Titanfallhas a lot resting on its mecha-shoulders; EA want Respawn Entertainment’s debut first-person shooter to become a firm rival to Call Of Duty and the upcoming Destiny, and Microsoft will be desperate for it to be a system shifter for the Xbox One. Titanfall’s multiplayer-only focus means I’m personally not that interested, but the prior considerations are perhaps the reasons for the great deal of media focus on the closed beta for the game, which is running this weekend from the 14th-17th February.
People have been registering via the Titanfall website this past week, and the individuals lucky enough to have been selected for the beta (running on Xbox One and PC) will have access to three game modes called Attrition (deathmatch), Hardpoint (capture the base) and Last Titan Standing (self-explanatory). Strangely enough the beta will run in the slightly odd resolution of 1408×792 – which presumably will be a big deal to gamers obsessed with graphics.
Titanfall is set for release on PC and Xbox One on March 11th 2014, a few days before other big hitters like Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and the PS4 exclusive Infamous: Second Son. The Xbox 360 version (which will presumably sell more given the bigger userbase) has been delayed until 25th March. Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 10TH – 16TH FEBRUARY→
Morning all, hope you’ve had a pleasant Christmas with all the usual gifts and trimmings. The surprises aren’t just limited to Christmas Day in the gaming industry though!
Until 10am Pacific Time on December 26th, you can pick up Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2 on Steam for free – go to the store page and click on ‘Install’, and you will receive the complementary license to have the game in your Steam library forever. You do not have to install the game straight off the bat as some reports have confusingly stated; if its in your Library, you can install it at your leisure.
Meanwhile on Xbox Live, the first episode of TellTale Games’ The Wolf Among Us is currently free to download for both Gold and Silver members, with the full season pass also discounted to just £6. The deal expires on December 31st, so download it while you can. I played through the first episode last night and thought it was excellent – you can see my review here.
Meanwhile, remember to keep your eyes on the Steam Winter Sale which updates each day until January 3rd. Happy deal hunting!
With release day edging ever closer, Sony have this week put together an ultimate FAQ of features the PlayStation 4 will incorporate – and it may appear to some to be a step back somewhat. Despite claims that the new console will offer 10 times the power of a PS3, at launch the PS4 will not support MP3’s or audio CD’s, and the ‘Share’ feature allowing gamers to upload clips of their gaming exploits will not be supported by YouTube (a feature also lacking on the Xbox One).
Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has responded to criticism on Twitter hinting at possible changes in the future:
Thanks for the feedback to the lack of MP3 and DLNA support at the launch of PS4. I'll share with the PS4 Dev team for future consideration.
It is worth noting that several of the features that are currently available on the PS3 and Xbox 360 have been added post launch by multiple patches and software updates, so we might see the return of MP3 support et all soon enough. In the meantime, no custom FIFA soundtracks for you!
If you’ve ever found yourself staring at the visualisation on Windows Media Player while a song is playing in the background and thought to yourself ‘this would make a really cool game’, then AudioSurf is right up your street. This beautifully simple title, available via Steam, subverts the usual routine of rhythm games by not offering you a soundtrack to play along with – instead, you supply the music. Continue reading “The Greatest Visualization Tool Since The Lava Lamp” – AudioSurf Review→
Imagine walking around all day with a voice in the background narrating your life – it would get annoying quite quickly don’t you think? It’s surprising then that having played Bastion (the third part of my Humble Indie Bundle V review block), that I’m not quite so adverse to the idea now. However, it’s not just a fantastic narrator that makes Bastion one of the most impressive independent titles of recent times; this beautifully styled game has a few more tricks up its sleeve. Continue reading Kids, Windbags And Old Narrators – Bastion Review→
If you are searching for a Tolkien-esque narrative in a game, then LIMBO is not the title for you. Similarly, if you have a fondness for relentless action, then you would probably not give it a second glance. You see, LIMBO is about 1% story, 2% controls, 7% puzzles and 90% overwhelming style. If ever an argument was to be put forward for a game being a piece of art, then this would surely be at the forefront. Continue reading A Game Worthy Of The Tate Gallery – LIMBO Review→
Hello everyone – It’s good to be finally be home again with my family having just finished the semester at University, as it means I can do a bit more journalism in my free time. The following is a roundup of some interesting news and deals from the last few days…
Usually, Steam are pretty generous on their deals and offers – not a day goes by when there isn’t at least something on offer. This Christmas however, they have gone berserk. From today up until the 1st January, there is a simply enormous catalogue of games of every genre on offer, including sensational deals on individual games (Portal 2 is £5 today….that’s an absolute steal) and packs of games from the likes of Bethesda, Rockstar, Square Enix and of course Valve. The deals will change every day, so be sure to keep checking back regularly. The real big news on Steam however is the Great Gift Pile promotion. By completing various challenges every day, you will earn free games, vouchers, or a piece of coal. Don’t despair if you get some coal however though, because it’s the entry to the Epic Holiday Giveaway – top prize: EVERY GAME ON STEAM. Best clear out some hard drive space and pray then people.
Microsoft has also waded into the murky waters of deals, with their annual 12 Days Of Christmas promotion, where each day one Xbox Live Arcade game will be discounted for the day. Today it’s the turn of Bastion, one of the big winners at the recent VGA awards – its yours for 600 MS Points. Major Nelson has also posted up details about some permanent deals that will be running through the 12 days as well, and you can check the details via this link.
If you bought a 3DS early, the long awaited Game Boy Advance games for Ambassadors are now available for you to download for free. The list, which will probably offer more playability than the earlier NES Ambassador games, are as follows and are available via the E-Shop on your 3DS
– F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
– Super Mario Advance 3
– The Legend Of Zelda: The Minish Cap
– Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
– Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
– Mario Kart: Super Circuit
– Mario vs. Donkey Kong
– Metroid Fusion
– Wario Land 4
– WarioWare Inc
The long awaited Star Wars: The Old Republic, the biggest MMO to be released in years, finally goes on sale today. About 1 million lucky people have been playing early due to pre-order incentives, and it will now remain to be seen whether or not BioWare’s effort can dislodge World Of Warcraft from its lofty perch. I won’t be getting it personally as my laptop will not run it, however I have quite a few friends who have jumped on board, and I may be able to get first thoughts from them in a few days time.
Finally, the best selling game at Christmas in the UK has been announced, and for the first time in eight years it is not an EA or Activision title – it’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, capping off an incredible year for Bethesda’s behemoth. The title of Christmas King has been dominated by Call Of Duty and Need For Speed over the last decade, and Skyrim has become the first game to break the run – the last title was the wonderful Grand Theft Auto: Vice City which ruled the roost in 2002.
(Breaking news as I write) COUNTER STRIKE IS COMING TO XBOX LIVE ARCADE – yep, you heard me right. The game will be called Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and will feature updated versions of maps that have become synonymous with the game, such as de_dust, as well as new game modes and leaderboards. Coming early 2012. Well, can a 12 year old game ignite Xbox Live like it has the PC world?
I like what Codemasters have been doing with the F1 franchise since they got the license; F1 2010 was an excellent start, F1 2011 looks simply gorgeous, and today they announced a new title in the form of a free to play management simulation. F1 Online will feature all the cars, drivers and tracks from the sport, and will allow you to manage a team throughout an entire season, complete with qualifying and practice sessions, while dealing with all the hidden duties of managing an F1 team, such as conducting research and financing teams. You will also have the opportunity to create your own teams and liveries if the pre set teams aren’t up to your liking. I’m never going to own an F1 team, so this is the next best thing – and it sounds ace. More news on it should be available soon from the GamesCom conference to be held next week.
And speaking of GamesCom, EA have said they will reveal the date that the FIFA 12 demo will be available for download on Xbox 360 and PS3 next week. We usually get details of the soundtrack with the demo as well, so that’s something else to look forward to.
And speaking of EA (see what I did there?), news for those who want to play Battlefield 3 on your PC’s this winter – you have to download EA’s digital distribution service, Origin, if you want to buy the game online. This will come as a great annoyance to those who wanted the game on Steam, easily the most popular digital distributor of games available at this time, as EA are allowing the game on other digital distributors services – just not Valve’s. Obviously you can see why EA have taken this decision, as they want the maximum profit from the game, and this can come through them charging the price rather than Valve (EA’s news pitch cites the limitations for DLC and patches as the main reason for not being on Steam), but I wonder if limiting the audience is wise if they truly want to challenge Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which will be available through Steam.
And speaking of Call OF Duty (I’ll stop doing this now…sorry), more news has come about the upcoming ‘Rezurrection’ map pack for Black Ops. The big selling point here of course is that it is a purely all-zombies affair, featuring remakes of four World At War maps and a new proposition, where you fight zombies on the moon. People who bought the Hardened and Prestige copies of Black Ops will get the maps for free, and you also get the Zombies Soundtrack and a dashboard theme thrown into the deal. Not bad at all…if you don’t mind paying for needless remakes. If you didn’t buy the collectors editions it will cost you 1200 MS Points. It will be available on the 23rd August. Check this video for a behind the scenes look at the maps from the guys at Treyarch
Finally, THQ have made some footage of Saints Row: The Third available for people to see. It shows the second mission, where you fight a plane, engage in a freefall where you gun down rival gang members, before culminating in a ridiculous set piece where you hijack a plane which is flying straight for you…as OTT as you’d expect then, The footage is a few weeks old, but the news sites only seem to have got a hold of it these last two days for some strange reason
Huge news from Valve today; no it’s not the announcement of Half Life 2: Episode 3, but something even better. The world’s #1 war-themed hat simulator, Team Fortress 2, is now FREE TO PLAY. Yep, you can play when you like for as long as you like, and get the benefit of over four years of updates for the game online in the process.
Valve has recently allowed a few free to play games onto its Steam service, including the RPG Forsaken World, but I don’t think many anticipated that Team Fortress 2 would become free to play after the recent uber update for the game, which was the largest amount of content updated since the game’s release in 2007. While I’m sure that many will jump at the chance to get this excellent team based shooter now that it’s free (I have a copy for the Xbox in the form of the Orange Box), don’t feel bad if you have already paid for the game: you are getting upgraded to a premium account free of charge with the update as well.
You can add it to your download queue on Steam now, and in the meantime check out the hilarious ‘Meet The Medic’ video that Valve also released with the uber update.