Some of the best video game funtimes I’ve had have been in the Saints Row games. From spraying poo on pedestrians, to mowing down pedestrians with a mini-gun, mowing them down with cars and then pummelling the change out of them with a giant, purple d*ldo bat should my roadkill dare get up again, the Saints Row games are a ridiculous antidote to Grand Theft Auto’s slice of reality. The last SR game was a prime indication of that as you elevated from esteemed well-like gangster to the President of the United States. Also, there was an alien invasion, naturally. Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is the name of the next release and this time you’ll be saving the Pres from Satan himself. Read more about the game after the break.
It’s hard out there for a top-down shooter fan, when all you’ve got is Hotline Miami’s strawberry jam coloured shootouts to look forward to and multiple playthroughs of that can’t even sate your need to lay down some bullets from a bird’s eye view. It doesn’t have to be that way though, because LA Cops puts you in the shoes of a collection of (named!) justice bringers who, via murderous means will bring the perps in line. We can’t all go the Tasers and handcuffs route now can we? I liked the look of the game when it released a stonking new trailer a few weeks ago and since then LA Cops has hit Steam Early Access. So of course I’ve shot, died, destroyed and ‘hoorah!’ed my way through it and you can read the ensuing hijinks below.
The mighty, mega behemoth of a games franchise, Sony got to be the bearer of highly anticipated news at E3 this year by announcing that GTA V would be coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One before Christmas. For those of us who’ve yet to take to the Los Santos streets mowing down every puny pixellated human who crosses paths with our bumpers or trying to make a quick, less than legal buck in GTA V’s post-financial crash setting, that was fantastic news. GTA V was going to be brighter, shinier and better looking than ever before! But with fresh rumours out of Gamescom that the game isn’t quite yet in a presentable state, we could have to wait until 2015 to play Rockstar’s masterpiece on new-gen.
Still licking your wounds after the Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity announcement took everyone by surprise? Aren’t we all. It also saw plenty of nastiness sent Square Enix’s way, including ‘sell outs’, ‘money grabbing chumps!’ and various other insults used to describe longstanding business practices. Nonetheless, Square Enix surely can’t be bad eggs, right? As their new initiative wants to rob us of our free time right when we’ll need it most; to study, learn and make good use of far-too-expensive college tuition fees. The Square Enix Back to School sale does offer us dozens of cut-price games though, so you can find out more on the deals after the break.
So Many Me is exactly the type of game you love to root for. A quirky underdog, the game’s clone gameplay, in which spawned characters follow you and put their various abilities to use, is a bit like Lemmings without the peril of death being quite so funny. The fact it also combines that with physics-based puzzles and a blobby, green protagonist that’s as cute as can be, probably makes So Many Me seem like the Frankenstein’s creature of games on paper (which is likely why the game’s crowdfunding efforts didn’t go so well). But in action there’s a spark and a bright one at that. Read our So Many Me review after the break.
Wolf eats granny, Wolf cross-dresses as granny. Wolf tries to eat Red Riding Hood, hunter has to chop wolf to itty bitty fleshy pieces. That’s how most of us know the story of Little Red Riding Hood anyway, the tale of a sweet young girl in a crimson coat who tried to bring her grandmother some biscuits but nearly gets murdered 5 times on the way. How darling. Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is equally as gritty as this time ‘Red’, as she’s known in the game, is forced to seek revenge and answers after her dad is killed in a work place ‘accident’. The air quotes are all mine of course but Red is also convinced that her father’s shady employee B.B Woolfe, CEO of Woolfe Industries is involved in a cover up. With a name like that and a monstrous, clockwork army there’s no way B.B Woolfe is anything other than nefarious, really. Read more on Woolfe after the break.
Jotun is a game that puts you in the suitably badass boots of a Norse warrior named Thora as she battles through Viking purgatory trying to make her way to the cushy haven of Valhalla. Naturally, the game also sticks an axe in her hands (that’s far too heavy for our puny, mortal biceps) to make sure she’s well equipped to stab, jab and pummel the ugly out of the titular jotun who are an array of giant elemental beasties. On her quest for redemption and proving herself to the gods, Thora will also come across runes, puzzles and “many more Viking mysteries” according to the devs, which are all things I very much like the sound of. It seems plenty of you like the sound of that too as Jotun has reached its Kickstarter goal. But if you’re out of the loop about the indie action adventure title, you can find out more on Jotun and its gameplay goals after the break.
According to the statistics, less than 1% of all games released in 2013 let us play as a gay (or LGBTQ) character and the crux of that is because although the majority of gamers are a fairly progressive lot and wouldn’t mind gay characters right in there with the rest of the heterosexual ones, plenty of publishers and developers are guilty of shying away from the subject in fear of the vocal, ignorant minority coming for them with pitchforks and torches aflame. Developer BioWare are actually one of the few developers to embrace queer characters wholeheartedly, with all three Mass Effect games and both Dragon Age 1 and 2 allowing same-sex romances. Dragon Age: Inquisition is set to include same-sex romance too and, BioWare say, they have plans to keep putting gay characters in their games in the future.
The plague, accidentally dropping your chocolate digestive in your tea and microtransactions. Ask most gamers for our pet peeves and we’ll give you that list in that order. In free to play titles like Candy Crush we’re willing to accept having to pay extra for more plays in an allotted time because the thing didn’t cost us a dime to download and play in the first place. But is it just fundamentally wrong for publishers and developers to shoehorn microtransactions into full price games that not only sell for $60 but make paid-for DLC available too? That’s a very good question and a blazing white hot topic too so the microtransactions in Assassin’s Creed Unity are only going to fan the flames even further.
From the disgruntled masses of PC and PS4 fans to the deafening cheers of Xbox One supporters, convinced they’d finally landed a blow to the PS4’s unstoppable success, to the critics and unaligned gamers who simply asked ‘wait, what?’, the announcement that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be an Xbox exclusive come 2015 has been the talk of the town. And although the chatter of secret big money deals and sales and console wars clutters up the highways, we will eventually have to accept the fact that Rise of the Tomb Raider is going to be exclusive to Xbox One and Xbox 360 for whatever unspecified amount of time. But do PC and PS4 really need Rise of the Tomb Raider and where does the Tomb Raider franchise go from here? Read on after the break to find out.