When the original Halo Wars debuted in 2009 many were not only wondering if a traditional RTS game would work on a console, but also if the Halo franchise could successfully transition to another genre. The answer to both questions was a definite yes, with the game quickly becoming a favourite among fans. Here we are, several years later, and the long-awaited arrival of Halo Wars 2 has us strangely asking the same questions. But this time with the added word 'still'. Does Halo as an RTS experience still work?
Like its previous effort Lords of the Fallen, Deck13's upcoming The Surge once again presents players with an action RPG where melee combat is the order of the day. And the pacing and mechanics feel somewhat similar to those seen in the Dark Souls series. And sure, it's a comparison that could apply to any melee combat heavy game these days, but with its action RPG elements The Surge is definitely shaping up to be a Dark Souls-like. Which, isn't a bad thing.
Chalk this one up as another step that Nintendo is taking in the right direction after previously linking purchases directly to specific hardware. A situation where if you bought a second or newer console, none of your purchases carried over. Confirmation of this change came from the recent setup and UI leak, which as it turns out was a stolen Nintendo Switch. One that was subsequently returned to Nintendo, with the people responsible currently being investigated.
Over the weekend BioWare released a new gameplay video for Mass Effect Andromeda, focusing on the combat and various skill that will be at Commander
Shepard's Ryder's disposal. Although it's light on squad mechanics it does give us a good look at the very fast and fluid action that we can expect. Compared to the original game, the series has definitely come a long way, and the new skill system seems to be built around being able to change play-styles on the fly without being locked into any specific skill tree.
We can understand that there are still Windows XP purists out there, as it was one of Microsoft's best operating systems. But Vista? We can't think of a reason why anyone would still be using that thing. Anyway, with Microsoft dropping official support for these OS's a while ago, Blizzard is looking to implement a similar policy in the near future. Which means that the Windows XP days of World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm, are coming to an end.
Okay, so that might be an exaggeration, but based on this new look at the upcoming Dawn of War III the sheer amount of units we get to see on screen is impressive in its own right. Add in hero units, explosions galore, variable terrain, and some pretty great animation, and Dawn of War III looks to be a combination of everything that has come before it. And more importantly, a straight-up hardcore Warhammer 40,000 RTS game.
After quite a few years of being held in Sydney, this year's EB Expo is heading back to Queensland for a two-day event over October 7-8 in the Gold Coast. For those that might recall, EB Expo originally began as an event held in the Gold Coast in 2011 before moving to Sydney where it has been held for the last five years. As for the reasons behind the change we don't really know much outside of the fitting new tagline #BackInParadise.
We recently took Arkane Studios' reimagining of the Prey IP out for a space station spin and found, among some very awesome gameplay, that the game is definitely taking some great cues from some very, very great games, while also forging its own identity. And it's definitely something you want on your radar this year.
According to the leak, by NeoGAF user hiphoptherobot, they got sent their Nintendo Switch pre-order a few weeks early. And so naturally they un-boxed it, fired it up, and captured the footage of the initial setup stuff and the overall UI. Normally, the part about someone mistakenly getting their console weeks ahead of launch would be the news story here. But as Nintendo have shown us basically zilch on the UI and console navigation front, strangely, this is our first look.