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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 »

Phantom Pain to question US worldview

Posted by Erin Marcon On Sunday 20 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

Is there anything worse than a close talker?

For all its outlandish characters, bizarre plot twists and questionable depictions of the female form, the Metal Gear saga has always been peppered with serious social commentary.

Previous games have tackled hot topics such as the proliferation of seemingly amoral private military companies and the tragic role of child soldiers on the world’s battlefields. The recent Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes took place in a brutal detention camp in Cuba, a fictionalised location with obvious parallels to Guantanamo Bay.

It now seems that the next game in the series, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, will continue to challenge audiences with it weighty themes. As relayed by CVG, series creator Hideo Kojima recently told The Guardian that “Hollywood continues to present the US army as being the good guys, always defeating the aliens or foreigners. I am trying to shift that focus. These movies might not be the only way to view current affairs. I am trying to present an alternate view in these games.”

Tekken gets Unreal

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Tuesday 15 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

In what seems to becoming standard, a leak has forced a game to be announced early. In this case it is the latest iteration in the long running Tekken franchise. Tekken 7 was officially announced at the weekend’s EVO fighting game tournament where producer Katsuhiro Harada was forced to unveil it ahead of schedule.

As reported by CVG, the original leak revealed that the game will be running on Unreal Engine 4 and that it will be released on last gen systems. There has been no further information from Bandai Namco, so the game could well be coming to current gen as well. The use of  Unreal Engine 4 is sure to make it the best looking entry in the series. Harada gave no indication of a release date so it is fair to say that it is probably quite some time away.

The official teaser doesn’t reveal much in the way of gameplay but it does touch on a bit of the story. Fans I am sure will understand what is going on but for the rest of us…. well it isn’t exactly clear. There is also an indication in the trailer that it may be the last instalment in the series, but this will surely be negotiable depending on how well it sells.

Tekken 7 is coming in the not so near future to an undisclosed console that you may or may not have.

Return to Dead Island… again

Posted by Erin Marcon On Sunday 6 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

It seems that fans of the Dead Island saga won’t be lacking for choice in the coming years. Just a couple of weeks after announcing Dead Island 2 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, publisher Deep Silver has thrown a bone to gamers still committed to previous gen systems.

According to Deep Silver, the newly announced Escape Dead Island “unravels the origins of the zombie outbreak” and bridges the gap between “Dead Island and the recently announced successor Dead Island 2”. While the publisher describes the game’s visuals as “unique”, they’ll probably seem familiar to anyone acquainted with Jet Set Radio, Borderlands, No More Heroes and other cel-shaded offerings.

While previous Dead Island instalments have been first person in nature, the action in Escape Dead Island will take place from the third person perspective. Cooperative elements have also been shown the door in favour of a strictly a single player experience.

Escape Dead Island is coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in spring 2014.