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GamesTM No. 185

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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Back issues only
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in this issue

1 min.
editor

It wasn’t all that long ago that I was talking up Arkane in the context of Dishonored 2 and its long wait for recognition. The connecting threads between the studio’s supernatural stealth series and its upcoming sci-fi reboot are many, but the one that is standing out to me at the moment is worldbuilding. Arkane has proven itself to be particularly adept in this field, creating a context and environment for its stories that feels lived in, organic and full of history. In the case of Dishonored it’s a history of class divisions, and a world torn apart by the power politics of the elites. The story of this place is written in the posters on the exposed brick walls, in the puddles on the street, the rubbish piling up in…

7 min.
xbox launches its own ‘netflix for gaming’

“ Fans called out streaming issues due to intermittent internet connectivity as the top pain point for game streaming services ” For years Microsoft has been telling us that digital distribution is the future of media and with the reveal and rollout of Xbox Game Pass, we can pretty confidently now call it the present. This is not the first subscription program for gaming to have been announced and it is highly unlikely to be the last, but it may well be the best we’ve seen to date. What makes us say that? Because Microsoft has smartly listened to everything subscribers have been saying about other services out there and built something that addresses the number one complaints. “Our fans cited that the right balance of selection, quality, and value are key…

1 min.
what’s it up against?

PLAYSTATION NOW Sony’s subscription service is an interesting collection of compromises that offers a pretty forward thinking service, but not necessarily the one that the majority of PS4 owners are interested in backing. Streaming PS3 games to PS4, PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PC and some smart TVs, some consider the service to be charging for backwards compatibility, which doesn’t really do it any justice. It will, however, we scaling back its compatibility soon as all but PS4 and PC streaming will be cut from PS Now by August 2017. Could this be a streamlining measure before the introduction of PS4 titles to the service to match Xbox Game Pass? We’re hoping that might be the case. The ability to play on different devices and have your save game jump from one…

2 min.
what’s next for oculus rift?

One of the biggest revelations out of GDC came with the news that Facebook-owned Oculus was to begin slashing prices on its virtual reality Rift headset and accompanying Touch controller. The news follows a rough few weeks for the tech firm, after analysts had suggested that sales are slowing and – of course – the court loss to ZeniMax over a broken non-disclosure agreement, which has lead to Oculus being ordered to pay damages of $500 million dollars (a case that may well rumble on as the decision is fairly recent). The Rift and Touch combination will see an imminent price drop from $799 to $598 in an effort to make the hardware look more attractive to consumers, many of whom are wrestling with a purchasing decision between the powerful HTC…

1 min.
three of the most exciting oculus rift games

MAGE’S TALE Set in the world of inXile’s The Bard’s Tale, The Mage’s Tale is Brian Fargo’s studio’s first attempt at creating a fully-fledged dungeon crawler inside VR. It features a complex spell-crafting system, beautiful dungeons and a combat system built specifically around intuitive spellcasting with Oculus’ Touch controllers. BRASS TACTICS Brass Tactics is a medieval-themed multiplayer game from Hidden Path Entertainment that aims to bring table-top strategy gaming to VR. Using hand motions, you are able to scale the battlefield to your heart’s content, zooming out for a godlike view of your strategies at play or get close to ground for a closer view of the action. ARKTIKA.1 VR shooters rarely work as well as you hope they will, but Arktika.1 is making interesting use of the Oculus’ Touch controllers to change the state…

1 min.
why i love... another world

“ Another World is timeless – you can play it today and it will still look beautiful ” RAÚL RUBIO, TEQUILA WORKS “My favourite game ever is Another World. I still remember the first time I played the game; I was obsessed with the introduction. I spent weeks just looking through the first few minutes of it. I was familiar with rotoscoped animations before, but to me this was just perfect. Another World is timeless – you can play it today and it will still look beautiful. That was the first game that made me question how video games are made. The further I got through it, the more I was convinced that it was a masterpiece. I always thought that [director] Éric Chahi had such a clear vision, but then 20…