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Civ prepares for lift-off

Posted by Karen Jacobson On Tuesday 15 April 2014ADD COMMENTS

A new Civilization game has been announced. Civilization: Beyond Earth will challenge you to create a new society after the collapse of the old one. According to the Civilization website, you will “colonise an alien planet, research new technologies, amass mighty armies, build incredible Wonders and shape the face of your new world”. (That’s a lot of responsibility).

Every decision you make has consequences and you’ll be trudging through political and corporate minefields as you attempt to build a new world. The announcement trailer provides a brief idea of just how we got ourselves into this mess in the first place with the poignant voiceover stating that “our time on Earth is ending”. There is also an overt (and ironic) warning about the dangers of progress. Essentially, it seems that long-time fans of the series are to blame for this dystopian future.

Of course fans of Sid Meier’s work would not be unfamiliar with a futuristic setting, given that Beyond Earth is seen as the spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri. This critically acclaimed 1999 release saw players hold the future of mankind in their hands as they colonised a new planet.

If you’ve been waiting for 15 years for this unofficial sequel, you’ll only have to wait a few more months. It should be hitting shelves in spring of this year.

Borderlands goes down under

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Thursday 10 April 2014ADD COMMENTS

As more and more games seek to confuse us with sequel names, I think at this point in time it is safe to say that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel probably takes the cake. I must say it is a very “Borderlands” way of saying that the next game in the series will be set between the time periods from the first and second games. Confused yet?

Series creator Gearbox is also playing second fiddle behind 2K Australia in developing the game. I didn’t see that coming, after all Gearbox hasn’t been exactly setting the world on fire with any of its games that aren’t called Borderlands (*cough* Aliens *cough*) but after a little thought it does make some sense, because the third and perhaps most perplexing detail in regards to Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is that it is coming to last gen and PC only. No PS4 and no Xbone looting, which leads me to believe that Gearbox is hard at work on next gen Borderlands and publisher 2K really wanted an entry in the series this year (Borderlands 2 sold a squillion copies after all) so it got farmed out to another studio.

Along with the game announcement, there has been some gameplay and setting detail released. This entry will be about Handsome Jack’s rise to power, it will be predominantly set on Pandora’s moon, low gravity is an important gameplay mechanic and Claptrap will be a playable character… yes, Claptrap. The annoying little toaster will be one of four all new characters to play as on the Pandoran Luna landscape. Oh and as for a release date? Well, waiting won’t be too hard as it is due Spring 2014.

So are you ready get looting again? Will you feel the urge to punch Claptrap when you see him? Is Borderlands 3 actually going to be called “Borderlands: The Sequel to Sequel to the Pre-Sequel”? All this and more will be answered later in the year.

Ubisoft in shock sequel confession

Posted by Erin Marcon On Tuesday 25 March 2014ADD COMMENTS

After its marketing plan was last week derailed by leaked assets published by Kotaku, Ubisoft has elected to formally confirm details of its next Assassin’s Creed blockbuster. The follow-up to last year’s dramatic return to form for the series will be known as Assassin’s Creed Unity. Set during the tumult of the French revolution, the game will again see players explore the eons old conflict between the Assassin and Templar orders. The official gameplay footage released alongside the announcement suggests that the core mechanics of the series remain unchanged.

Ubisoft’s response to the leak has actually become quite playful. “We have been working on the new Assassin’s Creed for more than three years and although we weren’t quite ready to show you our full vision for a next-gen only AC, it seems Abstergo are trying to force our hand.” Featured quite heavily in the most recent series instalment, Abstergo is a fictional video game company loosely based on Ubisoft itself.

Target platforms are yet to be announced, but XBO and PS4 seem like safe bets. The release date also remains a mystery, but previous chapters have arrived in October or November.

Aztez confirmed for a whole mess of platforms

Posted by Karen Jacobson On Thursday 20 March 2014ADD COMMENTS

When you pick up a combat game, do you ever think to yourself ‘what’s missing is an empire management strategy facet’? If so, look no further because Colorblind, formerly Flash Bang Studios, has announced just such a game in Aztez.

If you check out the teaser trailer (which is more like a gameplay trailer really), you’ll find a stylised black and white 2D side-scroller, with appropriate splashes (and splatters) of red.  You’ll jump, smash and bash your way through hordes of enemies and you will look good while doing it.

In a post on the official PlayStation Blog, combat designer Ben Ruiz desribes Aztez as “brutal, bloody, expressive, difficult, and replayable”. Ruiz likened the difficulty to Devil May Cry and the look and feel of the game to Bayonetta and Alien Vs Predator.

Looking to add a unique dimension, Colorblind incorporated a ‘Risk’ style empire management system, which according to Ruiz is what makes Aztez repayable.

Aztez has now been confirmed for XBO, PS4, WU and Vita in addition to the previously announced PC version.