Vampire is a “mortal word”, I am told by Stéphane Beauverger, Vampyr’s narrative director. “A word created by writers” which doesn’t do the real thing justice. Vampyr’s night-dwelling, blood-loving creatures are “so much more”. The RPG from Dontnod (creators of Remember Me and Life is Strange) puts you in the shoes of a recently-turned vampire Dr Jonathan Reid, finding his feet in 1918 London as its ravaged by the Spanish flu. A mysterious outbreak of flu-ridden vampires has hit its streets, so you’ll have to dodge them and vampire hunters alike to find out exactly where the pandemic came from. … [Read more...] about Stop it Vampyr, you’re bloody spoiling us: 4 types of vampire (so far) and 3 ways to rip people apart?!
Ways of thinking
This comes together with another of Arkham's central achievements - that Batman is a glass canon, great in a fist-fight but vulnerable under gunfire - to create some of the most memorable game-over screens in games. You mess up. You die. You collapse to the floor, and then a super-villain leers over you in the darkness, offering a few mean-spirited lines to see you off. It's wonderfully theatrical - the shadows, the face up close and ghastly - and it's also wonderfully true to form. What do supervillains do? They monologue. Well played, Rocksteady! … [Read more...] about Five of the Best: Game Over screens
"The moment I'll never forget, I said to Robbie, we've got a business review meeting in Building 34, with Steve Ballmer. I said, we've got to tell Steve, here's what we have to do: we need to FedEx an empty box to a customer who had a problem - they would call us up - with a FedEx return label to send your box, and then we would FedEx it back to them and fix it. Either keep your hard-drive or send it to us. … [Read more...] about Peter Moore recounts $1.15bn Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death saga
I struck up a conversation with John when I spotted the unusual book he was collecting from the request desk. Task for Coastal Command by Hector Bolitho is a pretty obscure tome – not the sort of book your average aviation enthusiast would seek out. As it turned out my fellow borrower was no ordinary aviation enthusiast. A flier with a long and unusual career in the Royal Navy behind him, Captain J.L.Williams, R.N. (Ret’d) flew an astonishing range of aircraft before hanging up his bone-dome in 2018. While today’s interviewee isn’t an ‘Atypical Simmer’ in the conventional sense I think what follows will interest anyone who has ever gripped a collective, thumped a round-down, ridden a thermal or reached for an ejection seat handle in Simulatia. … [Read more...] about The Flare Path Talks to a Test Pilot
"I lived the video game curse, because I made Doom," Johnson said, laughing. "And Doom was a movie based off a very popular video game and was incredibly unsuccessful. So I lived the curse, and I experienced it." Forearmed with that knowledge (also huge, muscular forearms, but that's beside the point), Johnson's first step in warding off the curse was unsurprising: make sure everything's "buttoned up" on the monster movie side with a good script and earth-shaking giant creatures designed by Weta. … [Read more...] about “I lived the video game curse” – The Rock talks Doom and making sure Rampage doesn’t suck