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We Happy Few Hits Kickstarter June 4th

We Happy Few Hits Kickstarter June 4th

We Happy Few, the bizarre 60s themed first person title from Compulsion Games, is heading to Kickstarter. The announcement was made via a press release, with the Kickstarter date being set for June 4th. Compulsion Games also introduced weekly developer updates which will chart the development cycle of the game as well as showing off various assets.   We Happy Few’s trailer has been doing the rounds online for some time now, generating a lot of buzz thanks to it’s quirky tone. The unique art direction is worth checking out alone. It’s refreshing to see a game tackle a period of time not normally covered in video games, even more so given it’s distinctly English tone similar to that of The Wicker Man. Compulsion Games last release was 2013′s Puzzle/Platformer Contrast.  ...

The Beauty In Boredom -Toren Review (PS4)

The Beauty In Boredom -Toren Review (PS4)

For their first game, Brazilian developer Swordtales decided to make more than ‘just a game’. Exploring themes such as growing up, gender and expectations, Swordtale have displayed some genuine ambition, and bravery, with Toren. Taking inspiration from various games such as Ico, Journey and The Legend of Zelda, Toren isn’t trying to simply entertain, it’s trying to provoke. Toren proudly shrouds it’s self with mystery, forcing the player to connect the dots of the story. The basic outline sees Moonchild, a young girl stranded on a tower overseen by a dragon, tasked with uncovering her purpose. Her goal is to reach the top of tower, slay the dragon, and understand her place in the world. The basic plot may reek of generic staples of fantasy video games, but it’s far from it. The core goal of the game exists to direct the player, but the result is only made worthwhile by the journey. Moonchild’s journey from the bottom to the tower, all the way to the top, is not merely to fight a dragon and save the day, it’s more of personal journey. Each step towards the top of the tower is accompanied by Moonchild growing, in more ways than one, progressing her story as well as her development.   Toren’s strongest aspect is clear from the off. The art direction is utterly stunning, lush colours fill the screen, giving Toren’s environments teem with life. Soaking in the sheer beauty of the world is the most rewarding element Toren has to offer,. Much like a beautifully painted picture, the art direction posses a strange ‘hand made’ quality to it, allowing the world to transcend that of a video game, appearing organic. The sheer range of environments the player indulges in leaves Toren feeling dream like, producing a overwhelming sense of relaxation, forcing the player to succumb to the game’s beauty. In a strange turn of events, the actual textures of Toren are a mixed bag of fair to terrible. Character models lack any real detail, this leaves them feeling rather alien from the world they inhabit. Bizarrely, some of the backgrounds look totally untouched, it’s genuinely jarring to be hooked into a beautiful environment, only to see a large ugly rock protruding through the world. Textures aren’t the only issue Toren suffers from, the animation is painfully awkward, failing to compliment the before mentioned art direction. Robotic movements restrict Moonchild from ever feeling, or looking, like a believable character. Watching her awkward shuffles, with such beauty around her, is utterly frustrating. In truth, most of the games real issues revolve around the gamplay and mechanics. Jumping never feels responsive, or satisfying, the same can be said for the combat. Simple button presses should result in instant and tangible responses, Toren never achieves this. Puzzles make up a large part of the overall experience, unfortunately, these puzzles are neither challenging or even engaging. The core mechanics feel dated, limited and ultimately boring. Wrestling with the camera is the biggest challenge Toren presents. Trying to traverse the bland level design is made increasingly difficult by the camera refusing to play nice, instead it stubbornly locks it’s self at awkward angles. Technical issues plague Toren from start to finish, from physics bugging out, frame rate drops and some irritating screen tearing. Toren’s technical issues detract from it’s strongest aspect, the art direction, which is truly a crying shame. On the plus side, the gorgeous soundtrack is left utterly untouched by any issues, allowing it to flow in perfect motion with the story. Toren is a much more enjoyable game to watch than it is to play. The poor puzzles, dated and repetitive mechanics leave the game feeling like a struggle to play. It’s sad that the wonderful work with the art direction is not vindicated with competent gameplay. The attempts at exploring gender and maturity are admirable, but never truly taste complete, leaving the climax of the 4 hour campaign feeling underwhelming. Swordtales have plenty of promise, particularity with their art design, but Toren is a messy first outing needed more time in development. More enjoyable to witness, than to play, Toren often looks the part, but unfortunately falls short in most areas....

Dishonored Set To Be Remastered, Are There Too Many Re-Releases?

Dishonored Set To Be Remastered, Are There Too Many Re-Releases?

It appears that Dishonored is due to be given the ‘Remastered’ treatment. A Brazilian site leaked the classification of Dishonored Definitive Edition, set for release this year. It’s assumed this new version will appear on PS4, Xbox One and PC. With the game collecting numerous honors from critics and players alike, it should come as no surprise that a ‘New Gan’ version is on the way. The PS4 & Xbox One are both lacking decent stealth titles, even more so after the failure of the Thief reboot, but are more remastered last generation games really the answer? The early periods of both new systems have been saturated with re-released versions of last generation games, some of which felt like odd choices. The recent DMC: Devil May Cry remastered felt like a attempt at earning a quick buck, with the game seemingly proving to be even less popular the first time around. Video game bargain bins have now become packed full of remastered games. The likes of Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs, DMC, The Last of Us and Metro 2033/Last Light make up a large majority of games constantly on special offer. Dishnoured may have been a fantastic game, but are people really interested in picking up yet another remastered title? even if the DLC is included this time around. It feels like yet another attempt to gain a quick bit of cash without making too much of a effort. Perhaps the lack of stealth games will result in Dishonored Definitive Edition performing far better than other re-releases, or maybe, just maybe, people are getting sick of playing last generation games for full price.          ...

Amiibo Price Drop: Multiple Amiibo Receive Discounts

Amiibo Price Drop: Multiple Amiibo Receive Discounts

The Amiibo craze is still in full swing, but not everyone is as popular as the others. While the likes of Little Mac and Meta Knight are basking in the spotlight, the common Amiibo are falling into the Lindsay Lohan bargain bin. Lugi, Mario, Peach, Diddy, Donkey, Link and Pikachu are all steadily falling in price. It’s no surprise that the obscure characters are the most sort after, while the well known characters are found literally everywhere. None of the listed Amiibos will go up in price, even boxed, but if you’ve wanted to dip your toes into the Amiibo waters, now is as good as time as any.   Mario – £7.99 Peach – £7.99 Lugi – £7.99 Diddy Kong – £7.99 Donkey Kong – £7.99 Link – £7.99 Pikachu – £7.99    ...

Alien Isolation, Dying Light, Pokemon Y & Battlefield: Hardline Prices Slashed

Alien Isolation, Dying Light, Pokemon Y & Battlefield: Hardline Prices Slashed

As 2015 starts to enter a decent run of releases, a number of games are receiving big discounts.   Last year’s Game of the Year contender, Alien: Isolation, is a utter steal at £16.95 over at The Game Collection. Pokemon Y is a mere £18.79 on Amazon, a bargain for anyone with even a slight interest in Pokemon, with some claiming Y to be one of the best in the franchise. It may not be out for a few weeks, but that hasn’t stopped Xtra-vision from flogging Battlefield: Hardline, on bothPS4 & Xbox One, for a mere £35.99 when using the code PATDAY20 Xtra-Vision’s code offer is also applicable to recently released Dying Light on both PS4 & Xbox One   Last, but not least, Evolve is now £24.99 Pre-owned at Game Centre      ...

Deepsilver’s New Studio Announced, Homefront Sequel Still In The works

Deepsilver’s New Studio Announced, Homefront Sequel Still In The works

Homefront: The Revolution is not dead, development is still under way at Deep Silver’s newest studio, Dambuster Studios.   In a official press release, Deep Silver revealed that their third studio,Dambsuter, is still working on the title. The current date for the game’s release is set for 2016, on PC, Xbox One and PS4.   Speaking on the subject of Homefront, studio lead Hasit Zala gave a little more insight to the game’s development:   “We are excited that Deep Silver’s acquisition of the Homefront IP and assets from Crytek has allowed development of Homefront: The Revolution to continue with minimum disruption,” said Hasit Zala. “The team here believes we are working on something truly special.” “Dambuster Studios are an extraordinarily talented group,” said Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO Deep Silver. “We are giving the team every opportunity to turn Homefront: The Revolution into a best-selling title, and have set a 2016 release date to provide them the time they need to achieve this. You can expect to hear more about the game later this year.”   Deepsilver were one of the main purchasers of fallen THQ franchises, their biggest acquisition coming in the shape of Saints Row creator Volition....

Driveclub PSN Plus Version Still In Development, New DLC Pack On The Way

Driveclub PSN Plus Version Still In Development, New DLC Pack On The Way

It’s fair to say the PSN Plus version of Driveclub is a ‘little’ late. While the retail version is now out in the wild, and all patched up, the PSN Plus version remains missing. The PSN Plus version is far from dead, at least that’s what Evolution Studio’s: ”We continue to work on the servers needed for the PS+ Edition to release it ASAP,” the studio wrote. “While we do, the teams not able to support the online work are adding new cars, tracks, events and improvements for everybody already playing the game.” While the PSN Plus version remains in development, the retail version is about to receive a new Lamborghini expansion pack. The pack will contain three Italian beasts, along with a new tour and five new trophies.    ...

Evolve’s Steam Player Base Nose Dives

Evolve’s Steam Player Base Nose Dives

Evolve has been a controversial game, even before it’s release. The heavy use of pre-launch DLC, and pre-order DLC, enraged a number of people. The large focus on online player meant the game needed a strong, consistent, player base in order to thrive. After all the backlash from the sheer amount of DLC, some of it feeling like pay to win, it seems Evolve is nose diving, at least on steam. The player base for Evolve has been dropping, with recent figures proving to be quite alarming. In the last 30 days, the amount of people playing Evolve has been shrinking, nearly daily.   The shrinking of the player base highlights one of the main issues people have with online only games. Evolve’s PR nightmare is no longer the only negative surrounding the game. With players abandoning in increasing numbers, Evolve may just end up on Steam sales sooner rather than later. Evolve currently sits at number 50 in Steams Top Games (as 09/03/2015) Has the amount of pre-release DLC affected your decision to purchase/not purchase Evolve?  ...

British Newspaper Links Attempted Muder With Video Games

British Newspaper Links Attempted Muder With Video Games

The Sun newspaper, famed for it’s lies and lack of credibility, has been up to their usual tricks once more. Even though the publication hosts it’s own video game section, it’s always partial to a pot shot at the culture/industry. From calming ISIS use video games to recruit, to blaming violent video games on youth crime spikes, The Sun knows no bounds. This time around they’re shoehorning in video games into a recent story about a murder. 18 year old Ben Moynixhan was recently sentenced to 21 years in prison. His crime was attempting to stab three women. His motivation is said to stem around frustration that he was still a virgin. The Sun printed those points, but oddly decided to chuck video games into the piece as well. Much like their past reports, The Sun often state random information about a person. This can be found in almost any piece of youth crime. In this case, The Sun randomly mentions Moynixham was a video game fan.’Twisted gamer geek’ is the sub headline they run, along with numerous mentions of his video game hobby. The issue with this is not the point he enjoyed video games, but how utterly irrelevant it is. The Sun seemingly enjoys throwing in random information about the person in question. There’s been a venomous tone behind The Sun’s reporting for decades now, more recent times have included attacks on video games. It’s odd that the industry still supports The Sun and it’s journalists. Review copies, press passes, invitations to coverage are all extend to The Sun. The recent TV spots for The Order 1886 included a quote from The Sun’s review of the game. For a publication that tries it’s hardest to paint the industry, and it’s consumer, as poorly as they can, they get a lot of support from the industry itself. It’s bad enough that video game companies are willing to look past The Sun’s plethora of scandals, including hacking the phones of murdered teenagers, but to constantly support them feels like self harm.    ...

New Wave Of Amiibos To Include Splatoon Characters?

New Wave Of Amiibos To Include Splatoon Characters?

A recent listing by South African online retailer Raru, may have leaked a new wave of unannounced Amiibos.   Jgglypuff, Greninja, Splatoon Boy, Splatoon Girl and Splatoon Squid have all been listed, with a release date of May 29th.   The inclusion of Splatoon Amiibos hints towards to the game supporting Nintendo’s latest money spinner. Splatoon Squid Amiibo is only listed as part of a bundle, at least for now anyway. The listings do not feature any images of the products. This could all be down to a simple mistake on Raru’s side, or perhaps the listings are just place holders. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see if any of the Splatoon Amiibos actually happen....

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