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.
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.
When I interviewed Jotun designer Will Dubé about the game earlier this month I learnt that the top-down action title is as much Dark Souls as it is Shadow of the Colossus. Its primary boss battles might seem to embrace SotC’s ‘gentle giant’ theme with whatever inspiration grabbing appendages but the jotun in Jotun are going to pulverise you to little Norse pieces if you don’t dodge out of the way of their attacks. Like Dark Souls, there’s a method in the madness of getting squished by a foot, a blade, or whatever over and over again in that Jotun challenges us to use our wits to defeat its enemies. I thought this sounded like a novel premise but being an in development game, Thunder Lotus didn’t really have much to prove that to me. They’ve since put together a combat teaser video for Jotun, showing off the battle mechanics and such. Watch it after the break.
There’s a handful of things that we loved about The Sims franchise. It lets us have same-sex relationships and marriages, we can take on any career path we want from rockstar to sticky fingered criminal, we can destroy livelihoods and meet alien life-forms all in the ultimate life simulation game. But, the very best thing that we can do is kill off our sims. Like the Grim Reaper with a vampiric thirst for blood, sim murder has always been one of the very best things to do whether we removed stairs from pools (should have brought your floatees, sucker!), packed a house full of electrical appliances or just made our sims pee themselves to death in a room with no windows or doors. The Sims 4 won’t make that any less fun (although watery deaths are off the cards for now as EA have removed the feature) and as this new trailer shows, there are going to be more hilarious and incredibly sadistic ways to to kill of our characters come next month.
After more rumours than you could throw an entire room of gossipmongers at and a massive leak from Amazon, publisher Square Enix have now officially the game that we all knew existed. Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition will bring Wei Shen’s shady (but justice upholding) antics to PS4 and Xbox One as our double agent copper enters Hong Kong’s criminal world to deal damaging blows to its knee caps. Or, y’know, help them do more illegal things. The game is good like that. Anyway the ‘definitive’ edition of the game comes with a tons of DLC and more of what we enjoyed on last-gen systems so you can find out more about the game after the break.
The year is 1975; you’ve got a handlebar moustache itchier than a trouser leg full of poison ivy, some stir crazy goldfish in the heel of your platform shoes and this song is probably playing in the background. I would imagine, anyway. I wasn’t even alive in the 70s so I don’t really have a clue but what I do know is that according to LA Cops it was full of jive talkin’ punks (!) that needed to be put down with a swift dose of justice in the form of the bullets that fly unabashedly from your guns. Hey, keeping criminals off the streets doesn’t always mean you stay on the right side of the law but police guidelines were really crummy back then and besides, bad guys are called that for a reason. More on LA Cops after the break.
Here, queer and ready to sit under your telly in all of its rainbow glory! It’s a shame that the designers of this beautified PS4 console didn’t use that as the tagline instead of “Gaystation” but the low-handing fruits are the easiest to pick and all that. Nonetheless, this (one of a kind) jazzed up version of the recently released current-gen console is available now and what’s better is that it’s for a good cause. Find out how to be a good charitable egg after the break.
Right, let’s get this out of the way; I didn’t play GTA V on PS3 or Xbox 360 and I don’t plan to either. But with good reason, though! I was waiting for Rockstar’s crime caper sandbox to land itself on PS4, updated visuals, DLC that I’m too lazy/cheap to pay extra for and all. That’s probably the only valid reason for not having played it, if I’m honest, unless running over pedestrians and doing drive-bys willy nilly aren’t really your thing, but alas I’m sure that there are a few of you who were holding out for a GTA V next-gen release too. Rockstar played it coy with that trailer from Sony’s E3 presser focusing on glamour shots only, a bit of sexy leg scenery here, a bare glimmer of lights at dusk there and they were especially withholding on that release date. We might have an answer now though as retailer GameSeek has outed the GTA V next-gen release date on its website.