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Heroes of the Storm Preview

Posted by Adam Rorke On Wednesday 6 August 2014ADD COMMENTS

Coming to PC l Published and developed by Blizzard Entertainment l Classification TBA l Supports 1-10 players l Release date TBA

It’s a little known fact that the MOBA genre actually began with Blizzard. Not with the company itself though, but through a custom map for Warcraft III. Since then the scene has grown astronomically with League of Legends and DOTA 2 dominating the genre with millions of active players. Therefore it seems fitting that we go full circle and have Blizzard throw their hat in the ring with Heroes of the Storm (HOTS). Read the rest of this entry »

The Crew Preview

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Thursday 31 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

Coming to XBO, PS4 and PC l Published by Ubisoft l Developed by Ivory Tower and Ubisoft Reflections l Classification TBA l Massively multiplayer l Due to arrive 11.11.14

E3 2013 was a great event for Ubisoft. The French publisher came out of the gate swinging with big titles like Assassin’s Creed Unity and Watch Dogs, as well as new announcements like The Division. There was one title in there that didn’t get the water coolers buzzing like the other games shown, but for me it was almost the highlight of the show. That title was The Crew, an open world MMO racing game that would allow players to drive across the entirety of the USA, all without loading screens. That simple idea struck me as one of the most “next-gen” ideas of the whole show. It was an idea that was something more than prettier graphics and really could only be accomplished with the power of the new systems. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Destiny Preview

Posted by Stephen Foote On Sunday 22 June 2014ADD COMMENTS

Coming to XBO, PS4, 360 and PS3 l Published by Activision l Developed by Bungie l Classified M l Supports at least 1-12 players l Due to arrive 09.10.14

In this writer’s humble opinion, Destiny has been going about its hype in all the right ways. I recently lamented the fact that Watch Dogs became a victim of its own marketing campaign, and I think Ubisoft could learn a lesson from Bungie in how to get a hype train on the right track, so to speak. Sure, there’s plenty of Destiny marketing material available, but in my mind, while Ubisoft’s marketing team had all the subtlety of a star tour hawker on Hollywood Boulevard, Bungie are more like the disinterested mall kiosk salesperson quietly contemplating their life choices up to that moment. Read the rest of this entry »