Right, time to grab all the salt in your immediately vicinity. Pop to the shops, if you must. Then sit down and read this rumour I don’t quite believe about a VR-only Half-Life game that Valve are supposedly going to announce on December 12th.
We all have our favourite gaming mice. For me, it’s a toss up between the Logitech G Pro Wireless and the ever so lovely Roccat Kain 120, both of which have been sitting proudly atop my best gaming mouse rankings ever since I tested them earlier in the year.
The nicest thing I can say about Terminator: Resistance is that if a Terminator were sent back in time to wipe out its code, the timeline of gaming in general would almost certainly proceed unchanged. Confused by the apparent failure, Skynet would keep on sending Arnies back to delete it, unaware that the job was already done, and that its agents were just piling up awkwardly in the offices of developer Teyon. The killer AI would squander all its resources on needlessly ferrying metal strongmen into the past, spiral into logistical collapse, and leave humanity to be declared the winners by default. Hooray – Terminator: Resistance saved us all.
This is, really and truly, the last ever Steam Charts.Which, I realise, is something I’ve said before. More than once. But this time it’s really true!
Something has… gone wrong with Planet Zoo. I think it’ll be fixed easily enough, possibly even today, and I’m still having fun with it as it is. But, in the game’s franchise mode at least, the promise of “build your own zoo, with whatever you like in it” has quietly been phased out for “in the grim darkness of the international animal trade, there is only warthogs”.
All my years of muscle memory are gone. Overwatch‘s custom games tab, where hero powers are traded furtively in dingy dens and game balance lies dead in the corner, has stripped them out. With the introduction of Overwatch’s workshop, players are able to make wild game-modes with the official tools, and share them with ease. I’ve fought an entire enemy team grafted onto Doomfist. I’ve seen a team of Mercies gliding in formation, aiming to beat me to death. And worst of all a game with, like, six Bastions. Overwatch 2 could likely learn something.
Good news for Google Stadia fans this morning, as the number of launch games planned for the cloud gaming service has almost doubled overnight. Originally set to launch with just 12 games tomorrow, Google’s Phil Harrison took to Twitter in the early hours of this morning to announce that Stadia’s launch line-up would now total 22 games instead.
Release: Out now On: Windows, MacOS From: Steam Price: £35/$40/€40For reasons unclear to me, detective work seems to be a popular choice for enterprising animals keen to enter the gig economy. Indeed, creatures of all kinds have been sleuthing it up recently – just this year we had the pleasure of meeting a Goat Detective, a Frog Detective and a Raccoon Detective, and we heard about the arrival of the Chicken Police. And now it’s time for Blacksad, a gruff detective cat who’s hopped from his noir comic series to the PC screen, courtesy of Runaway developers Pendulo Studios.
I don’t know if Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear To The Rescue is any good, but I know eight year-old me believed it to be.
New puzzles will finally be coming to Baba Is You when developers Hempuli bring a level editor to the game next year, putting control in the hands of players. The unique puzzler that requires players to change rules in order to progress will soon grant them the power to create their own challenges, which they can then share online for others to have ‘fun’ with. Now it won’t just be level designers writing rules for you to rewrite as you play, it’ll people who want nothing more than create the most devious puzzles imaginable and watch the world burn.