Firefly Online patiently continues to shape up. Here's a first look at the 'verse (that's "universe," to the uninitiated) with voiceover from someone that went to the Nathan Fillion School of Narration.
The map is prettier than you'd expect, and there are also more terran planets than you'd expect, too. It's an oddly focused map, especially in this day and age of sci-fi games with thousands of stars and millions of hours of procedurally generated galaxies. It gives me hope that these are meaningfully crafted stages rather than endlessly spawned ones and zeroes. I'm just feeling kind of truthsome right now.
Firefly Online has a rumored release window of Spring 2015 on Windows, OSX, iOS, and Android.
I can't wait until the game has released footage that I can watch in slow motion in order to find every little detail there is to find. I honestly don't know if I've ever been this excited about a game. My pre-Skyrim excitement was pretty high, but this is pushing it.
Design director Niklas Fegraeus has revealed a little bit more about the direction DICE is taking Battlefront in . First off, some details about the maps and game modes.
"The scale of our maps and modes offer a great variety. We have actually made the decision to specifically tailor certain maps to certain game modes and what we get from that is not only incredibly varied scales, but also gameplay that will allow players to live out some of their most memorable Star Wars battle fantasies."
This harkens back to something that was said in the trailer, that Star Wars belongs to everyone that is a part of the fanbase. And it's true; Star Wars has been around for so long and is such a vivid universe, that everyone seems to perceive it in their own way. Building on this, Fegraeus had a little to say about the intense levels of expectation for the game.
"Perhaps the hardest part about bringing the franchise back is managing expectations. Star Wars fans, including ourselves, are incredibly passionate about the universe. Each of us have our own personal favorites. However, with the talent we have here at DICE, the Frostbite technology at our fingertips, and the fantastic working relationship we have with Lucas, I believe we will deliver a Star Wars experience that excites fans around the world and gives them the chance to play out battles in some of the most iconic locales in the series history.”
The game will be officially revealed this spring, so let's all hold hands and try not to have excitement-borne shivers until then.
Also, check out this hi-res concept art from IGN.
It’s 2015 and the first month is almost over with. This means that a new batch of games are lining up their addition the PlayStation Plus’ Instant Game Collection. The new games will be available on the PlayStation Store with next Tuesday’s update (February 3). Here is what is coming next week:
Some of these games are normally Cross Buy enabled (Rogue Legacy), so there is a chance that you can get a hold of the other versions after you download the version that is offered with the program. Check out this trailer below for a glimpse at all of these titles in action:
With AAA titles like Titanfall going online only, in the back of my mind I always forgot that Evolve, the 4v1 monster hunter by 2K and Turtle Rock, wasn't also going to be online only. It just seems like the kind of game that's ripe to neglect the small but significant number of gamers out there who don't have reliable access to the internet (or all of us for that matter given the recent, well publicized service interruptions over the holiday period and what not).
But that's not the case. All of the content in Evolve can be enjoyed both in online multiplayer or offline as a solo experience, as the video below shows. There's two matches there, each playing Defend mode, one as a monster the other as a hunter. AI fills the remaining roster of hunters and monster and playing as a solo hunter also gives you the ability to hot swap between hunters on the fly.
I'm excited about Evolve because I feel the studio keeps making the right decisions on how to produce a game and the publisher keeps letting them. Providing a solo mode is a perfect example. I'm sure it won't see anywhere near the play time as online, but it's important to have it there. Rather than try and cash in 6 months ago on the original release date, Evolve and 2K instead, have taken the extra time to complete and polish what looks like a solid title.
If you follow the fighting game community pretty heavily, the name Gootecks shouldn't be anything new to you. While looking around on YouTube I came across a video he made for Cross Counter TV where he shows the basics of using a Fight Stick when playing Ultra Street Fighter IV. It's a pretty interesting video that goes over how to place your hands on the stick and buttons and how that helps execute your moves and combos. Now if I can just find a really good tutorial on Vega I'll be all set.
As a heads up, the first couple of minutes is basically him talking about Crunchy Roll as they help make their videos possible. I have rarely watched Crunchy Roll as I tend to watch anime on Netflix, so I'm posting this video due to its information on how to use a fight stick in Street Fighter, not to advertise Crunchy Roll.
A while back if you wanted to find a copy of Metroid Prime Trilogy for the Wii, you'd likely have to pay a somewhat steep price on eBay. If you have a Wii U that's no longer the case, unless you just want a physical copy for your collection in which case I don't blame you. If you just want the game regardless of whether it's physical or digital, the Wii U's eShop now has Metroid Prime Trilogy available for purchase for a regular price of $19.99, but it's currently on sale until 9am PT on February 5th. This is a great way to get Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption all in one package, so to speak.
Other big releases include Gunman Clive 2 and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. on the 3DS as well as Shadow of the Ninja for the Wii U and 3DS Virtual Consoles. We're also in the final week of the Throwback Sale where you can save up to 50% on select games from past and current Nintendo consoles. For more sales and deals this week, check out the official press release.
Earlier this week Reptile was announced for Mortal Kombat X and today Netherealm Studios held the second MKast for Mortal Kombat X and revealed that Ermac will also be joining the cast. The MKast was cool because we didn't just get to see the trailer for Ermac but we got to see a ton of in game footage of Ermac, Kung Lao and a couple of other fighters in action.
Of course with all other MK characters, Ermac will have three variations.
You can check out the full Mkast below or you can view it in the archives of their official Twitch page.Ermac does look cool but again, my problem is the same one I've been having since they started character reveals after E3.
You can read what my current impressions of the game are in my previous post about Reptile joining the game. Long story short, come on Netherealm, where is this "next generation" you keep talking about? Where are the new fighters?
Developer Edge Case Games has announced that the latest update for Fractured Space adds the Titan Defense Systems manufacturer along with two new ships, the Corvette and Enforcer. Other new features include a loadout system for customizing ship configuration before battles, capital spaceship skins, leaderboards for stat tracking, and a founders pack tier.
The developers detailed the new ships:
With a background as a military warship supplier, Titan Defense Systems has now expanded to manufacturing their own capital ships with their first entry in the game, the Corvette. This general support craft comes equipped with an aimed repair beam and a variant of Titan’s so-called “smart weaponry” known as the Smart Gun. The ship’s drones can shield the Corvette and its allies from enemy fire while increasing friendly targeting and damage.
Designed for the close-range capture of mining station, the new Enforcer from Zarek Industrial has been added to the fray. Enforcers have systems designed to allow the ship to get close to an enemy and prevent its escape before unleashing its unique Escalate weapon that uses the target’s own energy against it with escalating damage.
Fractured Space is currently available through Steam Early Access for Windows. In celebration of the latest update the game has received a 25% off discount.
Back in October, Lucasarts and Lucasfilms partnered together to create the next great arcade game, dubbed Star Wars Battle Pod. It was unveiled at New York Comicon and fans of the franchise lost their collective minds. Now we're finally starting to see them in various arcades and entertainment venues, such as Dave and Buster's.
The cabinet is a 1200 pound behemoth with a full HD wrap around screen. Players actually step inside the cabinet and sit in the pod, taking control of various iconic Star Wars fighters, such as the X-Wing, TIE fighter, and Speeder.
Check out the video to see how it was made and, if you have a Dave and Buster's near you, be sure to give them a call to see if they've gotten one in. It's worth every moment of your time!