SOMA is coming to PC and PS4 next year from the makers of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, which is good news for horror fans. SOMA looks to bring something new and different to the horror genre in gaming with a mind-melding story which questions where the line between human and machine ends. It’s giving me some very ‘I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream’ vibes.
South Park: The Stick of Truth First Hour Coming Next Week
As we’ve been doing as of late, you can expect us to take a look at the first hour and change of South Park: The Stick of Truth, which looks fucking hilarious might I add. Its been a long time coming but hopefully it was worth the wait. As I always say, nothing sells or dooms a game at retail better than actually looking at a good bit of gameplay and making the call yourself.
Thief Let’s Play Coming Tuesday, Castlevania: LOS2 Thursday
That pretty much says it all. Expect a good hour of gameplay of Thief next week. The games development has been through many ups and downs and old school Thief fans are critical as hell on this new Thief (PS4). Make up your own mind if it’s worth your 60 bucks as I take the plunge and play the hell out of it for you guys. Along with Thief, I’ll be serving up a nice dose of Lords of Shadow 2 (PC).
In a press release just issued by Zombie Studios, you can expect to get lost in spooky fun this coming April. Expect Daylight on PSN and Steam for $/€14.99/£11.99.
This is a very cool feature that we’re super stoked about. It’s no secret that Daylight is extremely friendly for the PS4’s “Share” button (ditto, PC streaming). The tinkerers at Zombie Studios found a way to use Twitch chat to cue in-game events. The example we’ve been tossing around (and is in no way final) is that someone watching a stream types the word “Meow” into the chat, which causes the game to make a corresponding sound of a cat. So yes. You can literally scare your friends now by watching the stream. There are two caveats to this:
1) They’re all on timers, so you can’t spam them. That would be ridiculous. 2) We’re not going to tell you the list of words. You’re going to have to find them through experimentation.
The PlayStation 4 and PC version of Daylight will be fully 3D compatible out of the box! 3D-enabled TVs and monitors will bring the scares, jumps and all other things that haunt the Mid Island area to life in a very tangible way. RealD3D is the same technology they use in movie theaters for 3D movies and excels at giving the game terrific depth-of-field. Catching an overhead light flicker down an incredibly long corridor is one of the more chilling 3D applications…until you come across a spirit, that is. If you have the means, we highly recommend giving this mode a try. Oh and rumor has that Daylight may be adapted to a consumer VR system in the near future, for those brave enough…
Dark Souls II is ready to make you its bitch next month and if you’re so inclined you can do it while staring at this sweet CE for the upcoming game. Myself, I’m going the PC route, hoping that my old rig can muster 60fps. It won’t me any better at the game but I can at least die more smoothly.
We always love to check out some of the latest developments in the indie gaming scene. It’s a wonderful playground for experimentation and some of the most interesting and amazing gaming experience the past few years have been born from small and talented studios with a crazy idea. Pathfinder Games Sound of Silence looks to be another one of those crazy ideas - a horror game that warps to your fears.
“Instead of treating horror veterans like newcomers to the genre, we’ll be giving you the nightmare-esque experience you’ve always wanted,” says Michael Chiniquy, lead designed on Sound Of Silence. “By including a game mechanic that will analyze your fears through dozens of different variables, our team are looking to create a game less reliant on jump scares and set-pieces, and more defined by atmosphere and the unknown.”
You can get a small idea on how their fear system will work based on the concept video above. You can find out more about Sound of Silence at their official site and keep a look out for their free demo early this year.
Respawn has confirmed that Titanfall will be seeing a Beta soon for Xbox One and PC. More details on how you can get in the Beta will be coming soon. For Xbox 360 owners planning to jump into some Titans this March, good news is that Bluepoint is working on the 360 version. That’s great news for 360 owners as Bluepoint does fantastic work.
It’s about damn time too. Every entertainment medium can claim a handful of groundbreaking works that are worth revisiting over the years. For example, I’ll buy Back to the Future and Jurassic Park every single time they’re re-released, because each new version (usually!) brings extra refinement and clarity to the overall package. Plus, I have a thing for watching dinosaurs eat poor hapless bastards trying to take a shit.
The same can be said of Resident Evil 4, one of Capcom’s best-selling and highest-rated games. Each time it’s revisited, we get an improved experience retooled for modern machines. Now it’s time for the PC to get some loving on Steam (and Windows PC in EU) that’ll feature sharper textures, crisper text, a silky smooth 60fps framerate and full Steam support (Achievements, Steam Cloud, Trading Cards, global leaderboards, full game controller support) for $19.99 / €19.99.
RE4 for PC/Steam includes all the stuff you’ve seen in previous iterations (including Separate Ways and subtitles in French, Spanish, Italian, German and Japanese), just in the highest visual quality and smoothest fluidity ever released by Capcom. You can pre-purchase it now on Steam to get an 80-page digital archive and the 62-track RE4 OST.
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