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.
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.
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.
By many accounts, Never Alone is a risky title. Setting records as the very first of its kind, the market for a commercial game about indigenous people was untested. There was also the fact that Never Alone has been made to both pass on the stories and educate the world about the Iñupiaq people and so we could have gotten an uncomfortable experience not dissimilar to a Sunday school teaching you’ve tried to sneak out of. Could have. With the greatest risks comes the greatest rewards and so successfully living up to the potential, hype and hopes for it, Never Alone is a unique slice of video game brilliance.
It’s been a good couple of weeks for Iñupiaq platformer Never Alone. Not only was the game welcomed with open arms (and glowing review scores) on PC, PS4 and Xbox One but the game has also made history, quite literally being the first game of its kind. Deserved success doesn’t a perfect game make though and Never Alone does have a few coding kinks to iron out. This is what developer Upper One Games is now dealing with in the game’s latest update and they’ve now announced a Never Alone Mac release date too. Find out more after the break.
As part of EA‘s attempts to make a real splash in the fighting genre following the average-ness of EA Sports MMA, the publisher nabbed the UFC license after its former holder, THQ, went under. Once everyone was done fretting that some of the magic would be lost due to the license changing hands, what we found in EA Sports UFC is one of the best face punching sims around. Combat is gritty and realistic, just short of hearing metatarsals crack following a devastating kick to the body and the game is very good at capturing the excitement of winning matches against tough opponents. Now, EA Sports UFC is coming to EA Access and you can find out more about that after the break.
When we last checked in with LA Cops, the team behind the 70s based shooter announced plans to release the game on PS4 and Xbox One. For now, the game is still doing its thing on Steam Early Access, headshotting perps, scoffing doughnuts and guffawing at the idea of ‘proper police conduct’. There’s still a small way to go before we can usher in the full version of LA Cops though, sirens, whirlybirds and all and so developer Modern Dream has now released a new update bringing with it new levels and difficulty modes. Plus, it’s now available with a 25% discount so you can learn more about that and more 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.
A female-led platformer with RPG elements and a story told entirely in rhyme, to say that Child of Light is a weird one is putting it lightly. But in this case weird meant wonderful. Other than its unlikely concept, it was an also an unlikely title for Ubisoft who are known for the popular (and sometimes broken) Assassin’s Creed games, the bombastic Far Cry franchise and stealth shooter series Splinter Cell. However, after taking a gamble on such an unusual yet delightful game, Child of Light has turned a profit and a sequel may be on the cards now too.