gamescom 2018: Myths, Legends, and Awesome Abilities in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

The moment Ubisoft unveiled Assassin’s Creed Odyssey at E3 2018, our classically-trained lizard brains sharply focused on the mythological possibilities. To many of us, Ancient Greece doesn’t just mean shiny helmets, pointy spears, robed philosophers, and sunbaked cliffs overlooking the Aegean: it means monsters. Big ones. And lots of them. Of course, the Assassin’s Creed franchise prefers to recontextualize actual historical events through the lenses of its stealthy stars, so we haven’t gotten our hopes up that it will turn into the “Clash of the Titans” playground that immediately popped into our heads. Or will it? Based on a new…

gamescom 2018: 5 New Features Coming to Trials Rising

Ubisoft’s Trials franchise has built a legion of dedicated fans who come for the best physics-based motorcycling in the business and stay for the grueling challenge of inching past pals on the game’s online leaderboards.  All of that excruciating goodness is intact in Rising, but developer RedLynx has gone the extra mile by enhancing their latest bike with several new upgrades. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and check out what the next entry in the world’s most explosive racing series has in store. Unreal Tracks, Real Locations While the core game mechanics are largely unchanged – you still gas,…

E3 2018: Decide the Fate of an Undead World in Dying Light 2

We humans might not always get along, but when it comes to dealing with zombies, we can usually agree on a few things: they’re bad, we’re good, and if you see one, run. The original Dying Light took that to heart, turning gamers loose on a first-person parkour playground infested with vicious shambling corpses. But running from zombies only gets you so far. For the sequel, developer Techland is infusing their world with a heaping helping of brains, giving players a substantially larger world, more opportunities for acrobatics, and the ability to shape the very narrative itself.  During a hands-off…

E3 2018: Saving the Universe in the Wildly Ambitious Beyond Good & Evil 2 

Rumored for years but finally confirmed at E3 2017, Ubisoft’s space pirate opera Beyond Good & Evil 2 has long been atop gamer wish lists. And for good reason: the 2003 original was an instant cult classic, earning several Game of the Year awards on the strength of its incredible storytelling and memorable characters. Players patiently waited for news of its follow-up – Beyond Good & Evil was initially planned as a trilogy – but for well over a decade, a sequel existed only in the minds of passionate fans. Based on a guided demo at E3 2018, however, we…

E3 2018: High-Flying Anthem Aims to Thrill

Bioware may be best known for thoughtful role-playing greats like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Baldur’s Gate, but for their next trick, the legendary developer is building something with considerably more punch. We’re of course talking about Anthem. EA’s shared-world shooter made quite a splash at E3, initially in a lengthy look during the EA Play press conference, but also through a few behind-closed-doors hands-on demos. We were lucky enough to sneak into one such presentation and came away extremely impressed with the game’s tight controls, beautiful world, and explosive action. Anthem’s sci-fi world was abandoned by the god-like Shapers,…

E3 2018: Leave Aliens for Dead in Co-Op Shooter Earthfall

The elevator pitch for Holospark Games’ upcoming game Earthfall could be adequately summed up in five extremely awesome words: Left 4 Dead with aliens. That’s very much by design. It’s been nearly a decade since Valve’s beloved co-op survival shooter blew away gamers with its intense action and innovative AI. Holospark hopes to update that game’s riotous multiplayer by changing the enemy and adding a few new twists. The otherworldly bad guys certainly don’t come in peace. Taking place 30 years in the future, Earthfall’s invaders arrive on our planet courtesy a meteorite slamming into the Pacific Northwest. When the…

E3 2018: Death is Educational in the Mysterious Depths of Below

After a prolonged absence, highly-anticipated RPG Below from Toronto-based developer Capybara Games is finally coming to the surface. First announced in 2013, the Xbox One exclusive has undergone some serious nips and tucks over the years, re-emerging at E3 2018 as a colorful, confident, and challenging journey through a mysterious network of caverns. We experienced this beautiful, enigmatic adventure firsthand at a recent hands-on demo. Played from a top-down, isometric perspective, Below begins by dropping players off on the shores of a dark, shadowy island. A nearby campfire beckons, introducing us to the game’s crafting mechanics. Players will have to…

E3 2018: Fighting Conformity in the Demented World of We Happy Few

One of the newest members of the Microsoft development family, Compulsion Games has been working on the dystopian action adventure We Happy Few for quite some time. What began as a procedural roguelike has morphed into a much more narrative-driven experience, and considering its fascinating backdrop, hilarious dialogue, and menacing enemies, that was a wise decision. Having recently played a 45-minute demo of the reworked game, we came away excited at its potential, enamored with its writing, and slightly creeped out by its unsettling characters. Set in an alternate version of 1960s England, We Happy Few tells the intertwining tale…

E3 2018: Surviving the Harsh Winter of Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus made a serious splash when it debuted at the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing. Showcasing the power of Xbox One X, the gorgeous first-person survival game brought gamers face to face with some of the less…friendly…denizens of the franchise’s post-apocalyptic Russia. Rats aren’t supposed to grow quite that big, you know. Roughly one year to the day, we finally got a closer look at 4A Games’ ambitious game. Delivering a vast, frigid landscape to explore, tight storytelling, overhauled weapon customization, and new survival systems, it’s shaping up to be another technical and mechanical showpiece. Here are four things we…

E3 2018: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Beyond Good & Evil 2, The Division 2 and More Wow the Crowd at Ubisoft’s E3 Press Conference

Fans of Ubisoft’s many franchises were treated to a smorgasbord of reveals and demonstrations during the company’s crowd-pleasing E3 2018 Press Conference. Opening with a surreal marching band led by a dancing panda (note: no real pandas were harmed), the show began with an homage to Ubisoft’s immensely popular Just Dance series. The next entry, Just Dance 2019, is out for Xbox One on October 23. It quickly segued into a stunning new trailer for the highly-anticipated Beyond Good & Evil 2, introducing us to the game’s colorful characters, including an enigmatic look at former protagonist Jade. The game’s developers…