ONE OF THE great joys of open-world games is when the chaos folds in on itself, and forces previously dead-set on your demise instead turn their attention to each other. It's part of what made the second half of the original Halo so thrilling, and is often the closest thing to a spontaneous multiplayer match you'll find in single player-only games.Read more
NIOH, THE UPCOMING game from Team Ninja (creators of the Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive series), offers hardcore samurai fighting in a dark-fantasy version of 17th-century Japan. The game recently entered beta on PS4, and we spent some time getting the hang of its mechanics, as well as its wonderfully twisted and convoluted maps.
The red glowing "fires" scattered throughout the level are spots where other players have died - each offering the chance to summon and fight an AI version of that player's avatar - and the spectral wolf marks the spot where your own character previously died, which, when claimed, restores all lost Amrita, which is essentially a "soul currency" similar to that in Dark Souls or Onimusha.Read more
SINCE IT’S FRIDAY, please enjoy the felling of a Fereldan Frostback in the Hinterlands. Was it the last of its kind? Did we really have to kill dozens of its offspring? Relax, and remember: it's just pixels.Read more