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Unreal Engine 4 Update Adds Huge Open Environments With Incredibly Realistic Foliage

Written by Joffy S on 26 February 2015 at 17:15

Epic Games powerful Unreal Engine 4 has received its largest update yet, giving game developers a bunch of new tools and features to begin implementing in upcoming titles. The changes are joined by hundreds upon hundreds of smaller tweaks and optimisations for users.

Leading the charge in the Unreal Engine 4.7 update is the new allowance for the game engine to “render huge numbers of instanced objects in world.” The potential here in terms of gaming is obviously huge, allowing for the creation of even more detailed environments bustling with activity. This is joined by the possibility of far larger game worlds, making the creation of huge open-worlds far easier. [More]

Fun-Factor A Low Priority For Most Eighth Gen Console Owners In Survey

Written by Joffy S on 26 February 2015 at 15:15

A new study into why people choose to buy different consoles has revealed some interesting results. The study from market analyst Nielsen asked gamers for the top reasons why they picked up their eight generation consoles, and there are some extremely diverse answers spread across Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox One, and Nintendo’s Wii U.

Surprisingly, something as fundamental as fun-factor is a pretty low priority when it comes to Xbox One owners, while for Wii U gamers it was the number one reason they picked Nintendo’s console up. Meanwhile on PlayStation 4 fun-factor doesn’t even get a look in for the top five factors driving sales. [More]

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Fable Legends Confirmed As Free-To-Play On PC And Xbox One

Written by Neil Soutter on 26 February 2015 at 13:23

Lionhead Studios has confirmed the upcoming PC and Xbox One title Fable Legends will be free-to-play. The four vs one asymmetric multiplayer RPG was originally announced as an Xbox One exclusive before Microsoft sensationally revealed in January it would be arriving on Windows 10 with cross-platform play.

It’s now been confirmed you won’t have to cough up the cash for a copy at all, with the devs drawing inspiration from the success of League of Legends and DOTA 2 in offering Fable Legends as a service. Lionhead has stressed the plan is to supplement the game with paid-for cosmetic content, rather the pay-to-win structure everybody automatically dreads. [More]

Tarsier Reveals Horror Platformer Hunger In Teaser Trailer

Written by Stuart Thomas on 26 February 2015 at 12:45

Platformers are two-a-penny nowadays, but Tarsier’s Hunger looks to stand out from the crowd with its unique horror approach. It’s about a young girl trying to escape an underwater labyrinth called The Maw, but its grotesque inhabitants are having none of it. An unnerving Silent Hill-esque soundtrack and macabre visuals create what looks to be suspense-filled platformer.

Combining both 2D and 3D platforming, Hunger looks to draw heavily from the eerie Limbo, although this is on an entire new level. Hunger features unusually disorienting camera angles which Swedish developer Tarsier likening it to a ‘Doll House Perspective. It gives everything an unnerving slant as the girl creeps about these dank environments. [More]

Study Finds Assassins Creed Haystacks Will Not Save You From A Fall

Written by Joffy S on 26 February 2015 at 11:30

This sounds like a doss if ever I’ve seen one, but students at the University of Leicester have been conducting and analysing experiments on the Assassin’s Creed series’ leaps of faith. It turns out a 300 foot fall into a hay cart isn’t so great for Arno’s health. Who’d have thought it?

The students from the university’s physics department have been analysing hay bale jumps throughout Assassin’s Creed, probably after finding it quite bemusing the protagonist could survive each and every fall without a scratch. In their research paper dubbed 'Falling Into Stra'w, they pretty much summised Ezio and co would be naught be a splat on the floor from a real-life jump. [More]

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Gets Dated For March

Written by Neil Soutter on 26 February 2015 at 10:15

Ultra-violent top-down shooter sequel Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number will be bringing its blend of blood-spattered shootouts set to a thumping soundtrack to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita on March 10th.

Dennaton Games’ follow-up to 2012’s Hotline Miami will come packing the usual single player campaign alongside a complete level editor. Keen map designers will be able to extend Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number well beyond its usual shelf life, which is just as well, because Dennaton’s Dennis Weddin confirmed last year this is the final Hotline Miami title from the studio. [More]

Scarecrow Rules Over All In Batman: Arkham Knight Gotham Is Mine Trailer

Written by Joffy S on 25 February 2015 at 17:30

Get your dribble bibs at the ready, because the latest Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is here. The infamous Scarecrow returns as he unites the entire Rogues Gallery under his command. Looking like a who’s who of Batman villains, the likes of Two-Face, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Riddler, The Penguin, then Arkham Knight and more are all out to take down the Caped Crusader.

It looks as if Scarecrow has wrestled control of Gotham City away from the authorities in the ‘Gotham is Mine’ trailer. The odds really are stacked against Batman in what Rocksteady are calling the epic finale to the Arkham ‘trilogy’. [More]

Juli Kidman Signs Up For Her The Evil Within Assignment On March 10th

Written by Stuart Thomas on 25 February 2015 at 16:30

Bethesda has revealed the release date for the first The Evil Within expansion, alongside a trailer detailing what we can expect from Juli Kidman’s mysterious adventure. The Evil Within: The Assignment will be coming to North America on March 10th, and Europe a day later.

This is the first of Kidman’s two-part adventure, and features a renewed focus on stealth gameplay mechanics as she works to untangle the mysteries of The Evil Within. The Assignment is to be the first in a series of three add-ons for Shinji Mikami and Tango Gameworks’ survival horror, with the final part allowing gamers to play as the infamous safe-headed Keeper. [More]

Lords Of The Fallen: Ancient Labyrinth Expansion Arrives In March - First Trailer

Written by Neil Soutter on 25 February 2015 at 15:15

Lords of the Fallen will be getting its Ancient Labyrinth DLC expansion next week, and it’s set to expand on everything offered in the base game. Lords of the Fallen: Ancient Labyrinth will offer an all-new Lord to battle against and an additional campaign, set within a decrepit maze-like library. The long-forgotten library was locked away thousands of years ago, existing in a realm between the human and the demonic.

Ancient Labyrinth is seto to stray away from the straightforward fisticuffs of its forebear, featuring puzzle-based gameplay and problem solving as the player works towards the centre of its tangled maze, where the Librarian awaits. Developer CI Games claim he's easily the hardest boss seen in the game yet. [More]

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