The Bioshockingly Horrific News EditionBy Ryan Noik 29 August 2014 | Categories: news
Bioshock hits iOS
It may just be a good week for mobile gamers, as it marks the release of something we didn’t think we would ever see – namely Bioshock on mobile. Way back last year, rumours promisingly swirled that a version of Bioshock was heading to the PS Vita, but when those hopes were dashed, it looked like playing one of the more memorable FPS’s on the go was as doomed as the ill-fated Rapture.
Rather than an original new story, players will instead be able to venture back into Rapture on their iOS tablet. Now the bad news – the game is only compatible with the iPad Air, iPad Mini 2 (with Retina Display), and iPhone 5S, 5C and 5 and the iPad 4 - owners of earlier devices have unfortunately been left out of the mix. Also, it’s not cheap, at R190. Still, it’s Bioshock – potentially, on a plane, or cruise, or if you find yourself trapped in an underwater resort.
Ascension: Chronicles of the Godslayer announced for Vita
Moving on from a PC and console port to the iOS platform, this week also bought news that the PS Vita will receive its own port from (wait for it) the iOS App store as well. Let it never be said that games don’t get around.
More specifically, Ascension: Chronicles of the Godslayer will be receiving its own release on Sony’s criminally underrated handheld.
Unlike other card playing titles, such as Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Ascension enables players to build their deck as they play, rather than ahead of time. Although a release date for the game has not been given, players will apparently be able to engage in both single player and multiplayer on the PS Vita when it does launch.
Voice cast revealed for The Evil Within
Bethesda has rounded up a significant cast of voice actors for its forthcoming The Evil Within, and horror geeks can be reassured that, in the talent stakes, the publishers aren’t pulling any punches.
For starters, Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley (Lincoln, Watchmen) and most notable, Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake) will be lending his voice to The Evil Within’s main antagonist, Ruvik. Bringing his voice to the role of the protagonist, detective Sebastian Castellanos will be Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels, Safe).
Joining them will be imminently watchable (or in this case, ‘listenable’,) Jennifer Carpenter – who we last saw meeting an unfortunate end in Dexter. Carpenter is no stranger to horror, considering her turn in the spooky and disturbing Quarantine, as well as The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Along with playing Juli Kidman, Sebastian’s partner, players opting for the Season Pass post-launch will be able to play the game from Juli’s perspective as well.
Assassin’s Creed Unity delayed
Here’s some bad news and some good news – the bad news is that Assassin’s Creed Unity has been delayed. Before you gnash your teeth and tear out your hair, here’s the good news – it’s only by two weeks.
This moves the game from a release at the end of October, into mid November. The standard reason has been given – i.e. that the delay will give the studio a little more time to add some spit and polish.
“It’s always hard to be precise and to quantify exactly how much work is involved, so as we get close to the finish we often realize we’re near the target but we’re not quite there yet,” elaborated senior producer Vincent Pontbriand
As far as delays go, it’s a blip, not like say, having to wait another six months before we can get our hands on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. In the meantime, here is one of the more recent developer diaries to console yourself.
BioWare details Dragon Age: Inquisition multiplayer
This week, BioWare confirmed that Dragon Age: Inquisition will have multiplayer, and in a new FAQ, gave some details as to what players can expect. For starters, Dragon Age: Inquisition will boast four-player cooperative quests separate from the single-player open-world story. Additionally, those diving into the multiplayer component will find fast-paced matches requiring strategic team gameplay, alongside the titles tactical class combat and extensive loot and crafting systems.
In a bit of refreshing news, the multiplayer component will not have a paywall, and any loot can be acquired with gold coins – the currency one garners through dungeon crawling.
The company also stressed that players won’t have to venture into multiplayer to get the full-game experience; rather the two modes will coexist separate from each other. Furthermore, multiplayer will not affect the single player campaign endings.
Lords of the Fallen drops new trailer
October and November are already shaping up to be sizzling months on the games front, with one of the contributing factors, at least for fans of RPGs, being Lords of the Fallen. In case you still needed convincing, then just take a look at the newest trailer for the game below, which shows the foreboding and enticing range of environments that players will traverse, from ruined temples to deep forests to probably not so abandoned castles.
The game is slated for release on next gen platforms – the PS4 and Xbox One – and if the trailer is any indication, lovers of fantasy art will likely be staring slack jawed at their consoles as they play through the title.
Watch it if you dare
We’re not too sure what is more disturbing – the trailer for the forthcoming The Evil Within, the creepy and skin crawling survival horror title P.T. or this video below. Let’s just say that for one unfortunate teen, his gaming world appears to have had its own version of the apocalypse, after his parental influence decided that his game collection belonged under the machinations of a lawn mower rather than in a library. Yes, really.
Watch and shudder at the cringeworthy footage below, if you dare.
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