Minecraft, as if you’ve never heard of it, as if we haven’t been telling you to play it for years, as if we didn’t already give it Game of the Year in 2010, is a game about building things out of blocks with your friends.The game world is rendered in cubes, every one of which can be destroyed, stored in your inventory, and placed back down anywhere you like. The map generates more terrain as
Minecraft is about to get its biggest set of changes in a while, in the Adventure Update. It's focused around making the world more interesting to explore, with traces of civilizations, larger climate zones, freaky new monsters, new block types and combat tweaks. Mojang sent us a pre-release verison that I've been playing around with for a few days now, and my brain has magically formed
You start The Precursors in a suspiciously corridor-shaped jungle, shooting plant monsters. Two marines with the same voice-actor nag you to hurry up, even after they’ve been melted by plant spit. This is not a polished game. Depending on who you talk to in this FPS-RPG, your name is Tris, or Treece, or Trees Creighton and you’re a soldier in the Amarnian army. Actually, wait, an ace space
In Magicka, you're a wizard. You've got eight elements that you can stack up, mix, multiply, and unleash. You can cast them at goblins, cast them at anything next to you, cast them at your specially blunted sword, cast them at your own face. Singleplayer mode is a light comic fantasy, narrated by your dodgy mentor, Vlad. The black-clad Romanian wizard keeps pointing out that he's not a
Can you dig it? Yes you can. Twelve months of getting square eyes with Minecraft. When we each made up our personal list of favourite games this year, Minecraft was on nearly all of them. It’s a first-person fantasy game made of cubes. There are cubes of grassy soil stacked in contours to form mountains, smooth cliff faces that you can dig square tunnels into with your voxellated pickaxe, and
Cassandra, a tall warrior from Orlais, is shouting at a dwarven king. She wants answers. “Don’t lie to me! You knew him before he became the champion!” She wants to know about you. You’re Hawke, the Hero of Kirkwall, and she wants to know if she can trust you, if you’re a good fit for what she has in mind.
In the new game from the people who brought you Zeno Clash, you attack your enemy’s base by rolling a giant smiling boulder at flimsy cardboard defences. That earns you cash to build your own flimsy cardboard defences. It’s not all cardboard, mind: you’ll find your 2D armies clustered around more solid fortifications. You’ve got to split your attention between building a suitably deterring
Scouts are throwing bottles of milk at people. Snipers are dressed up like crocodiles, but they’re firing pee-filled darts instead of bullets. Spies are stabbing you with a knife that hides your body and steals your identity. Pyros are bludgeoning people with a car battery on a stick. Team Fortress 2 has, once again, gone utterly insane.The Polycount Pack is 17 community-created items that
King’s Bounty: Crossworlds is an expansion for King’s Bounty: Armoured Princess, making it an expansion for an expandalone for the 2008 remake of the 1990 turnbased tactical RPG King’s Bounty. Much as in all of those, your job in Crossworlds is to heroically steer a horse around a medieval fantasy world, bump into evil generals, and fight their armies on a hex grid. Afterwards: XP and gold for
The Ball, an Unreal Tournament 3 mod that came second place in this year's Make Something Unreal competition, is being published by former winners Tripwire Interactive. It's a first person puzzler where you have a giant... ball. Shut up, it looks great.
And I'll bet most of them are the alliance on our bloody server. Ahem. Just received word from Blizzard that they've reached 12 million subscribers. These are people who have active game time or who played in an hourly internet game room thing in the last thirty days. The number doesn't include expired or cancelled subscriptions.
Channel 4, one of the UK's publicly funded TV broadcasters, is shutting down its digital investment division, 4iP. New Chief executive David Abraham has decided to scrap the investment division, which had an initial budget of £20 million. 4iP reportedly has around £6 million remaining in it's investment fund, and, before it sinks into the molten lava that courses beneath all UK office blocks,
If you've ever bought Left 4 Dead 2, or if you buy it before 4pm Pacific Standard Time today (that's 11pm, UK folks), you'll get Ellis's hat and a skillet in TF2. Look, a picture of the soldier threatening three tiny, quadriplegic Michelin Men that he's keeping in one!
Arcen games, whose financial troubles have been splashed across our frontpage of late, have announced two new games. Hopefully, if they can release them before they shrivel up and moths explode out of their pockets, they'll be so awesome that everyone will buy them and it'll all be great. There are two: a zombie trap-laying roguelike thing, and a tower defence game. Let me say that again: a
Successful shooty-guns MMO Global Agenda was a success because it was designed from the ground up to appeal to people too busy with family to maintain a World of Warcraft commitment.
The Sacrifice, Left 4 Dead's thrilling comic, has concluded. It tells the story of how brave Bill went to the final respawn closet in the sky, as was revealed in The Passing, the Left 4 Dead 1 DLC released earlier this year. In a similar vein, The Sacrifice DLC has just shipped for free for both L4D 1 and 2, and lets you play through the fighty bit leading up to the climax of the comic. And the
In this new clip of Shogun 2: Total War, Creative Assembly's community manager Kieron Brigden talks through a demo of the Ninja unit and his oddly bumbling but ultimately successful assassination attempt on an enemy general. I was tempted to take a video of this video of a video and talk over Kieron talking over the video in the video, but I thought it'd only encourage the internet and it might
Update: Oh wait, I've read this wrong. They've actually just added support for most stereoscopic 3D devices across all platforms, including the PC. You can use your expensive 3D goggles with CoD:BlOps even if they're relatively new. Sorry for the confusion - the original post is below. Treyarch have announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops will have full 3D support! Rather than displaying a
Reddit user sirleechalot has build a PC in a fish tank full of mineral oil, with a Big Daddy and bubbles and gravel and everything.
Duke Nukem Forever looks goddamn hilarious. This video is the first inkling I've had that I want to actually play the thing. It starts with a first person view of Duke peeing, with the prompt "press X to exit." The guy presses X, and Duke stops peeing, then starts again. Alright, I didn't say I was a sophisticate. More hilarity embedded below:
Michael Louisseize has made a Minecraft map. Nothing amazing there though, right? I see more Minecraft maps than I see exploding people in computerised entertainment devices. BUT WAIT.
Dwarf Fortress has just been updated to version 31.15. That's good news! But maybe you want to get your saves over to the new version, or maybe you use the Mayday Green tileset to add intelligible graphics to the game but its creator hasn't updated his pre-packaged release yet. Thankfully, manually updating the game and porting these things over isn't that hard. It's just a bit fiddly. Read on to
Azeroth is all set to get tore up from the floor up. Blizzard have just announced the official launch date for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and it'll be hitting the world's shop shelves on the 7th of December (and swiftly leaving again in hundreds of little plastic bags). The latest expansion to Blizzards king-of-MMOs features an exhaustive redesign of the old world - the boring old level 1-60
This is pretty cool. Lots of you seem pretty wary of Treyarch's upcoming shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops, and not without reason, but if nothing else, it'll have a wicked customisation system that'll let you paint your character's face and guns, fashion a personalised logo for your stuff, pick different clothes/bushes to wear, and spend fake cash on in-game weapons and gun attachments.