Plague Inc - the board game?

Wanna infect the entire world with something?  The jolly people at Ndemic Creations actually did with their terribly popular title, Plague Inc., which has over 70 million players worldwide.  And you could be part of the fun too, possibly after Christmas dinner with the whole family with a shiny new version of the game made for the table top!

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Yes indeed, everyone's favourite infect-em-up is becoming a board game, if the Kickstarter campaign goes well, and look at it, it already is! You have until 31 May to pledge some pennies and then you'll receive the game itself in November, just in time to gross everyone out around the dinner table during the festive period.  Perfect.

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth arrives on PS4 and Xbox One

Poor little Isaac.  Not only does his mother pick on him so, but now he has to have his extended despair paraded on the consoles.  The Binding of Isaac is a top-down, rogue-like, twin-stick cry-em-up that's just about as addictive as it is twisted.  If you're a fan of poop, blood, snot, vomit and various other excreta, this game may well be for you.  Though I would probably recommend a psychological evaluation as well, to be perfectly honest with you.

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The Afterbirth DLC adds lots more gameplay, room designs, enemies, items and what-have-you and is available in its own little package from today, priced $10.99 (or the rough equivalent in your local currency) on Xbox One and Playstation 4.

Hitman: GO coming to a VR machine near you

Virtual reality.  We hear a lot about it, don't we.  And a lot of people are releasing games for Oculus Rift and Gear VR, such as this port from Square Enix: turn-based strategy kill-em-up, Hitman: GO.  Here are some 'facts' from the 'fact sheet':

  • features 91 levels, including the Paris Opera from Hitman: Blood Money and St. Petersburg Stakeout from Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
  • Oculus Rift will run the game at 90 frames per second and offers "seamless headtracking"
  • it all looks like little scale models
  • kinda like a board game
  • Agent 47 is still bald
  • the game is "reimagined" and "immersive" with VR and allows you to experience the game in a "completely new way"

And here is a screenshot, for good measure.

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The Oculus Rift version will set you back $9.99, while the Gear VR version will cost $7.99 and both will be available from 12 May.

Turrican II: The Orchestral Album

Kickstarter has been responsible for many a great undertaking, and perhaps none so great as this: Chris Huelsbeck is seeking $75,000 for the creation of an album of orchestral versions of pieces from the amazingly-scored classic shoot-em-up platformer Turrican II: The Final Fight

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You can back the Kickstarter campaign by clicking here, or if you prefer, you can have a listen to The Great Bath, as composed by Chris Huelsbeck and produced by LorD and Master, whoever that might be, by clicking play on this here video:

Pokémon European National Championships

Of all the things you could be watching on Twitch, there are likely to be some of you that will go and actually watch the Pokémon National Championships.  I didn't know this was a thing, but evidently, people will be battling the crap out of their pocket monsters in the UK, Germany and Italy.

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If you're interested in it, the Twitch addresses will follow, but if you're really interested in it, then grab yourself some tickets and head along to the Exhibition Centre, Liverpool on 14 - 15 May, the Kongress Palais, Kessel, Germany on 21 - 22 May or Mediolanum Forum, Assago, Milan, Italy on 11 - 12 June.  If you do that, then you will receive a free shiny Machamp for your copy of Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha SapphirePokémon X or Pokémon Y.  And if that's not incentive enough, I don't know what is.

Alternatively, you can tune into the livestreams of these events right here:

Pokémon TCG National Championships: www.twitch.tv/pokemonTCG_EU 
Pokémon VG National Championships: www.twitch.tv/pokemonVGC_EU 
Pokkén Tournament Championship Series: www.twitch.tv/PokkenTournamentEU 

Dead Island: Retro Revenge

I have a potted history with side-scrolling beat-em-ups.  In sum, I don't like them, but I don't think you can argue with Max's raison d'être.  Max, the protagonist of Dead Island: Retro Revenge is out to rescue his cat.  Which is nice.  

This 16-bit side-scrolling beat-em-up will include lots of blood, some fire, and a lot of nostalgia for those who don't own a retro console or some port or other of classic titles like Streets of Rage.  It's included on the definitive edition of Dead Island: Riptide, which will cost you £29.99 from all good gaming retailers, including Steam, for t'is available from 31 May on Xbox One, PS4 and Windows PC.

DOOM: the release trailer

Bethesda are jolly good at making games.  Though the consensus seems to be that they're good at making single-player games, what with DOOM's multiplayer beta falling flat on its arse and receiving a lot of criticism during the time it was open.  Can they pull off the single-player experience with their revival of this great franchise, though?  Let's have a little look at the launch trailer, shall we?

Well, that was quite literally rip-roaring, wasn't it.  Bethesda's reboot of the seminal first-person shooter comes out on 13 May on PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Fallout 4: Far Harbor DLC trailer

For those who like their Fallout 4 with a little bit of a nautical theme, the new DLC from Bethesda, Far Harbor will be as salty as you like it, with new weapons, new sea-creature enemies and a whole new mystery for Valentine's Detective Agency to solve.

The DLC will set you back £19.99 and will be available on May 19.

The Rocky Horror Show: Touch Me

I really can't make up my mind if this is genius or a disaster in the making, but Rocket Lolly Games want $35,000 through Kickstarter to make The Rocky Horror Show: Touch Me, a rhythm game based on the musical of much the same name.

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I'm seriously torn.  Seriously.

You can fund their efforts, for better or worse, right here.

Nintendo not really doing much for E3 this year

Nintendo haven't done much for E3 for a few years now, but with their new console, codenamed the NX, just been announced for March 2017, you'd expect them to have their shiny new console offering at the world's biggest electronics expo, wouldn't you?  Well, wouldn't you?  Nintendo being Nintendo have said "well, I'm not gonna" or words to that effect, bringing instead a look at its new Legend of Zelda game, which will be playable for the first time at E3.

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Sure, a new Zelda game is something to look forward to and of course they'll be bringing more to the party than just that, but it seems that the lure of the bright lights and booths of E3 just doesn't do it for Nintendo any more.  Let's just hope that the company's maverick ways see them have continued success in shunning the norm; Sony and Microsoft focused on hardcore gamers and Nintendo brought out the Wii, after all.  And that was, to be fair, a very shrewd move.  

Skyling: Garden Defense

My mum always said that if you didn't have anything good to say, you shouldn't say anything.  That's probably a lie, knowing my mother, she'd have said nothing of the sort.  So, I thought I'd just say a few words about Skyling: Garden Defense

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Box art for a-bit-more-than-a-latte.

Now, I've not played the game - it's pretty ugly and a rip off of much-loved games of the 1980s - but what caught my eye while scanning through the press release was that it said it was part of their "Less-than-a-Latte pricing scheme".  Less than a latte.  Not as, one would presume, expensive as a latte.  Now, we all know that Starbucks* is pricey when it comes to coffe, right?  I mean, it's all right, but it's not the cheapest (or best) coffee on the planet.  But just looking at pricing for a latte (a cinnamon dolce latte, in fact**), you can expect to pay $4.25 for such a beverage. 

The price of Skyling: Garden Defense?  $4.99.  I need say no more.  But I will.  $4.99 is patently more than $4.25.   So, thanks, Mighty Studios.  You have lied to me about the pricing for your icky-looking game.  Perhaps a career in politics awaits.

* Other coffee retailers are available in a similar price range.
**  What?  A cinnamon what?  What even is that?

No Man's Sky: soundtrack available to preorder now

If you like that kind of thing, you can now pre-order the 65daysofstatic soundtrack to the forthcoming infinite universe exploration title, No Man's Sky.  

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Reviews for the taster song are overwhelmingly positive, with one individual saying "I was already hyped but now I just shit a chicken."  Which, I think we can all agree must have been a delight.

You get sixteen tracks for your money, six of which are 'soundscapes', whatever that might actually mean.  And, if you've the pennies (or cents) to splash out a bit, you can even get it on vinyl.  Mmmm.  Vintage.

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