Bethesda has an incredible lineup set for this year, and we start off our coverage with The Evil Within; Shinji Mikami from Tango Gameworks gives us a short introduction on his first (and final) return to survival horror since Resident Evil 4. In The Evil Within they are looking to take the genre back to its original roots – pure fear and overcoming it.
Assassin’s Creed III had its fair share of issues, but it was also full of promise. Telling the story from the perspective of a new relative of Desmond – a Native American named Connor. In an almost universal fashion, fans clamored for the naval combat and in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, we are getting our wish. I got to sit down with the team of Ubisoft Montreal for an extended look at the next-gen launch title, Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag.
You might not think that farming is an interesting proposition, but it somehow created one of the most popular Euro board games. In Agricola, Latin for “farmer,” you grow your family, decide which crops to grow, and raise livestock. You also need to be able to feed your family so you aren’t begging for food. Now you can raise your own farm on the go with Agricola for the iOS.
LocoCycle was probably the strangest game I played at E3 this year. It’s a motorcycle combat game that has you racing through levels while avoiding destructive obstacles and battling it out with enemies. Oh, and there’s a Hispanic guy named Pablo whose leg is somehow conjoined to the bike, and the poor guy is screaming and wailing the whole time.
Everyone knows that big-hit indie games like Minecraft can rake in millions and millions of dollars. But there’s a whole lot of other games out there – titles with far fewer resources to speak of and, more importantly, next to zero media hype surrounding them. For aspiring indie devs it’s worth wondering if titles like that could possibly earn enough to justify their creation. Well, Gamasutra has an interesting article about this, with the dev of Survivor Squad openly discussing the sales of his game. Never heard of Survivor Squad? Well, that’s part of the point here!
In case you’re like me and had forgotten, Dead Space 3 released earlier this year. Upon its release, it was easily the worst received product in the series and that reflected in the sales. Following those sales numbers, there were reports that EA had laid off developer Visceral, though EA promptly denied those rumors. In an E3 interview with EuroGamer, EA Games Boss Patrick Söderlund made one thing perfectly clear: Visceral is not working on a new Dead Space. Not yet, at least.
Today 2K Games announced their official release date for the upcoming iOS port of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. It seems Enemy Unknown will be hitting our tablets and phones in a mere three days, on June 20th. Enemy Unknown was one of the best games released in 2012 so it’s going to be interesting to see how highly regarded developer Firaxis executes upon this iOS version.
Even for fans of the Legend of Zelda series, it would have been forgivable to miss Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons. After all, the games are over a decade old now – so there’s a good chance that many people who love following Link on his adventures simply came into gaming too late to pick up these titles. That’s unfortunate, since – despite being developed by Capcom subsidiary Flagship rather than Nintendo directly – these are a couple of the most interesting games in the Legend of Zelda series.
Nintendo has some interesting titles lined up for digital download today, including a sequel to a fantastic game, a Wii U deluxe version of another, a number of Sega VC games and, um, fishing. Plus the long awaited Picross E finally arrives on American digital shores (well, long awaited by some of us, anyway).
Playstation Lifestyle is showing the above to be the planned retail box for the PS4. Pretty basic, but it seems like it would catch the eye on a shelf. Note that it also confirms the 500GB HDD and seems to include the word “Black” on the box. Are other colors planned? Seems unlikely for the initial launch, but anything is possible.
Finally in HD and blistering onto your Wii U at 60 frames per second, Mario Kart 8 looks poised to turn your head (and maybe your stomach).
Plenty of features from previous incarnations are making a comeback such as tricks, motorcycles, hang gliders and underwater racing, but new this year will be the dizzying ability to defy gravity. Races will take to the walls and ceilings, in an effort to show you racing from a whole new perspective.
Welcome back to Games for the Masses, where you pay less to play more! This has been a good week for the gaming proletariat, comrades. Though Microsoft attempted to squash us with their oppressive DRM heavy Xbox One, Sony emerged as a Hero of the People. By swiping away Microsoft’s capitalist schemes, the Playstation 4 has proven itself worthy to be awarded the the Great Red Star of the Proletariat.