“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!
We’re at a very special moment in gaming right now where we don’t just get to run about and play in our games, but we also get to tinker around and make our own games within them. Principia is a game of this sort, mashing together Minecraft like material collecting and LittleBigPlanet world building for the best combination since chips and gravy (or chips and guac if you’re in North America). Whether you want to make a robot death squad, a collection of marching, pooping animals or if you want to just make the best Space Invaders clone of the ages, Principia will let you do that. So there’s unlimited potential with this one and it’ll be out soon. More on Principia after the break.
Amongst the overwhelming piles of junk that promise things only to stumble through Steam Early Access and fail to deliver, LA Cops is a sparkling rarity. Its gameplay is already solid, addictive and a stupid amount of fun, it updates regularly with new gameplay features and levels (as promised) and the 70s styling and storied cutscenes that fill in the gaps are a genuine breath of fresh air. Originally touted as a top down shooter to join Hotline Miami, LA Cops has proved that it’s far more than that and is coming along nicely ahead of its full release later this year. But, as has now been announced, LA Cops won’t just be coming to PC, it will also be released on PS4 and Xbox One too.
GTA V has been out for a year now! In that time you’ve likely lost count of all the slow-moving pedestrians you’ve mowed down, the bullets you’ve sprayed the scenery with and the great heights you’ve tumbled off of as playable characters Michael, Trevor and Franklin. If you haven’t got the game then you’ve probably spent a similar amount of time grumbling about GTA V’s new gen release, it’s delayed PC release date and general wishes and complaints for the game to launch on our shiny new consoles and systems just a little bit sooner. No matter your feelings on the game’s past year, Rockstar are looking to commemorate the one year anniversary with you, having now uploaded a boatload of previously unreleased GTA V artwork. It beats the usual paper anniversary gift anyway. Images after the break.
It’s hard out there for an LGBTQ gamer. It’s a rarity for playable LGBTQ characters to be included in our video games, it’s not particular common for devs to advocate for it either and on the occasion that they do it’s laughed down as part of the liberal/gay/illuminati agenda. Aiming to be a safe space for all of the conversations that surround LGBTQ gamers in a mostly straight, mostly cisgendered industry was GaymerX, a real life gaming conference that you could attend and meet likeminded LGBTQ gamers at. So, pretty brilliant then? Indeed, it is but after a sponsorship mixup and a name change later, GaymerX is back as GX3 and it’s looking to be better than ever.
Hellblade is certainly an interesting one. Ninja Theory have said that it’s ‘independent triple A’, that it will be a PS4 exclusive (at first) and that they’re also pushing the limit of what the studio’s animators are used to. So there are a lot of buzzwords there, probably enough to turn this into a glossary more than a bonafide piece of games media but Hellblade’s ambition could be one of the best things about it. Its lead, Senua, will take on nightmarish enemies that would give Dark Souls a run for its impossible-to-beat money, the world is full of Celtic and Viking mythology and everything is doused in mystery and intrigue like a sea sponge that’s never been wrung out. We do have the tiniest bit of new info about the game though, as revealed by Ninja Theory in a Twitter Q&A.
Hark! Do you hear that? That’s the deafening echo of the GTA V release date being announced, confirming that the PS4 and Xbox One version of the game will indeed be coming out this Autumn as promised. We were a bit worried for a second there though as total silence in public from Rockstar gave us all night tremors about GTA V’s new gen release date being pushed back and the fact that they were only showing it off to retailers (and not the rest of us) continued to scare us silly. We’ve got a date now though, along with some details about what GTA V will be bringing to PS4 and Xbox One later this year. And did we mention that we’ve also got a new GTA V trailer? You can see that and more after the break.