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  1. TGS gameplay and reveals, Jason Schreier reports on the exploitation of publisher Nicalis while Nathan Grayson learns the secret to the success of Supergiant Games, Kate Willaert covers the first narrative video game and the woman that wrote it, Patrick Klepek talks to Rod Fergusson about his career of salvaging trainwrecks, Cecilia D'Anastasio looks at the rise of GameStop and former ideas of online and offline identities through the lens of adolescent escapism, excerpts from David L. Craddock's book Arcade Perfect tells the story of the slog to port Double Dragon to the Genesis/Mega Drive and how Mortal Kombat's blood changed the industry, some idie devs claim Steam's new recommendation update had made things even worse for them while others see no difference, Gears 5 has poor sales but is the most successful launch for the series, Discord removing games from their Nitro Subscription program, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Resident Evil spin-off Project Resistance gets its first gameplay overview trailer Resident Evil Project Resistance makes being evil so much fun Capcom producer addresses concerns about Resident Evil spin-off Project Resistance New Gameplay Today – Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Empire Of Sin Gameplay And Impressions | Empire Of Sin Is XCOM meets The Untouchables Death Stranding: 49 Minutes of New Gameplay (Japanese VO) - TGS 2019 Hideo Kojima Answers Our Questions About Death Stranding FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Tokyo Game Show 2019 Trailer (Closed Captions) Final Fantasy VII Remake Seems Popular At The Tokyo Game Show Human Head's Viking action-RPG Rune 2 gets a release date Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection introduces a clever twist on speedrunning with Z Chaser mode System Shock 3 Pre Alpha Gameplay Teaser 1080p PS4, XB1, PC | TALES OF ARISE – TGS 2019 - A Fateful Encounter Nioh 2 - TGS 2019 Trailer | PS4 Nioh 2 adds more complexity, also lets you pet a cat Here are 20 more minutes of The Outer Worlds gameplay from TGS Why Yacht Club is Handing Shovel Knight Dig to Nitrome Thinbloods and the Politics of Living Forever: An Interview with Bloodlines 2 Writer Cara Ellison Book of Travels is a TMO: A tiny multiplayer online game Onion Games interview with Moon writer Yoshiro Kimura at TGS 2019 Stalker-like Chernobylite hits early access next month Mondo Museum will help put together your dream exhibition next year Undertale creator shares a development update on Deltarune, including new music New GUILTY GEAR Sol and Ky Trailer - TGS2019 Gungrave GORE Official Cinematic Trailer - TGS 2019 Resi-inspired zombanger Daymare: 1998 is out now The Division 2 Developers Promise Some Good Changes For October Total War: Three Kingdoms revising plans following Eight Princes DLC feedback Thank God, Next Year's 'Control' DLC Will Apparently Involve [Redacted] The Small But Important Change 'Celeste' Made to Its Celebrated Assist Mode Discord’s Nitro Games library is being shut down due to lack of use PewDiePie Has To Explain That His $50,000 Pledge To An Anti-Hate Group Is Legit PewDiePie pulls $50,000 pledge to Jewish anti-hate group after fan backlash Nintendo files multimillion-dollar lawsuit against ROM website Borderlands 3's Review Situation Sure Is Strange Borderlands 3 has doubled Borderlands 2’s peak player count on PC Steam's Discovery update is making things worse for some indie developers Rockstar Has Its Own PC Games Launcher Now Twitch Suspends Streamer After She Wears Chun-Li Cosplay Twitch's Latest Crackdowns On 'Sexual' Content Are Leaving Streamers Baffled Gears 5 sales are bad – it is also the most successful launch in series history DCMS recommends UK Government regulates loot boxes under the Gambling Act Esports News Video Games Get One Step Closer To Being In The Olympics Hearthstone pro caught playing Auto Chess during Grandmasters league match after making huge mistake Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Savior Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Inside The Ghosting, Racism, And Exploitation At Game Publisher Nicalis The Secret To The Success Of Bastion, Pyre, And Hades: No Forced Crunch, Yes Forced Vacations Why Super Meat Boy Forever Is Taking Forever THE SUMERIAN GAME: THE MOST IMPORTANT VIDEO GAME YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF Confessions Of A Teenaged Strip-Mall GameStop Delinquent The Story Behind the Tireless Slog of Porting 'Double Dragon' to Genesis Nearly 30 years ago, Mortal Kombat’s blood forever changed the video game industry The Perpetual Tomorrow of Virtual Reality 'Gears 5' Director on His Career of Salvaging Game Development Trainwrecks Life is Strange 2 interview with Michel Koch: Family, religion, and race Why are games journalists giving Kentucky Fried Chicken free advertising? Masahiro Sakurai's Arcade Days Taught Him To Be Mindful Of All Types Of Players Most video games ask me to do everything, which makes doing nothing so fun Control freak: Inside the narrative design of Remedy's least linear game It's Hard to Keep Returning to Video Game Apocalypses 20 years later, Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun is still a frightening prophecy Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and the Cruel Realities of White Phosphorous A tale of revenge and murder in Rust Designing the Powerful Loneliness of The Long Dark Insurgency Documentary - The Mod That Started it All | Gameumentary Greedfall: Colonial Bullsh*t? - Conquest of Dread The Animation of Hollow Knight The World Design of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption | Boss Keys Remembering The Bureau: XCOM Declassified / GAMESD Suda 51's Blood+ | The Missing Link Between Killer7 & No More Heroes Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry Larian Studios breaks into Valve for Divinity: Original Sin 2
  2. Completed: Gears 5 Platform: PC Relic weapons are nice. Jack is a nice tactical feature and playing as it in co-op an interesting change. Plot focuses even more than the past games on strained character relationships, trying to live a civilian life, mindset of the COG, war crimes, loss, and trauma, at odds with amount of death utter and incompetence from all but the main character and already satirical characters and combat. Poor story, JD has a nonsensical arc. Terrible allied AI. Awful single player encounters that break the AI. Poor Open world elements in more than half the game that takes away from the usual good level design of the series and amounts to little more than wasted time. The PC version typically ran perfectly except in cutscenes where it would freeze, lag, or have the sound cut out, grabbing enemies doesn't seem to work on the PC (or they lied about what button it is), forcing you to hold down the reload button instead of the melee button for chainsaws on the PC (maybe the Xbox too) is a poor change, pretty sure I exploded from nothing quite a few times and once saw a Boomshot grenade curve around the map to kill me. Completed: The Last Door Season 1 Platform: PC You receive a letter from an old boarding school friend, something terrible has happened involving events you can no longer remember involving opening the veil to a Lovecraftian God. Low resolution pixel art and good music both help to creates an unsettling, foreboding, and mysterious atmosphere that perfectly goes with the tone of the game. Does fall into usual point and click issues of needing to pixel hunt for items and some poor puzzle logic that as is often the case doesn't always fit well.
  3. This Week In Gaming 9-10-19

    Nintendo Direct reveals new games, ports, and translations. Eurogamer on reaching 20 and adapting to industry changes, Game Maker's Toolkit's new series aims to chart the history of game design by looking at the most influential games, Daryl Talks Games examines Dead Cell's connection with the psychology behind loss aversion, Doc Burford on the desire people have to see their hobby validated by championing games that attempt to be intellectual and his desire to see people seek out more for themselves, Steam designer explains why Valve doesn't comment on exclusives after previous comments acted as a lightning rod for harassment, Nintendo wins case to block piracy and modding websites, Anthony McGlynn on the growing alliance between esports and the US military, Jimmy Maher covers the history of the Origin Systems and EA merger, Jacob Geller on Control and Anatomy and the legacy of the haunted house, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Nintendo Direct 9.4.2019 Nintendo Direct Recap: A Deluge of Ports From September 2019 Onward Cult-classic RPG Moon coming to Switch on October 10 in Japan, later worldwide Wii U Gem Tokyo Mirage Sessions Is Coming To Switch The Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Beta Is A Debate On What A Ghost Recon Needs To Be Kerbal Space Program 2 Will Have Real Science Underlying Its Wacky Spaceships Deadly Premonition 2 gets a surprise announcement V1 Interactive's Disintegration Interview - Pax West 2019 Predator: Hunting Grounds Interview - Pax West 2019 Rogue Company is the new game from Paladins and Smite maker, will support cross-play and cross-progression Daemon X Machina’s Flashy Mech Gameplay In Action ‘1000 Days To Escape’ Deals With Climate Change, Space, And Irony Journey to the Savage Planet is the comedy Metroid Prime I didn’t know I wanted Marvel's Avengers Hands-On: Gear, Skills, and Co-Op Explained Haven Is A Sci-Fi RPG About Being In A Long-Term Relationship With FIFA 20, it feels like EA Sports has finally fixed pace Project Resistance is a team-based Resident Evil spin-off Cloudpunk trailer teases a new driver's first night in the big city Kojima on Death Stranding: “Even now, I don’t understand the game” Death Stranding has a very easy mode for movie fans, Kojima says To totally know this game’s character, you must erase every single page of her diary The Surge 2 - Exclusive 13 Minutes Of Official Gameplay Smart City Plan brings data-driven urban planning next year Darksiders Genesis - Official "Introducing War" Trailer Planet Zoo - Immortal guests, exotic architecture, habitat restrictions Luigi's Mansion 3: Scream Park Mode Reveal Super Kirby Clash Gameplay Reveal The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Gameplay - Nintendo Direct Terry Bogard in Smash Bros. Ultimate REVEAL TRAILER Hitman 2’s September roadmap sends Agent 47 to The Maldives Remnant: From the Ashes is getting an 'Adventure Mode' and a new dungeon Gears 5 to receive major content updates every 3 months Gears 5 earns praise for its accessibility options Gears 5 Steam version has been pulled in China Gears 5 was pulled from sale in China, so fans are review-bombing it Total War: Warhammer 2 is getting Gotrek, Felix, and Brian Blessed Civilization 6 battle royale ditches the civs and cities but keeps the nukes Celeste's Upcoming Free DLC Closes Out The Story Celeste developer says that a sequel is not in the works You can build your own botanical garden in Anno 1800's latest DLC expansion Days Gone’s New Game Plus and extra difficulty modes arrive next week Endless Space 2's Awakening expansion out next week, introduces new Nakalim faction Life is Strange 2 will be removed from digital storefronts in Australia tomorrow Ikumi Nakamura Departs GhostWire: Tokyo Studio 'It Wasn't Meant To Be This Lightning Rod': Valve Developer Looks Back At Company's Epic Store Exclusivity Comments Up to 200 more GameStop stores set to close, with more to follow Double Fine Presents could be coming to an end Nexon's labor union calls on the management to guarantee job security Igniting a Chinese fighting game revolution Smash Bros. Creator Just Made "Xbox" Trend On Twitter In Japan Nintendo wins UK high court case to block piracy websites The Red Dead Redemption PC emulation project has been halted Esports News War Games: The Growing Alliance Between Esports and the Military HOW 100 THIEVES BECAME THE SUPREME OF E-SPORTS Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Eurogamer at 20: Adapting to a changing industry i don’t think i like prestige games Jeremy Soule accuser Nathalie Lawhead speaks out on vile abuse in video games industry: ‘We can’t afford to speak up’ The Games Industry Is Wrestling With Multiple New Allegations of Abuse Gaming's #MeToo Moment and the Tyranny of Male Fragility A Game Dev Documented Her Discomfort Of Networking As A Woman In This Tiny Game Origin Sells Out The Pernicious, Persistent Myth That Games Will Break Our Brains The Composer of Kingdom Hearts Has Never Stopped Reinventing Herself A camera hack reveals that in horror classic P.T., Lisa is always right behind you Where is the “Authentic” LGBTQ Content in Games? Amy Hennig, Hideaki Itsuno, and Other Developers Share Their Favorite Dreamcast Games, 20 Years Later Video Games Face Mass Extinction. For Some, It’s Already Too Late. EVE Online will one day be sentient, its developers told me during a nude hot tub session Catherine: Full Body’s Successes Make Its Reductive Gender Tropes Sting So Much More “A Loose Grip on Reality,” by Reid McCarter OFFICE Control, Anatomy, and the Legacy of the Haunted House Space Invaders | Design Icons The Story of Celeste's Development The Animation of Metal Slug Outer Wilds Part 2: Being There (Spoilers) Towards an Aesthetic of Latin American Videogames How Dead Cells Exploits Your Indecision | Psych of Play When a 9-Year-Old Sued Nintendo | Gaming Historian We Visited Belgium, a Country that Banned Lootboxes - Fast Travel
  4. Nintendo Direct reveals new games, ports, and translations. Eurogamer on reaching 20 and adapting to industry changes, Game Maker's Toolkit's new series aims to chart the history of game design by looking at the most influential games, Daryl Talks Games examines Dead Cell's connection with the psychology behind loss aversion, Doc Burford on the desire people have to see their hobby validated by championing games that attempt to be intellectual and his desire to see people seek out more for themselves, Steam designer explains why Valve doesn't comment on exclusives after previous comments acted as a lightning rod for harassment, Nintendo wins case to block piracy and modding websites, Anthony McGlynn on the growing alliance between esports and the US military, Jimmy Maher covers the history of the Origin Systems and EA merger, Jacob Geller on Control and Anatomy and the legacy of the haunted house, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Nintendo Direct 9.4.2019 Nintendo Direct Recap: A Deluge of Ports From September 2019 Onward Cult-classic RPG Moon coming to Switch on October 10 in Japan, later worldwide Wii U Gem Tokyo Mirage Sessions Is Coming To Switch The Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Beta Is A Debate On What A Ghost Recon Needs To Be Kerbal Space Program 2 Will Have Real Science Underlying Its Wacky Spaceships Deadly Premonition 2 gets a surprise announcement V1 Interactive's Disintegration Interview - Pax West 2019 Predator: Hunting Grounds Interview - Pax West 2019 Rogue Company is the new game from Paladins and Smite maker, will support cross-play and cross-progression Daemon X Machina’s Flashy Mech Gameplay In Action ‘1000 Days To Escape’ Deals With Climate Change, Space, And Irony Journey to the Savage Planet is the comedy Metroid Prime I didn’t know I wanted Marvel's Avengers Hands-On: Gear, Skills, and Co-Op Explained Haven Is A Sci-Fi RPG About Being In A Long-Term Relationship With FIFA 20, it feels like EA Sports has finally fixed pace Project Resistance is a team-based Resident Evil spin-off Cloudpunk trailer teases a new driver's first night in the big city Kojima on Death Stranding: “Even now, I don’t understand the game” Death Stranding has a very easy mode for movie fans, Kojima says To totally know this game’s character, you must erase every single page of her diary The Surge 2 - Exclusive 13 Minutes Of Official Gameplay Smart City Plan brings data-driven urban planning next year Darksiders Genesis - Official "Introducing War" Trailer Planet Zoo - Immortal guests, exotic architecture, habitat restrictions Luigi's Mansion 3: Scream Park Mode Reveal Super Kirby Clash Gameplay Reveal The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Gameplay - Nintendo Direct Terry Bogard in Smash Bros. Ultimate REVEAL TRAILER Hitman 2’s September roadmap sends Agent 47 to The Maldives Remnant: From the Ashes is getting an 'Adventure Mode' and a new dungeon Gears 5 to receive major content updates every 3 months Gears 5 earns praise for its accessibility options Gears 5 Steam version has been pulled in China Gears 5 was pulled from sale in China, so fans are review-bombing it Total War: Warhammer 2 is getting Gotrek, Felix, and Brian Blessed Civilization 6 battle royale ditches the civs and cities but keeps the nukes Celeste's Upcoming Free DLC Closes Out The Story Celeste developer says that a sequel is not in the works You can build your own botanical garden in Anno 1800's latest DLC expansion Days Gone’s New Game Plus and extra difficulty modes arrive next week Endless Space 2's Awakening expansion out next week, introduces new Nakalim faction Life is Strange 2 will be removed from digital storefronts in Australia tomorrow Ikumi Nakamura Departs GhostWire: Tokyo Studio 'It Wasn't Meant To Be This Lightning Rod': Valve Developer Looks Back At Company's Epic Store Exclusivity Comments Up to 200 more GameStop stores set to close, with more to follow Double Fine Presents could be coming to an end Nexon's labor union calls on the management to guarantee job security Igniting a Chinese fighting game revolution Smash Bros. Creator Just Made "Xbox" Trend On Twitter In Japan Nintendo wins UK high court case to block piracy websites The Red Dead Redemption PC emulation project has been halted Esports News War Games: The Growing Alliance Between Esports and the Military HOW 100 THIEVES BECAME THE SUPREME OF E-SPORTS Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Eurogamer at 20: Adapting to a changing industry i don’t think i like prestige games Jeremy Soule accuser Nathalie Lawhead speaks out on vile abuse in video games industry: ‘We can’t afford to speak up’ The Games Industry Is Wrestling With Multiple New Allegations of Abuse Gaming's #MeToo Moment and the Tyranny of Male Fragility A Game Dev Documented Her Discomfort Of Networking As A Woman In This Tiny Game Origin Sells Out The Pernicious, Persistent Myth That Games Will Break Our Brains The Composer of Kingdom Hearts Has Never Stopped Reinventing Herself A camera hack reveals that in horror classic P.T., Lisa is always right behind you Where is the “Authentic” LGBTQ Content in Games? Amy Hennig, Hideaki Itsuno, and Other Developers Share Their Favorite Dreamcast Games, 20 Years Later Video Games Face Mass Extinction. For Some, It’s Already Too Late. EVE Online will one day be sentient, its developers told me during a nude hot tub session Catherine: Full Body’s Successes Make Its Reductive Gender Tropes Sting So Much More “A Loose Grip on Reality,” by Reid McCarter OFFICE Control, Anatomy, and the Legacy of the Haunted House Space Invaders | Design Icons The Story of Celeste's Development The Animation of Metal Slug Outer Wilds Part 2: Being There (Spoilers) Towards an Aesthetic of Latin American Videogames How Dead Cells Exploits Your Indecision | Psych of Play When a 9-Year-Old Sued Nintendo | Gaming Historian We Visited Belgium, a Country that Banned Lootboxes - Fast Travel
  5. Completed: The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut Platform: PC Decent combat system. Some very good music, though oddly placed at times. Alcoholic Bards. Some very good puzzles for hidden items or upgrades that require you to pay attention to what is said and to environment details. Main characters tend to all be fairly amusing. Too many repeated time wasting puzzles that amount to nothing more than busywork and don't even make sense in world. Equipment gives different ways to focus a character but some just aren't going to be very useful. Puzzle weapons are a cool idea, but almost never interesting to solve and the weapons tend to be weaker than the other equipment you will have. There are multiple hidden weapons that have entire areas that you need to go through to find them, ones with an important place in the lore of the game's world, that are for some reason still too weak to be useful. Very inconsistent tone of the story, with a terrible first impression (even seeming to struggle with keeping a stable framerate in the opening section), and certain parts of the game seem like plot was either cut or events were moved with no explanation for remaining details. Overstays its welcome with you long having gotten all the abilities and the equipment you are going to use, likely about four or five areas before the end, with a long time spent having to fight pitiful enemies and bosses. Extremely buggy requiring frequent reloads, which was odd for something that seems so mechanically simple. Characters would just no longer be able to be chosen in combat, character would absorb the abilities of other characters and lose theirs in battle, abilities would randomly be unequipped, the menu button would stop working, enemy placement would be a space or two beyond what should be allowed preventing me from even seeing or clicking on some of them at times, crashes at game over, crash at new area loads, crash at quest completion, and would crash during certain dialogue events. Completed: Metal Slug Platform: Arcade Was a good start to the series with the great animations the series is known for. Suffers from the slowdown the series is known for and lacks the stranger enjoyable moments of some of the later titles like turning into a zombie, wider variety of vehicles, and more outlandish boss enemies. Completed: Metal Slug 5 Platform: Arcade Adds a new slide move that isn't responsive enough to be overly useful but looks cool when you shoot with it and is a good way to get out of some bad spots. Some nice new vehicles to use, if only briefly. New enemies replacing the series staples, mostly just costume change for the soldiers. Missing some of the more humorous aspects of the previous games and the character body changes and supernatural elements (until you fight a demon as the final boss). Poor final bosses.
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  7. This Week In Gaming 9-3-19

    RagnarRox on what makes Pathologic 2 a unique masterpiece that makes struggle, choices, and even death meaningful. Telltale games revived in worst possible way, more developers outed for abusive and sexually abusive behavior including Alexis Kennedy, People Make Games looks at how the more powerful sound of a weapon in Wolfenstein Enemy Territory made players play better, Gearbox crowdfunding Homeworld 3 while Randy is accused of contempt in court filing, Patrick Klepek explores the relationship between Mario Maker hackers and Nintendo, Yakuza 7 is turn based, Chucklefish's exploitation of young devs, Ewan Wilson on brutalism and the concrete foundations of Control, Alexi Alario on being nostalgic for Minecraft and how young players have been urged to monetize their creativity, HeavyEyed's new series The Language of Games begins with an episode about the origins of magic and mana, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Gearbox PAX West Panel 2019 Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford Accused Of Contempt In Latest Court Filing Manifold Garden, Wattam, and No Straight Roads will be Epic exclusives Untitled Goose Game is coming to the Epic Games Store in September Epic revamped the Epic Games Store roadmap to remove target months Shovel Knight Dig Official Announce Trailer Yakuza 7 announced with menu-based combat and new Yokohama setting Yakuza: Like a Dragon Is More like An Action Game Than You Might Think, Says Director Nagoshi Cyberpunk creator talks clown gangs and making the biggest RPG of 2020 | Cyberpunk 2077 Interview The Making Of Cyberpunk 2077's Night City | Cyberpunk 2077 Interview Cyberpunk 2077 - FULL Gameplay Deep Dive Presentation CD Projekt Red confirms Cyberpunk 2077 will use first-person cutscenes Greedfall extended gameplay video shows a promising blend of The Witcher 3 and Dragon Age Shantae and the Seven Sirens Shows Off Fusion Magic And Monster Cards In PAX West Gameplay Aladdin and The Lion King games remaster collection announcement leaked We can’t tell if this is an NBA 2K20 trailer or a casino ad Trailer deleted PEGI rating board explains why it didn’t flag NBA 2K20 as gambling The Sojourn is a lavish love letter to Myst and The Witness The Outer Worlds: 'Come to Halcyon' Trailer - PAX West 2019 Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Gameplay Deep Dive | New Gamescom Impressions 7 Reasons Ghost Recon Breakpoint Is The Game Wildlands Should Have Been | Breakpoint Gameplay Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s campaign is linear yet freeform, complex yet accessible Crying Suns, the FTL-inspired strategy space opera, comes out this month Solasta: Crown of the Magister - Official Gameplay Trailer Solasta: Crown of the Magister - 55 Minutes of Fantasy RPG Gameplay In The Longing, Time Is Everything Luigi's Mansion 3's Co-Op Is A Blast | PAX West 2019 Eternal happiness awaits when Little Misfortune arrives later this month Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Hops Along to an October Release Predator: Hunting Grounds Hands-On Impressions Here's 15 minutes of spoiler-rich Gears 5 campaign footage NASCAR Heat 4 Launch Trailer The Surge 2 Official Combat Trailer Wasteland 3 Preview – Rocky Mountain Way Is John Wick Hex A Good John Wick Game? | John Wick Hex Gameplay And Impressions Star Citizen's singleplayer beta release date has been pushed back PAX West 2019: Bravery Network Online Evolves Competitive Pokemon CD Projekt is officially making more Witcher and Cyberpunk games in the future Mordhau now has an experimental ranked mode for duels Total War: Warhammer 2 is adding forts to Mortal Empires Telltale Games is being revived No, Telltale Games Is Not Being Resurrected - Its Brand's Being Capitalized Upon 'Doom' Programmer John Carmack Says Games Industry Doesn't Need Laws Against Crunch Steam’s current business model is “unrealistic,” says Ubisoft Chucklefish responds to allegations it exploited volunteer Starbound developers Uplay+ launches today with a free month-long trial Blizzard sues Chinese game company over its Warcraft ‘ripoff’ GAMING ADDICTION IN CHINA The Messy Relationship Between Mario Maker's Hacking Community and Nintendo Esports News Why King Of Fighters Dominates Latin America's Fighting Game Scene Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) HOMEWORLD 3 PleaseFundMe: How Crowdfunding Is Changing the Way We Talk About Games Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Two Women Accuse Skyrim Composer Jeremy Soule Of Sexual Misconduct (Was pretty sure I would regret donating to Cultist Simulator someday after reading that article) Night in the Woods Developer Alec Holowka Dies (Either to step away from social media or due to Youtubers, grifters, and probable/literal rapists attempting to mob or threaten people many of the above accounts might be locked leading to messages not appearing and leaving blank areas) Alec Eighteen Years in, Ace Attorney Is Stuck in Its Past 20 years after Seaman, Saito reflects on creativity and making new, strange things How A Colorblind Artist Makes Magic Cards & Video Games Vagrant Story – 1999 Developer Interview The Story of Sonic Team – 1997 Developer Interview Lufia – 2016 Composer and Developer Interviews The First, Mostly Forgotten Blair Witch Games Were Weird as Hell Videogames Don't Need Defending Because They're Part of the Problem I Am the Cheapest Bastard In Indie Games Why you may be underpricing your video game An Ode to the Wine Aunts: Enough with the Dad Builds and Dad Games Game of Pawns: Power and Agency in Fire Emblem: Three Houses Open Worlds How we became nostalgic for Minecraft ‘World of Warcraft Classic’ Is a Nostalgia Trip For a Game That Doesn't Exist Remedy's Control is built on concrete foundations The Revelation of Link: The Legend of Zelda at the End of the World The Fonts In Control Make Its World Feel Way Creepier The History of Magic and Mana in Video Games // HeavyEyed Why We're Wrong About Violence In Games Why the sound of a gun had to be nerfed in Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory How Hideo Kojima Designs Games | The Secret History and Design Philosophy of Metal Gear Solid Games as Lit. 101 - The Theology of Dishonored The Brilliant Soundtrack of Metal Gear Rising | PostMesmeric You Need To Play Dicey Dungeons The History of The Saboteur Video Game Fashion Fire Emblem: Three Houses- Blue Lions 5 Completely Broken, Unbeatable Games, Thanks to Developer Stupidity | Fact Hunt Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry A Red Dead Online player has achieved the impossible and carried a bowl of stew from Valentine to Saint Denis
  8. RagnarRox on what makes Pathologic 2 a unique masterpiece that makes struggle, choices, and even death meaningful. Telltale games revived in worst possible way, more developers outed for abusive and sexually abusive behavior including Alexis Kennedy, People Make Games looks at how the more powerful sound of a weapon in Wolfenstein Enemy Territory made players play better, Gearbox crowdfunding Homeworld 3 while Randy is accused of contempt in court filing, Patrick Klepek explores the relationship between Mario Maker hackers and Nintendo, Yakuza 7 is turn based, Chucklefish's exploitation of young devs, Ewan Wilson on brutalism and the concrete foundations of Control, Alexi Alario on being nostalgic for Minecraft and how players have been urged to monetize their creativity, HeavyEyed new series The Language of Games begins with an episode about the origins of magic and mana, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Gearbox PAX West Panel 2019 Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford Accused Of Contempt In Latest Court Filing Manifold Garden, Wattam, and No Straight Roads will be Epic exclusives Untitled Goose Game is coming to the Epic Games Store in September Epic revamped the Epic Games Store roadmap to remove target months Shovel Knight Dig Official Announce Trailer Yakuza 7 announced with menu-based combat and new Yokohama setting Yakuza: Like a Dragon Is More like An Action Game Than You Might Think, Says Director Nagoshi Cyberpunk creator talks clown gangs and making the biggest RPG of 2020 | Cyberpunk 2077 Interview The Making Of Cyberpunk 2077's Night City | Cyberpunk 2077 Interview Cyberpunk 2077 - FULL Gameplay Deep Dive Presentation CD Projekt Red confirms Cyberpunk 2077 will use first-person cutscenes Greedfall extended gameplay video shows a promising blend of The Witcher 3 and Dragon Age Shantae and the Seven Sirens Shows Off Fusion Magic And Monster Cards In PAX West Gameplay Aladdin and The Lion King games remaster collection announcement leaked We can’t tell if this is an NBA 2K20 trailer or a casino ad Trailer deleted PEGI rating board explains why it didn’t flag NBA 2K20 as gambling The Sojourn is a lavish love letter to Myst and The Witness The Outer Worlds: 'Come to Halcyon' Trailer - PAX West 2019 Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Gameplay Deep Dive | New Gamescom Impressions 7 Reasons Ghost Recon Breakpoint Is The Game Wildlands Should Have Been | Breakpoint Gameplay Solasta: Crown of the Magister - Official Gameplay Trailer Solasta: Crown of the Magister - 55 Minutes of Fantasy RPG Gameplay Luigi's Mansion 3's Co-Op Is A Blast | PAX West 2019 Eternal happiness awaits when Little Misfortune arrives later this month Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Hops Along to an October Release Predator: Hunting Grounds Hands-On Impressions NASCAR Heat 4 Launch Trailer The Surge 2 Official Combat Trailer Wasteland 3 Preview – Rocky Mountain Way Is John Wick Hex A Good John Wick Game? | John Wick Hex Gameplay And Impressions Star Citizen's singleplayer beta release date has been pushed back PAX West 2019: Bravery Network Online Evolves Competitive Pokemon CD Projekt is officially making more Witcher and Cyberpunk games in the future Mordhau now has an experimental ranked mode for duels Total War: Warhammer 2 is adding forts to Mortal Empires Telltale Games is being revived No, Telltale Games Is Not Being Resurrected - Its Brand's Being Capitalized Upon 'Doom' Programmer John Carmack Says Games Industry Doesn't Need Laws Against Crunch Steam’s current business model is “unrealistic,” says Ubisoft Chucklefish responds to allegations it exploited volunteer Starbound developers Uplay+ launches today with a free month-long trial Blizzard sues Chinese game company over its Warcraft ‘ripoff’ GAMING ADDICTION IN CHINA The Messy Relationship Between Mario Maker's Hacking Community and Nintendo Esports News Why King Of Fighters Dominates Latin America's Fighting Game Scene Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) HOMEWORLD 3 PleaseFundMe: How Crowdfunding Is Changing the Way We Talk About Games Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Two Women Accuse Skyrim Composer Jeremy Soule Of Sexual Misconduct (Was pretty sure I would regret donating to Cultist Simulator someday after reading that article) Night in the Woods Developer Alec Holowka Dies (Either to step away from social media or due to Youtubers, grifters, and probable/literal rapists attempting to mob or threaten people many of the above accounts might be locked leading to messages not appearing and leaving blank areas) Alec Eighteen Years in, Ace Attorney Is Stuck in Its Past 20 years after Seaman, Saito reflects on creativity and making new, strange things How A Colorblind Artist Makes Magic Cards & Video Games Vagrant Story – 1999 Developer Interview The Story of Sonic Team – 1997 Developer Interview Lufia – 2016 Composer and Developer Interviews The First, Mostly Forgotten Blair Witch Games Were Weird as Hell Videogames Don't Need Defending Because They're Part of the Problem I Am the Cheapest Bastard In Indie Games Why you may be underpricing your video game An Ode to the Wine Aunts: Enough with the Dad Builds and Dad Games Game of Pawns: Power and Agency in Fire Emblem: Three Houses Open Worlds How we became nostalgic for Minecraft ‘World of Warcraft Classic’ Is a Nostalgia Trip For a Game That Doesn't Exist Remedy's Control is built on concrete foundations The Revelation of Link: The Legend of Zelda at the End of the World The Fonts In Control Make Its World Feel Way Creepier The History of Magic and Mana in Video Games // HeavyEyed Why We're Wrong About Violence In Games Why the sound of a gun had to be nerfed in Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory How Hideo Kojima Designs Games | The Secret History and Design Philosophy of Metal Gear Solid Games as Lit. 101 - The Theology of Dishonored The Brilliant Soundtrack of Metal Gear Rising | PostMesmeric You Need To Play Dicey Dungeons The History of The Saboteur Video Game Fashion Fire Emblem: Three Houses- Blue Lions 5 Completely Broken, Unbeatable Games, Thanks to Developer Stupidity | Fact Hunt Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry A Red Dead Online player has achieved the impossible and carried a bowl of stew from Valentine to Saint Denis
  9. This Week In Gaming 8-27-19

    Gamescom previews and features, Super Bunnyhop discusses if and how games can teach history with history professors, Blake Hester spends the day with the man behind Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Megan Farokhmanesh covers how gamer and Youtuber culture has damaged classroom settings, developers warn other women of abuse and sexual assault from composer Jeremy Soule (Elder Scrolls/KOTOR) and developers Alec Holowka (Night in the Woods) and Luc Shelton, with game budgets increasing Samuel Horti speaks to indie developers about working smarter, Riot claims they have no systemic gender discrimination as they settle discrimination lawsuit, SonicFox's 72 hour charity stream, doing accidental Minecraft colonialism with Folding Ideas, Dan Root and Daniel Floyd each look at the animations of Breath of the Wild, Austin Wintory joins Waypoint's podcast to discuss composing music for games and how branching narratives make the job more difficult, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Gamescom 2019 Awards Show - IGN Live (ENGLISH) Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord Campaign Gameplay (Gamescom 2019) | Castle Siege Everything New in Mount and Blade 2 - Gamescom 2019 7 Minutes of New Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord Gameplay - Gamescom 2019 Desperados 3 has a dangerously distracting cat Streets of Rage 4 is disgustingly good – and it isn’t just about preying on nostalgia Honouring the Warsaw Uprising With the Developers of WARSAW Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection announcement leaked Wasteland 3 is a prettier, more polished post-apocalypse Wasteland 3 Improves on Everything Except the Story Stela PAX West 2019 trailer Everything about Marvel’s Avengers will “continue to change as we polish” Marvel’s Avengers confirms Ms. Marvel as a playable character John Wick Hex is a “stunt choreography game,” but not a “director game” Dark Envoy is a Tactical RPG with a Unique Multiplayer Twist - Gamescom 2019 15 Minutes of Spiritfarer Gameplay - Gamescom 2019 Blasphemous is "Deeply Influenced" by Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - Gamescom 2019 Dragon Ball Z Kakarot gameplay demo | Gohan vs Cell in new open world Dragon Ball Z game The Impressive New Tech Behind Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Moons of Madness is One of the Scariest Looking Games We've Ever Seen - Gamescom 2019 17 Minutes of The Eternal Cylinder Gameplay - Gamescom 2019 One Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 playthrough will last “about 30 hours” 12 Minutes of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated Gameplay - Gamescom 2019 Taking to the skies in Airborne Kingdom's floating toybox cities Giant's Uprising Turns the Tables on Puny Human Protagonists - Gamescom 2019 Blair Witch gameplay | Upcoming survival horror game Ghostrunner Gameplay | Gamescom Demo Walkthrough And Impressions Cyberpunk 2077 | Creator Mike Pondsmith’s shock Keanu Reeves admission Cyberpunk 2077's Night City strives to be a unique and grounded cyberpunk city Cyberpunk 2077 might secretly be a cool hacker stealth game Cyberpunk 2077’s Night City: inside the design eras, the communities, and how they affect the player Dying Light 2: 26 Minutes of Gameplay With Developer Commentary 7 Minutes of Disintegration Gameplay - Gamescom 2019 Disintegration - Multiplayer Mech Gameplay | Gamescom 2019 6 Minutes of Outer Worlds Gameplay - Gamescom 2019 Watch Dogs Legion's version of London is surprisingly accurate Check out 20 minutes worth of Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts gameplay Eternal Cylinder is like 'Spore' on Drugs - Gamescom 2019 Here’s an hour of Halo MCC Firefight gameplay on PC Carrion Will Fulfill SOME of Your Gross Tentacle Monster Fantasies - Gamescom 2019 9 Minutes of GreedFall Gameplay - Gamescom 2019 Why GreedFall is the game Bioware fans should care about Elite Dangerous shows off long-awaited 16-player Fleet Carriers Amaru and Goyo Impressions: Rainbow Six Siege - Gamescom 2019 Mortal Kombat 11 - Spawn, Joker, Sindel & Terminator Official Teaser Trailer The Terminator in Mortal Kombat 11 will look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but won’t have his voice Ion Fury Developer Backtracks, Says It Won't Remove Gay Joke Because Of 'Censorship' Ion Fury retains controversial in-game content after all Frostpunk's first paid DLC The Rifts and season pass are out now Aliens will invade Two Point Hospital next week New publisher Modern Wolf declare commitment to "ethical game development" Riot Games settles class-action suit by female employees who alleged harassment and discrimination Riot Games claim they have no systemic gender discrimination as they settle gender discrimination lawsuit SonicFox to do a 48-72h LGBT charity stream this weekend The Best And Funniest Moments Of SonicFox's 72-Hour Charity Stream After Ori, Microsoft has no plans to bring more exclusives to other platforms Investment fund Kowloon Nights signs 10 more games in its second year Bungie says Activision wasn't a 'prohibitive overlord' on Destiny 2 Gamescom 2019 - MachineGames says it never meant Wolfenstein titles to be relevant and that it's "incredibly disappointing" that they are Steam China will be a curated, separate store for the Chinese market Valve talks Steam China, curation and exclusivity Six Counter-Strike Players Arrested Over Match-Fixing Allegations Esports News The International crowns its 2019 champions Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Escaping the Inescapable calling out my rapist Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule and Night In The Woods co-creator Alec Holowka accused of sexual assault How a summer camp is bringing young women into the game industry Waterskiing and running for my life with the guy behind Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater The Fight Against Toxic Gamer Culture Has Moved to the Classroom Interview Extra: Fumito Ueda (Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian) Flash emulation project aims to preserve gaming history Click, whir, ping: the lost sounds of loading video games On Your Marx: The Developers Bringing Socialism to Games Yakuza Remaster Translation As Game Budgets Balloon, Indie Devs Learn to Work Smarter As Games Get More Systemic, Composing Music For Them Is Getting Harder Problematic Bodies “Faceless Murderers,” by Blake Hester Final Fantasy XIV's Depiction Of The World Ending Is A Bit Too Real Crapshoot: The original Duke Nukem, who just wanted to be home in time for Oprah I Played Breath of the Wild With My Sister And Put Her Through Hell How Link's Climbing Animation Works in Breath of the Wild How to Wield the Master Sword // Video Game Animation Study Could Games Teach History? The Music of Cecil's Redemption - Final Fantasy IV | Warriors of Leitmotif Minecraft, Sandboxes, and Colonialism | Folding Ideas The Rise and Fall of Empire Earth Video Game Fashion Fire Emblem: Three Houses- Black Eagles Review: Metal Wolf Chaos XD Richard Garfield On Artifact's Emotional, Stressful Launch
  10. Gamescom previews and features, Super Bunnyhop discusses if and how games can teach history with history professors, Blake Hester spends the day with the man behind Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Megan Farokhmanesh covers how gamer and Youtuber culture has damaged classroom settings, developers warn other women of abuse and sexual assault from composer Jeremy Soule (Elder Scrolls/KOTOR) and developers Alec Holowka (Night in the Woods) and Luc Shelton, with game budgets increasing Samuel Horti speaks to indie developers about working smarter, Riot claims they have no systemic gender discrimination as they settle discrimination lawsuit, SonicFox's 72 hour charity stream, doing accidental Minecraft colonialism with Folding Ideas, Dan Root and Daniel Floyd each look at the animations of Breath of the Wild, Austin Wintory joins Waypoint's podcast to discuss composing music for games and how branching narratives make the job more difficult, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Gamescom 2019 Awards Show - IGN Live (ENGLISH) Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord Campaign Gameplay (Gamescom 2019) | Castle Siege Everything New in Mount and Blade 2 - Gamescom 2019 7 Minutes of New Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord Gameplay - Gamescom 2019 Desperados 3 has a dangerously distracting cat Streets of Rage 4 is disgustingly good – and it isn’t just about preying on nostalgia Honouring the Warsaw Uprising With the Developers of WARSAW Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection announcement leaked Wasteland 3 is a prettier, more polished post-apocalypse Wasteland 3 Improves on Everything Except the Story Stela PAX West 2019 trailer Everything about Marvel’s Avengers will “continue to change as we polish” Marvel’s Avengers confirms Ms. Marvel as a playable character John Wick Hex is a “stunt choreography game,” but not a “director game” Dark Envoy is a Tactical RPG with a Unique Multiplayer Twist - Gamescom 2019 15 Minutes of Spiritfarer Gameplay - Gamescom 2019 Blasphemous is "Deeply Influenced" by Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - Gamescom 2019 Dragon Ball Z Kakarot gameplay demo | Gohan vs Cell in new open world Dragon Ball Z game The Impressive New Tech Behind Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Moons of Madness is One of the Scariest Looking Games We've Ever Seen - Gamescom 2019 17 Minutes of The Eternal Cylinder Gameplay - Gamescom 2019 One Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 playthrough will last “about 30 hours” 12 Minutes of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated Gameplay - Gamescom 2019 Taking to the skies in Airborne Kingdom's floating toybox cities Giant's Uprising Turns the Tables on Puny Human Protagonists - Gamescom 2019 Blair Witch gameplay | Upcoming survival horror game Ghostrunner Gameplay | Gamescom Demo Walkthrough And Impressions Cyberpunk 2077 | Creator Mike Pondsmith’s shock Keanu Reeves admission Cyberpunk 2077's Night City strives to be a unique and grounded cyberpunk city Cyberpunk 2077 might secretly be a cool hacker stealth game Cyberpunk 2077’s Night City: inside the design eras, the communities, and how they affect the player Dying Light 2: 26 Minutes of Gameplay With Developer Commentary 7 Minutes of Disintegration Gameplay - Gamescom 2019 Disintegration - Multiplayer Mech Gameplay | Gamescom 2019 6 Minutes of Outer Worlds Gameplay - Gamescom 2019 Watch Dogs Legion's version of London is surprisingly accurate Check out 20 minutes worth of Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts gameplay Eternal Cylinder is like 'Spore' on Drugs - Gamescom 2019 Here’s an hour of Halo MCC Firefight gameplay on PC Carrion Will Fulfill SOME of Your Gross Tentacle Monster Fantasies - Gamescom 2019 9 Minutes of GreedFall Gameplay - Gamescom 2019 Why GreedFall is the game Bioware fans should care about Elite Dangerous shows off long-awaited 16-player Fleet Carriers Amaru and Goyo Impressions: Rainbow Six Siege - Gamescom 2019 Mortal Kombat 11 - Spawn, Joker, Sindel & Terminator Official Teaser Trailer The Terminator in Mortal Kombat 11 will look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but won’t have his voice Ion Fury Developer Backtracks, Says It Won't Remove Gay Joke Because Of 'Censorship' Ion Fury retains controversial in-game content after all Frostpunk's first paid DLC The Rifts and season pass are out now Aliens will invade Two Point Hospital next week New publisher Modern Wolf declare commitment to "ethical game development" Riot Games settles class-action suit by female employees who alleged harassment and discrimination Riot Games claim they have no systemic gender discrimination as they settle gender discrimination lawsuit SonicFox to do a 48-72h LGBT charity stream this weekend The Best And Funniest Moments Of SonicFox's 72-Hour Charity Stream After Ori, Microsoft has no plans to bring more exclusives to other platforms Investment fund Kowloon Nights signs 10 more games in its second year Bungie says Activision wasn't a 'prohibitive overlord' on Destiny 2 Gamescom 2019 - MachineGames says it never meant Wolfenstein titles to be relevant and that it's "incredibly disappointing" that they are Steam China will be a curated, separate store for the Chinese market Valve talks Steam China, curation and exclusivity Six Counter-Strike Players Arrested Over Match-Fixing Allegations Esports News The International crowns its 2019 champions Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Escaping the Inescapable calling out my rapist Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule and Night In The Woods co-creator Alec Holowka accused of sexual assault How a summer camp is bringing young women into the game industry Waterskiing and running for my life with the guy behind Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater The Fight Against Toxic Gamer Culture Has Moved to the Classroom Interview Extra: Fumito Ueda (Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian) Flash emulation project aims to preserve gaming history Click, whir, ping: the lost sounds of loading video games On Your Marx: The Developers Bringing Socialism to Games Yakuza Remaster Translation As Game Budgets Balloon, Indie Devs Learn to Work Smarter As Games Get More Systemic, Composing Music For Them Is Getting Harder Problematic Bodies “Faceless Murderers,” by Blake Hester Crapshoot: The original Duke Nukem, who just wanted to be home in time for Oprah I Played Breath of the Wild With My Sister And Put Her Through Hell How Link's Climbing Animation Works in Breath of the Wild How to Wield the Master Sword // Video Game Animation Study Could Games Teach History? The Music of Cecil's Redemption - Final Fantasy IV | Warriors of Leitmotif Minecraft, Sandboxes, and Colonialism | Folding Ideas The Rise and Fall of Empire Earth Video Game Fashion Fire Emblem: Three Houses- Black Eagles Review: Metal Wolf Chaos XD Richard Garfield On Artifact's Emotional, Stressful Launch
  11. Completed: Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Platform: PC Mechanically dull, visually pretty but filled with generic locations and interpretations of areas of Norse mythology, filled with generic stories of legends to find. Senua's depicted life revolves around her mental illness and pain, offers no room for nuance in its depiction only the light of perfect seeming dead boyfriend and contrasted by a traumatized, confused, and tortured Senua in past and present that give you no reason to care about any aspect of the world and little reason to care about her. A poor finale with an ending and certain lines of dialogue falling more into ableism in its depiction of mental illness or utter stupidity. And for a game focused on mental illness or disability it offers extremely poor options to cater to players that could players with its focus on poorly subtitled near constant voices that are difficult to hear without wearing a headset. A slog to get through even with its short length, likely not helped with its odd voice-over design that usually requires you to stand around to hear the story from a rune as continuing on will cause voices to play over each other, cut lines out, or drop to such a low volume that you will be unable to hear it. Completed: Thimbleweed Park Platform: PC Adventure game in the style of early 90s games. Looks good, mostly good puzzles. With five characters to switch between it can take a bit longer to get through than most games of this style and the added length and interactions tends to stretch out the time between good jokes. An abrupt and odd ending that, while making the homages and references to old games make sense in context, ends up dulling all the characters stories which weren't always that detailed in the first place. Completed: Halo Wars 2 Platform: PC Pretty cutscenes filled with a lot of generic cheesy hologram technology, but the campaign is short, dull, and ends on what will likely be an unresolved cliffhanger. Card based blitz mod is an interesting idea but too hectic for console style controls and cards leveling as you get more is poor balance. Some odd and lacking control features on the PC, as well as some poor visual choices and what I would assume is a bug they never fixed making it difficult to select single units out of groups.
  12. This Week In Gaming 8-20-19

    Gamescom 2019 reveals and info, Steven T. Wright interviews developers about what it's like to work on a game in development for over a decade, Nic Reuben tells the story behind a failed Hotline Miami mod, Diego Argüello interviews current and former QA testers to learn about the industry's exploitative practices, Gamestop suddenly lays off half of Game Informer's editors, Michael Goroff talks with the people preserving game's past and future, Samuel Horti on the call that saved System Shock 2, Bioware co-founder Trent Oster talks to Mike Williams about the early days of the company, in his final piece Ed Smith discusses the wall big budget games seem to have hit and The Infinite Zeppelin of Wolfenstein, Mount and Blade II heading to early access, Ion Fury devs apologize for sexist and transphobic comments, Writing on Games appreciates the nonsense of MGS4, Core-A Gaming speaks with tournament organizers about how events grow, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Gamescom 2019: Opening Night Live Stream Going Beyond Video Games At Gamescom 2019 [Sponsored] Google Stadia Connect Live Stream Spelunky 2 probably won't be out this year The First 20 Minutes of Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Borderlands 3 preview – Gearbox has something to prove Borderlands 3 doesn’t have loot boxes because they don’t “feel like a Borderlands thing” Borderlands 3’s sense of humour: “be edgy, be funny, don’t be cruel, don’t be insensitive” Yakuza 3’s PS4 Localization is Uncut and Uncensored - Gamescom 2019 The Yakuza Remastered Collection Brings Yakuza 3, 4, And 5 Back Throughout 2019 And 2020 Why Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is choosing early access after eight years of development Dragon Ball Z Kakarot’s Epic Gohan Vs. Cell Fight Gameplay & Interview - Gamescom 2019 17 Minutes of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Gameplay - Gamescom 2019 Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Gets Driver's License Mission And New Characters Knights of Honor II: Sovereign aims to be a more “accessible” grand strategy Need For Speed Heat ditches any form of loot boxes Need For Speed: Heat Official Gameplay Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Why So Many Former Infinity Ward Devs Returned For The New Modern Warfare One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows Official Characters Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Explore a doomed health retreat in upcoming Resort Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes coming to PS4 and PC in October Psychedelica Of The Ashen Hawk PC Port Will Let Otome Fans Uncover A Small Town’s Secret On August 30, 2019 Commandos 2, Praetorians HD remasters get first full gameplay trailers Everspace devs show off new open world space shooter PES 2020: Gameplay and Exclusive Licenses Interview - IGN LIVE Gamescom 2019 Death Stranding - FULL Gameplay Reveal with Kojima | Gamescom 2019 | Opening Night Live Death Stranding: You Can't See Norman Reedus' Penis, Kojima Confirms Marvel's Avengers Hands-On Preview: We Know a LOT More Now - Gamescom 2019 How Avengers Allows You To Play, Progress, And Customize Your Heroes With one year left until launch, Halo Infinite’s creative director leaves 343 Disintegration Announcement Trailer The Surge 2 Goes Full Rockstar in New Gameplay Overview Trailer Humankind is Sega’s innovative new challenger to Civilization Horror Title Remothered: Broken Porcelain Arrives Next Year Earthnight - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch Gears 5 Official Story Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Everything you ever wanted to know about Gears 5 Horde Mode Sequel To One Of 2016's Best Roguelike Games Announced At Gamescom 2019 Kerbal Space Program 2 announced Kerbal Space Program 2's new devs on adding interstellar flight, colonies and more to the PC's greatest space sim Ghostrunner | Official Reveal Trailer 2019 | (PC, PS4, XBOX) Coffee Talk lets you make coffee for orcs and elves in an alternative Seattle Cyberpunk 2077 Behind the Scenes Deep Dive - Gamescom 2019 Cyberpunk 2077's post-launch multiplayer still may not happen Bloodlines 2 RTX trailer teases sweet graphics and a mysterious woman in red Battletoads Gamescom 2019 gameplay Upcoming Exploration RPG Greedfall Has My Attention Little Nightmares 2 Official Reveal Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Learn how to pilot a stolen alien vehicle in Nauticrawl Empire of Sin Official Gameplay Trailer - Gamescom 2019 New Wasteland 3 gameplay video shows off combat Darksiders Genesis Gameplay Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Orcs Must Die 3: Official Reveal Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Orcs Must Die! 3 - Official Dev Diary | Stadia Connect Blair Witch Official Story Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Blair Witch - Our First Impressions THQ Nordic reveals Saints Row’s return, Dead Island handover and another Timesplitters tease Iron Harvest draws from alt history and Warcraft 3’s storytelling Comanche Official Reveal Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Beyond a Steel Sky Is a Return to Cyberpunk Dystopia 25 Years in the Making How Burden Of Command Is Aiming To Be An Interactive Band Of Brothers Streets of Rage 4’s new character is a guitar-playing badass Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s PvP will have dedicated servers Predator Hunting Grounds Official Gameplay Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Watch Dogs Legion - Official 'Welcome to the Resistance' Gameplay Trailer | Gamescom 2019 Synced: Off-Planet: Official Cinematic Reveal Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Synced: Off Planet: Official Gameplay Reveal Trailer - Gamescom 2019 SUPERHOT PRESENTS Darq Developer Reveals Why He Turned Down an Epic Exclusivity Deal Metro Exodus DLC The Two Colonels Releases Tomorrow - Gamescom 2019 You can become a wizard in The Sims 4's next game pack, Realm of Magic Sony's Insomniac Acquisition is Its First Major Salvo in the PS5 Generation GameStop Lays Off Over 100 People, Including Nearly Half Of Game Informer's Staff Ion Fury devs criticized for comments on transgender kids and feminism Ion Fury studio apologises for sexist and transphobic comments by staff Now Game Developers Have To Ask Fans Not To Harass Them Over The Epic Store Respawn apologises for Apex Legends Iron Crown loot boxes, says “we broke our promise” Apex Legends Forum Becomes Heated as Developer Calls Toxic Community Members 'A**-hats' Epic opens a streaming-focused studio with the founders of Rogue Squadron dev Factor 5 BioWare loses two producers on Anthem, Dragon Age Developer Fumes About Keyseller G2A, But Admits He Was Wrong About $300,000 Complaint Esports News The Nintendo 2019 World Championships will work with Eleague to air on CBS HOW FIGHTING GAME TOURNAMENTS ARE DEALING WITH TOXIC AND UNRULY PLAYERS Underneath The International's $33m prize pool, a flawed system in continuous need of repair EVO 2019: Women of the FGC by Combo Queens (ComboQueens) Panel Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) What goes right and wrong when games like Diablo 3 take a decade to make The Uncertain Future of Video Game History What It’s Really Like to Be a QA Tester Remembering the Early Days of BioWare with Co-Founder Trent Oster The messy story behind the Hotline Miami mod that never was Designing Communities for Kindness Video game corporate satire is really overdue an upgrade In Narrative Adventure Games, Even False Choices Have a Real Impact The Origins of Awesome Games Done Quick How one phone call saved a tiny new studio and gave the world System Shock 2 There's A Latinx Void At The Heart Of Video Games 'We Know We’re Not Taking It Far Enough': A Ubisoft VP Wrestles With Politics In Games Abe’s Oddysee, Ahead of Its Time Fire Emblem's Depiction Of Abuse Feels Real Alone in the Dark “The Infinite Zeppelin,” by Ed Smith Queer Cooperation OFF THE GRID: GHOST TRICK Why Metal Gear Solid 4's Nonsense is Great, 11 Years On My Friend Pedro and Potential | PostMesmeric The Best Games from GMTK Game Jam 2019 Video Game Fashion: Fire Emblem: Three Houses- Golden Deer How Rhythm Drives The Music Of Ace Combat How Tournaments Go from 10 to 10,000 People [4k] The Making of Castle of Illusion, Quackshot and World of Illusion
  13. Gamescom 2019 reveals and info, Steven T. Wright interviews developers about what it's like to work on a game in development for over a decade, Nic Reuben tells the messy story behind a failed Hotline Miami mod, Diego Argüello interviews current and former QA testers to learn about the industry's exploitative practices, Gamestop suddenly lays off half of Game Informer's editors, Michael Goroff talks with the people preserving game's past and how doing so effects the future, Samuel Horti on the phone call that saved System Shock 2, Bioware co-founder Trent Oster talks to Mike Williams about the early days of the company, in his final piece Ed Smith discusses the wall big budget games seem to have hit and The Infinite Zeppelin of Wolfenstein, Mount and Blade II heading to early access, Ion Fury devs apologize for sexist and transphobic comments, Writing on Games appreciates the nonsense of MGS4, Core-A Gaming speaks with tournament organizers about how events grow, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Gamescom 2019: Opening Night Live Stream Going Beyond Video Games At Gamescom 2019 [Sponsored] Google Stadia Connect Live Stream Spelunky 2 probably won't be out this year The First 20 Minutes of Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Borderlands 3 preview – Gearbox has something to prove Borderlands 3 doesn’t have loot boxes because they don’t “feel like a Borderlands thing” Borderlands 3’s sense of humour: “be edgy, be funny, don’t be cruel, don’t be insensitive” Yakuza 3’s PS4 Localization is Uncut and Uncensored - Gamescom 2019 The Yakuza Remastered Collection Brings Yakuza 3, 4, And 5 Back Throughout 2019 And 2020 Why Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is choosing early access after eight years of development Dragon Ball Z Kakarot’s Epic Gohan Vs. Cell Fight Gameplay & Interview - Gamescom 2019 17 Minutes of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Gameplay - Gamescom 2019 Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Gets Driver's License Mission And New Characters Knights of Honor II: Sovereign aims to be a more “accessible” grand strategy Need For Speed Heat ditches any form of loot boxes Need For Speed: Heat Official Gameplay Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Why So Many Former Infinity Ward Devs Returned For The New Modern Warfare One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows Official Characters Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Explore a doomed health retreat in upcoming Resort Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes coming to PS4 and PC in October Psychedelica Of The Ashen Hawk PC Port Will Let Otome Fans Uncover A Small Town’s Secret On August 30, 2019 Commandos 2, Praetorians HD remasters get first full gameplay trailers Everspace devs show off new open world space shooter PES 2020: Gameplay and Exclusive Licenses Interview - IGN LIVE Gamescom 2019 Death Stranding - FULL Gameplay Reveal with Kojima | Gamescom 2019 | Opening Night Live Death Stranding: You Can't See Norman Reedus' Penis, Kojima Confirms Marvel's Avengers Hands-On Preview: We Know a LOT More Now - Gamescom 2019 How Avengers Allows You To Play, Progress, And Customize Your Heroes With one year left until launch, Halo Infinite’s creative director leaves 343 Disintegration Announcement Trailer The Surge 2 Goes Full Rockstar in New Gameplay Overview Trailer Humankind is Sega’s innovative new challenger to Civilization Horror Title Remothered: Broken Porcelain Arrives Next Year Earthnight - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch Gears 5 Official Story Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Everything you ever wanted to know about Gears 5 Horde Mode Sequel To One Of 2016's Best Roguelike Games Announced At Gamescom 2019 Kerbal Space Program 2 announced Kerbal Space Program 2's new devs on adding interstellar flight, colonies and more to the PC's greatest space sim Ghostrunner | Official Reveal Trailer 2019 | (PC, PS4, XBOX) Coffee Talk lets you make coffee for orcs and elves in an alternative Seattle Cyberpunk 2077 Behind the Scenes Deep Dive - Gamescom 2019 Cyberpunk 2077's post-launch multiplayer still may not happen Bloodlines 2 RTX trailer teases sweet graphics and a mysterious woman in red Battletoads Gamescom 2019 gameplay Upcoming Exploration RPG Greedfall Has My Attention Little Nightmares 2 Official Reveal Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Learn how to pilot a stolen alien vehicle in Nauticrawl Empire of Sin Official Gameplay Trailer - Gamescom 2019 New Wasteland 3 gameplay video shows off combat Darksiders Genesis Gameplay Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Orcs Must Die 3: Official Reveal Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Orcs Must Die! 3 - Official Dev Diary | Stadia Connect Blair Witch Official Story Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Blair Witch - Our First Impressions THQ Nordic reveals Saints Row’s return, Dead Island handover and another Timesplitters tease Iron Harvest draws from alt history and Warcraft 3’s storytelling Comanche Official Reveal Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Beyond a Steel Sky Is a Return to Cyberpunk Dystopia 25 Years in the Making How Burden Of Command Is Aiming To Be An Interactive Band Of Brothers Streets of Rage 4’s new character is a guitar-playing badass Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s PvP will have dedicated servers Predator Hunting Grounds Official Gameplay Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Watch Dogs Legion - Official 'Welcome to the Resistance' Gameplay Trailer | Gamescom 2019 Synced: Off-Planet: Official Cinematic Reveal Trailer - Gamescom 2019 Synced: Off Planet: Official Gameplay Reveal Trailer - Gamescom 2019 SUPERHOT PRESENTS Darq Developer Reveals Why He Turned Down an Epic Exclusivity Deal Metro Exodus DLC The Two Colonels Releases Tomorrow - Gamescom 2019 You can become a wizard in The Sims 4's next game pack, Realm of Magic Sony's Insomniac Acquisition is Its First Major Salvo in the PS5 Generation GameStop Lays Off Over 100 People, Including Nearly Half Of Game Informer's Staff Ion Fury devs criticized for comments on transgender kids and feminism Ion Fury studio apologises for sexist and transphobic comments by staff Now Game Developers Have To Ask Fans Not To Harass Them Over The Epic Store Respawn apologises for Apex Legends Iron Crown loot boxes, says “we broke our promise” Apex Legends Forum Becomes Heated as Developer Calls Toxic Community Members 'A**-hats' Epic opens a streaming-focused studio with the founders of Rogue Squadron dev Factor 5 BioWare loses two producers on Anthem, Dragon Age Developer Fumes About Keyseller G2A, But Admits He Was Wrong About $300,000 Complaint Esports News The Nintendo 2019 World Championships will work with Eleague to air on CBS HOW FIGHTING GAME TOURNAMENTS ARE DEALING WITH TOXIC AND UNRULY PLAYERS Underneath The International's $33m prize pool, a flawed system in continuous need of repair EVO 2019: Women of the FGC by Combo Queens (ComboQueens) Panel Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) What goes right and wrong when games like Diablo 3 take a decade to make The Uncertain Future of Video Game History What It’s Really Like to Be a QA Tester Remembering the Early Days of BioWare with Co-Founder Trent Oster The messy story behind the Hotline Miami mod that never was Designing Communities for Kindness Video game corporate satire is really overdue an upgrade In Narrative Adventure Games, Even False Choices Have a Real Impact The Origins of Awesome Games Done Quick How one phone call saved a tiny new studio and gave the world System Shock 2 There's A Latinx Void At The Heart Of Video Games 'We Know We’re Not Taking It Far Enough': A Ubisoft VP Wrestles With Politics In Games Abe’s Oddysee, Ahead of Its Time Fire Emblem's Depiction Of Abuse Feels Real Alone in the Dark “The Infinite Zeppelin,” by Ed Smith Queer Cooperation OFF THE GRID: GHOST TRICK Why Metal Gear Solid 4's Nonsense is Great, 11 Years On My Friend Pedro and Potential | PostMesmeric The Best Games from GMTK Game Jam 2019 Video Game Fashion: Fire Emblem: Three Houses- Golden Deer How Rhythm Drives The Music Of Ace Combat How Tournaments Go from 10 to 10,000 People [4k] The Making of Castle of Illusion, Quackshot and World of Illusion
  14. Completed: Fire Emblem Three Houses Platform: Switch This finally feels like a game that takes almost everything the awful Awakening and more often mediocre Fates wanted to do and gets a lot of it right. The terrible pairing system of those games is gone, replaced with an adjutant system that allows you to assign 1-3 characters to fight with another and to very rarely help out slightly in battle (as opposed to blocking entire attacks or doing massive damage and stat boosts for every deployed character, more for building supports and getting the paired character some XP) and battalions of soldiers that give smaller stat or damage boosts, useful tactical abilities, make it feel like a larger battle (although they visually never engage in fights in an entertaining way). Makes good use of systems Awakening/Fates attempted. The game allows for four story paths with the events and interactions happening between battles giving you more information about the world, side characters, and the characters that can join your army or that you might end up fighting. Every support isn't leading to characters getting married allowing much more sensible conclusions and non romantic endings for characters that can go off to do things together, the actual support conversations themselves are much improved and finally give an actual scene where multiple characters and an area can be involved as opposed to just talking portraits. When a five year time skip happens later in the characters visually look different and the ones you would probably expect to have experienced more growth in the time do have some personality differences. Most of the characters are very likable and have great interactions with each other, the best that has been in the series as a whole. The opening academy setting gives a good reason for characters to have multiple classes they can become and the base stat growths and talents of units does still make them favor certain areas. Nice painting look to the scenes during the chapter opens. The only area that it doesn't improve on what the series has been doing since Awakening is that it has absolutely no balance. Even people who are bad enough at the series to have had problems with entries like Awakening are saying how overpowered their characters are (some even on hard), even without them fighting optional or many optional battles. I tended to avoid side battles that weren't story, side quest, or character related and even with me recruiting every single character I was allowed to (which is very easy, and does certainly worsen the story battles in the second part of the game when your enemies have basically no one supporting them) and leveling up every single one of them my characters were still overpowered. Every month you have three or four days where you can choose to explore (move around the academy area to find quests, shop, build support ratings, get story information, recruit characters, etc, useful as many times as possible until you recruit everyone then only useful once per month for story elements), rest (worthless), seminar (worthless), or battle (fight 1-3 non main battles based on your professor ranking). The battles can be character, quest, monster appearance, or reward related or just a random fight on a very small number of repeated dull maps (on normal you can fight on the random map as many times as you want). It became a problem in the second part of the game where there was literally nothing for me to do of value but fight on the same 2-3 repeated reward maps, made worse that the monster maps just add a monster to one of the existing maps with the same other enemy units. The extremely easy difficulty is made worse by a time rewind ability that you will eventually get around 12 uses of per battle that allows you to go back any number of actions you want, if toned down this would be a nice feature if the game had any difficulty. When they added the ability to turn off permanent character death they might as well have added the ability to skip battles entirely, and in this game, I probably would have made use of that ability. The actual story of the game is improved over the recent games by letting you get to know more characters that you could be fighting against, doing more world building between fights, and giving you four different paths but an issue with the different paths is that you miss out on a lot of story and side character knowledge in what tends to be a pretty long game, there are very few main battles compared to past titles, and your story path locks you into only getting comments from a particular classes characters even when you have recruited other people. The story path I took even ended when there could easily have been more to come after it, basically giving a greater group of villains and then just saying that was handled after the war in closing text stories for the characters. A huge missed opportunity was the opening which is just one battle with a plot that just makes everyone look stupid before throwing you into a nonsensically handed out role as a teacher when it could have had multiple maps and introduced you more to not only the three lords you have to pick from but also all or some of their classmates. Hell, Fire Emblem 7 basically included a 10 mission tutorial that gave a whole backstory to one of the games main characters and allowed her to meet multiple characters you could recruit later. Based on the DLC announcements it sounds like they are adding new random battle maps, quests, and story content (though that might be a side thing as opposed to attached to the main game) and if that adds more variety that could certainly help the gameplay. They managed to improve or fix a lot of the problems with the kind of content they have been adding, if they would finally stop adding random side battles with no story significance that breaks the games they could easily start releasing the best games in the series. Completed: Blazing Chrome Platform: PC Fun Contra style action game with six levels that combine the usual sidescrolling shooting sections, a few hoverbike sections, and a flying rail shooter segment. You have a basic weapon and melee attack and can find a powerful grenade launcher, a beam weapon that can shoot slowly or be charged up for a long constant burst, or a constantly firing shorter beam that follows your weapon movements. You can also find and have one active robot powerup that can make you faster, block two hits, or one that gives you more firepower by shooting in the direction you are aiming. You can unlock two extra characters when you beat them game that have a more melee focused playstyle, different modes and difficulties are also unlocked after beating it.. More forgiving than Contra by not only letting you continue after losing all of your lives on the same stage but at the section of the stage that you died on. Completed: Night Call Platform: PC Play as a blackmailed taxi driver trying to learn the identity of a serial killer in somewhat noir styled visual novel. The mystery of the killer and the mechanics of identifying them are the least interesting elements of the game. The real game is the archetypes of modern life (and at times unlife), culture, politics, etc you meet in the back of your cab. Learning their stories, your own, attempting to help them in the moment by being someone to listen to them or just by making a connection. Completed: ACA NEOGEO METAL SLUG X Platform: PC Remade version of Metal Slug 2 that was then released in an emulated form for newer consoles and PC. Apart from a quick play through and the amusing art style I never was the biggest Metal Slug fan as it felt like a lot of them were reusing parts from each other (even this one replaced a boss with a boss from another game) and usually the first to levels are easy then you start dying quite often. Vehicles have always been pretty dull, with some not even appearing at times where there style makes much sense, and it always makes it really easy to accidentally bail out of some of the ones it gives you in boss fights. Suffers from a lot of slowdown (though apparently less than the original game). Completed: Old Man's Journey Platform: PC Beautiful art style with relaxing gameplay and music. Mechanics mostly involve you manipulating the hills of each area to allow the old man to reach his destination, which typically has him sitting down and remembering something from the past before he moves to the next destination closer to his final goal. The story told by his journey and memories isn't really that interesting or detailed to the point that you would feel anything for anyone.