Posts Tagged ‘Deep Silver’

Kinda Sorta MOBA: Dead Island Epidemic Explained

But hey, that looks like a plain old action-RPG.

I had not particularly noted Dead Island: Epidemic‘s passage into Early Access. I’d seen enough games chasing the dream of League of Legends and Dota 2‘s success with only a few small new idea. And it had the temerity to coin its own cutesy genre name, Zombie Online Multiplayer Battle Arena! However, after watching a new gameplay trailer explain what it’s up to, I’m at the very least interested. Not enough to pay for the beta of a game that’ll be free-to-play at launch, mind.

While the majority of MOBAs (do I still need to explain this dreadful name?) seem to mostly duplicate LoL or Dota, Dead Island: Epidemic takes their ideas of per-match progression and slap them into something a bit more like Diablo III with a sizeable PvE side.

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(Exposed) Muscle Beach: Dead Island 2

In comparison to the original Dead Island trailer, Dead Island 2’s announcement video is more honest than Abe and Cherry Tree Washington combined. You remember that trailer, right? The one that broke a thousand hearts when it debuted and then broke them again when the game was more like a first-person Dead Rising than a mourning simulator? Dead Island 2 is just holding its hands in the air and admitting to the world that it’s at the dafter end of the zombie spectrum. No introspection here – it’s a game about beautiful beach bodies rotting in the sun while the world points, laughs and decapitates the poor sods.

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For Goodness: Sacred 3 Anti-Delayed

Well this is fun. Once upon a time in ye olde fantasyee land of Ea’rth, Sacred 3 was set to launch at the end of August. Now, however, the latest in a longish lineage of solid Diablo-alikes has moved to the goodship August’s bow because it’s so ready that it doesn’t need no stinkin’ month. But as Eurogamer slyly points out, there is a Diablo-related product coming out that month. So maaaaaaaaybe… but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Fingers crossed for something good, not rushed. New trailer below.

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It Goeth Before Fall – Risen 3: Titan Lords Rising In August

I have absolutely perfect 20/20 vision! Except when birds are around

The Risen games have never been anything even marginally resembling perfect, but they’ve got more heart than Borlikkulax, the heart collector that comes in the night. We (by which I mean Alec) have written countless words about them, so I can’t help but anticipate Risen 3: Titan Lords with a trepidacious sort of glee. Will it finally realize the series’ lofty open-world role-playing ambitions, or will this wannabe genre titan fall into a crater of glitch-ridden obscurity? We’ll find out in August.

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Killer Is Dead To Live Again On PC

I’ve just had a quick shuffle through the RPS lunar archives, where old posts are stored in a air-conditioned crater, and I can’t find a single mention of Grasshopper’s Killer Is Dead. Does this mean we didn’t know that it was coming out on PC until this very moment? It certainly seems that way. From Killer 7 director Suda 51, it’s an action game about a man with a cybernetic arm that can transform into a gun or drill. Like Suda’s previous, Lollipop Chainsaw, it channels an idea of grindhouse trashiness in a way that is easily mistaken for ironic appreciation. I think Suda 51 just loves swords, cybernetics, gore, wrestling, melodrama and sneaky peeks of ladies’ underwear. This is a game in which you must carefully apply male gaze to unlock new weapons. Videos below.

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Special – Saints Row IV: How The Saints Save Christmas

Who's that guy in the middle? Didn't everyone play SR4 as a US-flag-emblazoned Abraham Lincoln hippy Jesus like me?

Every great pop culture entity needs a Christmas special. I mean, who doesn’t love seeing their favorite characters shoehorned into an emotionally hollow, often obligatory plot that ends with a Very Valuable Lesson about family or selflessness or time travel ghosts or something? It’s a tradition nearly as old as Walmart itself. But OK, in fairness, some Christmas specials aren’t entirely terrible, and if anyone can elbow drop the cliche in the groin until it slithers back into the bowels of its holly, jolly dungeon of soulless commercialism, it’s Saints Row. Saints Row IV‘s next DLC episode, How The Saints Save Christmas, will almost certainly bash the very concept of Christmas specials’ head against the fourth wall until both are naught but jagged shards. Dash through the snow below for details.

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What You Want To Hear: Saints Row IV Sold Well

Let's pretend we're not blockheads.

Deep Silver have had quite the couple of years. They’ve gone from a European publisher of quietly successful strategy games and RPGs (the X games, Gothic, others), to finding mainstream success with Dead Island, to picking up where THQ left off with Metro: Last Light and Saints Row 4.

In an interview with Deep Silver’s CEO, The Penny Arcade Report mention that Saints Row IV has sold triple that of Saints Row 3 on PC over the same time period, and that Metro: Last Light sold more across all platforms in a single week than the original did in three months.
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Spacebiff: X-Rebirth Combat Trailer

Bifffffffffffffff!
The thing that surprised me the most during my playthrough of a tiny section of X Rebirth was the combat. It was, admittedly, a combat focused demonstration with a nippy ship, but when I wasn’t breaking the game by dodging the story and hunting around the station for fun things to do, being dragged into the space battles wasn’t a drag at all. It was fun. X’s usually treacly controls were no more, and some of the combat tweaks means you have to think your way around some of the bigger battles. It was encouragingly spam free. As is the trailer below, which shows off some of the mighty spacebiff’s in Egosoft’s upcoming game.
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A Work Of Artyom – Metro: Last Light’s Last DLC Out Now

Seems like only yesterday that we weren’t even sure if Metro: Last Light would ever see the light of day. Seems like markedly closer to yesterday that it was flinging massive balls of spiders at us (this is the point where you should begin imagining this all like one of those fond memories flashback montages, except with the aforementioned imagery instead of a slow-mo snowball/food fight). Now, though, it’s packing its bags and preparing to leave us, probably forever. But before it closes up shop once and for all, it’s got one last dollop of content for us to remember it by. Three characters, three stories interwoven with Artyom’s adventure, three thousand borscht-o-flops of intrigue. Unlike the Faction Pack, however, Chronicles’ freshly playable faces should strike you as a bit more familiar.

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Saints Row IV: Enter The Dominatrix Dropping This Month

Down the hatch. Er, a hatch. I don't want to talk about this anymore.

Once upon a time, Saints Row IV didn’t even have its own number – let alone a snazzy, posh purple Roman numeral. It was nascent, in a pre-life phase that many organisms have known at some point or another. That is to say, an expansion to Saints Row: The Third. Back then, it was known as Enter The Dominatrix – at least, until THQ (may it sue still-existent companies from beyond the grave in peace) set it on its course to sequeldom. But now Saints Row IV is getting a DLC expansion titled “Enter The Dominatrix,” and it’s, er, a different sort of thing. More literal, I would say. There is an actual dominatrix. From the looks of things, you will be, um, entering someone in a fashion. Yeah.

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X Rebirth: Trading And Mining, Together At Last

It’s definitely the prettiest trading I’ve ever seen. EGOSOFT’s X Rebirth is expanding the options for space shopping, as they explain in a new video, that also covers how the game handles mining duties. Now split into two parts, basic inventory trading will be handled by speaking to actual (NPC) people and selling what’s in your ship’s pockets. Meanwhile, large-scale trading involves more familiar menus, alongside realistic simulations of docking by massive supply containers.

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SPIDERS EVERYWHERE: Metro’s Developer Pack DLC

Yep, the entire ceiling is *definitely* made of spiders right now.

What’s the deal with game developers and spiders? I’m actually working on a podcast-ish feature thing that tackles that very subject (it’s been quite enlightening so far!), but for now I will sum up my findings in a brief, easily parsed expression of unbridled terror: EWWWEWWWWEWWWW. And also this for good measure. Metro: Last Light’s “Developer Pack” DLC continues gaming’s heartfelt, eight-legged embrace of arachnophobia with a horrific-sounding Spider’s Lair solo mission. Also, it includes a bunch of a fun developer tools (think AI battlefields, etc) for you to toy around with. This, I assume, is merely a distraction so that the spiders can sneak up behind you and lay eggs in your hair.

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Bloodless Champions: Dead Island MOBA Detailed

Yep, that sure looks like a Dead Island MOBA

My fingers still feel a deep sense of slithering, shivering wrong in the pits of their tiny finger souls when they type out the words “Dead Island MOBA,” but here we are. Dead Island Epidemic is happening because Deep Silver’s so obsessed with zombies on islands that I think it wants to create an actual, factual epidemic of Dead Island (and Dead-Island-like) games. If that is indeed the case, it’s well on its way, and Epidemic is without a doubt furthest off the previously established map. On the upside, it’s being developed by Stunlock Studios, the talented team behind the Quinns-approved Bloodline Champions. Also, there’s crafting and you capture points all over the map instead of dragging your weary bones through countless base-busting wars of attrition. Other highly unexpected features include zombies, zombies, and also zombies.

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No Oceans: EU Saints Row IV Has Stupidest Delay Ever

We’ve long lamented the inanity of delaying EU releases. Archaic systems meant that games were once released on Tuesdays in the States, and Fridays in Europe. And before the oceans between were concreted over, most were in ignorance of the difference. But now, in our contiguous international continent, this gap has become rather problematic. From the blatantly obvious way it encourages piracy (“This game is available, your friends are enjoying it, but we’re not going to let you buy it!”), via the tiresomeness of not being able to play friends via multiplayer/co-op, to the ridiculous hiding from social media, YouTube, etc half the world needs to conduct to avoid having games ruined, it’s obviously a dated and anachronistic way of things. With PC gaming so dominantly sold online in the UK and US, it’s time for it to end.

Now apply this all to a game that’s not even getting a physical release in the UK! Europe and Asia’s Saints Row IV, that you can’t even find a link to pre-order on PC on its own website, is artificially delayed until the end of the week.

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The Silence: An Update

Hello, and welcome to an irregular update on The Silence. The technique publishers use when they want a story to go away. Rather than responding to press enquiries, they instead pretend they haven’t happened, or send prevaricating nonsense which ultimately goes nowhere. So, RPS figures, let’s not let that work. Let’s keep bringing stuff back up, reminding people about it, and letting their silence be a thorn in the publishers’ sides. Today it’s EA, Ubisoft and Deep Silver.

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Wot I Think: Saints Row IV

After the fantastic Saints Row: The Third, the question from everyone went: how can Volition top this? How can they make a game that’s more weird, more outlandish, more explosive? Then following the collapse of THQ, the license and studio was bought by a publisher who ignores the press when it’s convenient for them, then hires pole dancers for preview events – could it survive this too? Well, the answers are in Saints Row IV, due out on the 20th. I’ve played it to the very last, and can tell you wub I think:

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Saints Row IV Dev Diary Explains A Few Things


In just three hours John’s opinions on Saints Row IV will be unleashed on the internet. I have rarely seen him this excited, and that means something. It might be possible to uncover a few clues as to the meaning of his strange behaviour by watching the latest Volition dev diary for their insane opus, which I’ve gingerly placed below this post, hoping not to crease or otherwise mar its splendid attire before the big day.

Do NOT watch this video is you are in any way squeamish or at work. I mean, you could, I’m just not advising it. Who am I now, your mother? I could be, for all you know. Have you called her lately?
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Why Not: Saints Row 4 Gets $1 Million Special Edition

Saints Row 5's special edition will allow you to buy your way into actual Presidency. Of Earth.

Gaming industry, you can stop releasing progressively more expensive and unnecessary collector’s editions now. Saints Row 4 has won – and quite handily, at that. A single, deranged soul can now obtain a $1 million version of the utterly unhinged open-world superhero United States President sim, netting them everything from a Lamborghini and plastic surgery to a trip to outer goddamn space. Why? Because Saints Row, that’s why. Does Deep Silver really need another reason?

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