As predicted when first announced, the fourth race to join the ranks of Creative Assembly's Total War: Warhammer 2 is the rat-like Skaven. Rather than crank out a cinematic trailer to show them off, the developer has gone with an in-engine demo instead.
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OK, it's not quite playing Dark Souls with a drum set, but I'm more than happy to give kudos to Perth-based streamer PeekingBoo and his impressive attempt to control Splatoon 2 using an actual DDR arcade machine. And not just with one pad, but two.
There's no shortage of board games based on Game of Thrones, though that didn't stop CMON from setting up a Kickstarter for A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game (sic). Rather than going the grand strategy route, CMON's attempt will focus more on the individual skirmishes and includes detailed miniatures and placemats to replicate the characters and landscapes of the war-ravaged continent.
The players on Team Liquid just won the most money for a single match in the history of esports, but at the staged champagne celebration they stumbled around like sleep deprived zombies.
Go champions recently had their butts handed to them by Google's AlphaGo. If you thought video games might be safe from sophisticated AI challengers, at least for now, the bad news is the apocalypse is already here, with Dota 2 pro Danil "Dendi" Ishutin getting smashed one-on-one by OpenAI's Dota 2 bot.
Games seem to cycle between historical conflicts; going by recent announcements, it appears we're back to World War 2. The trend continues with a Payday-esque co-op shooter from Lion Game Lion called RAID: World War 2, which counts John Cleese of Monty Python fame among its cast.
In an unexpected turn of events, Valve revealed not one, but two new heroes for Dota 2. Announced in grandiose fashion, complete with orchestra, the one minute video gave attendees a sneak peek at the currently unnamed additions — a musketeer cat/fox/pangolin and a fey-like creature with a glowing insect companion.
If you want the best 3D graphics has to offer, then raytracing is where it's at. By simulating the path each photon takes from a light source to a surface, you can theoretically render lifelike, if motionless, scenes. Offline, you have all the time in the world, but in real-time... you have about 16 milliseconds. We're not at the point where real-time raytracing is practical for games, but we're inching closer, as this experiment with Quake 2 shows.
If memory serves, Settlers 2 supported multiple players on the same computer. All you had to do was plug in an extra mouse. Sounds like madness, sure, but it hasn't got a peripheral on Larian's four-player co-op for Divinity: Original Sin 2 using two PCs and whatever combination of keyboards and controllers you can come up with.
In the works for two-and-a-half years, the developers behind XWVM — the "modernisation" mod for Star Wars: X-Wing — have delivered their first pre-alpha version. While only available to selected testers, it does signal that XWVM is no pipe dream and eventually, we'll all be able to enjoy a fresh-faced revamp of the classic space sim.
Sydney and Melbourne, you've had your turn to be eaten alive by zombies. Soon Adelaide will have its chance in the post-apocalyptic sun when Zedtown — the "real-world, zombie-themed" game of tag — arrives in early October.
Immediately after it was revealed that Toy Story would be coming to Kingdom Hearts III, people started comparing the game versions of characters like Woody and Rex to Toy Story movie ones. A new Digital Foundry report shows just how faithfully the game appears to recreate them based on the latest trailer.
The first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok is one of those trailers you never, ever forget. So, the cast and crew had a lot to live up to at Comic-Con, but the new trailer take care of at all. It's a two-and-a-half-minute ball of action, awesomeness, humour, and insanity that may be the most purely fun Marvel movie trailer we've ever seen, all courtesy of director Taika Waititi. Guys, Thor and Loki are shooting people with laser guns.