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  3. Completed: Sniper Elite 4 Platform: Xbox One Gameplay is still satisfying, sniping is fun, co-op missions and survival is a good addition, and you have different methods and paths to handle your objectives, but little has been added to improve things for the series, if anything the new skill and gun rankings are a poor inclusion. Cover mechanic doesn't work well, automatically putting you in cover and frequently having problems where you will try to peak out but you won't lean out far enough to see or aim but enough to still get shot. Not much content and lower production and bugs for the full retail price, made worse with all the DLC they released (there are more DLC weapons than ones in the base game).
  4. Please don't bring back old threads like this. If you want to create a topic about Youtube that's fine but no one is going to remember what was being talked about four years ago here and many of the people, included the thread creator, aren't even here anymore.
  5. Hopefully the employees find new jobs quickly or are moved to other projects. Likely was having issues with development from how little was known shown after four years. Even that E3 video from 2016 was focused on multiple games and had nothing to show of this one.
  6. This Week In Gaming 10-17-17

    Chris Kohler writes about the Game Preservation Society and their goal of saving Japanese games, Noclip's full documentary on The Witcher is available, Vic Hood looks into loot boxes and if they should be considered gambling, Kerbal Space Program newest game to be review bombed on Steam, IGN acquires Humble Bundle, AGDQ 2018 announces game lineup, what Final Fantasy IX teaches about war and a look at a book about the Final Fantasy most gamers have never played, Wolfenstein's tension system, lawsuits, Warhammer Vermintide 2 gameplay reveal, Japanese developers on TGS, Visceral Games shut down and people weigh in on what lead to this and the future of AAA linear single player focused releases, Games As Literature talks about Alan Wake, Brexit fears resurface at Westminster games panel, Civilization 6 update preview, Dragon Age Creative Director leaves Bioware, 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) Warhammer: Vermintide 2 brings a touch of Chaos to the Left 4 Dead formula Warhammer: Vermintide 2: release date, Chaos, career paths, gameplay, trailers - everything we know Here's how Weird West bounty hunting sim Hunt: Showdown works Call of Duty: WWII live-action trailer suggests you 'get your squad back together' Starborne is a massively multiplayer strategy game from former EVE Online devs Launch Trailer – Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Wolfenstein 2's B.J. reloads faster when he's under pressure More than 3,000 Nazis die in Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus 'Wolfenstein II' Stars Address Nazi Marketing Controversy Why 'Wolfenstein II' Marketing Has More Social Commentary Than the Game Assassin's Creed Origins Writer Explains His Job And How He Got It Assassin's Creed fans have translated Origin's ancient Egyptian adverts Interview with Maxime Durand on Assassin's Creed: Origins and Discovery Tour Mode Wargroove is a fiercely competitive Advance Wars successor One Of 2017's Best Games Is About Being A Mortician Life is Strange: Before the Storm's second episode is out next week DICE addresses Star Wars: Battlefront II loot box concerns Try the demo for Underhero, a 2D RPG starring a villain turned hero Darkness Approaches the Alola Region in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon! Latest Star Citizen video shows off future cockpit improvements Shin Megami Tensei: Synchronicity Prologue side-scroller for PC released as free download Bomber Crew looks like FTL but with World War II bombers Strategy veterans Petroglyph announce Forged Battalion, a customisable RTS A Case of Distrust Finds Modern Problems in the Roaring '20s Griftlands is a ‘pirate sandbox’, says Klei Past Cure, the game about a man tormented by mannequins, is coming in February Permadeath drives exploration in the meaty labyrinths of A Robot Named Fight Try and fail to keep your kids alive in this 'cooperative parenting simulator' Mutant Football League's 'More Gore' trailer reveals a Halloween kickoff Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 was co-written by Marvel’s Kurt Busiek 9 things to know about Total War: Warhammer Mortal Empires Civilization 6 is getting a religion reboot in the Fall 2017 update Civilization 6's Khmer people have elephants with ballistae strapped to their backs Civilization 6 is also adding Indonesia to the mix Endless Shadow Wars confirmed for first Shadow of War DLC Team Fortress 2 'Jungle Inferno' update will usher in new Mercenary Park map PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds's upcoming map is more dense and varied than you'd think Street Fighter V's Next DLC Character Is Zeku Get a closer look at Resident Evil 7 biohazard’s DLC South Park: The Fractured But Whole includes two expansions and the 'Danger Deck' Dead by Daylight adds Freddy Krueger to its roster of slashers See what you’ll see at sea in Battlefield 1’s Turning Tides This Month's EVE Expansion Makes Big Changes To 'Moon Goo' Everything you need to know about EVE Online's next expansion (and beyond) Charity speedrun marathon AGDQ 2018 announces its lineup, including many PC classics Discord launches Verified servers for game developers, publishers Kerbal Space Program Review Bombed Over Controversial Chinese Gender Translation Humble Bundle is Joining Forces with IGN! IGN Outlines How its Editorial Department Will Cover Humble Bundle Services How anime landed BattleTech and the MechWarrior games in legal trouble Daily Glixel: Blizzard is Suing an Obvious Chinese 'Overwatch' Clone Epic Is Suing Two Alleged Fortnite Cheaters Apple asked to remove Philippines drug war games from App Store CD Projekt Red responds to scathing Glassdoor reviews Former Naughty Dog Employee Says He Was Fired After Filing Sexual Harassment Complaint Are loot boxes gambling? European game rating body agrees with ESRB: Loot boxes aren't gambling Thinking outside the loot box The Origin of Loot Boxes and why They are a Form of Gambling Loot Boxes Are Designed To Exploit Us Loot Boxes Are More Proof that the Economics of Videogames Are Broken Government response to loot box concern is predictably non-committal How Activision Uses Matchmaking Tricks to Sell In-Game Items Cuphead has sold more than one million copies Overwatch breaks 35 million player mark ‘PUBG’ Is Banning Between 6,000 and 13,000 Cheaters Per Day It took just 24 hours to crack Shadow of War’s DRM Dragon Age creative director leaves BioWare Telltale: “We have yet to tackle a romantic comedy” Chinese firm buys 20% stake in Halo 4 co-developer Certain Affinity EA Shuts Down Visceral Games AN UPDATE ON THE VISCERAL STAR WARS PROJECT Today's Star Wars News Makes the Future of Single-Player Look Very Messy EA Sports update for blind gamers Swery wants you to stop asking about D4 Leaked assets partly responsible for Swery's crowdfunding failure Swery's The Good Life will head to Kickstarter to try again later this year Brexit fears resurface at Westminster games panel Eastern European developers seek growth through solidarity Esports News NBA: “Esports is a massive industry, and we think we have a place in it” Counter-Strike Players Banned Mid-Match For Cheating During Qualifiers Match-Fixing Bans Handed to Two Dota 2 Players, Following ESIC Investigation Starladder have banned third-party streams of their Dota 2 tournament Puerto Rican Overwatch Player Isn't Letting Hurricane Irma Derail His Career Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Selling Sunlight: a wandering merchant RPG Equity crowdfunding's early success asks tough questions of Kickstarter Content I found interesting this week (interviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Saving Japan's Games Fullbright's Steve Gaynor on Tacoma and the changing state of indie Decoding Shenzhen: The Chinese city that makes the world's tech Final Fantasy V Explores One of The Greatest JRPGs Most Gamers Never Played Final Fantasy 9 teaches us about war and how times have changed What Made Dishonored 2's Time Travel Level So Good She Took Up His Sims Challenge, Now They're Married Rising game dev costs put squeeze on mid-tier studios What are Japanese devs saying about the recent Tokyo Game Show? The secret history of underdog game engine RPG Maker and how it got its bad reputation How Mortal Danger Permeated Every Inch of 'STALKER' Throwback RPGs like Divinity and Torment are rediscovering the power of prose The technical artists balancing polycounts and visual quality Artist Shows Off Canceled Pitch For Halo Wars 3 Found in Translation - Witcher Documentary Devil's in the Detail (Music, Combat, Gwent & More) - Witcher Documentary Games as Lit. 101 - Literary Analysis: Alan Wake Three Other Approaches to Turn Timers | GMTK Extra How to get Outside the Walls of DOOM - Boundary Break Prey: The Enemy Inside - Testing You Softly - Extra Credits Sonic CD Retrospective So I've Finally Played... Prey (2017) Studying Dustforce's Animation The Super Nintendo Mini Retrospective (1991 - 1993) Mark Hamill's 5 weirdest video game voice roles 1994 Nintendo Documentary Gives Us A Look At Miyamoto's Desk Remastering Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games, game communities, or game companies We asked a professional game writer to write a movie script for PUBG The Cuphead Elitists Episode (Commentocracy) Things I Missed From Previous Week OPENED WORLD: THE NIGHT IS YOUNG How Video Games Satisfy Basic Human Needs
  7. Chris Kohler writes about the Game Preservation Society and their goal of saving Japanese games, Noclip's full documentary on The Witcher is available, Vic Hood looks into loot boxes and if they should be considered gambling, Kerbal Space Program newest game to be review bombed on Steam, IGN acquires Humble Bundle, AGDQ 2018 announces game lineup, what Final Fantasy IX teaches about war and a look at a book about the Final Fantasy most gamers have never played, Wolfenstein's tension system, lawsuits, Warhammer Vermintide 2 gameplay reveal, Japanese developers on TGS, Visceral Games shut down and people weigh in on what lead to this and the future of AAA linear single player focused releases, Games As Literature talks about Alan Wake, Brexit fears resurface at Westminster games panel, Civilization 6 update preview, Dragon Age Creative Director leaves Bioware, 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) Warhammer: Vermintide 2 brings a touch of Chaos to the Left 4 Dead formula Warhammer: Vermintide 2: release date, Chaos, career paths, gameplay, trailers - everything we know Here's how Weird West bounty hunting sim Hunt: Showdown works Call of Duty: WWII live-action trailer suggests you 'get your squad back together' Starborne is a massively multiplayer strategy game from former EVE Online devs Launch Trailer – Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Wolfenstein 2's B.J. reloads faster when he's under pressure More than 3,000 Nazis die in Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus 'Wolfenstein II' Stars Address Nazi Marketing Controversy Why 'Wolfenstein II' Marketing Has More Social Commentary Than the Game Assassin's Creed Origins Writer Explains His Job And How He Got It Assassin's Creed fans have translated Origin's ancient Egyptian adverts Interview with Maxime Durand on Assassin's Creed: Origins and Discovery Tour Mode Wargroove is a fiercely competitive Advance Wars successor One Of 2017's Best Games Is About Being A Mortician Life is Strange: Before the Storm's second episode is out next week DICE addresses Star Wars: Battlefront II loot box concerns Try the demo for Underhero, a 2D RPG starring a villain turned hero Darkness Approaches the Alola Region in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon! Latest Star Citizen video shows off future cockpit improvements Shin Megami Tensei: Synchronicity Prologue side-scroller for PC released as free download Bomber Crew looks like FTL but with World War II bombers Strategy veterans Petroglyph announce Forged Battalion, a customisable RTS A Case of Distrust Finds Modern Problems in the Roaring '20s Griftlands is a ‘pirate sandbox’, says Klei Past Cure, the game about a man tormented by mannequins, is coming in February Permadeath drives exploration in the meaty labyrinths of A Robot Named Fight Try and fail to keep your kids alive in this 'cooperative parenting simulator' Mutant Football League's 'More Gore' trailer reveals a Halloween kickoff Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 was co-written by Marvel’s Kurt Busiek 9 things to know about Total War: Warhammer Mortal Empires Civilization 6 is getting a religion reboot in the Fall 2017 update Civilization 6's Khmer people have elephants with ballistae strapped to their backs Civilization 6 is also adding Indonesia to the mix Endless Shadow Wars confirmed for first Shadow of War DLC Team Fortress 2 'Jungle Inferno' update will usher in new Mercenary Park map PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds's upcoming map is more dense and varied than you'd think Street Fighter V's Next DLC Character Is Zeku Get a closer look at Resident Evil 7 biohazard’s DLC South Park: The Fractured But Whole includes two expansions and the 'Danger Deck' Dead by Daylight adds Freddy Krueger to its roster of slashers See what you’ll see at sea in Battlefield 1’s Turning Tides This Month's EVE Expansion Makes Big Changes To 'Moon Goo' Everything you need to know about EVE Online's next expansion (and beyond) Charity speedrun marathon AGDQ 2018 announces its lineup, including many PC classics Discord launches Verified servers for game developers, publishers Kerbal Space Program Review Bombed Over Controversial Chinese Gender Translation Humble Bundle is Joining Forces with IGN! IGN Outlines How its Editorial Department Will Cover Humble Bundle Services How anime landed BattleTech and the MechWarrior games in legal trouble Daily Glixel: Blizzard is Suing an Obvious Chinese 'Overwatch' Clone Epic Is Suing Two Alleged Fortnite Cheaters Apple asked to remove Philippines drug war games from App Store CD Projekt Red responds to scathing Glassdoor reviews Former Naughty Dog Employee Says He Was Fired After Filing Sexual Harassment Complaint Are loot boxes gambling? European game rating body agrees with ESRB: Loot boxes aren't gambling Thinking outside the loot box The Origin of Loot Boxes and why They are a Form of Gambling Loot Boxes Are Designed To Exploit Us Loot Boxes Are More Proof that the Economics of Videogames Are Broken Government response to loot box concern is predictably non-committal Cuphead has sold more than one million copies How Activision Uses Matchmaking Tricks to Sell In-Game Items Overwatch breaks 35 million player mark ‘PUBG’ Is Banning Between 6,000 and 13,000 Cheaters Per Day It took just 24 hours to crack Shadow of War’s DRM Dragon Age creative director leaves BioWare Telltale: “We have yet to tackle a romantic comedy” Chinese firm buys 20% stake in Halo 4 co-developer Certain Affinity EA Shuts Down Visceral Games AN UPDATE ON THE VISCERAL STAR WARS PROJECT Today's Star Wars News Makes the Future of Single-Player Look Very Messy EA Sports update for blind gamers Swery wants you to stop asking about D4 Leaked assets partly responsible for Swery's crowdfunding failure Swery's The Good Life will head to Kickstarter to try again later this year Brexit fears resurface at Westminster games panel Eastern European developers seek growth through solidarity Esports News NBA: “Esports is a massive industry, and we think we have a place in it” Counter-Strike Players Banned Mid-Match For Cheating During Qualifiers Match-Fixing Bans Handed to Two Dota 2 Players, Following ESIC Investigation Starladder have banned third-party streams of their Dota 2 tournament Puerto Rican Overwatch Player Isn't Letting Hurricane Irma Derail His Career Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Selling Sunlight: a wandering merchant RPG Equity crowdfunding's early success asks tough questions of Kickstarter Content I found interesting this week (interviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Saving Japan's Games Fullbright's Steve Gaynor on Tacoma and the changing state of indie Decoding Shenzhen: The Chinese city that makes the world's tech Final Fantasy V Explores One of The Greatest JRPGs Most Gamers Never Played Final Fantasy 9 teaches us about war and how times have changed What Made Dishonored 2's Time Travel Level So Good She Took Up His Sims Challenge, Now They're Married Rising game dev costs put squeeze on mid-tier studios What are Japanese devs saying about the recent Tokyo Game Show? The secret history of underdog game engine RPG Maker and how it got its bad reputation How Mortal Danger Permeated Every Inch of 'STALKER' Throwback RPGs like Divinity and Torment are rediscovering the power of prose The technical artists balancing polycounts and visual quality Artist Shows Off Canceled Pitch For Halo Wars 3 Found in Translation - Witcher Documentary Devil's in the Detail (Music, Combat, Gwent & More) - Witcher Documentary Games as Lit. 101 - Literary Analysis: Alan Wake Three Other Approaches to Turn Timers | GMTK Extra How to get Outside the Walls of DOOM - Boundary Break Prey: The Enemy Inside - Testing You Softly - Extra Credits Sonic CD Retrospective So I've Finally Played... Prey (2017) Studying Dustforce's Animation The Super Nintendo Mini Retrospective (1991 - 1993) Mark Hamill's 5 weirdest video game voice roles 1994 Nintendo Documentary Gives Us A Look At Miyamoto's Desk Remastering Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games, game communities, or game companies We asked a professional game writer to write a movie script for PUBG The Cuphead Elitists Episode (Commentocracy) Things I Missed From Previous Week OPENED WORLD: THE NIGHT IS YOUNG How Video Games Satisfy Basic Human Needs
  8. Completed: Assassin's Creed Syndicate Platform: Xbox One Likable protagonists and good allies but poor antagonists that get little time to do anything. Side missions are better than main, the main missions usually have you doing fairly dull by the numbers things, side missions can have you doing things like ghost hunting with Charles Dickens. The rope launcher is a great addition for travel and stealth though the world. London looks good and the soundtrack fits well, though it doesn't give you much variety, even side activities that take place in WWI take place in the same city. Having a train base that travels around the city is a cool feature. The game doesn't always control well, it fights you when you want to climb down and counters and multi-finishers just don't want to work sometimes. Adding a levels makes it even more unbalanced than before but with how easy the past games are it isn't that big of a deal. Combat looks good but the long finishers that make you invincible to enemy attacks during the animation always looks strange. A poor finale with a ridiculous boss fight that seemingly had the antagonist teleport to a different location so you could fight him is a disappointing end to the main story.
  9. They certainly do love their made up history to try to make themselves look special
  10. I've been seeing a lot of people really enjoying this, with a few saying it is one of if not the best games they have played this year.
  11. In something like Cuphead, a side scrolling shooter, it might as well have easier modes, for a variety of reasons but even just to allow younger people, older people with worse reflexes, or people with disabilities to play the game. Probably even more so because of the game's art style likely being something that can attract kids or older gamers and being something that some people might just want to observe and enjoy without having to do it while trying to survive. The only time it would feel right to not do an easier mode is if the games atmosphere or feelings it's trying to create are heavily reliant on challenge and when it wouldn't be a simple matter to add an easier mode because there are so many different reasons for why people might find a game to be difficult. Difficulty itself can mean a lot of different things and accessibility issues are usually adding obvious things like subtitles and larger text options or options to help people with certain disabilities (like not requiring mashing a button quickly for QTEs, having the ability to rebind controls or use third party controllers, or adding a colorblind mode), in those cases they should always be accessible but developers need to start the design process with that in mind because it can become costly, time consuming, and difficult to implement later. This developer's thread on difficulty and accessibility partly explains designing around them.
  12. You can not buy the games and tell people why you aren't but if you're implying something like we start posting or spamming all over their company/Steam message boards to try to get people to not buy their games that's not something we are going to condone.
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  15. Completed: Gone Home Platform: Xbox One Already own and have finished it on the PC but played through the Xbox One version (gotten through the two account game sharing thing they do) for 1000 gamerscore while waiting for PC to download something. Still one of the better games I've played. Excellent use of environmental storytelling, giving the more obvious story about your sister but allowing you to find more information about your mom, dad, the house, and likely how it all effects home life. Goes against traditional video game tropes when the setting could easily be for a horror game, leading to some amusing moments. More games need the "put back" system. Commentary mode is a nice inclusion. Completed: Injustice 2 Platform: Xbox One Story isn't as strong as the last one (probably even less so for those reading the comic series which sounds pretty good) and there are a few characters that just kind of show up for one fight then don't appear again or that just don't have much of an effect on the story and that don't get any kind of real ending. The best moments are the brief interactions between Black Canary and Green Arrow and between Blue Beetle and Firestorm. The villain isn't interesting, Superman is too far gone to care about or feel anything for (likely significantly more so for anyone reading the comic, Kara isn't interesting, characters like Atrocitus show up to briefly annoy Green Lantern then leave to never be seen again after one fight, Swamp Thing is there for some reason, Ivy is a villain where there is no reason for her to be (I guess because game developers seem to hate the idea of her, Catwoman, and Harley being together), and there is no exciting or built up ending that has you fighting as all the character to complete any kind of story arc like BlazBlue would have. A lot of the games they make seem to have someone questionable hit detection with this being the worst that I've seen (though I didn't play the last Mortal Kombat game), I had multiple times where either I or my opponent would get hit by things when they weren't even on the right side of a the character and times where they would clearly get hit but just ignore it. The special super moves are boring, every character has one, most aren't that interesting and when you can potentially see them more than once or twice per character per fight they get old very fast. There is a loot box system that gets you random gear that can change character stats and appearance, unfortunately this also includes random chance to get new abilities for characters and opening up every chest you get from going through the single player campaign I didn't get a single one. Completed: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Platform: Xbox One Large, varied, beautiful environment and weather effects with four player co-op. A large number of missions, though the side activities and tagging supplies get old fast and unless you are playing through the entire thing with three friends it is likely to long overstay its welcome. Having to find weapons and accessories is a terrible feature, you will likely have a situation where you will find multiple sniper rifles without finding a scope to put on them and then find yourself relying on the custom weapons you get from the ending missions to each province. Terrible cover system that will change what shoulder you are aiming from almost anytime you pass by an obstacle, often making close combat more difficult than it has to be. Annoying stupid awful characters with some of the worst dialogue and conversations between characters I've ever heard, which I suppose is fitting for their job, the only postive thing I can give the writing is having an ending that is basically just saying America made the country worse than before. Sudden fights interrupting radio conversations and having a character say to wait and then continue is a great feature, it's unfortunate that I usually don't want to hear them talk and that many of the conversations are missing and intel is likely to be skipped if you are playing co-op.