For as much as we dither on about frame-rates and fast-paced gameplay and how the hell so and so company are going to tack microtransactions into so and so game, video games and the people behind them are massive cultural pillars. It’s why so many people will lambaste one another on the Internet over brand loyalty of consoles and the ‘liberal’ agendas of certain, more accepting titles. So as one of the primary peddlers of games and one of the first to get called out for having an underlying motive, it’s pretty huge then that EA have now joined the White House’s ‘It’s On Us’ campaign, to use their influence to call for the end of sexual assault.
Alien abductions! Casual, bladder-related murder! Houses that are also accidental death traps! It’s all there in The Sims 4, EA and Maxis’ new God-hand life simulation. Granted, most of us use the game as our own personal sim torture chamber but apparently that’s not what it’s for. Other handy features in The Sims 4 include the interior design gameplay that we’ve enjoyed since the series’ inception, only this time around the game also comes with the ability to make everything ridiculously sized. Technically it’s a cheat but it’s an EA-approved cheat so head after the break to find out more.
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.
It had oodles of potential and promise that it was going to be a gajillion and 2 percent better than whatever round joints in square sockets features Dragon Age 2 coughed up and left us with like a soggy hairball. Alas, for all of the nice things that it was going to offer us, the Dragon Age: Inquisition release date has been pushed back from its initial October timing. Anyway, reasoning, the new release date and sadfaces all round can be found after the break.
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.
As one of the only games that portrays LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) characters in a good light and one of even fewer that lets you play as them, Dragon Age: Inquisition always had some high expectations on how it did these identities right by looking for some refreshingly queer gameplay in a see of unfortunate heteronormativity. Much of those queer identities are buoyed by the follower system as for three games now (Inquisition included) the game has let you form relationships with the followers in your party, as long their sexuality corresponded to your playable character’s gender. With BioWare today revealing new Dragon Age: Inquisition character ‘Dorian’, the series looks as hopeful as ever for diversity but in the process the developer have also landed themselves in a bit of hot water.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is one massive game. One section of BioWare’s upcoming RPG is bigger than the entirety of Dragon Age: Origins. There are 40 various endings to the game, more romances than you can shake Cupid’s cherubic face at and a brand new, revamped combat system after Dragon Age 2’s battle system was frustrating like trying to eat a bowl of soup with a knife and fork. Switching out that ill-advised cutlery for something far better and more tactical this time, Dragon Age: Inquisition is already guaranteed to be better but as this leaked gameplay from E3 2014 shows, we’ll have plenty more new feature additions to build on that improvement. Watch the footage 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 the 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.