Kickstarter is a massively useful tool for the games industry. Not only does it allow us to show the gaming world what we’re interested in (and what there’s a niche for) but it allows us to get our hands on some brilliant gaming experiences too. Experience that (most likely) would never have made it to release if a stat-obsessed publisher had been at the helm. It means that anyone, anywhere, with a great idea has the chance to make their video game brainchild a reality. But Kickstarter also has its downsides. Namely, there have been a few cases or developers not delivering on promises or just hightailing it with the money altogether. Nonetheless, 2014 was a record year for games on the crowdfunding platform, according to official statistics.
With a trailer rushed in time to make Sony’s press conference at Gamescom in August, Hellblade was one of the biggest (and nicest) surprises of the year. Focused on a woman warrior named Senua, Hellblade looks to infuse Celtic and Viking mythology with the stellar combat and stories that we’ve come to expect from developer Ninja Theory (who also worked on Heavenly Sword and DmC: Devil May Cry). We also know that Hellblade will be a timed PS4 exclusive and now, Ninja Theory have finally revealed why they decided to bring Hellblade to Sony’s console first.
It’s been a good couple of weeks for Iñupiaq platformer Never Alone. Not only was the game welcomed with open arms (and glowing review scores) on PC, PS4 and Xbox One but the game has also made history, quite literally being the first game of its kind. Deserved success doesn’t a perfect game make though and Never Alone does have a few coding kinks to iron out. This is what developer Upper One Games is now dealing with in the game’s latest update and they’ve now announced a Never Alone Mac release date too. Find out more after the break.
As part of EA‘s attempts to make a real splash in the fighting genre following the average-ness of EA Sports MMA, the publisher nabbed the UFC license after its former holder, THQ, went under. Once everyone was done fretting that some of the magic would be lost due to the license changing hands, what we found in EA Sports UFC is one of the best face punching sims around. Combat is gritty and realistic, just short of hearing metatarsals crack following a devastating kick to the body and the game is very good at capturing the excitement of winning matches against tough opponents. Now, EA Sports UFC is coming to EA Access and you can find out more about that after the break.
When we last checked in with LA Cops, the team behind the 70s based shooter announced plans to release the game on PS4 and Xbox One. For now, the game is still doing its thing on Steam Early Access, headshotting perps, scoffing doughnuts and guffawing at the idea of ‘proper police conduct’. There’s still a small way to go before we can usher in the full version of LA Cops though, sirens, whirlybirds and all and so developer Modern Dream has now released a new update bringing with it new levels and difficulty modes. Plus, it’s now available with a 25% discount so you can learn more about that and more after the break.
To put it bluntly, Assassin’s Creed Unity has been a bit of a mess. There were abysmal framerate drops (Unity reportedly dropped below 10 frames per second, far lower than the 30 FPS Ubisoft once showed off), graphical issues (character faces fell apart) and connection issues with Ubisoft’s servers that stopped players from doing things such as opening chests. Despite patches, the problems with the game are on-going and Ubisoft has even had to give away free Unity DLC and free Ubisoft titles to apologise. It’s with good reason that many are discussing how future AC games will fare and now the next game Assassin’s Creed: Victory has been confirmed.
A game like The Sims 4 has a lot of things to do at any one time, like remembering all of the cities you’ve destroyed with giant gnomes and toilets and keeping track of the Sims you’ve mercilessly murdered. But we love the choice it gives us and accept that sometimes, EA‘s God-hand sandbox may be a little bit broken. When it comes to the more serious stuff, like huge game-breaking bugs (or the removal of key gameplay features) we aren’t always so happy though and so in the latest Sims 4 patch we’ll be getting fixes for mundane issues and more serious ones such as a bug that cause the game to forget you exist. Find out more after the break.
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.