For whom the bell tolls? These guys, according to the latest trailer for October's "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag."
The Dead Dunes notwithstanding, much of what we've seen from "Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII" has taken place in urban environments. In her most recent Gamescom trailer, though, Lightning borrows a line from Alfred Lord Tennyson (of all people) and heads into the Wildlands.
Movies and video games tend to cross over quite a bit. In a lot of cases, what makes a good movie usually makes a good game: a lot of action, a good story, and characters that you can connect with. This is the reason that a lot of games are derived from the same ideas as that their silver screen counterparts. Racing games play on the great chase movies like "The French Connection," war games owe a debt to classics like "Apocalypse Now" and "The Bridge on the River Kwai," and even sports games have movies like the "Rocky" franchise to credit for laying the groundwork for their popularity. However, there is one great genre of action films that is well underrepresented in the game world - heist movies. Cinema classics like "Ocean's Eleven" (both of them), "The Thomas Crown Affair," (both of them, too), "The Usual Suspects," and "Reservoir Dogs" all prove that thievery makes for a good story, but in terms of games, it's slim pickings. "Payday 2" hopes to change that, as it continues the genre homage that its predecessor, "Payday: The Heist," began back in 2011.
A quick note: there have been reports in some reviews that the PC and PS3 versions of "Saints Row IV" are offering a more stable framerate and overall experience to the Xbox 360 version. I haven't checked those out, but I'd recommend giving those versions a try when you make you decide to make your "Saints Row IV" purchase.
"Saints Row IV" explodes the concept of street gang-turned global brand-turned Presidential administration the Third Street Saints both literally and figuratively, a meta beyond meta game that's as much about the franchise as it is skewering other games. Packed with inventive setpieces, clever writing, and powers--oh, the superpowers. But this smart-dumb game (or dumb smart, depending on your opinion of the Saints) has some third-person shooter problems and overall performance issues that threaten to derail the experience.
Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts have taken to Gamescom to show off a new "Titanfall" gameplay video that introduces a the cherry blossom-lined streets of Angel City and the new "Attrition" multiplayer mode.
Didn't get enough of Firaxis' "XCOM: Enemy Unknown" last year? The developer plans to release an expansion to the 2012 Game of the Year featuring new vehicles, weapons, locations, and the opportunity to genetically modify your soldiers in November.