Is anyone surprised that developer Big Robot is making a game about big robots? Not just any robots, mind, but dapper gentleman robots on a safari in the British countryside hunting the most dangerous game. (That’s you, meatbag.) There sure are a lot of visually striking indie titles coming out these days. And now we’ve got a Flight of the Conchords song stuck in our heads.
Also in this week’s roundup: we eat like video game characters, defend the Mass Effect 3 Day 1 DLC, get a free pass to play The Old Republic, explore some alternate history titles, and… My Little Ponies? Really?
- CD Projekt Red, the developers of The Witcher series have decided to no longer include DRM in their games. While the corporate side of gaming pubishers might not agree, it’s good to see at least one developer publicly acknowledge that DRM doesn’t work.
- A former Bioware employee pleaded with Mass Effect fans to not judge the company for “From Ashes, ” Mass Effect 3‘s Day 1 DLC. She argues that by the time most DLC is released, people have already sold their games back to Gamestop. We were originally pissed about the early extra content for sale. But now? Javik is an awesome team member. He’s a heavy-hitting biotic with zero sense of humor that makes him actually really funny. He doesn’t add much to the game plot-wise or even war asset-wise, but he makes for some rich conversation among shipmates. And he’s got a bitchin’ Kenyan accent.
- In other Mass Effect news, an anime centered around derpy-looking new shipmate James Vega will be coming this fall. Unlike Javik, Vega took a little getting used to. But we like him well enough now to check out the series.
- In the last bit of Bioware-related news, you can play Star Wars: The Old Republic for free this weekend with a pass.
- Blizzard is holding back Diablo III‘s PvP til post-launch.
- Aw, did someone steal your sweet roll? Make your own Skyrim snacks with recipes from Gourmet Gaming. Be sure to try the GTA Cluckin’ Bell chicken burger and Fallout 3 omelet, too.
- What if Russian pup Laika not only survived her trip to outer space but returned half-robot to an Earth where the U.S.S.R. ruled? That’s the premise behind Laika Believes, a platformer coming to XBL Arcade sometime late next year. More on this story as it develops.
- We at Tor.com have been saying it for years (because we’re streets ahead) but Alan Wake has sold over 2 million copies, making it a true cult hit.
- Watch the trailer for Assassin’s Creed 3, which features a rouing speech by George Washington.
- Can someone please explain to me why My Little Ponies are a thing again? A thing that terrifies me when its fanbase does this to Nate Drake and co?