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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 »

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.