A soggy, post-apocalyptic underground is no place to find oneself trapped in—so let's jump right back into it, shall we? The second of Metro: Last Light's DLCs was released yesterday. Okay, so the screenshots don't look like the post-apocalyptic Metro we've become far too familiar with—in fact, there's an odd, clinically Portal-like feel to some of these scenarios. That's because 4A Games is using this DLC as an opportunity to focus on what it feels wasn't given enough attention in the base game: the combat.
Feeling presidential today? Or maybe you're more in the mood for a relaxing trip to the country, plunger gun in hand. Saints Row 4 developer Volition dropped two new DLC packs this week, each with its own flamboyant take on wildly different aspects of American culture: historic presidents and hillbilly fashion.
Good news, Metro fans! According to Deep Silver CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, more Metro games are planned beyond this year’s Metro: Last Light. Speaking to Joystiq at Gamescom last week, Kundratitz refused to officially announce a Last Light sequel, but emphasized that the franchise would have more entries eventually.
With the mashing-together of the words "Dead Island MOBA," Deep Silver risks finally bringing its Dead Island franchise into the realm of the truly horrifying. Don't count it out, though, as the publisher has confirmed that it's brought on board Bloodline Champions developer Stunlock Studios, which is apparently steering Dead Island: Epidemic from the treacherously tepid LoL-clone waters.
The last transmission from X Rebirth was back in 2011. Originally due out that year, we decoded juicy details about your spaceship, your drones, and the boss-around-able NPCs manning your craft. Then the space simulation vanished back into the star-womb to continue its gestation. Nearly two years later, it's ready to be reborn, with a confident trailer and a release date of November 15 for Europe, and November 19 for North America.
The Deep SilverHumble Bundle turned some heads last week, with a great deal on games like Saints Row: The Third and Risen 2: Dark Waters. Now the bundle has expanded to include Dead Island and Metro 2033, making it a deal that is just ridiculous to pass up.
Kill zombies. Survive. Loot. Complete fetch quests. That's the core gameplay loop in Dead Island, a series that hasn't really proven itself yet but manages to sell really well anyway. As a result of the latter, publisher Deep Silver has announced a new MOBA based on the franchise. According to the publisher, the game will "pit three teams of players against each other in a desperate fight for survival."
Saints Row 4 was already pretty high on my list of things I absolutely have to own. While the demo version I played had some lackluster moments, the promise of a more absurdly tuned version of Saints Row: The Third is more than enough to keep me interested. That anticipation has now risen to near-unbearable levels, thanks to the revelation that the game has The Safety Dance on its soundtrack. Also some songs that aren't The Safety Dance, if you can bring yourself to care about those.
Saints Row 4 - which as I understand is not a biblical rowing simulator, but rather an open world WTF-'em-up - got a big ol' livestream the other day courtesy of developers Volition. See a man drive a car into a variety of things, see another man wield a giant purple dildo, and gawk at some of the game's seemingly quite fleshed-out minigames in this recording of the event, which as a bonus lets you skip ahead during some of the more boring bits. Australians: this is what the real Saints Row looks like, in case you were wondering.
Saints Row 4 now has a slightly more innocent twin, and it's planning a backpacking trip to Australia after its lewder brother was twice denied entry. Following the Australian Classification Board's decision to give the absurd sequel a "Refused Classification" status - effectively banning it from sale - developer Deep Silver Volition have released a "slightly modified" version, which, according to local distributor AIE Interactive, has been awarded an MA15+ rating.
With the release of Saints Row IV just around the corner, it seems that publisher Deep Silver wants to set a charitable tone with a Humble Bundle consisting of its more delinquent titles. After all, crime’s perfectly legal if it’s done in the name of sick children.
Will Australians be allowed to play a silly game about a hyper-violent US President in a hyper-violent perversion of reality, trapped in a hyper-violent riff on the Matrix? Previously, the answer was a flat no. Saints Row 4's inclusion of alien anal probes and beneficial drug pick-ups caused the game to be 'awarded' the country's first "Refused Classification" status. Deep Silver had since re-submitted the title, hoping to slip it through with all the unfiltered absurdity intact. The final ruling has now been made, and the answer, unfortunately, is still no.
Just how many people does it take to think up a Dubstep Gun? That, and similarly off-the-wall questions were the subject of a San Diego Comic Con panel for Saints Row IV. In the month before the release of the ridiculous open-world sandbox, Deep Silver Volition studio head Steve Jaros, and voice actors Troy Baker, Laura Baily, J.B. Blanc and Yuri Lowenthal, took fan questions about the story, tone and first DLC.
I won’t write up an entire biography of the fictional demigod of a man known as Johnny Gat, as it would end up looking like the scrawling of a mental patient. Normally, I’d be surprised to see someone come back from the dead, but I suppose even death can't stop a man who robs banks while wearing a mask of his own face.
It's a little late - Metro: Last Light's Faction Pack DLC came out a couple of days ago - but this launch trailer gives you a good idea of the styles of play associated with each of the game's factions. Essentially: sneaky, snipery, and - er - hate-y, as you complete three missions as a Polis Ranger, a Red Line Sniper and a Reich Heavy. It never said they were nice factions.
Wasteland 2 will partner with publisher Deep Silver to distribute and market the in-progress title, according to a new announcement from the game's developer inXile Entertainment. Currently crowdfunded through Kickstarter, the team behind Wasteland 2 says the new deal gives its studio help with the physical release of the game, still a vital area even in the age of digital distribution.
Deep Silver has announced a new mutation of Metro: Last Light DLC called the “Faction Pack” which straps you into the soggy boots of three different soldiers who—like the name suggests—belong to separate factions.
Saints Row IV is a game in which you play as a psychopathic president given superpowers while trapped inside a virtual reality city by aliens. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that Volition are considering a different direction for any future sequels in the series. They'd struggle to take the current gangs and characters into a more bombastically ridiculous place than they already have.
Getting refused classification in Australia isn't Saints Row 4's only achievement. It can now also take the title for most ridiculous Independence Day speech since, well, the film Independence Day. The exceedingly silly open-world action game is celebrating July 4th with a fireworks display of lunacy and absurdism. There can't be many better ways to celebrate freedom than hearing Keith David say "anal-probing overlord".
What does a game that got banned in Australia look like? Why, it looks like Saints Row 4—which is to say that this game is full of offensive purple suits. Here's the in-game walkthrough that was shown off at E3, narrated by senior producer Jim Boone. No, he does not explain why the President of the United States has tigers just casually lounging about the White House.