Gabriel Knight Returns

Gabriel Knight Returns 1

In a press release today, it was announced that Jane Jensen, one of the star writers of the old Sierra Online stable of point and click adventure games, is bringing a fan favorite character back. The first Gabriel Knight game, Sins of the Fathers is getting a 21

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century facelift and returning to desktop and mobile screens next year.

The rights to the Gabriel Knight series have been in the hands of Activision ever since the Vivendi-Universal acquisition, the corporate group that owned the remnants of Sierra Online. Jensen herself has been pitching to Activision over the years for a return to the property she created (but doesn’t own) and though we still don’t have a proper, fourth sequel, a fresh, HD coat of paint on a classic adventure game is always welcome.

Said Jensen about the news:

“I’m thrilled to be back at work on Gabriel Knight and to bring this classic game to a new generation of players. It’s a designer’s dream to be able to enhance the game and bring in more New Orleans flavor than technical limitations allowed us to in 1993. It’s going to look and feel like a brand new title. But never fear, 100% of the original Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers is here. I hope both existing fans and new players will love it.”

As to be expected, there will be new graphics which will be a huge improvement over the original 1993 release, as well as voice acting. And if you’re still jonesing for something new from Jensen, there’s always her Kickstarter game, now in development, called Moebius.

Beyond: Two Souls Receiving Lukewarm Reviews

Beyond: Two Souls Receiving Lukewarm Reviews

Beyond: Two Souls was released today, but the reception hasn’t been so great.

Many critics have been saying the game has “inconsequential choices” and “leaves players feeling detached.”

The game, developed by Quantic Dream, has been hyped up since E3 2012, and was said to be a possible contender for game of the year in 2013.

The title currently holds a 72 on Metacritic (which notes mixed or average reviews) and has had aggregated 15 reviews.

Despite many giving it a low score, Ellen Page’s performance has been praised by several publications, including Gameinformer and Polygon.

Be sure to check back soon for CGMagazine’s review of Beyond: Two Souls.

Dragon Quest Series Coming to iPhone and Android in Japan

Dragon Quest Series Coming to iPhone and Android in Japan 1

Square Enix launched a teaser site today, confirming the first eight Dragon Quest games for ios and Android.

This is up-to and including Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King which was released exclusively for PlayStation 2. While no word has been mentioned on what the games will look like on a mobile platform, it would be amazing to see the PlayStation 2 version ported fully to ios.

While no word has been made on whether or not Dragon Quest IX will make an appearance, the other eight are slated for a release this winter in Japan.

Unfortunately, no North American release date has been announced as of now. While Dragon Quest is extremely popular in Japan, it has a smaller following in North America.

Source: Siliconera

State of Decay ‘Breakdown’ DLC Revealed

State of Decay 'Breakdown' DLC Revealed 1

Undead Labs has announced its first DLC for State of Decay, the open-world zombie game for Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows.

The new DLC, titled ‘Breakdown‘, adds an entirely new level as well as gameplay changes including increased damage from zombies.

Undead Labs announced in a post that “State of Decay: Breakdown is designed to bring…challenge. As you progress through each iteration of the game, the scenario gets tougher and tougher. The game is daring you to try and survive, and is ramping up the difficulty each time you do.”

According to GameSpot, the DLC should be available sometime this month, as long as “no catastrophes” occur.

State of Decay was released on June 5th on Xbox Live Arcade. You can also purchase it on Steam here.

Tekken Producer Says PlayStation 5 Will Not Be A Console

Tekken Producer Says PlayStation 5 Will Not Be A Console 1

While the PlayStation 4 releases this November, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada is already talking about the future.

In an interview with Famitsu, Harada declared “I think in the future, it’ll will be a contest of services instead of hardware…When there’s the PS5, it will probably be just a controller and a monitor.”

While there is no indication of this as the future of console gaming, devices like the PS Vita TV are pushing this idea forward. Time will only tell whether or not the future of PlayStation and Xbox will see the loss of a box, replaced by a service.

Who knows, maybe Roku or Apple TV will be picking up PlayStation?

The PlayStation 4 releases on November 15th for $399.

Irrational Games Release New ‘Burial at Sea’ Footage

Irrational Games Release New 'Burial at Sea' Footage

Burial at Sea, the downloadable expansion to this year’s Bioshock Infinite, has received its first gameplay footage.

The DLC takes place in Rapture, the fictional city where the first Bioshock took place. The difference this time is that the city is not in shambles.

Footage, which occurs in the first five minutes, has Booker DeWitt searching with Elizabeth for a lost girl. The area shows an aristocratic society, with many of the locals speaking about topics such as ‘philosophical transcendence’. Rapture also looks beautiful, even though only a small portion of it was shown.

Other notable additions included a few lines of girls being trained to be little sisters, as well as a big daddy working outside the walls.

Burial at Sea is a two-episode adventure. The first half has you playing as Booker, while Episode Two will involve playing as Elizabeth.

You can view the gameplay footage here or check out CGMagazine’s review of Bioshock Infinite. Burial at Sea will be released for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. No launch date has been announced yet.

Xbox One Records Video Achievements

Xbox One Records Video Achievements

It has been announced that the Xbox One will record gameplay video of each achievement obtained, allowing gamers to share their experience online.

According to The Escapist, “because the machine is constantly recording the last five minutes of gameplay, it will actually be able to detect when you unlock a new achievement, and automatically save a video of the gameplay leading up to it.”

The capturing is done by Xbox One’s installed DVR, allowing for quick and automatic recording.

Microsoft’s creation of achievements has changed gaming in a dramatic way, adding replay value and a whole new angle for online gaming.

As of now, Sony has not announced a similar function for the PlayStation 4. While the console continually records the last 15 minutes of gameplay, it is not linked to trophy obtainment in any way. The Xbox One comes out in North America on November 22nd.