It would appear that Croteam, developers of Serious Sam 3: BFE, have decided that rather than use the traditional methods of DRM for their game on PC they would place a large scorpion/man beast instead. What happens next is an invincible beast constantly coming after you which no doubt turns the difficulty level of the game up a notch or three. This Youtube video shows all:
Dead Island is the survival-horror game of 2011 about four people on a glorious holiday to the fictional island of Banoi, a bright and vibrant place where almost everyone has been turned into zombies, and you help the other survivors by fetching items and doing various quests for them.
The game received good reception when the original trailer was shown off, which involved a lovely family whose little girl gets turned into a zombie, and it was played backwards with the girl flying up and back through the broken window, and then being thrown around the room by [assumedly] her own parents. Though this has no bearing on the actual game, save for the zombies, and the expensive resort – the family are nowhere to be seen. Continue Reading
Eidos Montreal recently released their newest game Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the prequel to Deus Ex, which was released in 2000. To sum the game up in a few brief words, its Thief meets Dragon Age with a futuristic twist. DX:HR brings to light a new style of Action Roleplaying Games.
Set in the year 2027, DX:HR puts you behind the controls of Adam Jensen, an ex SWAT commander and the head of security for Sarif Industries. The game’s tutorial mission brings you right into the thick of the plot as Jensen is told to brief his security plans for the upcoming trip to Washington D.C. to unveil Dr. Reed’s newest development in the human augmentation industry. Of course, as anyone could predict, things don’t quite as expected and you soon find yourself learning to quickly maneuver through the office space, while trying in vain to save scientists from gunman. A few dead henchmen later, you find yourself being thrown through a thick plate glass high-tech monitor as you cling to consciousness, you watch them take Dr. Reed just before you take a bullet to the brain. Que the opening credits (which is an awesome little cut scene).
While this doesn’t really explain anything about the game, the opening mission/scene gives you a storyline that is just informative enough to make you wonder what the hell is going on. When you wake up, you are now an augmented human, complete with a retinal display. Continue Reading
There have been rumours flying round all day about Valve announcing a new entry into the Counter-Strike series and it’s just been announced. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been announced for release in early 2012. Here’s the full press release from Valve below:
Next Gen Console, PC, and Mac Release Targeted for Early 2012.
Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO).
Targeted for release via Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Steam (for PC and Mac) in early 2012, CS: GO will expand upon the team-based action gameplay that it pioneered when it was launched exactly 12 years ago (CS beta 1, August 1999).
CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.). In addition, CS: GO will introduce new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.
“Counter-Strike took the gaming industry by surprise when the unlikely MOD became the most played online PC action game in the world almost immediately after its release in August 1999,” said Doug Lombardi at Valve. “For the past 12 years, it has continued to be one of the most-played games in the world, headline competitive gaming tournaments and selling over 25 million units worldwide across the franchise. CS: GO promises to expand on CS’ award-winning gameplay and deliver it to gamers on the PC as well as the next gen consoles and the Mac.”
CS: GO is being developed by Valve in cooperation with Seattle-based Hidden Path Entertainment. The title is targeted for release in early 2012 and will be playable at this year’s PAX Prime and London Games Festival.
For more information, please visit the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Steam page.
You play as Skye, and you have to protect the core from strange alien creatures who don’t like your core-e ways. Starting off in the building phase, you prepare for the attack by placing various blocks and ‘towers’ to stop the aliens before they reach the core.
After the recent update allowing up to 4-player co-op, in Sanctum there is 5 maps, one that is exclusive to Endless mode and three which you have to unlock by simply playing the game. Difficulty ranges from “Easy” to “Insane” and the aforementioned ‘Endless mode’ does exactly what it says; you play until you die, rather than up to 25 waves in the regular mode. On top of that, you can also use “Turbo” mode which basically gives you everything from wave 1, which means the enemies are more difficult from the outset, too, as they get progressively more difficult in every game mode.
What makes Sanctum interesting is that it’s an FPS (First-Person Shooter) tower defense game. To build towers, you run around the map placing the blocks and then place the weapons inside/on them blocks, and then you can upgrade them up to level 6. To make things a little simpler, you can bring up a tactical map by pressing TAB which shows you where enemies spawn (where they are, if the wave has begun), where the core is, and you can also quick-travel to various televators you have placed on the map.
And, by the way, televators are a kind of tower you can build (or are already set if you’re playing on Mine), these work as teleporters as well as elevators (or ‘lifts’) for getting on top of your towers for a vantage point. Continue Reading
EA’s new shooter, sequel to the 2007 Crysis and Crysis Warhead, was released last week and this is the first in the series to offer a competitive online mode, and it’s great fun.
I haven’t yet experienced the single player of Crysis 2, simply because I’ve been so excited about the multiplayer (hence that comes first!), especially after playing the PC demo which gave you access to two maps and two game modes from the full game (the same as the previously released Xbox 360 demo, except with one different map). In the demo, you could also access the basic classes; Assault; Scout; Sniper and; Gunner which were basic, but like in popular shooters they give you access to items/guns you may not have unlocked yet. Continue Reading
Eidos have released a 5 minute trailer for their upcoming prequel to the Deus Ex series, Human Revolution which is due out in March next year. The trailer is mainly footage of other trailers which have previously been released but this also includes a lot of previously unseen footage. The trailer is absolutely stunning and the musical score is another masterpiece in its own right. Eidos are doing a fantastic job hyping everyone up for Human Revolution so lets hope they can deliver a game as good as this trailer suggests!
See the video below and for more information on the game see the official website here: www.deusex.com
Borderlands was developed by Gearbox Software and was first announced in 2007, to be released in 2009 for the PC, 360 and PS3. I was annoyed at release, because they delayed the PC version so they could improve the graphics further beyond the console-counterparts but it turned out to be an excellent game that has sucked up many of my hours.
It is ‘un-British’; therefore the game must be banned. Retailers should not sell Medal of Honor ‘to show their support for the armed forces’.
These were some of the words said by Dr Liam Fox our Defence Secretary back in August. His views were that Medal of Honor should have been banned due to having the ability to play as the Taliban and ‘kill’ our troops. It seemed that at the time there was some confusion as there were no British available to play in the game, only American and Taliban forces. Still I suppose he meant our Allied troops. The game has now been published and the media frenzy behind the calls for a ban have all died down. Electronic Arts (EA) changed the Taliban naming to ‘Opfor’ although they stated this was not due to the media outcry however I suspect this did have something to do with it.
What the media and Dr Fox didn’t mention was that you play as ‘Opfor’ only in multiplayer and against a faction called the ‘Coalition’. It is clear however that you are playing the Americans as the ‘Coalition’ and the Taliban as ‘Opfor’. Continue Reading