Posts Tagged ‘Square Enix’

Thieves, Cyborgs & Hitmen: The Humble Square Enix Bundle

By Alice O'Connor on July 23rd, 2014.

This bundle does not include Killing Floor.

$15 is a very fair price for Deus Ex, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut, Just Cause 2, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, and Kane & Lynch 2, if you don’t already own them. It’s still not bad even if you do have some. That you’d also get at least a dozen other games, ranging in quality from old Thief (at the high end) to Daikatana (on the low), is just gravy.

Square Enix are flogging 16 or so games cheap in the latest Humble Bundle, coming in three tiers depending on how much you fancy spending. It’s well worth a look.

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Boo! Lords of the Fallen Coming On Halloween

By Alice O'Connor on July 9th, 2014.

What appears to be a chap in a rather unpleasant spider Halloween costume.

I like Halloween. I like the spooky music, the spooky movies, the spooky costumes, the spooky canapés, the spooky cocktails, the spooky video games–all the spooky things. Not to mention the cheap fake blood. The first video game to draw a circle around October 31 with a red pen this year (or is it blood? is it your blood?) is Lords of the Fallen, declaring that’s when it’ll launch.

In the way that we lazy types will summarise games to clue readers in and show off our ‘wit,’ I’ll say it looks like a nice third-person action game that’s come as Dark Souls for Halloween.

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Raiding Tombs: Lara Croft And The Co-op Sequel

By Alice O'Connor on June 10th, 2014.

More DoTs etc. Leeroy Jenkins and so on. Assorted MMORPG raid jokes.

Well lah-di-dah, look at Lady Croft, hob-nobbing with ancient Egyptian gods. Don’t Horus and Isis know what she gets up to at weekends? She stole that dinner set too, you know. You can still see the bloodstains. I can’t imagine why they’re keeping company with her. For all I know gods are fond of that blood and murder, though. Dreadful heathens. I tell you Alice dear, I wanted them to turn down my invitation to afternoon tea.

Deary me, sorry readers. I popped out the room to make a cuppa before tackling the announcement of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris and my grandmother Alice (it’s a family name) starts trying to send me an e-mail about a video game as if the characters and events contained within were real ha ha grandmother what a hackneyed literary device.

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Keeping Up With The Jones: Rise Of The Tomb Raider

By Adam Smith on June 9th, 2014.

The sequel to Tomb Raider: The Reboot has a title and a trailer. The title really is Rise Of The Tomb Raider, which I suppose is better than Raid Of The Tomb Riser, or High Rise Raider, in which Croft and some other posh sorts wage violent class warfare in a south London estate. In the actual sequel, Lara has been left so emotionally damaged by her experiences on the gusty island of the first game that she has to wear a hoodie. And see a therapist who reminds me of a non-specific Fox News anchor.

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Wot I Think: Murdered – Soul Suspect

By Adam Smith on June 4th, 2014.

Murdered: Soul Suspect is the tale of a silly man solving his own stupid murder. It’s an insubstantial game that won’t haunt your hard drive or your memory for long, but before I hammer the nails into its coffin, I’m going to talk about the good times and the merriment we enjoyed together. Despite the flimsiness of its mechanics and structure, Airtight’s dead detective drama has a certain hokey charm and I’m glad I spent a few hours in its company, but it’d be best enjoyed with a Mysterious Science Theatre commentary and an audience willing to riff on its weirdly earnest ghost stories. That’s the good times done with. Here’s wot I think.

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Correspondents Winner: World War 2 Is Back In Enemy Front

By Graham Smith on May 30th, 2014.

I remember when this here were all World War 2 games, as far as the eye can see. Before we had yer modern warfares and yer advanced warfares and yer fancy space games fer use in intros about commonplace genres, it was all about Nazis, hedges in France and Steven Spielberg movies.

With Wolfenstein out and City Interactive’s Enemy Front just around the corner, let’s pretend it is that way again. This latest manshoot is about an American war correspondent playing witness (and gun-pal) to the Warsaw resistance, and this new story trailer wants to convince you of its serious intent.

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Grand Designs: Big Level Blueprints For Next Hitman

By Alice O'Connor on May 29th, 2014.

An entire building of murder.

After the disappointment of Hitman: Absolution, developers IO Interactive came to the Internet with their collective hat in their collective hands. Without quite admitting that Absolution’s small levels, linear missions, wonky AI, more personal story, and bottomless pockets didn’t pan out, they did write an open letter mentioning that they plan to do away with all those things for the next Hitman game. Reminding people that it’s still being made and they really did mean all that, IO have shown off a little concept art including a building which, they say, “on its own is larger than any location in Hitman: Absolution.”

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Far From: Final Fantasy 3 Hits Steam Today

By Ben Barrett on May 27th, 2014.

There’s been something of a PC kick from the classically console-only Japan-born publishers in recent times. We’ve had Platinum’s Revengeance, Capcom’s continued fighting game efforts and a whole host of seemingly random attention from Square-Enix. Following on from the re-release of the ancient PC ports of Final Fantasy VII and VIII in recent times, today brings Final Fantasy III to our noble borders. Unlike those, FFIII has never been encountered on our shores before, despite being ported to basically everything once it finally received an English release on DS in 2006. This version is presumably based on that, which (according to Wikipedia) improved the battle and job systems as well as adding character details while leaving the plot intact.

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Death Of A Salem: Murdered – Soul Suspect

By Adam Smith on May 23rd, 2014.

In the past, I’ve approached Murdered: Soul Suspect with an eyebrow raised and a spot of mockery on the tip of my tongue. Playing as DC’s Deadman disguised as a grumpy detective, the player is responsible for solving the greatest mystery of all – their own murder! Potentially intriguing, yes? But then, as the latest trailer demonstrates, somebody kept adding new ingredients to the pot until the broth had become gelatinous. There are demons to fight, powers of teleportation, clues to the town’s past, ghosts to sidequest with, other victims to protect and all sorts of other supernatural silliness. Basically, if a ghost can do it, the game will include it. You’ll join forces with a medium – “you can see me?” – and posssess a cat.

I am fully prepared to love this preposterous plaything.

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Surprise-aga: Steam Randomly Encounters Final Fantasy III

By Nathan Grayson on May 12th, 2014.

guys do you think maybe we're in a final fantasy game

OK, first things first: this probably isn’t the Final Fantasy III you’re thinking of. Final Fantasy III on SNES was actually Final Fantasy VI. So if you get your hopes (and multi-colored hair) up for Terra, Locke, Kefka, and co, you’ll probably end up disappointed. However, this version of Final Fantasy III is actually pretty great – just significantly lighter on heartbreaking plot, iconic opera scenes, and the greatest giant purple octopus in all of gaming. But this old-school FF III – which is an up-rezzed port of the excellent Nintendo DS remake – isn’t as creaky or uneventful as one might expect. It’s a bit odd that it’s suddenly coming to PC eight years later, but I’m certainly not one to look a gift chocobo in the steel-crushing beak.

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Ghost Dick: Murdered – Soul Suspect

By Adam Smith on May 7th, 2014.

a ghost trick is something a ghost whore does for ghost money

In Murdered: Soul Suspect, the man who killed you is primed to strike again. Catching him will be hard, partly because you’re a flimsy fedora ghost but mostly because this murderer leaves “no clues and no leads”. That’s according to the news reports in the trailer below, although they do mention immediately afterwards that a ‘crude drawing of a bell’ is left at the scene of the murders. That seems like it might be a clue, or maybe even a lead. Whether any information can be gleaned from the drawings or not, their existence has led to the perp being lumbered with ‘The Bell Killer’ as his murder-name. I was hoping that phantom protagonist Ronan O’Connor would make a grave reference to the fact that he met his bell end at the hands of the bell killer but, alas, it is not to be.

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Mother Fearest: Murdered: Soul Suspect Trailer

By Craig Pearson on March 22nd, 2014.

I have a piece of advice for the narrator of this Murdered: Soul Suspect trailer: follow-up with any questions you might have after your mother starts monologuing in vague terms about potential danger. She’s talking about unseen things and and saying stuff like: “There’s something out there,” without elaborating. Why not sit down with her and ask for specifics? What sort of family is this? My mum used stare sadly out of the window and tell me there was a slate that needed to be wiped clean or we’d all suffer from poverty and sickness, and when I pressed her she’d tell me to do the dishes or I wouldn’t get my pocket money. It pays to ask questions, and in that case I got £5 to spend on sweets.

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Deus Ex: The Fall Trips Onto Steam Today

By Craig Pearson on March 18th, 2014.

Who asked for this?

News of the now: there is a newish Deus Ex game on Steam. Deus Ex: The Fall is a conversion of the mobile game from a few years back, one that did an okay job of squeezing down to be prodded and poked at by commuters. I warn you, despite being a slice of Human Revolution-esque Deus Ex, the launch trailer below makes it look pretty bad. Better augment your eyes before watching.

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