It’s been a busy few weeks for GRIN, the developer behind Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries. In the last fortnight they not only pushed a stonking great update to the alpha and beta versions of the game but they also revealed the Woolfe release date and announced plans to split the game into volumes. Naturally, that’s not all on the agenda between now and the final release and there’s still an awful lot of polishing to do on their fairy tale platformer. Red Riding Hood’s twisted reality isn’t going to find its own bugs and all that. As a result, Woolfe is now on Steam Early Access, giving fans a chance to play the game and help the developer iron out the kinks ahead of release.
One of the most difficult games we played last year, Iron Fisticle ruined thumbs, frayed tempers and got lodged in everyone’s noggins with its catchy retro soundtrack. A twin stick shooter with a total lack of checkpoints (death sends you right back to the beginning of the level), not even the extra health pips or the better weapons available in the in-game shop could save your genderless knight from being killed off. The game was immensely fun but for many that difficulty may have been off-putting. Good news then that in the latest Iron Fisticle update the game is adding a challenge mode and three new difficulties for masochists and those who want an easier time playing it, respectively.
What’s nut-kickingly, skull-crushingly, pixel-countingly awesome? Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is, if its over the top trailer is anything to go to. This time Johnny Gat (and co-op character Kinzie Kensington) are forced to save The President of the United States from Satan’s clutches, as the ruler of Hell is forcing them to get married to his daughter. But Gat Out of Hell won’t be all cheese-plate sharing and diplimatic peace talks as Gat and Kinzie will be firing all manner of ludicrous guns, superpowers and armchair missiles at Satan’s hench-people. This one’s a standalone expansion but with all of that ridiculousness packed in, you know it’s still a Saints Row game through and through. Find out more after the break.
Never Alone really is a one of a kind. Combining puzzles and platforming with the culture and stories of the Native Alaskan Iñupiat people, it really is the only thing like it out there. Granted, Assassin’s Creed 3 featured a Native protagonist but that was a different Native culture and its portrayal was, to put it nicely, a total shambles.
Where AC3 stumbled, Never Alone succeeds as the team behind it are actually Iñupiat themselves and rather than being a gimmick or a back of the box feature – ‘made with real Iñupiat opinions!’ – it’s being made in order to preserve and tell their stories to a younger, gaming audience. How well it marries traditions with entertaining gameplay will be seen next week when Never Alone launches on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, but for now we have a fresh launch trailer.
What do we want? Well written, multi-dimensional female characters! When do we want them? Now! Bless you BioWare for paying attention to our peaceful demands, by giving Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s female characters actual character instead of being one note ‘strong’ women with more muscles than humanity. Returning character Cassandra Pentaghast is an extension of this, returning after a stint in Dragon Age 2 where she interrogated Varric until he began to sweat like a grizzly in a sauna. When we saw her last she was as hard as nails but this time Cassandra is tough, sympathetic and maybe love is on the cards for her too. Find out more after the break.
“A man dangerous enough to bring Satan to his knees but selfless enough to make God himself raise an eyebrow”. Is this the man you would trust to save the President of the United States/Ruler of the Entire World from the grasps of Hell? No, not really. Put a bunch of devastating weapons into his arsenal though and I might reconsider. Johnny Gat is the man in question and lucky for us (and for ol’ El Presidente), in Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell he has a whole bag of guns, armchairs and explosive devices to stick it to Satan. They’re based on the bible’s seven deadly sins which probably isn’t the sort of creativity that they were meant to inspire but alas, there’s a trailer for all of the weapons after the break.
“You look like you could use a pork bun!” Ah yes, that’s one of many iconic things from the original version of Sleeping Dogs that’s back in Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition. Right up there with Hong Kong’s open-world playground and those ridiculous satisfying (but incredibly violent) combat and environmental kills. You never forget the first time you fry an enemy to death with an electric generator, as the saying goes. But even though this was all the great the first time round, is it worth buying again? Are the ‘1080p HD’ graphics and DLC bundle a good enough reason to invest? And will Detective Wei Shen finally give in to demands and eat a pork bun on his cheat day? It’s all answered and more in the new Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition trailer after the break.
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is shaping up to be a divisive game. On one hand it’s chocked to the brim with ridiculousness as you need to save the President from Satan, causing chaos in Satan’s city like he couldn’t keep you captive for the rest of eternity with his trademark brand of excruciating torture. But on the other it’s probably not the giant scale sequel to Saints Row IV that many were expecting and it even includes a musical number here and there as it takes inspiration from Disney movies. There’s also the fact that the seven deadly sins are incorporated into the Saint’s Row: Gat Out of Hell gameplay and you’re encouraged to murder lost souls. Yep, it’s definitely going to split opinion. You can however, make your own mind up as a new Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell gameplay walkthrough is after the break.
Hark! Do you hear that? That’s the deafening echo of the GTA V release date being announced, confirming that the PS4 and Xbox One version of the game will indeed be coming out this Autumn as promised. We were a bit worried for a second there though as total silence in public from Rockstar gave us all night tremors about GTA V’s new gen release date being pushed back and the fact that they were only showing it off to retailers (and not the rest of us) continued to scare us silly. We’ve got a date now though, along with some details about what GTA V will be bringing to PS4 and Xbox One later this year. And did we mention that we’ve also got a new GTA V trailer? You can see that and more after the break.
Do you like rhythm action titles? Do you like shooter games? Probably yes! But with Guitar Hero and Rock Band crumbling under the weight of their fiddly, plastic instrument success and even megalodons like Call of Duty and Battlefield losing some momentum there’s also a good chance that you’re starved for something new. Rock Band creator Harmonix are deciding to take both genres on in A City Sleeps, a female fronted rhythm action shooter that’s nightmarish in difficult, tone and in story. Clearly, it’s a bit of a weird one but with so many other games across the board waltzing in with one note gameplay, let A City Sleeps be the musical masterpiece that outdoes them all.