So, how does it work? Well, in a nifty new video from Valve we get a glimpse into the simplicity behind the design of its new Steam Link hardware peripheral. It's pretty simple really, it connects to any TV in your house (via HDMI) and over your network stream 1080p 60FPS game content to the comfort of a couch. Or, bed. Which, kind of sounds like a must-have device for ensuring Fallout 4 never leaves your sight.
Now, you may be wondering what exactly a Lowrider is? Is it simply a car that's been lowered? Nope! It's a car that has a separate set of controls that can make it's body bounce and even jump -- and all whilst moving slowly or not at all. And these hydraulic-powered yank-tanks are coming tomorrow, as part of an update to GTA Online that will bring a new set of missions (dispensed by Lamar) that will see players vie for control over a "thriving Lowrider scene."
Playing into nostalgia is a marketing tactic that has been used for years, decades even. There was even a Mad Men episode that dealt with this very personal, and seemingly manipulative approach to marketing. And that was set in the 1960s, long before stuff like Star Wars, Transformers, and Teenage Turtle People existed. So why then is the new ad for Star Wars Battlefront so effective? Well, when nostalgia works it works. As in the water-works begin. Excuse me for a moment, I seem to have something stuck in my eye.
And it looks pretty amazing, mainly because of the seamless blend of live action and CG stuffs like Mr. Handy and large hulking Mutants. In fact the strength of this trailer is the fact that the live action footage recreates in-game situations and camera angles. And of course, Dogmeat makes a cameo.
Enjoyed playing the Star Wars Battlefront Beta? Well, this week's Throwback goes back to where it all began. For first-person Star Wars shooting that is! That's right, it's 1995's Dark Forces, the game where you take on the role of Kyle Katarn and steal the plans for the Death Star. And then continue to steal other stuff from the Imperials. They really need to invest in a Space Safe 5000.
Blizzard's first-person team-shooter Overwatch is about to head into beta, and you can sign up now for your chance to take part. The beta is set to kick off on October 27 and Blizzard has stated that they will also be opening up the game to a wider audience for special Beta Test Weekends. So if you miss out, there's a pretty decent consolation prize.
On the eve of some of the biggest releases of the year, I had the opportunity to sit down with Studio Design Director David Vonderhaar (from Treyarch) to chat about 2015's entry in the yearly iterating franchise. What started out as an interview about potential story details, shifted into co-op level design challenges and finished with the all-important topic of time to kill.
With a new Star Wars movie on the horizon there's no doubt that this holiday season everything Star Wars is going to be big -- and Star Wars Battlefront looks to be coming out at the right time. With the beta recently wrapping up, and drawing over 9 million players, you can be sure that it's going to be a hit. Also, 9 million! That's one hell of a stress test.
The Alpha that is, which is now open to all to try out via Steam. As the sequel to the popular Dungeon Defenders, a game that blended the action-RPG stylings of something like Diablo with tower defence, a lot of people have naturally looking forward to this release. The final game will also be free-to-play but will offer new heroes through microtransactions.