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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
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  5. This Week In Gaming 8-13-19

    Blake Hester speaks with developers about the time and cost of trying to get the little details right in games, a year after her reporting on the culture of Riot Cecilia D'Anastasio interviews employees about progress made, consoles now require loot box odds disclosure and FTC reveals relationship between streamers/youtubers and loot box creators, recent political blaming of video games for US shooting have Joshua Rivera discuss why we are past the point where games require defending while Rowan Kaiser covers why companies and the ESA are afraid to aggressively call out bad faith attacks, Colin Spacetwinks uses increasingly ridiculous Call of Duty interviews to talk about PR speak and useful idiots that benefits corporate PR, Jacob Geller tells the story of the decade long quest to find the final secret of Shadow of the Colossus, threats against multiple game studios, Richard Meredith on the ignored difficulty of releasing PC games on every storefront, 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) Morgana Won't Be Such A Bedtime Dictator In Persona 5 Royal GreedFall's new gameplay trailer shows off stealth, skills, and romance River City Girls Character Spotlight: Misako River City Girls Character Spotlight - Kyoko Skullgirls studio launching Indivisible in October Double Fine’s Rad is a game about disrespecting your elders to save the planet New Impressions Of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare's Campaign And Development The Origins Of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Reboot 129 Rapid Fire Questions About Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Longtime WWE 2K Developer is No Longer Leading the Series Vampire: The Masquerade—Coteries of New York detailed New Guilty Gear Will Be a "Complete Reconstruction" of the Series An enhanced version of System Shock 2 is in the works Still There is a dark, pensive game starring a space lighthouse keeper, out this year Gears 5 lets you create custom maps for Escape, and here’s how it works Shapeshifting Guns, An Evil Fridge And 7 Best And Worst Control Features Grandson Makes WWII Game Based on 92-Year-Old Grandmother's Tragic Memories Borderlands 3 - FL4K Character Trailer: "The Hunt" Remnant: From the Ashes - Official Corsus Gameplay Trailer The Killing Floor 2 devs will sell weapon DLC for real money to keep the game going Shogun 2’s Fall of the Samurai expansion is now a Total War Saga game Just Cause 4 expansion adds hoverboards with gosh dang KICKFLIPS Battlestar Galactica Deadlock DLC adds new campaign and ships later this month Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony to require loot box odds disclosure FTC panel reveals troubling relationship between streamers and loot box creators Epic Games promises loot box transparency going forward Epic hit with class-action suit over hacked Fortnite accounts Discord is launching in-server streaming later this month with new 'Go Live' feature Discord Explains How It Handles Harassment, Doxxing, And Threatening Behavior Borderlands 3: Take-Two Addresses Investigation Into Streamer Leaks Time To Break The Silence And Fill You In Outer Wilds publisher says 'we're not going anywhere' following bankruptcy speculation Ninja 'disgusted' after Twitch accidentally promotes porn stream on his dormant channel Ninja gave out his number to the internet, but it’s a silly marketing scheme Police are investigating a possible shooting threat at Twitch's headquarters, but say there's no longer an 'active threat' Bandai Namco Is Investigating a Potential Bomb Threat At Its US Office 40-Year-Old Man Arrested For Threatening Square Enix With “A Repeat Of Kyoto Animation” Subnautica dev to G2A: 'You now owe us $300,000' Xbox open to some first-party games appearing on other consoles Paradox reports significant revenue increase in expansion-heavy Q2 2020 Fortnite's Teenage World Champ Swatted Live on Stream A Look Back At Some Of The Games Australia Has Banned We Do Not Need To Defend Video Games From Politicians Walmart Removes Violent Video Game Signage, Still Sells Guns The video game industry must stand up against the right’s bad-faith attacks Video Game Consoles Won't Get Pricier In America, At Least For Now A First-Person Adventure Is One of the Coolest Mario Maker Levels Yet Esports News Apex Legends tournament pulled from TV following US shootings You Should Watch Ultra Fight Da ! Kyanta 2’s Tournament at Evo 2019 Russia wins Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Nations Cup, UK manages not to come last Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Dog shelter simulator To The Rescue hits Kickstarter goal after two days Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The 18-month fence hop, the six-day chair, and why video games are so hard to make Riot Employees Say Company Has Made Real Progress Fixing Its Sexism Issues After It Doxxed 2000 Journalists, Why Should We Ever Trust the ESA Again? For MMO diehards, there's only one conversation: is the genre dying or already dead? Perfect Character Balance Is 'Boring,' Says Samurai Shodown Director Launcher Builds Meet the YouTubers Using Math to Unlock the Depths of Monster Hunter: World Deep-Pocketed Collectors Are Fueling A Retro Game Gold Rush Planning Novigrad “Killing Nuance,” by Reid McCarter Fire Emblem Doesn't Just Need Gay Characters, It Needs Queer Life One of Judgment’s Biggest Enemies is Male Entitlement Baba is You is a Postmodern Masterpiece Redesigning Hitman's Agent 47 The Decade-Long Quest For Shadow of the Colossus’ Last Secret 09 to '19: A Decade of Approachability in Fighting Games Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry Fire Emblem With Sax Fire Emblem Voice Actor
  6. Blake Hester speaks with developers about the time and cost of trying to get the little details right in games, a year after her reporting on the culture of Riot Cecilia D'Anastasio interviews employees about progress made by the company, consoles now require loot box odds disclosure and FTC reveals relationship between streamers/youtubers and loot box creators, recent blaming of video games for US shooting have Joshua Rivera discuss why we are past the point where the games require defending while Rowan Kaiser covers why companies and the ESA are afraid to aggressively call out bad faith attacks, Colin Spacetwinks uses increasingly ridiculous Call of Duty interviews to talk about PR speak and useful idiots that benefits corporate PR, Jacob Geller tells the story of the decade long quest to find the final secret of Shadow of the Colossus, Richard Meredith on the ignored difficulty of releasing PC games on every store, 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) Morgana Won't Be Such A Bedtime Dictator In Persona 5 Royal GreedFall's new gameplay trailer shows off stealth, skills, and romance River City Girls Character Spotlight: Misako River City Girls Character Spotlight - Kyoko Skullgirls studio launching Indivisible in October Double Fine’s Rad is a game about disrespecting your elders to save the planet New Impressions Of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare's Campaign And Development 129 Rapid Fire Questions About Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Longtime WWE 2K Developer is No Longer Leading the Series Vampire: The Masquerade—Coteries of New York detailed New Guilty Gear Will Be a "Complete Reconstruction" of the Series An enhanced version of System Shock 2 is in the works Still There is a dark, pensive game starring a space lighthouse keeper, out this year Gears 5 lets you create custom maps for Escape, and here’s how it works Shapeshifting Guns, An Evil Fridge And 7 Best And Worst Control Features Grandson Makes WWII Game Based on 92-Year-Old Grandmother's Tragic Memories Borderlands 3 - FL4K Character Trailer: "The Hunt" Remnant: From the Ashes - Official Corsus Gameplay Trailer The Killing Floor 2 devs will sell weapon DLC for real money to keep the game going Shogun 2’s Fall of the Samurai expansion is now a Total War Saga game Just Cause 4 expansion adds hoverboards with gosh dang KICKFLIPS Battlestar Galactica Deadlock DLC adds new campaign and ships later this month Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony to require loot box odds disclosure FTC panel reveals troubling relationship between streamers and loot box creators Epic Games promises loot box transparency going forward Epic hit with class-action suit over hacked Fortnite accounts Discord is launching in-server streaming later this month with new 'Go Live' feature Borderlands 3: Take-Two Addresses Investigation Into Streamer Leaks Time To Break The Silence And Fill You In Outer Wilds publisher says 'we're not going anywhere' following bankruptcy speculation Ninja 'disgusted' after Twitch accidentally promotes porn stream on his dormant channel Ninja gave out his number to the internet, but it’s a silly marketing scheme Police are investigating a possible shooting threat at Twitch's headquarters, but say there's no longer an 'active threat' Bandai Namco Is Investigating a Potential Bomb Threat At Its US Office 40-Year-Old Man Arrested For Threatening Square Enix With “A Repeat Of Kyoto Animation” Subnautica dev to G2A: 'You now owe us $300,000' Discord Explains How It Handles Harassment, Doxxing, And Threatening Behavior Xbox open to some first-party games appearing on other consoles Paradox reports significant revenue increase in expansion-heavy Q2 2020 Fortnite's Teenage World Champ Swatted Live on Stream A Look Back At Some Of The Games Australia Has Banned We Do Not Need To Defend Video Games From Politicians Walmart Removes Violent Video Game Signage, Still Sells Guns The video game industry must stand up against the right’s bad-faith attacks Video Game Consoles Won't Get Pricier In America, At Least For Now A First-Person Adventure Is One of the Coolest Mario Maker Levels Yet Esports News Apex Legends tournament pulled from TV following US shootings You Should Watch Ultra Fight Da ! Kyanta 2’s Tournament at Evo 2019 Russia wins Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Nations Cup, UK manages not to come last Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Dog shelter simulator To The Rescue hits Kickstarter goal after two days Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The 18-month fence hop, the six-day chair, and why video games are so hard to make Riot Employees Say Company Has Made Real Progress Fixing Its Sexism Issues After It Doxxed 2000 Journalists, Why Should We Ever Trust the ESA Again? For MMO diehards, there's only one conversation: is the genre dying or already dead? Perfect Character Balance Is 'Boring,' Says Samurai Shodown Director Launcher Builds Meet the YouTubers Using Math to Unlock the Depths of Monster Hunter: World Deep-Pocketed Collectors Are Fueling A Retro Game Gold Rush Planning Novigrad “Killing Nuance,” by Reid McCarter Fire Emblem Doesn't Just Need Gay Characters, It Needs Queer Life One of Judgment’s Biggest Enemies is Male Entitlement Baba is You is a Postmodern Masterpiece Redesigning Hitman's Agent 47 The Decade-Long Quest For Shadow of the Colossus’ Last Secret 09 to '19: A Decade of Approachability in Fighting Games Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry Fire Emblem With Sax Fire Emblem Voice Actor
  7. This Week In Gaming 8-6-19

    EVO announcements, winners, and rivalries. People Make Games investigates the truth of Civilization's Nuclear Gandhi bug, new gameplay for Mount and Blade 2 and The Outer Worlds, phone numbers and addresses of journalists and Youtubers leaked by E3 organizers, Radek Koncewicz looks at 10 JRPGs from the fifth console generation to analyse the generation's effects on pacing and structure, Moira Hicks examines how the magical realism of Metal Gear is used to better communicate the horrors of war and American imperialism while Reid McCarter explores how A Plague Tale does the same with the Hundred Years’ War, Noah Caldwell-Gervais gives his thoughts on the gameplay and worlds of Horizon Zero Dawn vs Days Gone and shares his critique and retrospective of the Alice series by discussing how it subverts the work it was based on, Archipel speaks with Koji Igarashi about development and alternative funding, 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) Here's an hour of side-quests from The Outer Worlds—including a murder investigation You can kill every character in The Outer Worlds The Outer Worlds Is Just As Screwed Up As Real Life How I wasted my hour with The Outer Worlds 'The Outer Worlds' and Having Politics vs. Just Referencing Politics You can kill everyone in The Outer Worlds. It’s a development nightmare. The Outer Worlds Brings the Stupidity of Capitalism to Space We Talk About World Building in Obsidian's New Game The Outer Worlds Watch 20 minutes of Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord beta footage The upcoming RPG Warsaw taught me an important piece of Polish history Ooblets is an Epic exclusive, and its creators say it's 'nothing to get worked up about' Epic condemns “misinformation and abuse” after harassment of Ooblets devs Regarding what’s been happening Epic Store Rage Has Gotten Out Of Hand A new Borderlands 3 trailer introduces Moze and her best friend Iron Bear Borderlands 3 - Official Amara Character Trailer Zachtronics’ next game is a visual novel Making family matter in Children of Morta Dark Envoy is a Divinity-like CRPG in which you save or doom the world and get an airship The Oriental Exorcist ChinaJoy 2019 off-screen gameplay New Guilty Gear title announced Granblue Fantasy: Versus EVO 2019 Percival gameplay The King of Fighters XV announced The First 15 Minutes of Rebel Galaxy Outlaw Gameplay (1080p 60fps) New Gameplay Today – Trails Of Cold Steel III The Good Life, Swery's life sim RPG, is delayed until 2020 New Details On Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare's Multiplayer Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer feels fantastic - but there's cause for concern How Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will offer the “ultimate multiplayer playground” Cook, Serve, Delicious 3 Takes The Intense Restaurant Sim On The Road Azur Lane: Crosswave ‘Story Mode’ gameplay Soulcalibur VI DLC character Cassandra launches August 5; Season Pass 2 featuring Haohmaru from Samurai Shodown announced There Wasn’t Originally A Plan For A Season Pass 2 For SoulCalibur VI Valve apologise for leaking Street Fighter V DLC characters Warhammer: Vermintide 2 – Winds of Magic sends in the cow men on August 13 Total War: Three Kingdoms is getting a free horde mode Rocket League won’t have loot boxes later this year Ducktales Remastered Will Be Delisted From Digital Stores On August 8 E3 Expo Leaks The Personal Information Of Over 2,000 Journalists The List of 2,000 Journalists the Video Game Lobby Doxed Is the Last Thing It Had to Offer Betrayal, Disappointment & Anger - The Story of the ESA Amidst Controversy, Twitch Confirms That Breastfeeding On Stream Is Allowed Mixer's clothing guidelines are very concerned about cleavage Rockstar hires testers full-time after criticism – “things have been better since last year” Nearly 60% of Take-Two’s revenue in the first quarter came from microtransactions and DLC US president Donald Trump blames videogames for fueling violent culture Tencent aiding with localization, online services for the Switch's move into China Best XCOM 2: War Of The Chosen mods Esports News GO1 Breaks Down In Tears After Defeating SonicFox, Winning Dragon Ball FighterZ At Evo 2019 Dragon Ball FighterZ Evo 2019 Grand Finals Samurai Shodown Evo 2019 Grand Finals Mortal Kombat 11 Evo 2019 Grand Finals (Sonicfox VS Dragon) EVO 2019's best story was the unstoppable rise of Pakistani Tekken player Arslan Ash Smash Bros. Takes Center Stage At The Biggest Fighting Game Event Of The Year Under Night’s Community Found Validation and Explosive Growth at Evo Who Won at EVO 2019? Here are the Results and How They Did It The voice of Solid Snake says EVO “failed to consult me or Konami” on that Tekken 7 gag Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Psychonauts 2 investors are getting guaranteed profits before the game even launches Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) What it's like to get laid off in the games industry Player Two: An Interview with Ben Babbitt The moral panic over Fortnite and the “purpose” of play Thousands of people have come together for the most moving game of the year THE JRPG STARTUP COST, PART II Making penises in games: it's hard How Metal Gear Eschewed Realism to Convey the Horror of Imperial Violence A Plague Tale: Innocence Is the Anti–Assassin’s Creed 'Hotline Miami' Showed the Futility of Ultra-Violence as Critique The Dark Side of the Video Game Industry | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix How the Simulation of a Hitman Level Works Revealing the Tricks Behind Hitman's Level Design History Respawned: Astrologaster Rage 2 and Game Feel Why Does Celeste Feel So Good to Play? | Game Maker's Toolkit Did Nuclear Gandhi ever really happen in Civilization? Monster Mash-- Horzon: Zero Dawn vs. Days Gone Manic Pixie Dream Worlds: A Critique of American McGee's Alice Games Good Game Design - Super Mario Maker 2: Building Better Creators Iga's Lair - an alternative path to game creation BringBackKI 2019 Killer Instinct: Lead Designer Developer Interview What Makes Metroid Music Sound Like Metroid Music? The History of Sleeping Dogs Death and Religion in Final Fantasy X Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura Retrospective | A History of Isometric CRPGs (Episode 7) Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry What to do when Bolivia hates you
  8. EVO announcements, winners, and rivalries. People Make Games investigates the truth of Civilization's Nuclear Gandhi bug, new gameplay for Mount and Blade 2 and The Outer Worlds, phone numbers and addresses of journalists and Youtubers leaked by E3 organizers, Radek Koncewicz looks at 10 JRPGs from the fifth console generation to analyse the generation's effects on pacing and structure, Moira Hicks examines how the magical realism of Metal Gear is used to better communicate the horrors of war and American imperialism while Reid McCarter explores how A Plague Tale does the same with the Hundred Years’ War, Noah Caldwell-Gervais gives his thoughts on the gameplay and worlds of Horizon Zero Dawn vs Days Gone and shares his critique and retrospective of the Alice series by discussing how it subverts the work it was based on, Archipel speaks with Koji Igarashi about development and alternative funding, 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) Here's an hour of side-quests from The Outer Worlds—including a murder investigation You can kill every character in The Outer Worlds The Outer Worlds Is Just As Screwed Up As Real Life How I wasted my hour with The Outer Worlds 'The Outer Worlds' and Having Politics vs. Just Referencing Politics You can kill everyone in The Outer Worlds. It’s a development nightmare. The Outer Worlds Brings the Stupidity of Capitalism to Space We Talk About World Building in Obsidian's New Game The Outer Worlds Watch 20 minutes of Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord beta footage The upcoming RPG Warsaw taught me an important piece of Polish history Ooblets is an Epic exclusive, and its creators say it's 'nothing to get worked up about' Epic condemns “misinformation and abuse” after harassment of Ooblets devs Regarding what’s been happening Epic Store Rage Has Gotten Out Of Hand A new Borderlands 3 trailer introduces Moze and her best friend Iron Bear Borderlands 3 - Official Amara Character Trailer Zachtronics’ next game is a visual novel Making family matter in Children of Morta Dark Envoy is a Divinity-like CRPG in which you save or doom the world and get an airship The Oriental Exorcist ChinaJoy 2019 off-screen gameplay New Guilty Gear title announced Granblue Fantasy: Versus EVO 2019 Percival gameplay The King of Fighters XV announced The First 15 Minutes of Rebel Galaxy Outlaw Gameplay (1080p 60fps) New Gameplay Today – Trails Of Cold Steel III The Good Life, Swery's life sim RPG, is delayed until 2020 New Details On Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare's Multiplayer Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer feels fantastic - but there's cause for concern How Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will offer the “ultimate multiplayer playground” Cook, Serve, Delicious 3 Takes The Intense Restaurant Sim On The Road Azur Lane: Crosswave ‘Story Mode’ gameplay Soulcalibur VI DLC character Cassandra launches August 5; Season Pass 2 featuring Haohmaru from Samurai Shodown announced There Wasn’t Originally A Plan For A Season Pass 2 For SoulCalibur VI Valve apologise for leaking Street Fighter V DLC characters Warhammer: Vermintide 2 – Winds of Magic sends in the cow men on August 13 Total War: Three Kingdoms is getting a free horde mode Rocket League won’t have loot boxes later this year Ducktales Remastered Will Be Delisted From Digital Stores On August 8 E3 Expo Leaks The Personal Information Of Over 2,000 Journalists The List of 2,000 Journalists the Video Game Lobby Doxed Is the Last Thing It Had to Offer Betrayal, Disappointment & Anger - The Story of the ESA Amidst Controversy, Twitch Confirms That Breastfeeding On Stream Is Allowed Mixer's clothing guidelines are very concerned about cleavage Rockstar hires testers full-time after criticism – “things have been better since last year” Nearly 60% of Take-Two’s revenue in the first quarter came from microtransactions and DLC US president Donald Trump blames videogames for fueling violent culture Tencent aiding with localization, online services for the Switch's move into China Best XCOM 2: War Of The Chosen mods Esports News GO1 Breaks Down In Tears After Defeating SonicFox, Winning Dragon Ball FighterZ At Evo 2019 Dragon Ball FighterZ Evo 2019 Grand Finals Samurai Shodown Evo 2019 Grand Finals Mortal Kombat 11 Evo 2019 Grand Finals (Sonicfox VS Dragon) EVO 2019's best story was the unstoppable rise of Pakistani Tekken player Arslan Ash Smash Bros. Takes Center Stage At The Biggest Fighting Game Event Of The Year Under Night’s Community Found Validation and Explosive Growth at Evo Who Won at EVO 2019? Here are the Results and How They Did It The voice of Solid Snake says EVO “failed to consult me or Konami” on that Tekken 7 gag Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Psychonauts 2 investors are getting guaranteed profits before the game even launches Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) What it's like to get laid off in the games industry Player Two: An Interview with Ben Babbitt The moral panic over Fortnite and the “purpose” of play Thousands of people have come together for the most moving game of the year THE JRPG STARTUP COST, PART II Making penises in games: it's hard How Metal Gear Eschewed Realism to Convey the Horror of Imperial Violence A Plague Tale: Innocence Is the Anti–Assassin’s Creed 'Hotline Miami' Showed the Futility of Ultra-Violence as Critique The Dark Side of the Video Game Industry | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix How the Simulation of a Hitman Level Works Revealing the Tricks Behind Hitman's Level Design History Respawned: Astrologaster Rage 2 and Game Feel Why Does Celeste Feel So Good to Play? | Game Maker's Toolkit Did Nuclear Gandhi ever really happen in Civilization? Monster Mash-- Horzon: Zero Dawn vs. Days Gone Manic Pixie Dream Worlds: A Critique of American McGee's Alice Games Good Game Design - Super Mario Maker 2: Building Better Creators Iga's Lair - an alternative path to game creation BringBackKI 2019 Killer Instinct: Lead Designer Developer Interview What Makes Metroid Music Sound Like Metroid Music? The History of Sleeping Dogs Death and Religion in Final Fantasy X Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura Retrospective | A History of Isometric CRPGs (Episode 7) Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry What to do when Bolivia hates you
  9. Completed: Spriggan Powered Platform: SNES Horizontal shoot em up that came out late in the life of the SNES. Decent music and level backgrounds with some nice effects. Three powerups and a different charged shot for each, as well as a shield you can activate to destroy incoming shots, with the shield sharing the same energy meter that allows you to use your charged shots. Enemy design, weapons, and main attack aren't all that interest, boss designs are also simple. Slightly above average. Completed: Wolfenstein Youngblood Platform: PC A budget priced co-op sequel to the previous Wolfenstein games taking place 20 years after the last one. The shooting is still fun, and the guns feel a bit more balanced than the previous game due to only being able to duel wield one handed weapons. Well put together but frequently similar, almost repeated, areas. Main characters are almost always unlikable (which is made pretty obvious from the trailers) and fall into the trope that frequently effect women in games with their obsession with daddy, and being like daddy, and finding daddy, and remembering daddy, and making daddy proud, etc. Basically reboot Lara Croft without destroying the remains of other cultures and stealing stuff. The only positive I can think of for them is that they are at least nice to their tech expert friend who would usually be used for frequent jokes or constant dismissal by similar main characters. Loses good commentary of previous games regarding things like the main characters Jewish identity combined with him looking like the model Nazi ideal, minorities and socialists being the ones to stand up to the Nazis, and America's culture that influenced the Nazis and the country's complacency and support of white supremacy, all of that replaced with characters talking about Nazis as if they have no interactions with them or the wider world apart from stories told (mostly by daddy) when they were growing up. Constantly gets in the way of enjoyment with heavily armored time wasting enemies that hurt the previous game but are now worse as they can be called as reinforcements and the game makes use of a Borderlands style leveling system where enemies that are too strong can kill you in a second or two while being bullet sponges (never quite as bad as Borderlands though). The game likes to place these over-leveled enemies right next to low level ones which prevent you from following a normal path of progression where you will go to a large map area after leaving the hub and be able to complete almost everything or everything in that area, instead due to levels and the awful basically nonexistent map, you will have to jump back and force between areas doing one or two activities at a time, possibly forgetting to do missions you were right next to due to the poor objective organization. The weapon upgrade system is fine for the most part but every weapon gives you a bonus to headshots, general damage, or capacity if you use at least three of the same upgrades, this is fine until you get to weapons like the flamethrower or guns that do giant multiple AoE explosive blasts where you would never want bonus headshot damage. If you have a friend you want to play this with and you both go in for the buddy pass version for around $20 each you can have some fun with it but it spends a lot of time trying to ruin that fun. It would have been a big improvement if it was linear and an even bigger improvement if they would just remove the heavily armored and robot enemies.
  10. This Week In Gaming 7-30-19

    Patrick Klepek covers the 20 year journey to translate Fire Emblem Thracia 776, Noclip releases part one of their documentary on Hitman which reveals some information on the future of the series, former Naughty Dog employees talk about studio's crunch hours, Mechwarrior 5 is a timed exclusive for Epic and Epic starting to add cloud saves, indie game recommendations from RagnarRox looking at relaxing and non-violent games and Kimchica looking at recent releases, Rockstar receives £42 million in tax relief after not paying taxes, Doom Eternal's Quakecon presentation, Cecilia D'Anastasio reports on the way 25 developers got scammed into working for a nonexistent company, New Frame Plus looks at the animations of Guilty Gear Xrd & Dragon Ball FighterZ, 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) What Cyberpunk Dev Actually Said About Religion - IGN Now MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is delayed, will be an Epic Games Store exclusive Warsaw is a harrowing Darkest Dungeon set during WWII Phoenix Point release date delayed to December “Hitman is a trilogy” that will have over 20 maps by Hitman 3 NHL 20 Interview: Why Planned Improvements to Its "Be a Pro" Mode Got Pushed Back and More Jupiter Hell, the spiritual successor to a Doom roguelike, comes to Steam Early Access next week Death Stranding Official Trailer - Heartman Character Spotlight Project Sakura Wars Introduces The Shanghai Combat Revue And Its Action RPG Gameplay First Impressions: Little Misfortune Demo (Gameplay) Doom Eternal details its multiplayer Battlemode Doom Eternal features the series’ first hub area Dice-roll deckbuilder Dicey Dungeons tumbles out on August 13th Darq, a creepy game about lucid dreaming, was made almost entirely by one person PS4 exclusive Concrete Genie is a unique exploration of bullying's impact UK exclusive: Control’s new trailer is an eerie warning about The Hiss Borderlands 3 Trailer Introduces Zane The Semi-Retired Corporate Hitman And Tech Expert Cat Lady to be released for PC, gameplay trailer River City Girls Feels Like A Step Forward For The Kunio-Kun Series Persona 5 Royal Introduces Haru Okumura With A Bang In A New Trailer Persona 5 Royal ‘Morgana’ trailer This War of Mine: Stories - Fading Embers | Official Teaser Arma 3's been invaded by aliens in the new Contact expansion Agent 47 starts a prison riot in Hitman 2’s upcoming Siberia expansion The Division 2’s Big New Update Is As Promising As It Confusing Male Byleth Lines Being Re-Recorded in Fire Emblem: Three Houses After Controversy, Nintendo Confirms Former Naughty Dog Employees Tell Crunch Horror Stories About 24-Hour Shifts Colorblind Rainbow Six Siege players are begging Ubisoft for basic features Gambling Laws Appear to Block GTA Online Update In Over 50 Countries Unity valuation hits $6 billion following latest investment deal Epic Games Store starting to support cloud saves Rockstar under fire for its £42 million tax relief claims Rockstar North operate within capitalism, says report Hand of Fate 2 studio Defiant is 'ceasing development' You need a Bethesda account to play the original Doom on Nintendo Switch This is just the start: Takehito Soeda Esports News From 0-40 to champs, the Shanghai Dragons are an esports story for the ages A British teenager is taking home $1.25 million in Fortnite World Cup prize money Nyhrox and Aqua Win Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals Fortnite World Cup Crowd Cheers Defeat Of Notorious Cheater The Fortnite World Cup Was A Kids' Paradise THIS INFAMOUS COUNTER-STRIKE TEAM HELPED PAVE THE WAY FOR WOMEN IN E-SPORTS Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The Near Impossible 20-Year Journey to Translate 'Fire Emblem: Thracia 776' How Over 25 People Got Scammed Into Working At A Nonexistent Game Company The irony of Oddworld The Witcher Netflix trailer captures Geralt’s most relatable trait: reluctance From 50 Cent: Bulletproof to Oxenfree, indie Sean Krankel has wild stories from making licensed games The Psychology of Internet Gaming Disorder Fire Emblem: Three Houses Directors Have No Clue Why The Series Is So Popular In The West Fire Emblem: Three Houses Is Catching Heat for Queerbaiting Nihon Falcom’s Toshihiro Kondo On Creating The Trails Of Cold Steel Link Attacks, Rean’s Arc, And Being The First Person In The World To Play Each Entry Streamer Sparks Debate Over Whether Twitch Should Allow Breastfeeding Q&A: Behind the new open-ended design of Wolfenstein: Youngblood Young Women Are Reclaiming The Slur ‘Egirl’ “Street Level Judgment,” by Yussef Cole “Playing for Time,” by Chris Breault Why Banjo-Tooie is a True Adventure Games from Underground #2 | Non Violent & Relaxing Games IndieWatch: Top 10 "Don't Miss!" Indie Games (July 2019) The Fall & Rise of Hitman (Documentary) The Animation of Guilty Gear Xrd & Dragon Ball FighterZ - New Frame Plus Falling in Love With Super Smash Bros... (Again) // HeavyEyed Exploring the World of Evangelion Games Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry Total War Community Manager Calls YouTuber A ‘Dickhead’ On Final Livestream
  11. Patrick Klepek covers the 20 year journey to translate Fire Emblem Thracia 776, Noclip releases part one of their documentary on Hitman which reveals some information on the future of the series, former Naughty Dog employees talk about studio's crunch hours, Mechwarrior 5 timed exclusivity to Epic and Epic starting to add cloud saves, indie game recommendations from RagnarRox looking at relaxing and non-violent games and Kimchica looking at recent releases, Rockstar receives £42 million in tax relief after not paying taxes, Doom Eternal's Quakecon presentation, Cecilia D'Anastasio reports on the way 25 developers got scammed into working for a nonexistent company, New Frame Plus looks at the animations of Guilty Gear Xrd & Dragon Ball FighterZ, 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) What Cyberpunk Dev Actually Said About Religion - IGN Now MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is delayed, will be an Epic Games Store exclusive Warsaw is a harrowing Darkest Dungeon set during WWII Phoenix Point release date delayed to December “Hitman is a trilogy” that will have over 20 maps by Hitman 3 NHL 20 Interview: Why Planned Improvements to Its "Be a Pro" Mode Got Pushed Back and More Jupiter Hell, the spiritual successor to a Doom roguelike, comes to Steam Early Access next week Death Stranding Official Trailer - Heartman Character Spotlight Project Sakura Wars Introduces The Shanghai Combat Revue And Its Action RPG Gameplay First Impressions: Little Misfortune Demo (Gameplay) Doom Eternal details its multiplayer Battlemode Doom Eternal features the series’ first hub area Dice-roll deckbuilder Dicey Dungeons tumbles out on August 13th Darq, a creepy game about lucid dreaming, was made almost entirely by one person PS4 exclusive Concrete Genie is a unique exploration of bullying's impact UK exclusive: Control’s new trailer is an eerie warning about The Hiss Borderlands 3 Trailer Introduces Zane The Semi-Retired Corporate Hitman And Tech Expert Cat Lady to be released for PC, gameplay trailer River City Girls Feels Like A Step Forward For The Kunio-Kun Series Persona 5 Royal Introduces Haru Okumura With A Bang In A New Trailer Persona 5 Royal ‘Morgana’ trailer This War of Mine: Stories - Fading Embers | Official Teaser Arma 3's been invaded by aliens in the new Contact expansion Agent 47 starts a prison riot in Hitman 2’s upcoming Siberia expansion The Division 2’s Big New Update Is As Promising As It Confusing Male Byleth Lines Being Re-Recorded in Fire Emblem: Three Houses After Controversy, Nintendo Confirms Former Naughty Dog Employees Tell Crunch Horror Stories About 24-Hour Shifts Colorblind Rainbow Six Siege players are begging Ubisoft for basic features Gambling Laws Appear to Block GTA Online Update In Over 50 Countries Unity valuation hits $6 billion following latest investment deal Epic Games Store starting to support cloud saves Rockstar under fire for its £42 million tax relief claims Rockstar North operate within capitalism, says report Hand of Fate 2 studio Defiant is 'ceasing development' You need a Bethesda account to play the original Doom on Nintendo Switch This is just the start: Takehito Soeda Esports News From 0-40 to champs, the Shanghai Dragons are an esports story for the ages A British teenager is taking home $1.25 million in Fortnite World Cup prize money Nyhrox and Aqua Win Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals Fortnite World Cup Crowd Cheers Defeat Of Notorious Cheater The Fortnite World Cup Was A Kids' Paradise THIS INFAMOUS COUNTER-STRIKE TEAM HELPED PAVE THE WAY FOR WOMEN IN E-SPORTS Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The Near Impossible 20-Year Journey to Translate 'Fire Emblem: Thracia 776' How Over 25 People Got Scammed Into Working At A Nonexistent Game Company The irony of Oddworld The Witcher Netflix trailer captures Geralt’s most relatable trait: reluctance From 50 Cent: Bulletproof to Oxenfree, indie Sean Krankel has wild stories from making licensed games The Psychology of Internet Gaming Disorder Fire Emblem: Three Houses Directors Have No Clue Why The Series Is So Popular In The West Fire Emblem: Three Houses Is Catching Heat for Queerbaiting Nihon Falcom’s Toshihiro Kondo On Creating The Trails Of Cold Steel Link Attacks, Rean’s Arc, And Being The First Person In The World To Play Each Entry Streamer Sparks Debate Over Whether Twitch Should Allow Breastfeeding Q&A: Behind the new open-ended design of Wolfenstein: Youngblood Young Women Are Reclaiming The Slur ‘Egirl’ “Street Level Judgment,” by Yussef Cole “Playing for Time,” by Chris Breault Why Banjo-Tooie is a True Adventure Games from Underground #2 | Non Violent & Relaxing Games IndieWatch: Top 10 "Don't Miss!" Indie Games (July 2019) The Fall & Rise of Hitman (Documentary) The Animation of Guilty Gear Xrd & Dragon Ball FighterZ - New Frame Plus Falling in Love With Super Smash Bros... (Again) // HeavyEyed Exploring the World of Evangelion Games Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry Total War Community Manager Calls YouTuber A ‘Dickhead’ On Final Livestream
  12. Completed: Judgment Platform: PS4 A Yakuza spin off taking place in the series main town. Story and themes deals with trying to find justice in a society where the legal system, policing, and lawmakers are more destructive and corrupt than the allies you make who work outside structure (not completely new for the series). Good cast, and some nice details to be found in the city and its inhabitants. The dating side activity has improved. If they continue to do side games like this it would be interesting to evolve the city and introduce recurring characters from other games over time. Every new gameplay element is terrible and so are the new mini games. Tailing people, which most people were smart enough to leave out of games after Assassins Creed 2 almost 10 years ago, has become a major part of missions and is probably worse here than in almost any other game I've played, both due to the engine not working well with it and how uninteresting it is (at least it is easy). Your ability to wear disguises is severely limited to very few missions, to the extent that once when I needed to put one on to leave an area I had to look up a walk through to remind me that disguises were even a thing. A dull lock picking game, a different lockpicking mini game that you almost never see. Powered up boss attacks and gunshots now permanently reduce your health unless you run over to the one doctor on the map and pay a large fee for healing or medical kits. You have a key-chain and some doors require you to pull out your keys and remember the right key to use to open the door, or you can spend skill points so it tells you automatically. You have a drone, it is boring and almost pointless, you use it to look around the city if that interests you. You have drone races which is just a dull racing game that is basically Kiwami 1, 2, and Yakuza 6's answer to the pocket racing mini-game which was more enjoyable due to gameplay and much more enjoyable due to the characters and characterization of the main character that came from them and is completely lacking here. Limited combat moves, both due to Yakuza 6 engine removing a lot of the weapons and your character just doesn't learn that big of a variety of special moves, many of your most powerful attacks have you doing very similar looking attacks. The entire crane combat style is worthless and never gave me a reason to switch from tiger since it was the clear best choice in single or group combat and had more passive moves available for it. Poor side quest (partly due to detective minigames), the good ones almost all are required in between main missions and one of the very few other good ones requires you to complete a lot of side content to make all 50 friends in town. Other than the poor new minigames the game is missing many of the best ones from the past such as the arena, club business, karaoke, drinking with friends, trainers, and running a baseball team. Lack of ripped shirts and Majima. Somehow manages to have even worse uses for female characters after for the most part leaving the Yakuza behind. The game is set almost entirely (more than any other entry) in Kamurocho which somehow has less areas than I believe every other mainline entry. The new engine introduced with Yakuza 6 still does nothing beneficial to the series other than better loading and what little good it did mechanically for Yakuza 6 is removed from this entry which lacks the locations that took advantage of it. This was the worst entry in the series, except for the other spin off game that had zombies and was stupidly made into a bad third person shooter instead of a game where you beat up zombies and monsters. If I was to ignore everything but the main story it probably would have been a much quicker and enjoyable experience, only missing a few good moments. Even though the main story was good it never comes close to matching the best moments of some of the past Yakuza game either in emotion, humor, or action.
  13. This Week In Gaming 7-23-19

    Jeremy Blaustein tells the story of Metal Gear Solid's translation, Euan Brook on the moral grey of Fallout New Vegas and the world not existing solely for the player character's benefit, Yaz Minsky discusses the roots of and some of the more defining media of the cyberpunk genre and how and why art changes when it is no longer looked at through limited worldviews, excerpts from Bullet Point's new book of essays on Metal Gear, Aidan Moher looks at some of the authors that were inspired by JRPGs, Victoria Tran on why fashion consideration and options matter in games, Jacob Geller on the aesthetics of Mirrors Edge, Game Maker's Toolkit examines how talking can be made as fun as shooting your way through problems, Nathan Grayson talks to the Red Dead Online player that photographs strangers, 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) New Gameplay Today – Remnant: From The Ashes With Design Director John Pearl Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare 4K Gunfight Gameplay Leaked Marvel’s Avengers gameplay shows off Thor’s moves Wicca is tower defense with witches and time travel and a tree that kills people Everreach: Project Eden is an indie action-adventure with a strong Mass Effect vibe How Wolfenstein: Youngblood takes a lighter approach to killing Nazis Wolfenstein: Youngblood is coming to PC a day early New Gameplay Today – Gears 5's Multiplayer Technical Test Gears 5 features “the largest campaign ever made” for the franchise Gears 5 has an impressive suite of accessibility features Oninaki Gameplay Impressions | Demon Weapons, Death Cults And A Free Demo Oninaki Death And Inevitability You're basically Arya Stark in this open-world action-platformer Necrobarista, the game about coffee, ghosts, and Australia, will be slightly delayed Super Robot Wars Is Headed To Steam With Super Robot Wars V And X, Also Releasing For Switch GreedFall - Webseries: Episode 1 | PS4 Wanderlust Travel Stories, a narrative game from former Witcher devs, releases in August Cult-infiltrating game The Church in the Darkness will be out in August Star Citizen's latest update aims to bring law and order to the galaxy Before We Leave is a 'chill-out' interplanetary city building game Mordhau will get a ranked mode, new maps, and tools to deal with toxic players Overwatch’s next hero is Sigma, a physicist with gravity-control abilities 7 Minutes of Overwatch Sigma Gameplay Former StarCraft 2 Pro, Commentator Geoff "iNcontroL" Robinson Dies At 33 Fighting Game Community Mourns Death Of Prominent Louisiana Player Internal Nintendo Memo Instructs Customer Service to Fix ‘Joy-Con Drift’ for Free Nintendo faces Switch Joy-Con drift class action lawsuit Xbox One sales decline sharply, as Microsoft posts record quarter Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce steps down after 28 years UK Gambling Commission says (again) that loot boxes aren't gambling Brazilian Fans Were Feeling Abandoned by Nintendo, So They Decided to Host a Nintendo Direct of Their Own Esports News The Dota 2 International 2019 prize pool is now at $30 million Call Of Duty Pro’s Controller Stops Working In The Middle Of The Finals Samurai Shodown Competitor Shows Off By Dropping His Character's Sword, Gets Wrecked A League of Their Own: Women’s Esports in Southeast Asia Upsets Ruled and Mountain Dew Game Fuel Flowed at the Call of Duty World League Finals Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The bizarre, true story of Metal Gear Solid’s English translation A critical companion to one of the most popular videogame series ever made SPILLING OUT How Japanese RPGs Inspired A New Generation Of Fantasy Authors How Girls Make Games Is Inspiring The Next Generation Of Game Developers Video Game Composers: How Music Enhances Virtual Presence (The Theory of Flow) Why are so many old games coming back? We asked developers why they chase nostalgia Shigeru Miyamoto Opens Up in New Book about Missing Late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata GARDENING GAMES ARE BLOSSOMING IN TURBULENT TIMES The Treacherous Tales Of The Red Dead Online Player Who Takes Pictures Of Strangers Video Game Characters Are Terrible At Archery How Sea of Solitude and Gris Utilize Color to Discuss Mental Health Bloodstained creator Koji Igarashi doesn't like the term 'spiritual successor' Sims Document NOT A HERO, JUST A POSTMAN Metal Gear Solid 2's Commentary On America On The Brink Resonates Just As Strong Today Breaking down Snake’s motivations in Metal Gear Solid The Video Game Industry Can't Go On Like This Can We Make Talking as Much Fun as Shooting? | Game Maker's Toolkit How Does Mirror’s Edge Still Look This Good? We Need To Talk About Cyberpunk History Respawned: Kerbal Space Program Engineering The Perfect Enemy The Exploitative Push For Social Networking In Games (The Jimquisition) How much Neon Genesis Evangelion is in Metal Gear Solid? The History of Dragon Age: Inquisition How Dead Cells Cheated to Make the Game More Fun | War Stories | Ars Technica Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Fashion in Games: Why It Matters
  14. Jeremy Blaustein tells the story of Metal Gear Solid's translation, Euan Brook on the moral grey of Fallout New Vegas and the world not existing solely for the player character's benefit, Yaz Minsky discusses the roots of and some of the more defining media of the cyberpunk genre and how and why art changes when it is no longer looked at through limited worldviews, excerpts from Bullet Point's new book of essays on Metal Gear, Aidan Moher looks at some of the authors that were inspired by JRPGs, Victoria Tran on why fashion consideration and options matter in games, Jacob Geller on the aesthetics of Mirrors Edge, Game Maker's Toolkit examines how talking can be made as fun as shooting your way through problems, Nathan Grayson talks to the Red Dead Online player that photographs strangers, 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) New Gameplay Today – Remnant: From The Ashes With Design Director John Pearl Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare 4K Gunfight Gameplay Leaked Marvel’s Avengers gameplay shows off Thor’s moves Wicca is tower defense with witches and time travel and a tree that kills people Everreach: Project Eden is an indie action-adventure with a strong Mass Effect vibe How Wolfenstein: Youngblood takes a lighter approach to killing Nazis Wolfenstein: Youngblood is coming to PC a day early New Gameplay Today – Gears 5's Multiplayer Technical Test Gears 5 features “the largest campaign ever made” for the franchise Gears 5 has an impressive suite of accessibility features Oninaki Gameplay Impressions | Demon Weapons, Death Cults And A Free Demo Oninaki Death And Inevitability You're basically Arya Stark in this open-world action-platformer Necrobarista, the game about coffee, ghosts, and Australia, will be slightly delayed Super Robot Wars Is Headed To Steam With Super Robot Wars V And X, Also Releasing For Switch GreedFall - Webseries: Episode 1 | PS4 Wanderlust Travel Stories, a narrative game from former Witcher devs, releases in August Cult-infiltrating game The Church in the Darkness will be out in August Star Citizen's latest update aims to bring law and order to the galaxy Before We Leave is a 'chill-out' interplanetary city building game Mordhau will get a ranked mode, new maps, and tools to deal with toxic players Overwatch’s next hero is Sigma, a physicist with gravity-control abilities 7 Minutes of Overwatch Sigma Gameplay Former StarCraft 2 Pro, Commentator Geoff "iNcontroL" Robinson Dies At 33 Fighting Game Community Mourns Death Of Prominent Louisiana Player Internal Nintendo Memo Instructs Customer Service to Fix ‘Joy-Con Drift’ for Free Nintendo faces Switch Joy-Con drift class action lawsuit Xbox One sales decline sharply, as Microsoft posts record quarter Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce steps down after 28 years UK Gambling Commission says (again) that loot boxes aren't gambling Brazilian Fans Were Feeling Abandoned by Nintendo, So They Decided to Host a Nintendo Direct of Their Own Esports News The Dota 2 International 2019 prize pool is now at $30 million Call Of Duty Pro’s Controller Stops Working In The Middle Of The Finals Samurai Shodown Competitor Shows Off By Dropping His Character's Sword, Gets Wrecked A League of Their Own: Women’s Esports in Southeast Asia Upsets Ruled and Mountain Dew Game Fuel Flowed at the Call of Duty World League Finals Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The bizarre, true story of Metal Gear Solid’s English translation A critical companion to one of the most popular videogame series ever made SPILLING OUT How Japanese RPGs Inspired A New Generation Of Fantasy Authors How Girls Make Games Is Inspiring The Next Generation Of Game Developers Video Game Composers: How Music Enhances Virtual Presence (The Theory of Flow) Why are so many old games coming back? We asked developers why they chase nostalgia Shigeru Miyamoto Opens Up in New Book about Missing Late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata GARDENING GAMES ARE BLOSSOMING IN TURBULENT TIMES The Treacherous Tales Of The Red Dead Online Player Who Takes Pictures Of Strangers Video Game Characters Are Terrible At Archery How Sea of Solitude and Gris Utilize Color to Discuss Mental Health Bloodstained creator Koji Igarashi doesn't like the term 'spiritual successor' Sims Document NOT A HERO, JUST A POSTMAN Metal Gear Solid 2's Commentary On America On The Brink Resonates Just As Strong Today Breaking down Snake’s motivations in Metal Gear Solid The Video Game Industry Can't Go On Like This Can We Make Talking as Much Fun as Shooting? | Game Maker's Toolkit How Does Mirror’s Edge Still Look This Good? We Need To Talk About Cyberpunk History Respawned: Kerbal Space Program Engineering The Perfect Enemy The Exploitative Push For Social Networking In Games (The Jimquisition) How much Neon Genesis Evangelion is in Metal Gear Solid? The History of Dragon Age: Inquisition How Dead Cells Cheated to Make the Game More Fun | War Stories | Ars Technica Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Fashion in Games: Why It Matters
  15. Completed: Devotion Platform: PC First person domestic horror game about a Taiwanese family from 1980-1987 that has you exploring their increasingly disturbing apartment as both the father and daughter while you piece together what happened to their seemingly happy life. Extremely well made environments and scenes that tell a story focused around traditional societal expectations of family and children, effects of ignoring and stigma towards mental health, and the effects of cults and their appeal to vulnerable people.