In the wake of #GamerGate, I was honestly kind of torn. I had to think long and hard about whether or not I felt like I was contributing something worthwhile to the journalism side of the video game industry--and by worthwhile, I mean valuable. With a lot of the ethical questions arising within the industry as DLC, Early Access, and day-after-launch patches become more and more commonplace, upon reflection I felt that the way we talk about games might have to change.
If you're a Final Fantasy fanboy like me, you'll be pleased to know that Steam is having a Square Enix Publisher sale this weekend. From February 5th to the 9th, you can pick up anything from the Final Fantasy, Deus Ex, Tomb Raider, Hitman, and Thief series, among tons of other titles, up to 85% off on some of 'em!
On this week's episode of Steam's Midweek Madness, members of the PC gamer master race can pick up a copy of Shining Rock Software's colonial starvation simulator Banished for half the price. That's right: for one easy payment of $9.99, this doozy of a city builder can be yours to cherish (or cry to, depending on how competent you are at managing a society where people, not money, is the main resource).
It isn't uncommon that some of our beloved games of yesteryear get face-lifts. That said, it was only a matter of time before 343 Industries wanted to breathe new life back into Halo, and what a better time to do so before the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians?
Believe it or not, we're still kicking. As mentioned in an earlier post, we here have been going through a lot of structural changes and now have a firmer understanding of our vision for both the website as well as the community surrounding Start 2 Continue. In numerous discussions, we've reiterated that our main focus is not only to educate our readers on the video game industry at large, but also to bring together people from all walks of life, unified by our love for gaming. That said, October is going to be a big month for us and we want you to be a part of it.
My friends and I always talk about how awesome it'd be to play Hotline Miami, but within PAYDAY 2. After checking my apartment vigorously for bugs or wire-taps, it'd seem like OVERKILL and Dennaton Games had a similar idea, introducing a Hotline Miami-themed DLC pack to PAYDAY 2.
If there's one game that stands out as my favorite game of all time (and the game that started it all for me, mind you), it'd be Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I don't know how much clearer I can be about that. Even today, two decades and some change later, ALttP has aged wonderfully, still captivating new and seasoned gamers alike. I would even venture to say that I didn't like playing Ocarina of Time nearly as much, if only because I preferred its predecessor's charm and art style. And let's be honest, 3D games back in the day weren't always the most pleasant to look at. However, it looks like I'm not alone in that assessment as some avid fans are trying to recreate OoT on PC with the timeless 2D aesthetic of ALttP.
I'm not going to lie: trying to play Sid Meier's: Alpha Centauri was kind of intimidating at first. It's hard to go back in time and try old games that you never had the chance to growing up, especially if you've gotten used to the mechanics of modern gaming. And though Alpha Centauri is an excellent game in its own right, I personally prefer the latest iterations of the Civilization franchise. Naturally, Beyond Earth will be a welcome compromise, appealing to hopefully both Alpha Centauri and CivV fanboys alike.
A little under two decades ago, I picked up my first controller and played my first game, which was none other than The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Though I no longer have my SNES or A Link to the Past, I still credit the game with being the start of my love for gaming. And while I keep up with fansites and other Legend of Zelda, I was pleased to read that apparently someone's making an animated series based on the game--and it's not half bad. Actually, it's pretty impressive.
After 24 hours of sales, Destiny's developer Bungie and publisher Activision are pleased with the initial reception of their latest IP. The game has reportedly made $500 million in its first day on the shelves, making Destiny the most successful launch of a new game franchise ever. However, these numbers aren't entirely accurate.
The developers behind the ever-popular Project Reality mod have just announced that sign-ups for their annual tournament are now available! Dubbed Campaign 10 to celebrate the mod's tenth year anniversary, this year, two alliances--the Pan-Atlantic Coalition consisting of primarily western powers versus the Eastern Military Federation--will be duking it out for world domination.
It’s a shame our generation won’t be the ones to travel and thrive beyond the comfort of our solar system, but hey maybe mars? We’re looking at you Mars One. Either way, at the least we have Civilization: Beyond Earth to keep our dreams alive. In a new gameplay trailer presented by Firaxis this past weekend at PAX Prime, you get to experience just over six minutes of some tutorial game play.
If you’ve all been grinding across Nuia and Haranya in the ArcheAge beta as many of us have, you’re probably extremely excited for it to finally release. Earlier this weekend Trion announced it will release the free-to-play MMORPG on September 16th. There will be an open beta running from the 4th till the 8th which will be plenty of time to get familiar with the games mechanics, and those who own a founder’s pack will enjoy a “head start” beginning at 10 AM PDT on September 12th (That’s 1p EST if you don’t want to do the math).
Xbox Wire recently announced that State of Decay will definitely be making it to Xbox One. State of Decay released last June on Xbox Live for the 360, and is expected to reach the Xbone in spring of 2015, and some extras have been thrown in.
There’s more to be excited about with the release of Grand Theft Auto V on PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One. Cara Delevigne, the voice actor for Non Stop Pop FM unveiled over twitter her trip to Rockstar’s studios to update the station, for “new versions coming this Fall!”
If you haven't heard of ArcheAge until now, prepare to be educated. Arguably one of the most ambitious free-to-play MMOs in development to date as a collaboration between Trion Worlds (RIFT, Defiance) and XLGames with the help of CryENGINE 3. With over ten skill sets and 120 combinations and classes to choose from (not including over 20 crafting and professional skills), a giant world with oceans to explore and vast plains, forests, and deserts to tame and settle, ArcheAge spares no detail and actively fights the pay-to-win phenomenon so common with free-to-play games.
It's no surprise that 2014 is the year of the indie game. With better access to larger markets and audiences, developers both new and seasoned are staking claims in a predominantly closed industry. However, with the sheer number of games available to buy and try out, it's hard to find some of the more thoughtfully-designed ones. With that in mind, I introduce to you: Of Guards And Thieves.
So, not gonna lie: I'm pretty stoked about Assassin's Creed: Unity. The franchise broke my heart with Assassin's Creed III, but I quickly got sucked back in with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. I'm happy to see that Ubisoft seems to be keeping up with the momentum it's building with the series again, despite some blundering here and there.
All seems to have been quiet on the northern front for some time as we haven't seen or heard much about Hinterland's The Long Dark, an open-world survival game that takes place in the Canadian wilderness.
I think it's pretty bad that despite The Elder Scrolls Online's rocky launch, I'm willing to reconsider my stance on the game now that armor dyes and guild tabards are in the works. With Update 3 (which is rumored to be coming pretty soon), not only can you personalize your gear's appearance, the patch boasts a number of other features such as public guild store locations, a plethora of bug fixes and gameplay improvements, and a new difficulty mode for Trials.
Since its debut, the Unreal engine series has become a staple in the video game industry, not just in first-person shooters, but in a plethora of other genres. SKARA--The Blade Remains is one such title of the latter group, a multiplayer 1-on-1 fighting game, that will be showing off what the latest release of the engine (Unreal 4) is capable of at Brighton's Develop Conference today and tomorrow.