The Witcher 3 – Hearts of Stone Launch Trailer Released!

Seen everything that The Witcher 3 has to offer? Unlikely, given the scale of the RPG epic created by the masters at CD Projekt Red! However, if you’re eager for some new thrills and adventures, it’s almost time to take Geralt out on another epic quest with the impending release of Hearts of Stone.

CD Projekt Red have just released the launch trailer for Hearts of Stone and as you would expect, it looks pretty damn impressive.

“This time hired to defeat a ruthless bandit captain, Olgierd von Everec, a man who possesses the power of immortality. The expansion lets you choose your own way through an adventure that includes recruiting a crew of break-in artists, spending a night partying with a ghost and outsmarting the most bizarre creatures Geralt has ever faced.”

The new content hits all formats on the 13th of October 2015, packing over ten hours of new content, new characters, monsters, a “unique romance” and so much more! The expansion also introduces a brand new system of Runewords that significantly affects gameplay. Each Runeword will impact a different aspect of in-game mechanics and will allow the players to experiment with various strategies and tactics.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments section!

 

Sim City Cities Of Tomorrow Expansion Pack Now Available

What will tomorrow look like? Build it today! EA today announced that the new SimCity expansion pack ‘Cities of Tomorrow’ is now available for PC and Mac at retail store and of course it is also available for digital download.

SimCity Cities of Tomorrow offers the more than two million players worldwide the opportunity to futurize every aspect of their cities with the help of plausible future technologies, giving players an entirely new way to dream about their city of the future. New MegaTowers, new city specializations, new future technology and new transportation methods will transform the way that cities take shape and evolve.

There is still no hint of providing us Sim City fans with larger maps for the game, but instead the developers are thinking vertically and increasing the amount of ‘city’ that you can squash into your plot.

“MegaTowers, futurization, and the battle between Green and Greed, these are the main foundations that drive an all-new experience in SimCity Cities of Tomorrow,” said Patrick Buechner, General Manager, Maxis Emeryville. “This expansion pack completely transforms how you play as you tackle the problems of tomorrow using plausible future technologies. But that technology comes as a price – the clean utopian world of The Academy requires a wealthy workforce that demands a higher style of living. OmegaCo, while extremely profitable, will take its toll on your Sims as the factories devour your natural resources and spit them back out in the form of harmful pollution. There is a new level of challenge waiting for you as the world pushes you back harder than ever before. The city of the future awaits; how it takes shape is up to you.”

Of course you will need the base SimCity game to play the new content, but you’ll still be able to join games with people who have / don’t have the content. The expansion pack is cross platform compatible and is at least one extra way to expand on the games limited construction spaces.

Thank you EA for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of EA.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen PlayStation 3 Review

The original Dragons Dogma is one of my all-time favourite games and yet it’s also one of the least refined games I’ve ever played, but it offered something special, something that really stood out from the crowd and it’s easily one of the purest and most engrossing action RPG games of this console generation, the likes of which haven’t been seen on consoles since the PlayStation 2. While that may not sound like a long time ago, keep in mind that the PlayStation 3 is now 7 years old, the PlayStation 2 13 years old.

Yet with all the changes in popular gaming, FPS titles dominating the market, yearly sports updates from EA and RPG’s becoming ever more copy / paste in their design, let alone the fact that Final Fantasy titles have become more and more watered down over the last decade, Capcom still threw caution to the wind and created a hardcore, rough around the edges, challenging and unique RPG experience, a breath of fresh air and one that was welcomed by the gaming community.

In a market that at the time was dominated by the finely crafted Skyrim, Dragons Dogma seemed like a big middle finger to the world of AAA games, it has a low internal resolution, pop up on draw distance, mechanics that make navigation and battle a challenge, some laughable voice acting and many other issues, but it had the right balance of the things that mattered, gameplay, action, a fairly interesting story, giant bloody monsters and epic dragons, a robust levelling system a sizable challenge in the face of modern “easy” RPG’s and most of all, it was fun.

New Features

  • 25 new enemies.
  • More skills, equipment and augments
  • Over 100 pieces of new equipment
  • All new high level weapons and armor sets
  • 14 new character and Pawn augments
  • New tiers of equipment enhancement
  • Increased character customisation options
  • Item appraisal
  • Option to select Japanese voice over

Dark Arisen is an expansion pack, not to be confused with DLC. This of it as if Capcom finished making Dragons Dogma, released the game and then realised “whoops! We forgot something”, they went back made even more content, continued the story, added new locations and integrated it all with the original game. The disc for Dark Arisen features the entirety of the original Dragon’s Dogma, so if you’ve never played the original, you can, the “add on content” is essentially near the end of the main story. If you’ve played the original, you can carry over your save game and pick up where you left off and take all your levelled characters and items with you to Dark Arisen, but if you like to play you games on a more sadist difficultly level, you could always just jump straight into the add-on content at low level, early on in the game, just don’t expect to live long if you haven’t got the stills of a gaming ninja, Dark Souls could be considered easy in comparison should you attempt to do so.

Bitterblack Isle is a premium example of what a dungeon crawler should be, while certain death awaits around every corner, more than enough lethal foes to keep you cautious about the level of hack and slash you go in for, but it’s also filled with loot, secrets, hidden paths and more than enough to keep your pushing forward throughout.

The new content features even more hard-core versions of the common foes from the main quest, go in unprepared and you’ll find even small goblins can cast a one hit kill on your and your pawns, which is great because you can continue with your high level characters and still get a good challenge out of the game.

The Dark Arisen content also brings a few new fast travels to the game and while it does make transporting around the game world a tiny bit easier you should still be prepared to do a lot of walking, a lot of walking through large dark places, full of things that are going to make mince out of you if you are not prepared.

If you’ve got a high level character to take into Dark Arisen, you can clear Bitterblack Isle in about 16 hours, but anything lower than a level 50 mage will find that time will be extended considerably.

Graphics and sound are on par with the rest of the game, this isn’t a sequel so there haven’t been any major overalls to the engine or anything like that, this is more of the same game that you know and love and for that, I applaud Capcom. Dragons Dogma is far from perfect, but there is something magical about what they do have, all the bugs, errors, graphical shortfalls and more add up to make it what it is, every effort has gone into making the gameplay challenging and exciting and that’s something that is still true about Dark Arisen.

If you miss the days of proper dungeon crawling RPG’s, that don’t hold your hand throughout, with complex level design that encourages you to explore ever last inch, then you really need to play Dragons Dogma and if you’ve already done that, but need more from the beast filled landscape, this is a perfect continuation of the Dragons Dogma series, just enough to keep us busy until they make Dragons Dogma 2.

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