Pillars of Eternity was a great old school party-driven RPG from developer Obsidian Entertainment. It featured fantastic real-time-with-the-ability-to-pause battles, an engrossing and layered story, plus a number of different types of builds you could choose from that more than ramped up the replay factor. The second expansion to the game, The White March – Part 2, is coming late January. And in the announcement Obsidian takes the time to point out that this is coming from the people behind Fallout: New Vegas, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, and South Park: The Stick of Truth.
Bethesda games, at least on PC, have always had easy access to a console where you could type in commands to alter the game on the fly. Fallout 4 is no different. And even though the big draw may be cheaty stuff like god mode and "give me all the weapons baby, plus ammo too", to those that have played a bunch of Oblivion, Skyrim, Fallout 3, and others will know that the console commands are a godsend when the game glitches or bugs out. Which, happens more often than it should.
Yeah, that's a lot of copies. Which explains how it ended up with day one sales "in excess of $750 million (USD)". Making it a huge success for Bethesda all around, with even the Fallout Pip Boy companion app thingy becoming the number one app on the iTunes App Store. App! Now this all well and good, Fallout 4 is awesome. And yeah, it's probably the biggest game of the year. So why not watch a video where 1,000 Deathclaws are pitted against members of the Brotherhood of Steel.
Blizzard has revealed that Legacy of the Void, the third and final part of the StarCraft II trilogy, sold over 1 million copies within 24-hours of its launch. So yeah, chalk it up as another smash hit for the veteran PC developer. And in case you've been too busy fighting off radiation and giant rad-roaches, StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void was also released on November 10. We'll have our review of the game up pretty soon, so in the meantime click through for some initial impressions.
It takes a certain type of genius to construct a headline that is both informative and comprised only using words beginning with the letter 'B'. One day perhaps, we'll get there. In the meantime though, some explaining. Star Wars Battlefront is officially out tomorrow! For those without EA Access. Which means millions of Imperial Stormtroopers and Rebels going at it on places like Hoth and Endor. And based on feedback from the recent public beta, some notable changes are coming.
When Valve began to talk up its shift towards hardware and its own line of Linux and OpenGL powered line of Steam Machines a few years back, the general consensus was that these machines would be optimised purely for gaming. And they probably are. But, according to a recent performance analysis at Ars Tehnica, cross-platform games, those developed for both Windows and SteamOS, can see a frame rate discrepancy of up to 58 percent.
In a future where corporations rule, climate change has forever altered the planet's surface, and rebel forces look to undermine progress, one person can make all the difference. Nope, not a a trailer for some cool '90s sci-action thing starring Keanu Reeves, but Anno 2205. The new strategy/city builder where you get to be CEO of a sleek mega corporation looking to make the big bucks setting up colonies on the earth and the moon.
Legacy Operations is a free bit of DLC coming soon to the PC, Xbox One and PS4 versions of Battlefield 4, and with it comes a classic map you may remember. Dragon Valley! The classic open map from Battlefield 2 that was all about vehicles and having fun dropping in behind enemy lines just to let them know what's up. This new version, lazily called Dragon Valley 2015, looks faithful enough and even brings back all the bridge destruction and reconstruction action.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (HD) has been confirmed for a March 2016 release on the Wii U, with development and port duties being handled by Melbourne-based Tantalus. Which is very cool. Plus, Final Fantasy VII star Cloud Strife is headed Super Smash Bros. in a mashup that should rekindle those mid-'90s feelings of the 'my console is better than yours' variety. And with dates for the upcoming Star Fox Zero, and hints that the new Zelda game will be coming out on Wii U in 2016, today's presentation was a Nintendo-palooza's worth of cool stuff. And we didn't even mention the whole female Link stuff.
For those that may not be aware, Night Dive Studios has a god send to fans of classic PC gaming the world over. The Vancouver based studio has devoted its efforts to reviving and re-releasing a number of classic games, with dozens of titles published on platforms like GOG.com and Steam over the years, including cult hits like System Shock 2 and The 7th Guest. And now with the rights to the franchise in its possession, Night Dive is working on a full remake of the original System Shock (1994).