Sanctum 2 launched yesterday on Steam and XBLA, and the launch trailer makes a convincing case for checking out the trial. Like its predecessor, Sanctum 2 is an FPS/Tower Defence hybrid that rewards tactics as well as twitchy reflexes, but contains "more characters, more enemies, more bosses, more levels, more weapons and more towers."
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DICE have recently loosed two more Battlefield 4 screenshots as a reward for the community flocking to their social networks. They're both rather drab in terms of art direction, but grant a closer look at how Frostbite 3.0 handles interior environments, reflective surfaces and fine detail. Frankly, wake me up when someone's blowing up those walls with a well-placed HEAT round.
Recent rumours suggest that Commander Mode will make a return, along with Premium DLC.Click here to read more...
Following weeks of leaks and rumours, Activision have finally officially confirmed that Call Of Duty: Ghosts will release on November 5th for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Developed by Infinity Ward, Ghosts promises to offer an "all-new" story, characters and Call Of Duty experience running on a brand new engine designed to bridge this generation and the next - which means both the PS4 and Microsoft's mysterious machine.
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Call Of Duty: Ghosts has now been all but confirmed as this year's Activision shooter, with the official site proclaiming that "the ghosts are real." Infinity Ward have also confirmed their involvement with a telling tweet, which would be more of a surprise if we didn't already know what the box art looks like. Current rumours suggest that Ghosts will use a brand new engine (about time too, really), and somewhat obviously focus on fan-favourite character Ghost.
It's high time for a reveal, and exactly a year has passed since Black Ops 2 was officially announced at the NBA playoffs. It's possible that Activision will follow suit with a commercial this afternoon, though we'll have to wait and see.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon looks to have been developed on a shoestring budget. Free to strip-mine Far Cry 3's engine and assets, this neon-tinted shooter cuts corners at every turn. It's supposed to resemble a cheap straight-to-VHS 1980s action movie after all; right down to a nonsensical script, hokey production values and art direction focused on using the least expensive props possible.
Indeed, you get the impression that Ubisoft probably spent about £8.50 all told, most of which went to Aliens star Michael Biehn who drawls through some of the most hilarious and hammy dialogue to have ever graced the medium. We assume that the talented musicians behind the truly exceptional original soundtrack must have been paid with a pint and an IOU scrawled on a beer mat.
Compared to the extravagant budgets of Square Enix and EA, who find themselves losing money hand over fist, this relentlessly silly little escapade is barely a drop in the ocean... yet it provides a few satisfying hours of fist-pounding, quad-barrelled, neon-edged, laser spewing, dragon killing, hard rocking, side splitting power-gloved fun for just £12.00. Better yet, Blood Dragon painstakingly captures the spirit of 80s blockbusters, everything from the omnipresent synth to overblown training montages. Pay attention, other AAA publishers, because this is how you deliver a proper romp without breaking the bank.
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Upcoming free-to-play PS3 shooter Dust 514 plugs directly into the sprawling EVE Online universe, which has a decade of lore and history behind it. I daresay that many players will just want to get involved with the PvP action and enjoy orbital bombardment support from EVE pilots, but if you want to invest in the story and setting, a new trailer fills in pretty much everything you need to know (beyond some of the more colourful player-driven assassinations and scandals).
Dust 514 is out on May 14th, which is a hilariously apt date if you're American.Click here to read more...
All signs have been pointing to Call Of Duty: Ghosts being this year's Infinity Ward shooter, and the official website has now all but confirmed it. As evidenced by a ruddy great Ghost skull. The name of the game is still redacted, but with box art doing the rounds, I think we can expect a reveal fairly soon.
But how soon? Activision often use the NBA playoffs to deliver their debut trailers, but perhaps they'll wait for Microsoft's next-gen console reveal on May 21st.
Free-to-play shooter Dust 514 will be leaving its prolonged beta on the 14th of May, which is a totally hilarious numerical joke to kick off our week if you use the American style of putting the month before the day. It's fun with maths.
Where was I? Yes, Dust 514 is finally ready to release on PS3, whereupon it will allow players to experience the EVE Online universe from a totally new perspective and offer the first truly F2P first person shooter on consoles. New screenshots and feature list after the break.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PSN | XBLA (version tested)
Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger is going back to its roots. After The Cartel abortively flirted with a modern setting, Gunslinger returns to the rich pageantry and legendary figures of the Wild West, casting players as a bounty hunter who rubs shoulders with ornery cowpokes like Billy The Kid and Jesse James. Cowboys have never stopped being cool, and though we've lost sight of them under a never-ending sea of zombies and space marines, Techland's sequel is all about letting us live the ten-gallon fantasy in sepia-toned style. Accessible arcade mechanics make light work of six guns and high noon showdowns, while a cleverly-constructed narrative constantly calls our narrator's reliability (and sobriety) into question.
However, Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger also plans to challenge conventional wisdom. Instead of releasing as a stodgy full-priced boxed product (the likes of which have recently been losing money hand over fist), Techland are focusing their best ideas into a tight downloadable title on Steam, PSN and XBLA. It's the kind of forward-thinking move we've been begging for over the last few months, and if my 90 minutes of hands-on contact time is anything to go by, this tale of gunsmoke and vengeance should offer big-budget thrills for a fraction of what you'd usually expect to pay.
Six chambers of fun, for barely a fistful of Dollars.
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A leaked Battlefield 4 promotional poster from EB Games Australia suggests that DICE's Frostbite 3-powered shooter will release at the tail end of October, and Commander Mode is indeed slated for a comeback.Click here to read more...
It's easy to write off this brave indie shooter as a broken mess, but once you start giving it the benefit of the doubt, you'll realise that it's unbelievably ambitious. As a Deus Ex-esque merging of large levels, freeform gunplay, stealth, hacking, branching storylines and robust RPG mechanics, this compelling little oddity will grow on you through multiple cumulative playthroughs. Steam are running a 50% off sale to celebrate its new free PvP expansion, so it's a good time to pick it up if you're willing to forgive some of the roughest edges you'll ever see.
By attempting to emulate every overblown 80s action movie you've ever seen, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is set to be a massive heap of irreverent, hilarious fun. Since it's built on Far Cry 3's DNA, you can expect complex and versatile freeform open-world gameplay, but this time with neon, fingerless gloves and enormous laser-firing dragons everywhere you look. Go on then.
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Platforms: Xbox 360 (reviewed, 1200 MSP) | PC | PS3
It's increasingly fashionable to rail against Call Of Duty and everything it stands for, but despite a few predictable grievances, millions of players still flock to its enjoyable blend of skill, uncomplicated fun and rampant spectacle to unwind after a long day. It's interesting, then, that the latest map pack for Black Ops II favours the latter. In an effort to give players something interesting to look at beyond wartorn streets, Uprising goes heavy on gimmicks, bells and whistles, offering four maps and a new Zombie level that all feature a unique 'thing.' Whether you're dodging through lava, stomping across a miniature city that makes you feel like a giant or punting zombies into a demonic maw as Ray Liotta, there's no denying that Uprising is gun fun on a bun.
If you've fallen out of love with Call Of Duty, don't regularly play Black Ops II or spend your days whining about there being "too many shooters" without making the effort to enjoy the cornucopia of different genres out there (you know who you are), there's nothing for you here. But if you're still enjoying Treyarch's blockbuster, Uprising is going to be a welcome breath of fresh air over the coming months.
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Gamefly are practically giving away Ravaged, the Kickstarted post-apocalyptic multiplayer shooter featuring a bunch of awesome vehicles. Despite generic weapons, gunplay and classes, ragging around in a Mad Max-mobile is a laugh and a half, and well worth the price of admission.
Just a quickie: Microsoft have released a campaign-only edition of Halo 3: ODST on Xbox Live. The £11.99, 3.47GB download contains the full singleplayer experience for a reduced price, but no Firefight options whatsoever.
We strongly feel that letting players choose which bits of the game they want to buy is a great idea, and a concept worth exploring as development costs continue to rise, though must also point out that you could just buy a full copy for £8.94 from Coolshop. Or pick it up pre-owned for peanuts.
Publisher: Trion Worlds
Much has been made of Warface's deeply silly name, but we rather like it. It's fun to say. Go on, try it out: Warface. Show me your Warface. Gears Of Warface. Full spread of photon torpedoes, Lieutenant Worface. Crytek's monicker might have been slightly lost in translation, but it has a certain goofy charm.
However, beyond these cheap laughs, Warface means serious business. Crytek's first foray into free to play has a lofty mission statement: to deliver a triple-A quality multiplayer experience, both in terms of gameplay and graphics, within your humble internet browser. Team-based deathmatches, co-op, customisation and clans. No clients. No down-payment or subscription. Just war. Face.
Having sampled the closed beta, we can report that Warface is certainly on course to set a new graphical standard for browser games, and provide impressively solid shooting for the bargain price of absolutely no money whatsoever.
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Just a quickie: According to a new tweet from DICE, we'll get our first look at Battlefield 4 next Wednesday. A brief clip on Vine contains some close-up shots of tank treads, and tells us to "Prepare 4 Battle" on March 27th.
Short and sweet, but with luck, we'll have much to discuss in nine days' time.
Self-proclaimed 'first-person-survival-horror-comedy-shooter' Zombeer: Zombies & Beers has been confirmed for PS3, developer Moonbite announced today. As you can see from the Dead Island parody trailer (and probably guess from its title and somewhat redundant subtitle), this indie project plans to remind us of the age-old saying: "sometimes the only answer to more zombies is probably more beer."
Zombeer is currently working on securing a PC release via Steam Greenlight, where you can read more about its boozy take on the undead apocalypse.
Sony released a new developer diary for Killzone: Mercenary over the weekend, which offers plenty of gameplay footage alongside some big promises. Creative director Tom Jones (no, not that Tom Jones) reckons that the handheld shooter will easily become "the best-looking game on Vita," and show players "a different side to the war." Ruthless covert missions will run in parallel to the events of Killzone 2, offering a new perspective on some familiar events.
We're rather excited to see how Mercenary turns out, since the Vita could definitely use a quality FPS after Resistance: Burning Skies and Black Ops Declassified failed to impress.Click here to read more...