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SUNDAY NEWS Gamescom Roundup: The Rest > Zombie slasher Dead Island 2 was shown in greater detail and looks to be displaying more promise than the two games that came before it. A tonal shift towards dark humour, a refined combat system and amazing graphics may improve on the mediocrity of the past. The only problem I have is it is set in California, which last time I checked, isn’t an island… READ MORE
MONDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Life is Strange > Given the lukewarm reception received by French developer DONTNOD Entertainment’s ironically titled Remember Me last year, it’s not surprising to hear that they’ve parted ways with publisher Capcom and have instead struck up a deal with Square-Enix to deliver their upcoming “episodic narrative experience” Life is Strange. READ MORE
TUESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Shadow Realms > Shadow Realms, the new announcement from BioWare, is a 4v1 action RPG set for release on PC in late 2015. It takes inspiration from old school pen and paper role-playing games by having one player take on the role of the Shadow Lord, placing traps and enemies around the map and four players as heroes tackling their creations. READ MORE
WEDNESDAY TEST TUBE Metro Redux > 4A games first hit my radar with the release of Metro 2033 in 2010. Based on the bleak post apocalyptic novel of the same name it was a depressing yet appealing ride through a nuclear wasteland Russia. It was let down however by some dodgy game mechanics and more bugs than I could poke a stick at. 4A took this on board and with the cult success of 2033 meaning they had a bigger budget to work with, fixed the problems with the sequel Metro: Last Light. READ MORE
THURSDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Wild > Wild Sheep Studio has announced its new PS4 exclusive sandbox game, tentatively titled Wild. Having just watched the debut footage, I am quite certain that I don’t know what it is about. It looks big. It looks beautiful. It appears to star humans, animals, giant animals and humans, and even a skeleton. Wild Sheep founder Michel Ancel has described Wild as being, “the size of Europe, with dynamic weather and seasons, and filled with interactive opportunities that feel endless.” READ MORE
FRIDAY TEST TUBE Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition > Way back in 2012 I had plenty of problems with Diablo III. It had a lot of issues that made it quite a chore even though the addictive gameplay was still there. Log in issues created by an always online game as well as a broken auction house and some inconsistent loot drops made Diablo III a game I couldn’t get behind. But to Blizzard’s credit, they have listened and since that initial disastrous release they have patched and patched and patched until Diablo III became the game is should have been at launch. READ MORE