Lawbreakers is a new arena shooter from Cliff Bleszinski; the man who gave us Gears of War and Unreal Tournament. I’ve been playing the beta for a couple of days now and I LOVE it. The gameplay is fast and there’s enough variation between the characters to provide everyone with a class that they like. My favorite gamemode so far is blitzball; two teams try to put the ball into the opponents goal. It’s a ton of fun and it really shows how awesome this game is. The beta is currently open on PC so go check it out!
A ton of new games have been announced/shown on E3 and I’m going to list my personal favorites. Let’s do this!
1.God Of War : Be A Warrior
We got some gameplay footage of the new God of War game and it looks amazing! I’m already looking forward to kill that giant snake thing we see at the end of the trailer.
An exclusive Spider-Man game for the PS4 will always interest me especially one that looks as good as this one. The combat reminds me a lot of the Batman Arkham games and that’s a good thing; I really love the timing based combat. A good Spider-Man off course has good web slinging and this game seems to deliver on that front; the web slinging looks fun and solid. The worst part of this game is its release date: 2018. Bummer!
3. Call of Duty WII Multiplayer trailer!
I haven’t been excited for a new COD game since Black Ops but this one put me right back on the hype train. I’m skeptical that the multiplayer will look this good and fluid but we shall see. The trailer didn’t show any exuberant skins on the weapons and I hope that this is also the case for the final game. I don’t want to play a World War 2 shooter with a pink MP40.
4. Skull and Bones
My favorite Assassins Creed game is Black Flag so you can see why I’m excited for this game. I’d love a good online pirate game but it is still Ubisoft so I’m skeptical; how are the servers going to be ? What about the balance ? I’m going to try to get access to the beta to see how the game plays but the trailer does look good.
5. A Way Out
2 brothers breaking out of jail might not sound like the most interesting premise ever but what is interesting is the fact that it is co-op. I love a good co-op game and this might be a very good one!
- Wolfenstein II The New Colossus
- Marvel vs Capcom Infinite (the gameplay looks great!)
- Xbox One X
- Need for Speed Payback
- Metro Exodus
What has been your favorite E3 announcement? Let me know in the comments!
First thoughts: It’s great that we get a Marvel and a DC fighting game in the same year and they both look great. Marvel vs Capcom games have always been great; lots of characters and gameplay that’s easy to play but hard to master. I really look forward to this and I still have my hopes up that they will do a cool collector’s edition (unlike some other superhero fighting game *couch Injustice 2 * cough). But what do you guys think? Let me know in the comments!
I remember when I first read an article about Alekhine’s Gun; I was very interested because it seemed to be a throwback to the old Hitman games. When the game was released it received a lot of bad reviews and that’s why I didn’t buy it at full price. I recently saw it for €20 on the Playstation store and I decided to give it a go and see if it deserved all those harsh reviews.
The story of Alekhine’s Gun is a typical Cold War era (some missions are set in World War 2 but those are flashbacks) spy thriller. You play the role of Semyon Strogov, a KGB agent working for the CIA. The plot features around a number of real events such as the assassination of Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs invasion.
So the story isn’t too bad but what about the gameplay? Well that’s the point where things go horribly wrong. Alekhine’s Gun plays like a game from 2004: everything feels clunky and the controls are very weird (pressing up and right on the D-pad to select a weapon is just stupid). It gets especially bad when you’re shooting ; the game stutters all over the place (this stuttering also happens when you enter a new room/turn around quickly) and aiming is so slow and sloppy that you’ll avoid shooting entirely. The stealth element in this game is also very badly done. Like in more recent Hitman games you have a ‘vision mode’ which lets you see enemy movement but it’s not all that useful because the enemy AI isn’t great. Enemies will chase after you when you act suspicious (lockpicking, going into rooms that you aren’t allowed in, …) but they are easily evaded by just running. Yes, the best way to avoid any confrontation is to run. The enemies rarely bother to chase after you even when you enter a part of a building that you shouldn’t enter (see the video below). It’s this kind of stuff that ruins to experience for me. Why would I find a good disguise and sneak my way into a building when I can just run past the guards?
The graphics aren’t too special but they aren’t bad. You’ll visit a number of different locations and all of them feel and look different. It’s a shame that the character models didn’t receive the same variety; a lot of the guards look the same which ruins the experience a bit. Good old Strogov can use a variety of weapons ranging from a pistol to a garrote and poison. It’s nothing too special but it all has its use during each of the 11 missions. At the end of each mission you get a rating based on how well you’ve done and you get rewarded with points which you can spend on new weapons and upgrades (a silencer for your pistol for example). It’s nice that you can buy new things but besides the silencer I didn’t really bother buying/upgrading things because the standard equipment works just fine.
Conclusion: Alekhine’s Gun has some nice ideas but they are all ruined by the lackluster gameplay. I really wanted to enjoy this game but I couldn’t because it feels unfinished. If you want a good stealth game, buy Hitman.
I’ve played a lot of Battlefront but this is the first time that it happened. The issue was resolved when I left the game and then rejoined but still; pretty weird. Has this happened to you ? Let me know in the comments!