Monthly Archives: May 2012

So, the good news is that there’s a new Aliens: Colonial Marines trailer…

It’s called ‘Suspense’, and, as you can see for yourself, it’s pretty good. Good enough to take your mind off the fact that it’s been delayed until February 2013? Sega thinks so.

I have to say, the beginning of this trailer really gave me hope. To this day, Aliens vs Predator 2 holds a special place in my heart for the way it mercilessly shredded my nerves throughout the Marine campaign; and, if I’m honest, no game since has really matched up. This, though – if it can maintain the…well, suspense of those opening shots – it might just usher in a whole new series of sleepless nights.

Full press release after the break.

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New trailer for The Last of Us is all about road safety

Who said you can’t make a trailer for a post-apocalyptic game with an important message in the interests of public safety?

Jokes aside, this is looking very, very nice indeed. I can’t wait to see more of this game; hopefully, E3 will take care of that.

The Ides of May

RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRGGHHH!

I’m going away for awhile…I might be some time.

’twas the day before Diablo III…

…and I couldn’t really be arsed. So here’s a collection of artwork from the talented DeviantArtist *xxEpicxx. Pretty awesome, I think you’ll agree. Click here to visit his DeviantArt page and tell him what a swell fellow he is, if you feel so inclined. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go back to watching the clock.

For You, My Friend, Special Price – Tropico 4 free on Steam this weekend

Have you always had a sneaky feeling that you were born to be the dictator of a delightful Caribbean island and have your loving/terrified subjects call you El Presidente? If so, I don’t even know where to begin with you…but here’s some good news. Tropico 4 is free to play on Steam this weekend; and, should you acquire a hankering for the autocratic lifestyle, it’s also discounted to $13.59 (along with all other Tropico titles and DLC) until Monday. For fullest effect, remember to cackle villainously as it downloads.

 

If Quake Was Done Today, It Might Look Like This

I’ll admit I felt a shiver run down my spine while watching this. Light-hearted? Yes. Tongue firmly in cheek? Yes. And yet…not quite as far-fetched as you’d like, is it?

This is Max Payne 3’s launch trailer (where ‘launch’ means ‘no, not yet’)

Payne. Payne never changes.

Or at least, that’s what the theme of Max Payne 3’s launch trailer seems to be. I wasn’t really paying attention to anything besides that wonderful, wonderful music.

Seriously.

Wolfenstein 3D is 20 today; doesn’t that just make you feel old

Achtung, baby.

Here’s to the rather-unfortunately-nicknamed William “B.J” Blazkowicz, the granddaddy of bad-ass protagonists. He was shooting Nazis (in a first-person perspective, too!) before it was cool.

Before I get all teary-eyed here, let me just say that Wolfenstein 3D turns 20 today; and how better to celebrate than by making it available for everybody to play through their browser? That’s right, the shooter that started it all for so many of us is now just a couple of clicks away; the first of which can be found right here. Now, I’m just going to huddle in a corner and contemplate my incipient mortality, but you should click on past the break to see a developer’s commentary video of Wolf 3D narrated by John Carmack himself; as well as Wolfenstein’s original DOS box art in all its glory.

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New Assassin’s Creed III Teaser Gets My Goat

Let me just get one thing out of the way before discussing this new teaser for Assassin’s Creed III – I hate stuff like this. No, not the teaser – as you’ll see, it’s quite good, which only makes it worse. I HATE this ‘like us on Facebook to unlock the full trailer’ business; which, as you might have guessed, is what Ubisoft wants you to do in order to discover the fate of that stricken Redcoat up there. It’s probably not going to end well for him (on the basis of every single game in the series so far), but still. Call me a child of the instant-gratification generation, but I do not wish to jump through hoops to get more stabby.

You hear me, Ubisoft? Give us the stabby.

Company of Heroes 2 Announced, Will Be Set In Soviet Russia

"It's more than a city...it's a symbol."

Earlier today, THQ took the wraps off Company of Heroes 2, a sequel to the much-loved 2006 original, scheduled to release in early 2013. Set amidst the frozen battlefields of World War II’s Eastern Front, players will be tasked with taking charge of the Red Army and repelling the legions of Nazi invaders. Sounds tough, but worry not – history relates that the Germans did come a cropper in Russia, partly because they failed to take into account what Ned Stark kept banging on about, and partly because of the Red Army’s aptitude for sheer bloody-mindedness. (Also, I’ve heard that, in Soviet Russia, cold catches y- come on! You knew that was coming.)

Company of Heroes, for me, was the game that made strategy gaming sexy again when it released – kind of like what Call of Duty 4 would do for shooters a year later – and, as a result, I am positively besides myself with excitement that it’s getting a sequel. I’m also glad to see Relic exploring the Eastern Front, as it’s hitherto been woefully under-represented in gaming. Relic’s also bringing an upgraded Essence Engine to the party, which should result in “increased graphical fidelity and new environmental destruction.”

If I’m honest, that’s not even really necessary – CoH was pretty darn close to perfect, by my reckoning. Just give me more of the same, THQ – don’t fix what isn’t broken – and we’ll both be laughing. You, all the way to the bank; and me, all the way to Berlin.

Full press release after the break.

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