We’re back with a roundup of gaming news from the last few days.
Far Cry 5 announced
Arguably the biggest announcement over the last few days has been
USA Simulator 2017 Far Cry 5. The announcement trailer dropped on Friday, following a bunch of teaser trailers released during the week. As expected, the game will be based in Montana and is populated with right-wing religious cult types sought to bring justice the residents of Hope County. What’s different this time around, however, is the protagonist is completely customisable, that’s pretty cool! The announcement, although exciting, has been riddled with controversy. In a weird life twist, those that offer their strong opinions on social media and brand anyone with emotions as snowflakes have started a petition to get Far Cry 5 cancelled. Why? Because the main enemy of the game is a white-faced American… Yep. Of course, it’s highly likely that this petition is merely just a well-executed joke, at least I hope so, or maybe even guerilla marketing from Ubisoft?
Controversy, or lack thereof, aside Far Cry 5 is shaping up to be a damn fine game. The trailer itself didn’t show much in terms of gameplay but the setting, concept and nods to what you’ll be doing in the game are all there and it’s getting an A+ from me. Ubisoft will be holding a keynote at E3 the week after next, June 12th at 9pm, where you can expect to see some actual gameplay.
There’s been a bunch of cool news coming out the SEGA headquarters too. Firstly it was announced today that a new publisher partnership has been made between SEGA and Two Point Studios. Two Point Studios is a relatively new and fairly small game development team but with great credentials. The team is headed by two well-known players in the gaming scene; Gary Carr (Lionhead Creative Director) and Mark Webley (Co-founder of Lionhead) with both of them working on games such as; Theme Park, Theme Hospital, Black & White & Fable. I for one am incredibly excited to see what the team of Two Point Studios cook up.
Not only that but Sonic Mania finally has a release date and new trailer to boot. And! It actually looks like a decent Sonic game hoorah! Sonic Mania will be releasing on 15th August this year and is a throwback to Sonic’s heydey. Sonic Mania is essentially a collection of the old Mega Drive games and keeps the awesome 16-bit art style. Original levels will return with some of them being remixed slightly. There are also entirely new levels been thrown into the mix too, making it something more than just a remaster. I mean, it couldn’t even be called that because it looks pretty much the same. And to top if off the price is really reasonable. You can currently pre-order the game on Steam, with 10% off, and it’ll set you back £13.49. Let’s hope the console prices are similar.
LEGO Dimensions expansion packs
Coming this September are a bunch of new packs for LEGO Dimensions in the shape of Teen Titans Go, Powerpuff Girls and Beetlejuice. Teen Titans Go will be getting two packs; a team pack that includes Raven and Beast Boy alongside the 3-in-1 T-Car that can transform into the T-Plane and a Forklift. The other, a fun pack, includes a Starfire minifigure and a 3-in-1 Titan Robot.
The Powerfpuff Girls packs also come in two flavours. The first, a team pack, contains Bubbles and Blossom minifigures and the 3-in-1 Octi that can be transformed into Super Skunk or Sonic Squid. You’ll also get the PPG Smartphone which triples up as a PPG Hotline and Powerpuff Mag-Net. The fun pack includes a Buttercup minifigure and a 3-ini-1 Mega Blast Bot which can be rebuilt into the Ka-Pow Cannon and Slammin’ Guitar.
Finally the Beetlejuice pack, and it’s just the one, unfortunately. But the fun pack does include a Beetlejuice minifigure, naturally, and Saturn’s Sandworm which can transform into the Haunted Vacuum and Spooky Spider.
Agents of Mayhem trailer
A new trailer – Faster, Harder, Stronger has dropped for Agents of Mayhem today and it’s beautifully nuts. The new trailer focuses on the vehicles of the game, the secondary means of travelling around Seoul, first being teleportation of course. Although the game isn’t technically linked to Saint’s Row this is definitely the child of a Saint’s Row / Crackdown parenthood. Agents of Mayhem releases in August this year.