While there isn't that much news to talk about in the lead up to E3, we still have a few interesting tidbits to take a gander at. Let's see what we have for you this week.
Video game announcements and announcement announcements... announcements
The road to E3 often sees small bits of info pushed the public's way in the form of press releases and teases. This week saw a few little blips of info relating to several upcoming games.
- Until Dawn, Sony's cabin in the woods Heavy Rain-style horror game was given an official release date of August 25, 2015. Potentially one of the big games to be kicking off the flood of games leading up to the holiday season.
- The Need For Speed series is getting a full reboot, aptly named "Need For Speed". By all appearances, the game seems to be following the vibe of the underground versions of the franchise. The game will require an online connection.
- The next FIFA game will include a new mode in which players will be able to play the women's league.
Twitch bans adult-only games from being streamed through it's service
In a bid to keep the service relatively clean and friendly, Twitch has decided to ban the streaming of video games that have an Adults Only ESRB rating.
The move comes mere days away from the much publicized twin stick violent shooter Hatred's release (The game is due out June 1st). Whether this has anything to do with Twitch's new policy remains to be seen, but it looks like Twitch is attempting to nip the problem in the bud before any problems arise.
Other stories on the web worth reading
Here’s what a 10-year-old thinks of Splatoon, her first online competitive shooter
A father sits down with his daughter to talk about her first experience with an online shooter. Interesting read, both from the perspective of what the game does right and wrong, as well as how a 10 year old views the gaming world.
The vast, unplayable history of video games
Archiving the history of video games is tricky business, even more so than great works of literature, art and film.
Every Now And Then Something Lovely Happens In Destiny
This is one reason why Destiny is so appealing.
New game releases & DLC
Splatoon - Wii U
A shooter in which you shoot paint instead of bullets. Fantastic example of what Nintendo can do when it let's itself experiment.
Homesick - PC
An Ethan Carter-esque short adventure game. Unravel a story about the building you are in and try to make sense of your nightmares.
Magicka 2 - PC/PS4
The full sequel to the original experimental caster Magicka. Looks like a ton of fun with friends.
Game of Thrones Episode 4 Sons of Winter - PC/PS4/Xbox One/PS3/Xbox 360/iOS/Android
Episode 4 in Telltales' Game of Thrones series.