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The Forest Preview

Posted by Stephen Foote On Monday 28 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

Available on PC l Published and developed by Endnight Games l Classification TBA l Supports 1 player l Final release date TBA

Coming from four-person development team Endnight Games, The Forest is a first person horror game with a heavy dose of building and survival elements. Currently available in Early Access on Steam, it follows the template set by contemporaries such as Day Z and Rust while providing a different take on the gameplay found in those titles due to a focus on solo play. While showing promise in some areas, my time with The Forest has me concerned that certain elements of its design are at odds with one another. Read the rest of this entry »

Abyss Odyssey Review

Posted by Jason Imms On Sunday 27 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

Available on 360, PS3 and PC l Published by ATLUS l Developed by ACE Team l Classified M l Supports 1-4 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Abyss Odyssey is a beautiful and insane action platformer that tries really hard to take advantage of some currently popular mechanics, but ultimately fails in the attempt. Its refreshingly uncommon setting harkens from Chile, and brings with it a form of mythology most players will find unfamiliar and distinct. Having said that, its failings and lack of longevity are somewhat forgivable thanks to its modest price tag. Read the rest of this entry »

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.