You may have seen them already: luminescent, moody, glitchy-looking gifs on Twitter and Reddit. No, they're not teasers for the next Tron movie, but snippets from an indie title called Recompile - a 3D platformer by Phigames. After weeks of observing these teaser images, I was finally able to get my hands on the game at this year's EGX Rezzed, and ask the game's creator, Phi Dinh, about the process behind designing the game. Unsurprisingly, it turns out Recompile feels just as good as it looks, but it also boasts a variety of unexpected influences. And that's not all - as the developer has some ambitious plans in mind. Hearing the term computer virus normally doesn't bring positive images to mind, but in Recompile, you are the virus. You're tasked with infiltrating a pseudo-military facility during an "apocalyptic war-type future", and according to Dinh you'll function as "a catalyst for creating the first ever sentient AI". "The idea is the facility is semi-sentient, … [Read more...] about Recompile is a Metroidvania that makes hacking look beautiful
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Following the immense success of last year's Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy, Activision has wasted little time in resurrecting another fondly remembered 90s platforming hero for modern consoles. Spyro Reignited Trilogy brings Insomniac's three Spyro The Dragon games to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a visually lush conversion by industry veteran Toys for Bob - the studio responsible for classic games such as Star Control 2 as well as the Skylanders series.If you grew up with a PlayStation in the late 90s, chances are you have fond memories of Spyro. Developer Insomniac was coming off the back of its first release, a technically impressive and critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful first-person shooter for PlayStation called Disruptor. It couldn't be more different from Spyro, but that's the point - the studio had proven its talent but was looking for a new audience. Meanwhile, Sony was looking for more family-friendly games for PlayStation as well as a counter to the … [Read more...] about Spyro Reignited looks beautiful and plays better than the originals
MICROSOFT is releasing a demo for Forza Horizon 4 today, almost three weeks before the gorgeous new arcade racer comes out. The fun-focused cousin of the much more serious Forza Motorsport series, Horizon 4 is set in the UK, with events all over a gloriously recreated version of Great Britain. The full game doesn't come out until October 2nd, but you can download the demo from the Microsoft store and check it out today. From what we've seen of the game so far it's got everything that Horizon fans want and a whole lot more besides. Forza Horizon 4, £49.99 from the Microsoft Store - buy it now It's got a whole host of events across Great Britain you can jump between, miles of roads to blaze down, and hundreds of cars rendered in frankly absurd levels of detail. In the first few hours of the game you get to tear up some bucolic side roads in a McLaren Senna, the game's cover car, tearing up the tarmac on your way to the Horizon Festival. There you pick up another car and dive into … [Read more...] about Forza Horizon 4 makes Britain look beautiful – and you can play it for free TODAY
It’s not wrong to feel skeptical of Pokémon: Let’s Go. On the surface, the game is an upscaled version of Pokémon Go mashed up with the first-generation Pokémon games. The pitch is that this is Pokémon for budding Pokémon fans. So where does that leave us who play video games because of Pokémon, and have been doing so since the series launched more than 20 years ago? After trying out Let’s Go, Pikachu! during E3 2018, I have good news: It’s as fun as any other mainline Pokémon game. In fact, it may even be more so — if you’re open to the fact that this beautiful, charming little game is about the journey, not the destination. I spent my Let’s Go, Pikachu! demo walking through Viridian Forest, one of the most iconic areas in Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue. The differences from that game are immediately clear, however: A Pikachu clung to my trainer avatar’s shoulder as I traveled around. So did a … [Read more...] about Pokémon: Let’s Go! is a beautiful dream for nostalgic fans
We've been eagerly awaiting the PC version of Final Fantasy 15 for some time. It's the chance to see Square-Enix's stunning Luminous Studio engine freed from the constraints of console hardware. Enhanced versions of those visuals running at 4K resolution or a locked 60fps? The potential here is mouthwatering, but the question is just what hardware will be required to push beyond the standards set by PS4 Pro and Xbox One X - and how optimal the PC port is. A PC benchmarking tool was released at the beginning of the month, and first impressions based on mainstream hardware are sobering. We always expected the PC 'Windows Edition' to be challenging, but the benchmark is already causing controversy owing to its heavy integration of Nvidia's GameWorks libraries - bespoke 'black box' technology created by the Green Team's engineers, and integrated by Square-Enix. There's enhanced foliage via TurfWorks, beefed up fluid, fire and smoke simulation courtesy of Nvidia Flow, plus more realistic … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy 15 Windows Edition looks beautiful but at what cost?