War. It's changing! Battlefield 1 is getting a sizeable update tomorrow, with the release of a map as well as the introduction of a spectator mode and a new custom game option being folded in which restricts players to their faction's standard issue rifles.
The fans asked for it, and now they have it. After what felt like years of teases and cameos, Crash Bandicoot is back. Kind of.
Happy Battlefield 1 launch day! Wait, what do you mean it was earlier this week? Hang on, what do you mean people have been playing it since last week? Oh video games, you are so silly with your early unlocks and special editions and getting people to pay £20 to play a few days early. Back in my day all you had to do was ask the man at the shop nicely and he'd slip you a copy of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 a few days before release.
Well, here it is: that single-player Star Wars Battlefront you've been waiting for has arrived. Well, sort of. The Skirmishes announced for DICE's shooter a short while back have just gone live, and they introduce a new way to play offline, opening up variations on the headline Walker Assault mode as well as Fighter Squadron for play with bots.
So, just to clear things up, and flying against Betteridge's law of headlines, the answer is yes. I have played APB Reloaded on Xbox One, and while I can't claim to have tried out everything else on the console I can say with some confidence this is as bad as it gets on Microsoft's machine, for now at least.
Now that everyone's in slightly less of a flap about its episodic release structure, one thing's become very clear: IO's Hitman reboot might well be seeing Agent 47 at his very best.
Fallout 4! Is a game that quite a few people spent quite a lot of time playing, so no doubt they'll be delighted that the first significant drop of DLC is here, at last. You can read our full review of the update here, but if you're rushed for time here's the top-line: there's a dash of story in there, and about three to four hours of narrative to play through - but, more importantly, there are robots!
Virtual reality, in case you didn't know, is going to be a thing in 2016. What's quite a pleasant surprise is that it's now looking like a (reasonably) affordable thing thanks to the PlayStation VR's recently announced price point. Sony's unit now looks like it's got the best chance to crack the mainstream market that Oculus and Vive have priced themselves out of, and it's got a pretty decent looking software line-up already.
Here's a terrifying thought: at some point later this month, The Legend of Zelda turns 30. All of which probably means Link's pondering the end of his 20s, trying to squeeze in a couple more weekends of unchecked debauchery before he resigns himself to a life of herbal tea and bedtime at 10pm.
It's been seven long years since we last had a Rainbow Six game, and the multiplayer-focussed Siege could well have been worth the wait. I've been ploughing through it across both PC and PS4, and while it's not without its problems, when it all clicks into place it's absolutely fantastic.
No matter how many times I keep hammering away at the game on my PS4 dashboard it seems the Star Wars Battlefront beta is very much done and dusted, which is something of a shame. Opinion's been cleanly split on Dice's multiplayer-only foray into the much-loved space opera's universe, but I think I enjoyed its shallow thrills more than most. Yes it's all a bit dumb, but wasn't that always going to be the way when it comes to something as mass-market as Star Wars? Battlefield's bullets might win out over lasers and lightsabers, but I'm sure every one of us wants a bit of pew-pew fun every now and then.
Back when The Crew launched at the tail-end of last year, I felt like we were pretty much alone in enjoying the open world online racer, but it turns out we weren't the only ones turned on by the Test Drive Unlimited spiritual successor. Some 3 million people have played it, apparently, and it's done well enough not only for Ubisoft to acquire developer Ivory Tower, but also for a significant expansion to be prepped for release this November.
Happy EGX Saturday! After a couple of busy days it's properly ramping up at Birmingham's NEC, and we're starting off the weekend's developer sessions with a talk by none other than Sony Computer Entertainment's president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida.
The halls of the Makuharai Messe are being swept clean, all the cosplayers are back home disassembling their amazing outfits and we're now back home in England, resenting the fact we're no longer in a country where it's possible to do karaoke until the sun rises any night of the week. Tokyo Game Show is done for another year, and it was another fascinating event - perhaps without the big headlines of 2014 that saw Final Fantasy 15 being announced, but with a breadth of new games that showed that, while mobile is still king, Japan is slowly coming around to the new generation of consoles.
One of the highlight's of this week's Tokyo Game Show was most definitely the reveal of The Old Hunters, From Software's expansion for the PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne. We shared the full details yesterday, and now's your chance to see us fumble through it while going into a little more detail about what to expect, and why it's so bloody exciting.
Earlier this week, Capcom revealed an all-new character for its PC and PS4 fighter Street Fighter 4, and we've just had a chance to play as him.
Never meet your heroes, they say (and our own John Bedford has a rum story about bumping into Nigel Havers one Christmas that's testament to this), so it's always an absolute pleasure when that well-worn adage is proven totally wrong. Like anyone who's been in thrall to Nintendo, and to Mario, I've always wanted to meet Shigeru Miyamoto, and yet I've kind of always wanted not to. How can this conjurer of so much joy, this man who's been so fundamental to the modern language of video games, live up to expectations? And what exactly do you say to someone who's surely been asked every question there is in his long, illustrious career?
Aoife, Johnny, Oli and Tom are all over in Los Angeles right now, taking in all the delights of E3 which kicked off in earnest last night with Bethesda's conference. There was Fallout - lots and lots of it - plus a proper look at Doom and the pleasant surprise of a Dishonored 2 announce. Oh, and something about Battlecry too, if that's your thing.
Ah, good old permadeath - who isn't a fan of when a beloved family member or pet passes of this mortal coil, never to return again? It's great in video games too, as Far Cry 4's new DLC, Escape from Durgesh Prison, proves. In this new slice of open world action, you're given 30 minutes to reach a goal, your success in side missions helping unlock new tools to help boost your chances. Die, though, and that's it - there's no coming back. Just like that time my cat had a spinal embolism!
It's Chrisssssssssssssssssssstmas! Okay, it isn't quite yet, but that's not stopping us from pouring a little brandy into our morning tea, a little whiskey in our mid-morning coffee and sprinkling some elf dust on our corn flakes (it's mostly just PCP) in order to get us into the festive spirit.
It's quite the wonderful time to be around and playing games if you're a child of the 80s, with icons such as Elite being reborn and re-imagined for us on our super-powerful PCs that we do all our spreadsheets on. Chaos, Julian Gollop's turn-based classic from 1985, is next up, having hit early access last week. We'll have some impressions for you tomorrow morning, but in the meantime Mr. Gollop will be joining Ian Higton for a stream of the game from 3pm GMT today. Exciting stuff!
If there's one thing we know you all love, it's when we write about Destiny. If there's another, it's when we show preference for one platform over another. Well, have we got a treat for you today - from 5pm Ian Higton and myself will be running through the PS4 exclusive Strike introduced by the recently released Dark Below DLC, The Undying Mind. See you then!
You may well know developer Croteam for its outrageous, pretty bloody awesome Serious Sam games - they are, after all, pretty much all the studio has worked on since 2001. The Talos Principle is a bit of a surprise, then - a cerebral, philosophical first-person puzzle game, written by the chap who also penned FTL and The Swapper. It's a little bit of a departure.
This week sees the release of Bossa Studio's - them wot did Surgeon Simulator - I Am Bread, a physics-based take on what life is really like as everyone's favourite source of carbohydrate. Frankly, though, we're rolling our eyes at the prospect of having to play a slice of bread again in a genre we thought had been done to death. Can't you just give us a lovely big man with thick arms and a gun to play with?
Today marks the release of Ivory Tower and Ubisoft's The Crew - what a day to be alive! - and we're celebrating such a momentous occasion with a livestream from 5pm. What do you mean you're not excited about the game? Well I wasn't either, but those who have got over their apathy and put the disc in the drive tell me there's a half decent game there, somewhere. We'll have more thoughts for you tomorrow ahead of our review next week.
Did you know there was an officially licensed 2D spin-off of DayZ, complete with 2D, top-down graphics and a bite-sized Chernaus? Oh, you did? Well, I didn't (I'm quite ignorant about these things) so I'm going to be watching Ian Higton stream the game from 4.30pm with interest. It is a thing that is happening here, below.
It's Friday afternoon, the perfect time for pondering life's more challenging questions. Such as why are lockers so prominent in video games? In-house philosopher and all-round nice guy Ian Higton's got to pondering that recently, and he's shared his conclusions in a neatly packaged video below which presents the ideal way to kill another five minutes until the clock strikes 5pm.
Despite their near-widespread critical acclaim, the LittleBigPlanet games are quite divisive, it seems. Some love the smothering charm and knockabout gameplay, others find that same blend a little obnoxious and unsatisfying, and that's pretty much the case with Sumo Digital's first crack at the series with LittleBigPlanet 3, which is coming out over here next week. You can have a look at it all yourself a little later this afternoon, as Ian Higton is going to be streaming the first hour or so of the PlayStation 3 version from 5pm GMT. Hopefully see you then!
Rockstar's remaster of GTA 5 is now in our hands, and it's quite the thing. It's quite the disturbing thing, it turns out, when it comes to the all-new first person mode, which gifts the cartoon violence an unpleasant edge and makes for what's perhaps one of the more crass sex scenes in gaming. Oh, and you can flip the bird at people while driving past, so there's that too! Have a look at it all in action in Ian Higton's video.
Happy Mario Kart 8 DLC day! Ian's swiftly managed to capture the all-new Rainbow Road that's included in today's track pack, and he's rustled up a quick comparison video to the SNES original. It's a pretty faithful retelling, only with jazzier music and, in this case, Captain Falcon's ship piloted by Tanooki Mario. It's almost too much.