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What to play during the summer release drought

Wednesday, 9 July 2014 08:07 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The long, dark silence between stars is as nothing to July, the month the games industry starts its summer nap. Welcome to The Drought, Here are our survival tips.

Heat haze hangs over the streets, or possibly frost rimes your windows, but in either case, it’s that time of year when, for whatever reason, the mainstream games industry goes quiet. Developers are still hard at work, of course, preparing the holiday and early new year glut, but right now we’re in what’s commonly referred to as a “release drought”.

Just because there’s no reason to skip merrily down to your local bricks-and-mortar doesn’t mean you have to stop gaming, though: here are our own personal tactics for finding games to play during the quiet months.

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Go through your Steam and Humble Bundle back catalogues

Be honest – how many of those über-cheap games have you actually played for longer than a few minutes? Yes, that’s what I thought.

You have the time now, but we understand that doesn’t always work out. You stare at your library and you feel listless, uninspired. Probably all these games are great but it’s just not what you want to play now.

This fatigue can be combated. Make up a rule and stick to it. Go in alphabetical order, or order of least played, or any other system, and set a time – you must give the game at least an hour of your time. If at the end of that period you’re still not in the mood, uninstall it and move onto the next. But there’s a pretty solid chance you’ll be absorbed and enjoying yourself by then. You’re welcome.

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Chase after achievements

Achievement hounds do what they do for a lot of reasons – bragging rights, unquestioned compulsion, a desire to see everything a game has to offer or to get their money’s worth. Your reason is simpler: you’re bored and need a reason to revisit games you’ve already tried.

Hunting for achievements can reinvigorate your interest in gaming because it forces you to approach a game in a new way – instead of just tackling your objectives and advancing the plot, you’re trying to nail a particular goal. Say you need to use a specific ability a certain number of times; doing so will likely teach you how best that ability works, and what tactical advantages it lends, and may end up altering your whole approach.

There’s a great deal of satisfaction to be had in grabbing a complete or near-complete set of achievements, not the least of which is comparing your performance to your friends. Challenge a buddy to match your accomplishments. Speaking of buddies…

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Organise a regular multiplayer session

Gaming with a regular group of friends is one of the most rewarding aspects of the hobby. While clans and guilds can be a bit of a chore – not everyone has time for three raids a week – a more casual arrangement with a few buds can be brilliant.

Maybe you and your best mate could play through a few campaigns in co-op mode, which is often an entirely different experience to playing alone or with drop-in randoms. Maybe you could get a few friends together one night a week to work as a team in your favourite shooter. Maybe you want to work your way through an MMO together, going apart in your own time to grind, gather, craft and do faction quests then returning to explore and raid in tandem.

It’s a little bit more effort, but if you can convince your friends to occupy the same physical space – ie, your living room – then dig out your old split-screen games and multi-taps, crack a few brews, don’t stint on the snacks, and enjoy a cheap night of entertainment.

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Try something different

In the words of the Monty Python crew, “and now for something completely different”. So there are no shooters releasing this month, and shooters are your bag. Maybe it’s time to lash out on something else? What if you’re some kind of Civilization savant, and you’ve never given yourself the time and space to find out?

Too often we let ourselves be hemmed in by specific genres or aesthetics, and it means we miss out on challenging, absorbing games. I’m not saying you have to go from FIFA and Call of Duty to Barbie’s Dream Home or whatever, but what about trying cartoony puzzle adventure Valiant Hearts: The Great War, or colourful but satisfyingly violent action RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, or the over-the-top outrageous versus fighter JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle, or the grimly difficult simulation Papers, Please?

One of the best things about branching out from the latest triple-A releases is that you can often get something cool and different for not very much money. Ask for recommendations on social networking and forums – heck, ask in the comments thread here – and take a chance on something you would never otherwise try. Those people banging on about how good a game is aren’t doing it for their health; they found something to love, and you might, too.

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Check in with 2014 so far

I know it’s hard to feel satisfied with what you’ve got now when October seems to be chock-full of things you’re dying to pick up, but if you absolutely must have a new triple-A experience this month, try expanding your definition of “new” to include “2014 to date”. After the gorgeing that is the holiday season, we get a second bout of strong new releases in the new year, and a lot of these can fly under the radar because we’re not in the consumer mood.

Putting aside re-releases and ports, this year’s triple-A releases include The Lego Movie Videogame, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13, Thief, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Dark Souls 2, Titanfall, Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, InFamous: Second Son, The Elder Scrolls Online, Trials Fusion, 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle, Drakengard 3, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Murdered: Soul Suspect and Tomodachi Life.

I refuse to believe you have played and finished everything on that list.

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Give up and lie in a bathtub full of ice/boiling water

If nothing on this list appeals to you, it’s very likely your suffering from Chronic Gaming Fatigue. After two console launches in late 2013, the incredible blowout that was E3 2014, and the exhausting process of filling in your end-of-year shopping list, we can’t really blame you. You are hereby granted permission to hide from extremes of weather and play Candy Crush Saga on your phone. We won’t tell.

Give us your recommendations for games to play while we wait out the drought, and share your top tips for making the most of your existing collections!

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  1. TheWulf

    I like baths!

    I’ve also been playing a lot of multiplayer games though with a couple of friends, and that’s been a fun way to pass the time. Divinity: Original Sin has had its amusing moments, especially in combat when you realise just exactly how something is going to affect everyone in the combat scenario, including your co-op partner. That’s lead to a few entertaining ‘oops’ moments.

    Perhaps one of the best being one battle where I was almost continually on fire due to how I chose really bad positioning to hold, so I was smack dab in the bunch of a friendly and enemy fire AoEs. I’m almost suurprised that my cleric didn’t lose his cotton candy afro amidst all that.

    I’ve also been playing older games.

    The thing is is that there’s shit all I can do about the current state of games, this is something I’ve had to accept, that the extroverted masses are the ones most games are being made for, these days. So something like Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an oasis amidst a long, unending drought. Whereas there used to be lots of non-violent games about a variety of topics, that’s not so much the case, these days.

    So I’ve been spending a lot of time exploring the past.

    My old console library, my PC disks and discs, and GoG.com have been perfect for that. Not only that, but a lady friend has been streaming the Tex Murphy games, as she’s decided that she wants to do that before she plays Tesla Effect, which I can completely understand. And that’s been a marvellous trip down memory lane.

    And then there’s been Starbound.

    Thanks to mods, Starbound has been a laugh. The lady friend and I are more into the building and decorating aspect of things, so we’ve lots of mods that do and add lots of interesting things, from decorations to new technologies that allow us to have everything from VVVVVV-ish gravity lifts to indoor plumbing. I’m not sure how many of you have been exposed to it, but the Starbound modding scene is a genuinely joyous thing, and prolific.

    It also feels oldschool. Considering that we’ve been modding like crazy, I’ve been building my own mods, and we’ve spent more time just having fun than we have at running around and killing things. In fact, the killing has been relatively minimal, and generally kept to bosses that we actually need to take down to unlock new levels of technology.

    Though I’d love to see someone actually create an alternative to that, perhaps a few dungeons generated on your starting planet that have the unlocks presented as item pick ups. And to get them, you have to venture through a veritable obstacle course of traps and environmental hazards. That would be rad.

    Might have to poke the community about that.

    The Starbound modding community, do check it out if you haven’t.

    And speaking of mods… I’ve been playing a number of player made scenarios for Shadowrun Returns. Suffice it to say, Shadowrun Returns is today’s Neverwinter Nights. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind about that. See, the main campaigns are incredibly bad, but the player-made stuff has been nothing short of incredible. There are some genuinely memorable stories out there which are worth playing. If you’ve bought Shadowrun Returns and you’ve only played the official campaigns, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

    And then I’ve been randomly playing Spore because I felt like it. It’s a game where I can raise a pacifistic race of critters, and it entertains me so.

    So that sums up how I’ve been handling it, since the drought has lasted longer for me than it has for most.

    #1 7 months ago
  2. AmiralPatate

    I’m playing Rayman Legends. Good game. The only bad thing is Uplay.

    #2 7 months ago
  3. Game Hunter

    I hope he has underwear on,cuz the private parts aren’t comfortable with that much cold.

    #3 7 months ago
  4. Game Hunter

    Speaking of drought, I’m fully equipped. That means I have both Dark Souls and Dark Souls II to play and a basket full of controllers,just in case I go nuts.

    #4 7 months ago
  5. YoungZer0

    Just did a quick search on the word “extrovert” to see if he was ranting again. Lo-and-behold, he did. Just can’t help himself.

    #5 7 months ago
  6. dazedonthemoon

    I’m catching up on all my back catalog of games from Plus and whatnot, finally got around to Bioshock Infinite and hoping to complete Tales of Symphonia or Final Fantasy X before Tales of Xillia 2 comes out. I played both when they originally came out but still need to get around to beating their remasters. That’s a lot of game hours!

    #6 7 months ago
  7. Captain_Iglo

    You can also play Sniper Elite III. Despite some flaws, the game is quite good. it would be a shame to not buy this one.

    #7 7 months ago
  8. Darkfield

    All I ever needed was Divinity Original Sin. And I’m enjoying my life right now in Rivellon.

    #8 7 months ago
  9. polygem

    destiny beta
    diablo III
    shovel knight ng+

    #9 7 months ago
  10. p_nut_uk

    Check out this weeks humble bundle, and make sure you pick up Spec Ops: The Line, it’s NOT an FPS… ok it’s a 3rd person shooter but it has a fantastically thoughtful story line that when you finish you keep thinking back on it, only 6 hours long but it’s a perfect amount, you don’t feel like it’s dragged on.

    You WILL hate yourself after, and maybe curl up in the fetal position and rock backwards and forwards.

    #10 7 months ago
  11. Dog4life

    @Captain_Iglo
    I’m trying to beat sniper elite on authentic difficulty and doing most achievements.
    and yhea i guess need the whole summer for the Platinum of Lego Hobbit :)
    Oh yhea , Dragons Teeth out soon

    and i’m pretty damn busy with skateboarding : http://decomposedsk8.com/image/85400118.jpg

    #11 7 months ago
  12. Dog4life

    @Dog4life damn wrong spam link, sorry.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/Dog4life

    #12 7 months ago
  13. Legendaryboss

    Backlog/completion for me.

    #13 7 months ago
  14. fearmonkey

    Finally finished Farcry 3 on PC, finished Gone Home on PC (Loved that game!), now I need to finish Infamous:SS, and maybe Killzone:SF, Battlefield 4, and the multitude of Indie PS plus freebies and Steam back catalog.

    #14 7 months ago

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    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]

  • More Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy 15 info doled out by Tabata

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata took part in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and answered a variety of questions pertaining to the game and Final Fantasy 15. According to Tabata, the first playthrough of the game will last around 40 hours, but “the real fun” starts from the second playthrough which contains new events. […]

  • This video gives you an idea of what Borderlands Online is like

    A video for Borderlands Online, the China-exclusive title from 2K, Shanda Games and Gearbox, has been released. Posted on MMO Culture, the video was released to announce the “technical test” which started today. Borderlands Online is an instance-based online shooter, and will probably never reach western shores. Still, you can have a look anyway.

  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the MMO’s first expansion

    The first expansion for Guild Wars 2, Heart of Thorns, was announced today during PAX South, and ArenNet has posted a few content details for it on the official webiste. Heart of Thorns contains a reimagined progression with the new Mastery system, which provides new training opportunities for characters beyond level 80. Players will be […]

  • Turn-based action platformer Ronin has been polished up, nets a publisher

    Tomasz Waclawek has polished up his freeware title Ronin and will be releasing it through publisher Devolver Digital later this year. The turn-based action platformer stars a vengeful ninja who is determined to kill important memebers of a powerful corporation. Weapons at your disposal include razor wire and a katana, or you avoid combat by […]

  • Footage of cancelled Justice League brawler surfaces

    Footage of the cancelled Double Helix-developed Justice League brawler has surfaced online. The game was supposed to be a tie-in title for the also cancelled Justice League film directed by George Miller, according to leaked images and information from 2012. Jon Gwyn, the game’s artist and now Rockstar San Diego staffer, said at the time […]

  • Free Icona Vulcano DLC for DriveClub releases next week

    Sony has posted a video of the Icona Vulcano, which will be released as DLC next week for DriveClub. The video was posted on Facebook and we’ve embedded the video below courtesy of GamesHQMeida. It was announced earlier this week the Icona Vulcano would be released on the PS Store as a free download.

  • The Bard’s Tale 4 announced by inXile Entertainment at PAX South

    The Bard’s Tale 4 was announced today by inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo during a panel at PAX South. inXile hinted around back in December that a sequel was in the works. Granted, The Bard’s Tale wasn’t mentioned. Still, everyone figured this was the game when Wasteland 2 project lead Chris Keenan stated the team […]

  • Here’s another Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video

    Last week, YouTube user Master0fHyrule uploaded a Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video, and we’ve embedded it for you below. The video shows 4.5 minutes of footage which appears before hitting the start button and the first meeting between Link and the Skull Kid. Another comparison video was released by another user back in […]

  • The Game Awards 2015 already in the planning stages

    The Game Awards 2015 are already in the planning stages, according to Geoff Keighley. The inaugural show took place on December 6, 2014. Keighley announced the 2015 show during his Storytime with Geoff Keighley panel at PAX South this weekend and through Twitter. He said more details will be announced in the spring. You can […]

  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered listed for January release

    It looks like Quantic Dream’s Indigo Prophecy is returning in remastered form next week, if an Amazon listing is any indication. According to the listing posted on NeoGAF, the uncut version of the game contains Steam DRM and will release January 29 at 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Linux, Mac and PC download. Titled Fahrenheit: […]

  • Indie Flash Sale kicks off on North American PS Store

    The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale a beefy list of indie games and some films. The sales includes titles such as Resogun, Shadow Warrior, The Unfinished Swan, FEZ, Costume Quest 2, Joe Danger, Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons, and more for up to 80% off. The full […]

  • The Witcher 3 Twitch stream to show 15 minutes of new gameplay footage

    New The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay footage will be shown Monday, January 26 on GOG.com’s Twitch channel. Along with the footage, the developers will be answering questions from the community as well as providing commentary on the gameplay being shown. Live questions posted via Twitter chat will be answered by senior gameplay designer Damien […]

  • Borderlands 3 information teased for tomorrow’s Gearbox PAX South panel

    During PAX South this weekend, Gearbox Software is hosting a panel titled Inside Gearbox Software which will provide “the latest news and updates on Borderlands and upcoming Gearbox titles.” Yesterday during Gearbox’s panel called Question and Answer Time, CEO Rady Pitchford was asked “when or if” fans can expect Borderlands 3. “I’ll tell you what,” […]

  • Best Buy cancels multiple pre-order units of Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL

    Multiple sources reported overnight Best Buy has cancelled some pre-orders for the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL. As of press time, it appears to only affect those who pre-ordered more than one system. Only one system was allotted per order, so the cancellation notices were sent out to comply with the restriction. Those […]

  • Rob Huebel is your KillCameraman in this CoD: Advanced Warfare video

    A live-action video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc has been released by Activision. Subtitled: Randall Higgins: KillCameraman gives you a look at the action from a different perspective. In the video, Higgins is played by comedic actor and writer Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project). The first DLC […]

  • Xbox App features included with Windows 10 January build outlined

    The January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes a basic version of the Xbox App announced earlier this week. With the initial preview release, the team at Microsoft wanted to only include the basics such as high resolution monitor support along with keyboard and mouse input. Additional functionality will be released with each […]

  • Standalone version of DayZ has sold 3 million units

    The standalone version of DayZ sold 3 million units, Bohemia Interactive has announced. Release Just over a year ago on Steam Early Access, the milestone was hit yesterday. The standalone version was created by Dean Hall as a Arma 2 modification which has been updated 24 times since its initial release. In 2014, the development […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video shows gameplay clips, global hands-on events

    CD Projekt has released a video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, giving a glimpse of gameplay and noting that hands-on impressions of the game will be bombarding the Internet next week. We’ll have extensive coverage of The Witcher 3 on Monday Jan 26 at 3pm GMT. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to […]

  • Microsoft looking into possible HoloLens support for PC, Xbox One

    Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a dedicated device, but the company is obviously looking into how it could be used with PC and Xbox One. Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said should the stand-alone product become a success, “specific scenarios” on how it could be used with Xbox One are already being brainstormed. “We […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video compares PSP graphics to PS4, Xbox One

    A video for Final Fantasy Type-0 comparing the upcoming console version of the game to the original PSP version has been released by Square Enix. While comparing PSP graphics to those of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seems rather unfair, it’s worth a watch anyway. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases March 17 in North America […]

  • Payday 2′s The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character Pack released

    In case you forgot, The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character content packs for Payday 2 were released yesterday. The new heist pack is available for $6.99/€6.99/£4.99 and the Dragan character will run you $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 through Steam and other digital distribution sites. Here’s the details: The Bomb Heists A new contact, called the Butcher, brought to […]

  • Rockstar offers tips on scaling GTA Online creations to support 30 players

    Rockstar has posted a tutorial of sorts on how to edit your GTA Online’s creations to support up to 30 players. According to the developer, when selecting Load Creation, users will be able to access any previously published Jobs and edit them in any way they wish. Users can also increase the Maximum Players races […]

  • Video for Life is Strange shows you how to rewind time

    If you could rewind time, would you change the events of your day or leave things be? In Life is Strange, you will make this choice. In the developer diary below, Dontnot Entertainment touches upon the main character’s ability to rewind time. How Max’s ability works and originated is also discussed. The first episode of […]

  • Take a look at one of the historical battles in Total War: Attila

    The Creative Assembly has revealed historical battles for Total War: Attila and shown off one of them. In the latest episode of Rally Point, developer Creative Assembly takes a look at one of the nine historical battles that will be included in Total War: Attila when it launches next month. But before you see the […]

  • ARMA 3 video lists 33 of its features, teases upcoming expansion

    ARMA 3 is an impressive military simulator, but that’s not the only thing impressive about it. In fact, this video lists 33 of the game’s most notable features. ARMA 3′s latest video gives you a tour of many of its strengths. It goes over the number of vehicles, weapons and playable area. But that’s not […]

  • No Man’s Sky dev explains what you actually do in the game

    No Man’s Sky is simultaneously the most intriguing mystery and the most scary. Developer Hello Games is asked some questions and gives some solid answers. Eurogamer asked Hello Games’ Sean Murray a number of questions that are on everyone’s mind when they think about No Man’s Sky. The biggest one being, what do you actually […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 27, Be The Zombie mode goes free

    The release date for the physical version of Dying Light has been confirmed for Europe, along with the release dates for all regions. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the PC version of the game will release digitally, worldwide, on January 27. The physical version and the digital PS4 and Xbox One versions will […]

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

    ArenaNet is offering Guild Wars 2 for $10 this weekend only, and hosting a double XP event during the same period. The regular and Digital Deluxe editions of Guild Wars 2 are both offered at 75% off this weekend. The regular edition can be yours for just $10 while the Deluxe is $15. The offer […]

  • Cyberpunk 2077 development still going, but the focus is on The Witcher 3, says dev

    If you’re dying to hear anything about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be waiting a while still. The focus is on The Witcher 3 right now. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement all the way back in 2012 developer CD Projekt Red has been really quiet about the sci-fi RPG. We’ve not seen any gameplay […]

  • Digital pet Animin gamecards get May release

    With AR being all the go, it might be worth checking out virtual pet Animin for iOS and Android. Game-cards for Animin, the virtual pet for iOS and Android, are set to appear at UK retail this May, the developers have announced. Animin sits on your touch device and does cute stuff. The little dude […]

  • You won’t need a new GPU for DirectX 12, except for some features

    Microsoft has clarified that while you’ll need a new GPU to get the full potential of DirectX 12, existing hardware will support it just fine. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra said in a press meeting following the Windows 10 event that you will need a new graphics card to get “the full benefits” of DirectX 12. “There […]

  • Assassin’s Creed Victory: fans speculate over characters and locations

    Ubisoft has not yet started talking about Assassin’s Creed: Victory, so some eager fans are speculating about everything they can just from those leaked screens. A very popular thread right now on the Ubisoft forums attempts to gather fans’ specualtion about characters, events and story of Assassin’s Creed: Victory. What followed was quite a lot […]

  • This is what co-op looks like in Dying Light

    Dying Light’s cop-op mode has been given a short demo by developer Techland. Dying Light supports drop-in/ drop-out co-op for up to four players. The entire campaign is playable in co-op, and there are special co-op challenges. Watch as four members of developer Techland take on the game’s zombie apocalypse. Dying Light is out January […]

  • Get Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and all DLC for $5

    Bundle Stars’ latest bundle packs Saints Row 2 and the complete Saints Row: The Third for $5. The Saints Row bundle is priced $5. It is live now and for another 14 days. It comes with Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package, which is basically the game plus all the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 23, 24

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has made the trek to Destiny’s Tower for another week of business. Destiny’s Exotics vendor, Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at the Tower as per the weekly schedule. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour pieces if you have the Strange Coins to afford it. He also […]

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

    Sony will launch two limited-edition, Bloodborne-themed PlayStation 4 bundles in Japan. Two bundles are available, one in black and another in white, complete with a controller and a headset. The hard disk cover is engraved with the title and the cover shot. Both bundles come with the collector’s edition release of the game, which was […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – Xur vs Cryptarch rap battle

    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]