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.
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.
As the inevitable business cycle goes: if it sells well, we’ll do it again. If it sells bad, then it’s off to the glue factory with every creative but under-performing IP you’ve ever loved! This makes sense and even Guitar Hero got axed when sales (and interest) dropped low enough. So, no franchise is immune no matter its long-standing reign, especially not The Sims. The Sims 4 may have only just got out the gate, glitches and controversy abound, but now one of its producers is warning that The Sims 5 might now even happen. Is he right? Has he lost his mind? Should we start searching out our long lost expansion packs? Find out more after the break.
Alien abductions! Casual, bladder-related murder! Houses that are also accidental death traps! It’s all there in The Sims 4, EA and Maxis’ new God-hand life simulation. Granted, most of us use the game as our own personal sim torture chamber but apparently that’s not what it’s for. Other handy features in The Sims 4 include the interior design gameplay that we’ve enjoyed since the series’ inception, only this time around the game also comes with the ability to make everything ridiculously sized. Technically it’s a cheat but it’s an EA-approved cheat so head after the break to find out more.
Yes we’re intrigued by its cast of characters, yes we’re excited to stab a variety of supernatural beasties in their kneecaps and yes every single one of us is chomping at the bit to lead a variety of creatures and fierce warriors into battle and save the world but what most of us can’t wait for are the Dragon Age: Inquisition romances. Since the absolutely brilliant Dragon Age: Origins landed on the scene and the slight disappointment of Dragon Age 2 came around with its shoddy combat, we’ve loved the romance gameplay that let’s us woo, shack up or make virtual puppy eyes at our AI teammates. Dragon Age is also one of the few series that includes gay or bisexual characters and allows them to get into relationships with the player’s character. With all the support around the mechanic then, it makes sense that BioWare have now released a Dragon Age: Inquisition romance guide which you can read all about below.