What do we want? Well written, multi-dimensional female characters! When do we want them? Now! Bless you BioWare for paying attention to our peaceful demands, by giving Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s female characters actual character instead of being one note ‘strong’ women with more muscles than humanity. Returning character Cassandra Pentaghast is an extension of this, returning after a stint in Dragon Age 2 where she interrogated Varric until he began to sweat like a grizzly in a sauna. When we saw her last she was as hard as nails but this time Cassandra is tough, sympathetic and maybe love is on the cards for her too. Find out more after the break.
“A man dangerous enough to bring Satan to his knees but selfless enough to make God himself raise an eyebrow”. Is this the man you would trust to save the President of the United States/Ruler of the Entire World from the grasps of Hell? No, not really. Put a bunch of devastating weapons into his arsenal though and I might reconsider. Johnny Gat is the man in question and lucky for us (and for ol’ El Presidente), in Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell he has a whole bag of guns, armchairs and explosive devices to stick it to Satan. They’re based on the bible’s seven deadly sins which probably isn’t the sort of creativity that they were meant to inspire but alas, there’s a trailer for all of the weapons after the break.
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is shaping up to be a divisive game. On one hand it’s chocked to the brim with ridiculousness as you need to save the President from Satan, causing chaos in Satan’s city like he couldn’t keep you captive for the rest of eternity with his trademark brand of excruciating torture. But on the other it’s probably not the giant scale sequel to Saints Row IV that many were expecting and it even includes a musical number here and there as it takes inspiration from Disney movies. There’s also the fact that the seven deadly sins are incorporated into the Saint’s Row: Gat Out of Hell gameplay and you’re encouraged to murder lost souls. Yep, it’s definitely going to split opinion. You can however, make your own mind up as a new Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell gameplay walkthrough is after the break.
GTA V has been out for a year now! In that time you’ve likely lost count of all the slow-moving pedestrians you’ve mowed down, the bullets you’ve sprayed the scenery with and the great heights you’ve tumbled off of as playable characters Michael, Trevor and Franklin. If you haven’t got the game then you’ve probably spent a similar amount of time grumbling about GTA V’s new gen release, it’s delayed PC release date and general wishes and complaints for the game to launch on our shiny new consoles and systems just a little bit sooner. No matter your feelings on the game’s past year, Rockstar are looking to commemorate the one year anniversary with you, having now uploaded a boatload of previously unreleased GTA V artwork. It beats the usual paper anniversary gift anyway. Images after the break.
Yes we’re intrigued by its cast of characters, yes we’re excited to stab a variety of supernatural beasties in their kneecaps and yes every single one of us is chomping at the bit to lead a variety of creatures and fierce warriors into battle and save the world but what most of us can’t wait for are the Dragon Age: Inquisition romances. Since the absolutely brilliant Dragon Age: Origins landed on the scene and the slight disappointment of Dragon Age 2 came around with its shoddy combat, we’ve loved the romance gameplay that let’s us woo, shack up or make virtual puppy eyes at our AI teammates. Dragon Age is also one of the few series that includes gay or bisexual characters and allows them to get into relationships with the player’s character. With all the support around the mechanic then, it makes sense that BioWare have now released a Dragon Age: Inquisition romance guide which you can read all about below.
When it launches early next year, Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell will see you face off against Satan as you rescue the President from unfortunate matrimony with the devil’s daughter. It also see you conquer a “demon-infested city”, zip around with demon wings and fire locusts at people’s faces. Also, because this is a Saints Row game and that’s what the Saints Row series does best, it will also see wreak general havoc and destruction against Hell’s population. Hardly suitable for a three year old now is it? But strangely, the family-friendly schmaltz of Disney films is exactly where Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell’s dev team got much of its inspiration.
Some of the best video game funtimes I’ve had have been in the Saints Row games. From spraying poo on pedestrians, to mowing down pedestrians with a mini-gun, mowing them down with cars and then pummelling the change out of them with a giant, purple d*ldo bat should my roadkill dare get up again, the Saints Row games are a ridiculous antidote to Grand Theft Auto’s slice of reality. The last SR game was a prime indication of that as you elevated from esteemed well-like gangster to the President of the United States. Also, there was an alien invasion, naturally. Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is the name of the next release and this time you’ll be saving the Pres from Satan himself. Read more about the game after the break.
Still licking your wounds after the Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity announcement took everyone by surprise? Aren’t we all. It also saw plenty of nastiness sent Square Enix’s way, including ‘sell outs’, ‘money grabbing chumps!’ and various other insults used to describe longstanding business practices. Nonetheless, Square Enix surely can’t be bad eggs, right? As their new initiative wants to rob us of our free time right when we’ll need it most; to study, learn and make good use of far-too-expensive college tuition fees. The Square Enix Back to School sale does offer us dozens of cut-price games though, so you can find out more on the deals after the break.
According to the statistics, less than 1% of all games released in 2013 let us play as a gay (or LGBTQ) character and the crux of that is because although the majority of gamers are a fairly progressive lot and wouldn’t mind gay characters right in there with the rest of the heterosexual ones, plenty of publishers and developers are guilty of shying away from the subject in fear of the vocal, ignorant minority coming for them with pitchforks and torches aflame. Developer BioWare are actually one of the few developers to embrace queer characters wholeheartedly, with all three Mass Effect games and both Dragon Age 1 and 2 allowing same-sex romances. Dragon Age: Inquisition is set to include same-sex romance too and, BioWare say, they have plans to keep putting gay characters in their games in the future.
From the disgruntled masses of PC and PS4 fans to the deafening cheers of Xbox One supporters, convinced they’d finally landed a blow to the PS4’s unstoppable success, to the critics and unaligned gamers who simply asked ‘wait, what?’, the announcement that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be an Xbox exclusive come 2015 has been the talk of the town. And although the chatter of secret big money deals and sales and console wars clutters up the highways, we will eventually have to accept the fact that Rise of the Tomb Raider is going to be exclusive to Xbox One and Xbox 360 for whatever unspecified amount of time. But do PC and PS4 really need Rise of the Tomb Raider and where does the Tomb Raider franchise go from here? Read on after the break to find out.