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Valiant Hearts: The Great War Review

Posted by Peter Nickless On Wednesday 23 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

Available on XBO, PS4, PC, 360 and PS3 l Published by Ubisoft l Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier l Classified PG l Supports 1 player

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Valiant Hearts places an emphasis on storytelling over gameplay, but that’s okay when the whole experience is as enjoyable as this. You’ll feel the human impact of war on the characters as they strive to maintain family and friendship and delight in the beautiful art style and emotive music on offer.  While simple to play and easy to complete, Valiant Hearts will stay with you long after you have reached the end of your first play-through. Read the rest of this entry »

Motiga living large with Gigantic

Posted by Karen Jacobson On Wednesday 16 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

Motiga has announced its first title. Gigantic is a free-to-play online battle game within a fantasy setting. Motiga may be an indie operation, but the budget for Gigantic is certainly not small, as the studio raised $20 million dollars for the project. Motiga VP James Phinney, is the former lead designer for Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft and integral part of the team involved in Gigantic.

The studio has been working on what it describes as a “genre-bending online game” for the last two years. Coupled with the announcement is a trailer. Like all good announcement trailers, not much is revealed regarding gameplay, however we do get a glimpse of the lush fantasy environments, character designs and playful tone. One character we encounter is Tytoa, a sword-wielding hero whose shoulder is home to a purring white cat. This may be one of the guardians that will be key to the core gameplay of Gigantic. The aim is to protect your guardian and defeat your opponent’s guardian in order to win the game.

Gigantic is due for release on PC in 2015. However, for those who can’t wait until then, Motiga will be at PAX Prime in Seattle, providing fans with some hands on time with the game.

Gearbox reveals Battleborn

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 11 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

League of Legends and Dota 2 may still be the biggest fish in the pond, but MOBA fans are now well and truly spoiled for choice. This week Battleborn from Borderlands developer Gearbox Software joined the likes of Dawngate, Battlecry, Dead Island: Epidemic, Sins of Dark Age and numerous others on the upcoming release roster.

Gearbox has actually been careful to avoid the MOBA tag. Much as Monday Night Combat shook up the tower defence formula by viewing the action from an over the shoulder perspective, Battleborn will be blazing its own path within the MOBA genre. For one, it’s a first person shooter. For another, it will feature a proper story mode in addition to its multiplayer shenanigans. Judging by the rather flashy announcement trailer, the setting will meld elements of fantasy with sci-fi and steampunk.

Publisher 2K Games is aiming to bring Battleborn to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC before the end of its fiscal year ending 31 March 2016.

Bleszinski back with BlueStreak

Posted by Karen Jacobson On Thursday 10 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

Some early concept art.

You heard it right, people. Cliff Bleszinski, Epic Games’ former design director has popped his head up in the gaming world again. Bleszinski has a new studio, Bosskey Productions. Through his twitter feed, he recently announced Bosskey’s first project, a free-to-play science fiction shooter for PC, with the working title of BlueStreak.

After leaving Epic Games in October of 2012, ending a 20-year stint with the studio, Bleszinski took a long break from the industry. He is known for his work on Jazz Jackrabbit, Unreal Tournament and of course, the action packed Gears of War franchise. It’s of little surprise that BlueStreak sees Bleszinski head back to the shooter action realm yet again.

Known for his colourful descriptions of his own titles, Bleszinski is already back to his quotable best. After various tweets announcing his new studio and game, he thought he should write a heartfelt message:  “Thanks to everyone who has been supportive! Those who have been mean, you should feel bad and go home and step on a nail.” Yep, that’s the Cliff Bleszinski we remember.