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GDC 2016

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst’s City Looks Terribl-y Good

If there is one complaint I have about the original Mirror's Edge, aside from the "combat is terrible" refrain, is that I'd have liked to see the city explored more, almost as a character of its own. The story is set in an authoritarian dystopia, but we don't actually get to see much of it outside of the first cutscene of the game. There is…

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It’s Upon Us: Capy’s Below Coming This Summer

Sword & Sworcery is one of my favourite games ever, and Super Time Force was great fun, so I'm terribly excited for Capy's next project, the dark and mysterious explore-em-up Below. [official site] Jim Guthrie (Sword & Sworcery, Indie game: The Movie) providing the soundtrack is really just the icing on this delicious cake. And a new trailer reveals we're going to be able to…

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Ooooh: X-COM Creator Julian Gollop Announces New ‘Turn-Based Tactical Combat Game’

Yer actual breaking news (by which I mean I currently have few details but wanted to inform you as soon as possible because I am very excited). Julian Gollop, legendary co-creator of the X-COM series, plus Laser Squad, Chaos and most recently Chaos Reborn, just revealed the next game from his Snapshot Studios. We only have a name, Phoenix Point, and the following description: "Turn…

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Greedo, Jabba’s Palace & A New Mode For Battlefront

I haven't been back to Star Wars Battlefront [official site] since release, which is partly because it left me a little cold after I'd grown accustomed to the lovely, dad-pleasing graphics and partly because the nostalgia bubble I'd spent a couple of months in burst after finally seeing The Force Awakens. (It was Quite Good But). If they ever introduce a playable Jawa mode, I…

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CliffyB’s LawBreakers To “Dial Up The Maturity”

No Nexus platform, fewer microtransactions, and fewer colours: these were the main points of the GDC panel held by Cliff Bleszinski and his Boss Key Productions about their multiplayer shooter LawBreakers [official site]. The game will be released exclusively on Steam, with an upfront purchase and their latest screenshots showcase a change in visual direction away from the colourful and cartoony look of some of…

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Her Story Creator Joins Interactive Filmmakers Interlude

With Her Story [official site] sweeping up 3 awards at GDC, more than any other game, you may be wondering what Sam Barlow is going to do next. (You could almost say: what his story is going to be.) He teased Her Story 2 in the past, in a wonderfully tantalizing tweet, but he has also decided to join Interlude as Executive Creative Director. If…

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Nine Doom Multiplayer Maps In Less Than A Minute

It may not look especially like the Doom [official site] we're familiar with, but the latest 43-second trailer for theĀ incoming reboot offers a brief glimpse of the nine multiplayer maps we'll be running and gunning around in in a couple of month's time. Come see that in motion, as well asĀ some related words after the drop.

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The Witcher 3 Won Games Of The Year At GDC Awards

The Witcher 3 took home two awards last night at the 16th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, including the coveted Game of the Year prize. Her Story, after winning big at the IGF Awards hours earlier, captured a further three trophies. Comes see the full list of winners and nominees below.

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New Trailer, New Subtitle For Ninja Theory’s Hellblade

Ninja Theory must have thought the old title really wasn't cutting it, and I can't really blame them for it. Hellblade does sound like a Ninja Theory game, but it didn't reflect the new direction they were going for with this one. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice [official site] should more accurately reflect the two souls of their work-in-progress, pairing their typical hack-and-slash action with an uncommon…

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The Force Of VR: Star Wars: Trials On Tattoine

Imagine what GDC looks like this year: hundreds of grown-ups living out their childhood VR dreams, feeling all cool and special on the inside, and looking extremely silly on the outside. And what better way to fulfill those dreams and forget how silly this all is, than with a Star Wars game? Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine is a small VR experience that should hopefully…

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Her Story Wins Big At IGF Awards

The 18th Annual Independent Games Festival Awards have just wrapped up, with the 16th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards to follow shortly. I was at the ceremony, which took place in a preposterously large ballroom within the conference centre in San Francisco. You can find a full list of the winners, nominees and my thoughts on the outcome below.

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Job Simulator Gets An Actual Game Mechanic

The future historians at Owlchemy Labs have painstakingly researched a fourth profession for their 2050-set virtual reality Job Simulator [official site]; that of Automotive Mechanic. I once had to fix the tyre on my bike* so I feel like I'm well qualified to judge how faithfully they've managed to recreate the experience. I'm going to say it's pretty faithful, right down to the throwing things…

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ARK: Survival Of The Fittest Is Now Standalone & F2P

The trend of splitting games into two continues. ARK: Survival Evolved is carving off its competitive, Battle Royale-inspired Survival of the Fittest mode into a standalone free-to-play spin-off game of the same name. ARK: Survival of the Fittest [official site] challenges 72 players (or 200 on unofficial servers) to be the last person or team standing in an ever-shrinking arena. It's out now on Early…

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In Obsidian’s Next RPG, Tyranny, The Villains Have Already Won

Update: There's a trailer below now. When Obsidian partnered with Paradox to release 2015's best RPG, Pillars of Eternity, I hoped there might be further collaborations. Obsidian's major releases, Pillars aside, have been spread between six publishers and the studio turned to Kickstarter knowing that a "day of doom" was approaching. Perhaps the relationship with Paradox and the success of Pillars has brought some stability…

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Paradox Space Strategy Game Stellaris Is Out May 9th

Update: There's an in-game trailer below now too. The game that excited me most, at announcement, in 2015 will be out sooner than you might have expected. With Stellaris, Paradox are heading away from the historical grand strategy that they're known for and making the leap into space. And into the unknown. The game is a hybrid 4X/grand strategy game and its most intriguing feature…

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Paradox GDC Press Conference Promises Obsidian News

If you happen to be awake and free from work at 5PM Pacific Standard time, you'll be able to watch a live stream of the Paradox GDC press conference, which is taking place over in San Francisco as part of GDC. I'll be there and I'm excited to hear the latest about lovely Stellaris but even more excited to hear from Obsidian. Over on their…

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Play Non-VR Games With SteamVR Desktop Theater

Are you sold on VR yet? While there are a few upcoming games I think look spectacular - such as Universe Sandbox 2 - not to mention a few that I've played and have enjoyed, I'm not completely there yet myself. Valve's in-development SteamVR Desktop Theatre Mode isn't quite the golden ticket to bypassing my skepticism, however it does seem pretty interesting. Essentially, it's a…

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Total Warhammer’s Vampire Counts Debuted In Trailer

Warhammer understands how to do vampires: not with glittering skin, conditioned hair and smart high street dress sense, but with unwieldy jagged armour, sharp weapons and general all-round evilness. The latest Total War: Warhammer [official site] in-engine cinematic unveils the Vampire Counts, the final and as-yet unseen playable race in The Creative Assembly's adaptation of Games Workshop's war-a-thon, which is due for release in May.

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