Briefly: The first Mafia game is now available on GOG after years of being off stores like Steam. The uniquely period-appropriate open-world crime-a-thon is unfortunately missing its licensed music, but is otherwise intact and DRM-free. It's a classic in most of, if not all, its glory. Worth checking out if you haven't already.
Doki Doki Literature Club snuck up on everyone and became a cult hit. Dan Salvato, its writer and lead developer, played on the anime tropes present in its pink and cheery exterior to trick players into experiencing an unsettling story. "People might go into Doki Doki Literature Club making fun of it as a tropey anime game," he said, "only to find themselves caring about the characters (and possibly very scared of them)."
This week, 2K Sports released WWE 2K18, the 19th title in the pro wrestling series that dates back to THQ's two SmackDown games released on the original PlayStation in 2000 and subsequently became an annual release. Unsurprisingly, it's a massive disappointment of the same variety that the franchise has been churning out for years.
When we meet Sebastian Castellanos at the beginning of The Evil Within 2, he's a broken man. The mind-bending events of the previous instalment fractured his psyche. He blames himself for not being able to save his daughter Lily from a house fire, and his wife left him. He's been booted from the police force and he spends his days in seedy bars, searching for solace at the bottom of a glass.
Venezuela is in the midst of an economic collapse. What was once the wealthiest major economy in Latin America is now suffering from shortages of essential goods like food and electricity, as well as spikes in crime and unemployment. To put dinner on the table, many are turning to unconventional jobs. Like gold farming. In an MMO from 2001.
No, not easy easy. The first hint of Sea of Thieves' minimum PC spec has been teased by the devs at Rare, alongside some other nifty goodies for PC and Xbox gamers alike, and it's surprisingly relaxed -- this is not going to be an especially taxing title for your maxed-out gaming rig. You'll even be able to play it on a half-decent modern laptop.
Lovecraftian horror is something I only really discovered earlier this year. Sure, I'd seen the superhero episodes of South Park, where Cartman teams up with a My Neighbour Totoro-style Cthulhu, but it wasn't until recently that I started diving into the stories and mythos -- as well as the legacy they left behind. One of my favourite ways the now-public domain sub-genre has continued to this day is the Lovecraftian roleplaying game.
The great thing about conventions is everyone has their own experience. For example, io9 did a tour of the Star Wars booth at New York Comic Con and certainly thought it was cool. But later in the weekend, some unsuspecting attendees got a much, much different experience.
On October 22, there will be an examination for certification in the Koga-ryu school of ninjutsu. I am not making this up.
The latest blog post from NBN outlines a number of reasons why comparing the broadband rollouts of Australia and New Zealand is like comparing apples and oranges. To make his point, NBN CEO Bill Morrow finds an orange.
Comparisons between Australia and New Zealand are natural -- both countries think they invented the pavlova and neither wants to claim ownership of Russell Crowe. In this morning's post, Morrow tries to explain why we didn't do things the way the Kiwis did.