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Army of Two Devil’s Cartel: hasta la vista, EA

Friday, 2 November 2012 13:45 GMT By Dave Cook

Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel is heading your way in March. VG247′s Dave Cook goes hands on with the Frostbite 2 bromantic comedy and chats with Visceral about its reboot.

Army of Two series

The first game launched March 4th in the States. It holds a Metacritic rating of 72 on Xbox 360 and 74 on PS3.

Co-op has always been a big series focus, and heroes Salem and Rios have re-defined the term ‘bromance’ for many gamers.

Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel is a series reboot developed by Visceral Games, due for a PS3 & Xbox 360 launch March 29th 2013.

It is the first time that Visceral and the Army of Two series hae used DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine.

Like a salvo of searing hot buckshot into the face of some guy we think is from Mexico, EA lifted the lid off its Army of Two reboot at the publisher’s pre-gamescom conference a few months ago.

The crowd went mental for it, and that’s strange because we guarantee that many of the people in that room gave the previous game five or six out of ten at review. Why then were people whooping and hollering like drunks at football match?

We were there. The pounding sound of unrelenting gun fire tortured our ears as Frostbite 2 particle effects made it impossible for our eyes to focus. Two soldiers named Alpha and Bravo shouted things the distortion made it hard to decipher, a chopper arrived and blew more things up. An onlooker next to us started crying.

It was surreal. Did anyone ask for this game? Was there any call to keep this franchise alive? Well clearly someone feels it deserves to exist, and you know what? That’s OK.

It’s OK to indulge in some guilty pleasure violence and gunplay now and then. Not every gaming experience needs to test the mind, push artistic boundaries or ask far-reaching questions about the human psyche. Sometimes we want a break from deep thought.

This is just two men with big arms, massive guns and an army of goons to vaporise. It’s the Rambo 4 of shooters. Don’t ask questions, don’t try understand the words coming out of anyone’s mouth, just look at all the pretty slaughter and destruction on screen. You’ll be fine.

South of the border

Fast forward to our first hands-on session with the game, and the same criticisms remain. The plot sees a four man group of masked mercs running an operation in Mexico.

It’s not long before the group is ambushed and two of their squad is assassinated, leaving Alpha and Bravo stranded in a sea of faceless bad guys.Their only option is to talk it over with their attackers rationally, discuss terms and conditions for their escape and reach a treaty agreement.

No of course not, their only option is clearly to shoot first, ask questions later, and man does it kick off with an almighty bang. In terms of handling, it’s a solid cover shooter that falls in line with the cream of the Gears of War pack. Nothing revolutionary, but it’s a format many devs screw up.

”Picture this: you take Frostbite 2′s environmental destruction, apply it to the human anatomy and up the gore factor. The resulting bloodshed is absolutely insane, and it gave us flashbacks of Soldier of Fortune 2′s infamous body melting bullet effects from 2002.”

The game’s ‘hook’ is Overkill Mode and you already know how it works without us having to explain it. Take a guess at what it involves, and chances are you’ll be correct. We’ll give you a second to think about it.

Ready? OK, so Overkill Mode basically fills up as you score kills. Activate it and both players become invincible for a short while and infinite ammo. It’s not inspiring in the slightest, but it comes with a hidden ace up its sleeve in Frostbite 2.

Once in Overkill Mode, your bullet create more destruction, and we’re not just talking about blowing up the environment here – although the sight of granite pillars, walls and vehicle shattering and distorting on impact is perfect for action junkies.

But picture this: you take Frostbite 2′s environmental destruction, apply it to the human anatomy and up the gore factor. The resulting bloodshed is absolutely insane, and it gave us flashbacks of Soldier of Fortune 2′s infamous body melting bullet effects from 2002.

Limbs sever with ease, heads burst like ripe tomatoes, enemies are torn in half and once Overkill subsides, the ground is littered with blood spray and still-hot body parts. The 18+ PEGI rating is certainly justified, make no mistake.

It’s senseless, stupid but again, it’s geared towards the Arnold Schwarzenegger generation. However there is a slight degree of depth in the game’s chaining mechanic, that doles out additional Overkill for targeting the same enemy, stealth killing enemies and other criteria.

We simply had to ask Visceral Games where the inspiration behind the series reboot came from, and if there’s any hidden depth we’re missing. Enter Visceral Games lead designer Julien Lamoureux.

Down Mexico way

Lamoureux explained, “With this game, when we started on it, we decided to switch to the new Frostbite 2 engine, which is way more powerful. So while we were doing that we were like, ‘OK, let’s take a step back and think about what Army of Two is all about.”

“For us it was kind of a no-brainer to think about co-op,” Lamoureux continued, “because yes previously, there was Salem and Rios, the masks, the big guns, customised weapons, and all of that. But at the end of the day we’re all about a solid co-op experience.”

“Army of Two without co-op would be like taking away Mario’s ability to jump. The game simply had to have it, and while the small section we played didn’t showcase the feature to any great degree, it’s already clear that the game will be a riot with a second person.”

“This is what we wanted to deliver right from the get-go”, he added, “Any decision we make we check back like, ‘is that co-op?’ or ‘how does this reinforce co-op?’ So the first obvious thing that we did was to make the single player campaign playable with a partner AI, in online co-op, or on split-screen.”

Army of Two without co-op would be like taking away Mario’s ability to jump. The game simply had to have it, and while the small section we played didn’t showcase the feature to any great degree, it’s already clear that the game will be a riot with a second person.

“We wanted to make sure all progression was persistent across all modes,” Lamoureux stressed, “You can start the campaign in single-player, hop over to split-screen with your buddy, play online, and then go back to solo play. You will never lose your character’s progression, and it’s also drop-in, drop-out, which is pretty cool.”

“That was fine,” Lamoureux said, “but then we also looked at what else it meant to be a co-op game, so the other thing was to think of a feature that didn’t just enforce co-op, but also reward it. So this is where the Overkill Mode started.”

“We went into the game and quantified all of the co-op actions,”Lamoureux explained, “and all actions for that matter. So for instance, if you just kill someone you’re going to get some points. But if you really work together and shoot at the same guy, you’re going to get more points.”

“But if you work even more together,” he added, “here one guy is taking all the aggro by shooting at enemies while the other one walks around to flank them, then you’re going to make even more points.”

What’s interesting is that the game doesn’t have an aggro meter, and this is something that actually works in its favour. You have to think on the hoof when running and gunning, simply using your wits to know when flanking and combo opportunities are possible.

That’s where I fell in love

As we said earlier, Frostbite 2 is the big draw here, because not only does it give rise to The Devil’s Cartel’s show-stopping spectacle, but it’s the first time Visceral has used it in a game. We asked Lemoureux if the engine was challenging to use, and how it bolsters the experience.

“Whenever you decide to trigger Overkill, you’re practically invincible, you do way more damage, your bullets become like mini explosions, you don’t have to reload, and you get infinite ammo. We take the Frostbite 2 engine here, and its shining. You can destroy anything from the little props, cover and even the enemies. Like, the destruction is just crazy and all over the place.”

That’s all well and good for lifeless, inanimate objects, but what about the Frostbite 2 melts human foes? We ask Lamoureux if the threat of censorship is a concern for Visceral.

”“It was a no-brainer to switch to Frostbite 2. It’s a really powerful tech. Overkill wouldn’t be the same without it, so yeah it’s great.”

“Not so much to be fair,” he replied, “because we felt it was a natural thing – having all the destruction in the world – such as destroying cover or a piece of geometry, but you also want to do that to NPCs. It just makes sense.”

“In Army of Two: The 40th Day there was a really brutal scene with a sniper,” Lamoureux recalled, “so we just felt that this was a natural thing to keep based on feedback. With Overkill and the destruction from Frostbite 2 it feels like an action blockbuster, and we though we should go there.”

“It was a no-brainer to switch to Frostbite 2,” he continued, “it’s a really powerful tech. Overkill wouldn’t be the same without it, so yeah it’s great.

As a final point we asked Lamoureux who the Devil’s Cartel are, but he kept his cards close to his chest, “We can’t talk too much about the story, but what I can tell you is you play Alpha and Bravo who are on a mission to escort a politician in Mexico.”

“Pretty soon everything goes sour – this is where the game starts – and the more you play, one of the Cartel leaders Batista appears. That’s the guy you saw in the demo.”

Mysterious.

Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel launches across Europe March 29th on PS3 and Xbox 360.

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14 Comments

  1. SameeR_Fisher

    Let be brutally honest here Dave, I fail to see how Army of Two Devil’s Cartel is good, it looks to me like a TPS wanna be FPS title, or like you said a game so much towards Arnold Schwarzenegger generation, and it isn’t exciting at all.

    I believe EA is shooting itself in the foot with Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, being released in March after Gears of War: Judgment ?!, not sure it will sell alot, there is also Fuse which may get released in March, 3 Co-Op games, Army of Two seems pretty lacking compared to the other 2, not to mention there is also Tomb Raider which looks way better ((yet not Co-Op I know)).

    You know I would rather they make Dante’s Inferno 2, make it something special that competes with God of War, I know the first one was kinda a rip off and not without it’s flaws, but it had potential, and it sold around 2Million Copies or more, so I would rather wait for Dante’s Inferno 2, EA will get my money only for Dead Space 3.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 I didn’t say it was good :) I said it was OK for people like it, regardless of how dumb or threadbare it is – and it is believe me. But some people like mindless gunplay, so who am I to judge them?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. viralshag

    I’m probably going to get this. I like the characters and the lighter comedic tones in the game to the usual gritty military stuff that most games have.

    With Frostbite 2 I can only see this being a lot more fun.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 it is fun, but it’s unbelievably shallow. Frostbite 2 adds mindless carnage into the mix, and I think that is what will get people playing it. They shouldn’t approach it expecting depth or new ideas in any capacity, because they’re going to come away bitterly disappointed.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. ps3fanboy

    i have said hasta la vista to EA along time ago… never touching any games from these vultures ever again.

    by the way for does that dont know, the frostbite2 engine is shit on the ps3. you will have a lot of screen tearing, texture popping, framerate droppings and horrible vaseline blurriness in a game with that engine on the ps3.

    if you want a good frostbite2 game experience, then stick to pc. becouse it is only high end pc’s that run games properly with frostbite2…

    #5 3 years ago
  6. viralshag

    @Dave, Shallow mindless carnage based fun, you say? Sign me up, to be honest. I didn’t see much wrong with the last two games other than a few problems here and there, like most games, so I’m of the mind if it ain’t broke…

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Dave Cook

    @6 I loved the bit with the tiger in the second one. Madness.

    I won’t pretend they’re good games. They’re passable at best, but they saw me through many hangovers on a Saturday morning. Don’t question it: just squeeze the trigger and feel the alcohol melt away.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. ManuOtaku

    Dave you sum it up quite nicely in your post with this two words guilty pleasure, this game is the definition of guilty pleasure, a game that is not that great or good, but you cannot stop playing it or complaining about it, i cannot wait for this game even more now after reading the use of the frosbite 2 engine.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. viralshag

    If I didn’t have AC3 and NFS to play this weekend, I would totally fire up the old games.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. SameeR_Fisher

    @dave: true you never said it was good :D, I meant more from EA’s point of view you know, and I totally agree, I think there is a crowd to that kind of game out there, but it is still seems to me they can get more from other games.

    Beside this is EA, if a title X doesn’t sell 5million copies, then it isn’t a success.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Dave Cook

    :)

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Phasmatis75

    When I first heard about this game my opinion was “EA ruined another Franchise” but I wanted to be fair and give this preview a chance because maybe a blue moon will occur and they won’t screw up one of my favorite series.

    Yet as I kept reading you never got to a part where you proved my initial opinion wrong. I’m not going to say that the originals were Voltare or Shakespeare but they weren’t mindless. The 40th day is easily one of me and my brothers favorite co-op games because it had enough tactical joy to make it challenging.

    Taking that away from the series is the same as taking away multiplayer from Call of Duty. All it leaves you asking is why even bother? Fact of the matter is EA knows this and instead of launching a new franchise which this in all practicality is, they decided to capitalize on the Army of Two franchise. Sad day indeed.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Dave Cook

    @12 I would perhaps wait until the next preview stage before writing it off entirely, as what we played was a tiny snippet of a stage that didn’t really do much in the way of co-op originality. Often at this this early stage preview code can be curbed down to a test area, or a purpose built stage to show off new features. Usually what happens after the initial hands on preview stage is that a studio will build press debug code that gets sent or showcased to press.

    I’d wait and see what happens at that point, because that build will likely show much much more of the game and give you a better idea of what it’s like :)

    Keep the faith for now man.

    Dave

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Dragon246

    @Dave
    When I first heard about this game, I felt that it was a very story driven experience concentrating on different drug cartels. Was I wrong in my assessment? Is it just another co-op game with paper-thin story?

    #14 3 years ago

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    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]