By Brian Crecente on Aug 01, 2014 08.01.14
He could have been the one-man A-Team of game development, traveling from studio to studio to solve problems and launch games. But given the choice, Rod Fergusson turned his back on the never-ending march from alpha to retail and instead returned to his home, to Gears of War. It's like walking into a damp cave. The Figueroa's lobby is a throw-back to the Morocco of 1942's Casablanca. It's cool, dark and unusually empty. Later in the week the hotel's cavernous, tiled lobby will be filled with tipsy developers, journalists and marketers, overflow from the popular pool bar. But this afternoon no one is around, the games industry is busy, either at a major E3 press event, or heading to one. It's just Fergusson and I. Fergusson is all smiles when we meet, a bearded happy face. He seems...
By Dave Tach on Jul 16, 2014 07.16.14
The Humble 2K Bundle is now five games bigger, thanks to the XCOM Complete Pack. Those who pay more than the average selling price ($8.14 as of this writing) will receive Windows PC versions of the first five original XCOM games. The package of DRM-free or Steam games includes XCOM: UFO Defense (aka UFO: Enemy Unknown), Terror from the Deep, Apocalypse, Interceptor and Enforcer. Announced last week, the bundle already offers BioShock, The Darkness 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Pay more than the average price, and you'll get BioShock 2, Mafia 2 and Spec Ops: The Line. Choose to pay $20 or more, and you'll receive BioShock Infinite and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. For more on the latest XCOM games, be sure to read our reviews of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM: Enemy Within and The Bureau:...
By Dave Tach on Jul 08, 2014 07.08.14
You can name your own price for games in the BioShock and XCOM series and more through the Humble 2K Bundle, which is live now through July 22 at 2:00 p.m. ET. At its core, the Humble 2K bundle offers BioShock, The Darkness 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Pay more than the average price, and you'll get BioShock 2, Mafia 2 and Spec Ops: The Line. Pay $20 or more, and you'll also get BioShock Infinite and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The games are available through Steam for Windows, and "select titles" are also available for Mac and Linux, as is a DRM-free version of BioShock. As with each Humble Bundle, buyers can choose to split their spending between the game's creators and charities, here the American Red Cross and Action Against Hunger. For in-depth stories on the games above,...
By Emily Gera on Jul 03, 2014 07.03.14
Fox & Friends revealed the new logo for Defending the Homeland, a topical segment on immigration, and it shares a striking resemblance to the logo for BioShock Infinite — you can see both images below as provided by AV Club and decide for yourself. Taking to Facebook, the game's creator Ken Levine responded to the similarities, writing: "Glad to help, Fox. Glad to help." In BioShock Infinite, players are thrown into the center of a city rife with racism and run by a religious zealot, all against the backdrop of American imagery and propaganda.
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Jun 16, 2014 06.16.14
The latest entry in the Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series from media critic and Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian examines how female characters are used as objects or background decorations. Dubbed "Women as Background Decoration: Part 1," the video highlights games such as BioShock Infinite, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Fallout: New Vegas, Mass Effect 2 and Watch Dogs. According to Sarkeesian, the trope is defined by women who are used to "infuse edgy, gritty or racy flavoring into game worlds." "These sexually objectified female bodies are designed to function as environmental texture while titillating presumed straight male characters," the video's description reads. "Sometimes they're created to be glorified furniture, but they are frequently programmed as minimally...
By Emily Gera on Jun 02, 2014 06.02.14
Voice actors Nolan North, Troy Baker and John DiMaggio will make an appearance during a panel discussion at this year's E3 on June 11. The Voices of Gaming Panel features the leading voice actors from the biggest games set to show during this year's conference. The event takes place at 1:45 p.m. PT at the Turtle Beach Theater in the L.A. Convention Center. Nolan North is best known for his roles as Desmond Miles in Assassin's Creed and Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series. Troy Baker most recently took on the role of Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite and Joel in The Last of Us. John DiMaggio is likely most famous for his role as Bender in Futurama and as Marcus Fenix in Gears of War.
By Samit Sarkar on May 12, 2014 05.12.14
Your favorite video games would be very different if they featured the voice of Gilbert Gottfried, and we now know just how different they would be, thanks to Game Informer. Gottfried, 59, is a comedian and actor best known for his nails-on-a-chalkboard squawk of a voice, which you may be familiar with from memorable roles such as the parrot Iago in 1992's Aladdin and the duck in Aflac commercials. (He also did voice-over work for Iago in multiple Kingdom Hearts games.) Game Informer brought Gottfried into the studio to record lines in games from the 8-bit era to the present, including the original Metal Gear Solid, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim and BioShock Infinite. If there's a more exuberant "fus ro dah" cry on the internet, we haven't heard it.
By Owen S. Good on Mar 30, 2014 03.30.14
Irrational Games, the studio behind BioShock Infinite, released three original full length songs this weekend as a kind of parting gesture to fans of the series. The three songs come from BioShock Infinite's "Burial at Sea" extension, whose second chapter launched this week to conclude the series. One song is a jingle for the "Old Man Winter" plasmid; another was conceived as a folk protest song, and a third is a piece of indoctrinating propaganda for the Little Sisters of Rapture. "A thank you from us," Irrational Games founder Ken Levine tweeted yesterday. Irrational Games unexpectedly announced its closure in February following the completion of the BioShock series; 75 employees lost their jobs. Levine is rebuilding a new studio with a small team of personnel from the old one.
By Justin McElroy on Mar 27, 2014 03.27.14
That's how I closed my review of the first episode of Burial at Sea, and I wish I could tell you that my optimism was well founded. After playing the second half of Irrational's swan song (at least in this universe), I can safely say that it was not. Burial At Sea's second episode is lovely to look at and sports some surprisingly enjoyable sneaky combat, but both are used to tell a story that, without flowcharts and some seriously generous apologetics, is convoluted to migraine-inducing degrees. The good news? There's a method to this madness, one that, if you're willing to grant it more than a little leeway, ties the infinite world of BioShock together in ways that are interesting if more than a little inelegant. Burial at Sea ties the infinite world of Bioshock together in...
By Dave Tach on Mar 25, 2014 03.25.14
Portal is in development for the Nvidia Shield Android-based handheld gaming platform, Nvidia announced today. According to an Nvidia blog post, the first-person puzzle game will arrive "soon" on the device. "Nvidia has created a very powerful and unique device with Shield," said Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi. "Our companies have a strong history working together and we're looking forward to Portal's arrival on Shield." Nvidia Shield, which includes a controller and an LCD screen, was released last July. By the end of last year, Nvidia added support for streaming PC games, hooking the device up to a TV and 1080p and 60 fps streaming. Games available on the device include Android mobile games as well as Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, BioShock Infinite, Crysis...