Last week, it felt like July. This week, it really is July. Is it the most boring news period of the entire year? I don’t know. You tell me.
This week we’ve got: BioShock remastered, System Shock rebooted, and Layers of Fear getting some…shocking…DLC. Okay, that last one’s a bit of a stretch. Nevertheless, this is gaming news for the week of June 27 – July 1.
I really enjoyed Layers of Fear earlier this year, for the most part. I’d even go so far as to say it’s one of the best horror games so far in 2016, though that’s an exceedingly low bar. So, an expansion? A return to the mad painter’s mansion, but through his daughter’s eyes? Sure, I’ll take it. Look for it on August 2.
Left 5 Dead 7
Another week, another tease from Valve. This time it’s a folder in a Valve employee’s tutorial video that just happened to feature a folder named “left4dead3” and you know what that means: nothing. It means nothing. Best case, it’s another in a long line of leaks/teases confirming Left 4 Dead 3. Worst case: It’s never releasing. Take your pick. (Via GameSpot)
Whosoever sheds man’s blood
New Total War game? Guess it’s time for the good ol’ Blood & Gore DLC pack. As is now tradition, Creative Assembly released Blood for the Blood God this week, which adds dismemberments and other fun bits to Total War: Warhammer. Here’s a trailer. Bring a strong stomach, because a troll certainly did.
Remember the good ol’ days when every FPS centered the weapon on the screen, like your character had a spare arm growing out of their chest or maybe their mouth? Doom’s bringing it back. An update this week added the option for “Classic Doom Weapon Placement,” a.k.a. mouth-arms. Here’s it in action, courtesy of Bethesda:
There’s also a new Photo Mode, for the screenshot aficionados.
After years of rumors, 2K’s officially unveiled a set of BioShock remasters, known as BioShock: The Collection. The good news: If you own the games on Steam, you’ll get the remasters for free. The better news: “BioShock Infinite is not being remastered on PC because it already meets current-gen console standards and runs smoothly on high visual settings.”
Little did you know, you already played the BioShock Infinite remaster three years ago. PCs are great.
And to close out this week: Night Dive is running a Kickstarter for its System Shock remaster—or reboot, actually. Chris Avellone is involved, as are a number of people from the original game (artist Robb Waters, for instance). You can watch the typical Kickstarter sizzle reel, or if you’re skeptical—as you should be about all gaming Kickstarters these days—you can grab the free demo on Steam.