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  1. This Week In Gaming 6-2-20

    Razbuten learns what casual games can be like for people new to gaming, Nathan Grayson reports on what Twitch does to prevent streamers from spreading dangerous conspiracy theories, Natalie Flores shares some of the streamers and gaming organizations speaking about US or worldwide systemic racism while others share past and current stories showing some of those company's actions doing the opposite, Total War Troy to be free Epic exclusive, MidnightCowboi's first video discusses the people and world of Kentucky Route Zero, developers interviewed about what they think Unreal Engine 5 will mean, Gita Jackson looks at a virtual life in The Sims and how digital spaces and photos can act as a portal to a life you might not see again, Skeleton considers the privilege and function of escapism, RagnarRox covers some indie alt-horror games from itch.io, Mx Medea remembers how an impressive Windows 95 demo disk helped to make them who they are, 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) Developers say Unreal Engine 5 will 'empower them to be creative and take risks' Xbox Series X: The Most Powerful and Compatible Next-Gen Console with Thousands of Games at Launch Eternal Hope is a Limbo-like journey to save the soul of your beloved Check out the excellent trailer for Industria, a surreal Cold War shooter Desperados 3: Demo Gameplay Crusader Kings 3 - April & May Update 23 Minutes of The Last of Us Part 2 Gameplay (Full 4K Presentation) THE LAST OF US PART II ISN’T JUST NAUGHTY DOG’S MOST AMBITIOUS GAME — IT’S THE MOST ACCESSIBLE, TOO System Shock Alpha Demo First 15 Minutes of Gameplay Wasteland 3 - Choice and Consequence (Behind the Scenes) The Next Total War Game Is Having A Very Weird, Epic-Exclusive Launch Disjunction is a cyberpunk RPG, with artwork from Deus Ex: Mankind Divided art director Ubisoft says Trackmania is not subscription-based, you just pay for it multiple times Space Haven is a promising management sim about interstellar vagrants Accessibility On Marvel’s Avengers – The Journey So Far Outriders gets extended gameplay video, and won't have microtransactions One Shell Straight to Hell: First-Look Preview Goosebumps: Dead of Night - Official Reveal Trailer Discover tentacled horror at the bottom of the sea in the strategy-RPG Stirring Abyss Metro Exodus Drops Denuvo From All PC Versions With Its GOG Release Street Fighter 5 Is Getting One More Season of New Content Street Fighter V Costume Design Contest Is Asking For Free Labor Epic Store's Free Games End Up Selling Better After The Giveaways, Says Tim Sweeney Paradox opens a new grand strategy studio Arnold Hendrick, creator of influential '90s RPG Darklands, has died After George Floyd, Many in the Gaming Community Say #BlackLivesMatter The Video Game Industry Has No Clue How to Respond to Protests Smash Melee charity tournaments raise $28k in honor of George Floyd Street Fighter Event Benefiting Black Lives Matter Demolishes Fundraising Expectations Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Knights of the Chalice 2: Revolutionise Old-School CRPGs! Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Arkane Studios at 20: searching for the balance between accessibility and complexity Spelunker (NES) As Streamers Spread Dangerous Conspiracy Theories, Twitch Does Little To Stop Them How The Makers Of Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Collection Dug Up A Long-Lost, Unreleased Game Gaming's lost boys embrace their inner censor | Opinion Studio Ghibli’s influence on game designers is extensive and expanding Visually Impaired? Use This Sign and Note in Animal Crossing: New Horizons I SIT STILL WITH LIGHTNING FOR A HEAD Final Fantasy 7 Remake interview: developers talk fan reaction, hard mode and balance How Erica Lindbeck Gave Jessie Rasberry a New Voice in Final Fantasy 7 Remake Meet the 19-year-old CEO who started a professional Minecraft building company A Guided Tour Of The Manhattan Space Station Streets of Rage 4 and What it Means to Fight The Sims Is My 'Last Normal Photo' Reliving my days of alcoholism through Disco Elysium A Chocobo Built For One: Why and How I Got a Divorce in FFXIV What a video game about a futuristic Tauranga can tell us about our present Degendering the Dress Dancing May Cry Palaeozoic Park The Essential Workers of Kentucky Route Zero What Casual Games Are Like For Someone Who Doesn't Play Games Blood, Guts, And Videogames (The Jimquisition) Chibi-Robo's Wild and Wacky Soundtrack Why Do We Love Skateboarding Games So Much? Games from Underground #3 | Alternative Horror Things I missed from previous weeks The Epic Games Primer: Parts I-VI Directory
  2. Razbuten on how casual games can be like for people that don't have a history with video games, Nathan Grayson reports on what Twitch does to prevent streamers from spreading dangerous conspiracy theories, Natalie Flores shares some of the streamers and gaming organizations speaking about US or worldwide systemic racism while others share past and current stories showing some of those company's actions doing the opposite, Total War Troy to be free Epic exclusive, MidnightCowboi's first video discusses the people and world of Kentucky Route Zero, developers interviewed about what they think Unreal Engine 5 will mean, Gita Jackson looks at a virtual life in The Sims and how digital spaces and photos can act as a portal to a life you might not see again, Skeleton considers the privilege and function of escapism, RagnarRox covers some indie alt-horror games from itch.io, Mx Medea remembers how an impressive Windows 95 demo disk helped to make them who they are, 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) Developers say Unreal Engine 5 will 'empower them to be creative and take risks' Xbox Series X: The Most Powerful and Compatible Next-Gen Console with Thousands of Games at Launch Eternal Hope is a Limbo-like journey to save the soul of your beloved Check out the excellent trailer for Industria, a surreal Cold War shooter Desperados 3: Demo Gameplay Crusader Kings 3 - April & May Update 23 Minutes of The Last of Us Part 2 Gameplay (Full 4K Presentation) THE LAST OF US PART II ISN’T JUST NAUGHTY DOG’S MOST AMBITIOUS GAME — IT’S THE MOST ACCESSIBLE, TOO System Shock Alpha Demo First 15 Minutes of Gameplay Wasteland 3 - Choice and Consequence (Behind the Scenes) The Next Total War Game Is Having A Very Weird, Epic-Exclusive Launch Disjunction is a cyberpunk RPG, with artwork from Deus Ex: Mankind Divided art director Ubisoft says Trackmania is not subscription-based, you just pay for it multiple times Space Haven is a promising management sim about interstellar vagrants Accessibility On Marvel’s Avengers – The Journey So Far Outriders gets extended gameplay video, and won't have microtransactions One Shell Straight to Hell: First-Look Preview Goosebumps: Dead of Night - Official Reveal Trailer Discover tentacled horror at the bottom of the sea in the strategy-RPG Stirring Abyss Metro Exodus Drops Denuvo From All PC Versions With Its GOG Release Street Fighter 5 Is Getting One More Season of New Content Street Fighter V Costume Design Contest Is Asking For Free Labor Epic Store's Free Games End Up Selling Better After The Giveaways, Says Tim Sweeney Paradox opens a new grand strategy studio Arnold Hendrick, creator of influential '90s RPG Darklands, has died After George Floyd, Many in the Gaming Community Say #BlackLivesMatter The Video Game Industry Has No Clue How to Respond to Protests Smash Melee charity tournaments raise $28k in honor of George Floyd Street Fighter Event Benefiting Black Lives Matter Demolishes Fundraising Expectations Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Knights of the Chalice 2: Revolutionise Old-School CRPGs! Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Arkane Studios at 20: searching for the balance between accessibility and complexity Spelunker (NES) As Streamers Spread Dangerous Conspiracy Theories, Twitch Does Little To Stop Them How The Makers Of Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Collection Dug Up A Long-Lost, Unreleased Game Gaming's lost boys embrace their inner censor | Opinion Studio Ghibli’s influence on game designers is extensive and expanding Visually Impaired? Use This Sign and Note in Animal Crossing: New Horizons I SIT STILL WITH LIGHTNING FOR A HEAD Final Fantasy 7 Remake interview: developers talk fan reaction, hard mode and balance How Erica Lindbeck Gave Jessie Rasberry a New Voice in Final Fantasy 7 Remake Meet the 19-year-old CEO who started a professional Minecraft building company A Guided Tour Of The Manhattan Space Station Streets of Rage 4 and What it Means to Fight The Sims Is My 'Last Normal Photo' Reliving my days of alcoholism through Disco Elysium A Chocobo Built For One: Why and How I Got a Divorce in FFXIV What a video game about a futuristic Tauranga can tell us about our present Degendering the Dress Dancing May Cry Palaeozoic Park The Essential Workers of Kentucky Route Zero What Casual Games Are Like For Someone Who Doesn't Play Games Blood, Guts, And Videogames (The Jimquisition) Chibi-Robo's Wild and Wacky Soundtrack Why Do We Love Skateboarding Games So Much? Games from Underground #3 | Alternative Horror Things I missed from previous weeks The Epic Games Primer: Parts I-VI Directory
  3. Completed: Warhammer Vermintide 2 Platform: PC First person more melee focused game that plays a lot like the Left 4 Dead games. Played through the game when it first released and now did again with the first two DLC add ons, extra levels, and a few other quality of life changes. Good visceral combat with teamwork needed. Imrpoved on the first game with character classes and traits give more options for how you want to play and new enemy types. Changes made over time making leveling characters and acquiring items easier. The DLC levels were well done, especially Shadows Over Bögenhafen. The only real negative I have for the game is that throughout its life they haven't added much new gameplay content and have made some strange decisions, even one of the paid DLCs is just a few levels from the first game. The more recent higher prices DLC adds a new difficulty levels and a new enemy faction but most of the content adding to the price is a new leveling system based around it and reworks of previous stages with different effects going on to make things more difficult. Like the first game, only the host needs to own DLC for their friends to join them in playing the levels but this time they prevent you from gaining the new weapon for each character unless you own it, making everyone need to pay a high cost for such a minor addition that they might not end up even liking. There are a lot of events based on cosmetics or getting paintings to put up in your lobby that no one is ever going to see. Completed: Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Platform: Switch Feels like a worse Rayman Oirigns/Legends with a lot of the breaking and falling platforms, chase moments, and launches into the background but never as good as those (or Ori and the Blind Forest/Will of the Wisps) mechanically or musically. Then has the addition of awkward controls that can't decide if they want to be weighty or floaty and an attack and grab button that just decides not to work sometimes. Not a fan of the way you get a secondary character that only changes your jump style and gives HP. Rather than the more varied character action or being able to throw each other that was used in the previous games. At least Kiddy Kong wasn't in it.
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  5. Jacob Geller discuses the world, architecture, psychologic effect, and visual metaphor of Midgar and the real world locations that have similarities to it. Wesley Yin-Poole provides the oral history on the troubled development of Perfect Dark, Trevor Hultner on Umurangi Generation and why a game focused on photography where you never hurt anyone is the angriest game they have played, Doom to remove Denuvo anti-cheat, G2A admits to selling stolen keys, Noclip documents Arkane's twenty year history including past cancelled projects, Wholesome Direct shows off 50 indie games, Quintin Smith learns about Second Life's most expensive virtual brothel, Nathan Grayson looks into and interviews some involved with Twitch's Safety Advisory Council rollout, Eric Van Allen interviews the team about how Them's Fightin' Herds went from a cease and desist to Evo Online, Natalie Flores' experiences with erasure and finding the erasure in If Found therapeutic and liberating, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) The Wholesome Direct stream will show off 50+ indie games The TOP 10 BEST Indie Games Out This Week Wasteland 3 video showcases psychos, Gippers, and consequences of bad decisions Wasteland 3 – New Gameplay Today System Shock 3 Development Now Being Supported By Tencent Crusader Kings 3 Gameplay And Impressions | Royal RPG Meets Grand Strategy What to Do When Your Video Game Gets Co-opted by Neo-Nazis New Serious Sam 4 gameplay shows "thousands" of enemies on the battlefield Naughty Dog Is Using Twitter's Newest Feature to Fight Last of Us 2 Spoilers Ubisoft are revamping four vintage Anno games Valorant - Official Release Date Announcement Trailer 3v3v3 tactical shooter Nine to Five is looking for alpha testers Street Power Soccer announced for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC Ghost Of Tsushima's Unlikely Inspiration, Long Journey To Release, And Intricate Combat Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions - Official Release Date Trailer Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One is an open-world prequel coming to Steam in 2021 Embr is a co-op game about firefighting in the gig economy XSEED Games Is Getting Kandagawa Jet Girls Ready for Summer Drox Operative 2 trailer shows off the sci-fi action RPG Flame in the Flood dev's fantasy village building adventure Drake Hollow out in July Mortal Kombat 11: Atermath. RoboCop vs the Terminator id Software will remove Denuvo anti-cheat from PC version of Doom Eternal Rainbow Six Siege mobile clone shut down following Ubisoft lawsuit Twitch's Safety Advisory Council Rollout Has Been A Disaster Blind Accessibility initiatives at Ubisoft with Brandon Cole | Ubisoft [NA] Sega, SNK, Koei Tecmo, and more are holding a new online event in June Shady Key Reseller G2A Fucks Up Spectacularly EA Is Releasing Command & Conquer And Red Alert's Source Code Neversong dev accidentally gave away 3500 Steam keys to each of his Kickstarter backers Formula E driver fired for hiring a pro gamer to race for him in online competition Blizzard cancels this year's BlizzCon, online event likely early next year Switch Joy-Con Drift Claim Must Be Arbitrated, Says Illinois Federal Court Skyrim Grandma takes time off for her health after negative YouTube comments Xbox and Windows NT 3.5 source code leaks online Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Top Best NEW Upcoming Indie Games on KickStarter - May 2020 Vernal Edge Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Perfect Dark: the oral history of an N64 classic A Former My Little Pony Fighting Game's Journey From Cease and Desist to Evo Online Gatcha Game Superstitions Of Rats and Men: How a Lurid 1974 Best-Seller Revolutionized Strategy Games If Found Finds Liberation in the Painful Act of Erasure If Found and Relatable Queer Alienation A Requiem for the Final Generation QUARANTINE GAMES: UMURANGI GENERATION Umurangi Generation and Bearing Witness Reading the Lines: Essays on Pathologic 2 Heart Container-An Ocean Apart in Mid-Winter: How A Fold Apart and A Summer’s End Guided Me Through the End of My Relationship Little Nuance Rygar Is A Non-Linear 8-Bit Masterpiece The Relatability of Star Wars: How Fallen Order Understands Finding Power in Powerlessness Breaking the Cycle: How Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Imagines a New Masculinity for Force Users Man is the warmest place to hide Life in the Shadow of Midgar Animal Crossing Gatherings Inside Second Life's Most Expensive Brothel The Untold History of Arkane: Dishonored / Prey / Ravenholm / LMNO / The Crossing Splinter Cell: Conviction | A Stealth Game Without the Stealth (inc. footage of cancelled game) Why Mario's Triple Jump Animation Is So Good Why Half-Life 1 Is So Unforgiving The BEST Indie Games of 2020 So Far in Defense of RE5's Automated Partner | LambHoot Talking Anthropology, Creation Myths, & Religion with Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey History Respawned: WARSAW Arkane & STUN - Noclip Podcast #32 Things I missed from previous weeks How Documentaries Are Helping Preserve Gaming Culture We're at Risk of Losing
  6. This Week In Gaming 5-26-20

    Jacob Geller discuses the world, architecture, psychologic effect, and visual metaphor of Midgar and the real world locations that have similarities to it. Wesley Yin-Poole provides the oral history on the troubled development of Perfect Dark, Trevor Hultner on Umurangi Generation and why a game focused on photography where you never hurt anyone is the angriest game they have played, Doom to remove Denuvo anti-cheat, G2A admits to selling stolen keys, Noclip documents Arkane's twenty year history including past cancelled projects, Wholesome Direct shows off 50 indie games, Quintin Smith learns about Second Life's most expensive virtual brothel, Nathan Grayson looks into and interviews some involved with Twitch's Safety Advisory Council rollout, Eric Van Allen interviews the team about how Them's Fightin' Herds went from a cease and desist to Evo Online, Natalie Flores' experiences with erasure and finding the erasure in If Found therapeutic and liberating, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) The Wholesome Direct stream will show off 50+ indie games The TOP 10 BEST Indie Games Out This Week Wasteland 3 video showcases psychos, Gippers, and consequences of bad decisions Wasteland 3 – New Gameplay Today System Shock 3 Development Now Being Supported By Tencent Crusader Kings 3 Gameplay And Impressions | Royal RPG Meets Grand Strategy What to Do When Your Video Game Gets Co-opted by Neo-Nazis New Serious Sam 4 gameplay shows "thousands" of enemies on the battlefield Naughty Dog Is Using Twitter's Newest Feature to Fight Last of Us 2 Spoilers Ubisoft are revamping four vintage Anno games Valorant - Official Release Date Announcement Trailer 3v3v3 tactical shooter Nine to Five is looking for alpha testers Street Power Soccer announced for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC Ghost Of Tsushima's Unlikely Inspiration, Long Journey To Release, And Intricate Combat Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions - Official Release Date Trailer Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One is an open-world prequel coming to Steam in 2021 Embr is a co-op game about firefighting in the gig economy XSEED Games Is Getting Kandagawa Jet Girls Ready for Summer Drox Operative 2 trailer shows off the sci-fi action RPG Flame in the Flood dev's fantasy village building adventure Drake Hollow out in July Mortal Kombat 11: Atermath. RoboCop vs the Terminator id Software will remove Denuvo anti-cheat from PC version of Doom Eternal Rainbow Six Siege mobile clone shut down following Ubisoft lawsuit Twitch's Safety Advisory Council Rollout Has Been A Disaster Blind Accessibility initiatives at Ubisoft with Brandon Cole | Ubisoft [NA] Sega, SNK, Koei Tecmo, and more are holding a new online event in June Shady Key Reseller G2A Fucks Up Spectacularly EA Is Releasing Command & Conquer And Red Alert's Source Code Neversong dev accidentally gave away 3500 Steam keys to each of his Kickstarter backers Formula E driver fired for hiring a pro gamer to race for him in online competition Blizzard cancels this year's BlizzCon, online event likely early next year Switch Joy-Con Drift Claim Must Be Arbitrated, Says Illinois Federal Court Skyrim Grandma takes time off for her health after negative YouTube comments Xbox and Windows NT 3.5 source code leaks online Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Top Best NEW Upcoming Indie Games on KickStarter - May 2020 Vernal Edge Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Perfect Dark: the oral history of an N64 classic A Former My Little Pony Fighting Game's Journey From Cease and Desist to Evo Online Gatcha Game Superstitions Of Rats and Men: How a Lurid 1974 Best-Seller Revolutionized Strategy Games If Found Finds Liberation in the Painful Act of Erasure If Found and Relatable Queer Alienation A Requiem for the Final Generation QUARANTINE GAMES: UMURANGI GENERATION Umurangi Generation and Bearing Witness Reading the Lines: Essays on Pathologic 2 Heart Container-An Ocean Apart in Mid-Winter: How A Fold Apart and A Summer’s End Guided Me Through the End of My Relationship Little Nuance Rygar Is A Non-Linear 8-Bit Masterpiece The Relatability of Star Wars: How Fallen Order Understands Finding Power in Powerlessness Breaking the Cycle: How Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Imagines a New Masculinity for Force Users Man is the warmest place to hide Life in the Shadow of Midgar Animal Crossing Gatherings Inside Second Life's Most Expensive Brothel The Untold History of Arkane: Dishonored / Prey / Ravenholm / LMNO / The Crossing Splinter Cell: Conviction | A Stealth Game Without the Stealth (inc. footage of cancelled game) Why Mario's Triple Jump Animation Is So Good Why Half-Life 1 Is So Unforgiving The BEST Indie Games of 2020 So Far in Defense of RE5's Automated Partner | LambHoot Talking Anthropology, Creation Myths, & Religion with Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey History Respawned: WARSAW Arkane & STUN - Noclip Podcast #32 Things I missed from previous weeks How Documentaries Are Helping Preserve Gaming Culture We're at Risk of Losing
  7. Completed: Growlanser 5 Heritage of War Platform: PS2 Growlanser 5 was the last game I owned for the PS2 that I hadn't finished. I remember stopping the game almost immediately after buying it at release almost 13 years ago. I couldn't remember why since I had liked 2 and 3 and then bought 4 as soon as that was released on the PSP a few years after 5 was localized and I enjoyed that one. Well, now I remember. Poor graphics look like a PS1 game this late into the PS2's life, even the painted style backgrounds are dull. Poor music. Skill system is like an idiot tried to combine FF9 and FFXs weapon and sphere grid but you were setting skills into a grid yourself. Fetch quests/hidden events constantly have you running back to previous areas multiple times, not that there is even reason to be aware of many side quests and events without a guide. Childish story and writing style. Dull setting. Easy slow fighting would be unbearable without an emulator's turbo button, and even at about three times the speed felt too slow with the game constantly stopping anytime a skill or spell was used along with the poor accompanying animation (which is pretty much just some lights). One of the most dull settings I've ever seen, also one of the smallest that keeps having you running back and forth between areas. Made even more ridiculous by story events like taking a boat to get someone and then being told it would be faster to walk back through about four section screens rather than go back to a town to take another ship, a hidden well exit to a base essentially takes you through half ther continent based on where it comes out. Barely used characters, with two being able to join your party of five at the very end of the game and characters that kept showing up to do nothing and barely had a role in the entire game. Even the title of Growlanser is never mentioned unless you choose two of six different short epilogue scenes where they out of nowhere jokingly call you by it. Completed: Huntdown Platform: PC Released earlier this month on the Epic store and half off for their sale. Side scrolling shooter with a cyberpunk theme. A corporation hires a bounty hunter (or two if you play co-op) to go after four gangs that have been increasing their territory lately. Each gang has five stages where you fight one of the gang's captains at the end of the level. Each character has a different main weapon and throwing weapon and can pick up a variety of secondary main or throwing weapons and dash which gives you a brief dodge window, take cover behind crates/cars or background objects, and kick nearby enemies. It controls well, fun gameplay, some great animation and backgrounds. Some good moment when bosses interact with you before their fight either in amusing ways or by attacking you with helicopters or robots through windows and walls that have you seeking cover in the stage while fighting through regular enemies. Each gang introduces some different enemies and weapons. Never really that funny with its mostly reference filled humor and with no real unlockables or extra characters or weapons to start with, doesn't give you as much replayability as some similar games that have released recently and this gives you no reason to try to complete the stage challenges which are always to kill a certain number of enemies, not die, and to find three hidden briefcases (which don't seem to do anything). Each character will have different dialogue before you start each gangs missions, and their own dialogue in stages and quips. Completed: Life Is Strange 2 Platform: PC
  8. This Week In Gaming 5-19-20

    Epic shows off Unreal Engine 5 and developers using Unreal for commercial purposes no longer owe Epic money until a product breaks $1,000,000 in gross revenue, Doc Burford on modern media consumption and how the more toxic conversations around games get in the way of differentiating politics from viewpoint in art, Ghost of Tsushima gameplay, Super Bunnyhop explores the shifts in the handling of climate change by looking at 30 years of strategy games, strafefox on the making of Castelvania IV and Bloodlines, eurothug4000's essay on the landscapes of post-apocalyptic settings, Wrestling With Gaming tells the story of the Neo Geo, Ana Diaz covers how public arts funding helps lead to more unique games, Stacey Henley examines facial hair as a framing device, Doom Eternal update adds Denuvo Anti-Cheat, Summoning Salt shares the history of Ninja Gaiden speedruns, 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) Epic Unveils A Graphics Demo 'Running On PS5' FULL Unreal Engine 5 - Official PS5 Tech Demo Reveal Presentation Unreal Engine is now royalty-free until a game makes a whopping $1 million Watch 18 minutes of new Ghost of Tsushima gameplay footage Top 10 BEST Indie Games Out This Week Crusader Kings 3 gets September release date on PC Hands-on preview: Crusader Kings 3 is the RPG that will suck you into grand strategy How Crusader Kings 3 Plans to Attract Fans of RPGs, Sandbox Games, and The Sims Five BIG improvements in Crusader Kings 3 Paper Mario: The Origami King is coming to the Switch in July The Last of Us Part 2: Inside the Story - Official Behind the Scenes Destroy All Humans! - Official Gameplay Trailer Umurangi Generation Is a Photography Game About Snapping Pics in a Stylish, Chaotic Future Tony Hawk remakes use new face scans, so all the skaters will be old now Tony Hawk Interviews The Original THPS Cast Five Classic Tracks Won't Be In The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Remasters No microtransactions at launch for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2, cross-play teased Historians React to Assassin's Creed Valhalla Assassin's Creed Valhalla map size is "a bit larger" than Odyssey's, confirms Ubisoft The Many Things We’ve Learned About Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Hands-on Amazon's Crucible, a pick and mix of team-based shooter genres The Mafia Series Is Getting Re-Released As Mafia: Trilogy Mafia Remake Is A 'Complete Overhaul' Of The Original Game Mafia 2 and 3 Definitive Editions are out now, free for owners of the originals Solasta: Crown Of The Magister shows off beards, battles, and more in a new trailer Nioh 2 spills the beans on upcoming paid DLC, while adding free missions and a photo mode right now BioWare says Anthem’s overhaul will be a long process Rainbow Six: Siege: Operation Steel Wave Reveal Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath - Official Friendships Trailer The Sims 4 trailer shows off Eco Lifestyle expansion pack features Prison Architect's Island Bound expansion sets sail next month Doom Eternal's first update includes Denuvo Anti-Cheat Ubisoft sues Apple and Google over Rainbow Six “rip-off” Epic rolls easier refunds, keyless third-party sales into its Epic Games Store You Must Play the Trippy 1998 PlayStation Game 'LSD: Dream Emulator' Esports World-Class DOTA2 Team Newbee Banned Over Alleged Match Fixing Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) should art say things? HOW PUBLIC ARTS FUNDING HELPS DEVELOPERS MAKE UNIQUE, MORE DIVERSE GAMES Palimpsests Video Game Beards as Visual Storytelling: A Transgender Perspective How Cyberpunk Games Are Thriving Beyond 2077 29 years on, has Final Fantasy broken the spell of Active Time Battle? Gaps and Pauses: The Role of Negative Space in Games Call of Duty: Warzone Directors On Its Runaway Success, And What's Next: "I Won't Pretend It's Easy" The Witcher 3 development secrets – an anniversary interview with CD Projekt Red Game Localization Is A Love Letter Japan Style Architecture When SimCity got serious: the story of Maxis Business Simulations and SimRefinery A walk in the sky Give peace a chance (even in action games) A Marxist plays Animal Crossing: Why we must eat the turnips A Story in Clay Nostalgia Animated How Final Fantasy 7 Remake Changed The Game Something Rotten: A Max Payne 3 Miniseries | Episode 5 How do Stealth Games Deal with Detection? | School of Stealth Part 3 Understanding the Music of Sonic the Hedgehog Key Changes in Touhou Music The Making of Super Castlevania IV & Bloodlines The Post-Apocalyptic Aesthetic FF7 Remake & The Complicated Nature of Remakes The Story Of NEO GEO | Featuring Modern Vintage Gamer, RetroRGB, Jenovi, & Neo-Alec The History of Ninja Gaiden World Records Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Devs React to 16 Minute Speedrun How Alan Wake Was Rebuilt 3 Years Into Development | War Stories | Ars Technica
  9. Epic shows off Unreal Engine 5 and developers using Unreal for commercial purposes no longer owe Epic money until a product breaks $1,000,000 in gross revenue, Doc Burford on modern media consumption and how the more toxic conversations around games get in the way of differentiating politics from viewpoint in art, Ghost of Tsushima gameplay, Super Bunnyhop explores the shifts in the handling of climate change by looking at 30 years of strategy games, strafefox on the making of Castelvania IV and Bloodlines, eurothug4000's essay on the landscapes of post-apocalyptic settings, Wrestling With Gaming tells the story of the Neo Geo, Ana Diaz covers how public arts funding helps lead to more unique games, Stacey Henley examines facial hair as a framing device, Doom Eternal update adds Denuvo Anti-Cheat, Summoning Salt shares the history of Ninja Gaiden speedruns, 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) Epic Unveils A Graphics Demo 'Running On PS5' FULL Unreal Engine 5 - Official PS5 Tech Demo Reveal Presentation Unreal Engine is now royalty-free until a game makes a whopping $1 million Watch 18 minutes of new Ghost of Tsushima gameplay footage Top 10 BEST Indie Games Out This Week Crusader Kings 3 gets September release date on PC Hands-on preview: Crusader Kings 3 is the RPG that will suck you into grand strategy How Crusader Kings 3 Plans to Attract Fans of RPGs, Sandbox Games, and The Sims Five BIG improvements in Crusader Kings 3 Paper Mario: The Origami King is coming to the Switch in July The Last of Us Part 2: Inside the Story - Official Behind the Scenes Destroy All Humans! - Official Gameplay Trailer Umurangi Generation Is a Photography Game About Snapping Pics in a Stylish, Chaotic Future Tony Hawk remakes use new face scans, so all the skaters will be old now Tony Hawk Interviews The Original THPS Cast Five Classic Tracks Won't Be In The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Remasters No microtransactions at launch for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2, cross-play teased Historians React to Assassin's Creed Valhalla Assassin's Creed Valhalla map size is "a bit larger" than Odyssey's, confirms Ubisoft The Many Things We’ve Learned About Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Hands-on Amazon's Crucible, a pick and mix of team-based shooter genres The Mafia Series Is Getting Re-Released As Mafia: Trilogy Mafia Remake Is A 'Complete Overhaul' Of The Original Game Mafia 2 and 3 Definitive Editions are out now, free for owners of the originals Solasta: Crown Of The Magister shows off beards, battles, and more in a new trailer Nioh 2 spills the beans on upcoming paid DLC, while adding free missions and a photo mode right now BioWare says Anthem’s overhaul will be a long process Rainbow Six: Siege: Operation Steel Wave Reveal Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath - Official Friendships Trailer The Sims 4 trailer shows off Eco Lifestyle expansion pack features Prison Architect's Island Bound expansion sets sail next month Doom Eternal's first update includes Denuvo Anti-Cheat Ubisoft sues Apple and Google over Rainbow Six “rip-off” Epic rolls easier refunds, keyless third-party sales into its Epic Games Store You Must Play the Trippy 1998 PlayStation Game 'LSD: Dream Emulator' Esports World-Class DOTA2 Team Newbee Banned Over Alleged Match Fixing Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) should art say things? HOW PUBLIC ARTS FUNDING HELPS DEVELOPERS MAKE UNIQUE, MORE DIVERSE GAMES Palimpsests Video Game Beards as Visual Storytelling: A Transgender Perspective How Cyberpunk Games Are Thriving Beyond 2077 29 years on, has Final Fantasy broken the spell of Active Time Battle? Gaps and Pauses: The Role of Negative Space in Games Call of Duty: Warzone Directors On Its Runaway Success, And What's Next: "I Won't Pretend It's Easy" The Witcher 3 development secrets – an anniversary interview with CD Projekt Red Game Localization Is A Love Letter Japan Style Architecture When SimCity got serious: the story of Maxis Business Simulations and SimRefinery A walk in the sky Give peace a chance (even in action games) A Marxist plays Animal Crossing: Why we must eat the turnips A Story in Clay Nostalgia Animated How Final Fantasy 7 Remake Changed The Game Something Rotten: A Max Payne 3 Miniseries | Episode 5 How do Stealth Games Deal with Detection? | School of Stealth Part 3 Understanding the Music of Sonic the Hedgehog Key Changes in Touhou Music The Making of Super Castlevania IV & Bloodlines The Post-Apocalyptic Aesthetic FF7 Remake & The Complicated Nature of Remakes The Story Of NEO GEO | Featuring Modern Vintage Gamer, RetroRGB, Jenovi, & Neo-Alec The History of Ninja Gaiden World Records Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Devs React to 16 Minute Speedrun How Alan Wake Was Rebuilt 3 Years Into Development | War Stories | Ars Technica
  10. Completed: A Plague Tale: Innocence Platform: PC An interesting idea but then they made it a video game and ruined it. What could be a more horror style take and narrative of a common person (a noble but common as in not an unstoppable hero) trying to keep her brother safe during the plague/war while on the run, while dealing with other regular people, becomes an idiotic story about mystical bloodline hero child, occasional whining about killing terrible people in between all your killing, busy work stealth and "puzzle" sections, and magical plague rat tornadoes with occasional hit them three times boss fight and a sling that can defeat entire armies. At its best when you can more slowly appreciate some of the locations and when you have some time to build the relationship between the main characters you meet (your brother that you spend the most time with being the least interesting, of course). Could have been great with a more narrative, avoidance focused stealth gameplay, horror. Instead you just start killing everyone halfway through the game with brief moments typically spent with one main character at a time while saying that there relationships grow over time that you don't experience with them, ridiculous main villains, and out of place gamey moments like old woman saying, "Oh you have a sling little girl, yes you will need that, make use of my upgrade station." Completed: Isolated Warrior Platform: NES Isometric shoot em up that both does some interesting things with its perspective but also makes it much more difficult to actually hit enemies. They make use of shadows under enemies to give you a better idea of their position but even then some hit detection can seem questionable, even more for higher flying enemies that I have no idea why I am hitting or not hitting. Some nice boss designs. Gives you the ability to jump to both avoid shots and for some platforming, jumping twice throws bombs, and you can hit select to cycle between two modes of fire that are upgraded through powerups. One giving you a strong forward shot and a shot behind you and one shooting to both of your sides with a weak forward shot. A motorcycle and hover level can make it a bit difficult to collect powerups or manage what is happening due to the increased speed and the motorcycle levels has the more difficult platforming section that also contains the boss and it didn't seem to always want to jump when I hit the button.
  11. This Week In Gaming 5-12-20

    Xbox Series X event and game reveals, Nadia Oxford speaks with former translator Ted Woolsey about the original release of Final Fantasy 6 and the early days of localization, Heather Alexandra discusses good faith criticism as being an act of empathy and kindness for her final article at Kotaku, Skeleton on Mass Effect ignoring the communal ideas of a setting like Star Trek to focus on the superiority of humans with similar ideas to American exceptionalism, Jon Bailes looks at the FF7 remake as a narrative that manages to stand between nostalgia and revolution in its themes and framing of the original, Chris Bratt works with Noclip to tell the story of Creative Assembly and its founder, Natalie Flores covers a recent translation controversy manufactured by people that never played the game and speaks with localizers about their wider work and reactions to it, Red Candle Games share future plans after the removal of their previous game from sale, 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) Everything Microsoft Showed During Today's Xbox Series X Event Xbox say they "set some wrong expectations" for yesterday's gameplay reveals Chorus, a New Space Combat Shooter, is Coming to Xbox Series X in 2021 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla “won’t be the longest or biggest game in the series” Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Season Pass unlocks exclusive Beowulf mission Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Is Bringing Back The Instakill Hidden Blade, In A Signal To Hardcore Fans Tonight We Riot Devs Wanted To Make An 'Unapologetically Leftist' Game Gorgeous 1930s tropical adventure Call of the Sea announced for Xbox Series X Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 Remaster Coming September 4 H.R. Giger inspired horror game Scorn is back with an extremely moist trailer Cygni: All Guns Blazing Announced The Last of Us Part II story trailer teases a brutal and emotional journey The Ascent - 12 Minutes of Next-Gen Gameplay - IGN First Second Extinction is a 3-player co-op shooter for the Xbox Series X Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 'Come Dance' Trailer Diablo co-creator announces new studio that will bring “hidden gems” to light The Medium is basically a new Silent Hill, and Akira Yamaoka is just bloody icing on the cake New Trails of Cold Steel 4 Trailer Brings Together Some Familiar Faces Halo co-creator’s sci-fi FPS Disintegration gets a June release date and new trailer Yakuza: Like a Dragon | Cinematic Trailer Empire of Sin Features John Romero's Great-Grandmother, Who Was A Crime Boss In The 1920s 'Dirt 5' will arrive in October Bright Memory: Infinite’s Gameplay Continues to Impress as We Await a PS5 Confirmation Bandai Namco reveals action RPG Scarlet Nexus for Xbox Series X Those Who Remain Dated for 28th May After Coronavirus Push Back Mirror's Edge meets Dishonored in this time-limited demo for Ghostrunner A new Total War game’s been announced – a CCG called Elysium PGA Tour 2K21 - Official Teaser Trailer A brutal war between the High Elves and Greenskins is the next DLC for Total War: Warhammer 2 Doom Eternal Update 1 adds Empowered Demons, some Battlemode enhancements Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath is a story DLC with a new campaign, fighters, and RoboCop Civ 6 is getting eight new civs, and the first two are out next week Indivisible DLC Forces You to Face Razmi’s Challenges Children of Morta - Setting Sun Inn - NEW GAME+ | Free Update Official Trailer The Sims 4’s next expansion makes your neighbourhood prettier if you’re eco-friendly The Culling is making an unexpected return with a baffling business model Riot bans nearly 9,000 Valorant cheaters, warns that this is 'only the beginning' Platinum dispatches Wonderful 101 backer codes and acknowledges Switch error You Can Now Play A Bunch Of Old Phone Games Legally, Easily And For Free Looks like Valve’s planning Steam loyalty discounts and rewards Red Candle Games Looks Back on Devotion, And The Controversy That Shook a Region Larian Studios, ZA/UM, and lots of other indie developers are having their own showcase in June EA Free Upgrades Planned for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Versions PlayStation Store has been suspended indefinitely in mainland China Esports Top Overwatch Team Loses Entire Player Roster Amidst Allegations Of Mismanagement Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Black Book - An RPG Rooted in Slavic Mythology Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Games Criticism Is A Kindness To The Horizon Ted Woolsey Remembers Final Fantasy 6, Evading Nintendo's Censorship Rules, and the Early Days of Localization Indycar's Virtual Race Crashes Sparked Real-World Controversy Among Drivers The video game apocalypses are already here - and they're all around us The House in Fata Morgana’s Controversy Shows the Difficulties of Localization Beyond emulation: The massive effort to reverse-engineer N64 source code Why Do We Keep Going Back to Old Games? Even The Guy Who Wrote That Sea Bass Joke In Animal Crossing Is Tired Of It 1983 and the Future of Videogame Writing The Best Videogame Soundtracks of All Time Dissecting the Anatomy of the Fight in Treachery in Beatdown City Shadows of Chernobyl: tracing the inspiration of Escape from Tarkov TOWARDS THE STARS Fighting for Lost Causes A dream paradox I think, therefore I think. I think. Grinding The Gears – Half Life’s Adrian Shephard The History of Creative Assembly (Total War / Alien Isolation) - Documentary Asura's Wrath Is Deeper Than You Might Think Something Rotten: A Max Payne 3 Miniseries | Episode 4 Should Game Designers Listen to Negative Player Feedback? | Game Maker's Toolkit The Making of Gears 5, Revealed by The Coalition's Lead Designers Crusader of Centy: Sega's Zelda Clone on the Genesis | Gaming Historian A Hat in Time Developers React to 36 Minute Speedrun
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Xbox Series X event and game reveals, Nadia Oxford speaks with former translator Ted Woolsey about the original release of Final Fantasy 6 and the early days of localization, Heather Alexandra discusses good faith criticism as being an act of empathy and kindness for her final article at Kotaku, Skeleton on Mass Effect ignoring the communal ideas of a setting like Star Trek to focus on the superiority of humans with similar ideas to American exceptionalism, Jon Bailes looks at the FF7 remake as a narrative that manages to stand between nostalgia and revolution in its themes and framing of the original, Chris Bratt works with Noclip to tell the story of Creative Assembly and its founder, Natalie Flores covers a recent translation controversy manufactured by people that never played the game and speaks with localizers about their wider work and reactions to it, Colin Spacetwinks breaks down the strategy and feel of the combat of Treachery in Beatdown City, Red Candle Games share future plans after the removal of their previous game from sale, 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) Everything Microsoft Showed During Today's Xbox Series X Event Xbox say they "set some wrong expectations" for yesterday's gameplay reveals Chorus, a New Space Combat Shooter, is Coming to Xbox Series X in 2021 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla “won’t be the longest or biggest game in the series” Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Season Pass unlocks exclusive Beowulf mission Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Is Bringing Back The Instakill Hidden Blade, In A Signal To Hardcore Fans Tonight We Riot Devs Wanted To Make An 'Unapologetically Leftist' Game Gorgeous 1930s tropical adventure Call of the Sea announced for Xbox Series X Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 Remaster Coming September 4 H.R. Giger inspired horror game Scorn is back with an extremely moist trailer Cygni: All Guns Blazing Announced The Last of Us Part II story trailer teases a brutal and emotional journey The Ascent - 12 Minutes of Next-Gen Gameplay - IGN First Second Extinction is a 3-player co-op shooter for the Xbox Series X Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 'Come Dance' Trailer Diablo co-creator announces new studio that will bring “hidden gems” to light The Medium is basically a new Silent Hill, and Akira Yamaoka is just bloody icing on the cake New Trails of Cold Steel 4 Trailer Brings Together Some Familiar Faces Halo co-creator’s sci-fi FPS Disintegration gets a June release date and new trailer Yakuza: Like a Dragon | Cinematic Trailer Empire of Sin Features John Romero's Great-Grandmother, Who Was A Crime Boss In The 1920s 'Dirt 5' will arrive in October Bright Memory: Infinite’s Gameplay Continues to Impress as We Await a PS5 Confirmation Bandai Namco reveals action RPG Scarlet Nexus for Xbox Series X Those Who Remain Dated for 28th May After Coronavirus Push Back Mirror's Edge meets Dishonored in this time-limited demo for Ghostrunner A new Total War game’s been announced – a CCG called Elysium PGA Tour 2K21 - Official Teaser Trailer A brutal war between the High Elves and Greenskins is the next DLC for Total War: Warhammer 2 Doom Eternal Update 1 adds Empowered Demons, some Battlemode enhancements Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath is a story DLC with a new campaign, fighters, and RoboCop Civ 6 is getting eight new civs, and the first two are out next week Indivisible DLC Forces You to Face Razmi’s Challenges Children of Morta - Setting Sun Inn - NEW GAME+ | Free Update Official Trailer The Sims 4’s next expansion makes your neighbourhood prettier if you’re eco-friendly The Culling is making an unexpected return with a baffling business model Riot bans nearly 9,000 Valorant cheaters, warns that this is 'only the beginning' Platinum dispatches Wonderful 101 backer codes and acknowledges Switch error You Can Now Play A Bunch Of Old Phone Games Legally, Easily And For Free Looks like Valve’s planning Steam loyalty discounts and rewards Red Candle Games Looks Back on Devotion, And The Controversy That Shook a Region Larian Studios, ZA/UM, and lots of other indie developers are having their own showcase in June EA Free Upgrades Planned for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Versions PlayStation Store has been suspended indefinitely in mainland China Esports Top Overwatch Team Loses Entire Player Roster Amidst Allegations Of Mismanagement Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Black Book - An RPG Rooted in Slavic Mythology Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Games Criticism Is A Kindness To The Horizon Ted Woolsey Remembers Final Fantasy 6, Evading Nintendo's Censorship Rules, and the Early Days of Localization Indycar's Virtual Race Crashes Sparked Real-World Controversy Among Drivers The video game apocalypses are already here - and they're all around us The House in Fata Morgana’s Controversy Shows the Difficulties of Localization Beyond emulation: The massive effort to reverse-engineer N64 source code Why Do We Keep Going Back to Old Games? Even The Guy Who Wrote That Sea Bass Joke In Animal Crossing Is Tired Of It 1983 and the Future of Videogame Writing The Best Videogame Soundtracks of All Time Dissecting the Anatomy of the Fight in Treachery in Beatdown City Shadows of Chernobyl: tracing the inspiration of Escape from Tarkov TOWARDS THE STARS Fighting for Lost Causes A dream paradox I think, therefore I think. I think. Grinding The Gears – Half Life’s Adrian Shephard The History of Creative Assembly (Total War / Alien Isolation) - Documentary Asura's Wrath Is Deeper Than You Might Think Something Rotten: A Max Payne 3 Miniseries | Episode 4 Should Game Designers Listen to Negative Player Feedback? | Game Maker's Toolkit The Making of Gears 5, Revealed by The Coalition's Lead Designers Crusader of Centy: Sega's Zelda Clone on the Genesis | Gaming Historian A Hat in Time Developers React to 36 Minute Speedrun
  13. Completed: Gears Tactics Platform: PC Good base gameplay, really nice use of cover movement and overwatch that feels at home for the series. Good level design, with occasional areas that have very similar looks to them. Unit classes with mostly good ability choices, some only good for certain mission types and some poor descriptions that make you think they will do things or different things than what they actually do. Poor recruitment system where you get a pool of new characters every mission likely stronger than your current ones that come with new gear, rescued characters already spend skill points when others allow you to choose making them worse choices. I had one character that I used every chance I could and she was the only one who, barely, levels above new characters, making the limited cosmetics and color options even more pointless as it is better to constantly replace everyone. Heroes have no unique features and even they might fall behind in level even when taking them as often as you can. What there is is good but lack of objective variety. Easy to sit around to wait for ability cooldowns. For a strategy game there is almost no replayablity as you will have the characters to try all skills and you will see what all the maps and objectives have to offer. There is no larger strategic game outside battles, no good in world explanation for the strange level modifiers. Feels a lot like the original XCOM remake to me. Some poor choices with a lot that could be improved on with pretty solid base gameplay. Would like a sequel with new enemies and equipment and either more focused on randomization of levels and new objectives or just all varied prebuilt set-pieces let going through a Gears campaign. The grenades are massively overpowered, making the scout class that has an upgrade path where they can throw them every turn along with proximity grenades massively overpowered. Not enough emergence holes or fortified positions, way too many enemy dropships. Cole was a preorder (or early game pass) hero character and his taunts and yelling as you use him made him the only character I really personality wise enjoyed having. There are some terrible looking beards on the recuitable characters. Completed: Tiny Toon Adventures - Buster's Hidden Treasure Platform: Genesis Side scrolling platformer, varied levels with new enemies and traps in each area. Controls well enough. Not as detailed as the SNES game that released the year before but looks good for a Genesis game. You can build up speed and do slide attacks but the amount of time and obstacles make it unlikely to make use of this without advance level knowledge. Can jump off walls though most levels don't make use of it. Collecting 50 carrots let you summon friends to kill all enemies on the screen but there is almost no real reason to use this and when it might have helped I wouldn't have been able to get 50 carrots. Hit detection can be a bit off. Poor story doesn't make good use of license. Can move your head up but can't look up.
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  15. This Week In Gaming 5-5-20

    Graeme Mason tells the story of a gaming magazine that outlived its platform, Violet Adele Bloch on Pathologic and how disease can reveal the sickness in society, Felipe Pepe looks at what makes good RPG dungeons, Jacob Geller finds the beauty in the sounds of horror games, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla announced while another viking game halts production, FCC loses legal battle to hide IP addresses of net neutrality comments, Razbuten covers how games make use of colors to signify things about the world and why purple is the color of corruption, new composer to score Doom Eternal's DLC, Yakuza Like A Dragon coming to Steam, Archipel speaks with Final Fantasy character designer and illustrator Yoshitaka Amano, 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) Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is Assassin’s Creed with vikings Assassin's Creed Valhalla Devs Preemptively Shut Down Bullshit Concerns About Female Vikings Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will use smart delivery on Xbox Viking-murdering monster game Darkborn, previously called Project Wight, is on ice Nier Replicant is more than a remaster, features new characters, improved story and more Hardspace: Shipbreaker dev diary showcases zero-g spacecraft surgery Vampire RPG Nighthawks bares its fangs in a new teaser Dual Universe looks part Eve, part No Man’s Sky in this new trailer Dauntless - Official Rogue Elements Trailer Skater XL - Official Customization Trailer VECTORLORD - Release Date Trailer Looks like Yakuza: Like A Dragon is coming to Steam Tale of Ronin Will Be a Humanist, Psychological Samurai RPG from Dead Mage A Day In The Life Of Grounded Port Royale 4 launches September 25, PC closed beta available now The Last of Us Part 2 leaked online The Last of Us Part 2 Development Wraps With a Message From Neil Druckmann Here's your first look at Lord Of The Rings: Gollum Where are all the idyllic Lord of the Rings games? Does Anyone Actually Want to Play a Lord of the Rings Game About Gollum? Population Zero - Official Launch Trailer C&C Remastered is looking good, and comes with a treasure trove of rediscovered FMV Röki is a lonely adventure steeped in snow and Scandinavian folklore Jessika is a Her Story-style FMV mystery about a young woman's suicide—or murder Dying Light - Hellraid DLC Teaser Mortal Kombat 11 is getting new story DLC Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night – Zangetsu and Randomizer update launches May 7 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, late May to early June for Switch After deadline issues for Doom Eternal's OST, a new composer will score its DLC Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's new update adds NG+ and challenge mode for veterans Nintendo to close 3DS and Wii U eShop in 42 countries Epic Games Store adds local pricing for Canada, Australia, and more Over 85,000 games made available for free to NHS workers Dr Disrespect's Shtick Takes A Dangerous Turn Into Spreading Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories PewDiePie Signs Exclusive YouTube Live-Streaming Deal FCC loses legal battle to hide IP addresses of net neutrality comments INDIVISIBLE DEVELOPERS DIDN'T KNOW THAT THEIR GAME WAS LAUNCHING ON NINTENDO SWITCH TODAY Esports EVO Cancelled Top Smash Player Uses Fake Name In Online Tournament Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) What makes a good RPG dungeon? The story of Your Sinclair The Shareware Scene, Part 2: The Question of Games Creative Assembly boss: “This is not how I imagined my first month as studio director” Inside Minecraft Dungeon's Journey From a Zelda-Inspired 3DS Game to an Approachable Dungeon Crawler Adventure, Humor, and Humanity's Utter End: The Enduring Appeal of Mega Man Legends 2 Blizzard co-founder believes accessibility has made World of Warcraft less social The Forever War The neverending quest for Absolver's ultimate martial art Pathologic and the Morality of Illness Subverting Expectations and Misogyny in Yes, Your Grace Let’s Chill – Jedi Academy and the Lost Art of Casual Play A Late Game Boss Fight Shows Final Fantasy VII Remake At Its Best Cloud Threatens Gender Norms Through Way More Than Cross Dressing Yoshitaka Amano - his universe, on paper Blips 6: Conspiracies! Street Brawls! Spaceships! Old Books? A Tale of Lost Potential - Tales of Zestiria Analysis - Part 1: An Environmental Problem How They Remade the Mako Reactor Theme from Final Fantasy 7 Why Do Horror Games Sound So Beautiful? The Color of Corruption The Worst Game I Enjoy? Something Rotten: A Max Payne 3 Miniseries | Episode 3 How Nintendo changed SMB2 Mario for Mario Maker Total War Warhammer 2 Review Good Design, Bad Design Vol. 9 - The Graphic Design of Animal Crossing, Resident Evil 2, and More The (Controversial) History of L.A. Noire Dead Cells Developers React to Multiple Speedruns