Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than to take a look at the history and influence of the survival horror genre. The genre has undoubtedly had its ups and downs over the past couple decades, but things are currently looking about as good for the genre as they have since its golden age.
Developing games with the intent to scare people has been around since the early 80′s. Games like Mystery House and Haunted House were some of the first games to try and instill fear in players by putting them in the shoes of characters who were weak in comparison to the enemies they faced.
You can’t see me right now, but I assure you I am doing a happy dance in the middle of my house after hearing the best news of the week so far. Rising Star Games has announced that they plan to release a Directors Cut of the cult hit Deadly Premonition on PS3 in early 2013. However, no specific release date was given.
The Directors Cut will feature new scenarios, HD graphics, updated controls, and DLC. Although not everyone on our staff is able to grasp the game’s brilliance (I’m looking at you Mike) I am still eagerly awaiting the release of this Directors Cut nonetheless.
Epic Games Co-Founder and Design Director Cliff Bleszinski has announced that he is leaving the company that he has been a part of for 20 years. It appears that Bleszinski is just burnt out and needs some time away from the industry. Below is an excerpt from the letter he wrote to his colleagues.
“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager, and outside of my sabbatical last year, I have been going non-stop. I literally grew up in this business, as Mike [Capps] likes to say. And now that I’m grown up, it’s time for a much needed break.”
Bleszinski has been a long time staple in the video game industry, having worked on several high profile games over his long career with Epic Games. He has also never had a problem making his opinion known on certain topics, often resulting in his being labeled one of the most outspoken developers in the industry.
It is not yet known what Bleszinski plans to do now that he wont be with Epic Games anymore, but whatever his future endeavors may be, we here at A-G wish him the best of luck.
TellTale Games has released a trailer for Episode 4 of their fantastic The Walking Dead game, titled “Around Every Corner”. This episode is written by Gary Whitta, who wrote the script for The Book of Eli.
TellTale Games also stated in their press release that they will be revealing the release date for episode 4 very soon, with episode 5 following not long after. All 5 episodes will be bundled and released at retail stores later this year. I personally can’t wait to see what happens with Lee, Clem, and the rest of the group in the next episode.
Playstation Blog senior social media specialist Sid Shuman went on Twitter yesterday and made a post which stated “We have revealed the full launch lineup of characters”. That means Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale will launch with 20 playable characters, although it is certainly possible that more characters will be added as DLC later on. These are the characters that the game will launch with when it releases for the PS Vita and PS3 on November 20th:
2. Jak & Daxter
3. Fat Princess
4. Colonel Radec
5. Cole Macgrath
6. Evil Cole Macgrath
7. Big Daddy
9. Heihachi Mishima
11. Nathan Drake
14. Sly Cooper
15. Sweet Tooth
18. Sir Daniel Fortesque
19. Ratchet & Clank
20. PaRappa the Rapper
Also, don’t forget that the game will be a part of Sony’s Cross-Buy Program, meaning that if you purchase the game on the PS3 you will automatically get it for the Vita as well at no extra charge. What do you think of this lineup of launch characters? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Bethesda recently released three webisode episodes set in the world of Dishonored. “The Tales from Dunwall” tells the story of three different people from separate walks of life. Check out the videos below and let us know what you think by leaving a comment.
Total War: ROME II is the highly anticipated second entry in the popular series, and it will take place in 146 BC. A brilliant roman tactician named Scipio Aemilianus is tasked by Rome to break the 3 year siege of Carthage, which is considered a blemish on the Roman Empire.
There isn’t a whole lot shown in the trailer below, but the game already has many people excited for its release next year. Check out the video and let us know what you think in the comments section.
Sony recently made Darksiders 2 and Borderlands 2 available on the Playstation Store on the same day as their physical releases, and now a few more games are getting the same digital treatment from Sony. These are the games you can expect to see:
10/2- Resident Evil 6 ($59.99, $53.99 for PS+ Subscribers, with pre-order)
10/2- NBA 2K13 ($59.99, $53.99 for PS+ Subscribers, with pre-order)
10/9- Dishonored ($53.99, $53.99 for PS+ Subscribers, with pre-order)
10/16- Doom 3: BFG Edition ($39.99, $35.99 for PS+ Subscribers, with pre-order)
10/16- 007: Legends ($59.99)
10/23- Medal of Honor Warfighter ($59.99)
10/30- Need for Speed: Most Wanted ($59.99, $53.99 for PS+ Subscribers, with pre-order)
10/30- Assassin’s Creed 3 ($59.99)
Wal Mart will have an exclusive special edition of Medal of Honor Warfighter when it releases on October 23rd. It will be called the Medal of Honor Warfighter Project Honor Edition, and it will contain a Global Warfighters Documentary that takes a look at 12 different Special Ops forces from 10 different countries. As an extra bonus, access for the Battlefield 4 beta will also be included in the Project Honor Edition
This edition will also include the contents of the Medal of Honor Limited Edition, including the Medal of Honor Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack.
It was rumored last week that Grand Theft Auto III would be making its way to the Playstation Store tomorrow, and it turns out those rumors were spot on. There are several other games that will also be available for your purchasing pleasure after the update tomorrow. These are the games you can expect to find:
Dead or Alive 5
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013
FIFA Soccer 13