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Recent Articles: Dishonored
You might not know it, but Brazilians love video games, and the country is fast becoming a major player in the video game industry. Like many countries, Brazil evaluates games released in the country for their content and age-appropriateness. But in their zeal to process submissions, the Classificação Indicativa (Advisory Rating) Board just inadvertently revealed two heavily-rumored remakes.
According to the Advisory Rating Board, Microsoft is working on a Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for a 2015 release. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about a Gears of War remake. Just last month, a source close to development told Polygon that Splash Damage was developing the game for the Xbox One. Those rumors were preceded by comments from Microsoft’s Phil Spencer that further hinted at a Gears of War remake. If it’s not happening, then Microsoft fooled a lot of people.
The Advisory Board also blew the lid off of Dishonored: Definitive Edition from Bethesda. Bethesda’s Pete Hines referred to Dishonored as “[the start of] a new franchise” in 2012, so clearly Bethesda has plans in place for another game in the series. With their first-ever E3 Showcase right around the corner, if its too early to talk about a Dishonored sequel, a remake of the original game could still raise some eyebrows.
Obviously, this snafu by the Brazilian Advisory Rating Board should not be considered confirmation that either of these games are in development. However, I think this isn’t the last we’ve heard of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition or Dishonored: Definitive Edition.
If you’d prefer something a little more out there (and you own a PS3), there’s Quantic Dream’s latest action/adventure game, Beyond: Two Souls. The supernatural Saga of Jodie (played by Ellen Page) and her doctor (played by Willem Dafoe) is sure to feature plenty of the developer’s signature weirdness and grandeur.
And if you want to go REALLY out there, NIS America will release Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness for the PS3. The latest game in the insane strategy RPG franchise is a direct sequel to the to the first game in the series, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, which should please its many fans.
This week’s last “new” releases is Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2014. The dancing franchise will boogie its way (again) onto the PS3, Wii, Wii U, and Xbox 360 this week. PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game are set to be released in November.
Finally, a trio of re-releases should keep budget hunters happy as 2K Games/Gearbox will release Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition, Bethesda/Arkane will release Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition, and Capcom will release the Capcom Essentials collection (which contains Dead Rising 2, Devil May Cry 4, Mega Man 10, Resident Evil 6, and Super Street Fighter IV).
A complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)
The people behind the 2013 Game Developers Choice Awards like Journey. They really, really like Journey. Of the 11 awards handed out last night, the thatgamecompany-developed title was named the winner of six of them: Best Audio, Best Game Design, Best Visual Arts, Best Downloadable Game, the Innovation Award, and Game of the Year.
“This year we saw some amazing titles developed in the indie and downloadable game space, and the critical acclaim that titles like Journey, FTL: Faster Than Light, The Walking Dead, and The Room received could not have been more deserved,” said Meggan Scavio, General Manager of the Game Developers Conference.
While the GDC Awards committee loved Journey, the first-ever Audience Choice Award went to Arkane Studios’ Dishonored. The people have spoken and they really, really like assassinating bad dudes in a steampunk setting!
A complete list of winners can be found after the break. (more…)
Bethesda and Arkane Studios have just announced “The Knife of Dunwall,” the second downloadable expansion for Dishonored. Available on April 16, The Knife of Dunwall allows players to control Daud, the assassin who murdered the Empress at the start of the game:
After assassinating the Empress, and forever changing the fate of Dunwall, you embark on a search for redemption. The Outsider reveals the key to your atonement, but who—or what—is Delilah? Accompanied by the Whalers, your loyal band of mercenary assassins, your search will take you through never-before-seen districts of Dunwall as you face off against new and terrible foes. Employ a unique arsenal of new weapons and powers that enhance Dishonored’s dynamic combat, mobility and stealth systems. In the struggle to hang onto the last shred of your humanity, the choices you make will ultimately determine your fate.
Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall has been priced at $9.99 (1200 Microsoft Points) and will be available to download from Steam, the PlayStation Store, or the Xbox Live Marketplace.
The 2013 BAFTA Awards have just been handed out in merry old England and Dishonored has been named the “Best Game of 2012″ by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
However, the most impressive awards haul came courtesy of thatgamecompany’s Journey, which collected five awards (“Artistic Achievement,” “Audio Achievement,” “Game Design,” “Online Multiplayer,” and “Original Music”). The Unfinished Swan (“Best Debut” and “Game Innovation”) and The Walking Dead (“Mobile & Handheld” and “Story”) also took home multiple awards.
You can find the rest of the winners after the break. (more…)
Journey and The Walking Dead continue to rack up nominations in the remaining “Best Games of 2012″ competitions.
This time, the two titles have dominated their peers during the nominations phase of the 2013 BAFTA Awards. “The British Oscars” have been handing out their Games Awards since 2003 and thegamecompany’s Journey leads the pack this year with nine nominations. Telltale’s The Walking Dead wasn’t far behind with seven nominations.
Both games are up for the coveted “Best Game” award, along with Dishonored, Far Cry 3, FIFA Soccer 13, and Mass Effect 3.
They might not have earned a spot in the “Best Game” category, but many of 2012’s other big hitters scored multiple nominations at the BAFTAs. Borderlands 2 received four nominations while Assassin’s Creed III and Call of Duty: Black Ops II both received three.
The 2013 BAFTAs will be handed out on March 5. You can find the complete list of nominees after the break. (more…)
Bethesda soundtracks now available on iTunes
Still got leftover credit from all those iTunes gift cards you got for the holidays and don’t know what to spend them on? Well, Bethesda just made your music-purchasing decisions a whole lot easier. Starting today, you can buy the soundtracks to the following Bethesda games:
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind ($9.99)
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion ($9.99)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ($15.99)
Fallout 3 ($11.99)
Fallout: New Vegas ($11.99)
Just click on the above names and you’ll be taken right to their corresponding iTunes page. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to listen to some Fallout 3.
Journey continues its amazing end-of-the-year award run with six 2013 Game Developers Choice Award nominations, more than any other game.
Journey is up for Game of the Year, as well as Best Audio, Best Game Design, Best Downloadable Game, Best Visual Arts, and the Innovation award. The four other nominees that Journey will be competing against for Game of the Year include Dishonored (four total nominations), The Walking Dead (three total nominations), Mass Effect 3 (two total nominations), and XCOM: Enemy Unknown (two total nominations).
The 2013 GDC Awards will be handed out on Wednesday, March 27 during this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. You can find the complete list of nominees after the break. (more…)