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I have just watched 28 Weeks Later, and I was wondering if there were any other underappreciated sequels. Especially ones with random future stars in e.g. Jeremy Renner and Walt's dad from Lost.
Simon writes: John Locke from Lost was blown up by a vending machine in the original X-Files movie. Does that count?
Gearbox, the team behind the much-loved Borderlands, have revealed their first game for the next generation – Battleborn, a first person Moba.
Battleborn appears to be an attempt at mixing the styles of League of Legends with something akin to Team Fortress 2. Gearbox’s Borderlands was already an interesting experiment, a mix of first person shooting and RPG elements, so they aren’t new to their weird and wonderful gameplay combinations.
Only being released on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, Game Informer explain the ins and outs of the portion they got to play. A 5v5 game mode called ‘Incursion’, which essentially saw the fusion of shooter gameplay with the strategy of top-down PC MOBAs. Battleborn also has a five player co-operative campaign, but details on that are unknown at the moment.
Thanks to the diverse settings incorporated in Battleborn, there will be a plethora of colourful and intricate heroes for players to use, »
- Tom Powter
It’s rare that we see palpable steps forward with display technology. Sure, we get better panels, higher resolution, and all sorts of advances with specs such as G-Sync/adaptive sync, but we haven’t seen a fundamental change in quite some time. An entire decade has passed since monitors jumped onto the 16:9 display ratio bandwagon, and we really haven’t looked back since. Today, LG seems to be single-handedly leading the charge towards the new 21:9 cinematic aspect ratio with their new flagship monitor, the 34UM95. We’ve spent a few weeks with it now to really get a feel for it, and I think it’s safe to say that the future is here.
LG’s 34UM95 is absolutely impossible to ignore. The massive monitor packs a 3440 X 1440 resolution into a 34 inch diagonal panel. Calling it massive is, quite frankly, an understatement. I had cleared a large »
- Chaz Neeler
From Super Mario Bros to Devil May Cry, we delve into the past to pick out 7 games that changed considerably as they were developed...
The complex process of making a game requires the coordination of programmers, artists, designers, musicians and accountants. It's little surprise, then, that things can change drastically over the course of the months or even years it takes to make a game, and history is littered with examples of this.
Take, for example, Team Fortress 2, a shooter that went through multiple iterations and even changes in art style before the final version became a popular success. There are far, far too many other examples to list here, so what we've done is whittle our selection down to the ones we either found the most interesting or the most significant from a historical point of view.
It's fair to say that, without most of the »
This morning, Valve, the creators of the influential Half-Life series – as well as the digital distribution software Steam - have unveiled a cryptic teaser on their Team Fortress 2 website.
It features a large television screen tuned to an emergency channel and a countdown clock which will strike zero at 5 p.m. Pdt/8 p.m. Edt. What happens after that is anyone’s guess. The URL of the site even contains the word “suspense,” just to keep us all on tenterhooks.
Already the internet is filling up with speculation as to what’s going to be revealed. Of course, most people are hopeful for Half-Life 3, but I can’t see that happening. Then again, this is Valve we’re talking about, so you never know. They’ve surprised us before and I wouldn’t put it past them to drop a bombshell like that on us tonight.
Tell us, what »
- Andrew Heaton
The first Under Siege movie proved both a springboard for Steven Seagal's career, and also one for director Andrew Davis (who would go on to make The Fugitive). The second Under Siege movie, which switched the action from a boat to a train, did not. We've a soft spot for Under Siege 2, but the 1995 follow-up, directed by Geoff Murphy (Fortress 2, Young Guns II) did not ignite in the same way as the first. And, over time, Steven Seagal and cinema releases were mentioned less and less in the same sentence.
However, Seagal - whose top 25 movies we counted down in, er, some detail here - is keen to make a third instalment of the Under Siege series. Chatting to The Big Issue, he revealed that he'd want the »
Earlier today I was able to attend a presentation from Bethesda games and Battlecry Studios for their recently announced upcoming game, BattleCry. A lot of info involving the game’s aesthetics, character classes, and gameplay elements were revealed, and those interested in team-based multiplayer games like Team Fortress 2 may find a lot to like here.
A free-to-play action game with support for up to 32 players at once, BattleCry will take place in an alternate timeline set around the early 20th century where gunpowder has been banned, leading to a more unique arsenal of weapons for its cast of characters to fight with. Some of the characters and environments were shown, and the game overall has a nice look with some slight stylized elements, such as a graphical filter akin to cel-shading that’s applied to the sun and clouds.
Players will be able to select from three factions: The Royal Marines, »
- John Fleury
If you told me that PopCap was looking to branch out its Plants vs. Zombies franchise into other genres, I'd simply shrug at its inevitability. If you told me that their first attempt at expansion was the class-based shooter Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, I'd raise my eyebrows quizzically. If you told me that Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare was a genuinely good game, said eyebrows would lift right off of my head and soar into low orbit.
Yes, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a class-based, multiplayer shooter--an obvious attempt, given the popularity of Call of Duty and EA's own Battlefield franchise--and it's a surprisingly competent one that manages to work really well in spite of the legacy of its franchise. Taking the previously strategic game and reworking it as a pseudo-Team Fortress 2 is a ballsy move, and in spite of a few missteps it's a worthy addition to the franchise. »
- Carl Lyon
Plants vs. Zombies has been a longtime favorite of mine. After first discovering the game back on the PC when it was released in 2009, I quickly fell in love with its quirky charm, surprisingly deep gameplay and overall addicting nature. So, when Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare was announced, of course I was a bit hesitant. Not only did developer PopCap Games plan to turn the series into a multiplayer only shooter, but they also took what was originally a top-down 2D game and instead switched it into the third person perspective.
It was a bold move, no doubt, and one that could have potentially backfired tremendously. Fortunately, however, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare turned out to be fairly enjoyable, with enough laughs, easy-to-grasp gameplay and creative design that it makes it easy to overlook the game’s shortcomings.
Essentially, you have two modes here and they come in the »
- Matt Joseph
Loadout is an over-the-top arena shooter that delivers an impressive arsenal of firepower for you to lay waste upon your enemies with. It’s a simple concept, but it’s one that Edge of Reality has managed to construct as a solid beginning for their venture into the realm of free-to-play. The only question that remains is whether or not Loadout’s gory and comedic violence is enough to keep you coming back for more.
Before you start any free-to-play game, it’s important to distinguish the difference between what real world and in-game currency gets you. For many, this makes or breaks their decision to jump in with everything they’ve got. It’s hard to justify investing time into a game to earn the best equipment when you wind up facing off against someone that simply dropped a bill payment on a decked out weapon.
Loadout isn’t that game. »
- Michael Shelton
Tomorrow, a new Free-To-Play Fps takes the field to take on the king of the hill, Team Fortress 2. There are a lot of the same sensibilities and even certain aspects of the art style that can be seen in both Loadout and Team Fortress 2 but Loadout looks to deliver a much more over […]
The post ‘Loudout’ Gets an Expletive Filled Launch Trailer from Rooster Teeth appeared first on The Flickcast. »
- John Carle
In this economy there are people who cannot afford the latest games. Gaming on the PC can be very expensive but there are some games that are free to play. Here is a look at some of the better games that you can be playing right now.
1) World of Tanks: If you loved watching old World War II movies then this is the game for you. Jump into a tank either for the Allies or Axis and engage in online battles with people from all over the world. You can upgrade your tank and also buy newer ones as they range from heavier tanks to even artillery. http://worldoftanks.com/
2) War Thunder: Also set in World War II this game gives the player a variety of roles to choose from. You can dominate your foes in the air, land or sea as you will fly planes, drive »
- Thomas Riccardi
12 items from 2014
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