Posts Tagged ‘Activision’

Transformers: Devastation Still Looks Spectactular

I remain mildly concerned that Transformers: Devastation [official site] will be a game I can only watch others play rather than do much with myself, because these bony hands have never been great at combos. But look at it. LOOK AT IT. Even if you’re not dangerously susceptible to 1980s toylines, it’s a delight to behold. High-speed tyrespins on downed enemies! Fights on top of collapsing suspension bridges! Mid-air hammer/tyrannosaur switching! Even Bumblebee doesn’t look like a total prick.

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3’s Bans And Protects

I like the Ruhanga multi-animal logo

Massively jetlagged as I am, I decided to ease back into the post-International real world by catching up with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 [official site] announcements from Gamescom. Either I am stuck in a MOBA fever dream or Blops 3 really is introducing a protect and ban phase to competitive play. Tell you what. I’m going to cover it as if it’s real and then you can just let me know (gently) whether it’s all just a big hallucination. I’m also going to put a wodge of new screenshots in.

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Wot I Think: King’s Quest Ch. 1 – A Knight To Remember

Oh wow.

I really had no idea what to expect of the return of King’s Quest [official site]. The original series were mostly terrible, twee and poorly constructed adventure games, but it had its moments, and certainly found its place in nostalgia. The news of its return after a few abortive efforts seemed like it could bode well, especially with The Odd Gentlemen (PB Winterbottom) behind the wheel. Trailers were confusing, not making it clear if it was an adventure game, platformer, third-person somethinger. But I waited to see. Here’s wot I think:

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Adventure Begins: King’s Quest Episode 1 Released

The adventure has begun! Both the episodic new King’s Quest [official site], and what might really happen as Activision dusts off the old Sierra name and catalogue for the modern age. It’s not the first game released under the new Sierra ‘indie label’ (that’s Geometry Wars 3), but King’s Quest is pretty iconic for Sierra. It can never live up to people’s memories of King’s Quest, but might it be a merry lark?

You can find out for yourself, as the first episode, named A Knight to Remember, launched last night. Come have a peek in the appropriately ’80s launch trailer:

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Jeff Goldblum & Ron Perlman Star In Cod Blops 3 Zombies

I would buy the heck out of Call of Duty: Black Ops III‘s [official site] co-op Zombies mode as a cheaper standalone game. The mode has developed into such silly schlock horror, and draws an increasingly impressive cast of folks from cult movies while going weirder places.

This year’s offering, named Shadows of Evil, will see Jeff ‘Jeff Chuffing Goldblum’ Goldblum, Ron ‘War Never Changes’ Perlman, Neal McDonough off Band of Brothers, and Heather ‘How’s Annie?’ Graham teaming up to fight zombies and tentacled monsters in a noir-y ’40s world. It looks absurd and I like it so much. Come watch the trailer to see Jeff Goldblum as The Magician, chewing the scenery as if it were made of delicious buttery Marmite toast.

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Rules Of Cybernature – Transformers: Devastation Trailer

Split him wide open!

While a lot of Alec’s interest in Transformers: Devastation [official site] is down to it using ye olde Generation 1 robodesigns, mine is entirely founded upon it being a new third-person punch-o-beating game from the folks behind Bayonetta, Vanquish, The Wonderful 101, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Listing those names there, I realise that giant fighting robots transforming into cars and cassette players is actually one of the more mundane concepts Platinum have built a game around.

Anyway, you might have missed its announcement during all the E3 fuss, so here’s a new trailer.

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Adventure Ho! King’s Quest Episode 1 Priced And Dated

Adventure time!

The new King’s Quest [official site] is the first real test for the glove puppet Activision have made from the flayed hide of Sierra. Will its revival of Ye Olde Sierra adventure game series fill you with warmth and love and joy and nostalgia and make you embrace and kiss the glove, murmuring “I’ve missed you, I’ve missed you so much” as tears runs down your cheeks, or will you slap the leathery paw away and screw your eyes tight repeating “It’s only a dream, it’s only a dream”?

The first episode, A Knight to Remember, will launch on July 28th, Sierra have announced.

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Cyberwizards & Robobees In 13 Mins Of Cod Blops 3 Co-op

I'm a mechanical- I'm a mechanical- I'm a mechanical man.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 [official site] turns soldiers into cyberwizards with dominion over cyberbrains and robobees, but does that make the game much different from any other CoD, Blops or otherwise? For the first ten minutes of a new thirteen-minute gameplay trailer showing off four-player co-op, the answer appears to be no. Soldiers run along corridors in a sandy city and shout and shoot and there’s a cinematic where a man dies and oh it’s so very tragic. The final three minutes, however, venture into one of the boss battle arenas, and that looks a whole lot more fun.

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I Guess CODBLOPS Is Basically Unreal Tournament Now

Wall-jumping and robo-soldiers and crazy weapons and teleporters and OTT awards for doing almost anything: whatever would Captain Price think? Me, I’m sort of relieved that Call of Duty Black Ops III [official site] has given up all pretence of military realism and entirely embraced science-fictional absurdity: it’s as though the series is finally allowing itself to be what it’s wanted to be for years. This trailer is focused on the hectic-looking multiplayer, which conjures up Titanfall as well as UT, but I sorely hope there’s a healthy dose of deliberate silliness in the campaign too.

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Toying With My Emotions: More Transformers Devastation

Just a quick update on Transformers Devastation, which I got all excited about yesterday – partly because it’s the Bayonetta/Metal Gear Revengywengy devs making it but mostly because I’M A HELPLESS MANCHILD WHO REMAINS FASCINATED BY PLASTIC ROBOT TOYS HELP ME HELP ME HELP ME OH GOD WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME.

Last night, we got a better look at how Platinum’s 80s-styled robo-brawler actually plays. It’s a lovely-looking thing and oozes fan service from every cel-shaded pore, but I’m feeling it less than I was.

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New King’s Quest Footage Still Shows A Platformer, But It Seems It Could Be A More Traditional Adventure

The return of King’s Quest does seem strange. Activision’s decision to revive the Sierra name, and then use it as a sort of faux-independent label, was accompanied by the news that the PB Winterbottom devs The Odd Gentlemen would resurrect the King’s Quest license [official site]. But look, see, here’s the thing: The King’s Quest games, with the exception of VI, were pretty bloody awful. Everyone seems to have forgotten that. Anyway, we’ve some more in-game footage of the new entry that doesn’t look anything like an adventure game. But have seen some other footage that shows a very different looking more traditional game.

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Cod Blops 3 PC Tweetdeets: FOV And Dedicated Servers

Bang-o.

Tweets from developers dumping details are a bit like bubble gum wrapper trivia facts, aren’t they? You won’t be fascinated and enthralled, you won’t learn the deepest secrets of the darkest beings, but you might raise your eyebrows a little, but approvingly, and at the back of your mouth grind out an approving throaty vocalisation like “Mmh!” or “Hhhoh!” or “Hmm!” or “Hrmmm!”

Now we’ve chewed the Cyberbazooka Joe gum of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 [official site] in that trailer, it’s trivia time, with wrapfacts on dedicated servers, field of view, and other touchy issues.

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Cod Blops 3 Campaign: Co-op, Corridors, & Cyberbees

3, 2, 1, let's jam.

The Icarus ‘jump from rooftops and land like it’s no big deal’ augmentation from Deus Ex: Human Revolution may be ousted as my favourite cyberupgrade. Activision gave a peek at Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 [official site] over the weekend, and you guys: you can have a cyberarm containing a cyberhive of cyberbees that swarm enemies. I shall name my arm The Buzzness.

Along with dropping a new trailer with snippets of gameplay, Activision started talking about its campaign. With customisable characters (including ladies!) and perks, it’ll support co-op and gosh oh golly won’t always be in such restrictive corridors. So they say, anyway.

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