With the addition of a full cinematic story mode, one packed with all manner of nonsense and silliness, Street Fighter V finally looks like the complete package that was originally promised. Of course, as a fighting game the longevity lies mainly in the competitive side of the game, but story and the Street Fighter universe have gone hand in hand since the '90s. With this being one of the best efforts yet.
Virtual items like cosmetics and weapon skins are big business, generating annual revenues in the billions of dollars. In relation to Valve's Counter Strike: Global Offensive, this means that a staggering number of people are actively buying, trading, and gambling weapon skins on a daily basis. One of these gambling sites, CS:GO Lotto, has come under fire recently thanks to its owners Trevor "TmarTn" Martin and Tom "Syndicate" Cassell using their popular YouTube channels to promote the site. After in no way disclosing their connection.
Looks like Xbox is getting in on the digital sales game with its annual Xbox Summer Sale slated to begin tomorrow. Or the next day, because we're slightly in the future in Australia. The sale, which will be digital, will offer 40-60% off hundreds of titles including The Division, Quantum Break, Ark: Survival Evolved, DOOM, and Halo 5. With Gold subscribers getting up to an additional 10% discount on top of the already low low prices.
With Overwatch out, and Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and World of Warcraft all still going strong, it's good to know that Blizzard is in no way done with Diablo. Not we were worried, what with all the free updates that Diablo III has been getting over the years. In a new job posting at Blizzard, it looks like the company is looking for a new game director to lead development on a new Diablo project. Which, whatever it may end up being called, looks to be Diablo 4.
As per recent rumours of its existence, today 2K has announced BioShock: The Collection. A new compilation that includes BioShock, BioShock 2, Bioshock: Infinite, and all single-player DLC content, coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The first two games in the series are also getting the remaster treatment for all platforms, with development being handled by Blind Squirrel Games. Oh, and there's an announcement trailer.
Like with Total War: Rome II the first bit of paid-for DLC for Total War: Warhammer is essentially that option in the menu where put a yes next to 'Show Blood and Gore'. For $2.99 USD. Okay, so Blood for the Blood God does add dismemberment, blood spatter across units, and new campaign specific events that generate carnage. But still, paying for blood effects in a game called Total War seems a little off.
Limbo is one of those indie games that was cool before is was cool to be an indie game. It's one of the go-tos of that scene when talking about how it blossomed, and it is a much-loved puzzle adventure. Its spiritual successor from Playdead is Inside, an equally dark and unique side-scrolling puzzler that tries very hard to sell the studio's maturity and to eek out its own place in the indie annals, but does it succeed?