My experience with arcade games comprises a few goes on Time Crisis, Bust-a-Move or House of the Dead while holidaying at the seaside, but I'm assured by the plot of Tron that arcade gaming was once a pretty big thing. Short of a time machine or a sudden windfall of cash, it might be hard to recreate that bygone era, but thanks to Facepunch there's a chance of it living on in virtual form. The Garry's Mod/Rust developers have just announced their next prototype, named Arcade. Arcade is a game about being in an arcade, with a novel multiplayer mode and potential VR support.
If you were hoping for Godus to become the saviour of god games, you might have spent the last few months in a disappointed funk. But maybe Reprisal Universe can reignite your deific designs. The Populous-inspired retro god-'em-up will release later this month, on 15 September.
The Behemoth's fourth game doesn't have a name, but it does have hexes, co-op, and (seemingly) the narrator from Battleblock Theater, which Chris Thursten liked to the tune of 86%. It's being described by The Behemoth as a "turn-based co-op adventure", though that hardly sells the wit, exuberance and charm apparent in the first, 44-second-long trailer. See the first glimpse of Game 4 after the break, then join me in my seething jealousy of everyone who got to play the game at PAX.
Unless you forked out $80 or more (!) during the Kickstarter for Mighty No. 9, you're not going to be playing the beta version of Comcept's robo-based platformer, which has been released to backers today. The good news is that other people are, and as is the way of things, they've been uploading footage to the popular video-cataloging service 'YouTube'. If you're interested in the game, there are worse ways you could spend your lunch hour than by going through recent videos, or indeed sticking around after the break to see a big, new trailer from Comcept themselves.
PC Gamer's Magic Early Access 8-ball—or, in this case, Richard Cobbett—says the outlook for Galactic Civilizations III is good. Most promising is how, by dropping 32-bit support, the game can operate at a scale unreachable by its predecessor. An example of this was shown over the weekend, when Stardock designer Derek Paxton detailed a 100 faction game.
I have some good news for fans of Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, and some bad news for fans of Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine. I'll start with the good. Capcom has released the first trailer for their twice-remastered Resident Evil 1—and Chris and Jill (and, of course, Barry) are all present and correct, in their Gamecube iterations that hadn't yet been 'roided or sexed up for more recent games. Capcom revealed the trailer after Sony's pre-TGS 2014 conference, during which a sequel to Resident Evil Revelations was announced.
The bad news is that Revelations 2 won't feature Chris or Jill, instead starring a new set of characters. The other bad news is that a PC version of 2 wasn't mentioned, but seeing as the original eventually wended its way onto Steam, it seems likely that we'll be getting the sequel too.
Like me, you've probably spent dozens of hours in Grand Theft Auto IV's Liberty City, but often wish there was some way to cause a little destruction and mayhem. Finally, there is! The #WatchDogsIV mod summons the sullen Aiden Pearce from Watch Dogs, and more importantly, brings along Aiden's awesome Phone of Hacking +4. Traffic lights, payphones, ATMs, security cameras, and those poles that shoot up out of the street: they're now yours for the hacking! The once utterly peaceful Liberty City is about to get flip-turned upside down.
I'm going to try my hardest to get through this whole post without putting the words 'release', 'kraken' and 'the' in a particular order, but the soothing tones of the robotic Civ lady from Beyond Earth's latest trailer should help a lot with that. It's six minutes of calming narration about the game's affinity system, with a big lovely kraken fight roughly halfway through. Release the...no. No. I'm stronger than that. Stick around for the releasethekraken trailer after the break.
That's the problem with Grand Theft Auto IV: you can't hack, you can't ride on the roof of trains and you can't use nuclear weaponry. The latter isn't likely to change any time soon, but two clever GTA IV modders have managed to add a lot of the functionality of Watch Dogs into the six-year old game.
Atari has gone horror crazy. The publisher is rebooting two of its classic horror properties, with both scheduled to release before the end of the year. Teaser trailers for both Alone in the Dark: Illumination and Haunted House were shown at PAX Prime at the weekend, along with a wealth of new information.
Are you ready for an even more photorealistic Mortal Kombat game? I’m not sure I am. The below gameplay video is ten minutes of Mortal Kombat X gameplay footage captured from a PAX Prime stream. It shows Scorpion and Sub Zero having a very serious argument. Skulls are snapped from spines and, well, other stuff happens, but I couldn’t bring myself to watch.
Darkest Dungeon continues to be one of the games I'm looking forward to most. Red Hook Studios has cherry-picked its favorite aspects of XCOM, roguelikes, and turn-based strategy, and wrapped Darkest Dungeon in a gloomy fantasy art style that's evocative of Dark Souls while still feeling inexplicably cute. It also has one of the most fitting mechanics I've seen featured in a roguelike partly inspired by Lovecraft: a "stress" meter for representing the mental health of your party members.
The demo that Red Hook walked me through at PAX Prime this weekend was the first glimpse of Darkest Dungeon's town metagame, as well as four new classes, of the planned 16.
In case you missed it: Team's Meat's teased A Voyeur for September turned out to be Super Meat Boy Forever, an auto-scrolling platformer starring everybody's favourite sentient cube of meat. Now, more details have come to light at PAX: details like it's "not an endless runner", and lots of other interesting stuff. Also the sad news that Mew-Genics—Team Meat's cat-based cat game about cats—is now on hold.
We've had a few opportunities to play Evolve this year, but not since the game's delay from its original October release date. I caught up with Chris Ashton and Phil Robb from Turtle Rock to ask them what the delay's allowing them to do, what modes or monsters we might see added to the game next, and whether moddability on PC is out of the question.
I should probably have seen this coming, what with Beamdog's 'Enhanced' editions of Baldur's Gate 1 and 2, but the news that a new version of Icewind Dale is on the way still came as a pleasant surprise. Beamdog's rejigged Baldur's Gate isn't the one we'd recommend, but it's always nice to see old BioWare/Black Isle favourites back in the limelight, even if buying the originals and modding the heck out of them is probably the best approach. Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition will add new spells, weapons, items and classes to the first game and its expansions, in addition to changing the interface, restoring/finishing cut content, and allowing cross-platform multiplayer between PC and Mac.
It’s hard to imagine what developer meetings must be like now for Saints Row. They have to just be constantly asking themselves “Well, where do we go from here?” From a series that started off as a paint-by-numbers copy of Grand Theft Auto, it has since made us President, given us super powers, even blown up the Earth. How far we’ve gone from the streets of Stilwater.
And now, we’re in Hell. Because where else could we go? The Saints' boss has been kidnapped by Satan, to be wed to the daughter of the Big Man in Red. So it’s up to everyone’s favorite antihero Johnny Gat to kill every denizen of hell and get him out.
Tim Schafer and Double Fine blew the doors off of E3 this summer with the announcement that Grim Fandango would be being remastered and re-released. After a horrifying few hours where it was rumored that the release would be exclusive to the PS4, we now know that Grim Fandango will be returning home to the PC. At a special panel at PAX Prime 2014, artists who worked on the original talked about their efforts to overhaul the classic.
Evan stopped by the Intel booth at PAX to talk about the 3K and 4K laptops on display, and what kind of gamer might want one. He also picked up an ASUS ROG GL551 laptop, which we're getting signed by everyone we interview at PAX (Chris Roberts and Tim Schafer among them so far)—we'll be giving it away to a reader next week!
Evan stopped by Double Fine's PAX Prime 2014 booth today to chat with Tim Schafer about the studio's new publishing efforts, social gaming and the invention of couches, and what it means to be independent in games today—outside of the big publisher "machine."