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  1. 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.
  2. Let other AJSA members know what games you have finished this year. Post a few words about what you thought of the game, a longer review, a video review or footage, screenshots, etc. Feel free to discuss the games we've beaten or to talk to others about them. For a game to be considered beaten either finish the single player portion of the game or, for games without campaigns (MMOs, sports games, multiplayer only games, etc), play to a point where you have seen what the game has to offer. Not going to be counting DLCs as individual games (as that could get confusing) but feel free to post your thoughts on them as that is also the point of the thread. If it is an expansion that was sold separately or stand alone content like Shogun 2's Fall of the Samurai I will count that. Episodic games will count as one game, not a game per episode, but feel free to mention each one if you want to discuss each episode individually. If you want to see what people thought of a certain game or see how many people have played it you can use the search function near the top right of the page and type in the game's title, just switch the search option to be for this topic. I'll keep track of how many games we each have finished to see who has been playing the most and what our combined total is for the year. Total Games Completed: 155 Games Completed By Member Kaz32: 90 Legolas_Katarn: 53 Madfinnishgamer3: 7 Rune: 6 Old Threads Late 2015 (Completed 225) 2016 (Completed 626) 2017 (Completed 371) 2018 (Completed 302)
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  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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. 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.
  15. This Week In Gaming 7-16-19

    Super Bunnyhop discusses media literacy and the evolution of game's media with editors from EGM and Kotaku, what to look for to see if you should trust reporting, the lower standards and lack of accountability that comes with Youtube reporting, danger of isolation in online social environments, and what he was taught in journalism classes and during his work with print media. Will Partin looks into the challenge of developing talent in the world of esports, Caty McCarthy interviews Nihon Falcom's president, Reid McCarter on Yakuza Judgment and finding justice outside of Japan's corrupt bureaucracy, Devotion unlikely to come back after store removal and Khee Hoon Chan looks into the wider regional effects of the Chinese publisher's closure, Ace Watkins the Gamer for president, Ubisoft restarts program to use (mostly) unpaid fan music for Watch Dogs Legion, 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) Control Is Smart, Savage and Bats**t Crazy - IGN First Psychonauts 2 is delayed until next year Gears 5 ‘Versus Multiplayer Technical Test’ trailer ‘Gears 5’ Will Eliminate All Smoking Depictions After Concerns Raised by Youth Anti-Tobacco Org (EXCLUSIVE) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Gunfight is my dream game mode Ion Maiden becomes Ion Fury and readies for launch next month Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord's multiplayer class system explained Borderlands 3 - "So Happy Together" Trailer Wander through a dying city this month in A Place For The Unwilling Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Welcome to the Blue Lion House - Nintendo Switch Fire Emblem Three Houses interview: Intelligent Systems & Nintendo talk bringing the beloved strategy RPG series to Switch Fire Emblem: Three Houses Will Test Your Heart And Your Mettle Fire Emblem: Three Houses Shows Off Beast Battles, Tournaments, And Confirms Same-Sex Relationships CD Projekt talks about Cyberpunk 2077 roleplaying options and 'lifepaths' Cyberpunk 2077 will let you fight most people, but not kids or story NPCs Neo Cab Takes On Uber & Lyft's Gig Economies Via Near Future Sci-Fi Man of Medan, Supermassive's Until Dawn Follow-Up, Was a Co-op Multiplayer Horror Game All Along Ubisoft returns to requesting fan labour for Watch Dogs Legion Ubisoft defends Watch Dogs HitRecord partnership amid spec work criticism First Look at Nintendo Switch Lite: A New Addition to the Nintendo Switch Family New Gameplay Today – Knights And Bikes Gibbous is a Lovecraft horror-adventure in the style of a classic Disney film Disintegration is a sci-fi FPS from Halo's co-creator Eastward takes a trip back to the golden age of Asian RPGs The First 20 Minutes Of The Surge 2 | Surge 2 Gameplay (PC) TurboGrafx-16 mini / PC Engine CoreGrafx mini / PC Engine mini launches March 19, 2020 We lost an open-world Griftlands and gained a card game New Gameplay Today – Griftlands Werewolf: The Apocalypse—Earthblood is an action RPG of anger management Cult Horror Game Devotion Will Not Be Re-Released After Joke About Chinese President China forced one horror game publisher to close, but the whole region felt it Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 DLC Is Only Available In Its Expansion Pass How Capcom Made Velkhana's Sounds And Iceborne's Music Visiting Capcom for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Total War: Three Kingdoms rides again in August with Eight Princes The Bard's Tale 4 Director's Cut is coming in August Where the Water Tastes Like Wine gets new Chinese-American stories Jason Kingsley: Epic is "paying through the nose" to build its store Steam can now “magically generate a show about the latest and greatest games” Steam's new 'Interactive Recommender' uses machine learning, not tags or reviews, to tell you what to play G2A Under fire from game devs, G2A proposes new 'Key Blocker' tool Battlegrounds has been banned in Jordan due to negative impact on players Meet the Creators Behind Awesome Overwatch Workshop Creations Like “Last Man Bouncing” Esports News ESPN honors Madden shooting survivor for return to esports The esports pipeline problem How League of Legends Connected Me To The World in the Face of Heart Disease Samurai Shodown Competition Heats Up At This Weekend's Fighting Game Tournaments Riot Delays Taking Action Against Echo Fox Over Investor's Racist Remarks Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Kickstarter suspends GTA Online imitator RAW and cancels pledges Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Report: Over half of game developers say crunch is 'expected' at their jobs Game developers, it’s time to stop listening to the fans Judgment localizers want catcalling scene to feel ‘gross’ for players Viral and Memorable Mistranslations of Japanese Game News Nihon Falcom's President on Why It's Not Supporting Switch More, Lessons Learned From Ys 8, and Hopes for the Next 5 Years Final Fantasy IX Retrospective: The Final Fantasy's Final Fantasy How To Get Into Final Fantasy XIV In 2019 The End of Final Fantasy XIV's 'Shadowbringers' Expansion Is The Emotional Spectacle I've Been Waiting For “Real Justice,” by Reid McCarter Dishonored 2 and the power of presence in video games 'Mordhau' and the Fantasy of an All-White Middle Ages How a Zelda Clone Outshone Actual Zelda: The Case for a Forgotten PS One Gem Media Literacy and Game News History Respawned: Total War Three Kingdoms The Secrets of GoldenEye's AI Revealed | AI and Games 198X and Our Deeply Personal Relationships With Games Blips 2: Making Friends, Circling Enemies, and More! Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry WHO IS ACE WATKINS? 2020 CANDIDATE HOPES TO BE AMERICA'S FIRST GAMER PRESIDENT We made all 78 Breath of the Wild recipes in one day | Unraveled
  16. Super Bunnyhop discusses media literacy and the evolution of game's media with editors from EGM and Kotaku, what to look for to see if you should trust reporting, the lower standards and lack of accountability that comes with Youtube reporting, danger of isolation in online social environments, and what he was taught in journalism classes and during his work with print media. Will Partin looks into the challenge of developing talent in the world of esports, Caty McCarthy interviews Nihon Falcom's president, Reid McCarter on Yakuza Judgment and finding justice outside of Japan's corrupt bureaucracy, Devotion unlikely to come back after store removal and Khee Hoon Chan looks into the wider regional effects of the Chinese publisher's closure, Ace Watkins the Gamer for president, Ubisoft restarts program to use (mostly) unpaid fan music for Watch Dogs Legion, 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) Control Is Smart, Savage and Bats**t Crazy - IGN First Psychonauts 2 is delayed until next year Gears 5 ‘Versus Multiplayer Technical Test’ trailer ‘Gears 5’ Will Eliminate All Smoking Depictions After Concerns Raised by Youth Anti-Tobacco Org (EXCLUSIVE) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Gunfight is my dream game mode Ion Maiden becomes Ion Fury and readies for launch next month Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord's multiplayer class system explained Borderlands 3 - "So Happy Together" Trailer Wander through a dying city this month in A Place For The Unwilling Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Welcome to the Blue Lion House - Nintendo Switch Fire Emblem Three Houses interview: Intelligent Systems & Nintendo talk bringing the beloved strategy RPG series to Switch Fire Emblem: Three Houses Will Test Your Heart And Your Mettle Fire Emblem: Three Houses Shows Off Beast Battles, Tournaments, And Confirms Same-Sex Relationships CD Projekt talks about Cyberpunk 2077 roleplaying options and 'lifepaths' Cyberpunk 2077 will let you fight most people, but not kids or story NPCs Neo Cab Takes On Uber & Lyft's Gig Economies Via Near Future Sci-Fi Man of Medan, Supermassive's Until Dawn Follow-Up, Was a Co-op Multiplayer Horror Game All Along Ubisoft returns to requesting fan labour for Watch Dogs Legion Ubisoft defends Watch Dogs HitRecord partnership amid spec work criticism First Look at Nintendo Switch Lite: A New Addition to the Nintendo Switch Family New Gameplay Today – Knights And Bikes Gibbous is a Lovecraft horror-adventure in the style of a classic Disney film Disintegration is a sci-fi FPS from Halo's co-creator Eastward takes a trip back to the golden age of Asian RPGs The First 20 Minutes Of The Surge 2 | Surge 2 Gameplay (PC) TurboGrafx-16 mini / PC Engine CoreGrafx mini / PC Engine mini launches March 19, 2020 We lost an open-world Griftlands and gained a card game New Gameplay Today – Griftlands Werewolf: The Apocalypse—Earthblood is an action RPG of anger management Cult Horror Game Devotion Will Not Be Re-Released After Joke About Chinese President China forced one horror game publisher to close, but the whole region felt it Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 DLC Is Only Available In Its Expansion Pass How Capcom Made Velkhana's Sounds And Iceborne's Music Visiting Capcom for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Total War: Three Kingdoms rides again in August with Eight Princes The Bard's Tale 4 Director's Cut is coming in August Where the Water Tastes Like Wine gets new Chinese-American stories Jason Kingsley: Epic is "paying through the nose" to build its store Steam can now “magically generate a show about the latest and greatest games” Steam's new 'Interactive Recommender' uses machine learning, not tags or reviews, to tell you what to play G2A Under fire from game devs, G2A proposes new 'Key Blocker' tool Battlegrounds has been banned in Jordan due to negative impact on players Meet the Creators Behind Awesome Overwatch Workshop Creations Like “Last Man Bouncing” Esports News ESPN honors Madden shooting survivor for return to esports The esports pipeline problem How League of Legends Connected Me To The World in the Face of Heart Disease Samurai Shodown Competition Heats Up At This Weekend's Fighting Game Tournaments Riot Delays Taking Action Against Echo Fox Over Investor's Racist Remarks Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Kickstarter suspends GTA Online imitator RAW and cancels pledges Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Report: Over half of game developers say crunch is 'expected' at their jobs Game developers, it’s time to stop listening to the fans Judgment localizers want catcalling scene to feel ‘gross’ for players Viral and Memorable Mistranslations of Japanese Game News Nihon Falcom's President on Why It's Not Supporting Switch More, Lessons Learned From Ys 8, and Hopes for the Next 5 Years Final Fantasy IX Retrospective: The Final Fantasy's Final Fantasy How To Get Into Final Fantasy XIV In 2019 The End of Final Fantasy XIV's 'Shadowbringers' Expansion Is The Emotional Spectacle I've Been Waiting For “Real Justice,” by Reid McCarter Dishonored 2 and the power of presence in video games 'Mordhau' and the Fantasy of an All-White Middle Ages How a Zelda Clone Outshone Actual Zelda: The Case for a Forgotten PS One Gem Media Literacy and Game News History Respawned: Total War Three Kingdoms The Secrets of GoldenEye's AI Revealed | AI and Games 198X and Our Deeply Personal Relationships With Games Blips 2: Making Friends, Circling Enemies, and More! Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry WHO IS ACE WATKINS? 2020 CANDIDATE HOPES TO BE AMERICA'S FIRST GAMER PRESIDENT We made all 78 Breath of the Wild recipes in one day | Unraveled
  17. This Week In Gaming 7-9-19

    Innuendo Studios explores the meaning of genre using adventure games as a guide, Carolyn Petit on the ways people find meaning in the games they play and how the story of 198X captures trying to find that meaning, Grace examines Hellblade's failure to depict mental illness, Mat Westhorpe's account of what the friends made in Elite Dangerous meant to his nephew in his final days, Game Score Fanfare discusses why old game music is seen as being more memorable than modern soundtracks by looking at the history and evolution of hardware and design, Noclip covers how E3 itself and press coverage and showings have evolved, Blizzard looking to hire people for roles they laid off a few months ago, Renegade Cut examines why outrage over smaller breasts and functional wardrobes in games exists, Archipel talks to developers of iconic Dreamcast titles about its legacy and their work on it, Xalavier Nelson Jr. on the innovation of Peter Jackson’s King Kong, 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) Desperados III - Closed Beta Announcement Trailer Why John Wick Hex ended up a strategy game instead of a shooter Completing One House In Fire Emblem: Three Houses Takes About 80 Hours “Without the help of Koei Tecmo it simply wouldn’t have been possible” – Fire Emblem: Three Houses developers on their biggest strategy RPG yet CD Projekt says it's not actually working on multiple Cyberpunk games CYBERPUNK’S MIKE PONDSMITH: ‘MY WIFE GUESSED THEY HAD KEANU REEVES’ WayForward drop an ass-kicking trailer for River City Girls The Outer Worlds co-director says it will be political, but not 'politically charged' Spaceland is a bite-sized sci-fi strategy game that plays like XCOM Spiritfarer is about death, but it's how it treats life that makes it unusual Death Mark Successor NG Will Arrive In The West In October 2019 Mighty Gunvolt Burst Jumps And Shoots Onto Steam On July 31 Shantae 5 - Studio TRIGGER Opening Animation Acclaimed board game dungeon crawler Gloomhaven's digital adaptation enters Steam Early Access next week One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 Announced Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition Coming To Switch, Steam Next Year InXile boss Brian Fargo says the Wasteland series 'is our Fallout' Borderlands 3 wants to make multiplayer more accessible Yo-Kai Watch 4 Is Being Localized For The West On Nintendo Switch Two new Starbase videos showcase deep-space battles and robotic gunfights A romantic glimpse at Haven in motion, from the makers of Furi Ciel Fledge sends the Princess Maker formula to space this autumn The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III’s New Gameplay Trailer Takes Us Into Battle Classic Strategy RPGs Langrisser 1 and 2 Are Getting Remakes Early Next Year There's A New Turok Game Coming Out This Month, And It's Super Cute Gundam Gacha Game Battle Operation 2 Headed West This Year The First 15 Minutes of Stranger Things 3: The Game Gameplay Stranger Things 3 Game Is A Boring Rehash Of The Show Kingdom Under Fire 2 marches into Europe and America this year Capcom’s Teppen Is Bizarre And Better Than We Expected The First 13 Minutes of Control - IGN First PES 2020: PS4 Pro Gameplay - Man United Vs. PES Legends Shenmue 3 backers won't get Steam keys at launch, but refunds will be available Killing Time In Shenmue III Metal Wolf Chaos XD is Coming To Save The Nation This August The 5 most exciting Warframe announcements from Tennocon Elite Dangerous’ giant Fleet Carrier bases arrive in December Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Makes You Fear Both Monsters and the Cold Exclusive, New Impressions On Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Bestiary Day 1 – The Saber-Toothed Barioth This Year's Steam Summer Sale Was A Mess, Game Developers Say Blizzard is hiring Hearthstone community managers – having laid the whole team off five months ago Paradox's Fredrik Wester defends company's DLC policy Yogscast cuts ties with Matthew 'Caff' Meredith after sexual harassment allegations TinyBuild CEO denies withholding GOG patches for piracy concerns G2A blame rogue staff for undisclosed promotion schem ATTITUDE PRIDE AWARDS: THE GAMER WHO RAISED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS FOR AN UNDER-FIRE TRANS YOUTH CHARITY Obituary: Eternal Darkness composer Steve Henifin Hacker in DDoS attacks on Daybreak Games gets two years in prison After Brexit, France promises subsidies and tax breaks to relocating game devs Tencent, Chinese gaming companies push new age rating system Esports News Smash Ultimate community bullies 15-year-old player into nearly retiring Smash Pro Retires After Admitting To Relationship With Teenage Competitor Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) GIGABUSTER - Blazing action platformer (Demo Available) Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Trauma, and the Power of Editing How Artifact became Valve's biggest failure How a video game community filled my nephew's final days with joy Game Industry Salary How the cat jokes and beast names of Monster Hunter: World are translated into English De-Organization and Salvation — Politics of The Self in LUCAH: Born of a Dream Labor and Capital Artistic Censorship Worldwide Infamy: The Birth Of Carmen Sandiego Alfred Chicken: Cheesy Mascot, Excellent Politician Opinion: Epic Games is so aggressive because it wants the PC games market to itself Exploring the afterlife of historical sites in video games Looking Back On Final Fantasy X With Producer Yoshinori Kitase 198X and Being Players in a Dangerous Time Thousands perish in Elite Dangerous expedition, but survivors reach the edge of the galaxy Peter Jackson’s King Kong was the most innovative game of its console generation Judgment is a new Yakuza spin-off where women still play old-fashioned roles 'Project Winter' Is the Best Game About Betrayal This Year CASTLEVANIA: STOP WORRYING ABOUT YOUR TOYS Harvest Moon Was My Introduction to the Concept of Death Why Now Is The Perfect Time For The Final Fantasy VII Remake The Creators Of Disney Infinity Wanted To Make A Game About Toy Story Characters Exploring Space Remembering Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World: The Game | PostMesmeric What Happened to Memorable Game Music? | Game Score Fanfare A Dream Cast - Part 1 A Dream Cast - Part 2 Who Shot Guybrush Threepwood? | Genre and the Adventure Game The Outrage Is About Control, Not Breasts | Renegade Cut The Witcher Retrospective Understanding the Music of Minecraft Recreating Celeste's Core C-SIDE in Mario Maker 2 Behind the Scenes with the Games Media at E3 2019 Useful ROM Hacks for Retro Games - Restorations, Fan Translations, Colorizations / MY LIFE IN GAMING Composer David Wise Dissects Donkey Kong Country's Best Music The Design of Subnautica Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Zelda Wouldn't Be Great Without Its Wild 2D Experiments
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Innuendo Studios explores the meaning of genre using adventure games as a guide, Carolyn Petit on the ways people find meaning in the games they play and how the story of 198X captures trying to find that meaning, Grace examines Hellblade's failure to depict mental illness, Mat Westhorpe's account of what the friends made in Elite Dangerous and developer Frontier meant to his nephew in his final days, Game Score Fanfare discusses why old game music is seen as being more memorable than modern soundtracks by looking at the history and evolution of hardware and design, Noclip covers how E3 itself and press coverage and showings have evolved, Blizzard looking to hire people for roles they laid off a few months ago, Renegade Cut examines why outrage over smaller breasts and functional wardrobes in games exists, Archipel talks to developers of iconic Dreamcast titles about the console's legacy and their work on it, Xalavier Nelson Jr. on the innovation of Peter Jackson’s King Kong, 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) Desperados III - Closed Beta Announcement Trailer Why John Wick Hex ended up a strategy game instead of a shooter Completing One House In Fire Emblem: Three Houses Takes About 80 Hours “Without the help of Koei Tecmo it simply wouldn’t have been possible” – Fire Emblem: Three Houses developers on their biggest strategy RPG yet CD Projekt says it's not actually working on multiple Cyberpunk games CYBERPUNK’S MIKE PONDSMITH: ‘MY WIFE GUESSED THEY HAD KEANU REEVES’ WayForward drop an ass-kicking trailer for River City Girls The Outer Worlds co-director says it will be political, but not 'politically charged' Spaceland is a bite-sized sci-fi strategy game that plays like XCOM Spiritfarer is about death, but it's how it treats life that makes it unusual Death Mark Successor NG Will Arrive In The West In October 2019 Mighty Gunvolt Burst Jumps And Shoots Onto Steam On July 31 Shantae 5 - Studio TRIGGER Opening Animation Acclaimed board game dungeon crawler Gloomhaven's digital adaptation enters Steam Early Access next week One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 Announced Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition Coming To Switch, Steam Next Year InXile boss Brian Fargo says the Wasteland series 'is our Fallout' Borderlands 3 wants to make multiplayer more accessible Yo-Kai Watch 4 Is Being Localized For The West On Nintendo Switch Two new Starbase videos showcase deep-space battles and robotic gunfights A romantic glimpse at Haven in motion, from the makers of Furi Ciel Fledge sends the Princess Maker formula to space this autumn The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III’s New Gameplay Trailer Takes Us Into Battle Classic Strategy RPGs Langrisser 1 and 2 Are Getting Remakes Early Next Year There's A New Turok Game Coming Out This Month, And It's Super Cute Gundam Gacha Game Battle Operation 2 Headed West This Year The First 15 Minutes of Stranger Things 3: The Game Gameplay Stranger Things 3 Game Is A Boring Rehash Of The Show Kingdom Under Fire 2 marches into Europe and America this year Capcom’s Teppen Is Bizarre And Better Than We Expected The First 13 Minutes of Control - IGN First PES 2020: PS4 Pro Gameplay - Man United Vs. PES Legends Shenmue 3 backers won't get Steam keys at launch, but refunds will be available Killing Time In Shenmue III Metal Wolf Chaos XD is Coming To Save The Nation This August The 5 most exciting Warframe announcements from Tennocon Elite Dangerous’ giant Fleet Carrier bases arrive in December Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Makes You Fear Both Monsters and the Cold Exclusive, New Impressions On Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Bestiary Day 1 – The Saber-Toothed Barioth This Year's Steam Summer Sale Was A Mess, Game Developers Say Blizzard is hiring Hearthstone community managers – having laid the whole team off five months ago Paradox's Fredrik Wester defends company's DLC policy Yogscast cuts ties with Matthew 'Caff' Meredith after sexual harassment allegations TinyBuild CEO denies withholding GOG patches for piracy concerns G2A blame rogue staff for undisclosed promotion schem ATTITUDE PRIDE AWARDS: THE GAMER WHO RAISED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS FOR AN UNDER-FIRE TRANS YOUTH CHARITY Obituary: Eternal Darkness composer Steve Henifin Hacker in DDoS attacks on Daybreak Games gets two years in prison After Brexit, France promises subsidies and tax breaks to relocating game devs Tencent, Chinese gaming companies push new age rating system Esports News Smash Ultimate community bullies 15-year-old player into nearly retiring Smash Pro Retires After Admitting To Relationship With Teenage Competitor Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) GIGABUSTER - Blazing action platformer (Demo Available) Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Trauma, and the Power of Editing How Artifact became Valve's biggest failure How a video game community filled my nephew's final days with joy Game Industry Salary How the cat jokes and beast names of Monster Hunter: World are translated into English De-Organization and Salvation — Politics of The Self in LUCAH: Born of a Dream Labor and Capital Artistic Censorship Worldwide Infamy: The Birth Of Carmen Sandiego Alfred Chicken: Cheesy Mascot, Excellent Politician Opinion: Epic Games is so aggressive because it wants the PC games market to itself Exploring the afterlife of historical sites in video games Looking Back On Final Fantasy X With Producer Yoshinori Kitase 198X and Being Players in a Dangerous Time Thousands perish in Elite Dangerous expedition, but survivors reach the edge of the galaxy Peter Jackson’s King Kong was the most innovative game of its console generation Judgment is a new Yakuza spin-off where women still play old-fashioned roles 'Project Winter' Is the Best Game About Betrayal This Year CASTLEVANIA: STOP WORRYING ABOUT YOUR TOYS Harvest Moon Was My Introduction to the Concept of Death Why Now Is The Perfect Time For The Final Fantasy VII Remake The Creators Of Disney Infinity Wanted To Make A Game About Toy Story Characters Exploring Space Remembering Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World: The Game | PostMesmeric What Happened to Memorable Game Music? | Game Score Fanfare A Dream Cast - Part 1 A Dream Cast - Part 2 Who Shot Guybrush Threepwood? | Genre and the Adventure Game The Outrage Is About Control, Not Breasts | Renegade Cut The Witcher Retrospective Understanding the Music of Minecraft Recreating Celeste's Core C-SIDE in Mario Maker 2 Behind the Scenes with the Games Media at E3 2019 Useful ROM Hacks for Retro Games - Restorations, Fan Translations, Colorizations / MY LIFE IN GAMING Composer David Wise Dissects Donkey Kong Country's Best Music The Design of Subnautica Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Zelda Wouldn't Be Great Without Its Wild 2D Experiments
  19. Good work. If you just want him to see it, it would probably be best to just @ him on Twitter with the image attached. That's usually the best chance of him seeing something
  20. This Week In Gaming 7-2-19

    Jason Schreier reports on the human cost of Black Ops 4 and the treatment of game contractors and QA, Jacob Geller shares stories of discovery and inevitable death in Outer Wilds while Adam Millard talks about how Outer Wilds makes running out of time fun, Chris Bratt visits Versailles to learn how Blizzard's goal of laying off 134 employees was effected by unions, Jim Sterling examines how addiction is exploited by video games while covering company statements and personal testimonies, Super Bunnyhop on the inspirations behind The Sims and turning life into a game, Mount and Blade 2 starting closed multiplayer beta, Writing on Games' analysis of every level of Hitman 2 (2018), CD Projekt has multiple teams working on Cyberpunk, former Microsoft researcher John Hopson remembers the time he tried to ruin Halo 2, 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) A closed beta for Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord multiplayer is currently underway Night Call, the neo-noir taxi driver murder mystery, is coming in July Tenderfoot Tactics has intriguing turn-based combat and patronising gods Zombie Army 4: Dead War is a fun co-op shooter where you must prevent Hitler's return from hell Age Of Wonders: Planetfall Gameplay | Complete Assembly Battle Walkthrough And Impressions It sounds like Tequila Works' new Stadia game Gylt will come to other platforms too Forget XCOM, Empire of Sin is like gangster Total War Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield dev addresses backlash in impassioned message to fans I spoke to a Midnight Ghost Hunt developer and now really want to be a fridge ‘Mystery is important’ - Inside’s co-creator won’t tell us the secret of Somerville Daedalus: The Awakening Of Golden Jazz stakes out a demo before launch next week No Straight Roads is a Musical Action-Adventure Where You Don't Necessarily Need Good Rhythm New Gameplay Today – Psychonauts 2 Board game adaptation Gloomhaven enters early access on July 17th Obsidian explains how different endings work in The Outer Worlds Cyberpunk 2077 has three different playable prologues depending on your starting choice CD Projekt Red has three Cyberpunk games in development, multiplayer in the works for 2077 Astral Chain looks like another PlatinumGames cult classic in the making Experience’s Spirit Hunter Visual Novel NG Heads West For PS4, PS Vita, Switch, PC In October 2019 6 Things You Need to Know About Apex Legends Season 2: Battle Charge - Apex Legends Season 2 Trailer Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr v2.0 overhauls the wonky action RPG The journey of Battalion 1944: “we’re humbled to get a second chance, but feel it’s one we deserve” Mutant Year Zero: Seed Of Evil Gameplay | New Character, Mutations And Story Slay The Spire's fourth character will be free Void Bastards Getting Free Challenge Modes, DLC Soon Rampant racism and toxicity are driving players away from Mordhau Mordhau's Developers Walk Back a Proposed Toggle Enabling Players to Turn off Nonwhite Characters EVE Online is in chaos after an unprecedented alien invasion Some Of The Best Summer Games Done Quick Runs So Far GDQ proves that glitches can be a great part of games The Best Speedruns From SGDQ 2019 Valve on the summer sale Grand Prix: “it’s clear that we could’ve done better” Valve Changes Steam Sale After Widespread Complaints From Developers And Players Epic's Founder Explains Why The Company Is Going So Hard On Exclusives Tim Sweeney says it’s Valve’s fault that backers won’t get Shenmue 3 Steam keys Sony’s focus with PS5 will be on the ‘hard-core’ consumer and triple-A titles Twitch's New Subscriber-Only Streams Might Violate Game Publishers' Terms Of Service Rami Ismail joins Descenders developer in calling players to pirate their games rather than buy from G2A Two Weeks After Suspending Dr. Disrespect For Livestreaming In Bathroom, Twitch Restores His Channel Popular YouTuber Etika Dies At 29 Summer Games Done Quick 2019 Raised Over $3 Million Dollars In One Week, Setting A New Record Sony, Microsoft, And Nintendo Come Out Against Trump’s Tariffs On Gaming Consoles South Korea’s Anti-Account Sharing Law Now in Effect Devotion’s Chinese publisher has had its business license revoked This Witcher 3 mod reworks over 1,000 textures and 250 models Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The Human Cost Of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Ex-Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime on why the studio bins 50% of its projects Crunch is "not sustainable" but Blizzard wouldn't be Blizzard without it, founder says Is crunch being solved or just outsourced? | Opinion The subtle art of crisis management Stop making me kill animals Preservationists Are Saving Video Game History, One Upload at a Time Celebrating the humanisation of queer women through humor in video games Underwater Video Games Ignore the Perilous State of Our Collapsing Oceans In praise of games that get New Game Plus right Street Fighter's Queer Stereotypes Kept Me In The Closet How Insomniac stole the heart of Spider-Man The Changing Face Of Arcade Games In 2019 Sean Murray on No Man's Sky: "I thought we were making a niche game" How FIFA's The Journey revolutionised EA's approach to diversity What does a truly accessible game look like? We asked the pros The Ultimate Fantasy of Dragon Age is Being Listened to by a Man Games Are Better With Double Jumps How We Happy Few explores the injustice of motherhood Valthirian Arc: Hero School Story The time I tried to ruin Halo 2 His definition of ruin sounds like my greatly improve. How quality localisation makes the Yakuza series great Judgment Knows the Heart of a City Is Its People The Homoeroticism of Contra and Altered Beast Video Game History Is More Than Just Software and Hardware The 134 people that Blizzard Entertainment is trying to make redundant Stories from the end of Outer Wild’s Universe How the Heck Do We Talk About Outer Wilds? How Outer Wilds Makes Running Out of Stuff Fun Analysing Every Mission from Hitman 2 How Has Mario's Run Changed? Which Dark Souls Has the Best Parry Animation? - New Frame Plus The Addictive Cost Of Predatory Videogame Monetization (The Jimquisition) Games as Lit. 101 - Tacoma and Story-Centric Gameplay Blood (1997) | Full Interview with Nick Newhard The History of Dragon Age 2 Turning Life Into a Game for The Sims "Accurate" E3 Demos Why Metro Exodus is 2019’s Most Immersive Open World Game | Game Maker's Toolkit
  21. Jason Schreier reports on the human cost of Black Ops 4 and the treatment of game contractors and QA, Jacob Geller shares stories of discovery and inevitable death in Outer Wilds while Adam Millard talks about how Outer Wilds makes running out of time fun, Chris Bratt visits Versailles to learn how Blizzard's goal of laying off 134 employees was effected by unions, Jim Sterling examines how addiction is exploited by video games while covering company statement and personal testimonies, Super Bunnyhop on the inspirations behind The Sims and turning life into a game, Mount and Blade 2 starting closed multiplayer beta, Writing on Games' analysis of every level of Hitman 2 (2018), CD Projekt has multiple teams working on Cyberpunk, former Microsoft researcher John Hopson remembers the time he tried to ruin Halo 2, 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) A closed beta for Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord multiplayer is currently underway Night Call, the neo-noir taxi driver murder mystery, is coming in July Tenderfoot Tactics has intriguing turn-based combat and patronising gods Zombie Army 4: Dead War is a fun co-op shooter where you must prevent Hitler's return from hell Age Of Wonders: Planetfall Gameplay | Complete Assembly Battle Walkthrough And Impressions It sounds like Tequila Works' new Stadia game Gylt will come to other platforms too Forget XCOM, Empire of Sin is like gangster Total War Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield dev addresses backlash in impassioned message to fans I spoke to a Midnight Ghost Hunt developer and now really want to be a fridge ‘Mystery is important’ - Inside’s co-creator won’t tell us the secret of Somerville Daedalus: The Awakening Of Golden Jazz stakes out a demo before launch next week No Straight Roads is a Musical Action-Adventure Where You Don't Necessarily Need Good Rhythm New Gameplay Today – Psychonauts 2 Board game adaptation Gloomhaven enters early access on July 17th Obsidian explains how different endings work in The Outer Worlds Cyberpunk 2077 has three different playable prologues depending on your starting choice CD Projekt Red has three Cyberpunk games in development, multiplayer in the works for 2077 Astral Chain looks like another PlatinumGames cult classic in the making Experience’s Spirit Hunter Visual Novel NG Heads West For PS4, PS Vita, Switch, PC In October 2019 6 Things You Need to Know About Apex Legends Season 2: Battle Charge - Apex Legends Season 2 Trailer Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr v2.0 overhauls the wonky action RPG The journey of Battalion 1944: “we’re humbled to get a second chance, but feel it’s one we deserve” Mutant Year Zero: Seed Of Evil Gameplay | New Character, Mutations And Story Slay The Spire's fourth character will be free Void Bastards Getting Free Challenge Modes, DLC Soon Rampant racism and toxicity are driving players away from Mordhau Mordhau's Developers Walk Back a Proposed Toggle Enabling Players to Turn off Nonwhite Characters EVE Online is in chaos after an unprecedented alien invasion Some Of The Best Summer Games Done Quick Runs So Far GDQ proves that glitches can be a great part of games The Best Speedruns From SGDQ 2019 Valve on the summer sale Grand Prix: “it’s clear that we could’ve done better” Valve Changes Steam Sale After Widespread Complaints From Developers And Players Epic's Founder Explains Why The Company Is Going So Hard On Exclusives Tim Sweeney says it’s Valve’s fault that backers won’t get Shenmue 3 Steam keys Sony’s focus with PS5 will be on the ‘hard-core’ consumer and triple-A titles Twitch's New Subscriber-Only Streams Might Violate Game Publishers' Terms Of Service Rami Ismail joins Descenders developer in calling players to pirate their games rather than buy from G2A Two Weeks After Suspending Dr. Disrespect For Livestreaming In Bathroom, Twitch Restores His Channel Popular YouTuber Etika Dies At 29 Summer Games Done Quick 2019 Raised Over $3 Million Dollars In One Week, Setting A New Record Sony, Microsoft, And Nintendo Come Out Against Trump’s Tariffs On Gaming Consoles South Korea’s Anti-Account Sharing Law Now in Effect Devotion’s Chinese publisher has had its business license revoked This Witcher 3 mod reworks over 1,000 textures and 250 models Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The Human Cost Of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Ex-Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime on why the studio bins 50% of its projects Crunch is "not sustainable" but Blizzard wouldn't be Blizzard without it, founder says Is crunch being solved or just outsourced? | Opinion The subtle art of crisis management Stop making me kill animals Preservationists Are Saving Video Game History, One Upload at a Time Celebrating the humanisation of queer women through humor in video games Underwater Video Games Ignore the Perilous State of Our Collapsing Oceans In praise of games that get New Game Plus right Street Fighter's Queer Stereotypes Kept Me In The Closet How Insomniac stole the heart of Spider-Man The Changing Face Of Arcade Games In 2019 Sean Murray on No Man's Sky: "I thought we were making a niche game" How FIFA's The Journey revolutionised EA's approach to diversity What does a truly accessible game look like? We asked the pros The Ultimate Fantasy of Dragon Age is Being Listened to by a Man Games Are Better With Double Jumps How We Happy Few explores the injustice of motherhood Valthirian Arc: Hero School Story The time I tried to ruin Halo 2 His definition of ruin sounds like my greatly improve. How quality localisation makes the Yakuza series great Judgment Knows the Heart of a City Is Its People The Homoeroticism of Contra and Altered Beast Video Game History Is More Than Just Software and Hardware The 134 people that Blizzard Entertainment is trying to make redundant Stories from the end of Outer Wild’s Universe How the Heck Do We Talk About Outer Wilds? How Outer Wilds Makes Running Out of Stuff Fun Analysing Every Mission from Hitman 2 How Has Mario's Run Changed? Which Dark Souls Has the Best Parry Animation? - New Frame Plus The Addictive Cost Of Predatory Videogame Monetization (The Jimquisition) Games as Lit. 101 - Tacoma and Story-Centric Gameplay Blood (1997) | Full Interview with Nick Newhard The History of Dragon Age 2 Turning Life Into a Game for The Sims "Accurate" E3 Demos Why Metro Exodus is 2019’s Most Immersive Open World Game | Game Maker's Toolkit
  22. Completed: Truxton 2 Platform: Arcade Vertical shoot em up that loops six very large areas that each include multiple enemies and bosses. Good music. Speed and three types of weapon upgrades and a skull bomb. Has co-op. At an hour in length it can start to overstay its welcome with backgrounds only changing up slightly and when you start fighting the same or similar enemies, the boss designs are good. Losing lives will start you back at an early part of a section (not too far back) so you can't just win by having enough credits. Completed: Hellfire S - Another Story Platform: TurboGrafx CD Horizontal shooter, some animated scenes in the CD version. Main mechanic in this game is being able to switch between four firing modes forward, back, up and down, and diagonally in all four directions. Powerups can make your shots stronger by adding multiple beams to your basic shot and making them wider, pickups can also be found that allow you to take an extra hit. Dying spawns you back where you were. Very easy until enemies start quickly coming from below/above. Good music, bad sound. Completed: Hypnospace Outlaw Platform: PC Gives you the role of what is basically a Geocities moderator shortly before the year 2,000 (though with a web device that is used while you are asleep). Often a humorous and satirical game that has you working for the kind of egomaniacal amoral tech bros that people like Steve Jobs popularized in the tech industry and looking at the web pages of many people obsessed with themselves as they bask in the hubs of their obsessions. Puzzle like gameplay first has you finding violations but later involve finding hidden objects, guessing relationships, and using hidden tools to find the content you need to report and later to solve an issue with more deadly implications. The main story and cases are fairly short and the enjoyment of the game and most of the time spent will come from just exploring the pages available to you. Completed: 198X Platform: PC Part 1 of a coming of age story focused around a high school student's life and the meaning they find through their interactions with arcade cabinets and culture of the arcade set in the 80s in a fictional suburb outside of a large city. Narrative takes place between playing five different arcade style games (and inside two of them), with four of them being quite good and one mostly just being visually good. Beautiful detailed artwork, good music, more sincere story on meaning games can have for someone disillusioned with their current life. Or the origins of a pretty generic white suburban kid becoming a gaming obsessed psychopath, starting with a need to continually pump quarters into consumer products that overtakes other desires in their life until they begin to lose all grip on reality. Could work both ways as it is. Not sure if/when the rest releases if it will be as a new game, free update, or paid content. Completed: Nekketsu Oyako Platform: Playstation Beat em up. Plays like a poor Streets of Rage, also looks like too similar to Streets of Rage for a Playstation/Saturn title. Game plays too slowly, a quarter circle attack is overpowered, your movements can feel awkward. You get eaten by a whale at one point and fight octopus like creatures in it and on top of it. Lot of weapon drops but they aren't really fun to use, some are character specific with the bigger guy being the only one who can use a rare bazooka or drink beer but can't use normal. Would be just average if not for what feels like sudden slowdown effecting some of your moves and some enemy attacks. Completed: Way of the Passive Fist Platform: PC Beat em up style game where you are unable to do normal attacks and instead have to parry and dodge enemy blows to either tire them out until you can push them over, can grab and throw back enemy throwing weapons, or until you build up a combo allowing you to perform a powerful attack. Allows you to change five different options for custom difficulty. Decent enemy variety with some needing to be defeated in certain ways or more easily beaten in certain ways but the palette swaps to show different attack patterns can make it more difficult to remember what they do. Enemy grabs are a little off hit detection wise. Crowd of enemies on screen can make it hard to see who is doing what, even on the normal enemy number setting, enemies attack you one at a time but might all move together with larger ones mostly concealing the smaller. Most of the levels are fairly dull with you just walking through similar areas until you move into a wave based enemy section. Base gameplay is good but can become simple and repetitive fast, like many beat em ups, but this one lacking the characters, co-op, variety of moves, or more interesting levels of the better beat em ups. Completed: Detention Platform: PC Set during the White Terror period of Taiwan focusing on both the damage done to society living under martial law, powerlessness of your character's personal circumstance, and coming to terms with the damage you inflicted on others stemming from the abuses you've suffered. Physical manifestations of horror draw on Taiwanese mythology. An effective artstyle made to represent looking at old photos. Succeeds at telling a story of tragedy and horror both personal and socially. Completed: Wulverblade Platform: PC Beat em up focusing on Britannia fighting the Roman 9th Legion, with heavy elements of Scottish mythology. Mostly basic attacks expected for the genre, with a lot of chopped off head and arms to throw and some alternate heavy weapons to find. Camera follows you pretty close compared to many beat em ups and the large character models and environment look good. More story than most games of this type with cutscenes before and after each level, dialogue that changes with your character, and notes/lore to find. Levels can go on too long, dodging doesn't always work well. Base gameplay is fun but fairly generic for a beat em up but with an addition of a block and counter system. Good when selling at a lower price for the base beat em up mechanics but made better with the art, raging Scotsmen, and ability to throw heads at your enemies. Completed: MORDHAU Platform: PC Mordhau is a first or third person melee combat game where you can create classes by spending 16 points on head, body, and leg armor, weapons, shields, items, and passive perks. The combat is a lot of fun, if you don't mind frequently being in large melees with little control and overzealous allies that can (and will) damage you, and it offers a good amount of strategy both with class options and the ways that you can attack, feint, and chain blows together. A lot of armor customization options, which do unfortunately almost always hide you facial, body, and hair options. Avoids the ridiculous mess that Chivalry became where the better players would walk around crouching rapidly spinning around to make their attacks land faster. It would take a very long time to build up enough in game gold to unlock everything, but it doesn't take that long to buy every type of equipable weapon or item the game has and you can quickly save of up the pieces of armor that you will actually want to wear. Has the usual negatives that seems to come with these games of extremely questionable weapon range, often seeing the end of blades miss you when you are hit or connect with your enemy without effecting them, the frequent high ping servers not making things any better. Many times it will feel like you are swinging weapons like you don't have arms but instead just a hand attacked to your chest as you somehow are unable to reach people taking up half your field of vision with a great sword. Couched lances on horseback might just not work at all and when they do work I have no idea how it decides on who wins when two riders meet (more of a problem then you would think since every map has some horses and one of the few maps is very heavily horse based). The lack of report or banning features combined with the kind of men that often have an interest in medieval style warfare (on top of online video games in general) often gives the game a pretty terrible seeming community if you are paying attention to chat, though with the style of the game people do at least seem to be fairly forgiving or willing to apologize for team damage or kills. Could really use a dedicated duel mode, jousting mode could also be interesting once that is working better.
  23. Completed: APE OUT Platform: PC Control an Ape attempting to escape from a variety of settings including a lab, ship, jungle, and office building while smashing enemies against walls or each other. Jazz drumming and expressive colors follow your destruction as you make your way out of each level. Enemies explode in bright blood and body party, fires start from enemy flamethrowers and barrels exploding, the power dies and flashlights and flames help to guide your paths and your enemy's view. It's a loud and intense game separated by four albums that act as 8-10 stages each with their own area focus, each album can be played on a more difficult setting for greater challenge. Rooms can change with each level reset causing the need for improvisation matching both the state of the ape and style of music, this can cause extremely easy or extremely difficult set ups where you can pretty much easily walk through the level or where you will be suddenly killed if you have the slightest hesitation in performing a nearly perfect improvised plan to get by. None of the artistic or musical choices are something I could talk about remotely well, but this guy can Completed: Zanac x Zanac Platform: Playstation Solid vertical shoot em up with three different ships to choose and a variety of weapon upgrades, a stronger attack charged by destroying enemies. Released late in the Playstation's life, not the most impressive for its time but good base gameplay, music, and decent backgrounds
  24. guildwars2

    We had people playing the game for some time but I don't believe we have an active group in the game anymore.
  25. This Week In Gaming 6-25-19

    Former Gearbox employee provides proof Randy Pitchford diverted funds to personal company, Xbox boss Phil Spencer talks about platform's struggle with first party game quality and making gaming less hostile, Esra Krabbe interviews Hidetaka Miyazaki about Elden Ring and how his dark creations come from his view of the world, The Game Professor recalls the effects teaching games as literature in High School had on both the kids and on other teachers, James Mielke interviews Kazuma Kujo on the return of R-Type, Mx. Medea suggests that people discussing whether or not games are art don't have an understanding of what art is in the first place, RagnarRox looks at the forgotten FPS Blood with its creator Nick Newhard, The Girl with the Controller on Uncharted's portrayal of growth in marriage, Peter Tieryas' defense of Castevania 2 as a game that shows the consequences of the protagonist’s actions, Alpha Protocol removed from Steam as music rights expire, 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) Wit And Charm Are Powerful Weapons In Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 How Baldur's Gate 3 and Bloodlines 2 are rewriting the rules of the tabletop games they're adapting Desperados III is Shadow Tactics wearing a lovely cowboy coat that lets you pause E3 2019 Preview: Empire of Sin Is More XCOM Than You Know Empire Of Sin is full of serial killers and drunks who need a good mobster manager Nowhere Prophet predicts a July 19th arrival How Phoenix Point Differs from XCOM - IGN Live | E3 2019 Baldur’s Gate 3 will not be Divinity: Original Sin 3 by another name Elden Ring Is an Evolution of Dark Souls Says Creator – E3 2019 John Wick Hex Is A Portal Into John Wick's Mind John Wick Hex: “If you’re not trying to push the medium forward, you’re wasting your time” Lost Words: Beyond the Page Gameplay - E3 2019 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and the problem with its child soldier level How former Call of Duty studio head Michael Condrey views modern warfare and games An interview with Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith CD Projekt plans Witcher 3-style expansions for Cyberpunk 2077 Cyberpunk 2077 romances will be “very similar” to The Witcher 3 6 things we love about Cyberpunk 2077 and one thing we don't Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t quite an immersive sim, but you could mistake it for Deus Ex Hollow Knight: Silksong will release “when it matches the quality” of the original 10 Minutes of New Greedfall Gameplay - IGN Live | E3 2019 The making of Samurai Shodown (2019) Watch Dogs Legion uses voice modulation to make each character sound unique Doom Eternal | 30 surprising gameplay details Sitting In On A Design Meeting For Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Everything We Know About The Story Of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Why Dismemberment in 'Jedi: Fallen Order' is Such a Big Deal 26 Minute Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order Full E3 Gameplay Demo in 4K How Man Of Medan Learns From Until Dawn | E3 2019 Solasta: Crown of the Magister promises a deep, D&D-style tactical RPG Indie sci-fi ARPG Killsquad heads into early access in July Shenmue 3 is more than pure nostalgia Children of Morta gets a time-limited demo on Steam, and it's really good How R-Type came back from the dead That Breath of the Wild anime ‘clone’ actually looks impressive Age of Wonders: Planetfall - Destroying Vanguard as The Assembly Gameplay Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will reveal “backstories that haven’t been told in the manga” World Rally Championship 8 Live Gameplay Demo - IGN Live | E3 2019 Try a demo for Encodya, a point-and-click adventure about a girl and her robot Carrion Four Reasons To Keep Your Eye On This Monster Mash Hands-On with Gears 5 Escape Map Builder - IGN First Gears 5 Will Not Have Lootboxes Gears 5 Developer Says It’s Riskier Than The Last One Fist of the North Star: Legends ReVIVE Gets Its First Trailer And A Western Localization NHL 20 cover goes to Auston Matthews, see the first trailer Breaking Down The 16 Biggest Changes Coming To NHL 20 Square Enix explains why it changed Tifa’s breasts in Final Fantasy 7 Remake We Need To Talk About How Bra Sizes Work Final Fantasy VII Remake Will Include New Materia Not From The Original Contra Rogue Corps First Gameplay, Features Walkthrough - IGN Live | E3 2019 Contra-like Blazing Chrome is coming in July Sky: Children of the Light Gameplay Showcase - IGN LIVE | E3 2019 Total War: Three Kingdoms' gore DLC includes 'equine dismemberment' Star Wars Battlefront II: Where are those Droidekas? — Community Update Hitman 2’s new bank map features Agent 47 in sweater he knitted himself Battlefleet Gothic: Armada II's Chaos expansion brings spiky naked dudes to space Alpha Protocol exfiltrates from Steam as publishing rights expire Alpha Protocol pulled from Steam due to expiry of music rights How Paradox is rebuilding Imperator: Rome Kingdom Hearts III co-director Tetsuya Nomura shares additional DLC ‘Re:Mind’ information tidbits 'Xbox Live Is Not A Free Speech Platform': Xbox Boss Promises New Features To Make Online Gaming Less Hostile Xbox Boss On Microsoft’s Struggles With Game Quality And Efforts To Improve It Microsoft cuts internal original content creators and producers at Inside Xbox and Mixer Former Gearbox employee provides proof Randy Pitchford diverted funds to personal company Ubisoft Apologizes for 'Watch Dogs: Legion' Ad That Appeared to Reference Hong Kong Protests Bungie raises over $400,000 for children's hospital during charity livestream Fortnite Streamer Raises Almost $1 Million For Charity In Just Four Hours Q&A: After the Microsoft acquisition, what's next for Double Fine? EA: Our Loot Boxes Are Actually 'Surprise Mechanics' That Are 'Quite Ethical' EA execs have reportedly given their performance bonuses to employees This week, Parliament gave a squirming EA and Epic a kicking League of Legends banned in Iran and Syria as tensions mount with US You can now spend two years in jail for account boosting in South Korea Esports News The PUBG Nations Cup will see 16 teams fight for a $500,000 prize pool Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) AWAY: The Survival Series - An animal adventure game Kickstarter Games Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Theater of Mechanics, and in Mechanics, a Movement ASSASSIN’S CREED III Teaching Games As Literature In High School Gaymer Pride We need more cosmic horror in games Where Should LucasArts Take Star Wars Video Games? Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Developers Say Breaking Series Traditions Made For A Better Game Games Have Always Tried to Whitewash Nazis as Just 'German Soldiers' In Defense of Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest Death Mark Reminds Us That We Can Never Vanquish Our Ghosts Revisiting Final Fantasy 8: Yep, This One’s About Trauma Too Ghost Trick Brilliantly Turned Regret And The Supernatural Into A Game Mechanic Hotel Dusk: Room 215 Is A Compelling Story About Loss And Guilt Root Letter Is About Catfishing Gone Terribly Wrong Final Fantasy V Reminds Me Of What I Loved About The Series The Classic JRPG About Two Scientists Saving The World The Art of Conceptual Scope How Uncharted 4 Portrays Conflict and Growth in Marriage Blood (1997) | Forgotten Gems (with Creator Nick Newhard) How Supergiant Games Creates Music & Art - Developing Hell #03 History Respawned: Heaven's Vault Good Game Design - Super Mario World Bloodstained Kickstarter Breakdown | Past Mortem [SSFF] The 2019 Animation Microtalks The NES Hot Stik | Gaming Historian Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry An extremely bad interview with Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi Overwatch vs Team Fortress 2, A Battle To The Death