Punishing, unrelenting, merciless – not normally adjectives said positively on behalf of a game, that is, unless that game is Dark Souls 2. Created by From Software and published by Namco Bandai, Dark Souls2 is an action-role playing game that will demand the very best of its players if those individuals want to succeed. In fact, during the E3 demo, it was quite clear, the team behind Dark Souls 2 wanted to quickly dispel any rumors that DS2 was “more accessible” (read: easier). The formula found in the previous games of this franchise of “learning through death” permeates every part
Set in the early 18th Century in the West Indies, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag centers around the pirate Edward Kenway. During this year’s E3, Ubisoft showed off the single player while allowing hands on the multiplayer modes. In the guided demo for single player (on PS4), Ubisoft really focused on naval travel, naval combat, exploration and the use of the companion app for a tablet. Ubisoft seems to really be pushing on this, since I saw it used her in AC4:BF, as well as in The Division. In Black Flag, it is mainly used as a personal map interface
Thief is an upcoming stealth action game from Square Enix coming out for the next generations of consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. At the E3 Expo we checked out a hands-off demo of Thief running live gameplay with developer commentary. The game has great visuals and atmosphere – definitely a step up from most games out there now. If you were a fan of Dishonored we think you will enjoy the game as well. Thief’s hud (heads up display) only contains a small amount of info like ammo, health and mana. We got to see some of the special
Tom Clancy’s The Division was revealed at the Ubisoft E3 press conference and we got to check out a hands-off demo behind closed doors on the E3 Expo show floor. The Division is an open-world RPG third-person-shooter for the upcoming consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The Division looks and feels like a next generation game with its standout graphics and interface — visually everything looks amazing and the attention to detail is outstanding. In our private demo the developers talked about how The Division will retain group team gameplay efforts so if you are playing solo there will be
Watch Dogs from Ubisoft has been building hype since last E3 when it was revealed. We had a chance to see an extensive hands-off preview of the gameplay at E3 Expo and came away wanting more. Watch Dogs is free-roaming game with mission objective areas/hubs – by completing objective you will unlock more areas and expand your control over the technology in the surrounding areas. The developers showed us how Watch Dogs can use tech and stealth to take on an area surrounded by guards. You can also scan NPC’s in the game to anticipate crimes about to be committed
The defense will not rest in the latest title of the Ace Attorney series. The Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Dual Destinies hands-on demo I tried at this year’s E3 Expo started with a case of a bomb blowing up in a courtroom. Your defendant allegedly set off the bomb, even though it was evidence for a different crime! The judge wanted to move things along because according to him there “isn’t much time in a demo after all!” It seems as though the trademark humor of the series is back, but that seems to be the only thing that didn’t
Sometimes it’s ok for a game to not take itself too seriously. Saints Row 4 takes this to a whole new level, with fantastic results. While past games had you in control of a small gang, this new iteration has you take the role of the President of the United States. This is all fine and dandy until aliens decide they’re going to take over and abduct most of your crew. As cliche as that sounds, it sets the stage perfectly for the zaniness that follows.
A few years back Codemasters’ GRID was a new racing IP in the long line of racing games the studio has put out over the last decade. The Codemasters name has been synonymous with racing for years now (with the occasional foray into other genres with games like Operation Flashpoint), so when the studio announces a new racing title people generally listen. I personally enjoyed the first GRID game because it came in the midst of Codemasters’ rally game fever when they were pumping out the (also great) DiRT series, so it gave a change of pace and offered some
With The Walking Dead Season 1 finished and season 2 yet to be released, Tealltale Games is giving fans a little something to hold them over. 400 Days is a new DLC add-on for the incredibly popular first season of the Walking Dead point and click adventure game. A single episode comprised of five separate stories, 400 days centers on the commonalities of those stories. With a shared timeline and central location you can bet that these stories will also share interesting characters, excellent writing, and heart breaking decisions for the player to make.
Batman Arkham Origins explores the beginnings of the Dark Knight’s rise in infamy with Gotham’s criminal underworld. In Origins, the supervillian Black Mask has placed a bounty of $50 Million on Batman’s head for one night only. So, as you would expect, this has brought out everybody to earn themselves a chance at the money, whether they are criminals, assassins or one of Gotham’s finest. It’s up to you to stay alive, investigate Black Mask and still keep Gotham safe in the process. With a world twice as big as Arkham City, Origins is very focused on its open world