Want to start your day with a look at the first five minutes of BioShock Infinite? Because that's a thing you can do, thanks to a new video share from Irrational Games and 2K Games. It's the same sequence that members of the media played through during a recent hands-on preview event.
You could be forgiven for mistaking the start of BioShock Infinite for the start of BioShock. Once again, the game opens on a stormy ocean with a lone lighthouse sitting out in the middle of nowhere. Only this time, your journey goes up rather than down, as a rocket sends protagonist Booker DeWitt hurtling into the sky toward Columbia.
In related news, Irrational also announced yesterday that creative director and lead writer Ken Levine will be hosting a Reddit AMA tomorrow, December 20, 2012, at 2pm ET. You can check that out here.
With the action movie, Jack Reacher, in theaters on Dec. 21st, we take the time to look back at our favorite action games.
There are shooters and there are action games. Shooters feature action, but action games don't always involve shooting. Over the past five years -- what most of us would consider the meat of the current console hardware generation -- we've seen a diverse assortment of action titles from any number of talented developers. Soon enough, possibly even as soon as 2013, the gaming world will be starry-eyed for the next generation's slate of hardware.
Before you start celebrating what's to come, why not take a look back now on the best action games of this generation. From the must-play sleepers to the AAA marquee blockbusters, these are all backlog titles that you should make a point of finding some time for before they're all outclassed by the video game industry's shiny, new toys.
Batman: Arkham City
Rocksteady Studios took everything that worked about Batman: Arkham Asylum and dumped it into the content-filled open world of Arkham City. The improvements are legion. Exploration gets a renewed focus thanks to a wider offering of Riddler puzzles and a hefty helping of secondary story arcs, each of which amounts to a multi-mission challenge. The combat continues to be just as tight as it was before, with the added bonus of respawning bad guys and an open world that supports any number of approaches to a given challenge.
Wrapped around all of it is a Batman story that knows exactly who its audience is. This is a comic book game for comic book fans. The characters are elevated by top-notch performances by the likes of Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, and Troy Baker. The main narrative thread carries actual consequences within the fictional world, a daring-yet-successful move. This is a game that can be enjoyed by a Batman fan of any stripe, and it continues to stand as one of the most entertaining action experiences of this generation.
Kingdom Rush, the addictive, fantasy based tower defense game from Armor Games, is available for free on iPhone today (12/18). FREE!! Why are you still reading this? Download it now. You've gotten gifts for everyone else this holiday season, isn't it about time you treated yourself to something?
Need more convincing? Check out X-Play's Kingdom Rush (for iPad) recommendation below:
The 10th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is in full swing with the mobile release now available, but Rockstar Games has another treat for you web-surfing GTA fans. If you're reading this post right now, that means you.
Vice City was honored recently by London's Design Museum with a special multimedia installation that highlighted a few of the behind the scenes elements that brought the game together. Now that installation lives on as this cool little interactive app. This animation-focused bit if the first of three releases, so keep watching Rockstar Newswire for more.
Capcom is trying to lure Xbox 360 gamers back to Resident Evil 6 at the tail end of this crowded holiday season with console-exclusive DLC that adds three new multiplayer modes to the game. Predator, Survivors, and Onslaught can be purchased separately for 320 MS Points apiece or as a bundle for 720 MS Points.
Predator pits up to six players against the fearsome Ustanak in a high score competition, with a full match ending once each has taken control of the unstoppable B.O.W. for a round. Survivors is essentially a 2-6 player deathmatch game type, with downed players taking control of a B.O.W. and forced to defeat another human in order to respawn in human form.
The final newcomer is Onslaught, a two-player survival mode that awards a successfully executed combo chain by spawning more enemies in the opponent's arena. You can take a peek at videos for all three of the new modes over at Capcom-Unity.
Microsoft is celebrating the coming end of the year with its Countdown To 2013 promotion, which sees daily price drops on a variety of Xbox Live offerings. Up first is all things related to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, with a 50 percent reduction on the price of the Games On Demand release and all four DLC collections ($19.99 and 600 MS Points, respectively).
In addition to the daily deals, Xbox Live users can also choose from a sizable list of price drops that kick off today and remain in effect until December 31, 2012. Highlights include the Games On Demand release of Bully: Scholarship Edition for $9.99 (down from $14.99) and the recently released Jet Set Radio HD remake, down from 800 MS Points to 400 MS Points.
BioWare's free-to-play MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic, will be getting its first proper expansion pack in spring 2013, a post on the game's official website confirms. Rise of the Hutt Cartel introduces a new set of story missions, a new planet in Makeb, and a five-level boost to the cap, upping the ceiling to 55.
The final release date isn't set, but those who pre-order the expansion by midnight on January 7, 2013 will score themselves five full days of early access to the content when it doesn launch. The price is set at $19.99, but those who are still monthly SW:TOR subscribers can knock 50 percent off that price, bringing it down to $9.99.
Whether you're a fan of classic arcade games, or just in need of a new table, you should check out the Pac Man's Arcade Party Cocktail Table Video Game Machine. This table machine comes pre-loaded with 13 classic games. It's 21"W x 37"D x 29"H and comes with a 19" LCD monitor.
It comes with the following games:
Table Video Game Machine: $3,000 | More info: Brookstone
The 2 Player Productions documentary Minecraft: The Story of Mojang makes its world premiere on Xbox Live this Saturday, December 22, 2012. The film will be free to watch for Xbox Live Gold subscribers in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, Austria, France, Finland, and Sweden, according to Major Nelson.
There's no disputing the high-profile nature of premiering on Xbox Live or the relevance of Minecraft there. That said, Mojang's Minecraft was born as a PC game, so it's a little strange that the doc wouldn't make its world premiere on the game's platform of origin. Fortunately, I game in Minecraft on my PC but I also have an Xbox 360, so I'll be tuning in. How about you?
Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics are running a multi-part video series that highlights some of the headline features in Tomb Raider, which is out on March 5, 2013. The game revisits Lara Croft's origins as a treasure hunting survivalist, dropping players into an open environment that offers up an assortment of dangers. Even this early look draws many comparisons with Ubisoft's recently released Far Cry 3, which is hardly a bad thing.
The first video in this survival guide series peeks at the upgrade mechanics in Tomb Raider, accessible from the game's Base Camps. It appears that Lara will make us of a variety of tools as she explores and that each one can be upgraded using a currency called "salvage." Character development also comes into play, with earned experience translating into skill points that can be spent to improve your starting abilities.
Players who spend much of December 2012 soaking in the open world survival of Far Cry 3 will probably see a lot to like in this glimpse at Tomb Raider's gameplay.
The Crysis 3 web series from Electronic Arts and Crytek, titled The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3, is now officially live on the Internet. As we learned last week, the multi-part series is produced and directed by Albert Hughes, one half of the sibling filmmaker duo behind modern classics like Menace II Society and Dead Presidents.
The first episode, One Hell of a Town, sets up the basic story of Crysis 3 in the opening moments before shifting gears to a mixture of HUD-less gameplay and various establishing shots. "Pretty" is the operative word here, with the HD footage no doubt being processed by some monolithic beast of a gaming PC.
It's not clear if this first episode is highlighting the "wonder" of beautiful visuals or multi-faceted combat. Hopefully we'll see more of a common thread emerge as this week's second episode arrives.
Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our five favorite games this week:
We love the fact that adventure games are making a big comeback via mobile, and Hollywood Monsters (a.k.a. The Next Big Thing on PC) is yet another stellar iOS entry from Bulkypix and Pendulo Studios. Set in a world where monsters not only exist, but are huge movie stars in blockbuster horror flicks, Hollywood Monsters is the tale of ditzy rookie reporter Liz Allaire and curmudgeonly-yet-handsome Dan Murray. Like any good adventure game, our heroes get caught up in a plot bigger than they are, that threatens the livelihoods of the moviestars they’ve been sent to interview.
You’ll alternate between controlling Liz and Dan as they get to the bottom of the mystery unfolding around them. As with any Pendulo Studios point-and-click adventure, the puzzles are varied, fun, and offer unique perspectives and challenges. We especially enjoyed one sequence involving what goes on inside Liz’s mind... we won’t spoil it for you, but we will say that the game gets weird in all the right ways. It’s very reminiscent of the golden days of point-and-click, which will make a lot of you happy.
The game is huge, both environmentally and size-wise; indeed, you’ll need 4GB of open storage just to install Hollywood Monsters. Fortunately, the game itself is packed with gorgeous visuals, hilarious dialogue, and fantastic voiceovers for each character no matter how small their role. There’s no doubt in our minds Hollywood Monsters is one of the best point-and-click adventures released on iOS this year, so if you’re even a little bit curious, make the space and get to installing it (and you will need space).
We recently learned that the title of the third Borderlands 2 DLC pack is most likely Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt, but further data mining over the weekend has led to some additional details as well. A Reddit user who took the time to dig through the game's recent PlayStation 3 update uncovered a load of info on the coming DLC pack as well as additional details of planned character customization content packs.
Some of this info falls into spoiler territory, so here's a text buffer for those who would prefer to be surprised by what's coming in the third Borderlands 2 DLC. If you absolutely can't wait and need to know more, hit the jump for the full rundown.