I’m a Souls veteran. I’ve played Demon Souls all the way to Dark Souls 3. There’s also Bloodborne and Sekiro I’ve finished for that extra street cred. I know this doesn’t qualify me to MAKE a Souls game, but it does qualify me to talk about one. So, Dark Souls 4. I know Hidetaka Miyazaki only intended for a trilogy, but what if? And let’s say there is a Dark Souls 4, what the hell would it be about? Dark Souls 3 was pretty damn conclusive, I’ll admit it. Still, I have reasons to believe we may see a Dark Souls 4 in the very distant future. Why? Well, let me walk you through the points one by one. Starting off: Dark Souls 4 Gameplay, Features, And What Should It Be It took From Software two attempts to nail the engine for Dark Souls. Say what you want about 1, the game played really badly sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, I still absolutely adore it. But if you go back to it right now, after playing through 3, you’ll see what I mean. … [Read more...] about Dark Souls 4: Will It Happen, What to Expect?
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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a spiritual follow-up to the Souls series with a very different visual style and a range of new gameplay ideas. It's a fast-paced, tough-as-nails action game and it's every bit as good as I had hoped - but when it comes to the technology powering its games, From Software doesn't exactly have the best track record. Games like Bloodborne and Dark Souls 3 are gorgeous to behold with complex geometry and remarkable art direction but on consoles, performance leaves a lot to be desired, while historically, loading times have been problematic. Sekiro manages to address some concerns, but others persist.At its core, Sekiro is very much a successor to the Souls series - the bonfires and estus flasks are represented while the core progression and focus on a steep challenge are in full effect but this game goes a few steps further. The speed of the combat and focus on parrying, for instance, remind me of Team Ninja's seminal Ninja Gaiden for the original Xbox - a game … [Read more...] about Does Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice improve over Dark Souls’ performance issues?
FromSoftware's Dark Souls is a cult classic that helped pave the way for a new breed of action-RPGs way back in yonder 2011. Sure, Demon's Souls came first, but it was Dark Souls that spurred a generation of sequels, successors, and imitators we now often refer to - for better or worse - as "Soulslikes". But come May 9, the beloved game (or at least the PC version of it) will be lost to the embers, like so many lost... well, souls.This is because Dark Souls Remastered, an upscaled and tweaked version of the original game plus its Artorias of the Abyss DLC, will be taking its place on Steam come May 25 - though owners of the original version will still be able to download and re-download their copy. Dark Souls Remastered is also coming to PS4, Xbox One, and later this year to Nintendo Switch, but right now the only confirmed de-listing is the PC version.Publisher Bandai Namco announced the news as it simultaneously opened pre-orders for the remaster, and released this (admittedly cool) … [Read more...] about You have until May 8 to buy the original Dark Souls on PC before Dark Souls Remastered takes its place
Folks, I think we’re going to have to let Half-Life go. It’s been over a decade since Valve did anything with the license (beyond cross-promotion deals), and the seemingly posthumous leak of the sequel’s planned story beats cemented the sense that the series wouldn’t be returning any time soon. Seemingly disinterested in using it themselves, Valve have been approving the use of the Half-Life setting and assets (if not the name) for use in commercial fan-works, Hunt Down The Freeman feels like it might just be the last nail in the coffin for the series, if public response thusfar has been any indication. Of course, this isn’t the first case of Valve officially authorising Half-Life fan-works for commercial release on Steam. On top of the excellent (but still unfinished) Half-Life 1 remake Black Mesa, we’ve recently seen the likes of mod-turned-commercial release Prospekt. Hunt Down The Freeman from Royal Rudius Entertainment … [Read more...] about Commercial Half-Life fangame Hunt Down The Freeman launches to a less-than-glowing critical response
As it does with most of its big new releases, Microsoft is launching a limited-edition Xbox One controller for its swashbuckling pirate action/adventure game Sea of Thieves. The nice-looking controller has a deep purple translucent design, with a skull in the middle that glows in the dark. The gamepad also sports "laser-etched barnacles, while one of the triggers sports a golden colour.Additionally, it comes with the "Ferryman Clothing Set" DLC, along with 14-day trials for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass. It launches on February 6. This is of course the newer-model controller, so it has Bluetooth support for use with Windows 10 PC and tablets. In terms of consoles, it supports Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X.You can pre-order one here on Microsoft's website.The controller launches on February 6, which is more than a month before Sea of Thieves hits shelves on March 20 for Xbox One and PC. Developer Rare recently revealed more details about how the game's progression system … [Read more...] about Sea Of Thieves Xbox One Controller Glows In The Dark, Comes With DLC And More