SAINTS ROW IV: Gat Out Of Hell

This standalone expansion for Saints Row IV sees players take on the roles of series stalwarts , Johnny Gat and Kinzie Kensington, the setup being that they are on a quest to save the leader of the Saints from Hell after they’ve been captured by Satan. If you’ve played Saints Row before, you know exactly what to expect – plenty of silliness, ostentatious weapons and. following on from Saints Row IV. superhuman abilities that you’ll use to traverse the city of New Hades.

PROJECT CARS Preview

Slightly Mad Studios has stated that there will be plenty of post-launch support, comparing the game to an MMO-style service.

Project Cars has 2015 absolutely sewn up. Slightly Mad Studios was wise to push its upcoming simulation racer into 2015; away from the phenomenal Forza Horizon 2, not tomention the likes of The Crew and Grid Autosport. Early prediction: it’s going to be racing towards pole position with no contest. Every opportunity we’ve had to get hands-on with Project Cars has been a showcase of absolute automobile appreciation. It’s bordering on photorealism, with every vehicle – be it car, kart or F1 behemoth – sounding, looking and responding exactly as you’d imagine. The big test of course, will be how the frame-rate holds up.While Slightly Mad is aiming for 60fps, the Xbox One version reportedly isn’t quite there yet. We aren’t usually ones to start stomping our feat in the 30 versus 60 debate, but considering how the studio is aiming for realism above all else in every aspect of Project Cars – and we think you’ll be in agreement with us here – it needs to run as smoothly and speedily as possible. Project Cars is launching in March, and it’s looking to be the racer simulation junkies have been waiting for.

Forza Motorsport 5 was great and all, but Project Cars has the incredible physics engine, dynamic lighting and weather systems that Turn 10 would probably have killed for. If it all comes together in these essential last few months of polish and tweaking, then Project Cars could set a new benchmark for other rival sim racers to strive to be.

MOST ANTICIPATED PC GAMES OF 2015

BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE

We don’t really mind that Visceral is taking a little longer to polish its shooter. Ditching military guff for cops ‘n’ robbers business, this could be the best Battlefield game in years.

RAINBOW SIX: SIEGE
A return to good ol’ fashioned strategy in the first-person shooter genre, Rainbow Six: Siege matches its explosions with smarts. It’s got a Counter-Strike vibe (which is no bad thing) and, if it delivers on its promising concept, should dominate PC online next year.

RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER
We don’t know much about the follow-up to the excellent Tomb Raider revival, other than it’ll have Lara pitting her survival skills against nature once again. Oh, and the fact she’ll actually raid tombs this time.

THE DIVISION
Ubisoft has promised a lot when it comes to The Division. More than just a drab post-apocalyptic open-world shooter, this is a drab post-apocalyptic openworld shooter with RPG elements. Make a note on your calendar.

THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT
The PC had been lacking a proper epic RPG until Dragon Age: Inquisition came around. But there’s something about the scale and diversity of The Witcher 3 that looks to blow away the competition. We’re very excited.

STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT
Next year we’ll have a new Star Wars Battlefront game and a new Star Wars movie. Which will be better? Our money is on DICE to deliver the goods in a galaxy far, far away in 2015.

BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT
It’s time to don the cape and cowl again and take to the streets of Gotham and pound goons into shades of black and blue (but definitely not kill them). Delayed until June, Arkham Knight is shaping up to be the ultimate Batman game.

Mortal Kombat X – Get over here, frame counters

Few genres have as much to prove to their fans as the fighter. gamers profess undying love and pour molten scorn in equal measure when it comes to the updates of a new entry. there are traditions to protect, after all. with a few decades on the block, Ed Boon’s netherrealm knows this. and with the tenth game in the mk series, it appears to be displaying its most hardcore sensibilities.

It’s a locked 60 frames per second on PC – a must for frame-counting fighters – and re-introduces running from the old games. you can start combos mid-run, too. more intriguingly still, every character has three variants, such as scorpion’s ninjutsu, hellfire and inferno types; the idea being that every style is catered for and no combo of warriors has a predetermined outcome.

Retro: OVERKILL (MS-DOS)

Overkill is a reimagining of the coin-op Strike Force, a semi-sequel to the classic Defender. It’s a fast-paced and very entertaining shooter that sees you travelling through an alien solar system defending little men and blasting bug-eyed critters which are trying to steal valuable crystals. The graphics are simple but effective – particularly the explosions, which shower extraterrestrial goo all over the shop in a most satisfying manner.


Platform(s) PC (MS-DOS)
Release date(s) 1992
Genre(s) Scrolling Shooter

Radial-G : Racing Revolved Review and more

GameInfo: Climb into the cockpit of a futuristic race craft and tear up the anti-gravity track. Offering single & multi-player action, Radial-G delivers full immersion racing on tubular tracks featuring gut-wrenching twists, jumps, splits & unique inverted racing. Also supports Oculus VR.

Review: Great game, sorta like F-Zero except instead of being on a flat 2-dimensionalish track, you are on a round snake like track which you are free to move and rotate around. Sorta think of a monorail which you can move freely around. Unlike a standard racing track which you may slam against a side wall or guardrail, you are able to rotate freely around the track, allowing for a huge amount of racing space. This creates a need for “driving” skill since unlike a traditional raceway there tends to be very little bottlenecking where you can fight aggressively against your opponents.

Instead, you have to focus on maneuvering around the track, dodging slowdown shields and trying to hit every booster you can, in order to get your highest possible speed.

In it’s current state, the game is very fun and feels polished, but there are few tracks and ships to choose from, which is to be expected from an early access title. Due to the lack of “content” at this point, the races can become very repetitive. As the game updates however, we should expect to see more added content, adding for a more unique experience each race.

If you are looking for a racer in which you can immerse yourself, and spend hours playing, look elsewhere for the moment. If you are willing to take the slight lack of content built on top of a quality core and give it a test drive, this is a great title to look into.

I personally look forward to keeping up with updates and trying out the new features as the game becomes more immersive with features, and hope others are willing to do the same.
Verdict: 79/100

System Requirements

Minimum:
OS: Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4Ghz or AMD Athlon X2 5400+
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 / AMD HD2600 / NVIDIA Geforce 8600
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Sound Card: Direct X Compatible
Additional Notes: This is for 2D standard version, VR version higher req as per Oculus standards

Recommended:
OS: Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core i5/AMD Bulldozer
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Intel Graphics 5200 / AMD HD6000 Series / Nvidia GTX500 Series minimum 1GB RAM
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Sound Card: Direct X Compatible
Additional Notes: This is for 2D standard version, VR version higher req as per Oculus standards

Details:
Genre: Indie, Racing, Early Access
Developer: Tammeka Games
Publisher: Tammeka Games
Release Date: 11 Dec, 2014

THE GAMES WE GUARANTEE FOR 2015

Just as we know that the sun will rise, there are certain games that you just know are coming next year, despite the lack of an official announcement


FIFA 16
Naturally, just as every year brings with it a new season of football, it will bring with it a new instance of football juggernaut FIFA.

PES 2016
The scrappy underdog may always struggle to compete with FIFA when it comes to sales, but it certainly can when it comes to quality.

CALL OF DUTY
Activision has Infinity Ward. Sledgehammer and Treyarch working on COD in three-year cycles, with one game a year. 2015 will be Treyarch’s turn.

ASSASSIN’S CREED
You just know that Ubisoft’s going to announce another Assassin’s Creed game. This year, they even managed two! But where will it be set?

The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match Final Edition PC Mini Review and System Requirements

GameInfo: After “KOF ’98”, often praised by the fans as the best installment in the “KOF” series, and “KOF ’98 UM” 10 years later, “KOF ’98” returns now on the Steam PC gaming platform in an ultimate and final version with THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’98 ULTIMATE MATCH FINAL EDITION

Review: Leady. Fight! this is awesome. It has two modes, one with a new interface and another Neo-Geo mode that is original complete with demo just like the cabinet game. If you have a widescreen the game displays properly in 4:3 aspect ratio, leaving a border around the game. Works great with that mass murderers xbox controller. Select Terry Bogard and Have a POWER CHUCK! I mean CHARGE!
Verdict: 85/100

System Requirements

Minimum:
OS: Windows XP
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 1.8GHz dual core
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Graphics: Onboard graphics chipset with 256MB video RAM
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectSound

The Order 1886 – PS4

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IT’S NOT THE only game that looks set to stagger us with its visual prowess in 2015. but this PS4 exclusive is staking a claim to be leading the pack when it comes to dropping jaws. The Order’s stunningly rendered world is a mix of fantastical elements and pseudo-Victorian technology, with semi-immortal knights and monstrous lycanthropes placed alongside electronic arc guns and thermite rifles.

The knights of the titular Order. Mallory. Grayson. Lafayette and Isabeau hate advanced healing abilities and an extended lifespan thanks to a magical liquid called Black Water. Early on in the game, these knights will find themselves protecting lords and ladies from a working-class uprising as well as having to deal with the half-breeds with which humanity has been engaged in conflict for centuries.

We don’t much like the idea of gunning down the poor while protecting toffs, but we’ll have to see how the game’s story progresses. Perhaps we’ll ultimately find ourselves with the choice of who to pledge allegiance to come the revolution?

The Best Games of 2014 – Metal Gear Solid V – Ground Zeroes

Publisher Konami | Developer Kojima Productions  | Format 360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One

Hideo Kojima is one of gaming’s great eccentrics, but Japan’s auteur-in-chief spent 2014 experimenting instead of self-indulging, testing the market instead of doing his own thing.Silent Hills demo PT was a marketing coup, but Ground Zeroes was his masterpiece: both are exercises in maximising minimalism, and both are designed to whet the appetite for more fleshed-out games to follow. Yet Silent Hills will surely take vastly different form to PT. Ground Zeroes was a showcase not of ambitions, but of systems. So you can complete it in ten minutes. So what? To do so is to waste an immaculately designed space of tremendous intricacy that is hugely replayable and uncommonly flexible. Ultimately Ground Zeroes is as much of a game as you want it to be, rather than the one its creator insists it must be. From Kojima, that’s remarkable; for us, the wait for MGSV: The Phantom Pain has become intolerable. Rating: 90/100