When a player is abusive to others, subjecting them to harassment or general nastiness, can they ever get out of that mind-set? And more important, should they be forgiven if they do? Given the often quite toxic nature of professional eSports, it’s a highly contentious issue. No one wants to be part of a community that is mean to them especially when that community is supposed to be about teamwork, fun and cheerful camaraderie. That’s why Riot Games have done so much to stamp out toxicity in League of Legends in the past, but now, they’re announcing massive reforms to the LoL permaban system.
A female-led platformer with RPG elements and a story told entirely in rhyme, to say that Child of Light is a weird one is putting it lightly. But in this case weird meant wonderful. Other than its unlikely concept, it was an also an unlikely title for Ubisoft who are known for the popular (and sometimes broken) Assassin’s Creed games, the bombastic Far Cry franchise and stealth shooter series Splinter Cell. However, after taking a gamble on such an unusual yet delightful game, Child of Light has turned a profit and a sequel may be on the cards now too.
As we’ve talked about before, Never Alone is a Pretty Big Deal. Where Assassin’s Creed 3 went wrong with its portrayal of Native American culture and much of inFamous: Second Son‘s focus is on the supernatural, what with Native protagonist Delsin having supercool flame-y powers and all, Never Alone has been made for the sole reason of sharing the stories of the Iñupiaq, a people indigenous to Alaska. A lovely little title, the game follows young girl Nuna and her fox (who is literally named Fox) in a platformer that introduces players to characters from Iñupiaq folklore. Out now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, Never Alone‘s release has seen it make history.
Depending on how good you are at rifling through bargain bins, PlayStation Now is either a whopping great deal or an unnecessary service. The ‘killer’ feature of PS Now is that it cuts out the downloads, the updates and all of those time-wasting gubbins and streams the game directly to your device (PS3, PS4, PS Vita or PS TV) of choice. Today, Sony announced that even more games will be added to the PS Now line-up including free-running classic Mirror’s Edge and space RPG Mass Effect 2.
When it was under THQ’s trusted wing, the UFC series was quite good. It was a passable fighter that exchanged WWE’s arcade-y stylings for realistic, gritty (and bloody) fighting. When THQ went under like a lead balloon in a vat of custard, EA scooped up the rights and made EA Sports UFC. Chalk it down to the astonishing visuals (actual beads of sweat!), the RPG element of levelling up your fighter or that the gameplay is solid like titanium but it was a bit of brilliance. What EA boasted about more than anything though is that their game features a playable Bruce Lee. With people taking a solid interest in that, we have exclusive info that EA are looking to enlist even more well-known fighters for the next EA Sports UFC title. Read on to find out more.
Darker and twistier than a knot thrown down a mine shaft, Woolfe (full name Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries) takes everything you know about the classic fairy tale and promptly throws it out the window. Rather than focusing on the whole kiddo with a basket full of baked goods, this one’s given the granny (and the wolf) the boot in favour of pitting Red against a corporation that may or may have not killed off her father. Scheduled for a release early next year, Woolfe will be coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One. But if you don’t want to wait until then to test it out, there’s a playable Woolfe demo out now and you can find out more about it after the break.
Happy Halloween! The spookiest most cavity-inducing holiday of the year, you probably haven’t gone half an hour today without hearing about some sort of ghost, goblin or undead fiend. It makes sense then that, Secret Base, the developer of the arcade-y, zombie slaying beat ‘em up Devil’s Dare has launched a Halloween-y competition that gives gamers a chance to win $666. There’s also the chance to be featured in the game, immortalised forever. Read on to find out how to nab some extra cash and a place in history.
Having being announced with a vague (albeit incredible) proof of concept trailer, we are gradually learning more about upcoming PS4 exclusive, Hellblade. Developer Ninja Theory have made it clear that the game is not a spiritual successor to their much-loved title Heavenly Sword (despite both games being heavy on mythology and being antonyms of one another) and we’ve met Senua, Hellblade‘s powerful, battle-hardened female lead. Ninja Theory have also explained that Hellblade won’t include multiplayer or an open world and that combat will be ‘brutal’. Let these brand new Hellblade concert art images add to the info pile then, as they provide a hint of what’s to come.
The League of Legends World Championship finals took place in Seoul, South Korea over the weekend and as expected, local team Samsung White gave their Chinese competitors Horn Royal Club a “ruddy good trouncing” as my elderly British grandfather would say. Basically, SW gave HRC a right good ass-kicking and as the victors the talented team of Leaguers won $1 million shared between the members. Not a bad figure for a sport that ESPN has only just started to air, eh? But more impressive than that prize pool is the amount of people that showed up to watch the LoL World Championship Finals in person as this year’s attendance has set a new record.
“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.