It appears that Nihilistic are not the only ones with ideas of heading into the mobile gaming scene, as it was announced today that Lightbox Entertainment would be making an iOS game for their next release. The news was announced as it was revealed that the studio would be laying off 24 of its staff as a result of the change of direction.Click here to read more...
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
A glance back down the annals of yesteryear shows off reels of games that refused to stick to one genre, refused to simply follow trends, and aimed to create something new - to fill gaps or create brand new ones, rather than simply looking to expand upon the in-vogue blockbuster of the moment. Warhawk served as a reminder to those adventurous games, and it's a testament to the enduring quality of Incognito's game that it has maintained a healthy following this past half-decade.
Now that a bunch of the developers who worked on that game find themselves at LightBox, and they've released a sequel that trumps its older sibling in nearly every way - mashing together the TPS and RTS genres with aplomb. It's not enough to simply try something new, though such endeavours should be encouraged; pulling it off is the key. Starhawk may not be a perfect game, but it's certainly a welcome one.
Titles have tried the heady blend of third-person action and real-time strategy before, perhaps most notoriously in the divisive Brutal Legend. But Starhawk's integration of those mechanics are tailored perfectly to the frenetic action of its forebear, which has been suitably ramped up here.Click here to read more...
LightBox have released a new video inviting gamers to go behind the scenes and take a sneak peek at the final days of development on Starhawk. We'll have a review for you guys this weekend.Click here to read more...
This week's PlayStation store update has brought a whole mess of content, and PSN Plus subscribers are set to have a seriously great day. The Starhawk beta is now live, Arc The Lad is free for a month and Crazy Taxi has a 75% discount. Sorted.
If you're not a PS Plus member, a number of minis have had their prices slashed, including Cubixx HD and Stellar Attack Mini. The PSN January sale is also continuing, with deals for the outstanding Dungeon Defenders and BloodRayne: Betrayal. We're waiting for more details on that front.
In terms of DLC, the main event is Uncharted 3's first flashback map pack which is imaginatively entitled Flashback Map Pack #1. Stirling work there, chaps. The free CheapyD DLC has also arrived for Saints Row 3, along with some new cars for GT5. Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning has also received its demo, which unlocks in-game items both for Big Huge Games' upcoming RPG and Mass Effect 3.
As always, we've got the full update below the break (with all those pesky rating and file size details edited out), or head over to the PS Blog if you want the official scoop.Click here to read more...
Sony has announced that a Starhawk Public Beta will begin this coming Wednesday, January 18th for PlayStation Plus Subscribers. LightBox Interactive will be using the opportunity to sort out "game balance, server traffic and general bugs," as well as showing off their project to a wider audience. It's looking very tasty indeed.
Not a PS Plus subscriber? Don't fret. Uncharted 3 owners who have redeemed a valid online pass will gain access to the beta on February 1st, though you'll need to opt into receiving marketing emails for details (yay). Otherwise, the beta will become freely available to all on February 22nd.
We’re all pretty excited here at Dealspwn for Nathan Drake’s next adventure, and with less than a month to go until the release developers Naughty Dog have announced on their official website that that the game has gone Gold, along with details of an added beta-based surprise.Click here to see more...
Starhawk’s single player game is something I’ve been waiting to get my hands on for a while now and I’m glad to say it was well worth the wait. This sci-fi third-person shooter is shaping up to be a lot of fun, especially given the original game’s lack of an offline side. But can it compete in a genre crowded with classics like Uncharted and Gears of War? Being able to instantly drop an arsenal of buildings, turret towers and vehicles from your own personal orbital carrier will certainly help its cause.
This early mission introduces the eagerly awaited building mechanics of the game. First though, it was time to clear the building site of a few aliens, who have a neon-Chimera feel to them. The standard assault rifle weapon was more than capable of taking them on, with no sign of any unwanted auto-aim to take away your fun. Red barrels and grenades provide huge explosions scattering bodies everywhere in glorious fashion. After playing through Brink, recently, it felt good to have grenades that erupted in fire again instead acting like a popped semi-deflated beach ball.
One awkward omission I encountered was the lack of a dodge move. After trying all sorts of button combinations, the best I could manage was a regular jump, which seems a little odd for a TPS title. Hopefully, there’ll be one in the final game or maybe I was just failing to find it like a nonce.Click here to read more...
Live near Manchester? Want to play some awesome PS3 games before they hit the shops? Of course you do. So you’ll need to get down to the PlayStation Access event in Manchester this weekend.
I went along last night and enjoyed playing the likes of Uncharted 3, Goldeneye: Reloaded, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, Starhawk, Tekken Hybrid and Assassin’s Creed Revelations. There are a few recent releases to try too, like Resistance 3, Dark Souls, Ico HD and FIFA 12. There's a new 3D visor-headset to try out too along with a few games hooked up with a Move SharpShooter attachment.Click here to read more...
As if you didn't know Starhawk was going to be suitably epic in scope and scale, Sony have released a trailer at TGS proving just that. The showoffs! Showcasing what we believe is a multiplayer match in full swing, it has two sides battling for supremacy of what looks like an intergalactic oil rig mining Rift Energy from an asteroid, until those pesky Outcast arrive. It's huge, it's epic, it looks a blast.Hit the jump for the trailer
If you've missed out on the likes of E3 and GamesCom where publishers have brought their biggest blockbusters for us lucky journalists to try out - oh Skyrim, you sexy beast - then you're in for a treat, as Sony is bringing the Playstation Access event to Bristol at the end of September for a three day tour boasting all manner of big hitters. Uncharted 3, Starhawk, Ratchet and Clank and even third-party offerings like Fifa 12 and Assassins Creed are all set to feature.
Playstation Access will be hosted at Motion in Bristol, beginning on Thursday the 29th of September and coming to a raucous end on October the 1st. Attendees must be 16 or over, and tickets are exclusive to the Playstation Access Facebook page which will hold competitions for tickets from the 12th onwards. Check it out!
Starhawk is already shaping up to be one of the premier titles on the Playstation 3, building upon the success of the game to which it is a spiritual successor; Warhawk. While plenty of information has already been revealed, head of Lightbox Interactive Dylan Jobe stopped by Gamescom to present some Q&A sessions, providing the press with an update on the upcoming title, as well as reveal some new information.
It began with Dylan giving a quick overview of the title, which would feature a fully-fledged single player campaign as well as the multiplayer madness. Taking place in the distant future in the frontier of space, groups of humans now mine for a new power source known as rift energy, a highly potent but unstable element. It is this unstable nature of rift energy that eventually turns those exposed to it into outcasts, pushing their skeletal structure to the outside of their body, and turning their eyes and veins a bright blue. These outcasts then devote their existence to worshiping the rift energy, and slaughter anyone who would dare to try and harvest it.
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Be gone, Call of Duty regulars; you have no place here in Starhawk land. During an interview with Playstation's EU blog, senior producer Harvard Bonin explained the team at LightBox Interactive is building their upcoming third-person shooter for the "sophisticated gamer", not the casual crowd who - according to Bonin - can't differentiate between a no-scope kill and a "hole in the head".Click here for more
LightBox Interactive has confirmed that their recently-announced (and extremely exciting) online shooter Starhawk will be receiving a beta later this year, along with splitscreen support and revamped tournaments. Playstation Move support, however, is out of the question.Click here for the details >>
It was only announced officially last week, but already more and more information on the successor to Warhawk is being drip-fed to us mere mortals. And in an interview with Eurogamer, LightBox Interactive's Dylan Jobe reveals fans can expect the single-player portion of the game - where new protagonist Emmet Graves scours the galaxy for his mutated brother, now leader of the Outcasts warband - will last between five and eight hours.Click here for more
It’s been a long time coming, but the official announcement from Sony has finally emerged. Starhawk is coming to the PS3 next year, and as well as refining the excellent multiplayer experience Warhawk provided there will be some new gameplay elements being thrown into the mix as well.Hit the jump to see all the details on Starhawk's reveal!