Building a successful metropolis in SimCity isn't going to be easy. Not only will you have to contend with power concerns, zoning and infrastructure management, but you'll also need to respond to the very real threat of massive earthquakes, tornadoes and alien abductions.
Just one of many reasons why Maxis' upcoming city sandbox is fast becoming our most anticipated games of 2013. Behold our latest SimCity hands-on preview for more details, and check out the disastrous new screens after the break.Click here to read more...
FIFA 13 still reigns supreme this week, fending off some stiff challenges from the terrifically impressive Dishonored and XCOM:Enemy Unknown, the former of which set the bar for the biggest new IP launch of 2012. A 78% drop in sales see Resident Evil 6 fall to fourth, with Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 sandwiching Capcom's divisive action-horror return in third and fifth respectively. MCV reports that even if the numbers for the two Pokemon titles were combined, they still wouldn't have dislodged Dishonored.
It was a disappointing debut for Fable: The Journey, though, but being a Kinect-only game that makes you feel like your arm might fall off, that was perhaps to be expected. You can read the chronicles of Jon's physical torture at the hands of Lionhead's latest in his review here.Click here to check out this week's top ten >>>
Free DLC for Resi and Tekken made us smile this week as did the return of Chris Roberts and his new game, Squadron 42. Less fun was Rayman getting delayed, essentially removing the best game from the Wii U's launch lineup. Our reviews include XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Fable: The Journey and what could be game of the year, Dishonored. Features include survival guides for XCOM and Dishonored. Matt also gets extensive hands-on sessions with Far Cry 3 and the Wii U.
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We tried to talk about some other news this week, but really Chris Roberts' return was the only thing dominating our minds. If you haven't watched the trailer for Squadron 42, do it now! Frankly, even if you haven't, watch it again! We chat about our love of space sims, discuss the extensive opportunities presented by Star Citizen's ambitious concept, and dream of freelancing across the stars.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.
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Despite Remember Me not even having a firm release date, it would seem Capcom are already planning to turn the game into a series. The new IP was revealed at Gamescom and has impressed us ever since with a series of gameplay videos showing combo editors, brawling and some seriously slick sci-fi locations.
At the end of the day, new IPs are risky ventures and it’s not really surprising that Capcom aren’t planning a one-off title.
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The multiplayer component of upcoming FPS title, Metro: Last Light has been cancelled. 4A Games made a statement via the game’s blog, citing a desire to concentrate on the single-player campaign as the reason.
The decision was made after E3, but has only just been confirmed publically. Despite keen fan interest for details about the multiplayer, the developers realised that the single-player experience was what fans really care about. While the game won’t ship with any multiplayer, we could still see something later on.
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Mass Effect 3's recently-announced Omega DLC pack will be hitting on 27th November, costing you $15 or 1200 Microsoft Points. CVG reports that players will assume control of crime boss Aria T'Loak to kick Cerberus off the eponymous asteroid, providing a story "double the size" of any previous Mass Effect expansion.
"New enemies" such as the Cerberus Dragoon will also be added, along with a female Turian NPC (a first for the series) and the return of the villainous General Petrovsky from the Mass Effect: Invasion comic series.
It's that time again, folks! The PlayStation Network will be offline for scheduled maintenance this coming Monday.
Expect services to be down from 13:00 BST on October 15th through until 02:00 BST on Tuesday morning. As per usual, users will be unable to access the PlayStation Store, Account Management, Account Registration, or play online. Trophies will still be operational, however, and will update on users' profiles once the PSN is operational again.
The second episode of Halo 4's live-action promotional miniseries - Forward Unto Dawn - has gone live. You can fin it over at Halo Waypoint or watch it above courtesy of Machinima.
We'd also recommend giving our Halo 4 hands-on preview a read too.
Halo 4 releases for Xbox 360 on November 6th.
One of the best things about Dishonored is the way in which the world of the Empire of the Isles, and Dunwall itself in particular, is crafted. Given the opportunity to revisit it, lead designer Harvey Smith is unsure whether he'd grab the opportunity or look o close "the vault door".Click here to read more...
Why walk? E. X. Troopers asks us. Why not use your jetpack instead of trudging about the place? And then jump into a giant badass space mech and battle other giant badass space mechs before heading back onto solid ground and annihilating some marauding bugs with tight controls and slick powers?
Capcom are just being mean now.
Having essentially refused to release E. X. Troopers over here in the West, we're forced to sit and watch these fantastic trailers (oh look, there's an awesome new one!), rocking back and forth in a dark corner, weeping into a flannel, and only dreaming of the fun we could be having with our 3DS consoles.
Well boo to you, Capcom.Watch the trailer after the jump >>>
Phoenix Online's adventure received a new batch of screenshots earlier this week showcasing the upcoming Kickstarter success story's art style.Click here to read more...
...Except you probably shouldn't, because whatever you wear will almost certainly end up showered in blood. Dennaton and Devolver have teamed up to deliver a retro, top-down gaming video nasty with Hotline Miami, and it's absurdly addictive. Reiterating the October 23rd release date, there's a new trailer showing off some gameplay footage, interspersed with lots of dead bodies.
Read our recent Hotline Miami hands-on preview here.
Ubisoft's hardcore FPS with added braaains has received a new video, this time taking a little sojourn through the Tower of London. One of the most haunted places in Britain, the Tower is pretty foreboding anyway. Toss in a bunch of zombies, and it all gets pretty real rather quickly.
You can see what we thought of the game in Brendan's Gamescom preview.Click here to read more...
Though we're far more interested in the cel-shaded, fun-focused E.X. Troopers (localise it for the West, dammit Capcom!), a whopping ten-minute walkthrough for Spark Unlimited's Lost Planet 3 has caught our attention. This narrated slab of gameplay shows off combat, new enemies and mecha brawls, and it certainly looks good from a graphical standpoint.
Game's out in 2013.Click here to read more...
Pid, the surreal platformer from Might & Delight, has been officially dated for October 31st on PC, PSN and XBLA. Kurt, a young boy, is marooned on a mysterious (yet bonkers) alien planet - and his journey will be packed with bizarre characters and gravity-defying gameplay.
We'll bring you a full review nearer the time. For now, here's the latest trailer.
Guillermo del Toro has said that he's "not giving up" on his horror trilogy, inSANE, saying that Valve would be his dream developer to partner up with for the project, and announcing that he's gone and cast Ellen McLain - the voice of GLaDOS - in his latest film.Click here to read more...
Yoshinoro Ono took to the stage at the New York Comic-Con yesterday to announce that Darkstalkers would be making a return next with a couple of classic re-releases, and hinted at the possibility of a brand new game too.Click here to read more...
As reported yesterday, the Rockstar Games Collection has now been totally confirmed by Take-Two, and will include Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire, Midnight Club: Los Angeles Complete Edition and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.
It doesn't look as if RDR and L.A. Noire will bring their extensive DLC to the collection, but we'll double check with Rockstar.