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Next BioShock Game Hiring Writer for Open-World Setting
Next BioShock Game Hiring Writer for Open-World Setting
A new job list suggests that the next BioShock game might be an open-world game.
Bloober Team's haunted house horror Layers of Fear heading to PSVR later this month
Bloober Team's haunted house horror Layers of Fear heading to PSVR later this month
PlayStation VR owners with a lust for unease and a taste for the disorientating will soon be able to traipse the halls of Bloober Team's psychedelic haunted house horror Layers of Fear VR, which opens its door on 29th April. Originally released for PC at the tail-end of 2019, Layers of Fear VR does pretty much exactly what it says on the label, delivering a more intensely immersive version of Bloober Team's delirious 2016 horror specifically designed for virtual reality headsets. Layers of Fear, if you're unfamiliar, tells the tale of a tortured painter as he attempts to complete his masterpiece - a process that draws players into an increasingly hallucinatory nightmare, with the game's beautifully realised gothic mansion setting warping and reconfiguring itself into ever-more-impossible arrangements, and delivering some deliciously disorientating, frequently unforgettable set-pieces in the process. Read more
Apex Legends could get a loss forgiveness system for players “impacted by cheaters”
Apex Legends could get a loss forgiveness system for players “impacted by cheaters”
Most FPS games that require a decent level of aim to succeed have seen their fair share of cheaters, especially those that are played in a competitive setting.
Elder Scrolls-Like RPG Ravensword: Shadowlands Launches On Switch This Week
Elder Scrolls-Like RPG Ravensword: Shadowlands Launches On Switch This Week
An inexpensive Skyrim alternative. Ravensword: Shadowlands, an RPG from Ratalaika Games and developer Crescent Moon Games, is launching on the Nintendo Switch eShop on Friday 9th April. The game has players setting off on a journey through a variety of landscapes, taking up weapons and spells as you battle vicious enemies along the way, and riding horses or flying mounts as you progress through a fantasy adventure.
Warhammer Age Of Sigmar: Storm Ground coming in May
Warhammer Age Of Sigmar: Storm Ground coming in May
Across the squillion Warhammer games we get these days, we don't see much in Age Of Sigmar, the setting which semi-replaced Warhammer Fantasy Battle in 2015.
Control's Architecture Is More Than Just Saying
Control's Architecture Is More Than Just Saying "Brutalism" Over And Over Again
The defining visual signature of Control isn’t its enemies or weapons but its setting, The Oldest House, which has been lauded for its take on brutalism, a concrete-heavy architectural style from the latter half of the 20th century.
Former Final Fantasy talent onboard for striking hand-drawn JRPG Astria Ascending
Former Final Fantasy talent onboard for striking hand-drawn JRPG Astria Ascending
Artisan Studios has unveiled Astria Ascending, a new Japanese-style RPG being developed in conjunction with Final Fantasy 7 writer Kazushige Nojima and FF12 composer Hitoshi Sakimoto. Astria Ascending casts players as one of the eight demigods - guardians of Harmony charged with protecting the world of Orcanon from the mysterious Noises. There's plenty more scene-setting in the trailer below - including mention of the delightfully named "Harmelon", an instinct-suppressing melon used to maintain harmony across the land - but the gist is that it's a side-on, turn-based RPG with some very nice hand-drawn art. Read more
Paradise Lost Review
Paradise Lost Review
Paradise Lost fails to take full advantage of its gripping premise and the haunting atmosphere of its setting.
Nier: Automata is better on Xbox Game Pass PC than on Steam
Nier: Automata is better on Xbox Game Pass PC than on Steam
Nier: Automata is better on Xbox Game Pass PC than on Steam, it has emerged. The PC version of Nier: Automata that launched into Xbox Game Pass this week is a port of the Nier: Automata Become as Gods Edition that launched on Xbox One in 2018 with the DLC thrown in. This port, handled by developer QLOC, includes a number of enhancements, such as a borderless video setting, FidelityFX options, HDR, and user interface textures upscaled to 4k.
Forspoken Dev Details Setting, Protagonist, and More
Forspoken Dev Details Setting, Protagonist, and More
New stills from the game's recent trailer were also shared.
Dying Light 2 release date and all the latest details
Dying Light 2 release date and all the latest details
When is the Dying Light 2 release date? Techland announced Dying Light 2 at E3 2018 and we have all the latest trailers and gameplay details here, including a rough Dying Light 2 release date. Dying Light 2 was announced during Microsoft’s E3 2018 press conference and we’ve already seen more details of what to expect from the gameplay, setting, and story from the 2019 E3 trailer.
Skyrim, Fallout 4 and more Bethesda games set for FPS boost on Xbox Series X and S
Skyrim, Fallout 4 and more Bethesda games set for FPS boost on Xbox Series X and S
Microsoft has said a raft of old Bethesda games will get an FPS boost on Xbox Series X and S. Speaking during the latest Xbox podcast, below, Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb and Jeff Rubenstein confirmed an increase from 30fps to 60fps when FPS boost is activated for Fallout 4, Fallout 76, Skyrim, Dishonored and Prey. You can toggle this setting off on your Xbox Series X and S if you want to play in the original framerates, Rubenstein added.
Feels From Heals: Healing In Final Fantasy XIV Is Super Rewarding
Feels From Heals: Healing In Final Fantasy XIV Is Super Rewarding
The first thing I did upon setting foot in Foundation, the hub world central to Final Fantasy XIV’s Heavensward expansion, was sign up for the Astrologian and Dark Knight job class.
Six Days in Fallujah dev: “we could’ve done a better job” explaining what it’s about
Six Days in Fallujah dev: “we could’ve done a better job” explaining what it’s about
Earlier this week, the developer of the controversial FPS game Six Days in Fallujah said it understands that the events it's setting out to depict "are inseparable from politics", and that its goal is to tell the story of the second battle of Fallujah from a variety of perspectives.
First episode of Life is Strange dev's gorgeous mystery Tell Me Why now permanently free
First episode of Life is Strange dev's gorgeous mystery Tell Me Why now permanently free
If you've yet to experience Life is Strange developer Dontnod's beautiful mystery adventure Tell Me Why, you can now play the entire first episode for free. Released last August, Tell Me Why serves up a deft blend of earnest homecoming drama and mystery thriller, setting its three-episode story against a picturesque rendition of small-town Alaska - all snow-banked streets, crystalline lakes, and icily majestic mountain ranges. It's another vividly drawn backdrop for Dontnod's particular brand of narrative adventure, which this time finds real beauty and warmth in the relationship between protagonists Tyler and Alyson - two twins reuniting in circumstances that force them to confront their traumatic past. Read more
What’s The First Setting You Change In Any Game?
What’s The First Setting You Change In Any Game?
It’s Monday and time for Ask Kotaku, the weekly feature in which Kotaku-ites deliberate on a single burning question.
Stronghold Warlords Review
Stronghold Warlords Review
Stronghold Warlords has a refreshing East Asian setting and satisfying castle building, but it looks and plays like an RTS that was asleep for most of the last decade or two.
Loop Hero review – Infinite exploration
Loop Hero review – Infinite exploration
Time is cyclical. No matter what happens on a daily basis, you can always depend on the sun rising in the morning and setting in the evening.
Embrace the primal wilderness of PS VR survival game Song in the Smoke
Embrace the primal wilderness of PS VR survival game Song in the Smoke
The sun is setting, and the dense trees are casting long shadows across the forest.
Prepare to Sail the Seas in Pirate Action RPG Under the Jolly Roger
Prepare to Sail the Seas in Pirate Action RPG Under the Jolly Roger
Ahoy! Have you ever dreamed about becoming a pirate? Have you ever imagined fighting with your faithful team side-by-side and steering the ship through storms and reefs? Now it’s possible! Under the Jolly Roger is an open-world pirate RPG that lets you become the captain of your ship, hoisting the sails, and setting off on […]
Introducing Pokémon Legends: Arceus, An Open-World Prequel To Diamond And Pearl
Introducing Pokémon Legends: Arceus, An Open-World Prequel To Diamond And Pearl
Launching on Switch in 2022. Alongside the news that Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl would be launching on Switch later this year, today's Pokémon Presents showcase also unveiled a brand new title, Pokémon Legends: Arceus. A prequel to Diamond and Pearl, the game has players exploring a vast, open-world version of Sinnoh "as it existed in the past." The goal here is to create the region's first ever Pokédex, setting the scene for the new trainers and events that follow in previously released games. Read the full article on nintendolife.com
Dying Light 2: Everything we know about the next zombie parkour game
Dying Light 2: Everything we know about the next zombie parkour game
What we know about Dying Light 2's release date, trailers, setting info and more.
Hood: Outlaws and Legends Interview – Setting, Progression, Classes, and More
Hood: Outlaws and Legends Interview – Setting, Progression, Classes, and More
Hood: Outlaws and Legends director Andrew Willans speaks with GamingBolt about the upcoming multiplayer game.
Hearthstone: More Core Set Cards Revealed and Sweeping Changes Detailed
Hearthstone: More Core Set Cards Revealed and Sweeping Changes Detailed
The team is setting a whole new baseline for Hearthstone.
Call of Duty 2021 Will Be Set During World War 2 – Rumour
Call of Duty 2021 Will Be Set During World War 2 – Rumour
A known leaker might be hinting at another World War 2 setting for Call of Duty.
Mini Review: NUTS - A Relaxing But Repetitive Way To Spend A Few Hours
Mini Review: NUTS - A Relaxing But Repetitive Way To Spend A Few Hours
Furry found footage. With its striking visuals, first-person perspective, and rural setting, you could easily mistake NUTS as a spin-off of the critically acclaimed narrative title Firewatch.
GTA 5 and GTA Online Just Had Their Best Year Since Launch
GTA 5 and GTA Online Just Had Their Best Year Since Launch
2020 was yet another record-setting year for Grand Theft Auto 5 and GTA Online, according to publisher Take-Two Interactive.
Zenimax CEO Robert A. Altman dies aged 73
Zenimax CEO Robert A. Altman dies aged 73
Robert A. Altman, co-founder and CEO of Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media, has died at the age of 73. Born in 1947, Altman initially worked as a lawyer, before setting up ZeniMax Media in 1999 alongside Bethesda founder Christopher Weaver.
EA Is Salivating At Codemasters' Annual Formula 1 Potential
EA Is Salivating At Codemasters' Annual Formula 1 Potential
One of the world’s biggest video game publishers is on track to buy the world’s biggest racing game developer.