A couple of videos from Polish site gram.pl have revealed nearly an hour of unadulterated Sleeping Dogs footage. Expect plenty of martial arts awesomeness, many violent deaths, and some natty costume changes.
Sleeping Dogs is out this August for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, and you can find out exactly why you should excited about by checking out our Sleeping Dogs E3 coverage.Click here to read more...
Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has called out recent rumours surrounding Final Fantasy Versus XIII as a "hoax," reassuring fans that the long-delayed project is still in development and is impressive enough to "knock you off your feet." Considering that Square are set to make some major announcements at a Final Fantasy 25th anniversary event this September, perhaps we can expect a progress update?
Last week, sources alleged that Final Fantasy Versus XIII had been secretly cancelled, suggesting that Square were keeping things quiet to avoid shareholder panic and improve studio morale.
Green Man Gaming are selling The Last Remnant for less than £3, which will save you a few quid over the next 24 hours. This deal makes for great empirical value, but it's worth noting that the game itself has garnered a fairly average critical reception. Some neat ideas, fun battling and plenty of content rub shoulders with a slow start and massive grind... but for £2.49, I'm willing to overlook a fair few sins.
Tech company Uniloc has filed lawsuits against Mojang, Halfbrick and other studios, claiming that their games infringe on a patent for online authentication.
However, Notch plans to defend "Mindcraft" (yes, Uniloc misspelled their own litigation target) to the hilt - calling out the practice as "evil."Click here to read more...
The long-delayed Final Fantasy Versus XIII may have been quietly cancelled within the last few weeks, reports suggest today.Click here to read more...
Square Enix have dream dropped a new Kingdom Hearts 3D: DDD trailer today, showing off a couple of the new Disney worlds that Sora and Riku will be visiting in the upcoming 3DS game, along with some boss footage too.
"New worlds await Sora and Riku in KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance]," say Square. "Journey through magical Disney worlds never seen before in the KINGDOM HEARTS series, such as La Cité des Cloches (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), and “The Grid” (TRON: Legacy), uncovering mysteries, meeting new friends and battling awesome bosses as you go."
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance launches for 3DS this Friday 20th.Click here to read more...
G4TV have gone live with a video showing off the first 15 minutes of Square Enix's upcoming paean to Hong Kong crime cinema. We're very excited for Sleeping Dogs's release this August, and this video should give you some insight into exactly why.
Plus, when you're done, you can read Jon's Sleeping Dogs E3 interview with United Front for some tasty developer quotes.Hit the jump for 15 minutes of Sleeping Dogs goodness...
We're pretty sold on Hitman: Absolution now. It was touch and go for a little bit as IO Interactive refused to show anything but seemingly incongruous videos full of action and suspiciously conspicuous violence. However, if Jon's E3 Hitman preview is anything to go by, it'll be exactly what we've been waiting for.
Anyway, this new little video gives some insight into what actually goes on at a big expo like E3, taking viewers behind the scenes at Square Enix's booth, and lifting the lid on the dev team's preparation for such a large event. There's plenty of gameplay footage in there too.Click here to read more...
Publisher: Square Enix
The 3DS has been crying out for a dungeon-crawling RPG, and n-Space answered the call with sensational style. Not content with providing a full-fat loot grinding experience (featuring four classes, dozens of skills and over 80,000 loot drops) on a handheld console, they set about developing a new portable multiplayer benchmark: drop-in support for four online players complete with voice chat, clans and daily challenges.
To call Heroes Of Ruin 'ambitious' is an understatement for the ages, but amazingly, I'm delighted to report that it works - perfectly.
However, there's a fundamental problem. If n-Space actually managed to deliver on their heroic remit, how have I managed to find plenty of time to review Heroes Of Ruin in the first place? Read on to find out.
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Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)
Developers: Airtight Games
Publishers: Square Enix
I had rather hoped that I wouldn't have to bring up Portal. The knowledge that Kim Swift worked on Narbacular Drop, and then went on to help create Portal at Valve is really unnecessary information at this point. But I needn't have worried about that changing my perspective of Swift's latest game - the echoes of Valve's finest are written large across Quantum Conundrum.
"Is this done by the people that made Portal," my sister asks me one evening, glancing up from her book momentarily.
"One of the co-creators, yes." I tell her. "What made you say that?"
"Just the way that crate flew through the air off of that pad. Those laser emitters look awfully familiar." This from a woman who has never played Portal herself...though she has listened to "Still Alive" on numerous occasions.
GLaDOS and co., it would seem, are inescapable.
But then again, Swift and her team invite comparisons.At its core, Quantum Conundrum ferries you from puzzle room to puzzle room, inviting you to manipulate the world around you through distorted physics, chucking boxes onto hard to reach switches, taking care to dodge laser beams and deadly drops. This is all done in the first-person, too, providing ample opportunity for some tricky platforming. There's even a humorous narrator in there as well, punctuating your puzzling journey with quips and criticisms.Click here to read more...
It's live! It's up! Valve have kicked off their Steam Summer Sale, and it's all GO! As well as the usual swathe of discounts and bundled bargains, Steam are running timed flash deals too. You can check those out at the links below:
To be honest, they're not the greatest discounts we've ever seen, but if you missed the Deus Ex Collection deal the other day, it's back, along with a massive Square Enix Collection deal that sees you nabbing the Hitman, Tomb Raider, Just Cause, and Deus Ex franchises (plus all relevant DLC) for under £30.
Square's divisive Vita exclusive offers some accessible action-strategy, and plays a little like an ultraviolent, metal-backed Pikmin. It's a fun concept, but many believed Army Corps Of Hell to be a bit shallow and vapid, nowhere near worth its RRP. Now that Zavvi and The Hut are retailing at less than a tenner, perhaps it's enough to change your mind?
Square Enix's worldwide technology director, Julien Merceron, has suggested that consumers today are having a better time of it than ever before, if only due to the sheer diversity in content, genres, platforms, and experiences.
Speaking at length about the Wii U and Nintendo's different approach in comparison to that of Sony and MS, Merceron predicted that the upcoming console would appeal to a community that prized innovation in interaction over graphical fidelity and cinematic immersion, but noted that we're living in a time that caters to all tastes and preferences.Click here to read more...
When is a rhythm game not a rhythm game? When it also has RPG levelling mechanics and a soundtrack drawn from the best moments of one of gaming's most beloved series. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is a seriously addictive little game that manages to evoke plenty of memories from throughout the Final Fantasy franchise, and you can get it for less than £20 at The Game Collection. Thanks to Rhys135 at HotUKDeals.
UFC legend Georges St-Pierre walks us through the latest Sleeping Dogs trailer from Uited Front Games, in a slickly edited video that shows how some of GSP's extensive combat knowledge has filtered through into the combat featured in The Game Formerly Known As True Crime Hong Kong.Click here to read more...
A quick little update, Square Enix have changed the "soon" proclamation of the impending PC re-release of Final Fantasy VII to "this year".
We announced yesterday that the PC re-release would be updated with better save functionality, stat boosting, and achievements.
Christmas is going to be frickin' awesome!
Square Enix may not be willing to fully remake Final Fantasy VII until they've managed to release a superior current-gen game, but the rumoured PC re-release has been been confirmed today. According to the official website (which is currently taking an absolute pounding), this new version will contain cloud save functionality, achievements and a cheeky “Character Booster.”
Interestingly, though, the re-release will apparently only be available via the official Square Enix store, despite the initial rumours suggesting that it was headed to Steam.
Square Enix has revealed another special edition for Hitman Absolution: the Deluxe Professional Edition.
Which, as you can see, features the most adorable Agent 47 ever: a ten inch vinyl statue that
once again calls the tone of the game into question looks awesome. You'll also snag an art book, a making-of DVD, sniper challenge access and the Agency Gun Pack DLC. The Deluxe Professional Edition will apparently be "strictly limited" when it hits shelves on November 20th 2012.
Hitman: Absolution is shaping up nicely - might I suggest a scoping out our E3 hands-on preview?
Green Man Gaming are running a neat little voucher code deal for recently-released puzzler Quantum Conundrum, which lops £1.99 off of the retail price. Developed by Portal co-designer Kim Swift, it's an extremely rewarding puzzle game, but the reliance on reflexes means that it's sometimes difficult to implement a solution after you've worked it out.