You'd have to be an archaeologist - or perhaps a doting mother - to look at my car and say it had ever been roadworthy. It's been mashed down to two wheels, and what's left of the chassis looks more like a glitch than the rumbling muscle-beast I kicked off Next Car Game's tech demo driving. Brilliantly, as broken as it is, it's still attempting to act like a car. I can gun the engine and move this lump. It's a cruel mockery of damage modelling. Just look at this video to see for yourself.
The site was struck down by mysterious illness this weekend, but Crapshoot cannot be killed. It only evolves in the face of hardship, and so - for one week only - emerges as MONDAY CRAPSHOOT (it'll return to its usual Saturday slot this weekend, fear not). In case you didn't know, every week, Richard Cobbett rolls the dice to bring you an obscure slice of gaming history, from lost gems to weapons grade atrocities. This week, as another year draws slowly to a close, it's time for a little nostalgia about the greatest games nobody seems to remember.
Another year nearly over, another year that just wouldn't be complete without some GOTY nominations to reward the best, and help vicariously troll next year's gamers by giving games like Aliens: Colonial Marines the ability to have a Game Of The Year Edition without falling afoul of trading standards rules. What are mine, you ask? Oh, I'm far too lazy to have given it any real thought. I know! Let's take the time to give this 1990s compilation its long overdue dues, on the grounds that it's pretty confident it's onto a set of winners, and I see no reason why it should lie about something that important. So, here we are! The Games Of The Year. I'm almost positive my faith in human nature will be rewarded.
Ah, Autumn. It’s a time for brisk walks through the woods with crunchy, colorful leaves underfoot. A time for taking deep lungfuls of crisp, fresh air. A time for stuffing diet sausages into your mouth while firing panicky rounds from an inaccurate pistol as irradiated dogs leap and snarl from the thick undergrowth. A time for the Autumn Aurora 2 mod, for STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl.
Ubisoft are promising the world with this engine trailer for their upcoming Clancy-'em-up The Division. It's not a particularly nice world that they're promising, but it is still extremely pretty in its realisation of bleak decay. And if that wasn't enough, there are also some lovely lighting effects to enjoy. In the end, is that not a suitable replacement for warmth, hope and love?
Among the announcements at the VGX Awards yesterday were a few new details regarding Titanfall, which hits PC in the new year. The videos below detail two confirmed Titan classes: Ogres and Stryders. Ogres are heavy duty tanks which can absorb a tonne of damage at the expense of agility. Meanwhile, Stryders are basically the opposite: they're easy to take down but you'll need to be a good shot because they're quick.
No Man's Sky was revealed on Saturday during the carnival of awfulness that is the Spike VGAs/VGX, and in its two minutes of real-time footage it put every other cinematic/teaser/tech showcase trailer displayed there to shame. It's Hello Games' extraordinary follow-up to their Joe Danger series: a procedurally generated sci-fi adventure featuring planet-based and underwater exploration, spaceships, sandworms, dogfighting and - making ten-year-old me ecstatically happy - the ability to fly straight through the atmosphere and into outer space. It's the most inspiring game-related video I think I've seen all year, and it's awaiting your soon-to-be-widened eyes after the break.
I couldn't quite bear the thought of watching VGX (formerly the Spike Video Game Awards) live, but thankfully I didn't have to: its assorted trailers and reveals have now spilled out into the wild. One of the most interesting announcements was really two announcements: the reveal of a duo of new Telltale series based on Game of Thrones and, er, Borderlands. Wait, what? Click on for teaser trailers and morsels of information.
Parties! Parties are great, as Andrew WK is fond of shouting at anyone who'll listen. You get free food and drink, several free awkward conversations, and a free fridge to hover uncomfortably around while the person you came with saunters off to talk to their friends. If only our parties were a bit more like the ones organised by Major Bueno, and almost entirely revolved around dancing on the spot to hilarious electronic music. This week: notorious partyhound Caesar throws a box social, hip new system the ZX Spectrum gets a roguelike, and a bunch of sailors head to sea to please their king. Glitches and weirdness also await after the break.
Star Citizen is getting organized. And not in the sense that it's getting really good at raising incredible amounts of game development cash. No, we knew that already. Dubbed "Organizations," the upcoming space sim has announced a new faction/clan system that's being prepped to go live sometime next month, according to an update from developer Cloud Imperium Games.
SOE have asked and answered their own question with the following video, which explains in exquisite detail just what Everquest Next Landmark is all about. If you've been living in a massively multiplayer cave for the last few months, it's the pretty Minecrafty prologue to the ambitious Everquest Next, which will let you build and decorate and even alter the terrain of the world/s as you see fit. You can apply for the beta here, if you've room in your life for another crafting game, or scroll down for the five-minute trailer.
By billing itself as a hard sci-fi experience, indie space-colony sim Maia has posed a fascinating set of questions for itself. Available since Tuesday through Steam's Early Access alpha testing program, the strategy game's reference to a classic sci-fi genre points toward the gritty, dangerous, and sometimes darkly-futile nature of exploration.
What could possibly be better than playing Minecraft? Watching someone else play Minecraft! At least, that's the case for the great number of people who make Minecraft one of the most popular games on the streaming service Twitch. A post on developer Mojang's official site has announced that the pre-release of version 1.7.3 has added integrated Twitch broadcasting. Hooray!
DayZ standalone developer Dean Hall says in a forum post that buying early access to DayZ on Steam will be disappointing for those wanting a complete experience. "It's a true-blue alpha," he writes. "So I really plead for anyone who is on the fence to take a skeptical approach—watch streams, read reviews, watch some let's play and form your opinion. You could always come back to the game in three, six months time and buy it then."
A sly thief like Garrett needs the darkest shadows he can find. Thankfully, the team behind the upcoming Thief reboot has its sights set on cranking up the PC edition's visuals—shadows and all—according to an interview with Eidos Montreal's technical art director Jean-Normand Bucci at Dark Side of Gaming.
Train Simulator 2014 has had a rocky start. Though we enjoyed our look at the alpha build, when the game properly launched in September many users complained about bugs and a hamhanded transition for Train Simulator 2013 players, who saw their achievements deleted and other technical hiccups. As Train Simulator’s players, known to be a devoted and niche audience, began to complain on the community Steam forums, those forums were unceremoniously wiped clean. It also appears that the developer began flagging negative Steam user reviews as “off-topic.”
I've not yet played the first chapter of The Wolf Among Us, but, having enjoyed The Walking Dead, I'm looking forward to getting my teeth into another quality adventure. And it now looks like I'll have the entirety of the Christmas break to catch up. In an update to their community, Telltale have announced that the episodic game's second chapter, titled Smoke & Mirrors, is "now close to completion". Despite that, they won't have an update on the chapter's ETA until "very soon after the holidays".
Your choices for free gaming this weekend are numerous, incorporating everything from massive free-to-play timesinks, to cool and compelling browser games. Your choices for free gaming with purchasable games on Steam are slightly narrower. Of them, War of the Vikings is the obvious choice, what with it featuring burly man smacking each other about the head with sharp implements. But also check out Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, because - against all odds - it's pretty flipping good.
The first few seconds of this trailer for Mountains of Madness might be enough to convince you that Eldritch's upcoming free DLC will be a happy, Christmas-themed adventure. After all, penguins are too ridiculous to be scary, even in a first-person stealth roguelike. Of course, when the ice of the winter wonderland clears, we're instead left with darkness, evil and creeping dread. An apt metaphor for a family engorged on sprout-heavy Christmas dinners? Probably not.