October 7, in case you forgot. The rather excellent looking Mafia III is shaping up to be the open-world crime-drama of the year. And the latest trailer gives us a look at all the different districts within its 1960s fictional New Orleans setting of New Bordeaux. In a nice touch it's presented as a government hearing where an associate goes through each location and its place during the rein of Lincoln Clay.
Last week Blizzard announced a global competitive Overwatch event that's naturally been dubbed the Overwatch World Cup. Where players from all around the world will go head to head for the chance to take part in the finals at BlizzCon. Voting for who will get to represent Australia (or any other country for that matter) is now live, with the final six-player roster to be revealed on August 30.
Say it ain't so CD Projekt RED! Why must you insist on a level of polish and stability that leaves a great first impression. Actually, now that you mention it, sure, delay the closed beta for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game that was originally scheduled to kick-ff next month. That we were super excited to play. We can wait an extra month. Sort of.
On September 15. And yeah, according to the Steam game page it looks like it'll no longer be a Windows 10 exclusive, and it'll even support older machines and the more prevalent DirectX 11. And right alongside the Steam release, Nordic Games will be partnering with Mircosoft Studios and Remedy for a physical special edition that will come packed with a bunch of goodies.
Or, that's what we've taken away from an invitation that was sent out to press for a "PlayStation Meeting" scheduled for September 7 in New York. An event that just about everyone is expecting to be all about the 4K-capable PlayStation 4 "Neo" console. The mid-generation upgrade that will provide a sizeable performance boost over the current PlayStation 4.
For those that need a friendly reminder, Project Highrise from SomaSim and Kasedo Games is very much a 21st century Sim Tower. A spiritual successor to the classic skyscraper sim from the '90s that's right up there with the greats. And after playing around with the Project Highrise beta for a few weeks now, we can definitely say that it more than lives up to its promise. And with a launch date now set for September 8, pretty soon you will too.
Making its debut in the mid-90s, Master of Orion was one of the defining strategy games of its day, and introduced many to the concept of 4X. That being eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate. Which made sense at the time, what with the 90s being all about extreme sports and something called the X Games. Anyway, Master of Orion is back! A modern re-telling of the classic series featuring an all-star cast including the likes of Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Alan Tudyk (Firefly).
It would be impossible to score No Man's Sky from a review perspective right now. I've only had the game for 24 hours, and most other sites and journalists have only had it for as long as me, or as long as a couple of days. Still, it's not stopping us from throwing out a few initial thoughts as we grind through this seemingly infinite resource-gathering/crafting/trading/exploring space adventure.