This War of Mine is probably the most depressing game I have ever played. It is also one of the most amazing experiences I had as a gamer and considered it one of my top games of 2014.
It is an absolutely incredible and powerful experience that really makes you think about what you would do if you were in that same situation. Do you murder a nice old couple because you are desperate for food and materials, or do you hope to find food elsewhere? In an age where tons of videogames glorify war, it's nice to see a game shows the atrocity of it all.
There was one group of people that have to experience the horrors of war as well and weren't represented in the game. That of course is children. Time to get those tissues out again and prepare yourself for the game to get a lot more depressing.
Today, on the Playstation Blog, 11Bit Studios announced that This War of Mine: The Little Ones would be hitting the PS4 on January 29th of next year. 11Bit say that this is "a serious game made for a mature gamer; an experience that will tackle your emotions heavily". This time, the game puts you in control of groups of adults and children as you try to survive another day. The thing about war is that kids will still be kids, they will laugh, play and you will need to watch after them. Watching my group slowly suffer and pass away because I couldn't protect them was hard enough in the original game. I don't think I will be able to handle watching children suffer.
No word yet about a PC release but in the comment section of the Playstation Blog, Ryan Avery from 11Bit responds to a question about the game saying "This is the original game just with a ton of added content." To me it sounds like an expansion pack and not a separate game but we have no confirmation about that at this time.
Check out the reveal trailer below.
The Guild Wars 2 core game is now free. That's crazy. The game is "exquisite" (Gaming Nexus score: 9.5); one of the finest MMOs in recent years by all counts. And it's not like you're not getting a lot of video game for that free price tag. The core game has an entire game there. There's only one expansion, for heaven's sake. I don't know what else I can say here, folks. Download the client now.
"You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." - Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face
That's what's possibly happening to you in Dragon Age: Inquisition's final DLC, Trespasser. It's an epilogue, taking place two years after the main game. You and your Inquisition had saved Ferelden, had saved Orlais, and had closed the Breach twice—and yet, everyone seems to be angry with you now. "The story explores what it's like to be a world-saving organization when the world no longer needs saving," says Mike Laidlaw, Lead Designer of the Dragon Age series.
Aside from Trespasser, BioWare has details on the latest patch for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, which allows you to sync your collectibles across games, gives you a new wardrobe with a dozen outfits, and how to create a new game plus. The patch is free.
Congratulations, Inquisition. You've had a heck of a run.
Previously, Commander, XCOM 2 was coming sometime in November. But developer Firaxis Games is asking for a few more months of development time. Another layer of polish never hurt nobody.
The new launch date is February 5, 2016. That's a Friday. Not a typical game launch day, but it's doable. That also creates some breathing room for this November, which is set to be a blockbuster month. Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Fallout 4, Star Wars: Battlefront, and Assassin's Creed: Syndicate all launch within two weeks of one another in November.
Polish away, XCOM 2. We'll be ready to welcome you back on February 5. Also, in case you missed it, watch this 12-minute tour (hype!) of your HQ.
You can be a man or a woman in Minecraft: Story Mode. Not only that, you can be light or dark skinned, and have a customizable outfit. As long as you're wearing suspenders for boys and coveralls for girls. Minecraft: Story Mode is developer Telltale's first game with a selectable main character. Your name, though—Jesse—is sufficiently gender neutral, applying neatly to both male and female protagonists.
Patton Oswalt (perennial geek culture spokesman) voices male Jesse. Catherine Taber (Padme Amidala from Star Wars: The Clone Wars) voices female Jesse.
Folks at PAX 2015 (Aug. 28–31) are playing the game's first public beta right now. Here's a look at the trailer from Minecon back in July.
Minecraft: Story Mode is coming to every platform under the sun: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC/Mac, iOS, and Android devices. It's due sometime Fall 2015, but if Telltale's previous series are any indication, release dates for each episode will be announced at the last minute, and have scattered dates between each gaming platform. (It was cute the first couple times, but now it's mostly tedious to follow the bouncing ball.)
Some people may be excited for WWE 2K16 for the updated My Career mode, the updated WWE Universe mode, the update roster, but the one thing I am excited for is the revamped Create a Wrestler feature. I had a huge gripe with WWE 2K15 because the creation features were severely lacking. Create a Wrestler was barebones, and most of the other creation modes were removed.
This year however, 2K is going all out with the creation suite and they have been giving us glimpses of all of the new features that will be in this years game.
The first new feature is the hair dye feature and this is something that I have wanted for a long time. In this years game you can take the cursor and paint over the hair of a created wrestler with a specific color. 2K has also revealed that this year we will have 100 CAW slots. I am going to take full advantage of this and completely load up my NXT roster with created wrestlers.
Derek Smart, an indie game developer, wants to bring a class action lawsuit against Chris Roberts, developer of Star Citizen. Cliff Bleszinski, the dude who made Gears of War, took the lid off Project BlueStreak, his "sci fi fps no zombies" game. And while we've all been sitting in front of our PlayStations, Sony has been building drones.
What are you playing this weekend?
Russell Archey, Staff Writer, @NeoScyther
In between sessions of Runbow, I'll likely be spending most of my time with Mega Man Legacy Collection and trying to get all of the achievements, though I'm not looking forward to finishing the last challenge (All Robot Rush: No Items). I haven't unlocked it yet, but if I had to guess, it's all 46 Robot Masters buster only. That one might take awhile, though I think you're given several lives, so finishing it won't be that bad, but getting a gold medal will be a nightmare. I'm also getting better at soloing Crawmerax in the original Borderlands, but have yet to get any pearlescent weapons (though for a solo run it's incredibly rare), so I tend to do a couple runs a day, time permitting.
Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
I'm wrapping up the Dead Space 2: Severed DLC, otherwise known as the one that needlessly kills all the cool characters from Dead Space: Extraction. I just remember it being a real letdown and a crappy way to wrap up Dead Space 2, which was otherwise an awesome sci-fi horror game. Hopefully Dead Space 3 will wash the taste of Severed out of my mouth.
Chapel Collins, Staff Writer, @ChapelCollins
After making the decision not to get involved with Black Ops III, a free beta was released. So I figured, Why not, I'll see what it's like, and turns out it's pretty dang fun. Advanced Warfare disappointed me as being too close to Titanfall, but Black Ops III appears to have toned down the double jumps and acrobatics more to my liking. So, this weekend I'll be delving into the beta a little more to see what happens.
Travis Huinker, Staff Writer, @travishuinker
This weekend I'll be sneaking around and planning my attacks in the recently released indie game Party Hard. I'll also be continuing my adventures in the closed beta testing of the upcoming free-to-play conversion of WildStar. Lastly, I plan to spend some time scavenging for supplies and hunting zombies in State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition.
Charles Husemann, Editor-in-Chief, @chusemann
This weekend may be the weekend I dive back into Destiny to play through the first DLC package, which I purchased but never played. I'm getting fairly excited about thec changes coming with The Taken King, but I need to get back up to speed before the game comes out. I'm also debating if I want to pick up Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, as Nathan's review was enough to get me interested in the game after last playing it almost a decade ago. After that, it will be the usual rounds of MechWarrior Online. I've finally got all three of my Kit Foxes leveled up to elite, and now it's time to grind them up to mastery. I've also got enough cash to buy one of the very sexy-looking Ebon Jaguar mechs but I will probably hold onto my C-Bills until I'm done with the Kit Foxes.
Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, @RandyKalista
I'm in a rut with my role-playing games. Can't seem to dig too deep into any of them right now. But that Black Ops III beta got me in a trigger happy mood. I've revisited the Destiny demo to see if it's a lifestyle I'll be buying into. It's getting harder and harder to say no. I'm firing up Dying Light, too, just to bust some heads and get a little Mirror's Edge-lite in my life.
Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
Definitely going to be a lot of Hearthstone. I dropped my whole chest of 4,500 in-game gold on The Grand Tournament packs, and I have enough Arcane Dust to craft two new legendaries. Just trying to decide which, but I should finally have that Priest deck I always wanted (Priest is my favorite character, hands down). I also got suckered back into FIFA 15. I tried to back off with FIFA 16 coming up, but thinking about 16 just made me want to play FIFA even more. It's a viscious cycle. Also, after the Black Ops III beta last weekend, I'll probably get a few rounds of Advanced Warfare in.
Matt Mirkovich, Staff Writer, @Stillmywords
I'm working on a whole lot of music games this week. I have Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Mirai: DX on 3DS, and Persona 4: Dancing All Night. Both of which are just utterly consuming my time. I'm still plugging away at Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. Now I'm working on leveling an Astrologian, and continued Alexander grinds for gear on my Bard. I'm also playing Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes so I can pregame for Metal Gear Solid V next week.
We're finally under a month away from the release of FIFA 16 here in North America. This is about the time that soccer fans start chomping at the bit, wanting to get as much information as possible. Next week, the team at EA Sports will begin revealing the Top 50 players in the game, starting with #50-#41 on Monday, and releasing another ten day by day. We'll cover this each day next week, so be sure to stop be each day to check out who the best players in the world are.
There’s a first time for everything. My first time stepping into a multiplayer first-person shooter map happened just this past week, in the Call of Duty: Black Ops III beta. For real, in my 30-some years as a gamer, I’d managed to avoid all of those FPS arenas. Sure, I’ve played plenty of single-player shooters throughout the years (BioShock, Half-Life 2, Halo, et al), but playing against other human beings on the other side of a T.V. screen? Nuh-uh.
So, take my impressions of the Black Ops III multiplayer beta as you will. If you want someone that knows what they’re talking about and has a history with the series (or with multiplayer FPSes in general), that ain’t me. You know where to find the back button on your browser. But, if there really is a first time for everything, and if somebody else’s first time is something worth reading about, well, here we are.
I went in blind, obviously. Without prior-existing knowledge of what happens on a Call of Duty map, I came equipped with nothing but my fear. It locked itself like an iron maiden around my brain. I can fail over and over on my own and not be bothered. But knowing that my morbid lack of experience could let down my entire team? That’s what I was afraid of. That was the root of my fear.
I got to the beta’s front page. It wasn’t actually a main menu—just a guy in modern-warfare armor, sitting with his back against the fiery outline of the Roman numeral III. Yep. Black Ops III. I was in the right place. But this dude looks like the bad guy. I know we don’t want to run around looking like a bunch of Spaceball troops, but honestly, if this fella is supposed to be the good guy, then I don’t want to see the bad guys.