Breached isn't your typical adventure game, I can tell from the trailer alone. Sure, I dig the glitch aesthetics and lonely sci-fi vibe, but the in-game computer work made me do a double take. The design is clean and sharp, the puzzles look smart, and the dialogue text could pay off in dividends along the way.
Stop me if you've heard this one, but in Breached, you wake up from cryogenic sleep with no idea what's happened around you. You're in the desert, there's been an accident, and it'll take multiple ~2-hour playthroughs to piece everything together. You pilot drones around to scavenge materials, collect the eight days' worth of precious oxygen around the place, and then... And then who knows? Therein lies the mystery.
At an introductory price of $6.99 (heck, there's even 10 percent off that on Steam right now) it's not like Breached is trying to steal any AAA thunder. It's just creating a unique experience in the indie space, and I think it can do just that.
Breached launched on June 22 and can be found on Steam.
If you have seen The Angry Videogame Nerd series, you know know that there have always been tons of props and items used in all of his videos. This is because James Rolfe has a background in film making and all of his videos are treated as mini films. James Rolfe then had the idea to auction off some of the props and items used in his AVGN videos and the AVGN movie to help raise money for Shriners Hospitals, which are hospitals which specialize in treating children.
Right now they have raised $20,200 dollars for the Shriners Hospitals for Children and there are still some items left to bid on from the AVGN movie including miniatures, the Prairie dog tunnel, the nerd's UFO and the tank chair. The auction ends on June 28th at 6PM EST.
I have been a huge fan of James Rolfe, The Angry Videogame Nerd and his Cinemassacre website for years and I am so happy to see that he was able to raise money for a great organization like Shriners. That and I would like to get the word out about this so he can continue to help others instead of bitching about the fact that he doesn't want to watch a movie.
Telltale is just knocking them down, one after the other. Their anticipated take on maybe the most popular fictional character of all time, Batman, will supposedly be completed by the end of this year.
On Twitter, Telltale's Job Stauffer says that while they hope to have it all out by the end of 2016, they will not prioritize release dates over quality content, which is always good to hear.
If there's something that the superhero craze of the last several years has been weak on, it's probably quality storytelling, something that Telltale obviously excel in, and the possibilities with a character like Batman are very exciting. Keep an eye out for the first part to drop in September.
Chinese company Tencent just bought Clash of Clans parent company, SuperCell, for $8.6 billion. Vivendi has almost bought out Ubisoft, hostile takeover-style. And that one game that was going to map all of planet Earth with drones...couldn't afford to map all of planet Earth with drones.
What are you playing this weekend?
Russell Archey, Staff Writer, @NeoScyther
I'm still firing up Borderlands 2 now and then. I'm working towards 100 percent of the game's Steam achievements, which I'm doing in the most insane way I can think of: Take a Level 72 Siren (technically OP1) and running her through Normal Mode. Why would I plow through enemies 40 levels below me? Because some of the side missions needed for achievements are starting to get on my nerves in Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode. I just want to be done with them. Plus I find Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt somewhat boring and just want that done as soon as possible. I'll also likely be playing some Mighty No. 9. I've seen it get somewhat slammed by critics, averaging a 50 on Metacritic. But I've also had a friend on Facebook say he enjoyed it. So, I'm going into this not as a disgruntled Kickstarter backer, not as a gaming critic, and not as a fan of Mega Man (which I am, for those who haven't figured it out by now), but I'm going to let the game stand or fall on its own.
Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
I just can't get enough of Kirby Planet Robobot. Other than that, I will be playing Steam Summer Sale: Struggle of the Will. We will see just how long my self-control holds out as those discounts continue to drop. Will my sense of ethics and propriety keep me from spending $5 on Payday 2? Will common sense win against nostalgia in the face of 50 percent off the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise? Have I wasted enough hours in various Harvest Moons over the years to avoid the temptation of Stardew Valley? Stay tuned!
Charles Husemann, Editor-in-Chief, @chusemann
With The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine expansion now complete (review next week), I'm hoping to dive into DOOM as it's on Steam sale. I loved the demo, and since I was able to track down an nVidia 1070, I can enjoy it with all of the bells and whistles turned on. I'm also going to be digesting the latest MechWarrior Online patch. The folks at Pirahna released a major update this week, tweaking the heights of all of the mechs, updating a few of the core maps, and changing how the mini-map works. The minimap change has already received a hotfix, as the original patch completely changed how it worked and the community largely revolted. Now that it has been fixed, I'm interested to see how the scaling changes impacted my warehouse of mechs, as most of my mechs are now a little smaller—which makes positioning the mechs a bit more interesting.
Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, @randykalista
Well if I could just stop replaying Skyrim for a minute, then I'd sit down with the wife and play Her Story, which I snagged in a recent Humble Bundle. My wife isn't a gamer, but picking through Her Story's police-questioning interviews on VHS clips doesn't exactly pigeonhole the game as an FPS or RPG or RTS or MMO or any other acronym that would frighten off my wife. I've heard the acting is stellar. I'll also chew through the new content in Fallout 4: Contraptions Workshop. I've looked through a list of all the settlement-building additions. It's insane. There's way more stuff than I'll ever wanto to build. But I'm glad it's here. And hey, it might be worth it to lock Preston into a stockade and pelt him with teddy bears forever.
Aidan Kelly, Staff Writer, email@example.com
I need a break from strategy games. Hearts of Iron IV soaked up my playtime. I don't want to, but I must agree with Rob about Destiny. I rejoined my fellow Guardians just in time for the cancellation of Trials of Osiris and Iron Banner due to unwarranted shenanigans. It was nice to get back into the grove of upsets and disconnects too. Lies. The reconnect service is awesome, and checkpoints during Nightfalls? Thank you! The drop rate is pretty generous, too. I've also never completed the newest raid, so its off to r/Fireteams for some sherpas. To be fair, with a light level of 301, I would be nothing more than cannon fodder. Instead, I'm gonna get stuck in to some Prison of Elders and maybe hunt for some exotics. The Steam Summer Sale is live, too. We all know what that means. I need to address my ambitious wishlist.
Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
Last week, I picked the right time to leave Destiny, that's for sure. The worst Challenge of Elders run ever was coupled with some mysterious PvP shenanigans that has shut down both Trials of Osiris and Iron Banner. I started playing SOMA at night with the lights off—and that game is freaking creepy. There's something about the powerlessness of being in a scary situation and not having any sort of weapon that dials the fear up to 11. I've also started The Witcher 3. I'm just a few hours in but I think I'm going to start over on a harder difficulty and take that opportunity to reverse my decision to simulate a Witcher 2 save. I have about three more trophies to platinum on Super Stardust HD. If that happens, I'll probably pick up with Helldivers as my time waster when I only have a few minutes to play. And finally, if it's not too much on my plate, my life is missing multiplayer, so I think I'm going to put about 20 minutes a day into Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Hoping the recent PSN sale will put a few new people in the playerbase. I'd like to finish that before moving on to AC Syndicate.
Yeah, I'm kind of stretching the title this week. The first of this week's big releases is Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE for the Wii U, a new RPG from Atlus where you "slay monsters like a pop star". If you're unsure what that means...so am I. However, I was recently given the opportunity to review the game so I should have a post up within the next week or so with my first impressions of the game, but mixing music with an RPG sounds entertaining to say the least.
What would a year with the Olympics be without a new Mario & Sonic game? I wouldn't be surprised if it takes a while to answer that question, but nonetheless Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will contain seventeen events including Soccer, Beach Volleyball, and the Olympic Games debut of Rugby Sevens. Granted the Mario & Sonic games only come out every two years, but if they can add something to keep things fresh outside of just new characters to play as, more power to them, especially if they make the events fun and worth playing over and over.
Finally we have the game that Kickstarter backers have been waiting for over a year to come out: Mighty No. 9. This Mega Man inspired game has Beck (Mighty No. 9) trek through twelve stages as he faces off against the other eight Mighty No.s and gains the ability to use new transformations and powers. Reviews for the game have been mixed and the launch has been somewhat disastrous, but I enjoyed the game for the most part. It does have its frustrating moments, especially late in the game, but I wouldn't call it a bad game. Then again I have the Steam version so your mileage may vary.
Over on the Wii U Virtual Console we have a trio of Pokemon games with Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team, and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky. The New Nintendo 3DS also saw the Super NES classic Super Ghouls & Ghosts put up for fans to enjoy, and by which I mean if you've never played the game before...well let's just say that if you think Mighty No. 9 can be difficult, that's nothing compared to Super Ghouls & Ghosts, fun as it may be.
It's been going through numerous beta phases over the last year or so but the Hotline Miami 2 level editor is now officially available on Steam.
Not only can you create your own levels but you can design full campaigns with custom cut scenes as well and the editor is pretty robust and includes enemies, weapons, furnishings, decorations and more. Of course all of these levels can be uploaded to Steam and you can share and download other maps from the community as well.
The Steam Summer Sale is now in full swing and Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is 75% off, so if you don't have the game by now, this would be a perfect time to pick it up.
Do you want Hotline Miami 3? Well now you can make it yourself!
Astro was on hand at E3 with a variety of products, but the main thing that they were showing off was the wide variety of improvements coming to their A50 line of gaming headsets. They’re making some important changes to make sure that the line works better with both the PS4 and Xbox One as well as offering an improved base station. We got a chance to chat with Astro’s Technical Product Manager, James Lang about what sorts of improvements gamers can expect when the new and improved A50 launches in August.
Star Trek Online is headed to console later this Fall and we got a chance to chat with Steve Ricossa, Executive Producer for the game. Steve gave us the details about what fans can expect when the game makes the transition to consoles, including some of the changes that were made to ensure the game translated without hitch. There are also a number of visual alterations made so that the game looked as good as fans would expect on the PS4 and Xbox One.
Last week at E3, we got a chance to talk with Kevin Neibert, the lead game designer on Livelock about the project. In the video below, he gives us some insight on the story and world of the game, which is launching later this year for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Alienware was on hand at E3 to both reveal their latest products and to celebrate their 20th anniversary. We stopped by there booth and were able to get an in-depth look at their new Alienware Aurora, a mid-size gaming desktop. Eduardo Goyanes of Alienware was nice enough to give us an extensive breakdown of the new computer along with an up close look inside the hardware.