An unsurprising factoid of the day is that women in games are being left out in a huge, gaping and very much noticeable way – behind the games, in them and in terms of the women who play them. It’s a much talked about truth, we know it because we’ve experienced it time and time again, the fact that the characters attached to our D-pad puppet strings are men (and often white and straight), it’s something that I’ve even tried to quantify on this here site, in our Video Game Report but now we have even more hard evidence from the Women’s Media Center that suggests that things are worse than ever.
“I was born into slavery, deprived of any right, of any faith. I was sold, traded for labour, forced to watch the suffering, treated like a beast and burden. With no future ahead of me, I forged my own and I knew blood would be the price”. This is Adewale’s tale, a man who escaped the hands of vicious slavers after being born into the slave trade to become Edward Kenway’s right hand man and an esteemed member of the Jackdaw’s crew. His story is an important one and it’s being told in Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry, which is now being released as a standalone title, after a stint as DLC. Find out more after the break.
Ranko Tsukigime is a deadly assassin; she could pull you to pieces like a sugar-deprived child with a piece of candyfloss in less time than it would take you to screech in fear and her work has attracted the crosshairs of an evil corporation. She also just happens to be a high school student. Does SHORT PEACE: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day sound like the best film that you’ve ever heard of? Yes, it most definitely does and while it’s technically not just a film, this collection of short movies, paired with a high octane action sidescroller, looks set to deliver on both fronts, garnering an Oscar nomination to certify it. Find out more about the game after the break.
When your city is famed for its torrential downpours, with rain so heavy that Mary Poppins wouldn’t touch it with a gazebo on a stick, what do you do? If Sucker Punch are anything to go by then you’ll apparently take that in stride and recreate it in gorgeous 1080p HD and 30 FPS, as discussed in this inFamous: Second Son dev diary. The team talk designing Seattle in the game, the PS4’s fancy ‘Share’ button and, obviously, how to represent realistic weather effects in the video after the break.
BioWare are hardly strangers to controversy (the Mass Effect 3 ending, anyone?) but rather than staying away from it, like the shy development team in the corner, they are more than happy to embrace it, with open arms and open hearts because often, the BioWare choices that cause the most flack are the ones that matter. This is according to David Gaider, the lead writer of their upcoming title, Dragon Age: Inquisition, discussing in-game romances, and he not so much kicks the hornet’s nest as he does punts it out the stadium. Read what he has to say after the break.
Bragging rights, schmagging rights. What’s a few E3 awards and some incredibly positive quotes from the media if your game isn’t blazing hot like a volcanic eruption on Mars, nor is it as pretty as a wall of neon lights in the middle of a blackout? What’s that you say? Protagonist Delsin Rowe’s neon absorbing and flame/smoke throwing powers means that PS4 exclusive, inFamous: Second Son, is literally both of those things? Well that means that Sony and Sucker Punch have plenty of reasons to brag in the inFamous: Second Son accolades trailer, which you can see after the break.
It seems that when you put one crack in the damn, the entire thing will start leaking, as spilling info like a gossip who’s just been told the juiciest secret in the world, Alien: Isolation screenshots have now been leaked onto the web after a source detailed Sega’s yet unannounced title. We previously learnt that the game would be far better than franchise predecessor, Aliens: Colonial Marines, and now with these Alien: Isolation screenshots looking as intriguing as ever, we might finally start believing the hype.
Dragonborns grab your reinforced Viking helmets! Jarls drop your gauntlets! Peasants drop your…cabbages? Poor Skyrim references aside, Bethesda are working on Elder Scrolls Online, the massive multiplayer online game of the medieval fantasy world that we’ve come to know and love, this much we already know. What we now are also clued up on, thanks to an info and trailer drop is the Elder Scrolls Online release date, along with how the gameplay is shaping up. Find both after the break.
To be frank, the last game based on the Alien movie franchise, Aliens: Colonial Marines, was rubbish. Rated ‘a load of old cack’ by reviewers across the board (the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions are rated 43 and 48, respectively on Metacritic), what was promised to be the first decent video game outing under the Alien brand was a huge disappointment. Publisher of the game, Sega, however, wish to make amends by bringing a far better game to market with Alien: Isolation, which apparently involves including a female protagonist.
In a reveal that’s about as well concealed as an elephant hiding behind a curtain, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition was announced for next-gen consoles, PS4 and Xbox One, this weekend at the Spike VGX Awards 2013. We saw this one coming a mile off, mostly down to the fact that Amazon Italy leaked it a few weeks ago but now, letting their inconspicuous cat out of the bag, Square Enix have released a Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition trailer and announced the release date.