Starting two days ago, Telltales games, The Walking Dead Episode 1, was free to download on Xbox Live. The deal is still continuing, but to sweeten the deal, today only, the whole game could be bought for less than a Big Mac meal (and better for you). Episodes 2-5 can be nabbed at 200 Microsoft fun points, calculating each game to around $2.25 give or take a penny. I had never played these games up until a few days ago and I am hooked. I have always appreciated adventure games like Monkey Island, Kings Quest, and my personal favorite Space Quest (Roger Wilco rules!). Adventure games are perfect for sitting back with a good cup of tea, and enjoying the experience. The Walking Dead does have some gut wrenching decisions and I really enjoyed the conversation system and how some of the characters pick up on your choices. So again for today only, pick up the entire The Walking Dead a game by Telltale games, for 800 Microsoft points. For once Microsoft has something cheaper than Steam and that doesn’t happen very often if ever. The game regularly retails for $24.99 or $29.99 on disc.
Christmas is coming and if you’re anything like me some of that time that I get off work is going to be spent totally submerged in gaming – I’m already looking forward to it. What I’m also looking forward to are the titles that are coming up in 2013, these are the ones that we’ve seen at events like E3 and Gamescom this year. I’m particularly interested in seeing The Elder Scrolls Online when it comes out next year, The Elder Scrolls goes from single-player to MMO, I have a feeling it’s going to be good.
Dead Space 3
Developed by Visceral Games this title is the highly anticipated sequel to Dead Space 2, a survival horror third-person shooter, Dead Space 3 sees Isaac Clarke pitted against the Necromorphs in a struggle to end the scourge forever. You will also be able to fight in co-op mode now or run solo, which is even easier with the drop in drop out functionality, so you can team up with a partner at any checkpoint in the game.
They’re back! Developed by Gearbox Software this first-person shooter is cross-platform and is set after the events of the film Aliens 3. The game employs drop-in/drop-out co-op for up to 4 players online or 2 players locally. If the recent prequel in the Aliens series has peaked your interest this will be one not to miss next year.
In this, the third installment of the Crysis series, take on the aliens in New York City’s Nanodrome where you become the hunter. Crysis 3 will be utilising the CryEngine 3 game engine giving you stunning graphics and an amazing gameplay experience.
Carmageddon is back, this time more gory than ever! This game was covered a lot over the course of this year and if there’s a more exciting vehicle combat game waiting in the wings I’d like to know about it. This game is the fourth in the series following Carmageddon, Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now and Carmageddon: TDR 2000.
If real-time strategy games are your thing, why not try this WW2 sequel coming next year. You are in command of the Soviet Red Army, your goal to free Russia from the Nazi threat of 1941 on the Eastern Front. The game runs on the Essence 3.0 game engine, which the publisher THQ claims will bring “new technological advancements” to the game.
Capcom’s cyberpunk release for 2013. Interesting concept here, the game uses ‘memory remixing’ which is entering and rearranging a target’s memories to manipulate them. By doing this you can then change the target’s memory of the outcome of any event. You play Nilin whose memories have been erased and the aim is to retrieve those memories and find out why.
One of my favourites for next year, The Elder Scrolls is going MMORPG! The game will be set on the fictional continent of Tamriel a millennium before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and it will have a storyline that is not connected to any of the previous games. After a lengthy development period it will be great to see what this game brings to the MMO market.
According to Valve’s Gabe Newell, a new kind of PC will be released next year which aims to compete with the living room console. These PCs will be designed to be connected to your TV and enable you to run steam to play all your game titles. The ‘Steam PC’ will not be as flexible and open-source as a normal PC due to it’s function in being a method of bridging the gap between playing games on a console and playing games on a PC, but Valve think that this is something that people will really want for their living rooms and will compete with other companies such as Sony with their next generation consoles. We are going to have to wait until next year for more details however, we’ll keep you posted as more news is released.
“The road may be long, and the dangers may be great, but the reward is well worth it… the title of greatest Goblin Keeper of all time!”Goblin Keeper Game Guide
Looking for something to play in your downtime or lunchbreak, why not try out the new free-to-play online game from Night Owl Games called Goblin Keeper. I can only describe it as a strange combination of The Sims, Lemmings and Farmville – be careful it’s strangely addictive.
You are an evil overlord and the aim of the game is total world domination! You achieve this lofty goal by building an army of goblins, orcs, warlocks and other creatures forming your very own empire. All you have to do is keep your army happy with food and gold and get them to build for you as needed, dens for sleeping, mines for resources such as gold, iron and crystal and a library for research among other things – the more they learn the more you are able to achieve for your dungeon, more workers, more space and more powerful creatures. The game has it’s own shop, similar to GW2 but of course on a smaller scale, where you can buy things such as upgrades, boosts, and recipes, or you can trade with other players. All this empire building eventually means that you are able to send out your army on raids to villages or keeps, in turn you need to defend your dungeon from other raiding parties. It has all the right elements, levelling, PvP, PvE, crafting, and it also a really good method of introducing you to the game without resorting to the usual tutorial routines, you are gradually introduced to the elements of the game and suddenly you are playing on your own and relying less on the help tips.
Here’s a quick rundown of the game features:
– Dungeon: Build your dungeons according to your imagination.
– Crafting: When your rooms are created, use the workshop to improve them with equipment and furniture.
– Tactics: Develop various tactics to defend your dungeon and to fight back raids.
– PvP: Relaxing belongs to history: face other players in battle, loot their dungeons and eliminate their creatures.
– PvE: Down with the elves! Destroy and loot the homes of these pointy-ears on your overworld raids.
Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime sat down this morning to announce some games that are coming for the Wii U and 3DS that are coming in the following weeks and months. Here is what he announced!
– Lego City Undercover (WII U)
– An open world with plenty of vehicles
– Several disguises to solve puzzles
– Looks like the most ambitious Lego title to date
– Early 2013
– Pikmin 3 (WII U)
– Looks even better than the E3 video
– Launching Q2 of 2013
– New creatures and enemies
– Game and Wario (WII U)
– A new WarioWare title
– All games are using the gamepad
– Games can be up to 5 players but will still only use 1 gamepad
– Wii Fit U (WII U)
– Will use the Wii balance board
– Will have a Fit meter that looks like the pokewalker that came with the Silver and Gold remakes on the DS
– Launches first part of 2013
– Panorama View (WII U)
– Demo will be available
– Will be a paid download app
– Will let you look around several major cities around the world
– Google Maps (WII U)
– Will let you use the Google maps street view with the gamepad
– Available Q1 2013
– Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
– Spring 2013
– Brain Age: concentration training
– Scales difficulty depending on how you perform
– Firm Emblem: Awakening (3DS)
– Launches in NA on February 4th
– Relationships between characters will have an impact on gameplay.
– New Super Mario Bros 2 (3DS)
– Free DLC boasting levels from classic Mario games.
– Only available till January.
I have had the new NSMB2 DLC for a little while now and they did a great job creating classic levels from Mario’s past. They are only available to be downloaded through the games DLC shop, not the Eshop. There is some exciting stuff on the horizon for Nintendo’s consoles and I personally am excited to get my hands on a new Fire Emblem just in time for Valentines Day. There were no BIG surprises but some release dates and windows were tied down today, see anything that interest you?