FIFA 16 Features Women’s International Teams

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EA Sports’ FIFA games may top the sales charts each and every year, but they are often criticised for failing to include female players. Women have been left out of the annual series despite the fact that women’s football is growing fast across the globe (in England, the women’s national team are even drawing bigger crowds than the men).

The thunderous calls for female footballers to be added to FIFA have been ongoing since one football fan started a petition which drew the attention of EA. FIFA producer Sebastian Enrique had said that although it would take an entirely new physics model, new player models and new hairstyles, while executive producer David Rutter said that they would be added to the game eventually.

At the time, Rutter didn’t clarify when “eventually” would be but now, EA has confirmed that FIFA 16 will be the first game to star playable female footballers. Find out more after the break.

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Pokémon-Esque RPG ‘Moonrise’ Gets a Gameplay Trailer

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The Pokémon games are one of Nintendo’s strongest bits of leverage when it comes to getting people to buy their consoles. They are massive, world-spanning adventures that you can sink days, weeks and even years into, just exploring, battling, and collecting creatures. But since Pokémon games are exclusive to Nintendo consoles, it means that most of us are missing out.

RPG battler Moonrise could help to fill that empty, Pokémon-shaped void in your games collection. It’s the second title from State of Decay developer Undead Labs and while it may not seem like a natural career progression from ‘slaying zombies’, it looks incredibly promising. Watch the new Moonrise gameplay trailer after the break.

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Cyberpunk Adventure ‘Epanalepsis’ Released on Steam

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It’s incredibly difficult find great games with multiple lead, playable characters in a story. The challenge for the developer is that even if each character isn’t likeable, they have to at least be interesting and different enough that the player enjoys themselves no matter who they’re playing as and that the characters all offer something unique. The masterclass in bad voice acting, Shadows on the Vatican, couldn’t handle that and even some of Heavy Rain‘s characters put players to sleep.

Cyberpunk adventure Epanalepsis reckons it can pull it off though. This point and click game from developer Cameron Kunzelman and publisher Mastertronic boasts three different characters living three different lives but naturally, they are all somehow connected. The game also bears the tagline “if you knew what the future holds, what would you change?” which is daunting and sort of scary.

More on Epanalepsis after the break.

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The Sims 4 Luxury Party Stuff Launch Trailer; Pack Now Available

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The Sims 4 Luxury Party Stuff pack is the very first ‘stuff pack’ for The Sims 4. Traditionally, Sims stuff packs just introduce new items as opposed to any massive gameplay overhauls such as The Sims 4: Get to Work expansion. Luxury Party Stuff is a little different in that regard as EA and Maxis have committed to including some smaller gameplay features in the Sims 4‘s stuff packs, which is likely because they want to make up for all of the things that The Sims 4 is missing (namely, toddlers).

As the name suggests, the pack includes all of the things your Sims will need to dress up nice and have a grand ol’ time. You can find out more about The Sims Luxury Party Stuff pack and watch the new launch trailer after the break.

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Sunset Launch Trailer Released

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Sunset is a game that has been making waves ever since it received 270% of its goal on Kickstarter last year. The imaginative title, which is from Belgian development duo Tale of Tales (who were also behind the fabulously sensual Luxuria Superbia) puts players in the shoes of Angela Burnes, an American who gets trapped in a fictional South American country as a revolution starts to snowball.

Because a girl’s gotta eat, Angela gets a job as a housekeeper, clearing up the messes of one Gabriel Ortega. She shows up for one hour every week, before sunset, and does her cleaning thing. But will she just get on with her job or will she uncover Ortega’s secrets, his place in the revolution and watch as the country’s people try to overthrow a militaristic dictator? That will be up to you.

Watch the Sunset launch trailer after the break.

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Announced, Will Feature Playable Female Character

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Following the (thoroughly broken) launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity last year, an insider leak revealed that Ubisoft was working on a new game called Assassin’s Creed Victory that would be set in London. Seven months later and we’ve now got an official reveal, along with a new name. Introducing: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.

What’s the deal with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate‘s playable female character? What’s putting the fire into our assassins’ bellies, encouraging them to fight for freedom and justice? And what are the new ways we can kill our enemies? All of these questions are answered after the jump.

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Tokyo Dark Launches Kickstarter, Hits Goal In 14 Hours

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Side-scrolling mystery Tokyo Dark could be the most sinister thing you play all year. In the upcoming game from Cherrymochi, a developer based in Tokyo, we play as Detective Itō, a woman on the hunt for her missing partner. The spook factor is thanks to the game’s lore, as Tokyo Dark is based around a Japanese urban legend that there is a hidden door beneath Tokyo’s streets and if you enter it, you’ll disappear forever.

We can expect some supernatural elements in this one, along with some heavy topics like child idols, sexism, suicide, nationalism and mental health concerns as the people around Detective Itō start to think that she’s going insane. Tokyo Dark is a huge risk then, but it’s one that’s paying off as the game has quickly passed its goal on Kickstarter.

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Jotun Alpha Demo Now Available

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Last year, Norse adventure game Jotun landed on Kickstarter and raised 130% of its goal. Over 2,000 backers put money forward to support the game, which follows a disgraced Norse warrior named Thora on a quest to prove herself to the gods of Valhalla and escape Viking purgatory. Thora will be doing so by collecting runes to summon elemental giants called the jotun before promptly thwacking lumps out of them with her giant axe.

That sounds wonderful, sure, but interviews and gameplay trailers can only get you so far. We want to feel what Jotun‘s world is really like; be chilled by its digital panes of ice and its freezing giant’s breath. Handy then, that the Jotun alpha demo has just gone live.

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Slave Story ‘Thralled’ Coming to PC, Mac and OUYA in 2015

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Last year, we called Thralledthe future of video game storytelling‘. Instead of the game-y approaches of titles like Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, which aimed to teach us about slavery via the medium of mini-games, side quests and collectibles, Thralled is a heartbreaking tale of what being a slave was probably like.

The game follows a runaway slave named Isaura as she escapes with her baby, hoping to avoid the torture and abuse that had befallen so many slaves before her. She’s risking it all for freedom and it’s down to the player to help her achieve it. Thralled has a strong premise then, but the only downside is that it was exclusive to OUYA, the Android-powered microconsole.

But after missing its initial 2014 release window, Thralled has now been announced for PC and Mac.

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Catwoman is a Playable Character in Batman: Arkham Knight

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Catwoman and Batman are two iconic characters who’ve run into each other time and time again. She’s helped and hindered him and in Batman: Arkham City she even stole his spotlight with her own story quest. So it makes perfect sense that developer Rocksteady Studios is bringing everyone’s favourite faux feline back in Batman: Arkham Knight.

Catwoman’s inclusion in Arkham Knight is part of a bigger strategy by Rocksteady to tie the series up (it’s the final game of the Arkham trilogy and their last Batman game for now). That’s why Robin and Nightwing are also included, after they were only in Arkham City as a pre-order bonus and as DLC, respectively.

Watch a new Arkham Knight trailer after the break.

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