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I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been sat playing FIFA and shouted NOT THERE COQUELIN YOU IMBECILE! I WANTED YOU TO PASS IT DOWN THE WING, DON’T HOOF IT OUT!! No matter what EA Sports does to tighten up the controls, sometimes the game doesn’t quite do what you want it to. It’s ultimately led me to wishing there was some sort of device which could just read my thoughts and interpret them in-game. Step forward the entrepreneurial spirit of Tesla founder Elon Musk, who has just launched Neuralink; brain implant electrodes which can be seamlessly connected to PCs.
Warner Bros has just revealed the first images and plot details of the Tomb Raider movie reboot. The new look Tomb Raider stars Ex Machina’s Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, and it’s clearly pulling some heavy inspiration from Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider, including Lara’s token climbing pick.
Remember Valkyria Chronicles? The PlayStation 3 exclusive turned PC cult hit? It was a tactical turn-based strategy game which gathered a decent following once it was remastered for PC and PS4. Well it’s being followed up Valkyria Revolution, previously known as Valkyria: Azure Revolution. SEGA has just announced Valkyria Revolution is going to be out on June 27th for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, dropping the news alongside a brand new trailer.
I think last week’s Destiny 2 leak may have caught Bungie and Activision on the back foot. Destiny 2 has now been officially announced via Destiny’s official Twitter account, which posted an image of the game’s logo. No trailer, no screenshots, no nothing. That’s just about the dampest of squibs you could ever think of, suggesting Bungie has been forced to get out there and confirm Destiny 2 before it was good and ready to.
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare developer Torn Banner Studios has announced the beta for Mirage: Arcane Warfare, as well as the release date for the actual game. If you happened to have missed a Mirage, it’s Torn Banner’s fantastical take on its usual PvP melee combat, letting players loose with brutal weapons and deadly magic. Taking a peek at some gameplay, there’s more than a hint of Overwatch to its cel-shaded visuals and class-based action.
The first gameplay has emerged for Steel Division: Normandy 44 from Eugen Systems and it’s already displaying an extraordinary amount of promise. After the initial reveal I was guilty of slapping it with the label of Wargame + WW2, however this is anything but the case. Steel Division: Normandy 44 looks much slower-paced and intimate than Wargame, perhaps owing more to the Company of Heroes style of real-time strategy than the chaos that ensues in Wargame. That doesn’t mean the overall battles are and any less gigantic, but rather the player is afforded a little more thinking time on all available fronts.
Oh boy, time really is flying right now. Nintendo has become the latest to jump aboard the E3 2017 hype train, with Nintendo of America president Reggie ‘My body is ready’ Fils-Aime claiming Nintendo is “gonna have a big E3 this year.”
I’ve been waiting pretty eagerly for the first Mass Effect Andromeda sales figures to see just what effect the critical mauling from some quarters have had on the sales figures. And, well, things aren’t looking great. Mass Effect Andromeda debuted at number one in the UK charts, making it the third biggest launch of the year behind Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands to crow about, this makes it the third best Week 1 launch for a Mass Effect title ever.
Dirt Rally came along last year and sated the petrol-lust of some of the purer Colin McRae fans, although plenty still missed the classic Dirt series over-the-top racing and blaring attitude. Codemasters was evidently listening because Dirt 4 is revving up on the starting grid come June 6th. It promises to be off-road racing next to the next level, packing in a near infinite variety of tracks thanks to the Your Stage feature. It's basically Worms level generator for cars. Dirt 4 promises to be some high-octane fun, and here's the official PC specs for Dirt 4.
It’s looking as if Beamdog, the folks behind the Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Editions and the all-new Dragonspear expansion, are working on a Planescape: Torment game of some sort. Beamdog has been tweeting a link to a countdown over on, ahem, “PlanEscape.com”, with a full reveal coming tomorrow evening.
GD’s own Phatchopps recently made the bold claim that Dishonored 2 is the greatest game of all time. I know, I know, sound the hyperbole alarm. His argument stemmed around Arkane’s impeccable level design however, peaking with the absolutely astonishing Clockwork Mansion. It’s difficult to argue this specific level isn’t an absolute triumph. For those unfamiliar with Clockwork Mansion, it’s an architectural wonder which can be totally transformed by pulling levers, moving entire rooms. It could have all-too-easily been a confusing mess, but Arkane worked its magic to a tee.