A big week for the beginning of September, with a couple of huge releases onto consoles. One quick note before we start: Last week I had the release date for Disney Infinity 3.0 as Friday, August 28. It is in fact launching on Sunday, August 30. Now that that’s clarified, we can take a look at this week’s releases. This week we get the final collaboration between Konami and Hideo Kojima. Their fallout has been much publicized and discussed, and so it may be a bit bittersweet that Kojima’s final entry to the Metal Gear franchise will be on store shelves Tuesday. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain follows up the events from Ground Zeroes and fills in that final gap in the story which began back in 1987...Read More
Horror games come in many forms, but a majority of them are wholly scripted affairs- if you die, it’s game over and you reload your last save/checkpoint and try again. Developer Supermassive decided to take a page from Quantic Dream’s book and decided to meld choice with the horror genre. And so, much like Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain, choice matters very much in the PS4 exclusive title Until Dawn. There is no game over- make the wrong choice, and you live with the consequences. Or suffer with them, if you like, when you fail to keep a character alive. Like Heavy Rain, Until Dawn has multiple endings, and your choices affect the outcome to each playthrough. But since this is a horror game, the big question is: Is it scary? The answer to that is simply, “Yes, it is...Read More
The last full week of August is a busy one, chock full of all kinds of goodies for all kinds of gamers. American football takes the center stage with Madden NFL 16 as the storied sports franchise delivers its latest version to Sony and Microsoft’s consoles. Gears of War is brought forward to current gen in an Ultimate Edition, as is the stealth game Dishonored, which has its Definitive Edition. Mega Man also comes to current gen and PC in the Mega Man Legacy Collection. Fans of 80s horror flicks such as Friday the 13th may find much to love in the new horror game Until Dawn. Tomb Raider gets mobile with Lara Croft Go for the Android and iPhone, and plenty of indie titles also make their way to consoles and PC this week...Read More
Next Tuesday, the yearly iteration of Madden NFL arrives on consoles. Check out the movie trailer ad from EA below. As always, it’s quite amusing.
Madden NFL 16 boasts some new tweaks to its gameplay, including new QB mechanics, a new risk/reward catch and pass-defend system, a playmaker highlight reel with new goals and achievements, along with past favorite modes like being the GM and designing everything for your team from the ground up and being able to build your Ultimate Team with your favorite NFL players.
Madden NFL 16 will be available for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.Read More
Telltale Games has released a launch trailer for the penultimate episode for Tales From the Borderlands. Take a look below.
“Escape Plan Bravo” releases on Tuesday, August 18 for the PS3, PS4, Macintosh, and PC. Microsoft’s platforms get the episode on the following day, with mobile platforms getting it on Thursday.Read More
A bunch of downloadable titles heading your way this week along with a previously digital only offering appearing on retail disc. Available on disc this week is Helldivers, making the jump from digital to disc on the PS4 with all of the DLC released so far. Resident Evil Revelations 2 makes its way to the Vita for some mobile horror, Final Fantasy Type 0 HD makes its debut on PC, and the former Wii U zombie game Zombi gets retooled for the PS4, PC, and Xbox One. Telltale Games Tales from the Borderlands gets its fourth episode entitled “Escape Plan Bravo”. Home video gives us a collection of short films made by Walt Disney Animation Studios along with some TV seasons (Once Upon A Time, The Blacklist, and Atlantis) along with some smaller movie titles (Vendetta, Nomads, The Unbelievers)...Read More
Techland has released some details about the upcoming expansion to its parkour/zombie game Dying Light. The Following brings back protagonist Kyle Crane, and he learns of a cult in the mountainous countryside surrounding Harran. Take a look at the reveal trailer below.
Crane learns of this cult, who may or may not be immune to the zombie plague. But uncovering that information won’t be easy, as Crane will first have to gain their trust. While Dying Light: The Following has a starting point and story beats along the way, it will be up to the players to figure out how best to gather information from the locals. Lead designer Maciej Binkowski clues us in.
“You have lots of missions to choose from, and you just pick and choose how you want to play...Read More
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a game built around several stories that interweave with a larger tale. Below is my gameplay video showing off 15 minutes of the game. The video will give you both a taste of the personal stories and the main story that ties everything together, as well as a look at the beautiful visuals. You’ll also get to hear some of the voice acting and fantastic music, as well as see and hear the visual and auditory clues the game gives to point you in the right direction. So, take a look and see if this piques your interest.
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is now available for download exclusively on the PS4.Read More
Exploration games can be a mixed bag. Dubbed “walking simulators” by some, since they feature minimal gameplay, the games really need something to make them stand out and engage players. Journey did it with beautiful graphics and a charming trek towards a mountain that can be all the more meaningful if you meet someone along the way. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter did it with a different gameplay mechanic in being able to piece together past events to unravel its mystery. Now Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture from developers The Chinese Room joins the growing list of these type of games. But with its minimalist gameplay, does it have enough to engage players and make it worth their time?
The answer to that is a resounding, “Yes!” Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture sucks you in with its mystery a...Read More