It seems a little $5 indie game has caught the staff by storm in Skyward Collapse as almost half of the staff is checking it out. There's been a ton of other smaller titles out lately as well and it seems they are filling the late spring void for everyone. Cheap, fun games? Yeah - sign us up.
This summer the Xbox LIVE Arcade will be getting another four player third-person shooter called Scourge: Outbreak. Stop me if you've heard this one before: Set in the near future, and small team of specialized mercenaries must take on a secret organization whose mysterious fuel source, "Ambrosia," is threatening the safety of the world. Players will be able to level up their characters and use special perks and abilities. Really? I know several titles have similar story lines, but I finished another upcoming squad-based third-person shooter less than 24 hours ago and this premise seems very familiar.
The latest update to SimCity launched yesterday, and promises to change gameplay quite a bit. Unfortunately, there is no increase to the size of cities this time around. There is also no addition of offline mode. The update did bring many changes and additions to the game, however.
Defiance is free to play on Steam this weekend. Trion Worlds' massively multiplayer third person shooter is still plugging along. The game has received numerous patches since launch, so if you haven't played it since the free beta back in March you might want to check it out. The free trial will last until 1PM PDT Sunday, May 26th. That's more than enough time to shoot some aliens and earn some decent scrip.
Players will also be treated to a few missions that are tied directly to the Defiance TV series. In the two week span between the launch of the game on April 2nd and the debut of the pilot on April 15th, there were a handful of episodic missions starring Nolan and Irisa, two of the main characters from the show. Once Defiance debuted on the Syfy network they were no longer available. This weekend you can play those missions, which act as a mini-prologue. If you complete them you'll also be rewarded with some fashionable outfits, and isn't that what MMOs are really all about? (If you've already finished these missions they will not be available.)
Mars. That red planet that floats around with stone faces in the sand, secret alien cities beneath the surface, and a curious little rover scooping up bits of soil. Also, Ironward Game's upcoming tactical survival game takes place there! The studio is currently hard at work on The Red Solstice, a co-op game that supports up to eight players who must work together in order to survive the harsh Martian climate.
Zen Pinball 2 is one of the most played games I have owned on the 360, it is highly addictive and designed to an exceptional standard by Zen Studios. If the developer can bring this expertise to the upcoming 2 player co-op game CastleStorm, we are all in for a treat. CastleStorm is out on the 29th May and the Co-Optimus review will follow soon after, for now check out the informative Dev Diary.
There’s no question that PAYDAY: The Heist took the Left 4 Dead formula and produced it into a solid co-op gaming experience. Thus, 505 Games and Overkill announcing that they're translating that into a new PAYDAY web series got us pretty excited, and with only a couple of months until the launch of PAYDAY 2. In addition, there’s actually an upcoming PAYDAY movie coming out too, which sounds pretty intriguing if it’ll be anything like the revealed trailer.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has been out for a while now. But that won't stop the team at Treyarch from patching the game up as they see fit. Taking cues from the community, they have been patching Black Ops 2 in order to deliver the best gameplay experience. A title update was released not too long ago that added the "Uprising" fixes for Black Ops 2. A subsequent patch was released to fine tune the additions that was brought with that title update. This time, a number of multiplayer tweaks as well as game balancing issues have been resolved. For a complete look at the patch notes, read below:
Lately you may have been wondering what the heck to do with your Vita. Perhaps you are like me, having played a ton of Soul Sacrifice, and wondering what kind of games are on your radar in the near future. Well, add a cooperative game to the list of up and coming Vita Titles. Disney Interactive is porting over Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two to the Playstation Vita quite soon. In fact, it will be released next month on June 18th.
It shouldn't take long to remember why you fell in love with Bungie games after watching the new "live action" trailer that teases their upcoming shooter, Destiny. Bungie has a storied past of creating universes from Halo, Myth, and even Marathon - their worlds are always rich with lore, content, and intrigue. If the latest trailer, titled "Law of the Jungle" is any indication of Destiny's future - well let's just say it's destined to fall right in line with the rest of Bungie's franchises.
Contrary to the beliefs of some multi-billion dollar corporations, some people still play games offline. They may not have an internet connection, but they still have taste. Heck, they may even have an internet connection, but maybe they simply don't want to pipe their personal information into the enigmatic labyrinth of tubes and "security" measures that makes up online stores.
The Raiden series is perhaps my favorite SHMUP series of all time, blending fast paced gameplay, slick sprite graphics, and a smooth upgradeable weapon system. Earlier this year publisher DotEmu released iOS and Android versions of Raiden Legacy, a collection of four classic Raiden SHMUP games. This collection is similar to the Xbox 360 version of Raiden Fighters Aces - but includes the classic original Raiden game. Sadly, Raiden 2 is still missing from the lineup.
[Update]: Skyward Collapse is now available on Steam for less than $5.
When we spoke with Arcen Games' Founder/CEO/Lead Programmer/Lead Designer Chris Park last month, he talked about two of their upcoming co-op titles: Skyward Collapse and Exodus of the Machine. Hard as it may be to believe, Skyward Collapse sees its release on Steam this very day, and it brings with it an eight-player cooperative mode. That's a lot of friends to help you create a civilization!
CastleStorm is on the way! Developer Zen Studios recently announced the genre-bending action/brawler/tower defense game will hit Xbox Live Arcade on May 29th. Accompanying the happy date are a few new screenshots as well as a release video, which is about ten seconds of the date flying around sandwiched by twice that time in studio logos. But it's cute, that counts for something, yeah?
Guess what was just released for LittleBigPlanet, LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet Karting and LittleBigPlanet PS Vita? Sony recently rolled out a pack of costumes from Mass Effect (ever heard of it?), which includes skins for Shepard, Liara, Wrex, and Garrus along with a few in-game stickers. Just the sort of thing you needed to remind you that the LBP series still exists!