Tex Murphy returns in glorious FMV

The next Tex Murphy game is headed to Steam in early 2014.  It’s been years… many, many years since the last installment and the gaming world has changed drastically since Tex has been relevant.  That doesn’t mean Tex has to change with the world.  The game looks wonderfully retro, albeit more high-rez, with full motion video (FMV) cutscenes packed with just the right amount of camp.  Don’t believe me?  Check out this 8-minute trailer to the game:

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Yu Suzuki, David Cage, and Ryan Payton discuss storytelling in gaming

Storytelling is one of the biggest things I love about gaming.  Being able to experience stories in an interactive way makes the stories come to life, in my opinion, more than the passive experiences movies and books give you (though I greatly enjoy those mediums as well).  It’s long been my dream to be a screenwriter for games, and so I’ve always had a great deal  of respect for the men and women who manage to make their ideas come to life in an interactive way.  Some of my favorite gaming storytellers include Quantic Dream’s David Cage and Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki.  Heavy Rain, Indigo Prophecy, and Shenmue remain some of my favorite games.  With that said, here’s a nice, long interview featuring those two gentlemen as well as former HALO creative director Ryan Payton.  It’s an interesting look at what goes into telling great interactive stories and for anybody interested in that process, is definitely worth a watch.

 

Mad Max coming to PS4 (Update: Trailer)

A game based on the Mad Max property is headed to Sony’s PS4.  The system will have exclusive content for the game.  There was a very Mad Max teaser with the announcement which is now posted below:

Mad Max is coming next year and will be available on current and next gen systems (minus Nintendo’s consoles) as well as PC.

Watch_Dogs E3 2013 Trailer

The more I see of this game, the more excited I get for it… and I’m really damn excited.  This trailer shows off the seedy human trafficking side of the fictional Chicago.  Crazy stuff ensues.  Just watch.

Gold Live Members: Grab Fable III free

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Microsoft is giving away Fable III on Games on Demand to Xbox Live Gold members.  Simply follow the link to Fable III, and elect to pay for the game with Microsoft Points.  It will ring up for free and you’ll have a new title downloading in your Xbox library.  Enjoy!

 

Sources:  Xbox.com, Joystiq

Dying Light trailer

From the studio behind Dead Island comes Mirror’s Edge (With Zombies).  It’s a CG trailer, but the promise behind this game is interesting, so I’m keeping my eyes on it.

Respawn’s “Titanfall” outed

TitanfallJust days before E3, the first title from Respawn Entertainment has been outed by the leaked GameInformer cover.  Titled Titanfall, the game is supposedly coming only to Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.  There were rumors floating around that the game would be an Xbox console exclusive, and those appear to be true.  The game will be multiplayer-focused with the Xbox One version heavily utilizing the power of the cloud (one of the things Microsoft was touting for its next-gen console); the Xbox 360 version is being outsourced to a different studio.  I’m sure we’ll learn more about this game in just a few days when E3 is upon us.

 

Source:  IGN

Batman: Arkham Origins Teaser

The first teaser for the upcoming prequel to Rocksteady’s excellent Arkham games is now online.  It doesn’t show much other than Batman locked in combat with Deathstroke, but it ends with the promise of a full trailer on May 20th.  To get your first look at what this game hopes to be, check out the teaser below.  Batman: Arkham Origins releases October 25, 2013.