After weeks of cryptic messages and videos, Bioware finally announced their next project. Shadow Realms is a new IP that is focused on a 4 versus 1 Multiplayer action for PC. Currently set for a 2015 release, players will control either the Shadow lord who will set traps and monsters while other players take control of team of 4 against it, similar to Evolve or Fable Legends.
Group General Manager Matthew Bromberg stated that Shadow Realms will feel like a “like a great TV series,” with each episode being “experienced together, by the community, as it’s released.” Bromberg also stated that they wanted to bring the feeling of a D&D table top adventure where players would face a foe capable of guiding the challenges they’re faced with.
For those interested in signing up for the Beta of Shadow Realms, you can head to the official site.
Several date changes were announced last week during the chaos of San Diego Comic-Con announcements. Hidden in between news of Superman v. Batman, Avengers 2/Guardians of the Galaxy, and a fancy Warcraft logo.
It’s so fancy.
Because there are so many updates, we’ve decided it would be best to put the new release dates in one big post.
Moving away from the once feared October 7th release date, two titles originally set for that date have been relocated leaving Alien: Isolation, Driveclub and Project Spark to fend for themselves. Dragon Age: Inquisition has been pushed back to a November 18th 2014 release date for more time to polish the game. On the other hand, Monolith’s Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor has been pushed forward a week, now launching on September 30th.
Visceral Games and DICE have pushed back the release of Battlefield: Hardline, the cops and robbers version of the popular military based shooter to improve aspects of the single-player campaign, as well as to add more innovative multiplayer features and enhance the shooter’s online stability (a special thanks to those who participated in the beta for this feature.) The game has been pushed back to a 2015 release, with another beta test in talks.
Finally, while this was announced some time before SDCC, Bethesda’s The Evil Within was originally delayed to a October 21st release, has now been pushed ahead to a October 14th release on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. The Evil Within is the latest Survivial Horror from Resident Evil mastermind Shinji Mikami, and early accounts have claimed that the game is absolutely horrifying.
It’s a new month and with it comes a string of new games for Sony and Microsoft consoles. This month, we get some great titles from companies and a good mix of indie and budget games. Here is the list you can expect to download for Playstation Plus and Games for Gold.
XBOX LIVE GAMES WITH GOLD:
Between August 1st-15th, you can download Motocross Madness, a motocross racing game that uses your Xbox Avatar. Between August 16th-30th, you’ll be able to pick up Dishonored, Bethesda’s Supernatual Assassin game. Meanwhile on Xbox One, you’ll be able to pick up spiritual successor to Panzer Dragoon, Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut.
Available on August 5th, PS4 players will receive the The Road Not Taken, a rogue-like adventure game that makes it’s debut on the PS4 that very week, and FEZ, the side-scrolling puzzle game about shifting the world. On the PS3, players will get Crytek’s famed shooter Crysis 3, and Proteus, a video game art project that involves changing music and sound as you move through the world. PSVita players will receive Metrico, a platformer with an infographic aesthetic, and Vanillaware’s amazing beat’em up RPG Dragon’s Crown.
FEZ and Proteus are available as a cross-buy title. FEZ will also be available on PS3 and PSVita, while Proteus will also be available on the PSVita. While Dragon’s Crown is not originally part of the Cross-Buy, due to the nature of the PSPlus setup, PS3 players will also receive Dragon’s Crown for free.
The biggest disappointment of E3 was the lack of Dragon Age: Inquisition information. Yes the game looks great, but we want to see more, how does it play, what characters are we going to encounter (new and old), and whether we finally live our dream of riding a Mabari into battle. Thanks to a rather lengthy Q&A on Raptr hosted by the development team, we now know a bit more information.
Who doesn’t want to ride this majestic beast into battle!
Before getting into the the big changes and what to expect from the game, there are a couple of things that we missed, including the introduction of Dorian, Dragon Age’s first fully 100% gay character who is a mage from the Tevinter. Dragon Age: Inquisition writer David Gaider explained his role both a pariah and a partial idealist. “Without spoiling the plot, I’ll say that Dorian got wind of something that his fellow Tevinter mages were doing, and decided to intervene. As he sees it, someone from Tevinter needs to stand up and say, ‘We don’t agree with what these people are doing. They don’t represent all of us.’”
The second introduced character is a returning character from Dragon Age Origins (also a brief cameo in Dragon Age 2) Leliana. For those who don’t remember her, she was an Orlesian bard-turned-assassin who helped the Grey Wardens, she even got her own Story based DLC for DA:O. However in Dragon Age: Inquisition, it turns out she is not the happy-go-lucky character she was in the first game, as the game profile has the following to say about Leliana.
“She has many names. Most know her as ‘Sister Nightingale’ or ‘the Left Hand of the Divine.’ To the rare friend, she is Leliana,” it reads. “Those who have earned her loyalty know her as a steadfast ally. But enemies of the Divine know to fear her, for she is the shadow behind the Sunburst Throne-the one who watches and waits, who strikes when her mark is most vulnerable and least suspecting.”
Finally we have the big info, what is different and what is the same in the game. While you can see the full list from games.on.net who covers the big changes in bullet form, some of the big info results in a very deep Character Customization including customization Qunari horns, a deep character relationship tree, Character class can only have one specializations, and No Mabari allies. Also of note is 8 romancable characters, with some having race and gender restriction.
With all that info, fans will have plenty to do in Dragon Age: Inquisition, to drive the point home though, an E3 demonstration video has been released to show the game in action, you can see the video after the jump.
Sony announced their big PSPlus update for July set to launch on Tuesday July 1st. For the first time, all games available coming in the month will launch on the same day, no longer will you have to wait for a specific game on a specific week and this month we get something for everyone.
Starting with PS4, Towerfall Ascension, an archery based combat game that is best played with friends on the couch… preferably within punching distance, and Capcom’s Strider developed by Double Helix. PS3 owners will get the co-operative survival horror title Dead Space 3, and liquid puzzle game Vessel. PSVita will get the Sidescroller action brawler from Vanillaware, Muramasa Rebirth as well as Doki-Doki Universe (which will also be a Cross Buy title for PS3, Vita and PS4.)
Of course, throughout the course of the month, other PSPlus deal and discounts will also be available.
This year, Microsoft brought their A game, bringing out some of the best that the Xbox One will have to offer for 2014-2015 year. Xbox head Phil Spencer said this conference was going to be all about the games and that was exactly it, no talk about Home entertainment, TV, Apps or Sports. Announcing new games, new IPs, and first gameplay for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Forza Horizon, Assassins Creed Unity and The Division.
Here is a quick recap of conference, Trailers and images will be released when available.
Collectors Edition are known to include a good chunk of goodies, from digital content code (DLC) to Physical items like statues. Sometimes, we get a Collectors Edition that is just a bit more crazy. EA and Bioware’s Dragon Age: Inquisition Collectors Edition is just the case to prove this point as they teamed up with gaming collectibles producer Project Triforce to release a huge set featuring real-life Dragon Age props and accessories.
The Dragon Age: Inquisition “Inquisitor Edition” features the following.
An Inquisitor Collector’s Edition chest
Steelbook case for the game
Cloth map of Thedas drawn to scale
Four full scale map markers
72 card Major and Minor Arcana tarot card deck
Full scale lockpicking set
Quill and inkpot
40-page Inquisitor’s journal/sketchbook
Not to mention the Digital Content already offered in the Deluxe Edition. The Inquisitor Edition will cost $170 upon release and is available to pre-order now. While it’s a bit pricey, this would be awesome for you collectors out there. Dragon Age: Inquisition is set for an October 7th 2014 release for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.
While The Sims may not be the most kid friendly of games, the ESRB in North America have always been rated “T” for Comic Mischief, Mature Sexual Themes, and Mild Animated Violence. The European PEGI system has rated the games as PEGI 12+ for similar reasons. The “life simulator” games have never crossed that threshold at any point in development between the 3 iteration plus it’s countless DLC packs, that is until now when the Russian Ratings board gave the upcoming Sims 4 an 18+ rating in accordance with Russian law 436-FZ, “On Protection of Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development.”
While it wasn’t stated what in the game has cause it to violate this law which penalizes information “encouraging children to commit acts that endanger their lives,” information that would instill a “desire to use narcotics, psychotropic and (or) intoxicants, tobacco, alcohol and alcohol-containing products, justifying illegal behaviour, contains pornographic imagery” and information that promotes “unconventional sexual relationships,” among a lengthy list of other offences.
While the game’s PEGI and ESRB ratings are yet to be announced, we can only assume that the rating of the game will be vastly different for everyone else.