All posts by Mark Smith

I've been an avid gamer since I stumbled upon ZORK running in my local Radio Shack in 1980. Ten years later I was working for Sierra Online. Since then I've owned nearly every game system and most of the games to go with them. Not sure if 40 years of gaming qualifies me to write reviews, but I do it anyway.

‘Crysis Remastered Trilogy’ Out Now

Crytek is delighted to announce that Crysis Remastered Trilogy, featuring the single-player remasters of Crysis, Crysis 2, and Crysis 3, launches today. Each legendary game in this excellent-value, all-in-one collection has been optimized and enhanced to play faster and better than ever before. Following the launch of Crysis Remastered last year, gamers can also buy Crysis 2 Remastered and Crysis 3 Remastered individually.

Crysis Remastered Trilogy features all the series’ famous action-packed gameplay and thrilling battles in sandbox levels updated with improved lighting and visually enhanced characters, weapons, and environments, plus high-definition textures for crystal-clear images. The remasters are optimized towards PC and next-generation consoles for substantial performance gains. For instance, the original games played at an average 720p resolution and up to 30 FPS; the remasters for PC, Xbox Series X, and PlayStation®5 play between 1080p and 4K at up to 60 FPS for beautiful, crisp gameplay.

Crysis Remastered Trilogy Launch Details

Crysis Remastered Trilogy is available for PlayStation®5 and PlayStation®4 from the PlayStation®Store,  Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One from the Microsoft Store, Nintendo Switch from the Nintendo eShop, and PC from the Epic Games Store, priced at USD 49.99|EUR 49.99.

Gamers can buy physical copies of Crysis Remastered Trilogy at retail for Xbox and PlayStation platforms, including an exclusive art card.

Crysis 2 Remastered & Crysis 3 Remastered Launch Details

Crysis 2 Remastered and Crysis 3 Remastered are also available for individual purchase on the Epic Games Store, PlayStation®Store, Microsoft Store, and Nintendo Switch eShop for USD 29.99|EUR 29.99 each.

A physical retail release for Crysis 2 Remastered and Crysis 3 Remastered on Nintendo Switch will follow.

Crysis Remastered Trilogy includes:

Crysis Remastered

A simple rescue mission turns into an all-out war as alien invaders swarm over the Lingshan Islands. Playing as super-soldier Nomad, you are armed with a powerful Nanosuit equipped with Speed, Strength, Armor, and Cloaking abilities. Use a vast arsenal of modular weaponry and adapt your tactics and gear to dominate enemies in an enormous sandbox world.

Crysis 2 Remastered

Aliens have returned to a world ravaged by climate disasters. As the invaders lay waste to New York and begin an assault that threatens the total annihilation of humankind, only you have the technology to lead the fight back. Equipped with the upgraded Nanosuit 2.0, customize your suit and weapons in real-time and unlock powerful abilities in the battle for humanity’s survival.

Crysis 3 Remastered

New York City has been transformed into a sprawling urban rainforest sheltered by a giant nanodome. Fight through seven distinct districts against human and alien forces, using the Nanosuit’s superior technology to deploy brute force or opting for stealth to achieve your goals. Equipped with a deadly Predator Bow, there’s no wrong way to save the world.

For more information, please visit www.crysis.com.

The Jackbox Party Pack 8 Is Out Now on PC & Consoles

Jackbox Games has launched The Jackbox Party Pack 8. This newest fun-filled pack in the hit irreverent party game series is available today on PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC/Mac/Linux via Steam and the Epic Games Store for $29.99, but Steam users can grab the title at launch for 10% off for a limited time!

The Jackbox Party Pack 8 features five incredible new party games:

  • Job Job: A twisted interview game where you use other players’ answers to score the job. Who knew getting a job could be fun AND chaotic? (3-10 players)
  • The Poll Mine: Jackbox’s very first head-to-head team game! Trapped in a magical mine with no way out, try to correctly rank your group’s poll opinions and escape. (2-10 players)
  • Drawful: Animate: This exciting new spin on the classic Drawful introduces animated gifs that you can create. Watch out for those tricky decoys! (3-10 players)
  • The Wheel of Enormous Proportions: The ultimate game of trivia and chance. Doesn’t everyone love a game with a giant, shiny, spinning wheel? (2-8 players)
  • Weapons Drawn: The game where trust is nonexistent. Can you hide your murders while solving others? Get ready to point those fingers because everyone but you did it! (4-8 players)

Games in The Jackbox Party Pack series support phones, tablets, and computers as controllers. Just go to Jackbox.tv on your device and enter the room code to play. Up to 10,000 additional audience members can join specific games to affect their final outcome.

The Jackbox Party Pack 8 will launch on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and iPad, and Android TV later this fall. For more information, visit www.jackboxgames.com, and follow along on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy launch trailer

Fire up Star-Lord’s jet boots for a wild ride across the cosmos in this third-person action-adventure game, a fresh take on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. With the unpredictable Guardians at your side, blast your way from one explosive situation to another, with original and iconic Marvel characters caught in a struggle for the fate of the universe. You got this. Probably.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is coming October 26, 2021 to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC and streaming via GeForce NOW. Pre-order now to obtain an early unlock of the Throwback Guardians Outfit Pack: http://www.gotggame.com/buy Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Cloud Version for Nintendo Switch also coming October 26.

Chasing Static, Retro Horror Game, Possesses PC Today

Chasing Static, the retro psychological horror game from the twisted minds of developer Headware Games and publisher Ratalaika Games S.L., brings haunting revelations to Steam for Windows PC today with Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One editions terrorizing Q1 2022.

Chris Selwood stops for a brief respite at a roadside diner in rural North Wales amid a rain-soaked trip to the funeral for his estranged father. After enjoying a hot cup of coffee and conversation with the friendly waitress, Aneira, the night turns to terror after the power goes out and he finds her pinned to the ceiling by some unseen force. After passing out from shock, he awakens in the diner, now abandoned and fallen to ruin.

Chris must discover what happened to the waitress and why with the help of a journal full of strange notes from his father, all while avoiding the abominations now roaming the Welsh forests. In the process, he will uncover family secrets and government conspiracies that were never meant to be brought to light.

Utilize a device to scour the haunted airwaves for the static-infused conversations of the restless dead, revealing further story elements and puzzle clues, designed from the ground up to be accessible through visual cues. Experience a haunting short story experience that pays homage to the golden era of survival horror with lo-fi, PlayStation 1-style visuals, combined with hi-fi sound design and professional voice acting.

“Classic horror games from my youth seemed like a bygone age as I grew older, “said Nathan Hamley, Founder, Headware Games. “I’ve now been so inspired by the return of the original PlayStation’s aesthetic to create Chasing Static, a love letter to those masterful horror titles that kept me up at night. Here’s to having the younger generation get that experience.”

Chasing Static is now available on Steam for Windows PC, with English language voice acting and English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Japanese text with additional language support to be confirmed. For more information on Chasing Static, please visit the game’s Steam Page and follow Headware Games on Twitter and Facebook.

Chasing Static will release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and 5, and Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One in Q1 2022.

VR Air Guitar Game Unplugged Reveals Partnership Deals with Legendary Rock Companies

Vertigo Games, the VR specialist publishing and development arm of the global Koch Media Group, today announced that the VR music game Unplugged has partnered up with some of the most legendary guitar, amplifier, and accessory companies in rock history, adding even more depth and realism to the Unplugged experience.

Coming to Oculus Quest on October 21, with a PC VR* release to follow later this year (*Valve Index Controller compatible headsets only), the following brands are an integral part of the Unplugged experience:

  • EMG Pickups
  • Gruv Gear®
  • Marshall Amplification
  • Orange Amps® 
  • PRS Guitars® 
  • Schecter Guitars®  

The news follows shortly after Vertigo Games and development studio Anotherway revealed the full setlist for Unplugged. With a list of over 20 songs consisting of world-famous rock bands and indie gems, and industry-standard brands for Rock & Roll shown in-game, Unplugged delivers a rock-solid experience that spans five decades of rock history. Having real-world brands appear in Unplugged perfectly adds to the game’s sense of immersion and first-person perspective of what it’s like to rock out.

About Unplugged:

Jump on stage in Unplugged and rock out to some of the biggest and most insanely cool songs from world-famous rock bands, including The Offspring, Weezer, and Ozzy Osbourne. Strap on your VR headset and use hand-tracking to play air guitar live on stage in front of ever-growing crowds. Pick from a selection of virtual guitars and amps to power yourself through an incredible rock journey. Match your fingers to the chords, strum the strings at the right time and become a rock legend. For the love of rock.

For more news about Unplugged, find Unplugged on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and sign up for the newsletter at unplugged-vr.com.

PGA TOUR® 2K21 Baller Edition Teeing Off this October

Players who missed their tee times have another opportunity to join their crews – alongside legions of other players around the globe* – on the back nine with the PGA TOUR® 2K21 Baller Edition. Packed full of bonus content and dripping with swag, this new edition of the critically acclaimed golf video game experience from HB Studios is currently available worldwide in digital format for the PlayStation®4 console, Xbox One consoles, including the Xbox One X, and Windows PC via Steam.

PGA TOUR 2K21 Baller Edition includes the base game, all previously released DLC courses and game modes, an assortment of the hottest gear from Clubhouse Pass Season One, holiday gear, novelty putters, and the Golden Touch Pack featuring a gold putter and driver. The Baller Edition also features the 2K/adidas CODECHAOS MyPLAYER Pack featuring adidas CODECHAOS BOA® golf shoes and custom 2K/adidas gear, including a sport performance polo, Ultimate365 pants, and tour hat, designed by adidas Golf exclusively for PGA TOUR 2K21. The content included offers a significant value, available for an MSRP of $79.99**. For players who already own the base game and would like to enjoy all the Baller Edition bonus content, the Baller Pack will be available for an MSRP of $24.99. The PUMA Swag Pack and Callaway Club Drop Pack, featuring brand-specific clothes and gear, will also be available for an MSRP of $9.99 each.

In addition to the PGA TOUR 2K21 Baller Edition, both new and existing PGA TOUR 2K21 players will enjoy new monthly multiplayer playlist courses*** created in the PGA TOUR 2K21 Course Designer by a group of international content creators, including Americans VctryLnSprts and Mattf27, Canadians Crazycanuck1985 and Arctic Fury, b101design from the United Kingdom, and New Zealander Energ1zer.

The themes for upcoming custom multiplayer playlist courses include:

  • “Long Game, Short Game” for November – challenging players to use their full array of skills and execute long drives, crisp wedge work, and precision putts;
  • “Winter” for December – celebrating the season with chilly destinations and frosty design elements;
  • “New Year, New Challenge” for January – requiring a high degree of skill and technical prowess for designers and players alike;
  • “Lunar New Year (Tiger/Water)” for February – incorporating a focus on water and Asian themes and locations.

The most realistic golf video game experience to date, the PGA TOUR 2K21 Baller Edition includes a roster of 12 officially licensed pro players, including cover athlete Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Billy Horschel, Ian Poulter, Tony Finau, Sergio Garcia and more. In addition to tens of thousands of custom courses created by the PGA TOUR 2K21 online community, players take on 17 licensed PGA TOUR courses, including East Lake Golf Club, TPC Scottsdale, Detroit Golf Club, Bay Hill Club & Lodge, TPC Sawgrass and more, each of which was scanned using cutting-edge technology to bring the fairways, greens, bunkers, trees, lakes, and ponds to life. PGA TOUR 2K21 Baller Edition also features the hottest gear and clothing brands, including adidas, Under Armour, PUMA Golf, Polo Ralph Lauren, Mizuno Golf, Malbon Golf, Callaway Golf, Bridgestone Golf, TaylorMade Golf, Goodr, TravisMathew, and more.

PGA TOUR 2K21 Baller Edition is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB. For more information on PGA TOUR 2K21 Baller Edition and 2K, visit PGATOUR2K21.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #PGATOUR2K21 or subscribe on YouTube.

HAUNTING ADVENTURE THE ALIEN CUBE, NOW AVAILABLE ON STEAM

The walls of reality are crumbling — and you may end buried under when they fall. First-person Lovecraftian horror adventure The Alien Cube is now available on Steam and the Epic Games Store for $19.99/€19.99 with a launch discount of 10% off. The Alien Cube is a loose sequel to The Land of Pain, by indie developer Alessandro Guzzo; you play as Arthur, niece of the protagonist of The Land of Pain, who investigates the disappearance of his uncle after the events of the previous game. In the course of your investigation, you will discover that reality is not what it seems — there is something else lurking, crawling under it, and your uncle and his disappearance seems to be connected with it…

In The Alien Cube you play as Arthur, a lonely man whose life is about to change drastically when strange events start to occur after finding out about the disappearance of your uncle, Edgar. The world you live in is intertwined with a terrible secret — a dark and occult reality in which your uncle seemed to have played an important role. Tormented by nightmarish visions, you will need to embark on a journey to seek out the truth and survive the darkness that is haunting you.

KEY FEATURES

  • Survive hostile weather conditions as you wander through snowy forests, forgotten dungeons and different otherworldly locations
  • Explore horrifying places and interact with objects that you find along your journey to solve puzzles and seek out clues to unravel the mystery set before you
  • Immerse yourself completely in a powerfully visual world of unnamed horrors thanks to the CryEngine 5 powered graphics with photogrammetric technology
  • Intensify the Lovecraftian experience with high-quality ambient sounds and an immersive atmospheric soundtrack extracted from the abyss of your worst fears
  • Delve into the truth of unspeakable secrets and horrors behind your uncle’s past- the protagonist of the game “The Land of Pain”- and find out the connection between these two games.

Tee off for the unknown – A Little Golf Journey takes to the greens today

A Little Golf Journey is all about the journey, not the driver.  Explore diverse biomes, uncover each course’s secrets and enjoy a relaxed, playful experience built around a stripped back version of the game of golf.

Created by a duo of former AAA games developers and launching on Steam & GOG for PC and Nintendo Switch today, A Little Golf Journey allows players to soak up the natural beauty of the course, spend all your time out of bounds or shoot straight for the greens. But who knows what mysteries you might uncover if you explore a little?

Available for digital download now, A Little Golf Journey is priced at £15.49/$17.99/€16.79 for Nintendo Switch and £15.49/$19.99/€17.30 on Steam & GOG