Why did Dreams take Media Molecule seven years to make?

2 years 5 months ago

Finally, some seven years after it first broke cover at 2013's PlayStation Meeting as it accompanied the unveiling of the PlayStation 4, Media Molecule's Dreams is here, its long and winding road concluding towards the tail-end of that particular console's life. Except it's not the end of Dreams, of course - it's the beginning of a project that will transform over time according to the community's needs and wants.

Talking about Dreams can be confusing like that, probably because we keep making the mistake of treating it like a regular video game. The more time you spend with it, though, the more you realise it isn't that at all - it's a whole new platform, a place to create and share and a dazzling toolkit that's already been put to fantastic use.

I'm still not entirely sure what it is, but I do know that the more time I spend with it the more I love it. I got the chance to sit down with Media Molecule's Alex Evans and Mark Healey as they celebrated the launch to talk about what's taken them so long, what's changed along the way and where they think Dreams might be heading.

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Metro Redux on Switch: just how close to PS4 does it get?

2 years 5 months ago

Over the last ten years, 4A Games has built a reputation for pushing technology to new heights - from the original, remarkable Metro 2033 to last year's Metro Exodus - an open world showcase with beautiful ray traced global illumination. However, the firm also enjoyed success with their current-gen Metro Redux remasters, and now those titles are available for Nintendo Switch. Yes, it's another Switch port we're tackling but this time, the original developer has taken point on bringing the games across and as it's 4A you know you're in for something special.

For those unfamiliar, the first two Metro games are first-person shooters set deep within the radiation ravaged Metro system beneath Moscow. With limited supplies, players make their way through the underground (occasionally venturing to the blasted surface) while dealing with a wide range of foes. Stealth, combat and storytelling are all part of the experience, with both games offering a unique atmosphere quite unlike anything else on the market. It's also the first time a Metro game has appeared on a Nintendo platform and it's also the debut for the franchise on what is essentially mobile hardware. On top of that, the port hasn't been handed off to a separate developer as is often the case - 4A rolled up its sleeves and dug in for this one, producing a fascinating piece of work.

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The Sonic Ultimate Sale is on

2 years 5 months ago

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie is out in cinemas today, and to celebrate, there's a whole bunch of Super Sonic sales going on.

Leading the pack is the Sonic the Hedgehog Ultimate Sale on Steam. For £45.15, the Ultimate Bundle gives you all 19 items on sale, spanning much of the blue blur's history.

On the other hand, you might not want all of them - let's face it, there are a few stinkers in there too - so you can also pick and choose at the following prices:

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Five of the Best: Films about games

2 years 5 months ago

Five of the Best is a weekly series about the bits of games we overlook, those poor old things. I'm talking about crowds, potions, mountains, hands - things we barely notice at the time but can recall years later because they're so important to the overall memory of the game.

Now is the time to celebrate them - you and me both! I will share my memories but I'm just as eager to hear yours, so please share them in the comments below. We've had some great discussions in our other Five of the Best pieces.

Today: films about games! Or films heavily influenced by games and gaming. And note: the games themselves don't have to actually exist. That opens the remit up a bit, doesn't it? But the films have to exist otherwise this would be a very strange article indeed. Happy Friday!

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake's opening cinematic is here

2 years 5 months ago

We may be having to wait a little longer for the Final Fantasy 7 Remake than expected, but Square Enix has released something to help tide us over, as the game's opening cinematic has arrived. It looks pretty snazzy, and you can check it out below:

Previous sneak peeks have given us a look inside the Honey Bee Inn, while Square Enix recently released details on the quest system. At this rate all that remains to be seen is the game - now due to arrive on 10th April following a short delay to add "final polish".

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Shenmue 3's getting a story expansion next week

2 years 5 months ago

After the release of a running-themed DLC back in January, the second expansion pack for Shenmue 3 is about to arrive, and this one's adding a bunch of quests.

Arriving on 18th February, Story Quest Pack promises "new quests full of mystery, intrigue and action", and will see Ryo "cross paths with a familiar face from the past, Shuqin Zhang, and quickly become embroiled in a new escapade where nothing is as it seems". That's about as vague as it can get, but at least there are a few screenshots.

If you want to pick up the DLC pack, it'll set you back £4.99 through either the Sony Store or Epic Games Store. Those who've already bought the Complete DLC Collection should see the new pack become available automatically on release day.

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Snack World - The Dungeon Crawl review: sugary sweet flashback to the 3DS' heyday

2 years 5 months ago

When the 3DS died - and despite an impressive few years clinging on, I think it's now safe to say the beautifully eccentric handheld's time is finally up - alongside it died a certain type of game. Not exactly double-A so much as mid-budget and high concept, the 3DS was home to so many offbeat treats: things like Attack of the Friday Monsters, Crimson Shroud or Fantasy Life - all with lashings of charm and just as often spotty in execution, and all which came, one way or another, via Level-5.

Snack World is Level-5's latest, a multimedia assault akin to its hugely successful Yo-Kai Watch series that's also a manga, an anime and now this, a sizable action RPG that's finally made it westwards with The Dungeon Crawl - Gold. It places you in a sugar-sweet high fantasy world where you're joined by Chup, Mayonna, Béarnaise and several others in a series of bite-sized adventures as you level up and unearth new gear to equip and new togs to wear.

It's a world that's dizzyingly dense, the hub town of Tutti Frutti full of quest-givers and shops to peruse, the list of activities beyond the town's borders soon growing staggeringly long. You certainly can't fault Snack World when it comes to serving up content, nor can you find fault with the level of energy it puts into it all; this has all the noise, pizazz and high-pitched histrionics of the most upbeat anime, with an accompanying storm of weak jokes and puns that never quite land. Endearing? Maybe, though that depends entirely on your mindset and age. Snack World more often than not left me feeling like I was suffering through a hangover even though I'd not touched a drop the night before.

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Liverpool's big Pokémon Go event will introduce the game's first city-wide ticket

2 years 5 months ago

UPDATE 14/2/20: Pokémon Go developer Niantic has now detailed what you'll get raid-wise within the Safari Zone's City Explorer Pass, following Eurogamer's request for more information.

The 10 raids will be included in the price of the Pass - which helps justify its £8 cost. Every raid will be fixed for the weekend and offer one of: Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Lanturn (evolution of Liverpool's featured Pokémon Chinchou), the current Legendary Pokémon at the time of the event, the current EX Raid Pokémon, and four others yet to be announced of varying raid difficulties.

ORIGINAL STORY 12/2/20: Last month, Pokémon Go announced its first-ever UK Safari Zone event - to be held in Liverpool over a weekend in April.

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The Double-A Team: How Just Cause elevated chaos to a beautiful art

2 years 5 months ago

The Double-A Team is a feature series honouring the unpretentious, mid-budget, gimmicky commercial action games that no-one seems to make any more.

You can catch up with all of our Double-A Team pieces in our handy, spangly archive.

During Square-Enix's E3 2015 press conference, its US CEO Phil Rogers said he considered Just Cause a major franchise that can stand "side by side" with other "iconic" Square-Enix franchises.

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Bulletstorm dev shares first gameplay details of co-op sci-fi looter-shooter Outriders

2 years 5 months ago

Earlier this week Bulletstorm developer People Can Fly unveiled a brand-new trailer for its co-operative sci-fi looter-shooter Outriders, and now, as promised, it's shared a choice selection of gameplay details and videos as part of a half-hour long livestream reveal.

On a fundamental level, it perhaps wasn't the most revelatory of unveilings for Outriders, with little shown to truly distinguish it from its peers; it's a "dark" third-person cover-based shooter set in a "brutal nightmarish world" that ticks all the usual lite-RPG boxes are far as classes, skill trees, customisation, and rarity based loot acquisition goes. That doesn't mean it's a bust though; it looks to have an interesting premise, a striking, surprisingly diverse planet to explore, and, of course, People Can Fly's undeniable expertise when it comes to gunplay.

Breaking all that down, Outriders tells the story of a group of mercenaries tasked with exploring Enoch, a lush, untouched planet chosen to be the site of a new human colonisation effort. Shortly after landing, however, the group encounters a mysterious signal, and, in attempting to trace its source, runs into a devastating storm known as the Anomaly. To escape its effects, the Outriders retreat into cryo-sleep, awakening 30 years later to an almost unrecognisable world.

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GI Show — Outriders Exclusive, Anthem, Mega Community Emails

2 years 5 months ago

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Welcome to the newest episode of The Game Informer Show aka the Leocast! This week, Leo Vader takes the reins and is joined by Jeff Cork, Joe Juba, and I to chat about why the new third-person shooter Outriders had them buzzing after visiting People Can Fly's studio in Poland.

After dissecting Outrider's gaming goodness, we examine the latest Anthem news out of Bioware and discuss if it can become the game we were all hoping it would with the studio going dark to create a clearer vision of the sci-fi shooter.

Wrapping up the show, we rope Dan Tack into the madness and tackle a huge community email section that had us in stitches and questioning our sanity all the way through.

Thanks for listening! Please make sure to leave feedback below, share the episode if you enjoyed it, and follow @therealandymc, @leovader, or me at @Studnik76 to let us know what you think. 

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Alex Stadnik

Valve Announces Half-Life: Alyx Release Date

2 years 5 months ago

Half-Life: Alyx, Valve's VR title set between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, is set to come out on March 23.

Although Valve has its own Valve Index VR headset, the game is compatible with all PC VR headsets such as the Vive and Oculus Rift.

As the name states, players control Alyx Vance in order to fight alongside her father Eli against the alien Combine.

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Matthew Kato

The Outriders Digital Issue Is Now Live

2 years 5 months ago

Digital subscribers to Game Informer are now able to learn all about Outriders! Following this week's cover reveal, our digital issue is now live to subscribers on web browsersiPad/iPhone and Android devices. Individual issues will be available for purchase later today. You can download the apps to view the issue by following this link. All of these digital options are included in a standard subscription.

The issue launches later this week on our third-party subscription apps including Kindle and Nook.

Not a digital subscriber yet? Convert your existing print subscription here or start a new subscription here.

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Brian Shea

Blazing A New Trail – An Exclusive Look At Outriders

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Everything I've ever loved is gone.

Family. Friends. Home. It’s all back on a planet that can no longer sustain human life, a planet that we lost contact with 15 years ago. Earth is a distant memory, but there is hope: Our ship orbits Enoch, a planet that could give the 500 thousand souls on the S.S. Flores a chance at redemption. Perhaps this time we won’t fail.

The probes have given us cause for celebration: Enoch is a rare breed of “Goldilocks” planets, which is neither too hot nor too cold to sustain human life, with a breathable atmosphere and gravitational pull that won’t instantly crush us. Before we can colonize this rich new home, there’s one final formality: The Outriders have to make a quick landfall and ensure that it is, indeed, the paradise scientists have promised us all. What could possibly go wrong?

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Jeff Cork

Half-Life: Alyx finally has a release date

2 years 5 months ago

Twelve years after the launch of Half-Life 2: Episode 2, the near-unimaginable has happened; the next instalment in Valve's legendary series - VR-only shooter Half-Life: Alyx - finally has an actual, proper release date, and will be coming to Steam on 23rd March.

Half-Life: Alyx takes place between the original Half-Life and Half-Life 2, casting players as the latter's Alyx Vance as she mounts a secret resistance against the invading alien Combine.

It'll blend exploration, puzzles, combat, and story in the vein of the classic games, with each element designed to play to the strengths of VR. So far we've only seen snatches of the reportedly 15-hour experience in official and off-screen footage, but the combination of natural motion-based interactions - such as aiming, reloading, grenade-tossing, and door-opening - and wonderfully atmospheric environments certainly looks promising.

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Witcher-inspired card-battler Gwent is finally heading to Android in March

2 years 5 months ago

It's been a bit of a wait, but CD Projekt's free-to-play Witcher-themed card-battler, Gwent, is finally heading to Android devices next month.

Gwent, if you're unfamiliar and merely clicked this story on a daredevil whim, began life as a tavern-based distraction within CD Projekt's masterful The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Two years later, it emerged as a standalone free-to-play game, radically reworked to introduce more tactical nuance and depth. Since then, it's received something of a reboot, and even an acclaimed story-driven solo spin-off known as Thronebreaker.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 2 — New Gameplay Today Live

2 years 5 months ago

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With the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's newest season comes a bounty of new maps, guns, and more fun for fans looking to extend their time with Infinity Ward's multiplayer suite. Join me as I test out all the new additions to Season 2 and attempt to balance killstreaks with talking with the chat.

We went live earlier today, but fear not, for you can still watch the archive of the show above. Enjoying the streams? You can subscribe over on YouTubeTwitchMixerTwitter, or Facebook to get notified when we go live in the future! Thanks for watching!

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Alex Stadnik

Crystal Dynamics Details Avengers Pre-order Details, Special Editions, PS4 Bonuses

2 years 5 months ago

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Crystal Dynamics' Avengers game was recently on the receiving end of a delay from May to September, but those excited to suit up as Earth's Mightiest Heroes can now pre-order a few different versions and set themselves up to receive various bonuses. While both the PS4 and Xbox One versions have different editions to choose from that come with several bonuses, PS4 players get a few extra things, including first access to a beta test.

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Brian Shea

Marvel's Avengers pre-order bonuses include access to beta

2 years 5 months ago

If you're so enthusiastically eager to play Crystal Dynamics' upcoming Marvel Avengers game that you're struggling to resist the urge to to dash to the shops and slap down some cash, you might be interested to know that Square Enix has a dizzying array of pre-order bonuses planned, including access to its pre-launch beta.

Players that pre-order any version of the game (provided they're purchased through participating retailers, notes Square), can get involved in the planned, although still undated, Avengers beta. They'll also receive an exclusive nameplate and the Marvel Legacy Outfit Pack - featuring classic comic book looks for Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hulk, Iron Man, and Ms. Marvel, inspired by "moments from the comics that defined who each Super Hero was as they first embraced their powers to become the icons they are today."  

That's not quite the end of Square's big pre-order push, however; the standard physical edition of Marvel's Avengers will also include either a limited-edition pin set, patch set, steelbook, or digital comic book, depending where pre-orders are made, and there are additional bonuses exclusive to the PlayStation Store.

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Disney invites game devs to get creative with its IP

2 years 5 months ago

Last year, Disney's share of the US film market managed to reach a record 35 per cent (thanks to its merger with Fox) - so I guess it's just as well the company's open to having game developers reimagine its franchises. That is a lot of IP.

Speaking at this year's 2020 DICE summit, Disney exec Sean Shoptaw said the company wants to empower game developers to do "really unique things" with its catalogue (via The Hollywood Reporter).

"We want to tap into the power of creatives across the industry."

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Upcoming Games of 2020 Draft | Final Checkpoint Ep 23.

2 years 5 months ago
This week, Joel and Ben play one of Ben’s diabolical games. Each person chooses their top 5 upcoming 2020 games they believe will be the highest rated on Metacritic. They also pick 2 games they think will be the worst rated. Joel discusses his impressions of Full Metal Furies, NBA 2K20‘s MyCareer Mode, and more …

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake's new quest system shown off

2 years 5 months ago

Final Fantasy 7 Remake includes a new quest system where you kill rats and find lost cats in exchange for rewards.

New screenshots from the game released today by publisher Square Enix and published by the PlayStation blog have shown off how it all looks.

Mercenary Quests can be picked up from people across Midgar and tracked via a new Quests menu. These will task you with helping merchants or townspeople with their problems, and can reward gil. Another type of mission, Battle Report quests, can be acquired from Shinra researcher Chadley. These will ask you to assess enemies and defeat them in differing ways in return for Materia.

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Ultra-rare Nintendo PlayStation prototype up for auction

2 years 5 months ago

Fancy owning a slice of video game history? The infamous and ultra-rare PlayStation SNES prototype console dug up in 2015 has finally been put up for auction.

You'll need a decent chunk of change to make a bid, however. After a few hours on sale, the console is at $31k (£23k), and is likely to go much higher before the sale concludes on 27th February.

Nintendo and Sony's brief dalliance during the SNES-era is reasonably well documented - a romance between the two was on the cards with the intent of producing a disc-based console together - before the liason broke down and Sony struck out solo.

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Nintendo Switch eShop Blockbuster sale gets underway

2 years 5 months ago

After a cheeky announcement on Twitter back on Tuesday, the Nintendo Switch eShop Blockbuster sale is now live with discounts of up to 75 per cent available on a number of the console's biggest games.

Perhaps not the ones you want, though.

Starting with Nintendo's first-party releases, these are all at that very familiar £33.29 price point we've come to expect from a Switch eShop sale. Only four are included: Super Mario Maker 2, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Super Mario Odyssey and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. A decent if not spectacular discount, then.

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"Maliciously-crafted" Pokémon can crash Sword and Shield via Surprise Trade

2 years 5 months ago

Looks like some Pokémon Sword and Shield players using Surprise Trade are getting more than they bargained for, as hacked Pokémon have been crashing games - and even disabling online features.

First made public by Pokémon modder Kurt on Twitter, the bug occurs when a "maliciously-crafted" Pokémon is sent via the game's Surprise Trade feature (basically Pokémon roulette). While receiving one of the malicious Pokémon doesn't corrupt save data, it crashes the game when the player attempts to access online features: effectively disabling online functionality in that particular Sword and Shield save.

According to player accounts, the bug can also occur when a hacked Pokémon is sent during a normal link trade - but this only happens once, and the offending Pokémon can simply be released afterwards.

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Get Borderlands 3, Temtem, The Outer Worlds and more for cheap in the latest Green Man Gaming sale

2 years 5 months ago

A trio of brand new promotions is underway over at Green Man Gaming, featuring some all-new low prices on the likes of Borderlands 3, The Outer Worlds, Temtem and more.

Kicking things off is the retailer's new 'FEB22' voucher code, which will take 22 per cent off the price of almost all full-price games. Whether you're looking at something new, old or not even released yet the coupon can be applied - as long as any already existing discount on the game isn't higher.

To give you some examples, then, you can use it to get Temtem for £21.83. The Pokémon-a-like has (perhaps unsurprisingly) proven to be incredibly popular already even though it's only still in Early Access. If you're unsure whether on not to get involved with the monster hunting just yet, our Temtem Early Access guide will tell you everything you need to know.

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