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The Secret World to relaunch as free-to-play Secret World Legends

Despite praising its "innovation, atmosphere and charm", Phil felt Funcom's The Secret World was hamstrung by its weak combat and genre-typical MMO padding in his 2012 review. Later that year the developer's then new CEO Ole Schreiner suggested it "definitely had the tools" for a free-to-play-styled Secret World, and now it appears this will be realised: The Secret World is relaunching as Secret World Legends this spring and will be free-to-play. And here's a teaser:Despite Phil's relative reser

By | March 29th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire sets sail for frontiers beyond mere tradition

Amid the Skyrims and Witcher 3s of the world, players hungered for a return to the classic roleplaying games of yesteryear. The first game saved Obsidian from drowning, and Pillars of Eternity 2 is ready to sail to a new world. “We had talked about it going all the way back to Pillars of Eternity,” Sawyer confesses almost shamefully. I begin to realise that, to Urquhart and Sawyer, Pillars of Eternity 2 is as much about the little things as it is the big. “I think a lot of people, whether consci

By | March 27th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

The best pro gaming to watch this weekend

There’s plenty of action from the CS:GO: Championship Series to the Overwatch: Carbon Series playoffs. CS:GO: Esports Championship Series PromotionThe European and North American promotion starts this weekend and the competition is looking fierce. Hearthstone: Winter Championship 2017The 2017 Hearthstone Championship Tour's first Championship stop lands on the sunny shores of the Bahamas. Sixteen of the best players from around the world will be competing for their share of the $250,000 prize po

By | March 25th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

What open-world games on PC need to learn from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Its lineage has cross-pollinated to almost every singleplayer open-world game, dotting their landscapes like acne in case, god forbid, I miss something. Yet the irony here is that Breath of the Wild treats its audience with a respect that few open-world games ever do these days. Breath of the Wild treats its audience with a respect that few open-world games ever do these days. To find them, I must observe the environment in a way I haven't done before in open-world games. Unfortunately, open-wor

By | March 10th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

Soulstorm is darker, more sinister and goes places other games haven’t, says Oddworld Inhabitants

Following its original four game-spanning run which concluded in 2005, Oddworld Inhabitants revived its flagship Abe's Odyssey series in 2014. Announced last year, Oddworld: Soulstorm marks the series' next instalment, which promises an "all-new" Abe and a darker, more mature narrative. Oddworld Inhabitants Oddworld Inhabitants was formed in 1994 by special effects and computer animation specialists Lorne Lanning and Sherry McKenna. Its first game Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee came in '97 and marked t

By | March 10th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

Quake Champions demos debut Blood Covenant arena

In what's been a busy week for id's incoming arena shooter, Quake Champions has teased its first arena—named Blood Covenant. As you'll see in the trailer below, Blood Covenant looks a bit like a souped up version of Quake 3's DM6 Arena—with its gothic masonry, incongruous metal plating, towering stone pillars, and weird blood bath/sacrificial altar-type central effect. "Warriors from all over the waking world have been trapped in the Dreamlands, where they must battle it out for eternity in Quak

By | March 10th, 2017|companies|0 Comments
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