Publisher Excalibur and developer Odin Game Studio have announced a new survival game in development titled Better Late Than Dead. Upon beginning the game players awake on an island without any memories except for a child's photograph in their pocket. Players must try to survive by searching for resources, crafting items, seeking shelter, fending off wild animals, and satisfying thirst and hunger needs all the while trying to escape and the island and solve the mystery.
The sandbox nature of the island will be explorable either via single-player or up to four players in a multiplayer mode. Odin Game Studio Co-Founder Alexandre Kikuchi described the game, "We’ve developed an adventure game based on survival elements that challenges the player with common decisions, where men and animals are part of one plot, but different destinies await. Better Late than Dead brings a new challenge for old and new survivors!”
The game's features include:
Better Late Than Dead will be available through Steam Early Access on July 9 for PC at launch and Mac at a later stage in development. The early access game will retail for $14.99.
June is almost here, and the next month's free Games with Gold have been announced. As usual, the Xbox One titles are pretty bland---perhaps even more bland than usual, actually. The Xbox 360 games are very good, however, so it balances out.
For the 360, we've got Just Cause 2 and Thief. Just Cause 2 is one of my favorite sandbox games ever, and now is a perfect time to play it to get ready for the upcoming and excellent looking Just Cause 3. Thief was a little less well received, but it's a game that I missed and I'm excited to give it a shot.
For the Xbox One, Pool Nation FX is still available for free, and the other game is Massive Chalice. Master Chalice has gotten pretty good reviews so far as well, but to be honest I had never heard of it until it was announced today for free. I know a lot of people over in the Xbox One subreddit were upset with these options; I guess we'll see how it turns out.
CD Projekt Red has released a promo video detailing the open world they have created for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and simply put, it's stunning. The game is picking up all sorts of well deserved accolades, but to just sit back and enjoy a few minutes of the gorgeous scenery unhindered by quests or even gameplay is quite therapeutic. Enjoy.
Ok Nintendo, I give! I cannot take the constant teasing that you do with Yoshi’s Woolly World for the Wii U. Every time I see new footage or information on the game, I get the “I have to have them all” feeling. So many Yoshis! That feeling was magnified by about a thousand with the latest trailer for the game which shows off the Amiibo support for the game.
The latest trailer, shown below, details just what you can expect to experience when you scan in a Mario, Donkey Kong, or Link Amiibo figure. Yoshi transforms into a variation of those characters in Yarn-Yoshi form. They look awesome! These patterns aren’t just limited to these three figures as the game will support a ton of Amiibos, including Sonic the Hedgehod, Mega Man, Toon Link, Pac-Man, Wario, Ness, Little Mac, and even Pit. It has been stated that more than 40 figures will be supported by the game, so I guess that means that I need to start buying Amiibos again.
Yoshi’s Woolly World launches later this year on the Wii U.
I guess that when all else fails, you have to suck it up and do the job yourself. Since the rest of UltraTech’s creations have been unable to quell the fighters of Killer Instinct, the company’s CEO is going to have to take things into her own hands. The final character addition of Season 2 of Killer Instinct will be released tomorrow for owners of the Ultra Edition, adding ARIA, UltraTech’s Chief Executive Officer, into the fray. Everyone else will have to wait until June 4 to get their hands on her.
Don’t let the diva-esque strut fool you, this mechanized-combatant came to fight. I love the angelic look that she sports, combined with the metallic form; she reminds me of one of the enemies from Bayonetta. Since this is the last character to be added for this season, it makes me wonder what is in store for E3. Are we going to see a season 3 for Killer Instinct?
Brett Douville is back with part 2 of his livestream of Star Wars: Republic Commando, the game he served on as lead programmer way back in 2005. Highlights of this session include special guest appearances by legendary Lucasarts developer Daron Stinnett and composer Jesse Harlin, who did the music and sound editing on the game. It must have been cool for Stinnett to work on Republic Commando as he spearheaded development of Dark Forces back in 1995, so he had over a decade of Star Wars FPS experience!
It's also interesting that George Lucas himself gave pointers on how to improve the game, like giving the Delta Squad clones more humor and personality. This made the game quite a bit better, which is in sharp contrast to Lucas's heavy-handed input on Fracture and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, which were reportedly disastrous for both projects.
Check out the video below, it's a fascinating watch for Star Wars fans and gamers alike.
We've seen a lot of flashy pre-rendered trailers and even a live action tv spot but Rocksteady has been reticent to show off much gameplay from Batman: Arkham Knight. This new gameplay video, titled "Go to War" continues the brief gameplay we saw in the "Officer Down" trailer, as Batman rescues Poison Ivy from Scarecrow's gang. I have a feeling she will be less than grateful, but it is cool to see the various supervillains tearing each other to pieces in the absence of Joker's ironic stabilizing effect on Gotham's criminal element.
Oh, and Warner Bros Interactive? I still haven't forgotten about that ridiculous $40 season pass. Just letting you know.
Splash Damage and Nexon America have announced that their upcoming team based shooter Dirty Bomb goes into open beta on June 2nd. It's been in closed beta for a while now on Steam but the developers clearly want as much feedback as possible before the game launches in the fall. They also have a new dev diary up explaining their shift from class-based gameplay to a more individual MOBA-style setup.
Splash Damage are talented people but after reviewing Quake Wars and Brink I sort of realized that they've been remaking the same game for years now--that game being Wolfenstein Enemy Territory. They try to integrate story into a class-based multiplayer environment but I've never felt that the plots to their games were terribly well implemented. Hopefully dirty bomb, with its story of high-scale looting in a terrorist-besieged London, will integrate the plot a little better.
I saw The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses a couple years ago when it came to Columbus Ohio and it was really quite the experience. The concert has been touring in Europe and Japan but later this year it will be coming back Stateside for the Master Quest tour. It will be hitting a lot of major cities including Austin, San Francisco, Orlando and also Canadian cities like Vancouver and Montreal. Of course I'm pretty excited that the concert is coming back to Columbus on October 18th. Check the press release after the jump for the full list of tour dates.