Over the course of fifty enthralling minutes, they announced what is easily the most ambitious pitch we've ever seen from the stealthy, stabby series.
Assassin's Creed IV will be a "naval sandbox," allowing players to seamlessly move between the helm of their ship, the ocean, land and enemy vessels. Throughout an enormous world, we'll plunder and pillage, sail, climb and swim, explore hidden coves and assassinate our targets in freeform missions that hark back to the original game. Indeed, Ubisoft plans to plunder the best bits from every Assassin's Creed title to create a definitive high point for the series, while exploring the harsh reality of what it really meant to be a pirate in the 1700s.
And poor old Desmond is history... to be replaced by the most surprising character you could possibly imagine.
Here, me hearties, be everything ye need to know about Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.Click here to read more...