Ubisoft is one of the best developers around when it comes to creating a world, condensing a real place down and capturing its essence, whether it’s the raw nature of Bolivia or the teeming tech hub of San Francisco. The Crew 2 is its most expansive map yet, rendering the entirety of North America. You are free to drive, fly, and sail between Los Angeles and Las Vegas before cruising and nitrous-boosting all the way to New York. These impromptu drives are the best thing about The Crew 2, but they are always accompanied by a nagging feeling that something is missing. Only the major cities towards the edges of North America exist in this world – the middle of the map is full of empty roads, fields, mountains, hills, deserts, salt flats, and other procedurally generated terrain. This isn’t what I mean by emptiness, however. No. The Crew 2 is lacking the features it sorely needs. You can drive around America with your pals, but you can’t carve out a route and … [Read more...] about The Crew 2 review: the good, the bad, and the goodbad
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Today Sega reached out with a press release finally announcing the release date of Senjou no Valkyria 4: Eastern Front, known in the west simply as Valkyria Chronicles 4. The game will launch in North America and Europe on September 25th for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch meaning that all platforms will get the game on the same day. Those who will pre-order a physical copy the game in the United States, or partake in the first print, will also get a controller sticker for their platform of choice. Fans in Europe will have to be content with a sticker of Squad E’s medical dog Ragnarok. If you’re not familiar with the game (unlikely, considering how much I cover it), below you can read a batch of official bullet points: A Coming-of-Age Story in a Time of War – Valkyria Chronicles 4takes place in the same timeframe as the original Valkyria Chronicles, but focuses on a whole new cast of main characters. Players will take command of the eager, … [Read more...] about Valkyria Chronicles 4 Western Release Date Announced; Coming in September
A recent trailer for upcoming changes to multiplayer shooter Battalion 1944 promised something dramatic. The sunrise fanfare from 'Thus Spake Zarathustra', a.k.a. the music from 2001: A Space Odyssey, played as a soldier walked slowly through the street, turning a corner to see—a ladder. And then they climbed that ladder, and ostentatiously emptied their gun into the sky.It's deliberately over-the-top, playing up one of the smaller aspects of what is actually a major update coming to the WWII fps in June, full of changes suggested by the Battalion 1944 community. Its Wartide mode (the Counter-Strike style bomb-defusing one) is being revised significantly enough to be called 'Wartide 2.0', and a seasonal progression system called BattleRank will be added, with free rewards unlocked through play. A new map called Savoia is coming, as are a laundry list of alterations and rebalancings, with a variety of aims including a reduction in what Bulkhead's studio lead Joe Brammer calls "the … [Read more...] about Big changes are coming to Battalion 1944
It was Team Andromeda — an internal R&D team at Sega of Japan — that first revealed the potential of the Sega Saturn. Its debut game was the on-rails shooter Panzer Dragoon. Part Space Harrier, part Dune, part Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Panzer Dragoon filled Sega Saturns around the globe with evocative 3D shooting action featuring a blue dragon and its rider. Over the course of three initial games — Panzer Dragoon (1995), Panzer Dragoon 2 Zwei (1996) and Panzer Dragoon Saga (1998) — Team Andromeda continued to mine this simple yet compelling premise: that of a rider and his dragon facing off against a mysterious empire. While 2002’s Panzer Dragoon Orta (developed by ex-Team Andromeda members who later joined another studio, Smilebit) kept the series going later, it was the role-playing game Panzer Dragoon Saga that ended up becoming the standout. Taken at face value, Panzer Dragoon and its much-improved successor, Panzer Dragoon 2 Zwei, … [Read more...] about Panzer Dragoon Saga: An oral history
If you haven’t played Wish Studios' That’s You!, it might come as a surprise to learn that there’s a strong link between this PS4 party game and the films of Wes Anderson. If you have, you’ll know it captures some of Anderson’s gentle surrealism, his eye for symmetry, use of color and his eye for graphic detail. Still, what’s unexpected is that it comes as part of a Sony PlayLink game. In other words, it’s designed to firmly locate the fun between the players in the room and their connected smartphones, where the game delivers the questions to them. The TV simply plays a supporting role, managing the game, collating scores and providing a soundtrack. And yet That’s You! also happens to feature incredibly lushly realized room settings, through which the camera lovingly pans and dollies while you answer quizzes and draw silly pictures. But there’s a good reason why: the devs at Wish Studios … [Read more...] about How a Wes Anderson movie prop maker helped develop That’s You!