“Rhythm music shooter”, yes, I know that description is about as daunting as a 70 foot grizzly bear with hunger pains but A City Sleeps might actually be rather good. All about its insane difficulty, Harmonix’ new take on an old genre sees gamers try to survive absolute bullet hell. It has an appropriately nightmare-ish story and a female protagonist described as a ‘dream exorcist’ who is the only one who can save her humble city from an all consuming slumber. Sound good? Find out more after the break.
“A man dangerous enough to bring Satan to his knees but selfless enough to make God himself raise an eyebrow”. Is this the man you would trust to save the President of the United States/Ruler of the Entire World from the grasps of Hell? No, not really. Put a bunch of devastating weapons into his arsenal though and I might reconsider. Johnny Gat is the man in question and lucky for us (and for ol’ El Presidente), in Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell he has a whole bag of guns, armchairs and explosive devices to stick it to Satan. They’re based on the bible’s seven deadly sins which probably isn’t the sort of creativity that they were meant to inspire but alas, there’s a trailer for all of the weapons after the break.
I am not very good at MMOs but through the eyes of Anda I learn what it feels like to be an MMO god. Where I forget to log in regularly or give up on the daily grind, In Real Life‘s young protagonist exceeds, slashing, dashing and powering her way through enemies to hoover up XP, gold and respect from her peers, becoming one of the greatest players that the fictional MMO of Coarsegold Online has ever seen. But while Coarsegold Online may not really exist, the problems within the game are taken from the MMOs of our own world. It’s realistic without being too hard hitting but it’s jovial without being too jolly, which is perhaps why I like In Real Life so much.
When it comes to things scaring us sh*tless, the 90s were a pretty good time. We had documentary spooks from The Blair Witch Project, masked scares from the very first Scream movie and The Sixth Sense forever made that one joke about seeing dead people a staple in pop culture. Nearly 15 years on and those things are still keeping us awake at night like your screamo enthusiast neighbour but arcade co-op title Devil’s Dare gives us an opportunity to shoot those bad guys in the face. Find out more about the game and its 2D stylings after the break.
Deals, glorious deals! Discounts and good bargains! I could be a songwriter, me, but for now I’m a humble deals reporter as Sony have announced a massive wealth of discounts on top of their earlier price slash this month and an Amazon-hosted sale that was also of good value. This new PSN sale runs a bit longer than those other two though, which I suppose is where the the allure is. There are PS4, PS3 and PS Vita games going cheap and you can find out more after the break.
Remember a few months ago when Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition was announced? And Square Enix revealed that Detective Wei Shen would be coming to PS4 and Xbox One in all of his face mashing, sometimes-law abiding, pork bun scoffing glory? After a so-so 101 trailer that told new fans or returning players everything we needed to know about the console leap, Square Enix is actually proving those claims of updated visuals and bigger crowds having now released several Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition PS4 gameplay videos to show off how the game looks on Sony’s new machine. Watch them after the break.
“You look like you could use a pork bun!” Ah yes, that’s one of many iconic things from the original version of Sleeping Dogs that’s back in Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition. Right up there with Hong Kong’s open-world playground and those ridiculous satisfying (but incredibly violent) combat and environmental kills. You never forget the first time you fry an enemy to death with an electric generator, as the saying goes. But even though this was all the great the first time round, is it worth buying again? Are the ‘1080p HD’ graphics and DLC bundle a good enough reason to invest? And will Detective Wei Shen finally give in to demands and eat a pork bun on his cheat day? It’s all answered and more in the new Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition trailer after the break.
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is shaping up to be a divisive game. On one hand it’s chocked to the brim with ridiculousness as you need to save the President from Satan, causing chaos in Satan’s city like he couldn’t keep you captive for the rest of eternity with his trademark brand of excruciating torture. But on the other it’s probably not the giant scale sequel to Saints Row IV that many were expecting and it even includes a musical number here and there as it takes inspiration from Disney movies. There’s also the fact that the seven deadly sins are incorporated into the Saint’s Row: Gat Out of Hell gameplay and you’re encouraged to murder lost souls. Yep, it’s definitely going to split opinion. You can however, make your own mind up as a new Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell gameplay walkthrough is after the break.
For as much as we dither on about frame-rates and fast-paced gameplay and how the hell so and so company are going to tack microtransactions into so and so game, video games and the people behind them are massive cultural pillars. It’s why so many people will lambaste one another on the Internet over brand loyalty of consoles and the ‘liberal’ agendas of certain, more accepting titles. So as one of the primary peddlers of games and one of the first to get called out for having an underlying motive, it’s pretty huge then that EA have now joined the White House’s ‘It’s On Us’ campaign, to use their influence to call for the end of sexual assault.
There’s something to be said about a game that takes on a story that’s been told countless times over 300 years and still manages to do something new with it. Woolfe (or Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries if you’re nasty) is based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Although versions of the tale have involved cross-dressing, seduction and good ol’ fashioned murder, Woolfe tells the story of Red as she seeks to get revenge for her dad’s death, suspecting that his employer B.B Woolfe had something to do with it. It’s far darker and twistier than the story your mum told you before bedtime but it’s not quite scary enough to keep you awake at night. Woolfe has been shown off at E3 (as part of the Xbox presser) and was wheeled out for a demo at Gamescom. I have since played that demo and with this Woolfe preview I can tell you my thoughts!