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.
Well, uh, this is awkward. Y’know we’ve all been falling over ourselves for BioWare’s new game without a single shred of gameplay* to show for it? EA and BioWare must have realised that too because they’ve finally given us a Dragon Age: Inquisition gameplay trailer full of tasty morsels to chew over and my God does this game look every bit as a brilliant as we imagined. Giant boss battles, tactical combat and lush, well decorated scenes are all on the cards in the upcoming RPG and we were entirely correct to be chomping at the bit to see more of it. You can watch the new trailer (and find out the Dragon Age: Inquisition release date) after the break.
I watched this trailer in full-screen. Yeah, big mistake. Alien: Isolation consistently terrifies me because I know that Amanda Ripley (the game’s protagonist) is about as well-equipped to defend herself as a sandcastle is from the toe of a boot. She’s stranded on a space base with no guns as it is and anything she can get her hands on isn’t lethal to the alien and looks as though it came out of 1979. Literally. According to Creative Assembly that’s down to a specific design choice in which they’re going to use pared down visuals recorded from broken video tapes and items that could have only been made on the set of the original film in 1979. A world without 1080p HD? Horrifying. Watch the new Alien: Isolation dev diary after the break.
That headline’s a little bit misleading, actually, because it implies that there’s just one good reason to play Concursion, the ambitious indie title from Puuba Games. There are actually a good few many reasons why you should be interested in the game, most of all the fact that it combines 5 different gameplay elements in one (and when I say combine I quite literally mean combine – levels have bits of one another squished together seeing you change character and gameplay on the fly). There’s also my Concursion preview in which playing it made me promptly fall in love and the game’s new trailer (also included in this post). There are quite a few others which I’ve listed after the break but if you play the Concursion demo you’ll be able to find out why for yourself!
Child of Light’s art style is the best looking of all of the games that we’ll see released this year. I’m willing to put money on it. Hell, Child of Light may have the best art style of all the games released in the next two years (by the third year Ubisoft would have released a sequel, naturally). The game has indie stylings with a major developer and publisher behind it and the platforming RPG seems to be offering Ubisoft’s trademark crisp and clean way of pulling things off which makes me all the more excited to see how the game pans out upon release. You can watch the Child of Light World of Lemuria trailer after the break.