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.
As we’ve talked about before, Never Alone is a Pretty Big Deal. Where Assassin’s Creed 3 went wrong with its portrayal of Native American culture and much of inFamous: Second Son‘s focus is on the supernatural, what with Native protagonist Delsin having supercool flame-y powers and all, Never Alone has been made for the sole reason of sharing the stories of the Iñupiaq, a people indigenous to Alaska. A lovely little title, the game follows young girl Nuna and her fox (who is literally named Fox) in a platformer that introduces players to characters from Iñupiaq folklore. Out now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, Never Alone‘s release has seen it make history.
Never Alone really is a one of a kind. Combining puzzles and platforming with the culture and stories of the Native Alaskan Iñupiat people, it really is the only thing like it out there. Granted, Assassin’s Creed 3 featured a Native protagonist but that was a different Native culture and its portrayal was, to put it nicely, a total shambles.
Where AC3 stumbled, Never Alone succeeds as the team behind it are actually Iñupiat themselves and rather than being a gimmick or a back of the box feature – ‘made with real Iñupiat opinions!’ – it’s being made in order to preserve and tell their stories to a younger, gaming audience. How well it marries traditions with entertaining gameplay will be seen next week when Never Alone launches on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, but for now we have a fresh launch trailer.
When it was under THQ’s trusted wing, the UFC series was quite good. It was a passable fighter that exchanged WWE’s arcade-y stylings for realistic, gritty (and bloody) fighting. When THQ went under like a lead balloon in a vat of custard, EA scooped up the rights and made EA Sports UFC. Chalk it down to the astonishing visuals (actual beads of sweat!), the RPG element of levelling up your fighter or that the gameplay is solid like titanium but it was a bit of brilliance. What EA boasted about more than anything though is that their game features a playable Bruce Lee. With people taking a solid interest in that, we have exclusive info that EA are looking to enlist even more well-known fighters for the next EA Sports UFC title. Read on to find out more.
Darker and twistier than a knot thrown down a mine shaft, Woolfe (full name Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries) takes everything you know about the classic fairy tale and promptly throws it out the window. Rather than focusing on the whole kiddo with a basket full of baked goods, this one’s given the granny (and the wolf) the boot in favour of pitting Red against a corporation that may or may have not killed off her father. Scheduled for a release early next year, Woolfe will be coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One. But if you don’t want to wait until then to test it out, there’s a playable Woolfe demo out now and you can find out more about it after the break.
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.
Remember a few months ago when Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition was announced? And Square Enix revealed that Detective Wei Shen would be coming to PS4 and Xbox One in all of his face mashing, sometimes-law abiding, pork bun scoffing glory? After a so-so 101 trailer that told new fans or returning players everything we needed to know about the console leap, Square Enix is actually proving those claims of updated visuals and bigger crowds having now released several Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition PS4 gameplay videos to show off how the game looks on Sony’s new machine. Watch them after the break.
“You look like you could use a pork bun!” Ah yes, that’s one of many iconic things from the original version of Sleeping Dogs that’s back in Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition. Right up there with Hong Kong’s open-world playground and those ridiculous satisfying (but incredibly violent) combat and environmental kills. You never forget the first time you fry an enemy to death with an electric generator, as the saying goes. But even though this was all the great the first time round, is it worth buying again? Are the ‘1080p HD’ graphics and DLC bundle a good enough reason to invest? And will Detective Wei Shen finally give in to demands and eat a pork bun on his cheat day? It’s all answered and more in the new Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition trailer after the break.