We’ve been hearing lots of good things from German publisher Daedalic Entertainment as of late. Over the next few months (and into next year too) they’ll be releasing a handful of female fronted games across consoles and PC so there’d be something amiss if we didn’t start covering them. Handily, the publisher recently hosted their annual Daedalic Days event and a released plenty of new screenshots, info and precious, precious gameplay footage of those upcoming titles. That includes the recently announced AER, upcoming console title Silence and mysterious adventure game The Devil’s Men. More on those after the break.
We all know the deal with roguelikes; you hit ‘attack’ until your thumb falls off, you try not to die and then rinse and repeat until you inevitably succumb to permadeath. And that’s fine, that’s great actually as it makes roguelike games incredibly easy to pick up and play, but too often the fantasy worlds that these games take place in are as dull as a matte black doormat. Children of Morta could be a remedy then as not only is it big on story but the six playable characters at the heart of its narrative are all related – with other (non playable) family members aiding them on their quest to save their home and their way of life from an unknown evil. The game has just achieved its funding goal on Kickstarter and you can find out more after the break.
As mentioned on the site before, The Sims 4 has struggled to strike a chord with Sims fans because of EA and Maxis’ decision to scrap a bunch of core features from the game. Fans were rightfully upset that all of their favourite features had been tossed in the garbage, especially as The Sims 4 costs a pretty penny when it’s not being offered at a discount. The game didn’t add pools until November, the toddler age group has been lost forever and they didn’t add family trees until earlier this week. And even then they decided to call it ‘Genealogy’. The only thing that could redeem the game is more content so thankfully the first Sims 4 expansion pack, called ‘Get to Work’, has now been officially announced.
When it comes to the free to play model, League of Legends is a shining star. It’s not ‘pay to win’ and developer Riot Games doesn’t shove microtransactions in your face (character skins are paid for but these are very much optional). Yet for those who do choose to spend their hard earned cash on the hugely popular MOBA, they’d want to know that their accounts are as accessible as Fort Knox in space, i.e not very. Bad news then, that this new League of Legends hack lets hackers get into your account and spend your RP.
When The Sims 4 launched back in September, it didn’t exactly get the best reviews. The game was almost unanimously slated for failing to bring any revolutionary improvements to the table – why did we need to pay top dollar for The Sims 4 when it didn’t offer much difference to The Sims 3?
People were also rightly miffed that the game launched without swimming pools (there were later added via an update in November) and the fact that the toddler age group had been removed altogether. Apart from the character creation mode where you can pinch and pull your Sims’ bodies like plasticine or the giant toilet cheat, The Sims 4 didn’t really have a lot going for it. On top of this, fans will be further disappointed to learn that EA have decided to delay The Sims 4 expansion pack until ‘fiscal 2016’.
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.
The Dragon Age games are a rarity in gaming. Not only is Dragon Age one of few game franchises to feature player controlled romances, but it’s also one of few games to feature prominent LGBT characters or romances and present them in a good light too. The latest entry in the series, Dragon Age: Inquisition, was the third Dragon Age title to feature LGBT characters and it was backed up by previous comments from Lead Writer David Gaider who defended the series’ queer romances from those who think that BioWare (the developer of the Dragon Age games) have an agenda. That approach to LGBT representation has paid off too as leading LGBT group GLAAD have given Dragon Age: Inquisition a Special Recognition award.
Around these parts we love gorgeous games that make you have delightful dreams. Throw a female protagonist in there and you’ll find that game on our Game of the Year list faster than a teleporter going faster than warp speed. Doing all of those things is the newly announced AER, which is being made by Swedish developer Forgotten Key and will be published by Daedalic Entertainment. There’s no word on how to pronounce its name but it looks awfully beautiful and the first gameplay deets make it sound like it’s one to watch. More info on AER after the break.
Back in June, it was a nice surprise to see indie platformer Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries show up at the Xbox press conference at E3. That was one of few tastes we got of the upcoming fantasy platformer ahead of a 2015 release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. But following a gameplay featurette at Gamescom in August and the release of a pretty good alpha gameplay demo (complete with dodgy voice acting and all) not long after, things had been rather quiet. Well, developers GRIN are back after the holiday break and this time they’ve revealed the Woolfe release date. Find out more after the break.