DiscStorm, the upcoming arena combat/sports came from XMPT Games, could be one of the most exciting properties out this year. The game will be out in spring 2016 on PS Vita, but it’s coming to PC, Mac and Linux in August. You can find out more about it after the break.
Norse adventure game Jotun is one that we’ve been following quite closely in the past year as plenty have people are quite fond of its gorgeous art style and its David versus Goliath gameplay. The David, in this case, is Thora, a powerful warrior who has been sentenced to a life in purgatory following a dishonourable death and the Goliath(s) are the jotun; huge elemental beasts that she must defeat to reclaim her honour.
When Jotun hit Kickstarter last year, it promptly raised 128% of its goal, and developer Thunder Lotus Games has been especially good at keeping backers, fans and followers updated. There’s been an alpha test of an early build, and plenty of gameplay videos and now, the Jotun beta has gone live along with a new trailer to celebrate. Find out more after the break.
Whether your Sims have to live in death traps, further their careers, or constantly fear the moment when you’ll wall them into a swimming pool and drown them to death, The Sims 4 is a highly stressful game. It’s great news then, that EA is preparing to launch The Sims 4 Spa Day game pack.
This new rest and relaxation themed game pack follows recent DLC, Luxury Party Stuff and Perfect Patio Stuff, and it’s out today. To celebrate its release and explain what sort of chilled out activities it offers, EA has released a Sims 4 Spa Day trailer. Watch it after the break.
Crest is an ingenious take on the classic god game; rather than poking and prodding and making characters wet themselves like you would in The Sims 4, in Crest you give them commands and let them exercise their free will. It quite literally makes you a god, letting you carve out the principles of your very own religion.
The last time we checked in on Crest, developer Eat Create Sleep was letting its characters eat each other, with an update that improved cannibalism. But other people aren’t the only dangers your followers need to worry about now, as in the latest update, animals have been introduced, threatening to eat them too. Find out more after the break with a brand new Crest trailer.
For the most part, League of Legends is pretty easy going when it comes to monetisation. Riot Games only charges you for optional, cosmetic things (such as skins, wards and the new, colour-altering chroma packs) and while those things certainly don’t come cheap, like we said, they’re optional.
One thing that you absolutely can’t buy from Riot, no matter how much money you spend, is a victorious skin. Victorious skins are special skins that are given to players who have achieved Gold or higher in ranked and currently, there are only four of them in existence (Jarvan IV, Janna, Elise, and Morgana). So it’s perfectly understandable then, why the League of Legends community had a meltdown earlier this week, when it seemed like Riot would be putting victorious skins up for sale.
It’s been a tumultuous time for Sims 4 fans as of late as good news such as the release of the Perfect Patio Stuff pack have been offset by things like rumours of Sims 4 microtransactions and the reveal that hot tubs (introduced in Perfect Patio Stuff) will only ever be available if you buy that DLC.
We wouldn’t blame you for being wary about what EA and The Sims 4 development team are up to then, but today we have good news from the House of Sims. A brand new update has been released giving builders new features to play with, along with plenty of bug fixes and a few improvements to the Gallery too. Find out more after the break.
The Square Enix Collective program offers marketing support to indie games, allowing Square Enix to help spread the word (the publisher doesn’t fund development) and gain public support ahead of a crowdfunding campaign. Not only do many SEC games star diverse leads, but it helps to promote games that otherwise would not get made too.
The program also deserves a shoutout for putting the spotlight on Legacy of the Copper Skies, the new game from developer Horrible Unicorn Game Studios (HUGS), that just happens to be one of the most delightfully intriguing games in development right now.
Legacy of the Copper Skies is an action/adventure RPG that stars two playable leads; an incredibly talented, robotic inventor named Ilsen and Tir, a beastly hunter who keeps his lush, green homeland safe. Ilsen built the mechanical world of Grimstad from scratch but having solved all of its problems, she’s bored and wants to “find something to keep her circuits stimulated”.
Meanwhile, Tir is faced with a conundrum as the inhabitants of his land, Ebura, are terrified of him, despite the protection he offers. So when Grimstad and Ebura begin to merge, threatening to destroy them altogether, Tir and Ilsen must go on an adventure together, facing a common foe and using their individual skills and know how to save their worlds before it’s too late.
As we mentioned, it’s an intriguing premise and this world-switching style of gameplay isn’t one we see too often. So, to find out more about the game, we spoke to Legacy of the Copper Skies‘ Creative Director Eric Foster to find out more.
Usually, when the media features disobedient robots, they’re all trying to wipe us out and/or strip us of our own free will. We saw it in I, Robot, we saw it in Wall-E and we saw it in Portal too. So cut ARID, the AI protagonist of The Fall, some slack then, as she’s only trying to help.
The premise of The Fall, the indie game from developer Over The Moon, is that she is part of a high-tech combat suit piloted by an actual human. But when that human is injured and is on the brink of death, she must guide him to safety and “protect him at all costs”. Though, how is ARID meant to do that within her set of rules protocols? And in a hostile environment, too? That’s what you’ll have to figure out when the game is released on PS4 and Xbox One next week.
For some time now, Riot Games has been hyping up the release of new League of Legends champion Tahm Kench. The River King, to call him by his nickname, is a grotesque beast of a monster who feeds off of fear in his backstory but in-game, he will swallow you whole.
The passive ability of his tongue-based attacks give him a stun and a slow and his Devour lets him swallow enemy champions to deal damage and limit their vision or he can use it to keep allied champions out of harm’s way. His ulti also works like a two-man teleport. Tahm Kench’s champion munching abilities make him a fantastic, tanky support and given that not everyone was convinced by (fellow support champ) Bard’s gameplay, he’s a welcome addition to the League of Legends roster. Find out the Tahm Kench release date after the break.
There’s something incredibly alluring about putting together a crack team of experts and casing a joint for treasure and riches – it’s one of the reasons why Tomb Raider, Uncharted and GTA V(‘s heists) have all done so well. Problem is, in those games, the heists and the treasure hunting play second fiddle to the combat and if you’re interested in making bank, you’ll have to spend most of your time shooting (or kicking) enemies in the face.
Hopefully Renowned Explorers: International Society is a bit more up you street then as while it does feature a good bit of combat, it’s all about choosing the best way to go about your treasure hunting, including your team and their gear. Developer Abbey Games has just announced the Renowned Explorers release date too, so find out more after the break.