Posts Tagged ‘Avalanche Studios’

Mad Max Might Live Up To Fury Road

Lackluster Mad Max [official site] presentations at previous games shows had led me to believe Avalanche’s open world shooter might be empty, fussy, dull. Then I played it and was pleasantly surprised: my 20 minutes of car combat were fun, exciting, and I’m keen to return to it.

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Character Breakdown: Just Cause 3 Introduces New Rico

The makers of Just Cause 3 [official site] are letting out a steady trickle of info, which means no longer will you need to search month-old E3 footage for sweet hype to suckle.

The first of five dev diary videos has just released, which gives you a closer look at protagonist Rico Rodriguez. That means who he is, what his skills and abilities are, and how he fits in to the franchise.

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Explosions Galore: Just Cause 3 Gameplay Trailer

A relatively tame screenshot, by Just Cause standards.

“Stop hitting yourself!” I can imagine Just Cause 3‘s [official site] demolition man Rico giggling as he uses his destruc-o-physics tether lines to force a giant statue to demolish itself with a mighty open-handed slap to the face. “Why are you hitting yourself? Stop hitting yourself!”

A new narrated gameplay video shows off the build developers Avalanche Studios took to E3 this year – the one our Adam got to play, the jammy git. It’s filled with explosive antics and shenanigans, and has made me laugh like a drain. Come see:

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Hell’s Bells, It’s Another Mad Max Trailer

I’m a sucker for game footage set to an AC/DC soundtrack. I used to watch this obscure channel on Sky, Game Network, which would often take out of context gameplay footage and set it to completely unrelated, often tonally opposite, music. They had Kameo: Elements of Power set to AC/DC’s Are You Ready and it worked fantastically. Shame the game ended up being terrible. Hopefully Mad Max [official site] won’t suffer the same fate, despite the new E3 trailer having AC/DC’s Hell’s Bells as its soundtrack.

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Life Is A Savage Road In New Mad Max Trailer

Savage Road, the title of the new Mad Max [official site] story trailer, is strangely similar to the name of that Mad Max movie that released recently. You might not have heard of it, it had kind of a subdued launch and response seems to have been a bit muted so far. Mad Max is so hot right now and Avalanche Studios knows this, as they’ve managed to make it just as fun as any of the Fury Road trailers, complete with guns and explosions and cars and arid wasteland as far as the eye can see. Which pretty much sums up the entire Mad Max experience. In a good way, I mean.

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To The Max: Mad Max Gameplay Trailer

A Mad Max game from the folks behind Just Cause sounds oh so very exciting. What sort of open-world antics might one get up to in the post-apocalyptic Australian outback? So far we’ve mostly gone on scraps and screenshots from the game named simply Mad Max [official site], but now a new ‘gameplay overview’ trailer shows the sorts of shenanigans the reluctant hero will engage in.

Expect explosions, scavenging, fisticuffs, and fast cars, in short. Have a look:

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Clever Girl, The Hunter: Primal Is Out For You

Preservation efforts? A park to contain all the beauties of the prehistoric world? Nah. We’ll just shoot ‘em all. Freshly arrived in the Early Access folder, The Hunter: Primal errs on the meaner side of the equation, the side that involves gore and goop and other things that could possibly drip from dinosaur-y insides. Here, you play as a hunter, a bipedal predator who must figure out how to survive a primitive yet gorgeous-looking island and its coterie of deadly dinosaurs, while putting together the biggest stack of trophies this side of the planet.

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Just Cause 3’s Probably-Not-Maybe Multiplayer


Will Just Cause 3 have multiplayer? Just Cause 2‘s wonky-but-ace Multiplayer Mod showed that – surprise surprise – running and driving and flying and grappling-hooking and exploding all around an open world with your chums can be pretty fun. An actual, proper, made-with-access-to-the-source-code multiplayer mode could be something special. But Just Cause 3 won’t have one, Avalanche Studios have said. Probably. At this point of the game’s marketing campaign, it’s hard to tell how much of this is a firm declaration, how much is uncertainty, and how much is The Official Marketing Line. Don’t get your hopes up, in short. But maybe don’t be surprised. Oh, I don’t know!

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No Cause For Concern: No Just Cause 3 Microtransactions

Only DLC on the list of things people hate, so far.

When Just Cause 3 was announced yesterday, Square Enix said that it was a “full price title”, causing speculation that earlier fears about the game containing microtransactions were unfounded. Now developers Avalanche have confirmed it in a post on their own site: “It does not feature in-game micro transactions.”

Yep. Confirmation that the speculation about the earlier speculation being false is true.

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Mad Max Is Delayed But Does Have Cool Cars

Broom broom

I am quietly hopeful that we’ll see a grappling hook in Mad Max. Oh sure, probably not the truly wondrous grappling hook its developers Avalanche Studios put in Just Cause 2 to fling enemies, cars, planes, and yourself around with gay abandon, but perhaps something sufficient for a little automotive japery. There’s cinematic precedent for Max and his foes tossing them about, after all, as you know what’s useful when trying to catch and murder other people in cars? Grappling hooks.

But enough about grappling hooks. A new trailer giving a teensy peek at Mad Max and its car combat also casually mentions a 2015 launch, which means plans to release Avalanche’s open-world post-apocalypse ‘em up this year are set back. That’s fine. I can wait for a grappling hook.

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