Hostile takeover PAX started off on the right foot this year. Traditionally a show where we focus on cool-seeming indie games, the Devolver-published High Hell is the epitome of that weirdness we try to find. "YEAH, KICK THE COKE!" is something a developer shouted at me. I honestly think it helped me break my hangover just a little bit. High Hell is the newly-announced follow-up from the Heavy Bullets creator and music man Adam "Doseone" Drucker. Bullets are about the only connection, though. This one isn't randomly generated and it isn't permadeath. Instead, it's a controlled narrative about corporate sabotage through punk rock means. Think burning stacks of cash rather than pocketing them. It's a simple first-person shooter. There's one gun, unlimited ammo, and aggressively dumb enemies. Kicking down doors, clearing a room, kicking down more doors, and clearing another room is largely what High Hell is about. It sounds reductive but it's not meant to. I played … [Read more...] about Kick the cocaine, save the monkeys, burn the cash in High Hell
Pretty faithful to the source material The official website for the upcoming Fire Emblem Warriors has detailed some of the mechanics included. In particular, the Pair Up mechanic, which rose to prominence with Awakening and Fates. There was also a bit of detail revealed about using magic attacks. Both mechanics are pretty faithful to their original counterparts to put it bluntly. Pairing up characters occurs much like it did in the original games. When the character you control approaches another, you'll be given the choice to "Pair Up." Once you do, they'll form a vanguard and rear guard pair, and two different gauges will appear. The first is the "Dual Attack Gauge." Once it is filled, the player can trigger a "Dual Attack" that breaks the guard of an enemy. The second is the "Dual Guard Gauge." Once this gauge is filled, the player can trigger a "Dual Guard' which will result in completely negating an attack from the enemy. It's essentially the Warriors version of "Dual Strike" and … [Read more...] about Fire Emblem Warriors details the Pair Up system
Fox Television Group has recently unveiled the revival of "Prison Break" Season 5 which is expected to air in Spring 2017. Now, new reports are claiming that the series will feature Michael Scofield alive, and back again in a prison cell. The revival of the series has created a commotion among the avid followers, especially now that some of the old casts will be returning to help Lincoln organize an escape plan for Michael. "Prison Break" Season 5 ushers new conspiracies, however, the production team, and both Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell have been silent about the plot details. Rumors are rife that Michael Scofield has been a target for both ISIS and the Yemeni Government. According to IDigital Times, Michael Scofield may have faked his death to get away from ISIS. In "Prison Break" Season 5, it is speculated that Michael has initially organized his break out, and managed to contact T-Bag, played by Robert Knepper. Gamenguide previously reported that T-Bag may have … [Read more...] about ‘Prison Break’ Season 5 Air Date, News & Update: Conspiracy, Yemeni Government, ISIS Involvement; Who Are The Brothers Up Against? Plot Details
Xbox Games with Gold subscribers have the privilege to get free games every month. They are also entitled to special discounts so joining Xbox Live Gold is really advantageous for avid gamers. Thus, since the month of August is now halfway over, fans are waiting to see which ones would be included in the list of free games for September. Microsoft has not released the actual list yet as there are still two weeks left before August ends. However, fans speculated that popular titles like "Assassin's Creed: Black Flag" and "Red Dead Redemption" would be in the September offering for Xbox Games with Gold. Although there is no official announcement yet, some gamers think that the tech giant is planning to reveal September's free titles at the Gamescom 2016 which is scheduled to take place on Aug. 18-21 in Cologne, Germany. This info is unconfirmed until now so everyone will have to wait and see if the line up will really be announced at the event. In any case, Microsoft is expected to … [Read more...] about Xbox Games News & Update: September Free Games for Xbox Live Gold; Will ‘Assassin’s Creed’ be in the Line Up?
If games can't "grow up," is it because their creators can't? A couple weeks ago, on the last day of GDC, the IGDA's popular annual "rant" session convened a panel of game critics including MTV Multiplayer's Stephen Totilo, X-Play host Adam Sessler, the Wall Street Journal's Jamin Brophy-Warren, Smartbomb co-author Heather Chaplin, former Newsweek writer and new-minted creative consultant N'Gai Croal and me. It was our chance to vent our spleen individually -- Totilo urged other writers to improve their craft, Brophy-Warren made a passionate plea for more character diversity in games, Croal noted the uselessness of the old "hardcore" and "casual" labels, Sessler took up arms against Metacritic, and I decried the negativity in the ecosystem among developers, journalists and the audience we both share. But the most-discussed rant after the fact was Chaplin's, excellently-delivered and direct. She asserted that the familiar defense that games themselves are an adolescent medium -- one … [Read more...] about Opinion: Kicking The Dog At The Game Critics Rant
By Tom Bramwell Published 29/08/2001 Source - NGUK Forums A while ago NetGames UK cancelled their 0800 Internet dialup service. Could this, we speculated, be the beginning of the end? Apparently it was, because as forum posts over the last few days indicate, the entire core staff of the company has walked out, and although the servers remain, leagues and tournaments are being placed on hold pending further announcements from the company's managing director. The difficulty is that although voluntary admins remain in theoretical control of NGUK's gaming services, they only have game level administration rights, which limits them to kicking, banning, messaging players and very little else. Community admins have kept control of the IRC channels, but the big problem is that nobody is left who can physically access the servers, or even log in remotely. In the event of a patch (which given that a large number of the 239 NGUK game ports run Half-Life, Counter-Strike and Quake III is … [Read more...] about NGUK bites the dust?
By Wesley Yin-Poole Published 16/10/2014 UPDATE 16/10: The first trailer has been released. ORIGINAL STORY 15/10: Microsoft has announced Halo: Spartan Strike, the follow-up to last year's Halo: Spartan Assault. IGN reports Spartan Strike, like Spartan Assault, is a top-down twin-stick shooter. It's due out for Windows 8 tablet and smartphones as well as Windows PC, including Steam, on 12th December priced $5.99. If you buy it for a Windows Phone you get it for Windows PC and Windows tablets, too, alongside Xbox Live Achievements. Steam is separate though, but the Steam version includes Steam Achievements. Unlike Spartan Assault, however, Spartan Strike does not include any micro-transactions, Microsoft told IGN. The story is set during the events of Halo 2, with improved controls, new abilities, new enemies, such as the Prometheans, and new vehicles. Expect 30 missions. The developer is Vanguard Games, who are working with 343 Industries. There's no word on whether Spartan Strike … [Read more...] about Halo: Spartan Strike is the follow-up to Spartan Assault
By Wesley Yin-Poole Published 08/01/2016 The creator of a Kickstarter for a Star Wars open world role-playing game has pulled the project after enduring a week of ridicule on social media. 20-year-old Texan Devin Tripp launched the Kickstarter in the hope of raising $200,000 to create a Star Wars RPG "that will completely blow people away; like Fallout 4 or The Witcher 3 did". Tripp, who has no game development experience, had a dream, and hoped to hire people to help make it a reality. Copyright and trademarks be damned! The Kickstarter was mocked for the raft of typos and grammatical errors (which, dear reader, you never see on Eurogamer wot?) that littered the campaign text, such as "obi one kinobi". Then there was the sheer folly of it all: I am currently looking into talking with Disney if I am able to do this. If not then there might have to be a compromise on the name or some other parts. I need your help. I am not a very good programmer, and I'm an even worst artist. I want … [Read more...] about Star Wars open-world RPG Kickstarter bites the dust
Arguably, the most famous virtual plumber (and perhaps the most well-known super-hero) in video games, Mario has had 25+ years of experience as a primary protagonist or some sort of an essential character. Though we tend to remember the most jubilant times during his tenure, the bitter truth is that the Italian plumber has faced more difficulties than the most other well-known super-heroes. In his 25 years, Mario has died in manners and ways that will make you question whether the reckless princess was actually worth trying to save every time (which we sort of know the answer to already). Going all the way back to when his troubles started, Mario’s conventional method of dying in Donkey Kong was being squashed by a barrel (though the squashing animation was just him rolling around the axis of his belly). Then we saw some collision based deaths and a few miss-jumps to the finishing flag. But then things started getting really brutal… From being sun burnt to being devoured … [Read more...] about The Many Ways Mario Has Bit The Dust In 25+ Years
Nintendo is famous for aggressively protecting its IPs and anyone who tries to use its assets to create a remake or a new video game, the company slams a DMCA notice. The latest to bite the dust is a Metroid 2 fan remake. The game first appeared online last month under the title “Another Metroid 2 Remake.” Metroid 2 fan remake received an official take down request soon after its developer revealed its existence. Now, a month has past and Nintendo has sent a DMCA notice to the maker of Another Metroid 2 Remake. I've received a DMCA takedown request on my email account. So, AM2R won't receive any more updates nor releases. Thank you for the support. — DoctorM64 (@AM2Rgame) September 2, 2016 Nintendo of America, Inc. has filed a takedown request under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). I received the request on my personal email, so I’m complying with their requests. There will be no more AM2R updates, and no more releases under any platform. Thank you … [Read more...] about Another Fan Remake Bites the Dust, Metroid 2 Fan Remake Axed by Nintendo | SegmentNext