In the new week, look out for a review of a great new game "Anodyne" released by Indie developer Analgesic Productions. But for now, you can appreciate the poise with which they chose to deal with pirates.
Analgesic’s Sean Hogan actually went ahead in comments left on torrent sites and Reddit and gave away gift keys to the Desura version, asked players for feedback, and requested a Steam Greenlight vote if pirates enjoyed the game.
Bungie has started an alternate-reality game today on their site. This one seems like it'll be revealing information on their next big title, Destiny. Alternate-reality games, for the uninitiated, are a form of digital storytelling where various mediums are used, and clues and plots are dropped on various webpages and into various real-world locations to tell a story or release new information about a product. The "trailhead", or starting place to get into the game was posted this morning, and it certainly looks intriguing.
Good news today for fans of the Batman branded series of "Arkham" games, to date including Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Batman: Arkham City. John K Martin, who is Time Warner's CFO, announced in an investor call today that the next release in the series is on its way. "... we also have a strong games release this year," said Martin, "which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012."
Ragnar Tørnquist's adventure series launched in 1999 is back, with a Kickstarter, of all things. With over $600,000 of $850,000 raised in only a few days, it seems fans of the series are extremely interested in continuing the story that was left on a cliffhanger back in 2006 with the last installment, Dreamfall. The release is tenatively listed as November 2014, and a steal at $25 for a digital download. Fans can of course pay more, and a cool 5K will earn you naming and development rights on a character, or the opportunity to hang out with the development team and make suggestions of your own. Looks like I need to start saving up.
I may be more of a Nintendo gamer than I am a PlayStation or Xbox gamer, and arguably a bigger PC gamer than any of the consoles, but even I know that blocking used games is going to be a console killer. We already know the Wii U doesn't do such things. I can attest to this because I own a used copy of New Super Mario Bros. U. Sure, maybe it only saved me $5, but that's still $5 I was able to put towards a pre-order for Pikmin 3. The fact remains that if this does happen, or if they attempt to do an "ultimate pass" for $100 which allows gamers to "unlock" unlimited used games, I tend to agree that the Wii U will reap the benefits of higher game sales since they will have the used game market all to themselves.
To be honest, I don't want any of the console makers to fail, so I just hope all these rumors (some dating a year old) just tend to be complete crap.
This week's Bonus Round focus's squarely on genre preferences. You might be surprised to see what genre's are mentioned as it's not necessarily what many would expect. As an example, one of the panel's favorite genres is Tower Defense! Of course while it's a nice debate above, what we really want to know is what your favorite genre is. Sound off in the comments and let the debates begin!
Digital Foundry, a group of tech fanatics that specialize in analyzing technical fundamentals of technology and innovate digital possibilities, have taken apart Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and decided that the Wii U version of the game is the best one. Digital Foundry honored the Wii U build for its reliable frame-rate and five person multiplayer.
Crytek, the people behind the Crysis series, have spoken up about what they want from the next console generation. To absolutely nobody's surprise... they want more power. They want to create "console experiences that are close to the PC". This, of course, ignores the fact that it takes much more than pretty graphics to create a fantastic gameplay experience. Still, we can't criticize them too much as this has been, and likely always will be, their sticking point. Crysis has always been a technical wonder for benchmarking and pushing hardware. Someone has to be willing to do that, right? Quotes after the jump.
J.J. Abrams, the legendary man who directed the latest Star Trek movie and is in charge of the new Star Wars trilogy had a brief discussion at the game industry DICE conference about the possibility of making games and movies together. In particular, Portal and Half-Life.
Abrams: There's an idea we have for a game that we'd like to work with Valve on. Newell: We're going to find out if there's a way we can work with you on a Portal and Half-Life movie.
In the end, what comes of this is unknown, but hopefully if they work together it could blur the line between movies and games a bit. Do you think this is a good idea?
Today, many new screenshots and videos were unveiled for Remember Me, a sci-fi video game that takes place in the year 2084, a refrence to the dystopian novel 1984 by George Orwell. The game takes place in a futuristic version of Paris, and it concerns themes such as society's divide between the rich and poor, totalitarianism, and, most importantly, memories. The main character is Nilin, a lovely lady who has had here memories removed from her. As she journeys to gain back her lost memories, she eventually becomes concerned with starting a revolution and loosen the tight grip the government has on the city.
More info concerning the game can be found after the jump.
The latest issue of Game Informer is out, and while they've already revealedThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with a quick follow up response from CDProjekt, we haven't had a real good look yet as to what the game actually looks like, per sé. That ends today with all the screenshots contained within the latest Game Informer issue released. It looks pretty impressive on some fronts for those who are new to the series, but on the other hand, I personally feel it looks a lot like The Witcher 2 without much of a significant improvement. Now, it is a "next-gen" game so this could further show that "next-gen" doesn't necessarily translate anymore into blowing our minds visually. It's also possible these are just early build shots based on the only engine. Either, way I am excited. Hop inside to see all of the screens in their original glory.
Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has announced that their Vigil Games derived USA studio will cease development of Darksiders 3. In a recent interview with GamesBeat, Yerli revealed why Crytek was hesitant in bidding on Vigil during THQ's property auction, and how the new addition to the Darksiders franchise wouldn't fit their strategy. Hit the jump to read more...
On the heels of Game Informer's reveal of The Witcher 3, CDProjekt has released the above teaser trailer along with a nice bit of press material. Contained in that material is the announcement that this game will be the final chapter for Geralt and the final game in The Witcher series. The reasoning? They want to go out on a high note, which is something to admire in the day and age where popular franchises tend to overstay their welcomes.
This material also talks about how The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is going to appeal to long standing fans as well as make an excellent entry point for new fans to the series. Of course, again, this just makes it all the more wanting for Wii U fans. Unfortunately they are specifically saying "high-end" next-gen systems, which will likely rule Nintendo fans out. Still, PC, Sony, and Microsoft fans have one heck of an experience coming their way in 2014. Check out the press release after the jump.
The Witcher series is arguably one of the best new series to hit the games industry in a good while. Thanks to our friends over at Game Informer, we now have a wealth of information about their exclusive reveal of this highly anticipated title. The Witcher 3 was officially unveiled in their print magazine with a wealth of additional details to team up with the online announcement. Those details and concept art after the jump.
Dead Space is an amazing franchise with great gameplay and a good story. I like it very much, but Jim Sterling thinks it might even be the best new IP of this generation. I think that it depends on your taste—if you don't like horror games, you'll probably dislike Dead Space. That's why it is very subjective to say that a game is the best of its generation. Others probably don't agree.
I like Assassin's Creed more than Dead Space. I love the historical settings, Those Who Came Before, the Pieces of Eden... To me, it's the best new franchise this generation.
What's your favorite IP this generation? Let us know in the comments!