Wolf eats granny, Wolf cross-dresses as granny. Wolf tries to eat Red Riding Hood, hunter has to chop wolf to itty bitty fleshy pieces. That’s how most of us know the story of Little Red Riding Hood anyway, the tale of a sweet young girl in a crimson coat who tried to bring her grandmother some biscuits but nearly gets murdered 5 times on the way. How darling. Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is equally as gritty as this time ‘Red’, as she’s known in the game, is forced to seek revenge and answers after her dad is killed in a work place ‘accident’. The air quotes are all mine of course but Red is also convinced that her father’s shady employee B.B Woolfe, CEO of Woolfe Industries is involved in a cover up. With a name like that and a monstrous, clockwork army there’s no way B.B Woolfe is anything other than nefarious, really. Read more on Woolfe 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.
Never Alone is a game about learning! Well not that kind of learning; there’ll be no point and click hunts for trivia here as instead it will imbue us all with the knowledge of Alaska Native cultures and their century’s old stories via the medium of adventuring and video games. As a young Iñupiat girl named Nuna, alongside her trusty fox (whose name is literally Fox, which is brilliant), we’ll take on a rough Alaskan setting that will chill our button-pressing thumbs to the bone and send shivers down our spines with some beautifully crafted design. There’s also gameplay that involves lots of puzzles and we’ll meet such characters from Iñupiat history as “The Sky People”, “Manslayer” and “Rolling Heads” so you know this’ll be a good’un. More on Never Alone after the break.
It suddenly occurred to me this morning that I failed to cover the new Assassin’s Creed Unity trailer last week although like the wary gamer I am, with a fondness for stabbing virtual bad guys in the beck, I watched it. Even despite the controversy. You probably watched it too so if you want to watch it again I don’t blame you, or if you landed on this post by some miracle of a search engine, please join me as I join the throngs of others with a bone to pick with Assassin’s Creed Unity and the Ubisoft team(s) behind it.
If there’s one place that gamers like taking the fight about female characters in games, it’s the sports genre. We had a minor win in 2012 with NHL 13 which I waxed lyrical on in the year 2012, boasting the fact that it included two puck-slapping, ice-carving, gold medal winning female Olympians in the game at a time where EA Sports’ other popular franchise, FIFA, offered ‘female characters will get in the game eventually, just not right now/any time soon’ as a pretty weak response. NHL 14 was an arguable step backward in some cases so now, the more we find out about NHL 15, the more we’re hoping one bit of information is going to tell us that ladies will get more support, but judging by this brand new graphics boasting NHL 15 trailer we might be waiting a while. Watch the video after the break.
Uh-oh, well this is awkward, for EA and BioWare at least. Several weeks ago there was a leak in which one sneaky E3 attendee recorded the invite only viewing of Dragon Age: Inquisition’s E3 gameplay demo, complete with commentary from BioWare themselves. They managed to get out and upload it like the jammiest of dodgers before it was taken down a little while after but never fear! EA and BioWare have released an official version of that same Dragon Age: Inquisition gameplay scenario meaning that none of those camera-in-hand jitters are present here and you can also view it in 1080p HD. Watch the video after the break.
Call it a quick grab for cash in the face of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, call it a gripping insight into a world of sports that none of us have ever seen before or call it a foot-to-ball docu-thing (ok, maybe don’t call it that last one) but upcoming Xbox football/soccer show Every Street United is set to be the first test of Microsoft’s Xbox Originals project which is set to bring original TV programming to Xbox One and Xbox 360. As the first in a long and (potentially) illustrious list of Xbox Originals, all eyes will be on the new show like the gaze of an 80,000 strong crowd on the penalty kick decider. But will it score with ease or punt it over the crossbar? Find out after the break.
Are female characters weak? Incapable of fighting? Inferior to men? I don’t think so and who better to do away with some widely believed (and totally unfounded) tropes about women in games than virtual versions of some certified female asskickers themselves? EA Sports UFC is the game that’s set to do that, offering meaty punches, kicks and brutal body blows from both sides of the gender binary. A new gameplay trailer for the title is after the break, featuring current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey and her equally hard as nails rival Miesha Tate as they try and knock the snot out of each other in the octagon.
‘We have to go deeper’, deep into the epidermis of our Sims apparently, according to Ryan Vaughan who’s a producer on The Sims 4 because in EA and Maxis’ new game we’ll be able to prod and pull their faces like they’re most gorgeous of Elastoplast. They’re clearly aiming for the very best looking Sims ever in the God-hand series and I think they might have just pulled it off. Don’t take my word for it though, watch the new Sims 4 Create A Sim trailer after the break.
Child of Light has me scared. Terrified actually, that no other game this year will be able to capture this level of video gaming magic and that every game I play afterwards will be dimmed by Child of Light’s overwhelming sheen. But I think I can live with that and if I can’t then I’m willing to try my damned hardest because what Ubisoft Montreal’s upcoming platforming RPG seems to be offering isn’t anything I’ve seen before in over a decade of gaming. Already being introduced to Aurora’s story of being a young girl having no other choice than to rescue her world from an evil queen who has stolen the sun, the stars and the moon, I was already taken by its premise, but the Child of Light A Modern Fairy Tale trailer pretty much sealed the deal. You can watch it too after the break.