Sleuth Adventure ‘Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness’ Announced for PC and Mac

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Nancy Drew has been around for absolutely ages. She first showed up in books in 1930 and has been solving mysteries, murders and uncovering plots about global crime syndicates ever since. Nancy Drew is also an influence of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. To me though, Nancy Drew is just a kickass gaming character.

Back in December, I took on Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy and thought it was a great criminal caper (even if the bad British accents pained my ear drums). Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness also takes place in Europe and it looks to be Nancy’s most perilous adventure yet. More on the new game after the break.

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Guitar Hero Live Coming to PlayStation and Xbox in 2015

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Thought that the plastic peripheral party game genre was dead and buried? Sadly for the lack of space in my closet, Activision is wheeling out the Guitar Hero franchise once more with Guitar Hero Live. After 2010’s Warriors of Rock, there were so many GH games that no one was buying them any more and the 2008 recession meant that no one could afford to buy them anyway, so clearly the publisher thinks enough time has passed and we’re ready to be rock gods again.

Guitar Hero Live will need more than a double dose of nostalgia to revive the series though, which is why Activision has completely ripped everything up and is trying something completely new. The latest Guitar Hero game will be far more realistic than before and you can find out more after the break.

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy Announced; Takes Players to India, China and Russia

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Although Assassin’s Creed‘s storylines are based on achieving freedom and equality for all, one long-standing sore spot has been its lack of diversity. AC2, Revelations, Brotherhood, Black Flag and Unity were led by white men (it’s unclear what Altair from AC1‘s ethnicity is) and although Assassins’ Creed 3 featured Connor, a Native American protagonist, we also had to play as his white father for a significant chunk of the game. Last year, publisher and developer Ubisoft also came under fire for not including playable female characters in Assassin’s Creed Unity.

And while no one can force Ubisoft to include more diverse characters in doing so, they can tell more stories about more cultures and more groups of people throughout history. That’s what the company is doing now with the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles trilogy that takes us to India, China and Russia too.

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The Sims 4: Get to Work Expansion Released With Launch Trailer, New Patch

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This week, The Sims 4: Get to Work was released. It’s the very first expansion pack for The Sims 4 (the Outdoor Retreat add-on was a game pack, not an expansion) and it brought with it a whole bag of new tricks for your characters to bring in the Simoleons.

These new careers include retail, with your Sims being able to set up their own businesses (clothing, photography and baking), there’s detective work so that you can solve the city’s crimes, there’s the doctor career so you can rid Sims of their ailments or deliver them to the Grim Reaper and there’s the scientist career path that could lead to alien domination. There’s a good jumble of things to do there and you can find out more on The Sims 4: Get to Work after the break.

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Norse Adventure ‘Jotun’ Will Be Getting a Playable Demo Soon

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Jotun is one we’ve been following since it passed through Steam Greenlight and had a (successful) Kickstarter campaign last year. The mythological game stars Norse warrior Thora as she’s forced to head through Viking purgatory and clear her good name after dying an inglorious death.

Things aren’t as easy as putting a good word in as Thora will have to impress the gods if she wants to make it into Valhalla (essentially Viking heaven). This involves collecting runes to summon the jotun (big beasties like the one you see above) and then beating up them up with that big ol’ two-handed axe of hers.

An alpha gameplay demo of the game will soon be available; find out more on that and watch a new Jotun gameplay video after the break.

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Stealth Shooter ‘Project LIANE’ Announced for PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360

Project LIANE Announced for PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Being a person with super powers isn’t all it’s cracked up to be; just ask inFamous: Second Son‘s Delsin Rowe or every single character from the TV show Heroes. The latest to join their numbers is Anna Liane, the star of upcoming shooter Project LIANE.

After being subject to military experiments she’s developed the pretty handy ability of healing people’s wounds but the downsides soon come when Anna realises that the use of her powers is destroying her mind. On top of that, the military is apparently trying to “exploit” her, as if the experiments they did on her in the first place weren’t enough.

Alas, our protagonist goes on the run and attempts to find out the truth about herself and her powers. Project LIANE will be released on PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox later this year, you can find out more after the break.

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Narrative Survival Game ‘Dyscourse’ Released on Steam

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Narration! Consequences! Teamwork! You don’t really see those featured in survival games which is why me (with those exclamation marks) and Dyscourse (with its brand new launch trailer after the break) are making so much of a song and dance about them. Most of the time you only get endless survival antics (e.g Minecraft) or a story with a bit of survival gubbins on the side (e.g The Last of Us) but Dyscourse is hoping to marry the two together.

In the game, you play as an art school graduate/barista named Rita, who recently survived a plane crash on a remote island. With choose-your-own-adventure style gameplay you can lead Rita and her fellow survivors to safety or lead them on a path to murder and cannibalism. Both outcomes sound like a total riot to me, but you can read more on Dyscourse after the break.

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These New Sims 4: Get to Work Trailers Are Totally Bizarre

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The upcoming Sims 4: Get to Work expansion pack brings with it a truckload of new gameplay content. Unlike the Outdoor Retreat add-on that introduced new outdoorsy items for Sims who love open spaces, The Sims 4: Get to Work gives us new ways for our Sims to get rich or have fun trying.

Included in the pack are several new career paths including retail, detective, doctor and scientist so that you can heal Sims, avenge them, take all their money or accidentally let aliens control their minds. Yeah, I know exactly which activity is going to be the most popular.

The Sims 4: Get to Work launches soon, and you can watch two brand new trailers for it after the break.

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New Sims 4 Get to Work Trailer and Screenshots Released

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While few people have played The Sims 4 and complained that there’s nothing to do, there’s no denying that the latest life-builder was a little light on content. We had to wait several months for pools to join the game and Sims 4 doesn’t even include toddlers, the greatest and most ridiculous Sims age group of them all.

The release of the (paid for) Outdoor Retreat pack was helpful as it gave people a chance to frolic outside, while the upcoming Get to Work expansion will let them embrace their wild, capitalist sides. Just like real life, eh? The expansion will let your Sims become doctors, shopkeepers and more. Watch a new Sims 4 Get to Work trailer after the break.

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Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries Launches on Steam

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Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries has been on our radar for quite some time. A dark and twisty platformer, Woolfe turns all of the grandma-visiting niceties of the fairy-tale on its head and places you in the shoes of Red Riding Hood as she avenges her father’s death. Y’see, her dad died in a “workplace accident”, emphasis on the word accident since Red is convinced that his shady employer B.B Woolfe was behind it. Given that there’s a whole game around that possibility, I’d say she’s probably right.

She’ll have to break into his factory and go through some enchanted woods to prove it though, completing puzzles and fighting his tin army as she uncovers the truth. The first volume of the game (out of two) has just been released and you can watch the Woolfe launch trailer after the break.

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