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Maneater or Sharknado them humans!

Posted in News with tags , , on May 21, 2020 by Rabidgames

Imagine being a shark and taking your sweet revenge on humans. In an RPG. Where you can evolve to a lightning shark or a shark tank. Crazy? Maneater says “hold my beer”!

 

The premise of Maneater is that you are a baby shark that needs to grow up to be the apex predator of it open world. And it seems you have the choice to be a good shark or a bad shark (bad probably meaning not eating humans).

For some reason, Maneater is flying under the radar. Perhaps it’s too weird, perhaps the appeal of being a shark isn’t for everyone (but why?), or maybe it’s just that the game is surrounded by bigger fish like remakes and summer blockbusters. But it is new, innovative and a perfect summer game – going to the beach in a different way.

Rabidgames is hungry: Honestly, Maneater ticks all the boxes: open world, RPG, over-the-top, something else. Fingers crossed it doesn’t choke on its own ambitions, but if it all plays out right, we may have a surprise summer hit on our fins!

Spring Remake Mania ’20

Posted in Gaming these days ..., News with tags , , , , , on May 17, 2020 by Rabidgames

While it’s interesting to see how pretty much all of the big releases of 2020 have been delayed, from Sony’s The Last of Us 2 AND Ghost of Tsushima to the coming Juggernaut that Cyberpunk 2077 will be, it doesn’t mean there will be a lack of new games. They may be old new games, but new and shiny nonetheless!

We’ve already had a few – for instance the lukewarm and half-assed WarCraft 3, the shorter and less convincing Resident Evil 3, and of course the much-applauded cash cow Final Fantasy VII – Part I (the part that many fans are missing, and also … well, let’s not go into that here).

But there’s more to come! Last week, we’ve heard there’s going to be Mafia Trilogy, and Mafia 2 may even be on the (virtual) shelves later this week already! But of course, the shining star is the remake of the first Mafia game, set in the not-that-golden 30s of the 19th century. Also, not every game has a set of racing drivers named after death metal singers!

Then, we have the remaster of Saints Row The Third – a game that’s not as strong as the amazing Saints Row 2 in many ways, but still showcases great sandbox gameplay – and it had proper shooting mechanics now that felt less awkward!

Let’s also not forget Destroy All Humans where a virus, pardon, an alien, wants to eliminate mankind in 2020. Back on the PS2, this game was great fun!

Dear PC gamers, you may think you can finally run Crysis on your machine? Developer Crytek then thought “hold my beer” and has announced Crysis Remastered out of spite. Just like that. Seeing the Switch is included for a mysterious reason, the specs should be manageable this time though … Maybe. Don’t bet on it.

Not really Rabidgames’ cup of tea, but Tony Hawk 1 and 2 will also be remastered. So if you want to meet Spider-Man or a fat cop on a skateboard, you know where to roll.

Rabidgames muses: Now, remakes or remasters are nothing new. But 2020 really seems to be THE year of the remaster. And while that’s nice and cool (more in the case of Mafia 1, considerably less in the case of WarCraft 3), one can wonder when the next-gen wave of remasters will hit us – and which game will eventually be crowned “World Champion of Remastered/Remake” …

6 Reasons Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be Bigger, Better and Wilder

Posted in Commentary, News, The Latest with tags , , , , , , , on April 30, 2020 by Rabidgames

So, anyone else excited like a berserker? Come on, watch that trailer and then say you don’t want to raid and plunder England:

 

But apart from the trailer, Ubisoft also released some juicy details about the coming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. A bit of nitpicking: Valhalla is a bit lame, Ragnarök was such a better title. Nitpicking aside, there are some reasons why Valhalla may even be bigger, better and definitely wilder than the brilliant Odyssey:

6. God of War Valhalla
Seeing how Kratos went from Greece to the Norse realms, it’s kind of Assassin’s Creed follows the same route (and hopefully includes an easter egg this time around). We know we’ll control a raven instead of an eagle already, and after the mythology-heavy Odyssey, we can surely expect to meet – or even slay – some Norse gods such as Odin or Thor, and maybe some massive monsters such as Fenrir (the big bad wolf) or Jörmungandr (the massive snake). And we better not trust Loki, of course …

5. Mortal Kombat Valhalla
From the looks of it, you can fight with axes, swords (dual-wielding inclusive), shields – and the hidden blade is also back in the trailer in all its stabby glory. Yay!!! Ubisoft also promises decapitations, which is set to be a new level of gore in Assassin’s Creed!

4. Dragons Dogma Valhalla
In Valhalla, can create your own Viking mercenaries and share them or you use the mercenaries of other gamers. And you get some spoils if your mercenaries plunder and loot in other worlds, too! Sounds just like the ingenious Pawn system from Dragon’s Dogma now, doesn’t it? Let’s not get too excited about a great AI and the hilarious dialogues though …

3. Civilization Valhalla
A key point of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be creating, expanding and upgrading your very own settlement. Fuck yeah! Your own settlement/base has been a key point missing in both Origins and Odyssey. It’s great it’s coming back, and Ubisoft promises the settlement will be a protagonist in Valhalla, complete with lots of things to do, including quests and many shops!

2. Total War Valhalla
Ubisoft claims we can play Valhalla in various ways – from fighting battles to a more strategic approach involving alliances and marriages to conquer dark-age England. It remains to be seen how deep this system will be, but it’s definitely a welcome addition to the new age Assassin’s Creed world!

1. The Witcher Valhalla
Odyssey was a big step up when it came to choices and consequences, and Ubisoft promises Valhalla takes this quite a few steps further. We don’t know how massive the choices will be and how grave the consequences will be, but it’s probably the best point to look forward to!

Rabidgames is hyped: All these points sound great, and there may be a lot more to come to get excited to raid the English medieval countryside! It’s also funny how all the leaks sown led to exactly what we’ll get. Good PR or coincidence, who knows? One thing is for sure though – comes winter, Rabidgames will be on the frontline to conquer England!

Enjoy All the Extreme Violence of Mortal Kombat 11!

Posted in Commentary, News with tags , , , on April 24, 2019 by Rabidgames

We live in an age where everyone and their mother knows video games can be art, just like every other kind of entertainment. But sometimes it’s good to know there are still games out there that shamelessly glorify gratuitous violence. With gallons of blood and gore. Obviously, Mortal Kombat has always been on the forefront of glorifying violence for laughs.

But as graphics have evolved, the violence in Mortal Kombat games has, too. And Mortal Kombat 11 is a massive splatter fest of exploding limbs and gore, as this video of surgery and dismemberment proves.

Rabidgames grins: Ah, 30 minutes of mutilation and murder. Isn’t it great?

Netflix announces a Dragon’s Dogma Anime!!!

Posted in News with tags , , on March 12, 2019 by Rabidgames

Now if that isn’t a pleasant surprise! A Dragon’s Dogma anime! As reported by many sites, including Eurogamer, the story of that Netflix show seems a bit different from what we would have expected knowing the game:

Based on a world-famous action RPG set in an open world, Dragon’s Dogma from Capcom will be brought to life as a Netflix original anime series. The story follows a man’s journey seeking revenge on a dragon who stole his heart. On his way, the man is brought back to life as an ‘Arisen’. An action adventure about a man challenged by demons who represent the seven deadly sins of humans.

Erm, demons? Seven deadly sins? Wait, what? Anyway, here’s hoping we will hear many, many, many Pawn quotes in the Dragon’s Dogma anime, after all, because here’s the thing with Pawn quotes: “They’re masterworks all, you can’t go wrong!”

Whatever the quality of the anime, the fact Capcom does this – and the release of Dragon’s Dogma on the Switch – give us plenty of hope that the one game we’ve been craving for years finally will see the light of day soon-ish: Dragon’s Dogma 2.

Rabidgames can’t wait: More Dragon’s Dogma is always good. Always. Period.

Activision And Capitalism’s Ugly Face

Posted in Commentary, Gaming these days ..., News with tags , , , on February 15, 2019 by Rabidgames

You might have read that Activision Blizzard is firing people, right? You might have also read they’re firing people despite making hefty profits, in fact Activion’s boss talks about “record revenue” …

Here’s the thing – that shouldn’t surprise us. For years now, the gaming industry has been exactly that – an industry. Those who craft, develop and enjoy games still work there, but usually just as low-level employees. The ones ruling the shots are fucking assholes in suits who treat games like they’d treat cars, materials, or even worse than games, food or medicine: as means to generate shitloads of money so they and their fucking shareholders get richer and richer. At the same time, they don’t give a shit about the company, why would they, after all? After bleeding out one company, they can go bleeding the next one dry. The word enough simply does not exist in the capitalist dictionary.

This kind of shit is regarded as normal in our capitalist world; workers getting fed bread crumbs while parasitic shareholders and their managers in suits feast on golden cakes. And you know, the absurd thing is that those managers in suits primarily answer to those fucking shareholders. If 800 people get fired, lose their jobs, potentially their homes, they don’t give a fuck. But if one shareholder feels 5% profit isn’t enough for the platinum cake he wants to buy, the next “logical” thing will be firing 800 more workers.

This is the fucked up world we live in. If you want games made by gamers for gamers for enjoyment and for the game makers to make a living, indie games are your only choice. With every AAA game you buy, you make sure the artists, developers and other workers get fed, sure. But for each pound they might get, 2 pounds (probably more) go the fucking shareholders.

Rabidgames wonders: What to do? Well, we can buy less AAA games and more indie games. But would that really help? There’s talk about a gaming union in the UK, which would greatly help things, of course. But at the end of the day, it’s simple: Gaming is just as fucked as the rest of the world. It’s not different, it’s just another means for corporations to make money for themselves.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – From Ancient Greece to the American Revolution and Back with One Season Pass

Posted in Gaming these days ..., News with tags , , , , , on September 26, 2018 by Rabidgames

First of all – the fuck? Whenever Rabidgames buys the ultimate or whatever version of a game to enjoy the complete version with all DLCs or just because it is dead cheap and the 360 version is in a box, boom, a remaster appears out of thin air. Dragon’s Dogma, boom! Far Cry 3, boom! Red Faction Guerilla, boom! And now, Assassin’s Creed 3, boom! How about Oblivion Remastered then? Or New Vegas, you know, the Fallout people fucking want?

Anyway, what were we talking about, oh, Assassin’s Creed 3, right. As you might have heard, the Remastered version will be part of the Season Pass of the soon coming Greek tragedy Assassin’s Creed Odyssey! Or you can buy the game separately if you don’t like Greek culture and food, or if you’ve had one too many ouzos once or twice …

So yeah. There are some reasons to question Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – it is set before the Assassins were formed, it is set only in Greece (which feels a bit sad after the diverse climates and the pyramids of Egypt), people there don’t revere cats as much, and then there’s a focus on naval combat no one has really asked for because let’s face it, naval combat in Black Flag – aye, naval combat in Origins – nay.

But it could still be a great game – there are also tons of good news – exploration mode for isntance. No more “follow the main quest” … well, still a bit, but Odyssey allows you to explore Greece at your leisure even more than Origins did with Egypt. One could say you can have your own open-ended Odyssey …

Choices also appear to be meaningful in this seemingly deep action RPG, at least if we believe Ubi’s PR machine. In many ways, Odyssey sounds like the Bioware game fucking EA has denied us this generation. True, Inquisition was decent enough, although it paled and withered once The Witcher 3 claimed the RPG throne. But Odyssey could have what it takes to best at least Bioware’s efforts. At the very least, we can decide if we support Athens or Sparta, and it seems we can do a whole lot more dirty mercenary work, including recruiting a crew again (there’ll also be a trophy for having recruited an all-female crew) …

And then, all the stuff after release. Sure, it would be nice to have all at once – but have you read the details of Odyssey’s Season Pass? Two expansions, one about Atlantis! The episodic content sucks, sure, but Atlantis!

Here’s the thing. Ubisoft does questionable, very questionable things at times, like still having games with fucking loot boxes, or always-online for The Crew or The Division. And fucking loot boxes! But when it comes to value for money, Odyssey looks like a big fucking deal! Procided you like Assassin’s Creed, you pay 80 to 100 quid (depending on the version) for a 100 hour game. Plus the massive Assassin’s Creed 3 (hopefully a bit streamlined) plus its great tyrannic alternate history, plus the smaller bonus of Liberation!

And then, there’s the free stuff. We’ll get another Discovery tour and more free weekly and daily DLC in the form of mini quests! So, that’s plenty of bang for your bucks. But … well, there’s also a big concern. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey could very well have an expiration date, similar to pretty much every fucking game this year if you own a PS4 or a One. Let’s face it, Red Dead Redemption 2 is already raring to go, and unless Rockstar does a massive, massive fuck-up, it looks like a goddamn serious Game of the Decade contender. But pretty much every game this year has that red dead problem …

Cyberpunk 2077 Has Just Reached Hype Level 2077

Posted in Gaming these days ..., News, The Latest with tags , , , on June 13, 2018 by Rabidgames

Let’s start with something easy: You’ve watched the trailer for Cyberpunk 2077, haven’t you? If not, here you go. Expect to get excited though.

Looks good, right? But if that looks good to you, this piece from Eurogamer will be visual orgasm! Here are some of Rabidgames’ personal highlights:

We saw V’s apartment. Is that your home base you can return to?

Patrick Mills: That is your home base at the beginning of the game. Across the course of the game you will be able to purchase additional locations you can use as your home base. It’s too early to talk about too many details about that system, but we do plan on having that.

We got a glimpse at what you’re able to do in your apartment.

Patrick Mills: You can suit up, check your computer. In the demo the quest log up in the corner says, get your gun, get your katana, check your email.

Finally, a game with proper safe houses. And more than just a balmy one (or a meagre two in Franklin’s and Trevor’s cases) like in GTA V

But it gets better:

Is Cyberpunk 2077 a purely single-player game?

Patrick Mills: Yes, it is.

So there’s no multiplayer whatsoever?

Patrick Mills: We have multiplayer in R&D, but the game we’re shipping to you, the game you’re going to buy is the single-player experience. That’s really what we’re concentrating on now, the single-player RPG experience. That’s what we want to nail down before we start looking at any of these other things.

Hell yeah! This is how you do it! After the launch of a single-player game, do whatever you want, but focus development on just the campaign.

The quest structure also seems to be varied and “alive”. Hopefully, we won’t see many fetch quests in Cyberpunk 2077 though:

Will you get phone calls from people offering you quests?

Patrick Mills: You can expect a variety of things. In the Cyberpunk world there are these people called Fixers. The thing about Fixers is they’re the brokers of the mercenary life. They’re the ones who arrange for mercenaries to be brought in to solve problems. You’re going to get some of those jobs from talking to Fixers.

Sometimes you’ll see things on the street that you want to get involved in. We’ve got a variety of different ways to draw you into quests. We don’t want it to just be, drive to this location or just call this guy and get a quest. We want it to feel alive and immerse you in the world.

 

But … there’s a potential thing, a little bit of a problem, we should talk about. Read this:

What platforms will Cyberpunk come out on?

Patrick Mills: The game will be coming out on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. At the moment.

Have you guys settled on a year you want to release the game?

Patrick Mills: Not that I could give you. When it’s done!

Now, it shouldn’t come as a surprise, but “at the moment” reads as if it will become a launch title for the PS5 and the Xbox, erm, Two X … not the best news, but Cyberpunk 2077 sounds too good to be true for this console generation anyway, doesn’t it?

Rabidgames is hyped: Before E3, this game was on the radar. Now, it is a clear case of “shut up, take my money!” Sadly, chances are it seems it might not even be released this decade. But good things come to those who wait, don’t they? And sometimes, those things turn out to be the best.

Dear EA, Sincerely Fuck You!

Posted in Gaming these days ..., News, The Latest with tags , , , , on August 26, 2017 by Rabidgames

You might have heard EA is essentially pulling the plug on Mass Effect Andromeda, which means no more DLC and especially no more patches for the single player part of the game. You know, the part that was consciously released unfinished. It pretty much tells us EA doesn’t give a shit about releasing alpha versions of games, and when challenged as to why an unfinished game such as Andromeda is released, EA abandons the product. Classy.

But wait! It wouldn’t be EA to just kick a an innocent being. Oh no, they rather gut shoot it and leave it out bleed dry just because they are EA! So no more single player hist, right? But hold on, the bastards instead keep serving the micro-transactions wielding MP of Andromeda (which is considerably worse than Mass Effect 3’s MP anyway), but that isn’t the end of that, oh no, just when they said to pull the lug on Andromeda these wankers release some fucking multiplayer DLC packs!

It’s been said before, after the Andromeda disaster, it’s time to say R.I.P. Bioware. EA might be dragging your carcass along for a ride, hell, you might be even end up as a trophy on some asshole-in-a-suit’s living room, but Bioware is dead.

Rabidgames says this: Fuck you EA! And fuck off!

Dragons Dogma Will Arise on 3 October!

Posted in News, The Latest with tags , on August 10, 2017 by Rabidgames

Finally, we have an official release date for one of the most-awaited remasters of one of the best games ever. Objectively speaking, of course.

Anyway, we will finally be able to delve into the world of Gransys on our next-gen systems on 3 October, when Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen finally returns!

If you can’t wait like yours truly, here’s a new little Dragon’s Dogma video to watch – it helps just a bit, but better than naught:

Rabidgames looks anxiously at the calendar: So many days, too many days left till we will explore the world of Dragon’s Dogma once more! So let’s not forget there’s “strength in numbers, Arisen”!