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Sony sticks with SingStar

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 19 September 2014ADD COMMENTS

This doesn’t look ridiculous at all.

If you were up and about during the PS2 era, you’ll likely recall the sudden but ultimately fleeting ubiquity of the SingStar franchise. It was virtually impossible to attend a house party during this period without being wrangled into an extended session on the mic. Sony’s karaoke favourite quickly crossed over into the mainstream and spawned dozens of themed sequels. While it also bobbed up on the PS3, with a deluge of DLC in tow, the series eventually fell into relative obscurity.

Sony isn’t prepared to consign the series to the dustbin just yet, though, this week announcing that SingStar is on its way to the PS4. The latest edition of the service, which will also be made available in disc form as SingStar: Ultimate Party, will allow players to sing into their smart phones (via a free app) if a microphone isn’t available. Social sharing functions will again be at the forefront of the experience.

SingStar: Ultimate Party, which features No Scrubs by TLC and a bunch of songs that aren’t No Scrubs by TLC, is due for release on PS4 and PS3 in the last week of October.

Birth of a new Assassin’s Creed collection

Posted by Stephen Foote On Thursday 11 September 2014ADD COMMENTS

It’s the Just Dance / Assassin’s Creed crossover we’ve all been waiting for.

Publisher Ubisoft has announced the impending release of yet another Assassin’s Creed collection, following on from the Heritage and Legacy collections previously available. Lengthily titled Assassins Creed: Birth of a New World – The American Saga Collection, this particular compilation focuses on entries in the series set in and around the Americas and will feature Assassins Creed III, Assassins Creed Liberation HD and Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag.

Given the mixed critical reception received by the former two titles, which includes my own review of Liberation HD, as well as the perceived redemption of the series’ declining quality by Black Flag, the timing of this release might seem like an odd decision by Ubisoft were it not for the scheduled November release of Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, a game featuring cameos from characters in some of the aforementioned titles. Gamers who have thus far managed to escape the sprawling franchise will now have a chance to catch up on the colonial era story arc.

The American Saga Collection will be available from Thursday 2 October on PS3, 360 and PC, while Assassins Creed: Rogue will launch just over a month later on Thursday 13 November for the same platforms.

The Behemoth working on hex based strategy game

Posted by Erin Marcon On Sunday 7 September 2014ADD COMMENTS

The team responsible for Alien Hominid, Castle Crashers and the more recent BattleBlock Theatre has unveiled (though curiously enough declined to name) its latest project. Best known for its quirky character action games, The Behemoth has surprised its fans by announcing a turn based strategy title. For the moment at least, the project is known as Game 4.

Our first glimpse at gameplay has arrived in the form of a bizarre teaser trailer, complete with bonkers voiceover. While Game 4 maintains the offbeat art style of the developer’s previous releases, actions now appear to be carried out on a hexagonal field likely to appeal to old school strategy and RPG fans.

In terms of story, the game takes place on a world decimated by the impact of a giant six-legged bear and waves of highly acidic rain. Yes, a giant six-legged bear. It’s all explained (sort of) in this gameplay-free video primer.

Platforms and release dates are yet to be confirmed.

Explore the great outdoors with Firewatch

Posted by Joel Guttenberg On Friday 5 September 2014ADD COMMENTS

As someone who works in IT, doing a desk job, with my butt firmly planted on a seat for most of the day, I often think that it might be awesome to have an outdoorsy job, such as park ranger. I mean, how much stress could one have with all that space and fresh air?

Well, in Campo Santo’s new game, Firewatch, I could get to spend some time as Henry, a man who is working as a fire lookout in the Wyoming outback. The really cool PAX 2014 Reveal Trailer builds up the paranoia really quickly, as a conversation plays out between Henry and his supervisor Delilah.

According to Campo Santo, Delilah is Henry’s only contact with civilisation, and their relationship sounds a bit strained. As their awkward exchange continues, some beautiful visuals show Henry’s view as he explores the wilderness, and the pace and tension of the video increases.

Firewatch looks like a title that is worth keeping tabs on, and promises a strong narrative, tense atmosphere, and those lovely wilderness scenes. So, in this case, hopefully where’s smoke, there is fire! Looks for signs of Firewatch sometime in 2015.