After waiting patiently, as Nintendo's first mobile game proper released on iOS to rave reviews, Android users will finally be able to get their hands on Super Mario Run on March 23. The launch coincides with Version 2.0 of the game, which promises new features and playable characters. Foregoing the micro transaction model of many mobile games, a single purchase unlocks all Super Mario Run content.
Truth be told there's no shortage of simply passable or even forgettable Sonic games released over the years. But 2017 is looking to go back to the good stuff with two releases capturing the best of both the 2D and 3D versions of the character. Sonic Mania, a new 2D Sonic game, offers up 16-bit visuals and classic locations in new (albeit) nostalgia-filled levels. And Sonic Forces looks to capture the look and feel of the Sega Dreamcast era of the blue hedgehog with fast, forward momentum.
Launching this week Mass Effect: Andromeda is one of the year's most anticipated releases, as it marks a new entry in BioWare's exceptional sci-fi trilogy that began almost a decade ago. And with preview builds for the game going live last week the internet has quickly decided that Mass Effect: Andromeda features stilted facial animation, characters with robotic walking animations, and mouths that move unlike anything seen before in a game.
Or not, because this is pretty much chock full of spoilers. In that it showcases the story-driven introduction to the game and sets the scene for the System Shock style horror of being aboard a mostly derelict and alien-infested space station. But, if you're still on the fence about the new Prey from Bethesda and Arkane Studios this little snippet of gameplay gives you a good look at the tone and style of the game.
With DX11 support to be phased out in favour of the new rendering API. Now, we're not technical experts, so when Star Citizen developers Cloud Imperium state that the change won't require a whole lot of work as both Vulkan and DX12 have a bunch of similarities, we have err on the side of agreement. Plus, the change would ensure that Star Citizen would be playable on multiple versions of Windows and Linux.
Season 10 for Blizzard's Diablo III is expected to kick off on March 31, and comes alongside a new patch that will bring some handy new features to the game. Like the Armory, which will let players save and switch out different builds (along with skills, gems, and so forth) at the press of a button. Plus, making crafting materials a currency like stat and a new tier of legendary gear with perfect rolls called Primal Ancients.
With the reason chalked up to implied sexual violence. As per the report over at Kotaku, the refusal comes down to one sequence where the main character Blake is hallucinating and sees all manner of weirdness. Like his wife chained up in agony, and what's described as one creature bending another over a rock and engaging in rear-entry, err, stuff. Also, Blake gets taken advantage of by a female creature with "greyish breasts bared".
And we have to say that we're more than a little relieved, because it still looks and feels very Quake. Like the entire roster of characters still to be revealed, the Scalebearer comes equipped with both an Active and Passive ability. In this instance the Passive is something called Heavyweight, which means the brutish champion can basically gib anyone by simply landing on them. Very cool.
Turok is back, in remaster form with the release of Turok 2: Seeds of Evil for PC. For those that remember their late '90s shooters, Turok 2 is the one with the cool explodey bow and a weapon called the Cerebral Bore that shot little flying metal balls that then proceeded to drill into the skulls of Turok's enemies -- the Dino Men! Yeah, simpler times. A flagship release for the N64, it also got a PC version back in 1998.
The 1990s are back! And by that we mean it won't be long until we're all online chatting in virtual rooms about anything and everything! Okay, so '90s nostalgia is pretty big right now. And in a pretty smart move Capcom is bundling all of its 8-bit Disney titles for the NES into the aptly titled 'The Disney Afternoon Collection'. Featuring the likes of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, DuckTales, and TaleSpin.