They say a picture paints a thousand words. But while playing Resident Evil Village over the Christmas break, one particular in-game photograph conjured just a handful of expletives. Those of you who've finished the latest entry to Capcom's abiding survival horror series will know the one. The one found on that workshop bench deep within the game's isolated Eastern European hamlet. The one with that butchered Lycan front and centre, scarred, stapled, with a grotesque power source wedged into a wound on its back. The one that alludes to the terrors that inevitably lie ahead. That's right. That one . Away from Resident Evil Village's headline scares – the swarming, feral natives; the blockbuster showdown with Lady Dimestrescu; the David vs Goliath encounter with Urias inside the Stronghold – the subtlety of this finding is equally terrifying. Solving the clue penned on the back of this battered black and white snapshot lets you obtain a key item, therefore its placement is … [Read more...] about Jump scares, don’t care: why I long for more exploration-based horror in 2022
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The room shifts ever so slightly to the right, back to centre, then left and back again. Lightbulbs flicker above, then pop like bubble wrap. A child's xylophone plays a looping, unsettling melody against the omnipresent purr of a ship's engine somewhere in the distance. You ease tentatively down the red carpeted aisle of the lunch hall as its bloated patrons moan through contorted expressions and slump to the floor before you. When the closing 10 minutes of a horror game evokes everything from Greek mythology to the works of Guillermo del Toro, Tim Burton, Hunter S. Thompson, and Roald Dahl in one swoop, it's doing something right. Little Nightmares is bloody terrifying, right to the very end. "Ultimately, you're a small child in a wilderness not meant for children. And with that, everything is planned so meticulously on a design level, from the layout of levels, to movement patterns of enemies, the timing of scares, and audio cues," says Little Nightmares senior producer Lucas … [Read more...] about Creativity and risk are driving modern horror games – but where does the genre go next?
Rainbow 6 Extraction missions – called Incursions in-game – are multi-stage missions with three objectives in them. You’ll enter one of several Hot Zones for each location and will begin with the first objective in the first Sub-Zone. Unlike a lot of other linear, cooperative shooters, Rainbow Six Extraction features a risk/reward element to its objective-based Incursion missions that allow you to exit the mission whenever you want. However, the further you go and the more objectives you complete, the greater the rewards. That’s a lot to take in so let us break down how Rainbow 6 Extraction missions work in more detail. What are Rainbow 6 Extraction Incursions? The main mission type in Rainbow 6 Extraction is Incursions. In short, these are multi-stage missions with three random, optional objectives that see you studying and fighting the spread of the Parasite and the Archaean enemies. You have four different regions to choose from – New York City, San Francisco, Alaska, and … [Read more...] about Rainbow 6 Extraction missions, Incursions, and Sub-Zone objectives
Forget Call of Duty: Warzone and Bloodborne - the next-gen upgrade we really want is here. My Friend Peppa Pig's PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S upgrades are now available for free, and they make last year's family-friendly hit game really pop. Look! There's an actual My Friend Peppa Pig next-gen upgrade trailer below: PS5 enhancements include DualSense controller and activity card support, faster loading times and, get this: a quality mode that lets you run the game at a native 4K resolution. If you don't fancy that, you can try Peppa in performance mode, which runs the game at 60fps and 1080p resolution. Xbox Series X and S enhancements include faster loading times, quick resume support and the performance mode (60fps on Xbox Series X and S in 1080p) and the quality mode (native 4K on Xbox Series X). That's right - the poor old Xbox Series S isn't powerful enough to run Peppa Pig in 4K. And no console, it seems, is powerful enough to run Peppa Pig at 4K and 60fps. … [Read more...] about My Friend Peppa Pig gets the next-gen upgrade it deserves
Dotemu delivers an exquisite extension of Data East's 1994 masterpiece. Tinkering with the classics is always asking for trouble. There's the legion of fans to satiate, the details you daren't deviate from, the difficulty in making meaningful additions. Tinker with a cult classic and you're really asking for trouble, those details sacrosanct as scripture to its dedicated followers while any changes are subject to intense scrutiny - so it's with some delight I can report that Windjammers 2, the follow-up to Data East's dearly beloved Neo Geo action sports classic, pulls the trick off handsomely. Firstly, though, it's worth briefly exploring what made the 1994 original so beloved, as that's the firm foundation for this fantastic follow-up. Coming just as the 3D graphics revolution was pushing the Neo Geo's brand of muscular 2D action out of the limelight, Windjammers has always felt like the apex of that particular artform. The bold pinks and yellows of its graphics combined … [Read more...] about Windjammers 2 review – tasteful revival of a cult classic
The Kingdom Hearts series will be launching on the Nintendo Switch next month, Square Enix announced today. In a tweet from the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account, Square Enix revealed that the 'Kingdom Hearts Integrum Masterpiece' collection will be released on February 10, 2022. Originally announced during Sora’s introduction to Super Smash Bros , Integrum Masterpiece will feature all of the games in the Kingdom Hearts 1.5, 2.5, 2.8, and 3 collections - including the Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC, Re:Mind. They will also be available to purchase separately via the Nintendo eShop. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5, 2.8, III + Re Mind (DLC) as well as the all-in-one Integrum Masterpiece all launch on Nintendo Switch via cloud on February 10th!Starting today you'll be able to try out free playable demos of 1.5+2.5, 2.8 and III, we hope you have fun playing! pic.twitter.com/LjrLCYsaPN January 18, 2022 See more If you’re already confused with what games will be … [Read more...] about Kingdom Hearts is coming to Nintendo Switch in less than a month
James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has talked about the search for the next 007 – and if discussions have taken place with Idris Elba about the role. Daniel Craig gave up the license to kill in last year's No Time to Die , which was his fifth outing as 007. For years, speculation has been rife about who could take over when Craig left the role, with names like Henry Cavill, Tom Hardy, and Elba frequently tossed into the ring. "We know Idris, I'm friends with him, and he's a magnificent actor," Broccoli told The Deadline Podcast , when asked if talks had happened with the actor. "You know, it's been part of the conversation, but it's always difficult to have the conversation when you have someone in the seat." She continued: "I think we have decided that until No Time to Die has had its run, and Daniel has been able to – well, we've all been able to savor, reap the benefits of Daniel's wonderful tenure, we're not going to think about, or talk about, anybody else, … [Read more...] about James Bond producer says Idris Elba as 007 has been “part of the conversation”