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.
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.
As part of Ninja Theory‘s plan of being open and transparent about development, in the past few months we’ve learnt quite of things about their upcoming PS4 (and PC) action title Hellblade. We’ve been introduced to leading lady Senua, we’ve been clued in on the triple A independent development process and we’ve seen some impressive concept art too. But with the game pencilled in for a 2015 release, there’s still so much that we don’t know. Luckily, Ninja Theory recently let Official PlayStation Magazine UK into their offices to talk about it for their cover feature. So from that preview, here are six things you didn’t know about Hellblade.
When Ninja Theory announced third person action game Hellblade back in August at Gamescom 2014, plenty of people read that would be coming ‘first to PS4′ and raised their eyebrows. Did this mean that Senua’s billowing locks and unsightly foes would be making their way to other platforms at a later date? With their new game, Ninja Theory are testing out a fancy development model called ‘independent triple A’ that lets them make great games on tiny budgets. The team have previously spoken about why PS4 is a fantastic testing ground for that and they have now announced that Hellblade will be coming to PC too.
Kickstarter is a massively useful tool for the games industry. Not only does it allow us to show the gaming world what we’re interested in (and what there’s a niche for) but it allows us to get our hands on some brilliant gaming experiences too. Experience that (most likely) would never have made it to release if a stat-obsessed publisher had been at the helm. It means that anyone, anywhere, with a great idea has the chance to make their video game brainchild a reality. But Kickstarter also has its downsides. Namely, there have been a few cases or developers not delivering on promises or just hightailing it with the money altogether. Nonetheless, 2014 was a record year for games on the crowdfunding platform, according to official statistics.
By far the best part about Christmas (asides from the many Christmas puds, spuds and festive cheer) are the deals. This holiday has thrown up a good many of them including the (still ongoing) Ubisoft sale and the Harmonix Rock Band sale that we announced earlier. But apparently, with just over a week left until the festive season is done and dusted our capitalist overlords aren’t done yet. The latest bargain comes from UK retailer GAME who are offering a PS4 bundle including GTA V, The Last of Us: Remastered, Driveclub and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare all for just £350. Find out more after the break.
As the popular holiday tune goes – ‘Rockin’ around the Christmas tree with your plastic instruments!’ – because as everyone knows, Rock Band is the quintessential party game. Few games will ever be able to recreate the social slayage of playing Rock Band with a group of your closest pals (or your most elderly relatives) and although Harmonix have continued to dabble in the world of rhythm games with titles like (the quite good) A City Sleeps, the Rock Band series is still the shiniest jewel in their crown. Just as well then that Harmonix have slashed the prices on multiple Rock Band games and their downloadable track packs in time for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Full details on the sale below.
Winter is a good time to be a gamer. There are Christmas competitions left and right and a boatload of free time to dig into the industry’s biggest titles. Also in the name of festive cheer and chilly weather are the many sales. Steam are about to launch their very own discount bonanza but Ubisoft is a contender too as in their Winter sale they have discounts of up to 80% on over 300 games. More details and bargain picks after the break.
Black Friday is soon upon us (tomorrow as of the time of writing) which means that while our friends over the pond guzzle all manner of turkey dishes and their appropriate trimmings, we get to take advantage of the deals. The latest retailer to jump on the budget buy bandwagon is UK gaming brand GAME. Their Black Friday bonanza kicks off proper tomorrow but for the rest of the day they have some fantastic offers on including Battlefield 4, Remember Me and Dishonored.