I’ll be real here, I’ve never played any of the XCOM games. It’s my most shameful secret. Well, not really, but it’s pretty high up there. Anyway, Dane really seemed to like XCOM 2 in his review, and as he clearly has exceptional taste and impeccable judgement (he hired me, after all) I’m just waiting on a good sale price to jump into it.
But looking at the latest footage of the game’s upcoming War of the Chosen expansion, I might not be able to wait that long.
The Surge is a pretty fun game, combining just enough Souls-like elements to make it interesting while still looking and feeling like its own thing, and I wholeheartedly agree with everything in Gareth’s review. It’s definitely not everyone’s cup of robot oil, but how will you know until you try it? Well, you won’t.
Thankfully, Deck13 has announced that prospective Surge-ers (that’s totally not a thing) will get the opportunity to do just that with an upcoming free demo.
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As you may know, Final Fantasy XII has gotten the Hot, Steamy Remaster treatment in the form of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. To commemorate the occasion, the attractive humans at Megarom have given us some sweet Zodiac Age goodies to give away to one lucky winner.
The two things that make for a great sale are a hefty discount, and fear-of-missing-out induced panic. Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD on Steam has both of those things, because the game will soon be unlisted from the service and it’s also really, really cheap. According to an announcement on the Steam News portal, the game will be removed from sale from 17 July. No reason is given, but it could be due to an expiring licensing agreement with the in-game music.
Destiny 2‘s console beta is going live next week (omg), but you can get it ready to go-go-go from 19:00 local time this evening if you have a code, according to a report over on Polygon. The beta features the campaign’s opening mission called “Homecoming”, the “Inverted Spire” Strike mission, and two Crucible multiplayer modes, Countdown and Control. Only one subclass will be available for each class – but they’re the new subclasses debuting in the sequel, so that’s rad – including the Arcstrider (Hunter), Sentinel (Titan), and Dawnblade (Warlock).
The early access PS4 beta starts on 18 July, and on Xbox One the next day, for players who’ve pre-ordered the game. An open public beta for everybody else gets going on 21 July, and the whole thing shuts down on 23 July. A subsequent PC beta will launch sometime in “late” August, apparently.
In the past few years, Microsoft’s strategy for the future has become more and more obvious. Selling Windows and its associated products with full licenses is no longer the preferred vision for the company’s future, and they’re just a little jealous of how others are selling subscriptions to software instead of fully packaged products. We first saw this with Office 365, a subscription for the Office apps, OneDrive backups, and Skype. This week Microsoft took the next step, offering Windows on a subscription basis for qualifying businesses and organisations.
Ah, No Man’s Sky. One of the biggest games of 2016 that had the most potential, only to see most of its fans disappointed with a game that lacked that “thing” to hook you in. Over time the game has improved significantly, expanding slowly upon Hello Games’ original ideas for the title. Now it seems that they’re getting ready for a bigger update for No Man’s Sky, possibly building up to a complete revamp of the game as it was originally intended to be, and they’re using a global alternate reality game (ARG) to do it.
After writing so many keyboard reviews, I’ve officially accepted that it’s almost impossible to write objectively about any keyboard targeted towards “gamers”. The term is broad, if not entirely meaningless, and the peripherals concerned aren’t always specifically going to appeal to everyone who’s considered a “gamer”.
In his review of 2K Games’ Mafia III, Miklós suggested only picking the game up when it’s massively discounted, or if “you have very little else to play”, but I’m sure some of you ignored this sage advice and grabbed the game anyway. If you’re one of those people, it might interest you to know that the game’s third DLC drop isn’t too far off, and it looks legitimately interesting.
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