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July 8, 2017

Wed all worn those red/blue glasses before, but do you remember the first time you sat down in front of a 3D movie, at home or at the cinema, and were just so blown away that you thought to yourself Holy Cow, this technology is the way of the future? Me neither. No one thought that. 3D cinema, circa Avatar, was a breakthrough, but it didnt revolutionise the film industry, and it didnt inspire a great deal of innovation from production houses. Ive always felt much the same way about VR in the gaming industry; obviously a jump forward, but not being used to its full creative potential. T...

July 7, 2017

Horizon Zero Dawn patch 1.30 has just been released and with it an array of new features for players to get excited about. With Horizon Zero Dawns first major expansion titled The Frozen Wilds due out later this year, fans of the new franchise should definitely be honing their skills in the latest patch, which features a new Ultra Hard mode which includes more aggressive machine behaviour, enhanced weapons and outfits, two new trophies and best of all a New Game+ mode allowing you to start Horizon Zero Dawn again but keep your characters progression and items. Check out the full Horizon Ze...

July 7, 2017

With the launch of the first Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC pack The Master Trials now behind us, Nintendo has begun to reveal information about DLC pack 2, with The Champions Ballad detai...

July 6, 2017

Uppercut Games today officially unveiled the latest project they have been working on: City of Brass. The developer responsible for the very popular Submerged game which launched almost two years ago has been busy creating another masterpiece, this time being a first person action adventure game where a strange genie brings a literal City of Brass up out of the sands, which just so happened to be& submerged. The game is currently scheduled to launch later this year on Steam, as well as Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Check out the official City of Brass Steam reveal trailer below: As we can tel...

July 5, 2017

Ubisoft has today revealed a new rewards program where players still cruising the United States in the original The Crew game can unlock free The Crew 2 vehicles. Up to eighteen vehicles are up for grabs in The Crew rewards program, with awards ranging from simply having played The Crew to completing up to 15 awards. In fact, the current award for players is simply to play The Crew, and it will reward you with a free The Crew 2 vehicle, none other than the iconic Ferrari 458. The rewards program page will be updated twice a month but you can see all the awards youve completed up to date direc...

July 4, 2017

Rebellion Developments has today announced new information on a game that theyve been busy working on for quite some time now, Evil Genius 2. In an E3 2017 interview with Rebellion Games CEO Jason K...

July 3, 2017

Since its first appearance on the SNES, way back in 1996, Natsumes Harvest Moon franchise has been regarded as the pinnacle of relaxed, good-natured adventure in gaming. All 26 (!) games in the Story of Seasons series have focused on farming, raising livestock, economy and community; a haven from the often violent, always conflict-driven experiences to be found elsewhere in video games, and one that has unsurprisingly become home to millions of fans around the world. Harvest Moons influence over our industry has been widespread; 2016s most adored indie title, Stardew Valley, is a bla...

July 1, 2017

It was back in 2010, with the release of David Cages Heavy Rain, that I was first exposed to interactive cinema; an emergent genre, focusing on rich plots and cinematic storytelling in lieu of complex gameplay mechanics. Its a niche market, but games in this style are usually among the most meticulously crafted and well written experiences in gaming, with breakout successes, such as Square Enixs Life Is Strange, releasing to rave critical reception and generating an enormous cult following. Developed by Dontnod Entertainment, Life Is Strange is a time-travelling murder mystery that see...

June 30, 2017

E3 is always a massive time of the year, with new game announcements, huge information blowouts on games previously announced and sometimes even console announcements all vying for your attention. This year there was heaps of promise leading into E3, with the first Nintendo Showcase focusing on the Nintendo Switch since it was released in March and the big reveal of what was then known as Project Scorpio from Microsoft. While there weren’t quite as many brand-new announcements as we expected at E3 2017, the show was still punctured with some incredible reveals and fantastic trailers. This i...

June 30, 2017

Xbox has just announced details of the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale 2017, with news that the prices have already hit the marketplace. Bargains can be had across Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, with the sal...

June 29, 2017

Ever Oasis is an action-adventure RPG game developed by Japanese developers Grezzo for the Nintendo 3DS. You may or may not have heard of Grezzo, but they’re the people responsible for developing several notable titles for 3DS, including the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and Ocarina of Time remakes for 3DS, as well as the more recent title Triforce Heroes. Ever Oasis is a brand new IP from the developers, led by director/producer Koichi Ishii, creator of the legendary Mana series. Ever Oasis is firmly rooted in the action-RPG genre, but with added life-sim elements. You, a Seedling with...

June 29, 2017

E3 2017 took place in Los Angeles, California and was the largest video game remake convention ever. Many companies came to showcase games that they released ten years ago and are going to release again. There were no new games allowed. One of the remakes was Outcast: Second Contact, which needed another remake, after not having been remade since 2014 (that long!?). The first remake is no longer HD enough. Like Spidermans infinite cinematic reboots, you just gotta keep the Outcast remakes coming. Sarcasm aside, it just feels like innovation in our industry is dead. Like I mentioned in the...

June 28, 2017

After being announced by publisher Devolver Digital and developer On Bit Beyond at E3 2017, we havent seen too much of Swords of Ditto. That changes now, with an extended gameplay video that had just...

June 27, 2017

Since the cult success of Tokyo RPG Factorys I Am Setsuna in 2016, enraptured fans have waited with bated breath for another taste of JRPG mastery from the Square Enix owned studio. Headed up by Director Atsushi Hashimoto, Lost Sphear will be the second entry in the Setsuna Series, and while not a direct sequel, will share the same rejuvenated combat mechanics and existential plot themes as its predecessor. I met with Atsushi-san at Square Enixs booth to discuss Lost Sphear and his plans for the ongoing Setsuna series. Atsushi-san opted to begin with a brief presentation. Atsushi Hashimo...

June 23, 2017

When I was growing up, my two favourite things were RPGs and anime, so when I found out that Level-5 and Studio Ghibli were teaming up create a game I was insanely excited. After waiting years for a Western release, Ni no Kuni was released and I fell in love with it. The Ghibli-styled graphics and whimsical feeling of the game swept me away and I couldn’t wait for more. Thankfully, we won’t be waiting quite as long as last time, with Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom releasing globally for PC and PlayStation 4 later this year. While at E3 2017 Adam got to check out a story presentation and g...

June 23, 2017

South Park: The Stick of Truth had a fair amount of controversy when it was released. The game was one of the first titles in Australia to receive an R18+ rating by the OFLC, however, it was initially refused classification and had to have certain scenes cut from the final product. Based on Adam’s time with South Park: The Fractured But Whole at E3, the sequel is looking like it will cause just as much of a stir when it releases on October 17, 2017, although hopefully it survives the OFLCs judgement this time around. Unlike the first game which saw the kids role-playing as fantasy character...

June 22, 2017

Im a little embarrassed to admit that until my eyes-on preview with Skydances upcoming VR shooter, Archangel, Id had very little experience with VR. A friend of mine owns a headset attachment for his Android phone, on which I enjoyed an animated and interactive tour through some of Vincent van Goghs most popular works. Entertaining, sure, but I wouldnt exactly call myself a VR commando. Good thing Skydance had a giant robot do the fighting for me. Archangel puts you in the gunners seat of an enormous mech, and tasks your squad with stopping a tyrannical corporation from enslaving the rem...

June 22, 2017

Ubisoft has just uploaded a fantastic new trailer display the newly announced Beyond Good and Evil 2 in-engine. We covered the original unveiling of Beyond Good and Evil 2, which appeared at the end o...

June 22, 2017

Many words were used to describe Bethesdas E3 2017 press conference. Extravagant? Unnecessary? Regardless of your thoughts, they delivered some big announcements including some big new titles, and today Bethesda went one step further by announcing a partnership with Titan Comics to release new Bethesda comics for the upcoming Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider and The Evil Within 2. The announcement was made via Titan Comics Facebook page and Tumblr account. Rocket Chainsaw covered the announcements of these three major upcoming E3 titles, and you can check the...

June 22, 2017

Ancient Egypt has been one of the most requested locales for the Assassin’s Creed series since the first game (sorry feudal Japan fans!), and with Assassin’s Creed Origins Ubisoft has finally delivered that setting. Following leaks throughout the past few years, Ubisoft finally raised the curtains on what has been thought of as a soft reboot for the franchise. Stepping back to what is being boasted as “the beginning” of the Assassin order, Origins introduces protagonist Bayek, a poor peasant and member of the Medjay. In real world history, the Medjay were desert scouts for the Egyptian...

June 22, 2017

Honestly, The Crew 2 was one of the biggest surprises for us when it was first announced and then revealed at E3 2017. When The Crew originally released back in 2014 we were relatively unimpressed with the game, but credit to Ivory Tower Studios – their Wild Ride expansion not only added more content to the game, it gave the visuals a makeover to make it look a lot more appealing. Adam got the chance to go hands on with the game at E3 and was surprised at just how much The Crew 2 seems to have improved over the original game. Unlike The Crew, The Crew 2 won’t need any updates to its visual...

June 22, 2017

One could argue that, in recent years, our industry has followed Hollywood into a rut of annual sequels, reboots, remasters and re-releases. Im not here to complain about that today, but the context of that issue makes it particularly exciting to come across a promising new IP, like Strange Brigade. Announced just days before E3, Rebellions supernatural, co-op shooter had already begun generating significant buzz by the shows opening, and I eagerly awaited my opportunity for a hands-on preview. SB immediately draws you into its bizarre universe with some of the slickest design and present...

June 22, 2017

Rebellion brought more heat than usual to E3 this year, revealing an exciting new IP in Strange Brigade (preview to come), while also showcasing the nearly completed re-skin of their classic, third-person shooter, Rogue Trooper. First released in 2006 to positive reviews, Rogue Trooper has spent the last 11 years amassing somewhat of a cult following, reaching 90%+ overall rating on Steam, and prompting a full HD redux from its now independent developers. To be clear, this is just a re-texture, with a few polished animations and minor gameplay tweaks. Theres no shame in that, but with an i...

June 21, 2017

H.P. Lovecrafts work is never far from the world of video games, as his dark stories have influenced games like Eternal Darkness and Bloodborne. Now, developers Cyanide are working on an adaptation of the old 1981 pen-and-paper RPG, Call of Cthulhu, while also combining it with modern horror, adventure and RPG game elements, in Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game. At E3, I was privy to a pre-alpha demonstration of the final game, run by the developers, who are huge fans of H.P. Lovecraft’s work. While this is an original story, the game is loaded with easter eggs and references to...

June 21, 2017

Not every game shown at E3 has to be a huge, all-encompassing blockbuster title. Sometimes, the titles that leave the greatest impression on you are just based around a small idea, or unique use of technology, but executed in a creative and memorable way. This is the case with A Plague Tale: Innocence, a game set in France, 1349, during the Black Plague. Its a single-player game for PC and consoles (but no Switch release), that focuses on a pretty simple fear  rats. And not just any rats, but the nastiest, most evil looking rats youve seen a long time, who move in the thousands like pool...

June 21, 2017

Vampyr is the third game from developers Dontnod Entertainment, previously having worked on Life is Strange and Remember Me. However, Vampyr is their most ambitious project yet  an Action RPG meant to be the ultimate vampire game, and it certainly looks that way. At E3 this year, I watched a developer-run walkthrough of a mission from the first act of the game, that demonstrates many of the mechanics on display. You play as a physician, Jonathan Reid, who has just been transformed into a vampire in 1918 London. The demos mission starts in a hospital, which is considered sacred ground...

June 21, 2017

One of the standout titles from Microsoft’s press conference, was undoubtedly Dragon Ball FighterZ (pronounced Fighterz and not Fighter Zee like I initially thought). It brings together Dragon Ball, which is now hip and fresh again thanks to the success of the Dragon Ball Super anime, with Arc System Works, developers of legendary 2D fighting games like Blazblue and Guilty Gear. A 2D Dragon Ball fighting game that takes advantage of the power of modern hardware to make a near anime-perfect visual experience? It really does sound like a match made in heaven, and my brief time with the ...

June 20, 2017

Project CARS  was a confident and impressive franchise debut into the simulation racing genre, from developers Slightly Mad Games (previously responsible for the Need for Speed SHIFT series). And I do mean confident  the developers are proud of the work not only on the first title, but on the upcoming Project CARS 2. In a presentation given by Andy Tudor, Creative Director on Project CARS 2, he made a lot of big claims about the game, not the least of which calling the entire talk the “Forza 7 Truth Session”. If theres one thing I took away from the session, it was that the develop...

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