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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 »

Ubisoft appoints Chief Parkour Officer (you read that right)

Posted by Erin Marcon On Thursday 17 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

The deadly art of parkour.

Every so often a story comes along that risks transforming relatively straight laced gaming sites into something vaguely resembling The Onion. Ubisoft’s announcement this week that it has hired a ‘Chief Parkour Officer’ presents just such a danger. As reported by Joystiq, Ubisoft has secured the services of noted free running expert Michael ‘Frosti’ Zernow and it has immediately put him to work.

Zernow has previously participated in motion capture sessions to develop parkour sequences for the Assassin’s Creed series.  Now, he will “serve in a strategic advisory role, ensuring an ongoing commitment to the authenticity and accuracy of parkour beginning with the October 28 launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity”. Zernow will also oversee the Assassin’s Creed Experience, which appears to be a real life adventure playground for fans of the series. That sounds perfectly safe.

At this stage, it remains unclear where the Chief Parkour Officer sits in Ubisoft’s corporate structure. Hopefully right at the top.

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.