Alien Isolation is shaping up nicely. Having spent four solid hours playing the latest Steam build, I can report that its adaptive AI and terrifying unpredictability makes for a very different kind of horror game.
However, the fact that sections starring the original Alien voice cast are only going to be available as pre-order DLC -- or paid DLC down the line -- has got many a hackle up across the internet. I naturally asked lead designer Gary Napper exactly why they'd taken the controversial move.Click here to read more...
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Be advised: I'm still playing Titanfall and loving it. Though many players have departed over the last few months, angrily citing the lack of a metagame and arbitrary unlockables, the evergreen gameplay and superbly designed maps of Respawn's shooter ensure me a fresh and exciting experience every time I scamper along a rooftop or crush fleeing infantry into bloody smears under steel heel.
Mind you, Titanfall dropped the ball hard post-launch, which I've poked and prodded at relentlessly. From dwindling player numbers on objective gametypes to long matchmaking times and the lack of cosmetic customisation, there's been plenty to moan about. Thankfully Respawn have managed to patch things up in any sense of the phrase, resulting in a sharper, faster, more engrossing and customisable experience after a sequence of updates. Update 5 brings a new economy into the mix that adds a new dimension to Burn Cards, alongside extra fixes and tweaks that improve and expand the gameplay experience for free.
Frontier's Edge feels like the last piece of the puzzle: three thematic stages that lack the obvious gimmicks of Expedition's trio, designed to tempt players back onto objective gametypes with smart scalable design. Come back for the update, then stay for the maps. We'll discuss both over the next few hundred words.Click here to read more...
Call of Duty: Ghosts Season Pass PS3/PS4 | 365 Games | £11.99
This is a fantastic deal for any fans of Call of Duty's multiplayer. For £11.99 you get all four map packs for Call of Duty: Ghosts. With each pack usually costing £11.59 on PSN, this is an incredible saving. The standard digital price for the season pass is £34.99 and prices are around £25 on eBay. The pass is for both the PS3 and PS4 versions, so if you upgrade you won't have to buy the maps again.
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Been holding off on Ghosts DLC in the hope of finding a good season pass deal? Well you're in luck as CDKeys are currently offering the pass for £12.59, which drops down to £11.99 if you use the site's 5% off Facebook voucher.
The four packs include Onslaught, Devastation, Invasion, and Nemesis, the last of which isn't out on PSN just yet, but will probably cost more than this deal when it finally arrives.
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The Sims 4 has gotten itself a new 20-minute gameplay video showing off a whole host of content for the upcoming bundle of virtual puppet-mastery.
But the video also mentions something about a "Premium Membership" too, and that sounds rather familiar.Click here to read more...
Titanfall's next season pass map pack -- Frontier's Edge -- has started revealing its secrets. The first of the three new maps is Dig Site, a deep quarry that gives Titans plenty of cover to negotiate while pilots leap overhead or brutally face off atop massive mining equipment.
We've got a first look at the new stage below.Click here to read more...
We've long railed against this industry's tendencies towards pre-ordering here on this site. Most recently, we saw five different collector's editions for Watch Dogs, one or two of them filling the reward of pre-order special editions. This has been common for some time: pre-order a game from a certain retailer, get some bonus swag thrown in for free. Usually it's a character skin or perhaps a shiny, golden weapon. But every so often, it might prove to be something meaningful -- a map or two, free DLC, gameplay content not to be found in other versions of the game.
When that happens, publishers and retailers wheel out the phrase "giving consumers choices". But that's utter rubbish. What they've done is slice bits off of the top in a truly anti-consumer move, and muddied the waters of convenience. These days, it's not uncommon to pay full price for 95% of a game.
In short, when retailers get involved with anything other than game distribution and sales, it's a little suspect.
Imagine our joy, then, at discovering that GameStop is preparing to get its sticky fingers even stickier. The world's largest games retailer is apparently looking to become more involved in the development processes of big games. GameStop execs recently met with investment company R.W. Baird to talk about their place in the games industry currently, along with plans for the future. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian has recently revealed, via VentureBeat, "that the brick-and-mortar chain wants to find ways to give customers more value when they preorder games."Click here to read more...
I've said it before and I'll say it again: you probably ought to investigate The Secret World. It's an MMORPG like no other, a thought-provoking, deeply atmospheric and peerlessly-written experiment that flies in the face of everything you'd expect from the genre. A twisted version of our world where everything is true, every fairy tale, conspiracy theory and horror story, where a working knowledge of sheet music and ISBN numbers is just as important as a deadly skill rotation. Not to mention steely nerves and a willingness to actually flex your grey matter.
Shame about the ending, though. The Secret World closed like a TV season finale, promising grand revelations and a triumphant return to Tokyo: the horrifying ground zero that kickstarted the game's events. Two years and a shift from subscriptions to 'buy once,-play forever' later and I'm finally in a position to say "konichiwa" from Kaidan. Promising a new playfield, horizontal progression system and the beginning of the end for the current story arc (if time is actually linear in The Secret World... goodness, there's a whole separate article in there), this is the descent into madness we've been waiting for.
Was it worth the wait? For both hardcore and lapsed fans, Issue #9 is arguably the pinnacle of the experience thus far. A terrifying, chilling, haunting, deeply referential lungful of filthy air.
My wisdom flows so sweet. Taste and see.Click here to read more...
Games are expensive. Add in the fact that new-gen games are £10-£20 more expensive than they were on PS3/360 and it’s not surprising that many gamers opt to trade in their games as soon as they’re done.
With multiplayer orientated titles like Battlefield or Titanfall, they may keep hold of them a little while longer if they’re still fun or reliable online. The promise of extra maps to download further down the line make trading them in a risky proposition, after all nobody wants to miss out.
But what about games like Infamous: Second Son? With no multiplayer component and a Platinum Trophy available over two playthroughs through less than 20 hours of play, there isn’t much reason to keep the game. It makes much more sense to trade it in or make even more money back by listing it on eBay. Even if you really enjoyed a game, it’s worth noting that you could sell for a high price soon after launch and then buy again for a quarter of the price in a few years’ time when you fancy reliving the experience.
But that’s not exactly music to the ears of game publishers who deem every second-hand copy of their game sold as missed monies. Thankfully, most of the big houses have ditched their online passes to put off preowned sales. For years we’ve seen expansion DLC for single player games to enhance the experience and ensure we keep the game but decent ones have been quite rare. Fallout 3 had some great (but horrendously buggy) expansions, Burnout Paradise had a great blend of free and paid packages that ensured no racing fan would ever be able to part with their game. The lack of a sequel has also helped there.Click here to read more...
Platform: Xbox One (£7.99)
Developer: Capcom Vancouver
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
I see what you did there, Capcom. After years of releasing 'super' and 'arcade' editions of games we already own, not to mention bucketloads of deeply questionable DLC, it's time to poke a little fun at yourselves while making amends for Dead Rising 3's calamitous season pass. Half fan service brawler, half 80s retro reference and all slightly-too-forced self parody, this colourful slice of content turns the game into a four-player hack and slasher. A bit like Streets Of Rage or Final Fight, perhaps, only with hundreds of zombies and an M. Bison boss the size of an office block.
It's galling that Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha is still technically "on-disc DLC," mind, since the files are included in the latest mandatory 4GB title update. You've just swapped a physical CD for the hard drive, Capcom; making everyone who owns the game download the content then charging to unlock it. An improvement, except that we've only got 500GB to play with and you should ask our permission before taking up valuable space with stuff we might not want.
Never mind though, because I just dressed Frank West up as Mayor Haggar, teamed up with Nick Ramos in a sexy Felicia outfit and made lots of dead things even deader. Arcade Remix may not be subtle or particularly deep, but it sure is fun when you get some mates involved.Click here to read more...
Dark Souls II is set to punish you (and your wallet) all over again with three new episodic DLC packs, forming the 'Lost Crowns Trilogy.'Click here to read more...
Activision has revealed that the next Call Of Duty: Ghosts map pack -- Invasion -- brings some Mexican flavour to the proceedings. Stash some guns in a guitar case, grow out your hair and get the details below.Click here to read more...
Nintendo has teamed up with Mercedes for a surprising Mario Kart 8 partnership.Click here to read more...
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Fluid parkour and massive robots are all well and good, but Titanfall's maps are the unsung stars of the show. Wide enough to accommodate hulking exoskeletons, tall enough to let us exploit our enhanced mobility, nuanced enough to allow for expressive gameplay in each match yet compact enough to force twelve players into flashpoints, they're an absolute masterpiece of design, form and function.
And now we have three more of them courtesy of Expedition: the first of Titanfall's lightweight season pass map packs that clocks in at an equally lightweight £7.99.
So as always we'll take each map in turn, discuss whether or not they provide reasonable value, and then have an overdue chat about Titanfall's more urgent concerns. It's very much a case of the great, the good and the ugly.
Let's start with WarGames: the first map to be announced. This virtual battlefield is set within a training simulator, right down to the custom pre-match introduction and VR enemies that dissolve into pixels when killed, offering unique visual flair thanks to its neon-edged platforms and eyecatching glitchy design. A central tower plays host to desperate close-quarters warfare, while various thematic zones and wide streets are linked together by lofty wallrun paths that itch to be explored.
It's utterly fantastic. Indeed, it might even be the finest map in the entire game.Click here to read more...
Titanfall is set to receive its first DLC map pack this month -- on Xbox One and PC, anyway -- entitled 'Expedition.' We've already had a closer look at its virtual reality Wargames stage, complete with themed Tron-esque areas and parkour-friendly design, but now Respawn Entertainment has given us a guided tour of the new maps by way of a trailer.
Runoff seems to be classic Titanfall fare, involving a grim industrial facility packed with gantries, rooftops and potential overwatch positions. You'll need to maintain total situational awareness to survive here, by the looks of things. However, Swampland looks to be the most interesting of the trio; setting the action in a dense forest with trees to scamper across, temples to raid and plenty of cover.
We still don't have a firm release date to report, but expect Expedition to launch this month, followed by the ported Xbox 360 version in June.
400 Days acts as an inbetween episode for Seasons 1 and 2 of Telltale's The Walking Dead series. While it doesn't star characters from the main series, it will play it's part in season 2, so be sure to hook it up with an existing save from S1. This is a great price, especially if you're waiting for Season 2 to wrap up before you buy it so you can hammer through it all in a weekend.
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Respawn Entertainment has revealed one of the three new maps headed to Titanfall in the upcoming Expedition DLC pack: War Games. It's set in a VR simulator, thus allowing for a range of visually striking areas that can visually glitch out as you play. Parkour fans will be in their element, since the geometry is designed around free-flowing mobility.Click here to read more...
There's no denying that Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is wicked skinny, but at least you'll have a bit more to play of it soon. Konami has confirmed that the platform-exclusive DLC will soon be released on all consoles, free of charge, which is a nice touch.
PlayStation players will be able to sample Raiden's rambunctious bodysnatcher rampage, while Xbox owners can get all kinds of nostalgic with a retro-themed stroll down memory lane. Description through the links.
Ground Zeroes has proved to be one of the most divisive games of the year, with critical reviews and player opinions all over the shop. Personally I felt that its quality won out over its slim quantity - but felt that the series' fun factor has been totally replaced by a mishandled attempt to be totally edgy. Thoughts?
This week on Game Buzz... We have a gander at Titanfall's DLC plans and ask what the game needs to keep it fresh, we chat about Marty O'Donnell's departure from Bungie, we touch upon the announcement of Civilization: Beyond Earth, and we take a look at Call of Duty's plans for Snoop Dogg DLC.
Still can't believe that last one isn't a really late April Fool.
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.
Yo dawg, so we heard you like Call Of Duty: Ghosts and Snoop Dogg. So we put Snoop Dogg... inside your Call Of Duty: Ghosts! OHHHHHHH[that's enough lame Pimp My Ride references for one day - Ed]Click here to read more...