Julian Gollop, the strategic mastermind behind the original X-COM, plans to revisit one of his earliest games as his next project. Chaos: The Battle Of Wizards originally graced the Speccy in 1985, and the legendary developer hopes to use new technology and the Unity engine to develop a spiritual sequel rather than a by-the-numbers revamp.Click here to read more...
Capcom and Ninja Theory have apparently learned some "elaborate" technical lessons from Dragon's Dogma, allowing them to make the upcoming Devil May Cry reboot feel like it runs at 60 frames per second... even though it won't.Click here to read more...
Bethesda will be rolling out a teaser trailer for Skyrim's next DLC pack today, with the enigmatic artwork above acting as our only official clue about what to expect.
Unofficially, however, we expect it to take place on Solstheim and feature dragon mounts. We'll find out whether the source code search was on the money in a few hours.
UPDATE: Now this is happening.
292 GAME stores will be opening their doors at midnight tonight to celebrate the launch of Halo 4. In case you haven't decided to pre-order it, stay toasty warm and get your eight hours, GAME Stratford will act as the flagship venue. There will be merch and complimentary stuff for the first fifty fans, apparently.
Microsoft has also teased some sort of publicity stunt happening on the River Thames tonight, between Greenwich Peninsular and Tower Bridge. The "amazing spectacle" (whatever it is) kicks off at 19:45, with fans advised to make their way to Butler's Wharf by half seven.
Halo 4 is a seriously impressive shooter and a near-complete package, with Matt recently awarding 343's effort a 9/10 score. Will you be queuing at midnight?
As the biggest new release of the week, it's no surprise that Assassin's Creed III has run, jumped, sailed and bayonetted its way into the top spot. Ubisoft has confirmed that it's their biggest ever game launch (not to mention the biggest of 2012 thus far), outselling even Assassin's Creed Revelations. Impressively, portable counterpart Assassin's Creed III: Liberation managed to debut at 14th place - not a top ten position, but still good going for a Vita title.
However, Assassin's Creed wasn't the only major game to release last week. Football Manager 2013 is back to kill your life, WWE 13 grabs third place in a headlock and Need For Speed: Most Wanted is here to remind us that EA publishes good games alongside tosh like Medal Of Honor: Warfighter.
We'll have to wait until next week to find out how well a certain Master Chief gets on. Also, on a totally unrelated matter, expect nil productivity tomorrow.Click here to read more...
We always knew that the team behind the Lego Lord of the Rings game would be able to find plenty of fun to poke at the movies and this glimpse into the game’s cutscenes doesn’t disappoint. Enjoy snippets from the three films as they’re given the Lego charm makeover. Is it just us or are the Lego Orcs a bit on the sinister side for Lego? Gollum on the other hand, is just adorable.Click through to see the trailer.
Master Chief makes a grand return this week in our reviews section along with Killzone HD, Hotline Miami and the annual life-wrecker, Football Manager 2013. In the news we've been keen to hear early details about the PS4 and Ouya consoles, but less happy about the PS Vita's projections taking a beating. Oh well, it won't matter by Spring because the nation will grind to a halt when GTAV comes out. In our features we take a few early looks and interview the teams behind Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel and Omerta: City of Gangsters. Naturally, we've got a Halloween-themed roundup for you along with a couple of podcasts for those increasingly cold commutes. Enjoy the links, then we'll let you get back to Assassin's Creed III and working on that Halo 4 related skiving-excuse.Click here to read more...
Sony has released a new Halloween trailer for their upcoming PS Move horror title, Until Dawn. The game was revealed at Gamescom in the summer and we've not seen much from it since, but hopes are high as it looks to be packing in the atmosphere and frankly, we're desperate for a decent Move title that isn't a minigame/sports title.
For more information about the game check out Matt's preview. Check out the trailer after the jump and see if you can spot which film series has inspired this scene. It's not hard.
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Christopher ‘McLovin’ Mintz-Plasse is starring in a new mini-series to promote Far Cry 3, the Far Cry Experience. This live action miniseries injects as dose of humour to the series as the Superbad / Kick Ass actor is put on a tropical island to promote the game before suddenly, shit gets real, Tropic Thunder-style.
Funny throughout, we can’t wait to see if Chris and his cameraman can survive the inevitable confrontation with Vaas, who has recently become a fan of chaining tourists to rocks and firing rockets at them. The little scamp.
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Oh Silicon Knights, what have you done?! This week Jon and I take a look at the rumoured duplicity of Mr. Dyack when it came to X-Men Destiny, we discuss EA's "disappointment" at Medal of Honor: Warfighter and ruminate on those "mock reviews", and we ask what Sony can do to pull the Vita out of the depressing slump in which it appears to have found itself.
We also review the new Silent Hill film. Short Version: It's really, really bad.
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As reviewers we often come across games that have shoehorned in certain features of gameplay, be it a laughably short and bland singleplayer experience, or a woefully underdeveloped smattering of multiplayer modes. However, Visceral have decided that this is a bad thing, and therefore will not be including a competitive multiplayer element in Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, simply because they "didn't want to spread [themselves] too thin".Click here to read more...
All Games Beta have spotted some miniature picture viewers destined for GTA V pre-order customers, which feature images of in-game locations. They're the only new info we have to go on at the moment, since a second GTA V trailer has been delayed due to the destructive effects of Hurricane Sandy on Rockstar's New York office.Click here to read more...
Hitman: Absolution's latest trailer presents a (slickly edited) view of what it calls a "living, breathing world." "A world filled with incredibly intelligent characters all displaying richly detailed synthetic life, where everyone you meet may well have a bigger part to play."
Blending in with this world, or using it to devastating advantage, will be paramount when tracking down Hitman: Absolution's canny targets. It's out on November 20th, with our hands-on preview poised and ready to deliver a precise burst of extra detail.
Strike Suit Zero, the space sim/super mecha funtimes from Born Ready Games, has successfully attracted $103,500 worth of pledges on Kickstarter. Now that their target has been reached, the team are free to pursue stretch goals of a Mac and Linux version along with mod tools over the next 14 days.
They've released some new screenshots to celebrate, which we've corralled after the break.Click here to read more...
Thinking of making a co-operative shooter? Well, if you are, "it had better have splitscreen", according to Visceral Games, who've taken over development for Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel.
We sat down with Lead Designer Julien Lamoureaux for a brief chat at a recent press event to chat about the upcoming third-person shooter, and he told us flat out that for co-op games like Army of Two, "splitscreen is a no brainer".Click here to read more...
BioWare has officially confirmed that the Mass Effect Trilogy edition will be available in Europe next week, setting the PC/Xbox 360 release date for Friday November 9th and dating the PS3 release for Wednesday December 7th. The original Mass Effect will presumably make its PSN debut on that date.
They've also helpfully explained what DLC comes with which version.Click here to read more...
Firaxis are hard at work on another patch for XCOM: Enemy Unknown. According to the in-progress change list, the update will make the Easy difficulty mode easier, improve roof visibility and fix some niggling leftover problems. Such as broken S.H.I.V. mechs, for one thing, not to mention erroneous aim penalties when standing still during overwatch.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is our nomination for Game Of The Month (October), having secured a glowing review. If you want to win a copy on the platform of your choice, browse on through and enter our absurdly simple competition.
With Halo 4 scant days from release, the Forward Unto Dawn live action miniseries has come to an end with Episode 5. Will Lasky's gambit pay off? Find out in this exciting conclusion, which does tie into Halo 4's Spartan Ops storyline.
Our 9/10 Halo 4 review is now live, explaining why 343 Industries' first proper Halo game falls just short of being the best in the series.
Sir, You Are Being Hunted grabbed our attention recently with its novel premise, impressive alpha footage and polite-yet-firm pretensions. As a British indie project from RPS' Jim Rossignol, it tells a grim tale of robotic gentry hunting humans for sport in a procedurally-generated world.
Now that Kickstarter accepts UK startups, the game has seized the opportunity to whip up some crowd funding capital. More details below.Click here to read more...