Posts Tagged ‘Namco Bandai’

DLC For Dark Souls II? Not In This (Brief) Lifetime

Hup-hup just doing my morning calisthenics and oh hey look a zombie is here.

The Dark Souls series is known for throwing as many obstacles as possible in the way of your happiness and physical well-being, but apparently DLC won’t be one of them. While most games slather themselves with the stuff like Hedonism Bot on holiday, Dark Souls II will walk the path of the spartan. It will bring with it only what’s necessary for a complete game. And nothing more.

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Wot I Think: Enslaved – Odyssey To The West

It’s been three years since Enslaved debuted on consoles, and it seems almost criminal that it didn’t get a full-price PC release at that time. Now though, someone has flicked the porting switch somewhere in the depths of Namco Bandai, and a PC version of the game has materialised on Steam. I had a play through Ninja Theory’s beautiful and ambitious action game, and the scribbled Wot I Think on the back of the internet.

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Unchained: Enslaved Premium Edition Now On Steam

So it was written by an Australian ratings board (and then later confirmed by Namco Bandai), so shall it be. After avoiding a PC release for three years, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West has finally accepted our loving, all-accepting embrace. The action-adventure from DmC: Devil May Cry developer Ninja Theory is based on classic Chinese tale Journey to the West, and it’s brimming with strongly acted character-driven drama. Bless you, Andy Serkis. Bless you. If that’s not enough for you, you also get to thwack snarling scrap robots with a giant metal pole. Oh, and there’s (criminally underused) hover surfing. It is, in other words, incredibly faithful to the original story. See it in action below.

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Enslaved: Odyssey To The West Journeying To PC

Wait, you dropped your glasses and also if it is not too much trouble I would like to eat you.

I don’t know about you, but I actually thought DmC: Devil May Cry (that’s the new one, for those not well-versed in entirely redundant acronyms) was pretty great. Dumb, stupid, and also dumb but very pretty, its brand of stylish bravado won me over with a mix of fast action and sly, creeping smiles. So then, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. It was developer Ninja Theory’s previous game, and it’s been console-only for agonizing eons. It is, however, a lovingly crafted, exceedingly well-acted tale set in an actually-beautiful-looking-for-goddamn-once post-apocalyptic world. I played it on one of them Exbawkseseses back in the day, and I really liked it a lot. Maybe you will too when it comes to PC later this month.

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Dark Souls 2 Coming To PC ‘Shortly’ After Consoles

If it’s anything like its predecessor (and all indications seem to suggest as much), then Dark Souls II deals in tough love. Brutal bosses, grisly traps, excruciating punishments for even the most absent-minded of mistakes. By that line of thinking, Dark Souls II actually loves PC the most. It is, after all, forcing us to endure just a little bit more suffering than everyone else by releasing “shortly after” console versions early next year. Obviously, it knows we’re made of stern enough stuff to take it. Or at least, that’s what I’m telling myself. Over and over and over and over and over. Until it becomes the truth!

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Classy Videos Of Dark Souls II Classes

Courtesy of a Famitsu feature and the universal translator that is Reddit, the internet is currently awash with new information about the combat systems in Dark Souls II. Apart from the addition of QTEs to simplify the dastardly boss fights, the changes are tweaks to the Souls formula rather than massive overhauls. The cover system could be awkward but the inclusion of a Dutiful Commando class probably makes it necessary. Thank the gaming gods that From have finally seen the light and included a recharging health system though because, damn, if you played the previous games, you’ll surely agree that they were unnecessarily difficult.

Obviously, that’s a barrel-load of bilge. Click for knowledge and videos.

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Wot I Think: Star Trek – The Videogame

It’s finally appeared. After being much-delayed, apparently to coincide with the film that’s out next month, Star Trek The Videogame (as I think we’re calling it now) is out in the States now, and other parts of the world tomorrow (but for some reason Namco Bandai accidentally forgot to send review codes to ANYONE!). Perhaps I showed my hand regarding my thoughts on Star Trek, when I tweeted yesterday, “Wow. Star Trek is terrible.” But maybe I was bluffing? Here’s wot I think:

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Star Trek Out In The States, Slowly Crossing Space Oceans

Star Trek: The Video Game (right now linking to a 404) is out now! Unless you’re not in America! Because publishers and stores are still living in 1992! So it is that if you’re in the western colonies, you can now buy and play the game and tell us if it’s any good. Meanwhile we, in the Mother Country, are stuck with an ironically named ‘launch video’ and a pre-load option. [Piracy dances across the screen, waggling its hands and tipping its hat.]

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PC Version Of Dark Souls II Ain’t No Port

Easy mode.
A word of warning: I have never played Dark Souls, and this information is coming from French website GameKult’s interview with a Yui Tanimura, the Japanese game director of Dark Souls II. I am merely an information conduit. A nexus from them to you, with news that the complaints of the horrible, nasty port job of the previous game was noticed and taken into account. Dark Souls II is being developed as a PC game. Hooray!
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2 Fast 2 Freerious: Ridge Racer Going F2P With Driftopia

I was really hoping Driftopia would turn out to be a town full of drifters, their transient lives laid bare in a fleeting moment before pressing on, resuming their weary trip to nowhere. Er, I mean, vroooooooooooom.

Ridge Racer, arcadey automotive classic and proof that dumb Internet jokes will outlive us all, is still alive and kicking, even in a racing landscape where cars have finally learned to fly. Last year’s hyper-destructive Ridge Racer: Unbounded was a messy good time, and former FlatOut developer Bugbear is once again behind the wheel for Ridge Racer: Driftopia. Two things, however, distinguish this one from the rest of the powersliding pack: 1) it’s free-to-play and 2) whiirrrrrr rubber screeeeeech driiiiiiiiiiift thoooom [sound of a tire wobbling around on pavement before falling over]. There is, in other words, a focus on drifting. But goodness, this otherwise looks like a low-rent Burnout, and I am physically incapable of complaining about that. Here, watch me try. Whoops, now I’m bleeding everywhere. While I mop all of this up, might I suggest a metal-mangling scream of a trailer after the break?

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