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  1. Completed: NieR:Automata Platform: PC A game best summed up by a line from one of those essays from Michael Saba, "This is a story about the joy of being alive, a story that could only be told by a video game." When it comes to writing and use of themes Nier is up there with the best, such as Planescape Torment. Nier does an excellent job talking about issues from finding meaning in your actions and existence, to subversions of eastern and western philosophy, to religion, to drone warfare, to its creators desire to leave a message for his players all while telling its story in a way that can only be done and aided through the medium of video games. Outside of the game itself, Nier has lead to some excellent writing and video essays relating to it and that's something I can often enjoy more than the actual product. On the other hand, you lose so much in the way of themes, understanding of design choices, and characterization without knowledge of many philosophers, and not just their theories but also about some of their personal lives. Combat, level system, camera, and open world are just so boring, when combined with the long length and partially repeated segments and quests for the B ending, that if I didn't already have some ability to recognize its themes and character representations, later greatly aided by articles and essays I've read and watch on the game, I would have hated playing this and it is the reason I stopped almost a year ago until now. The game made even longer by a number of side quests that can be as thematically important and as they are mechanically dull.
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  3. This Week In Gaming 2-12-19

    Vicky Schaubert interviews Robert Steen who learned about the life his disabled son lived through online gaming after his death, Priya Sridhar covers how the character arcs in Rakuen hold a mirror to the real world by teaching that small actions matter and how to accept what you can't change, Luke Winkie's story on the first esports champion, Game Informer's coverage of The Outer Worlds, Yussef Cole ‏gives historical context to the moral issues around Fortnite's dance appropriation, Nathan Grayson reports on the kid focused streamers of Twitch, EA's profits rise and stock falls but then quickly rises above its point before the fall with the release of Apex Legends, Alex Kane reports on the state of Bioware as they enter a new era, Youtuber back after faking own death years ago, mass layoffs at Activision Blizzard, Noah Caldwell-Gervais looks at Dead Space and Far Cry 5's DLC, 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) 131 Rapid-Fire Questions About The Outer Worlds New, Exclusive Impressions Of The Outer Worlds Will The Outer Worlds Live Up To Fan Expectations? New Combat Gameplay And Details For The Outer Worlds Obsidian Isn't Happy With Fans Bashing Bethesda And Fallout 76 A free One Finger Death Punch 2 demo releases Monday, and it's a blast Anthem's post-launch updates will bring cataclysmic events and new areas Everything you need to know about the Anthem story, lore, characters and factions Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Warlord Legends – Dong Zhuo Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - First Live Gameplay - Yuan Shao Campaign Part 1 Total War: Three Kingdoms release date has been delayed Age of Wonders: Planetfall - Gameplay Faction Spotlight: Amazon Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice system requirements are out The Making Of Metro Exodus - Episode Three (EU) Warhammer: Chaosbane — a Diablo-like hack-and-slash — launches in June Cthulhu goes post-apocalyptic in Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones IGF nominated puzzle game Ethereal sets March release date Devil May Cry 5 takes Resident Evil 2’s gore and smacks it with style 6 Things We Learned Playing as All 3 Characters in Devil May Cry 5 - Devil May Cry 5 Dante Gameplay Praey For The Gods' Developers Talk Shadow Of The Colossus And Breath Of The Wild Inspirations New Gameplay Today – Ape Out Redo! sneaks into the dusty tunnels of early access Chernobylite is a survival-horror game about looking for your girlfriend in the Zone The Textorcist teaches combat typing skills in a pre-launch demo Monster Hunter And The Witcher Are The Perfect Combination Ace Combat 7 Gets A Teaser Trailer For Season Pass Content Rainbow Six Siege’s next map is Outback – it’s got a nuclear convoy and stuffed sharks Hollow Knight Hornet DLC Will Be Unveiled On February 14, 2019 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will get a new game plus mode this month Blacklight: Retribution is shutting down, so all in-game items are now free Battlefield 5 did not meet EA's sales expectations Apex Legends had over 2.5 million players in its first day EA’s stock tanked this week – Apex Legends brought it back and then some Apex Legends Reaches 10 Million Players in Just Three Days Capcom said Hideaki Itsuno could make Dragon’s Dogma 2, but he chose to make DMC5 first Epic Games Store Release Crashes Without Files Called "Steam" Starbreeze sells back publishing rights to System Shock 3 Team Fortress 2 YouTuber Returns Three Years After Faking Terminal Illness Nintendo Exec Says 'A Very High Number' Of Its Designers Are Women Riot Games to give first on-camera response to harassment allegations in new Escapist series Shawn Layden On PlayStation And The Future Jim Ryan named new PlayStation boss Sony Says It's 'Open For Business' On PS4 Cross-Play, But Developers Disagree Report: Mass Layoffs At Activision Blizzard Will Result In Hundreds Of Lost Jobs Activision Blizzard Reports Record Revenue as They Fuck Over 800 Employees Guitar Hero Live refunds being issued to US customers Unity Technologies to Go Public in 2020 (Report) This fan-made Battletech expansion adds a bunch of lore-friendly mechs Esports News Team Liquid says goodbye to Heroes of the Storm, drops team Overwatch League's Once-Dominant Team Opens Up About Their Season One Failings Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The state of BioWare My disabled son’s amazing gaming life in the World of Warcraft The story of the first esports champion, undefeated since 1972 The Serenity Prayer and Rakuen Critical Compilation BIOSHOCK: INFINITE The sloth behind the scenes of 2019's biggest Twitch stream “It’s important to show that there’s a vulnerability to the male ego” – an interview with Red Dead Redemption 2’s Roger Clark Breath Of The Wild Speedrunning Has Changed A Lot In Two Years Respawn tried “approximately a bojillian” ways to get Titans into Apex Legends Apex Legends is great because you don’t have to talk to anyone Apex Legends' ping system is a tiny miracle for FPS teamwork and communication Losing my lust for hunting, thanks to The Bear PC games are showing us why we should care about surveillance Fortnite's Appropriation Issue Isn't About Copyright Law, It's About Ethics Former Uncharted Director Amy Hennig Talks About Life After Star Wars, Decries Gaming Elitism Sadly, It's Surprising That There Are Two Black Women In Apex Legends The impossible architecture of video games Red Dead Redemption 2 can be a struggle for players with poor eyesight Kid-Friendly Twitch Streams Aim To Be The New Saturday Morning Cartoons Why Nostalgia For Video Games Is Uniquely Powerful How a five-year game of Civilization 5 became a meaningful part of my personal history Making Games Better for Players with Cognitive Disabilities | Designing for Disability The AI of Horizon Zero Dawn | Part 2: Metal Militia | AI and Games What's Been Going On With Far Cry 5's DLC? A Thorough Look at Dead Space Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus in Close Critique [Full Spoilers] The History of Metro 2033 Crush 40 - Evolving the Sound of Sonic | PostMesmeric Beautiful Battlefield "Trailer" Was Shot Entirely Using Unsuspecting Real Players How Blade Runner Reinvented Adventure Games | War Stories | Ars Technica Noclip Podcast #07 - Lucas Pope (Papers Please / Return of the Obra Dinn) INSOMNIAC GAMES TURNS 25
  4. Vicky Schaubert interviews Robert Steen who learned about the life his disabled son lived through online gaming after his death, Priya Sridhar covers how the character arcs in Rakuen hold a mirror to the real world by teaching that small actions matter and how to accept what you can't change, Luke Winkie's story on the first esports champion, Game Informer's coverage of The Outer Worlds, Yussef Cole ‏gives historical context to the moral issues around Fortnite's dance appropriation, Nathan Grayson reports on the kid focused streamers of Twitch, EA's profits rise but stock falls and then quickly rises above its point before the fall with the release of Apex Legends, Alex Kane reports on the state of Bioware as they enter a new era, Youtuber back after faking own death years ago, mass layoffs at Activision Blizzard, Noah Caldwell-Gervais looks at Dead Space and Far Cry 5's DLC, 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) 131 Rapid-Fire Questions About The Outer Worlds New, Exclusive Impressions Of The Outer Worlds Will The Outer Worlds Live Up To Fan Expectations? New Combat Gameplay And Details For The Outer Worlds Obsidian Isn't Happy With Fans Bashing Bethesda And Fallout 76 A free One Finger Death Punch 2 demo releases Monday, and it's a blast Anthem's post-launch updates will bring cataclysmic events and new areas Everything you need to know about the Anthem story, lore, characters and factions Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Warlord Legends – Dong Zhuo Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - First Live Gameplay - Yuan Shao Campaign Part 1 Total War: Three Kingdoms release date has been delayed Age of Wonders: Planetfall - Gameplay Faction Spotlight: Amazon Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice system requirements are out The Making Of Metro Exodus - Episode Three (EU) Warhammer: Chaosbane — a Diablo-like hack-and-slash — launches in June Cthulhu goes post-apocalyptic in Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones IGF nominated puzzle game Ethereal sets March release date Devil May Cry 5 takes Resident Evil 2’s gore and smacks it with style 6 Things We Learned Playing as All 3 Characters in Devil May Cry 5 - Devil May Cry 5 Dante Gameplay Praey For The Gods' Developers Talk Shadow Of The Colossus And Breath Of The Wild Inspirations New Gameplay Today – Ape Out Redo! sneaks into the dusty tunnels of early access Chernobylite is a survival-horror game about looking for your girlfriend in the Zone The Textorcist teaches combat typing skills in a pre-launch demo Monster Hunter And The Witcher Are The Perfect Combination Ace Combat 7 Gets A Teaser Trailer For Season Pass Content Rainbow Six Siege’s next map is Outback – it’s got a nuclear convoy and stuffed sharks Hollow Knight Hornet DLC Will Be Unveiled On February 14, 2019 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will get a new game plus mode this month Blacklight: Retribution is shutting down, so all in-game items are now free Battlefield 5 did not meet EA's sales expectations Apex Legends had over 2.5 million players in its first day EA’s stock tanked this week – Apex Legends brought it back and then some Apex Legends Reaches 10 Million Players in Just Three Days Capcom said Hideaki Itsuno could make Dragon’s Dogma 2, but he chose to make DMC5 first Epic Games Store Release Crashes Without Files Called "Steam" Starbreeze sells back publishing rights to System Shock 3 Team Fortress 2 YouTuber Returns Three Years After Faking Terminal Illness Nintendo Exec Says 'A Very High Number' Of Its Designers Are Women Riot Games to give first on-camera response to harassment allegations in new Escapist series Shawn Layden On PlayStation And The Future Jim Ryan named new PlayStation boss Sony Says It's 'Open For Business' On PS4 Cross-Play, But Developers Disagree Report: Mass Layoffs At Activision Blizzard Will Result In Hundreds Of Lost Jobs Activision Blizzard Reports Record Revenue as They Fuck Over 800 Employees Guitar Hero Live refunds being issued to US customers Unity Technologies to Go Public in 2020 (Report) This fan-made Battletech expansion adds a bunch of lore-friendly mechs Esports News Team Liquid says goodbye to Heroes of the Storm, drops team Overwatch League's Once-Dominant Team Opens Up About Their Season One Failings Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The state of BioWare My disabled son’s amazing gaming life in the World of Warcraft The story of the first esports champion, undefeated since 1972 The Serenity Prayer and Rakuen Critical Compilation BIOSHOCK: INFINITE The sloth behind the scenes of 2019's biggest Twitch stream “It’s important to show that there’s a vulnerability to the male ego” – an interview with Red Dead Redemption 2’s Roger Clark Breath Of The Wild Speedrunning Has Changed A Lot In Two Years Respawn tried “approximately a bojillian” ways to get Titans into Apex Legends Apex Legends is great because you don’t have to talk to anyone Apex Legends' ping system is a tiny miracle for FPS teamwork and communication Losing my lust for hunting, thanks to The Bear PC games are showing us why we should care about surveillance Fortnite's Appropriation Issue Isn't About Copyright Law, It's About Ethics Former Uncharted Director Amy Hennig Talks About Life After Star Wars, Decries Gaming Elitism Sadly, It's Surprising That There Are Two Black Women In Apex Legends The impossible architecture of video games Red Dead Redemption 2 can be a struggle for players with poor eyesight Kid-Friendly Twitch Streams Aim To Be The New Saturday Morning Cartoons Why Nostalgia For Video Games Is Uniquely Powerful How a five-year game of Civilization 5 became a meaningful part of my personal history Making Games Better for Players with Cognitive Disabilities | Designing for Disability The AI of Horizon Zero Dawn | Part 2: Metal Militia | AI and Games What's Been Going On With Far Cry 5's DLC? A Thorough Look at Dead Space Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus in Close Critique [Full Spoilers] The History of Metro 2033 Crush 40 - Evolving the Sound of Sonic | PostMesmeric Beautiful Battlefield "Trailer" Was Shot Entirely Using Unsuspecting Real Players How Blade Runner Reinvented Adventure Games | War Stories | Ars Technica Noclip Podcast #07 - Lucas Pope (Papers Please / Return of the Obra Dinn) INSOMNIAC GAMES TURNS 25
  5. Completed: Gorogoa Platform: PC A beautiful hand illustrated puzzle game with strong mechanics to match and complement the visuals. You have up to four panels and progress by moving the pieces, zooming into often multiple focus pints, or moving to other areas of individual tiles, sometimes while an event is happening to match it to different areas of a tile. This is done while exploring the memories and objects associated with a boy, who likely lived in a war torn environment, whose life you see at different stages as the game progresses.
  6. Completed: Silent Hill Platform: Playstation I had never played the original Silent Hill, only 2nd, 3rd, and Downfall and thought I'd at least get the original three games completed. Already knew what happened in the game though so not really any surprises story wise. Good start for the series lore, setting, and music wise. Really feel the fog more in this game than the others, likely due to graphic limitations, which ends up adding more to the feel of the setting but can get you a bit turned around when trying to find certain areas. Some very loud and annoying constant noises from certain monsters or otherworld events I could have done without. Harry Mason is the real monster here. Bashing monster dogs heads in mid leap with overhead pipe swings, shooting down flying demons and curb stomping them until they make squeaky toy sounds. Always was kind of strange to me how combat heavy the series was and quite a bit different feel to it after playing Fatal Frame and even the Resident Evil 2 remake where I avoided a lot of enemies. Even your running speed and the slow movements of some bosses and accuracy of enemies can make them little threats in larger areas. Nice to play the original but nowhere near as interesting to me as the sequel. Completed: Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Platform: PC Have only played four games in the series, the first (Air Combat), 6, Assault Horizon, and this one. Story told by cutscenes is the melodramatic ridiculousness that I remember from six with the more interesting moments both character wise and thematic coming from the in mission dialogue. Story about how war is bad and there are drones but drones are bad so human pilots should be fighting in the wars instead of drones, and going to space, and drone country took over a lot of other countries taking the culture and language of those countries away from the natives which is bad but they should also just move on so everyone can come together to watch the only not useless pilot (MC) shoot down the super drones. As far as I remember this plays like the Ace Combat 6 with no real improvements other than having missions that tend to change things up more with the environment or how you go about destroying targets, which can lead to some nice sights but more often than not the missions changing things up are easy, short, and lack the more intense fights of larger air battles or the more story heavy or fun moments of flying around the battlefield supporting your allies in larger fights. I think that's the thing I miss most from my memory of six, a lot of that game was fighting with the same groups of air, vehicle, infantry, and support crafts and you choosing who to help or helping everyone in time could change dialogue, mission medals and who survives, having more larger battles and allied communication is something I'd take over flying through a sandstorm to locate enemy vehicles with noting really posing a threat to your plane or your allies. Having so many allied groups over and over again gave you more of a connection with them unlike here where your support is frequently changing. Having less story significant enemy aces appear in most missions of some of the previous games that you may or may not shoot down also felt better than the one story guy appearing every now and then to do impossible maneuvers until you hit him with 8 missiles to get him to leave. The game is a lot of fun though, even more so in larger battles, so it's just a shame so much time is spent with what are basically tutorial missions or doing really simple things like guiding bombs or flying in low viability areas against a couple normal targets. Really could have used more larger and more challenging battles. Just realized the main enemy ace of Ace Combat 7 is Mister X and the main....occasional dull annoyance of Resident Evil 2 is also Mister X.
  7. This Week In Gaming 2-5-19

    Cian Maher tells the story behind the Oblivion mod Terry Pratchett worked on, Ives Aguiar covers Brasil's hidden arcades while Matheus Fernandes goes over why mods are the greatest part of Brazil’s gaming history, Kevin T. Baker looks at the book and theories that influenced Will Wright's ideas on city design and the implications of the politics of SimCity, TheGamingBritShow on The Meaning of Travis Strikes Again, Ty Gale examines their anger over the erasure of their Japanese heritage through the apocalyptic lens of Bastion, Dia Lacina gives her thoughts on the importance of playing online in Souls games, Julie Muncy covers restrictive copyright law while reviewing Kingdom Hearts 3, Tomm Hulett talks about going from a Silent Hill fan to a producer, Eme Flores examines the characters of Heaven WIll Be Mine as representations of different strands of queer activism, Jeremy Choo on why he DMCAed his own game, 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) Rage 2’s wasteland is colourful, but lacks personality Rage 2 - Easy Allies Preview Warhammer: Chaosbane’s dwarfen Slayer is an axe-wielding whirlwind in battle Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Empire Building Let's Play "The world thinks we're making Titanfall 3 and we're not - this is what we're making." Apex Legends year 1 roadmap includes Battle Passes, new Legends and more Mortal Kombat 11's Gear Will Only Be Cosmetic Final Fantasy 14's Shadowbringers expansion releases July 2, new classes announced New Metro Exodus trailer reminds us what all the fuss was about in the first place After Epic Store Deal, Steam Users Review Bomb Metro Games Metro Exodus timed-exclusivity deal on PC was Koch Media’s decision, says THQ Nordic Epic vs Steam: Exclusives raise the stakes | Opinion Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth confirmed for western markets, out in June Crying Suns warps in a faster, meaner demo on Steam Devil Engine launches for Switch and PC on February 21, PS4 and arcade later Anthem: watch a max level, endgame mission in action Julian Gollop's X-COM spiritual successor Phoenix Point gets another delay MLB The Show 19’s first gameplay trailer focuses on baseball legends Jupiter & Mars launches this spring, story trailer Stay in the light and try not to die in the supernatural thriller Those Who Remain Imperator: Rome launches this April Dead or Alive 6 Trailer Focuses On The Modified Mugen Tenshin Fighter Raidou Weedcraft Inc wants marijuana politics to go beyond stoners New Gameplay Today – The Division 2's Open World And Endgame The Division 2's endgame introduces a powerful new faction that remixes the entire game Ubisoft apologizes for The Division 2 email promising 'a real government shutdown' The full The Division 2 interview – building a rich endgame Once vaunted as a gaming revolution, Crackdown 3 is another open-world shooter ‘Crackdown 3’: Less Than It Was Meant to Be, but Still Stupid Fun Overcooked 2 teases free Lunar New Year update Wargroove Creators Talk About Possible Competitive Play, Development Hurdles, And More PlayStation Plus February: Hitman, For Honor, cloud storage expanded to 100GB Opt-in review system in the works for Epic Games Store Microsoft wants to bring Xbox Live cross-platform gaming to Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, and more Microsoft Accessibility Microsoft Studios renamed Xbox Game Studios in bid for a better cross-platform brand Twitch Streamer And Game Studio Employee Arrested In Child Sex Sting Well, that photo is terrifying. Viewers on Twitch watched over 9.36 billion hours of content last year Witcher author has reportedly settled his royalty case with CD Projekt Sledgehammer Games co-founder leads new 2K studio ESA: Proposed Pennsylvania video game tax a "violation of the US Constitution" Modder Superior: Freespace 2 and its greatest mods deploy from fan-launcher Knossos Esports News Street Fighter V legend Tokido leaves Echo Fox Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Rise to Ruins dev wraps up Patreon and donates double pledges back to supporters Patreon CEO says the company's generous business model is not sustainable as it sees rapid growth Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The story behind the Oblivion mod Terry Pratchett worked on Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Sea Shanties Are Actual Greek Poems From Super Fan to Producer: An Insider's Perspective on Silent Hill The Real Story Behind Pioneer, The Troubled Sci-Fi Game Teased In Watch Dogs 2 The voice of Shenmue reflects on 20 years of Ryo Hazuki Exclusive Interview: Campfire chat with the stars of Red Dead Redemption 2 Why videogame mods were (and still are) the greatest feat in Brazil’s gaming history The Locadora Tales: Gaming in Brazil’s hidden arcades The Weird Story Behind Doom's Rare "Ouch Face" Forking Hell: A Decade of Devolver Digital Game Workers of the World, Unite! An Interview with an Anonymous Game Worker Model Metropolis Going Hollow: The Importance of Playing Online in Souls Games Piracy helped Earthbound become a cult classic How NES launch negotiations, Tetris, and Lode Runner inspired boutique game publisher Tozai Life Off the Grid, Part 2: Playing Ultima Underworld Why did we DMCA our own game few weeks after launching? Changes of perspective are vital to representation in games One Minute Past Midnight: Bastion & Healing from Nuclear Devastation 'Kingdom Hearts III' is a Big, Beautiful Mess Fighting with Perfect Greed: Heaven Will Be Mine and diversity of tactics in activism Well Played: Store Credit Glad You’re “Here”: Hidden Dimensions and Virtual Worlds Fortnite Had An In-Game Marshmello Concert, And It Was Actually Pretty Great Punk Rock Broken Reality, Vaporwave, and Irony The Meaning of Travis Strikes Again | Suda 51, Legendary Again The Dark Heart of Katamari Damacy Icewind Dale Retrospective | A History of Isometric CRPGs (Episode 5) The AI of Horizon Zero Dawn | Part 1: Rise of the Machines | AI and Games The History of Big Head Mode − Codex History Respawned: Battlefield V Noclip Podcast #06 - Marijam Didžgalvytė (Game Workers Unite) Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Roguelikes: How a Niche PC RPG Genre Went Mainstream
  8. Cian Maher tells the story behind the Oblivion mod Terry Pratchett worked on, Ives Aguiar covers Brasil's hidden arcades while Matheus Fernandes goes over why mods are the greatest part of Brazil’s gaming history, Kevin T. Baker looks at the book and theories that influenced Will Wright's ideas on city design and the implications of the politics of SimCity, TheGamingBritShow on The Meaning of Travis Strikes Again, Ty Gale examines their anger over the erasure of their Japanese heritage through the apocalyptic lens of Bastion, Dia Lacina remembers the last days of server support in Demon's Souls and gives her thoughts on the importance of playing online in Souls games, Julie Muncy covers restrictive copyright law while reviewing Kingdom Hearts 3, Tomm Hulett talks about going from a Silent Hill fan to a producer and about what drew him to the series, Eme Flores examines the characters of Heaven WIll Be Mine as representations of different strands of queer activism, Jeremy Choo on why he DMCAed his own game, 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) Rage 2’s wasteland is colourful, but lacks personality Rage 2 - Easy Allies Preview Warhammer: Chaosbane’s dwarfen Slayer is an axe-wielding whirlwind in battle Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Empire Building Let's Play "The world thinks we're making Titanfall 3 and we're not - this is what we're making." Apex Legends year 1 roadmap includes Battle Passes, new Legends and more Mortal Kombat 11's Gear Will Only Be Cosmetic Final Fantasy 14's Shadowbringers expansion releases July 2, new classes announced New Metro Exodus trailer reminds us what all the fuss was about in the first place After Epic Store Deal, Steam Users Review Bomb Metro Games Metro Exodus timed-exclusivity deal on PC was Koch Media’s decision, says THQ Nordic Epic vs Steam: Exclusives raise the stakes | Opinion Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth confirmed for western markets, out in June Crying Suns warps in a faster, meaner demo on Steam Devil Engine launches for Switch and PC on February 21, PS4 and arcade later Anthem: watch a max level, endgame mission in action Julian Gollop's X-COM spiritual successor Phoenix Point gets another delay MLB The Show 19’s first gameplay trailer focuses on baseball legends Jupiter & Mars launches this spring, story trailer Stay in the light and try not to die in the supernatural thriller Those Who Remain Imperator: Rome launches this April Dead or Alive 6 Trailer Focuses On The Modified Mugen Tenshin Fighter Raidou Weedcraft Inc wants marijuana politics to go beyond stoners New Gameplay Today – The Division 2's Open World And Endgame The Division 2's endgame introduces a powerful new faction that remixes the entire game Ubisoft apologizes for The Division 2 email promising 'a real government shutdown' The full The Division 2 interview – building a rich endgame Once vaunted as a gaming revolution, Crackdown 3 is another open-world shooter ‘Crackdown 3’: Less Than It Was Meant to Be, but Still Stupid Fun Overcooked 2 teases free Lunar New Year update Wargroove Creators Talk About Possible Competitive Play, Development Hurdles, And More PlayStation Plus February: Hitman, For Honor, cloud storage expanded to 100GB Opt-in review system in the works for Epic Games Store Microsoft wants to bring Xbox Live cross-platform gaming to Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, and more Microsoft Accessibility Microsoft Studios renamed Xbox Game Studios in bid for a better cross-platform brand Twitch Streamer And Game Studio Employee Arrested In Child Sex Sting Well, that photo is terrifying. Viewers on Twitch watched over 9.36 billion hours of content last year Witcher author has reportedly settled his royalty case with CD Projekt Sledgehammer Games co-founder leads new 2K studio ESA: Proposed Pennsylvania video game tax a "violation of the US Constitution" Modder Superior: Freespace 2 and its greatest mods deploy from fan-launcher Knossos Esports News Street Fighter V legend Tokido leaves Echo Fox Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Rise to Ruins dev wraps up Patreon and donates double pledges back to supporters Patreon CEO says the company's generous business model is not sustainable as it sees rapid growth Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The story behind the Oblivion mod Terry Pratchett worked on Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Sea Shanties Are Actual Greek Poems From Super Fan to Producer: An Insider's Perspective on Silent Hill The Real Story Behind Pioneer, The Troubled Sci-Fi Game Teased In Watch Dogs 2 The voice of Shenmue reflects on 20 years of Ryo Hazuki Exclusive Interview: Campfire chat with the stars of Red Dead Redemption 2 Why videogame mods were (and still are) the greatest feat in Brazil’s gaming history The Locadora Tales: Gaming in Brazil’s hidden arcades The Weird Story Behind Doom's Rare "Ouch Face" Forking Hell: A Decade of Devolver Digital Game Workers of the World, Unite! An Interview with an Anonymous Game Worker Model Metropolis Going Hollow: The Importance of Playing Online in Souls Games Piracy helped Earthbound become a cult classic How NES launch negotiations, Tetris, and Lode Runner inspired boutique game publisher Tozai Life Off the Grid, Part 2: Playing Ultima Underworld Why did we DMCA our own game few weeks after launching? Changes of perspective are vital to representation in games One Minute Past Midnight: Bastion & Healing from Nuclear Devastation 'Kingdom Hearts III' is a Big, Beautiful Mess Fighting with Perfect Greed: Heaven Will Be Mine and diversity of tactics in activism Well Played: Store Credit Glad You’re “Here”: Hidden Dimensions and Virtual Worlds Fortnite Had An In-Game Marshmello Concert, And It Was Actually Pretty Great Punk Rock Broken Reality, Vaporwave, and Irony The Meaning of Travis Strikes Again | Suda 51, Legendary Again The Dark Heart of Katamari Damacy Icewind Dale Retrospective | A History of Isometric CRPGs (Episode 5) The AI of Horizon Zero Dawn | Part 1: Rise of the Machines | AI and Games The History of Big Head Mode − Codex History Respawned: Battlefield V Noclip Podcast #06 - Marijam Didžgalvytė (Game Workers Unite) Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Roguelikes: How a Niche PC RPG Genre Went Mainstream
  9. Completed: RESIDENT EVIL 2 / BIOHAZARD RE:2 Platform: PC Looks great, atmospheric, some good story changes with well done nods to original game. Good and bad animations, can have some very questionable hit detection and awkward looking lunges when you are grabbed by enemies or when you are being attacked by one and other enemies are just bumping into you or attacking through you, but some nice small details like killing a zombie just as it is making a grab for you causing it to slump against you as your character nudges it away. Camera and movement can now make it much easier both to allow and provoke a mindset of charging ahead, really taking away from tense engagements or fear with your last save likely always being such a little time ago. Enemies are now bullet sponges ignoring many shots or later reviving after multiple headshots taking away the fun of combat found in newer titles like 4-6. Mr X is just a tedious annoyance. Usual terrible boss fights that all the less action oriented ones have that will likely cause you to waste and horde all your best ammo making normal encounters even worse. While there is a lot of nice detail to the environments, you are in such dull and confined spaces all the time. I really didn't enjoy this game at all as it offered no tension in exploration or enjoyment through combat. As much as I disliked 7, it having a new feel to the opening sections (before it became a combat heavy game against the most dull to fight enemies in the series) and some sections that changed things up a lot makes me prefer that one to this, and I even liked 6 more than 7.
  10. This Week In Gaming 1-29-19

    Wesley Yin-Poole on the fall of Starbreeze, Alon Lessel compiles some of the best writing on God of War (2018), RagnarRox discusses how Dune was one of the most faithful video game adaptation of the source material it was based on, Jessica Conditt covers Rami Ismail and Sarah Elmaleh's conference for game creators that removes language as a barrier to entry, Austin Walker on the world building and dark comedy that sets Metro Exodus apart, Nintendo to close Wii shop preventing redownloads of owned content, Daryl Talks Games on the effects of in game weather on mental health, Metro Exodus gets year exclusivity to Epic Store, Eric Van Allen profiles SonicFox, Wargroove launching with cross platform support, Cyberpunk lead writer and Witcher 3 director joins Blizzard, 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) The Best Indie Games of PAX South 2019 Wargroove finally hits PC next week and there’s anime to prove it Wargroove will have cross-platform support for Steam, Xbox, and Switch at launch After Three Hours of 'Metro Exodus,' I Was Surprised By How Much I Laughed Metro Exodus will only release on the Epic Store, but Steam preorders will be honoured It's great that Epic is trying to compete with Steam, but they're going about it in the worst way How Tutorials Work in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Our Full Hidetaka Miyazaki Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Interview Three hours in Total War: Three Kingdoms, the first Total War soap opera How Total War: Three Kingdoms' Wu Xing philosophy explains everything 20 MINUTES of LIU BEI CAMPAIGN | Total War: THREE KINGDOMS How Total War: Three Kingdoms' relationships drive its campaign Total War: Three Kingdoms turns the series on its head with a new kind of authenticity Far Cry New Dawn is more than just a lurid coat of post-apocalyptic paint New Gameplay Today – Far Cry New Dawn's Co-op Far Cry New Dawn's post-apocalypse is a perfect fit for a chaotic shooter Dreams Beta Players Are Building Jupiter's Moons And Beautiful Fried Eggs Watch ten minutes of bizarre Atomic Heart gameplay Super Robot Wars T’s Second English Subbed Trailer Charges In At Full Speed Anthem will have a 16-player social hub called the Launch Bay Anthem gameplay | new footage from the story campaign, plus Anthem cinematic The full Anthem interview: how BioWare perfected the art of flight Sequel to Anodyne, the excellent Zelda-a-like RPG, gets May release date Raji: An Ancient Epic Subnautica: Below Zero early access release set for January 30 Generation Zero, the retro-Swedish killer robot open-world shooter, is coming in March Last Oasis Is The Most PC Game Imaginable Cyberpunk RTS Re-Legion gets a release date, and it's next week The Wii Shop Channel Closes Forever Next Week My Time At Portia devs apologise, claim voice actors will soon be paid Woman Gets Impressive PlayStation Care Package After Freak Golfing Accident Why NetEase and Quantic Dream are teaming up for games on multiple platforms Cyberpunk 2077 head writer has left CD Projekt Red to join Blizzard DeepMind AI AlphaStar goes 10-1 against top 'StarCraft II' pros CS:GO star coldzera stops streaming after trolls target his channel with d*** pics After Two Controversies, Twitch Says It Will No Longer Run Ads For Other Twitch Streamers Four Seattle girls score top prize in national Girls Make Games competition with game about bullying EA buckles in Belgium, stops selling FIFA Points following loot box gambling pressure Esports News HOW A TRASH-TALKING FURRY BECAME ESPORTS' DOMINANT PLAYER Japan eSports Union’s Vice President Talks Overseas Cooperation And Future Plans Germany's Olympic Federation president says 'esport does not exist' Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The fall of Starbreeze For Streamers Dealing With Stalkers, Twitch's Solutions Fall Short GOD OF WAR (2018) Designing the game console of the future (in 1997) 'Success would’ve been three grand': meet the gamer who raised $340,000 for a trans charity The online conference that might change video games for good Industry Lucas Pope on the challenge of creating Obra Dinn's 1-bit aesthetic How making a new strategy game nearly destroyed Civ 5 designer Jon Shafer's life It's 2019 And I'm Starting Final Fantasy XI Road to the IGF: Team Alto's Alto's Odyssey Road to the IGF: Grace Bruxner's The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game Road to the IGF: Jeremy Gable's Watch Me Jump Road to the IGF: Nova-box's Seers Isle Road to the IGF: Julián Cordero's levedad Overwatch Is No Longer My Third Place Videogame characters are becoming more diverse, says Microsoft researcher GLAAD's first video game awards highlight difficulties in celebrating queer representation Resident Evil 2: The Kotaku Review “Uncanny, Real,” by Reid McCarter Crimson Gray Artificial Interpersonal Relationships How In-Game Weather Can Regulate Mental Health | Psych of Play Dune (1992) | Forgotten Gems Apple killed these iPhone Games - SO I ARCHIVED them forever! The Best Bad Game A Review of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown The Super Mario Land Series | Gaming Historian Can Old Games Have Great Animation? - New Frame Plus RECCA and the History of the Summer Shoot'em Up Competition Twinbee Story: The Original Cute 'Em Up - Gaijillionaire's Club - GTV The History Of Kingdom Hearts The 72 Hours That Created Hollow Knight The making of Total War: Warhammer's 2's Luthor Harkon Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Haley Joel Osment on Growing up in Kingdom Hearts When risking everything pays off - Cuphead | Levels
  11. Wesley Yin-Poole on the fall of Starbreeze, Alon Lessel compiles some of the best writing on God of War (2018), RagnarRox discusses how Dune was one of the most faithful video game adaptation of the source material it was based on, Jessica Conditt covers Rami Ismail and Sarah Elmaleh's conference for game creators that removes language as a barrier to entry, Austin Walker on the world building and dark comedy that sets Metro Exodus apart, Nintendo to close Wii shop preventing redownloads of owned content, Daryl Talks Games on the effects of in game weather on mental health, Metro Exodus gets year exclusivity to Epic Store, Eric Van Allen profiles SonicFox, Wargroove launching with cross platform support, Cyberpunk lead writer and Witcher 3 director joins Blizzard, 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) The Best Indie Games of PAX South 2019 Wargroove finally hits PC next week and there’s anime to prove it Wargroove will have cross-platform support for Steam, Xbox, and Switch at launch After Three Hours of 'Metro Exodus,' I Was Surprised By How Much I Laughed Metro Exodus will only release on the Epic Store, but Steam preorders will be honoured How Tutorials Work in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Our Full Hidetaka Miyazaki Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Interview Three hours in Total War: Three Kingdoms, the first Total War soap opera How Total War: Three Kingdoms' Wu Xing philosophy explains everything 20 MINUTES of LIU BEI CAMPAIGN | Total War: THREE KINGDOMS How Total War: Three Kingdoms' relationships drive its campaign Total War: Three Kingdoms turns the series on its head with a new kind of authenticity Far Cry New Dawn is more than just a lurid coat of post-apocalyptic paint New Gameplay Today – Far Cry New Dawn's Co-op Far Cry New Dawn's post-apocalypse is a perfect fit for a chaotic shooter Dreams Beta Players Are Building Jupiter's Moons And Beautiful Fried Eggs Watch ten minutes of bizarre Atomic Heart gameplay Super Robot Wars T’s Second English Subbed Trailer Charges In At Full Speed Anthem will have a 16-player social hub called the Launch Bay Anthem gameplay | new footage from the story campaign, plus Anthem cinematic The full Anthem interview: how BioWare perfected the art of flight Sequel to Anodyne, the excellent Zelda-a-like RPG, gets May release date Raji: An Ancient Epic Subnautica: Below Zero early access release set for January 30 Generation Zero, the retro-Swedish killer robot open-world shooter, is coming in March Last Oasis Is The Most PC Game Imaginable Cyberpunk RTS Re-Legion gets a release date, and it's next week The Wii Shop Channel Closes Forever Next Week My Time At Portia devs apologise, claim voice actors will soon be paid Woman Gets Impressive PlayStation Care Package After Freak Golfing Accident Why NetEase and Quantic Dream are teaming up for games on multiple platforms Cyberpunk 2077 head writer has left CD Projekt Red to join Blizzard DeepMind AI AlphaStar goes 10-1 against top 'StarCraft II' pros CS:GO star coldzera stops streaming after trolls target his channel with d*** pics After Two Controversies, Twitch Says It Will No Longer Run Ads For Other Twitch Streamers Four Seattle girls score top prize in national Girls Make Games competition with game about bullying EA buckles in Belgium, stops selling FIFA Points following loot box gambling pressure Esports News HOW A TRASH-TALKING FURRY BECAME ESPORTS' DOMINANT PLAYER Japan eSports Union’s Vice President Talks Overseas Cooperation And Future Plans Germany's Olympic Federation president says 'esport does not exist' Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The fall of Starbreeze For Streamers Dealing With Stalkers, Twitch's Solutions Fall Short GOD OF WAR (2018) Designing the game console of the future (in 1997) 'Success would’ve been three grand': meet the gamer who raised $340,000 for a trans charity The online conference that might change video games for good Industry Lucas Pope on the challenge of creating Obra Dinn's 1-bit aesthetic How making a new strategy game nearly destroyed Civ 5 designer Jon Shafer's life It's 2019 And I'm Starting Final Fantasy XI Road to the IGF: Team Alto's Alto's Odyssey Road to the IGF: Grace Bruxner's The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game Road to the IGF: Jeremy Gable's Watch Me Jump Road to the IGF: Nova-box's Seers Isle Road to the IGF: Julián Cordero's levedad Overwatch Is No Longer My Third Place Videogame characters are becoming more diverse, says Microsoft researcher GLAAD's first video game awards highlight difficulties in celebrating queer representation Resident Evil 2: The Kotaku Review “Uncanny, Real,” by Reid McCarter Crimson Gray Artificial Interpersonal Relationships How In-Game Weather Can Regulate Mental Health | Psych of Play Dune (1992) | Forgotten Gems Apple killed these iPhone Games - SO I ARCHIVED them forever! The Best Bad Game A Review of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown The Super Mario Land Series | Gaming Historian Can Old Games Have Great Animation? - New Frame Plus RECCA and the History of the Summer Shoot'em Up Competition Twinbee Story: The Original Cute 'Em Up - Gaijillionaire's Club - GTV The History Of Kingdom Hearts The 72 Hours That Created Hollow Knight The making of Total War: Warhammer's 2's Luthor Harkon Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Haley Joel Osment on Growing up in Kingdom Hearts When risking everything pays off - Cuphead | Levels
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  13. Completed: The friends of Ringo Ishikawa Platform: PC The style and character types of the Kunio-kun series of beat em up/sports games focused around Japanese Yankii culture. Instead of focusing on the fighting this tells an existential story of a gang leader and his friends trying to find their place in the world during the little time they still have left in high school. Beat em up gameplay is still frequent and it looks and feels alright with new moves to learn, simple though and you can only can hit one at a time so easy to get ganged up on if you aren't with your friends or depending on what AI focuses on. Can become a slow grind to finish as there just aren't that many events and sometimes days will go by with very little happening. So much of what the game seems to revolve around is getting money which just leads to you gathering your friends to beat random people up to take their money or even stranger doing the very little effort needed to get a job and get good grades in school which gets you $10,000 every week instead of focusing on dealing with your characters life or people they know. A lot seems either oddly implemented or partly unfinished, smoking doesn't seem to do anything and you have multiple stages of hunger but can just never eat and stay on starving and it seems to cause no negatives. Wanted to like it more than I did.