In LA Cops, our cast of justice bringers don’t just lack in morals; they don’t even know what the word ‘morals’ means. It’s probably quite telling that in my hands-on with the game last year, it took me several playthroughs to even realise that I didn’t just have to blast holes in everybody and that there was a non-lethal arrest button that would have saved me a few bullets. Where’s the fun in that though? Right? LA Cops is all about running and gunning and its playable characters aren’t good people but really, who is? Publisher Team 17 is keen to show this off with the latest LA Cops launch trailer detailing the game’s ‘seedy underbelly’.
Announced last month for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, Trapped Dead: Lockdown seemed like another bland zombie RPGs in a sea of better-looking zombie slashers. Admittedly, that put me off a bit but the upcoming game from developer Bigmoon Interactive Studios and publisher Headup Games makes up for not-so pretty graphics with RPG gameplay and a whole lot of story.
We’ll get to play as one of five different characters (butcher, marine, hitman, marshal and exorcist) who each have their own motivations of escaping this small, zombie infested, American town. There will be skill trees, vehicular combat and a handful of menacing zombie types. Find out more about Trapped Dead: Lockdown after the break.
Ninja Theory‘s Hellblade is one creepy, eerie game. Its concept art hints monsters with nasty, toothy lumps for heads, there are multi-headed horses and one location features giant melting women. For crying out loud, the game’s announcement trailer saw the protagonist Senua take part in a blood sacrifice for some sort of unseen evil.
It obviously wouldn’t make the slightest bit of a sense then if Hellblade‘s battles had the Benny Hill theme tune overlayed on top of them (though I hope to God someone makes that video edit once the game’s out) and so this is fittingly dark and atmospheric. Check it out after the break.
There’s no debating it, the games industry (or the media as a whole, if we’re being honest) doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to female representation. Characters are often designed as men by default just because and plenty of female characters are designed as flailing boob monsters whose goal in life is to titillate the male audience. Like I said; things aren’t great.
The tides are turning though, as those in charge of our games are finally wising up to the fact that half of their audience is female and that featuring playable female protagonists isn’t going to decimate their sales. The PS4 has been the host to a small but brilliant group of female-led games ever since it launched in 2013, so to highlight some of those, I’ve put together this list.
For a good few months now we’ve been raving about LA Cops. An isometric shooter, LA Cops puts you in the shoes of two ‘shoot first, scarf a row of doughnuts later’ police detectives at a time and gives you a variety of levels to blast your way through.
The selling point here is that you can think strategically about the way in which you deal with the bad guys. Will you, for example, position one detective in a doorway and use the other to lure the bad guys towards them and then turn your foes into strawberry jam? Or will you go in all guns blazing and get turned into a gooey mess yourself? The choice will be yours when LA Cops launches on PC and Xbox One next month.
Right, you’ve heard of Spelunky, haven’t you? In it, you ‘spelunk’ in randomly generated caves and go about hunting for buried treasure, exploring and saving damsels. If that sounds good to you then you’ll most definitely like The Swindle which is a roguelike platformer that its creator Dan Marshall describes as ‘Deus Ex meets Spelunky . In The Swindle you’ll be running and climbing around its procedurally generated levels, darting away from security guards or boffing them on the head as you attempt to steal all the money. Although that premise sounds mighty promising, Dan axed it back in 2011 because it didn’t feel right. Now, it’s back and better than ever and it’s coming to consoles. Find out more about The Swindle after the jump.
We wrote about hack ‘n’ slash RPG Children of Morta a few days ago, when we reported that the next title from developer Dead Mage had successfully reached its Kickstarter goal. Good news, it was, that one of the best looking games to hit the crowdfunding service would be bringing its impressive ways to PC later this year.
Amongst other things, Dead Mage are promising a game that will be much more than your usual hacking, slashing and item crafting game (though it will have all of those things too) as the game’s story centres on a guardian family named The Bergsons. They’re an intriguing bunch in an intriguing title and as the game looks to achieve its stretch goals, we had a chat with Children of Morta‘s Team Lead Amir Fassihi about co-op, permadeath and bringing the game to PS4 and PS Vita.
Are you bored of beating zombies to permadeath yet? Maybe the Dead Island, Dead Rising and Resident Evil games only whet your appetite for more, and you’ve still got a hankering for undead murdering delights. Good news then as developer Bigmoon Interactive Studios and publisher Headup Games (who also published the brilliant RTS Meridian: New World) have just announced Trapped Dead: Lockdown for PC, PS4 and Xbox One and they’re hoping to avoid the ‘just another zombie game’ title by attempting to mix things up.
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.