E3 2016 might as well have been called Zelda 2016. The game was the most Tweeted about title of the show, it won both Best of Show and Best Console Game in the official Game Critics Awards of E3 2016, and was largely the only thing Nintendo focused on, but is there maybe too much hype around it?
The first of three planned DLC expansions for The Division, called 'Underground', is out now for PC and Xbox One (due to an exclusivity deal it'll be out on PS4 next month). And it's actually really good. So much so that it feels like an essential part of the end-game experience. Which, thanks to the last few updates to the game, has gone from an experience that was somewhat lacking to one that now offers up a bunch of things to do. And rewards players for their effort.
We're slowly getting to the end of the official post-release content support for Fallout 4, which is a sad thing indeed. Sure, with mod support Fallout 4 content will continue for years to come, but after the excellent Far Harbor we were kind of hoping for the same thing from Bethesda. Vault-Tec Workshop, the fifth bit of premium Fallout 4 DLC sits on the settlement building side of things, but as it will let you become the Overseer and build your very own Vault, and experiment on your dwellers in a fashion that would make Vault-Tec proud, we're pretty excited.
Which is kind of surprising, yet very cool. The latest Worms title won't break the classic formula that has made the franchise a staple multiplayer favourite for decades now, but the inclusion of things like a car from Rocket League, the dub-step gun from Saints Row IV, and character masks from games like Payday, Broforce, Yooka-Laylee, The Escapists, Goat Simulator, Unturned, and more, add a sense of fun and inclusiveness to a series that already had that in spades.
Since Overwatch launched in May a lot of people have been speculating about the first new character to join the ranks, but no one seemed to have guessed that it would be Ana Amari. Most people were betting on a mysterious figure called Sombra. But as it turns out it's Ana Amari, a character that was part of the original Overwatch crew, but went missing after a mission that cost several of her team-members their lives. Who also happens to be Pharah's mother!
Batman: Return to Arkham, the compilation of Rocksteady's Arkham Asylum and Arkham City that's getting the remaster treatment for current-gen consoles was originally scheduled to be released this month. According to a new report over at Eurogamer, the reasoning for the delay and why a new window of November is being targeted all boils down to the quality of the port from from Chinese developer Virtuous Games. And with last year's bungled PC release of the excellent Arkham Knight, Warner Bros. are probably right in being extra careful not to release a sub-standard product.
The game that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk called "awesome" is making its way to PS4 and Xbox One this week as a digital release. With its impeccable physics engine that simulates space flight, Kerbal Space Program allows you to build your own spacecraft, launch it into space, and explore the galaxy. To those that have been enjoying the PC version for about a year now, the game needs no introduction as it has already achieved cult status as one of the best space-life simulators on the market.
What's Vulkan? Well it's a new low-level API from the Khronos Group that removes a lot of the overhead when accessing hardware. Which means faster frame-rates. And in the case of DOOM, being able to run the game in the three figure range. The support for Vulkan comes with a new update to the PC version of the game, alongside new drivers from AMD and Nvidia. And in addition to being able to run the game at blindingly fast speeds on the latest AMD and Nividia cards it's also expected that older GPUs will also benefit from the new technology.
With the recent announcement that Tetris is being adapted into a sci-fi trilogy, it shouldn't come as a surprise that EA and DICE's Battlefield is also getting the adaptation treatment. But this time into a TV series from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. Now at this stage it has only been optioned, which means development has yet to begin, but apart from the past, present, or future-war setting there really isn't much to go on.
One of the great things about the Civilization series has always been the way in which it takes history's great empires, leaders, and historical figures, and present them in a way that is balanced and non-partisan. It adds a sense of fun to what is, when you get down to it, a very serious game. In a recent string of videos introducing some of the leaders and factions in Civilization VI, we're introduced to the likes of Queen Victoria who leads the British, and Theodore Roosevelt who leads the American civilization.