We’re ramping up to the official launch day for Titanfall - next Tuesday, the 11th of March, that is - and it’s become apparent that a backdoor has been opened. In response to word that players - through various means - would be banned by Respawn Entertainment (the developers of the game) for playing the game earlier than the 11th, the team has made clear that they’ll do no such thing.
If there was one game I did not expect to be playing this week, it was a person vs person vampire-themed free-for-all online title from Square Enix called Nosgoth. This game isn't your traditional shoot-em-up game, nor is it a horror flick. It's somewhere in-between, and it's going to be completely free to play once it's released outside of Beta mode later this year.
With just days left before the full official launch of Titanfall, Respawn Entertainment are taking some time to show off more details about in-game play. Today’s bit has to do with Burn Cards, giving users the ability to give themselves a temporary burst of abilities in a round. As the game is all multi-player, each round’s abilities can have a significant impact on the game.
It’s time to get pre-loading for Titanfall with Origin. Users will be able to download most of the package required for them to play the game - the rest will come in on the 11th of March, next week. Meanwhile this game has begun arriving at retailers, at least in the UK. In the United Kingdom the shop known as ShopTo has shown their massive stacks of Titanfall units for Xbox One - crates and crates and crates.
It’s not a few weeks now since the first DLC for Call of Duty: Ghosts was released with Michael Myers in full effect, and Infinity Ward is ready with the second. Here we’re seeing - first of all - the inclusion of a machine gun called the "Ripper." This beast of an SMG can convert to an AR and back again as many smites as you like and is available before the DLC is released - for Xbox 360 and Xbox One Season Pass holders only. Other platforms will get the gun early as well, but not quite as early as this.
Today Ubisoft has set a solid release date for Watch Dogs, suggesting it’ll be out (for real this time) on May 27th, 2014. This release date includes all platforms save Wii U, which has been delayed once more. Included in this release date ushering is a new story trailer which will give prospective users greater insight into the workings of the final print of the game.
The last time we talked about the predictions from research firm IDC for the PC market was back in late 2013. At the time, IDC was predicting 10.1% decline for the PC market for 2013. With 2014 here, IDC is expecting more declines for PC shipments during the year.
The final chapter in the Arkham series of Batman games is upon us, and it would appear that it’s going to be the most classic of the bunch. In that we’re not relegated to Arkham Asylum, or to a tinier city of Arkham inmates, or thrown back in time to Batman Year Two, here in Arkham Knight we’re playing as Batman in his prime. WB Games will be distributing this title while Rocksteady is behind the wheel with development.
If the idea of blood puke turns you off, I suggest you tap back immediately. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is not a game for children or the faint of heart - or stomach. While most reviewers will be coming in to this game a hardened fan of or having despised the first installment, we're coming in with fresh eyes. Here we've got a game where you control an ancient vampire in a modern-day (or even futuristic) world from a third-person perspective with enough cutscenes to choke an elephant.