Not every game gets a news story for releasing box art images. But Batman: Arkham City is looking far too good to not share any news. Get ready to see these on shop shelves and covering any online retailer’s headers for months to come. October 21st is starting to feel that little bit closer now.
Fans of comics, games, sci-fi, manga, anime, movies and cosplay listen up. The MCM Comic Con is coming to Manchester on Saturday July 30th. The venue will be the spacious Manchester Central, which, used to be known as the G-MEX arena.
Our very own Tom Silkstone attended the London MCM Comic Con in May and had an awesome time. There were plenty of games there to play, panel discussions and Q&A meets. Take a look at his coverage to whet your appetite. See, worth a look for any gamer, even if you’re not particularly interested in comics.
Missing PlayStation Move title pulls re-appearing act
Good news everyone, the promising PlayStation Move title, Sorcery, is still in development despite disappearing from our radars for almost a year. Hugo Bustillos, Sony’s UK PR Executive today confirmed to us: “Yes, Sorcery is still in development.”
There are no details on a release date as of yet, we imagine there’s still some time to go. The last sign of life we had from the developer, The Workshop, was a job listing at Game Guzzler for a UI (User Interface) Artist, posted back in May this year.
Fans of orc-hackery and deformed dice rejoice, Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale has finally been released on the PC platform a few weeks behind the release on PS3 and Xbox 360, which we reviewed here.
This hack and slash RPG takes place in the mythology of the Forgotten Realms. You must defend your homeland from Rezlus, the evil Zhentarim Cleric who is trying to resurrect the Black Lord Bane. To do this you’ll have to vanquish the legions of darkness from the Mines of Tethyamar and the Tower of the Void. Expect lots of stabby action supported by the usual fetch missions.
The North American games press have just voted to bring us the nominations for their picks of E3 2011. Why should you care? Well, the winners will be the ones with that little E3 sticker on the game’s box come release day. It’s a mark of pride that few review quotations can come close too.
Sony and EA lead the way with 14 nominations each, which leaves Microsoft and Nintendo looking pretty miserable. Bioshock Infinite and Uncharted 3 proved to be the most popular games with four nominations each.
Check out the full list of nominees below and click any of the links to be whisked away to our E3 coverage of that title. Feel free to add your own picks of E3 to the comments section too.
Today’s PSN update is a little light on the new games front but the new village growing pursuits of Akimi Village could be interesting. We’re more than tempted to revisit the original American McGee’s Alice too; as we’re sure it’s better than the recent Alice: Madness Returns. Cheaper than forking out for the PC original on eBay too.
To celebrate Sonic’s 20th birthday (yes really) there’s a collection that features, Sonic 1 & 2, Sonic 4 Episode 1 and Sonic Adventure plus DX). Tomorrow will see the release of a new Sonic Generations demo, which we’re pretty psyched for after Matt’s hands-on preview at E3. DLC highlights include a new case for LA Noire and Killzone 3 maps.
Q-Games have today announced a new title from their beloved PixelJunk series. What we initially thought might be PJ Shooter 3, has since turned out to be a new IP, PixelJunk SideScroller.
These guys love giving us their take on multiple gaming genres and side-scrolling shooters should be a piece of cake for them. So expect lots of traditional side-scrolling blasting, going left to right and shooting forwards-only while moving around the 2D environment trying to back away from swarms of bullet patterns.
The big names are really starting to line up now for Sony’s little gem. Capcom just came onstage at Sony’s Press Conference to announce a PS Vita version of Street Fighter X Tekken. Also, as an exclusive to the console, Cole from the Infamous games will be available as a selectable character.
After Capcom’s success with Super Street Fighter IV 3D on the 3DS, we think this will be massive. We’ve just seen similar touch-screen activated combos and we presume the game will try and emulate SSFIV’s many online features.
After revealing the game with a cinematic trailer last December, Sega have finally given us a look at actual gameplay footage for Binary Domain. Now that we’ve seen the game in action, we have to say we’re much more interested. Well, as interested as we can be considering the game won’t be here until 2012 and it’s not called Bioshock 2.
This sci-fi third-person shooter favours a more sedate (no rocket-assisted power-sliding to cover) angle than last year’s 9/10 scoring Vanquish. It shares the all-grey look though. The cover-based shooter looks to be supported by vehicle sections and hopefully some co-op action as you look to be a part of a four-strong squad.
So what will we be blasting to bits come 2012? Cyborg robots, naturally. Red-eyed, self-aware robots. Initially created for service, a sinister corporation gave them a few firmware upgrades including ego and emotion so they could be slyly integrated into powerful positions within society. We’re presuming that bit them on the arse pretty sharpish. Android drones will be supported by larger mechs and if Sega know what’s good for them, some really, really big ones. Hint: just make Vanquish 2 please.
EA have announced a new retro-style shooter for PSN and XBLA. You’ll be controlling a tiny ship about the size of a blood cell, inside the human body. The MicroBot’s purpose is to eradicate diseases at a cellular level by shooting the hell out of them. Drop in/drop out co-op will also be included. We’re even more excited because it reminds us of one of our favourite 80s movies, Inner Space, which in turn went on to inspire episodes of Family Guy and Futurama. You’ll have to wait until winter 2011 to get your hands on it, but check out the latter part of this trailer to catch a glimpse of the gameplay and strangely calming graphics.
Gaming reviews, previews and features by Brendan Griffiths