The Guide: games: Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut PS3, PS Vita: The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Wii U: Rain PS3
(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Games news:
Valve, the enigmatic developers of the epoch-making Half-Life series and multiplayer stalwarts Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, has made a series of living room-friendly announcements. Firstly, it plans to release a free operating system based on its online games shop Steam, which will run on Steam Machines: consoles that run Steam OS and are designed to sit under your TV rather than via a PC or Mac. While Valve itself won't be making them, a number of hardware manufacturers have said their Steam consoles will be available next year. Their other piece of news was the Steam controller (pictured), which has
two round track pads rather than thumb-sticks, as well as a central, clickable touch pad reminiscent of PlayStation 4's. Although it looks a bit peculiar, Valve's unblemished history of awesomeness suggests that it's likely to work pretty well. ng
Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut PS3, PS Vita:
Accompanied by dissonant clanks and crackling static, your life as Lone Survivor is one of austerity and the constant danger of grizzly death at the hands of faceless beasts, which wander around outside your flat in the aftermath of an unspecified apocalypse. Taking its cues from Silent Hill, your experience is a mix of hallucination and reality that never goes out of its way to explain which is which. This leads to a constant feeling of dread, emphasised by the haunting soundtrack and deliberately lo-fi 2D. The game's creator has also said PC and Mac versions will be available soon.
Sony, pounds 9.99
The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Wii U:
Originally released in 2002, The Wind Waker is unusual in that it takes place on a series of islands rather than in the land of Hyrule, and Princess Zelda doesn't even put in an appearance. Everything else is in order though, from its likable, kinetic-feeling combat, to the succession of subterranean dungeons, which feel meagre compared with other outings in the series. Regarded at the time as a bit of a rush job (almost unheard of for Nintendo), its resplendent HD makeover leaves the game practically unaltered, just giving it a shiny new exterior. Although not the finest Zelda game, this is still a sweet slice of exploration and puzzle solving. ng
Nintendo, pounds 44.99
Rain's dreamlike, elliptical story involves a small boy who is invisible. Finding himself in the deserted, rain-soaked streets of an unspecified European city, he can only be seen when caught by a downpour, vanishing entirely when sheltered. It does a good job of helping you navigate with a character you can't actually see and the puzzles are simple, letting you enjoy the story and bask in its atmospheric, melancholy soundtrack. ng
Sony, pounds 9.99
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