The most common reaction I see when I tell people that StarDrive is getting a sequel is: “Already?” The original was released just last year, and in strategy game times, that's practically brand new. Unlike Assassin's Creed or Call of Duty, strategy games often take years for sequels to appear, with new Civilizations coming every five years, and Starcraft 2 being released over a decade after its predecessor. I'll admit that was my reaction as well, but there's one huge difference: in strategy game terms, StarDrive 2 is extraordinarily different from the original. It's gone from real-time to turn-based at its strategic level, as well as added a real-time tactical layer.
Two huge questions must be asked when introducing almost any strategy game. First, is it turn-based or real-time? And second, is it tactical or strategic in scope? The original StarDrive was unique for being a real-time variant on a traditionally turn-based form. It was a grand galactic strategy game, where you took over a race of humans or samurai space bears, and guided them from a single planet to dominion over the galaxy.
With the introduction of Chromecast and a new Streaming Stick, Google and Roku have miniaturized the world of streaming and mirroring by packaging their respective tech into tiny cases. Both units are incredibly affordable, are small enough to fit into your jean's fifth pocket, and are available now—but while the two share some features and physical characteristics, the new gadgets are far from identical.
Take a look at how the two compare and find out which one works best for you.
It's going to be a long while before we get any new episodes of The Walking Dead, so why not get your TWD fix by chatting with one of the show's stars?
Have any pressing Walking Dead questions for star Scott Wilson - aka Hershel Greene? The actor will be taking over producer Gale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Entertainment's Twitter account today at 12pm PT.April 22, 2014
Bethesda has released a fresh batch of screenshots for TESO's first adventure zone, Craglorn, revealing a mysterious place crackling with energy.
The images, which you can see below, provide fresh insight into what awaits those determined to explore Tamriel's most dangerous regions, along with the trailer released earlier this month.
For those not in the know, Craglorn is the first Adventure Zone planned for the MMO, but by no means the last. They're designed to kick off a new storyline and challenging gameplay for Veteran groups between four and 12 players.
Advance Review: Wow.
I mean... Wow, you guys. This is horrible.
Normally, I'd start off a review by just giving you the basics. As in "ABC's new cerebral-centric Black Box stars Kelly Reilly (the Sherlock Holmes films) as a famous neuroscientist, Catherine Black, who's fascinated by abnormal human minds because she herself suffers from bipolar disorder." Then I'd list some of the other actors in the project. Like Vanessa Redgrave playing Catherine's psychiatrist. Or Ditch Davey (there's a name!) as the absurdly alpha-male brain surgeon, Dr Bickman.
But I'm afraid I can't keep it that formal. This is terrible television. And I know that when something's this bad there's a small segment of the populous that hopes that maybe it's one of those "it's so bad it's good" projects. But no. It's so bad that it's just... really really bad. Like "punch your giant-screen Samsung" bad.
Konami has announced that the platform-exclusive DLC currently available for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will soon be available to all, regardless of your console of choice.
The news comes courtesy of today's Kojima Productions podcast (via NeoGAF), which saw Hideo Kojima announce that the PlayStation-exclusive mission Deja Vu would be available on Xbox 360 from May 1 in Japan, while the Xbox-exclusive Jamais Vu will be coming to PS3 and PS4 on the same date.
The final instalment in The Hobbit trilogy is changing its name, with The Hobbit: There and Back Again becoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
The name change has been rumoured for the last week, and today Peter Jackson confirmed it on Facebook via the following statement…
Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo's own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we've gone along. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced – after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the "Desolation of Smaug".
Mario Golf: World Tour is a fine game overall, with lots of ways to play and a challenges that reward skill, but what makes it great is how smoothly its levels progress you from beginner to unstoppable golfing machine. This sense of progression, paired with lots of content and smart multiplayer options, make it a worthwhile way to spend your time.
Hitting a ball in Mario Golf is as easy or as difficult as you want it to be, though it does reward those who take the more skillful route. You can line up the ball normally and just hit for power, or you can switch to the manual mode, which lets you add various spins to pull off fancy shots. Here, Mario Golf strikes an excellent balance of risk and reward. Putting backspin onto a ball so it will roll backwards toward the hole feels great when you pull it off, but it’s also easier to miss the “sweet spot.” Poor judgment can send your ball zooming into a sand pit or reeling backwards away from the hole, and learning those nuances comes with training as well as raw play time.
A new poster for Godzilla's imminent rampage onto IMAX screens has been unveiled, and it's utterly beautiful.
Blending together nostalgic elements harking back to the monster's origins along with the latest realisation of the giant lizard, we think you'll agree, it's quite something.
In case you missed it yesterday, we took a look back at the King of Monsters' movies, comics, games and TV shows. If you're struggling to hang on until the film's release, it should help tide you over.
Max Brooks has penned more than a few zombie stories, including World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide. Now, Deadline reports that Legendary TV has optioned yet another Brooks zombie story, the comic series The Extinction Parade, for development as a television series. They're bringing Brooks in to help develop the project as well as write the series' pilot episode.
Nintendo has announced a new Wii U bundle for Europe, bringing together Mario Kart 8 and a 32GB Black Premium console.
The bundle will be available from May 30 and contains everything you'd expect in the box, including a black Wii U GamePad controller and Sensor Bar.
Alongside the hardware bundle, Nintendo has also confirmed two new Wii Remote Plus controllers will be available. While the first is the Princess Peach-themed Remote seen previously, the second is based off Yoshi and comes in a green and white shell.
Hearthstone fans are greatly looking forward to Blizzard’s first expansion for the game: Curse of Naxxramas. Not only does it mean the introduction of 30 new cards, it will also introduce a whole new PVE experience, where players work their way through five dungeon wings, fighting bosses and earning cards.
Since the PAX East announcement, however, we haven't heard too many more specifics. How will the gameplay be structured? How will new cards be earned? I spoke with Game Director Eric Dodds and Executive Producer Hamilton Chu to find out, and the answers weren’t quite what I was expecting.
Any Watch Dogs sequel, whether it's Watch Dogs 2 or beyond, would have a significantly reduced development cycle compared to the upcoming first installment.
Though there's yet to be any official word regarding further entries in the franchise, it's likely an inevitability given how much hype and investment surrounds the new title. When quizzed about this by Eurogamer, creative director Jonathan Morin gave a tease about what form it might take.
"Right now there is no such thing as a Watch Dogs 2," he asserted, before explaining, "It's certainly not going to be the same amount of time if we ever embark on such a journey. A big part of it was defining whatever Watch Dogs is. Once you have that starting point, then what becomes interesting is what players want more of - what comes next?
This was a huge week for longtime DC fans as we saw the return of both Wally West aka the Flash and Stephanie Brown aka Spoiler/Robin/Batgirl.
Check out the reviews for Flash #30 and Batman Eternal #3, respectively, to see them back in action. So nice of DC to deliver both to us on the same day!
The highest scoring book of the week was Lazarus #8 by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark, proving why it is worthy of a spot on our Top 10 Indie Books You Should Be Reading list. And while we're talking about indie books, don't forget that The Walking Dead's "All Out War" event has finally reached its conclusion in issue #126.
One of the ways Lazarus has improved over time is in taking a wider view of this world and showing readers exactly how the "wastes" and common folk live. Maybe that results in less focus on the main character, Forever Carlyle. But that's not such a bad thing considering that Greg Rucka has been able to develop a larger supporting cast and generally bring more nuance and flavor to this post-apocalyptic/sci-fi/spy fusion. It really doesn't read like any other comic on the stands.
Original Sin seems like a pretty accessible event comic as far as these things go, but it never hurts to give new readers a primer coming into the storyline. That's the thinking behind Original Sin #0. This prologue issue is concerned with little else besides introducing readers to the Watcher, his mission, and laying some basic groundwork before the main series and its murder mystery kicks in. That doesn't make for an overly ambitious comic, but with Mark Waid at the helm, it's at least an enjoyable, well-crafted ride.
Since the beginning of the New 52, readers have been learning about the new incarnation of Barry Allen. Where the previous creative team focused on establishing Barry in the context of the New 52, the new creators are starting up their run by focusing on his future. Oh, and if you were wondering, things aren’t exactly looking up. Fortunately, the series itself by co-writers Robert Venditti and Van Jensen and artist Brett Booth delivers an intriguing, if imperfect, new chapter for the Scarlet Speedster.
In many ways, issue #30 is all about looking ahead. Not only do we catch glimpses of the Flash five years from now, but we also see events 20 years ahead. While both instances are literal looks ahead for this series, they are really representative of regret and looking back at one's mistakes. The theme of regret extends into the present as well. After the events of Forever Evil, Barry finds himself feeling guilty over not being able to save his city from a great deal of destruction.
Secret Origins #1 stems from the concept of exploring the origins DC’s characters one issue at a time. However, some fans might find it redundant in the wake of events like Zero Month. What will mark the success this series will probably be how well it explores the origins of these characters, and whether or not it manages to say something new or useful about them. The first issue manages to do some of that, but while this might work for readers unfamiliar with these characters or their new histories, it might end up feeling like a rehash for those who are already informed.
It's hard to remember a time when The Walking Dead wasn't driven by the battle of wills between Rick Grimes and Negan. The latter made a splashy, blood-soaked debut in issue #100, and he's been a foul-mouthed, psychotic thorn in everyone's side ever since. And after months of chronicling the massive war between Rick's alliance and Negan's Saviors in the "All Out War" storyline, Robert Kirkman finally reaches the conclusion in issue #126. It's a slightly underwhelming conclusion in some ways, but it still manages to build excitement for what comes next.
My main problem with issue #125 was the awkward way Kirkman led into his big cliffhanger. Certainly, it was satisfying to see Negan take a knife to the throat after all the pain and torment he's cause, but I never bought into the idea that Negan would be so easily swayed by Rick's talk of a better world full of cooperation and teamwork. It just rang false. And in a way, that problem carries over into this finale chapter in a new angle. Rick continues his spiel about rebuilding civilization and convincing humanity's survivors to unite against their common, undead enemy, but his platform is undermined by the fact that he just sucker-punched (sucker-knifed?) a man who was apparently more than ready to listen to reason. Rick's actions speak more to the idea that there's a desperate, nasty, opportunistic animal in all of us, and I wish Kirkman had embraced that notion more, rather than trying to paint Rick as a blameless hero.
Tickets are on sale now for the EB Expo 2014, scheduled for October 3-5 at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.
All major Australian gaming publishers have confirmed their attendance, including Activision, Electronic Arts, Nintendo, PlayStation, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Xbox, 2K Games, Bethesda, Bandai Namco, and more.
This year’s event will be the biggest show to date; organisers have added an additional pavilion, expanding the expo area to 35,000 square metres.
Ticket details and a detailed schedule of sessions and events can be found at the EB Expo website.
Check out some of our pics from last year's show below.