So it has been a while since I got stuck into a game on the PC, mainly because of time constraints and the ease, and comfort, of console gaming. And according to steamleft.com I really do need to spend some time on the PC with a whopping 6136 hours to complete all the games in my Steam library. Luckily for me one of the last games I did spend time with on the PC was a previous title from the Total War series so diving back in should be easy, right?
The week before E3 and the big announcements are dropping in faster than you can count. This one, however is special Commander…
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Sydney, Australia – June 8, 2016 – 2K announced today that XCOM® 2is coming to the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One on September 8, 2016 in Australia and New Zealand for AUD$99.99/NZD$109.99. Additionally, 2K and Firaxis Games have partnered with industry veterans The Workshop, now a dedicated subsidiary of Skydance Media, to bring the title to consoles and ensure that the XCOM 2 experience meets the same high standards of the beloved series.
Manic on screen action, check. Huge sweat droplets, check. A lot of yelling in Japanese, check. Fans of the “One Piece” universe rejoice, you finally have a next-gen anime fighter to sink hours into. For those not wise in the ways of this style on manga, feel free to be curious, but beware. This 3D fighting game has been made with love, but perhaps not the precision many mainstream fighting gamers desire.
One Piece is an off-the-wall animated series first released in Japan in the late 90s, all about a crew of pirates and their mad adventures. Burning Blood draws on the canon from more recent series however unless you are a long-term fan, you will have no idea who is who and what the hell is going on. That said, the actual story mode is very short and if anything services as a nice intro to the fighting mechanics.
E3 is bearing down on us in a few short weeks and the rumours are starting to flow.
Popular this week and hot(ish) off the press are… No Man’s Sky, The Last Guardian and Ghost Recon.
I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe…
No Mans Sky isactually delayed. An official post on the Playstation blog from Sean Murray himself has acknowledged that the massive space exploration game will in fact be landing in August, not June as has been expected. Read the announcement here. However I’m still not clear on the 9th, 10th and 12th staggered release and where we sit.
The Last Guardian is actually going to be released this year. Considered something of a white elephant by many, the fantastic looking adventure of a giant bird-dog-gryphon thing has been on my radar for so many years it will be a relief to finally see where it went. See Kotaku article here.
The Ghost Recon reboot has made a timely break from cover with a magnificent trailer, not much to say except give it a spin.
Developed by Ubisoft Paris, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is the first military shooter set in a massive and responsive open world, entirely playable in single-player or up to four-player co-op. Players will discover Bolivia a few years from now, a country turned by the vicious Santa Blanca drug cartel into a narco-state.
Sent behind enemy lines, Ghosts will have to cripple the Santa Blanca cartel’s operation, breaking alliances between the drug lords and the corrupt government, and saving the Bolivian population from the cruelty of El Sueño, Santa Blanca’s ruthless leader. To do so, players will have a total freedom of choice to accomplish their missions how they want and watch as the world reacts to their actions.
Housemarque know their stuff, with a couple of decades in the industry they can pull off playable and exciting titles consistently and Alienation just adds to that catalogue.
Taking a leaf out of their smash Dead Nation the game is a top down, twin-stick shooter throwing the player into a world fighting against an embedded Alien threat. What follows is a nerve jangling stew of action, loot crawling and some spectacular graphic effects.
As far as the narrative goes the game follows a pretty set path, throwing the player into a large map where a number of missions are generally played out. Ranging from Artic to Tropical the levels offer nice graphical variety and all shine in their own account. Particularly fond of the overgrown city levels where there is plenty of neat extras to notice, not to mention a significant amount of parked cars to blow up.