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While Adam is busy hacking the planet for his final review, I ve dropped into the multiplayer of Watch Dogs 2 [official site] to harass some of the world s script kiddies. This is built into the singleplayer world seamlessly , you just select an option on your super-phone and a foe will become known to you a few hundred metres away (sometimes you ll be warped closer to them). Now you ve invaded their world, Dark Souls style, and have to hack them without being caught. It s the same great game of hide and seek from the first Watch Dogs and I’m enjoying it a lot. But there s also problems. Most significantly, why does this mode need guns? … [visit site to read more]
We sent Edwin Evans-Thirwell into the field to see Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 [official site] and he came back to us with a report about the good, the bad and the ugly of the game, and thoughts on the loneliness of the long distance killer.>
Sniper rifles are ubiquitous in video games, but I’m not sure a game has ever captured what it means to be a sniper or to face one. These guns are characterised as delicate tools, the preserve of a methodical elite, but while sniping may require subtlety, a sniper rifle is essentially an instrument of terror.
It’s not officially called Speedball mode because that might cause upsets down the line, but Dan Marshall’s Behold the Kickmen [official site] now has a menu switch that turns it from a highly accurate football simulation into a highly accurate grim futuresport simulation. I say “highly accurate” with tongue in cheek as Kickmen is the project of Dan Marshall (he of Ben There Dan That and The Swindle), a man who does not understand or care for football. What began as a joke is now close to release and to my fooball-lovin’ eyes, it actually looks like an extremely entertaining arcade game.
I like city building games and I like real-time strategy games that let me turtle up. Kingdoms And Castles looks like a bit of both: a game about building a village, making sure it has the food and resources it needs, and then protecting it by building a castle and forming an army to fight off the viking invaders, dragons and other foes that will arrive on your doorstep. The game has already reached its funding target on FIG and there’s a trailer below.
In a frozen courtyard in Kansai two guards patrol while a heavily armoured samurai stands sentinel before an icicle-fringed gateway. The gaze of the stationary warrior pans from side to side like a broom sweeping snow from a path. It takes in the patroller on the eastern side of the courtyard before shifting to the patroller on the wes… Strange, the other sentry is nowhere to be seen! More annoyed than concerned, the samurai contemplates leaving his post to investigate, but decides against it. It’s only when he resumes his routine and notices that the eastern guard has also vanished that he’s spurred into action. Matchlock pistol raised, he advances warily. Spotting then following a trail of footprints that leads to the courtyard’s only shrubbery, the searcher is seconds away from discovering the shinobi crouching in the undergrowth when a musket ball knocks him off his feet and a small but deadly dagger is thrust upwards through the base of his skull. … [visit site to read more]
Prey [official site] is the game where you can turn into a mug. It’s a sign of developer Arkane’s reputation as Makers of Interesting Games that it isn’t simply known as “That Game Where You Turn Into A Mug”. Eight minutes of footage, some of which you may have seen before, shows other reasons to be excited about this sci-fi thriller. There’s the shadowy creatures, the gloopy gun-gadget, some handsome environmental design, and the kind of combo-chaining of abilities that Dishonored 2 does so well.
And, yes, a mug trundling around a space station.
The time for all-out price massacre is officially over now that Black Friday and the dubiously titled Cyber Monday are over and done. That doesn t mean that the deals have stopped coming, it just means that retailers are catching their collective breath right now as they prepare for the en-masse Christmas discount rush that will inevitably come in the forthcoming weeks. That s right, it s a matter of weeks until Christmas, by the way. Let that sink in for a second, while you dig into today s cheap advent calendar chocolate.
Regardless, you re here and I m here so we may as well take a look at what s been on offer in the days that came after the dizzying discount period that was last week. As always, we ve got deals that ll work in the UK, deals that ll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places. But first, we need to talk about free stuff.
I’ve never got into a Monster Hunter game, but I love the idea of not just fighting enormous beasties, but cooking restorative meals and hanging out around campfires beeforehand. That’s what I’m hoping for from Dauntless [official site], a four-player co-op action RPG coming in 2017. There’s an announcement trailer below.