May 2016 was mainly like the last month, but still saw some big releases come out, such as Doom, Overwatch and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. May also saw Avalanche Software being shut down by Disney.
Tuesday 3rd May:
Battleborn was released for PS4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. It is a online first person shooter game, and was developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games. Battleborn is a shooter game and it is based around a space fantasy setting, where species flee to a star called the Solus. These species are divided into different factions, where they send out the best fighters to fight against the Varelsi. You are able to select from several pre-defined hero characters, and each character has it’s own unique attributes, attacks, powers and skills. The game also features multiplayer online battle arena elements.
Superhot was released for Xbox One, after originally being released for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux on 25th February 2016. It is a first person shooter game, developed and published by Superhot Team, though IMGN.PRO also published the retail version of the game. Superhot is a shooter game that is about tying to take out enemy targets, by using guns and other weapons. The game only progresses at a real time pace when you move, which allows you to assess the situation you are in and respond in the way you want to. The game is in a minimalist art style, where enemies in red contrast to white and black coloured backgrounds, and the game is similar to strategy based games.
Tuesday 10th May:
Avalanche Studios was closed down by Disney. Avalanche was a American game developer that was created in 1995 and was bought by Disney in April 2005. The studio had developed for every console platform since the Genesis/SNES days and Disney also announced the closure of Disney Interactive Studios as a whole too, as well as the Disney Infinity video game line. Disney had said that they had changed their approach to console gaming and would be transitioning exclusively to be a licensing model. Disney CEO Bob Iger said ‘In fact we did quite well with the first iteration and did OK with the second, but that business is a changing business and we did not have enough confidence in the business in terms of being stable enough to stay in it’.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was released for PS4. It is a action adventure, third person shooter game, and was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is a action adventure shooter game, where you play as Nathan Drake, who is able to sprint, jump, climb and swim (as well as other things) through different places and structures such as a cathedral in Scotland and the Rossi estate in Italy. The game features elements that are normally seen in other platforming games and you are also able to use various different weapons, such as pistols, assault rifles and grenades to kill enemies. The game is a sequel to Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PS3, 2011) and it is the conclusion to the Uncharted series. The game is set several years after the events of the third game, were Nathan Drake has retired from treasure hunting and reunites with Sam; his older brother and Sully; his longtime partner.
Friday 13th May:
Doom was released for PS4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. It is a first person shooter game, and was developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks. Doom is a shooter game where you play as an unnamed marine, where you have to battle against ‘demonic forces from hell’ that have been unleashed by the Union Aerospace Corporation (UAC). The game features open ended levels, along with faster gameplay, while also including new features, such as being able to perform executions called ‘Glory Kills’ on enemies. The game is a reboot of the Doom franchise and the game is the fourth main game in the Doom series, while it is the first Doom game in 12 years (Doom 3, 2004).
Yahoo! Games was closed down by Yahoo!. Games was a section of the Yahoo! website that was created in 1998, and users were able to play from a wide library of free to play games. You were able to play by yourself or play with other users, and a majority of the games were closed down in 2014, while the balance was closed in early 2016. Yahoo said ‘changes in supporting technologies and increased security requirements for our own Yahoo web pages, made it impossible to keep the games running safely and securely’. Yahoo recently laid down plans for it to be shut down and the Games area has now been completely dissolved.
Tuesday 17th May:
Homefront: The Revolution was released for PS4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. It is a open world, first person shooter game, and was developed by Dambuster Studios and published by Deep Silver. Homefront: The Revolution is a open world shooter game that takes place in 2029, where the protagonist Ethan Brandy stages a resistance movement against an army in an North Korean area in Philadelphia. As the game has an open world, it features a large map with loads of different areas to explore. You are able to find supplies around the areas, to help you modify weapons and equipment, and a new feature in this game is the ability to modify weapons, such as converting a rifle to a light machine gun. The game is the sequel to Homefront (PS3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows, 2011).
Wednesday 18th May:
GameTrailers was purchased by IGN Entertainment. GameTrailers was a video game website that was created in 2002 and it specialized in multimedia content, such as game trailers, gameplay footage and original video content. It was bought out by Defy Media in 2014 and in February 2016, the website was shut down. IGN have now acquired the GameTrailers brand and ‘back catalog’ and will continue to use GameTrailer’s YouTube channel, where it will post new trailers for games, as well as uploading archived original content that previously aired on GameTrailers before. Co-founder of GameTrailers, Brandon Jones said ‘As of today, our longtime friends at IGN have picked up all the assets from GameTrailers. Although GameTrailers.com is shutting down, IGN is committed to archiving GT’s massive library. That means all the Countdowns, Retrospectives, reviews and original shows won’t just disappear’.
Tuesday 24th May:
Overwatch was released for PS4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. It is a online first person shooter game, and was developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. Overwatch is a first person shooter game that is about taking part in cooperative gameplay using a cast of various different characters, called ‘heroes’, where each one has their own abilities and roles within a team. In a match, there are two opposing teams and each team has six players in them, while the four character roles include offense characters, defense characters, support characters and tank characters. During the match, you are able to switch between characters either following deaths or by returning to the ‘home base’. It was Blizzard Entertainment’s first new gaming franchise in nearly two decades.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan was released for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. It is a action hack and slash game, and was developed by PlatinumGames and published by Activision. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan is a hack and slash game that is based on the TMNT franchise. The game features a cel-shaded art style, where you are able to control the four turtles; Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael, where each character has their own abilities. The game is divided into different stages and are set in a third person perspective, where you face off against different enemies before reaching off against a boss battle.
Thursday 26th May:
OmniBus was released for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux. It is a physics based action platform game, and was developed by Buddy Cops, LLC and published by Devolver Digital. OmniBus is a physics based action game that is about controlling a bus that is unstoppable, where you try to not fall off the stage. You are able to choose from 12 different busses, all which feature different attributes, such as speed, agility and handling. The bus you control has unlimited power, so you are able to break through mostly everything, and the speed of the bus only increases over time. The game features missions, which you have to complete, as well as head to head combat, where you need to defeat other players to win.
Tuesday 31st May:
Dead Island: Definitive Edition was released for PS4 and Xbox One. The edition includes a remastering of Dead Island, along with it’s expansion, Dead Island: Riptide, and also a 16 bit side scrolling game, Dead Island: Retro Revenge. The main game in this edition is Dead Island, which was a action role-playing survival game, and was originally released in September 2011 for PS3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux. The original game and the remastered edition were both developed by Techland and published by Deep Silver. Dead Island is based around surviving an open world that has been infested by zombies, and the gameplay mainly focuses on melee combat and crafting. The plot features four different survivors that are all trying to survive and escape from the island that they are on.
Episode 3: Marrakesh was released for Hitman, available on PS4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.