Content ratings are required by most major retail platforms before they’ll list a game, and the ESRB, the North American ratings board, is one of the largest ratings-granting organizations in the world. ESRB will be discontinuing their “short form” ratings system, which has allowed smaller developers to obtain a rating free of charge, but they say indie devs should still be able to get rated without having to pay the fee associated with the “long form” used for boxed retail releases. Developers have been concerned about the announcement that the ESRB will be dropping the free short form rating system since the cost associated with the long form, which includes a rating summary by the board, can in some cases be prohibitive. They're free, but they do have ratings. Here's our list of the best free games you can find on Steam. “Another way to squeeze blood out of the indie stone,” Necrosoft director Brandon Sheffield wrote on Twitter May 16. The … [Read more...] about ESRB to drop “Short Form” ratings system for downloadable games
A METEOR is looming in the skies above Fortnite:Battle Royal sparking theories the hit game is in for apocalyptic changes. It was small at first but the closer the space rock gets, the more players are left wondering what on earth is going to happen next. Is a meteor going to hit Tilted Towers in Fortnite? The meteor lighting up the skies in Fortnite is heading straight towards Tilted Towers, say many of those that play the game. Some even say the 'skydive' vibrations from the game's controller can even be translated into Morse Code. They say the buzzes spell out a coded grid location for SOS D5 - exactly where Tilted Towers is based. The theory ties in with rumours the populat spot is going to be replaced with an area called Captive Castle. Players can view the meteor in Fortnite by looking up to the Northeast from the Loot Lake area of the map. The meteor is definitely getting bigger as well - this is looking to get pretty serious after all... It seems likely that the … [Read more...] about Is the Fortnite meteor shower going to hit Tilted Towers, will it be destroyed and what other theories are there?
Title: Horizon: Zero Dawn Platforms: PS4 Release Date: February 28, 2017 Rating: PEGI 16 POST-apocalyptic worlds aren't anything new for video games. We've seen games set in the aftermath of humanity's downfall numerous times and, to an extent, we know what we are getting ourselves in for. Whether that be traveling across mainland America with Joel and Ellie in the Last of Us, or scavenging for loot in Fallout 4. The worlds are largely similar. A world in ruins, people struggling to survive, and usually some nasties in the shape of a zombie or mutant lurking around the corner to ruin your day. Horizon: Zero Dawn tells a story of a post-post-apocalyptic earth swarming with giant mechanical dinosaurs across an ever-changing landscape that is just begging to be explored. We start the game with a primitive-looking man bringing up a young girl on his own. This man's name is Rost and the young girl is our heroine, Aloy. The two are outcasts from the local tribe; … [Read more...] about GAME REVIEW: Horizon: Zero Dawn
About a month ago, the developer Night Dive Studios’ remaster of the first-person shooter Turok received a PEGI rating for the Xbox One, indicating its impending release on the system. Now, it looks like the first entry in the first-person shooter series and its sequel, Seeds of Evil, are both set to make their way onto Microsoft’s current generation console’s backward compatibility program soon thanks to yet another listing from the aforementioned ratings board. As seen below in the tweet from the prolific Twitter user Wario64, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Turok 2: Seeds of Evil have both been given PEGI 16 ratings for the Xbox One, meaning that the games both contain content suitable only for those who are 16 years of age or older. In the case of these titles, they both have “realistic looking violence” which includes blood, gore, and carnage – all of which Seeds of Evil has in steady supply. Turok 2: Seeds of Evil is PEGI rated for Xbox One … [Read more...] about Turok 1 and 2 Headed to Xbox One Backward Compatibility
Idea Factory International revealed that Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms will release on PlayStation Vita on March 13 in North America and March 16 in Europe. Additionally, the publisher released a new batch of screenshots focused on Hijakata, the “Demon Vice Commander” of the Shinsengumi, who must come to terms with losing the Battle of Toba-Fushimi in Kyoto. Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms stars returning protagonist, Chizuru, who is in search of her missing father. However, after running into trouble, the Shinsengumi joined to assist in her search. After four years, in 1868, the final year of the Bakumatsu Period, the entire party is preparing to take part in the Battle of Toba-Fushimi to decide the future of the Tokugawa Shogunate against the rising tide of Imperial Nationalism. Sadly, the Shinsengumi had to retreat. The Shinsengumi were forced to make a choice about how they wanted to continue to survive in this world. Some of them hid away as to not reveal the secret they hold: … [Read more...] about Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms Brings Lovely Shinsengumi Bachelors to Vita This March