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  1. 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: 160 Games Completed By Member Kaz32: 89 Legolas_Katarn: 64 Madfinnishgamer38: 4 awesomefoo123: 3 Old Threads Late 2015 (Completed 225) 2016 (Completed 626) 2017 (Completed 371) 2018 (Completed 302) 2019 (Completed 251)
  2. This Week In Gaming 6-16-20 (Part 1)

    Sony's PS5 event, IGN's Summer of Gaming expo, The Guerrilla Collective, and PCGamer's PC Gaming Show all reveal new trailers, previews, interviews, and announcements. Game Assist's essay on the representation of racism in Life Is Strange 2 and how it is woven into all our lives, reviews that show very different takes on The Last of Us 2, Dia Lacina highlights overlooked black composers, itch.io's Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality ends having raises over eight million, Kevin Cortez interviews James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd) discussing remaining a classic over time and maintaining a private life, Elizabeth Henges on the art of the blindfolded speedrun, PAX Australia cancelled, George Yang speaks to voice actors about the challenges facing Asian-Americans in casting, Jess Cogswell's history of immersing herself in the worlds of loved ones and how Animal Crossing allows her to do that, Gearbox suing over Duke Nukem again, and more. Too many new videos and previews to have one post this week, find part two here. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Itch.io’s massive games bundle raised over $8 million in support of Black Lives Matter ICYMI: Every New Game Announced During Today’s PlayStation 5 Reveal Here's What The PS5 Looks Like The PC Gaming Show 2020 Everything that happened at the PC Gaming Show 2020 Guerrilla Collective Day 1: Everything Announced and Revealed Everything you missed from Guerrilla Collective Day Two Watch all the new gameplay demos from Day Three of the Guerrilla Collective right here Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition puts more than 900 free demos at your fingertips Spider-Man's New PS5 Game Stars Miles Morales Spider-Man: Miles Morales Isn't a Sequel, It's an Expansion Hitman's Next Job Is On PS5 Resident Evil 8: Village Announced By Capcom Resident Evil Village - Special Developer Message Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel Forbidden West Is On PS5 A first look at Project Athia, designed for PS5 LittleBigPlanet's Sackboy Now Has A PS5 Platformer Source Of Madness uses machine learning to generate eldritch horrors Skeleton Crew — Guerrilla Collective Trailer 30XX - Ace Developer Spotlight Demon's Souls Is Being Remade On PS5 Gran Turismo 7 - Announcement Trailer | PS5 Evil Genius 2: World Domination - Development Update EA announces Star Wars: Squadrons, a new first-person starfighter dogfighting game Fight Crab will come to fight crabs on July 30th Iron Harvest - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Speed Limit demo out now on Steam! Ex-Witcher devs announce Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart Of The Forest Night In The Woods creators are teasing their next spooky-looking project New Blood Presents... "ULTRAKILL" GoNNER 2 - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch Swimsanity - Official Reveal Trailer Gori: Cuddly Carnage - Alpha Teaser Calico - Guerrilla Collective Trailer Nuts demo lets you spy on squirrels and their secrets Lost At Sea - Announcement Trailer Vigil: The Longest Night Teaser Trailer Jay and Silent Bob: Chronic Blunt Punch - Gameplay Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Gestalt Steam and Cinder - Official Announcement Trailer Cyanide & Happiness: Freakpocalypse Gameplay Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Cardaclysm - Announcement Trailer West of Dead - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Ghostrunner is a first-person platformer that makes you feel like a ninja Genesis Noir - Behind the Scenes with Feral Cat Den Röki - Pre-Launch Trailer Solve murders as a supernatural detective in Lucifer Within Us The Last Campfire segment | PC Gaming Show 2020 Cris Tales Uses Classic RPGs as Inspirational Markers on Its Wildly Ambitious Course FULL Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 Presentation | Paradox Interactive Showcase Goodbye Volcano High - Reveal Trailer | PS5 Persona 4 Golden - Official Steam Trailer | Summer of Gaming Dwarf Fortress Steam Version - First Look Gameplay & Dev Commentary Valheim Guerilla Collective Trailer Boyfriend Dungeon - Gameplay & Dev Commentary Colt Canyon Release Teaser Trailer Punishing boss-rush game Eldest Souls drops a new trailer at Guerrilla Collective ACE Team's The Eternal Cylinder still looks wild Icarus - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming Midnight Ghost Hunt - Gameplay Teaser Wolfstride Reveal Trailer Floppy Knights | Official Announcement Trailer (Coming Soon!) Per Aspera - Trespassing Trailer Serial Cleaners will continue sneakily cleaning for the mob next year No Straight Roads - Guerrilla Collective - Sneak Peak of Vinyl City Skate Story's underworld kickflips get technical in a new trailer Deliver 80s post in 80s postal delivery story Lake, due out this year Doors of Insanity - Reveal Trailer A Juggler's Tale - Announcement Trailer Amazon's MMO New World is getting a closed beta next month Baldur's Gate 3 - Official Early Access Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Fantastical action-RPG No Place For Bravery is out early next year, gets blood all over its trailer Torchlight 3 - Official Early Access Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Torchlight 3 dev talks unsustainable crunch on Diablo 2 Dungeon of Naheulbeuk gameplay trailer | PC Gaming Show 2020 Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town segment | PC Gaming Show 2020 Trash Sailors trailer|PC Gaming Show 2020 Alaloth: Champion of the Four Kingdoms trailer|PC Gaming Show System Shock - Official Alpha Demo Teaser Trailer Uragun - Weapons Gameplay Trailer Exo One Gameplay Trailer The Iron Oath promises turn-based fights in a dynamic world Just Die Already (Death Stranding Parody) - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Bomber Crew gets sequel Space Crew later this year Dustborn is about smashing cops with words, bats
  3. Completed: Luigi's Mansion 3 Platform: Switch Some of the best expressive animations I've seen and use of the limited voice lines that add to the characterization of Luigi (the movement and sound where you try to force your way through a barricaded door always being amusing). Control of Gooigi adds some good puzzles and entertaining moments. Well made and varied areas of the mansion and ghosts. Frequent amusing events. Bosses and puzzles make good use of all the functions of your Poltergust. Aiming and turning can be awkward at times while holding one of the buttons for the Poltergust. Wouldn't normally be the kind of game I would personally enjoy, and to an extent it still isn't, but you run into funny events, area changes, and new mechanics so often that it keeps things fun. If it looks like a style of game you would enjoy easily recommended. Completed: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Platform: Switch Has a large roster of characters from all over the Marvel universe, even more with DLC. Happy to have Spider-Gwen, Miles, Psylocke, Wasp, Hawkeye, and Nightcrawler. Unfortunately, I just kind of hated the gameplay. Big fan of X-Men Legends 1 and 2 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance. Alliance simplified things a bit with level up stats being automatic (though I kind of liked have the characters focused in a way that made sense for them), Alliance 2 further simplified things and greatly limited the scope of the story but was still alright. This one just goes way to far in simplifying things. You no longer can grab and throw enemies, no real hero specific combo attacks like in Alliance 2, no more combos that can trip/stun/aerial enemies instead just light attack strings and one heavy. Abilities are more limited, you don't find gear but instead start to find crystals that can effect characters skills in different ways. Characters can spend points to powerup the few abilities they do have, and an oddly used upgrade tree will increase all characters stats. Characters still level up by themselves though which can make swapping out characters difficult as the game goes on and less used ones become too weak. The actual fighting is too fond of hordes, the auto targeting just make it a mess, there is no real weight to combat, it can be difficult to even tell what certain abilities are even doing visually, the way characters can sort of combine abilities to attack at the same time is fairly nonsensical unless you have more human partners, even the way abilities charge is odd and poorly visualized. Large enemies and boss fights drag on as they force you to break through a defense bar with your attacks before being able to do any meaningful damage. The story is dull and most characters get no time to shine or to really do anything. Worse is that after all this time nothing is improved when it comes to how the story is told, hub areas, location design, getting you to swap out characters, and I found the visual style worse than the previous games (not helped by the frequently poor and in the way camera).
  4. THIS WEEK IN GAMING 6-16-20 (PART 2)

    Sony's PS5 event, IGN's Summer of Gaming expo, The Guerrilla Collective, and PCGamer's PC Gaming Show all reveal new trailers, previews, interviews, and announcements. Game Assist's essay on the representation of racism in Life Is Strange 2 and how it is woven into all our lives, reviews that show very different takes on The Last of Us 2, Dia Lacina highlights overlooked black composers, itch.io's Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality ends having raises over eight million, Kevin Cortez interviews James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd) discussing remaining a classic over time and maintaining a private life, Elizabeth Henges on the art of the blindfolded speedrun, PAX Australia cancelled, George Yang speaks to voice actors about the challenges facing Asian-Americans in casting, Jess Cogswell's history of immersing herself in the worlds of loved ones and how Animal Crossing allows her to do that, Gearbox suing over Duke Nukem again, and more. Too many new videos and previews to have one post this week, find part one here. Gaming News Continued Weird West has the “same spirit” as Arkane’s immersive sims Weird West is a dark RPG made up of five interconnected stories Almighty: Kill Your Gods - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming Cartel Tycoon trailer | PC Gaming Show 2020 Mafia: Definitive Edition - Official Story Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Minute of Islands is an oddly beautiful game about dead giants and their mysterious machines Yakuza: Like a Dragon: 14 Minutes of Gameplay & Dev Interview | Summer of Gaming 2020 Haven trailer|PC Gaming Show 2020 Pull Stay - Reveal Trailer Wasteland 3: Factions of Colorado - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Oddworld: Soulstorm Coming To The PS5 Urban Trial Tricky - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Kena: Bridge of Spirits is coming to PC later this year Balacera Brothers is a run-and-gun shooter from the maker of TMNT Rescue-Palooza! Shadows of Doubt is an ambitious murder mystery set in a fully simulated sci-fi city Avengers Game Twitter Assembles, Then Deletes Extremely Bad Tweet About Defaced Statue Stronghold: Warlords – Official Multiplayer and Release Date Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Say No! More - Dev Gameplay Walkthrough | Summer of Gaming 2020 The Forgotten City - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 XIII Remake - Official Gameplay Trailer | Summer of Gaming JETT: The Far Shore - Reveal Trailer | PS4 Beyond a Steel Sky - Official Story Trailer Pragmata - Announcement Trailer | PS5 15 Minutes of Corepunk Alpha Gameplay | Summer of Gaming 2020 Solasta: Crown of the Magister - Gameplay Interview | Summer of Gaming 2020 Crusader Kings 3 Gameplay Walkthrough | Summer of Gaming Empire of Sin Gameplay Demo | Summer of Gaming Guilty Gear Strive: Ramlethal - Official Reveal Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Everspace 2 - Official Gameplay Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Everspace 2 - Gameplay Interview | Summer of Gaming 2020 Mortal Shell - Official Gameplay Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Voidtrain - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Here's goat arms dealers and cute vegetable people from action village-builder Drake Hollow Chivalry 2 - Official Console Announcement Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Outlast goes co-op with The Outlast Trials, coming in 2021 to Steam and Epic In Sound Mind - Official Announcement Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Twin Mirror Trailer | Summer of Gaming 9 Minutes of Surgeon Simulator 2 Gameplay CastleStorm 2 - Official Announcement Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Gloomwood Trailer | PC Gaming Show 2020 Phantasy Star Online 2 - Official Update Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Spellbreak - Official Gameplay Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Solar Ash - Introduction Trailer | PS5 L.A. Noire Meets Bojack Horseman in Chicken Police Little Devil Inside devs apologise for "racist" character designs, promise to change them Star Renegades - 8 Minutes of Gameplay Returnal, A New PS5 Game That's A Horrific Groundhog Day In Space You probably shouldn't pet the dog in the cinematic trailer for Werewolf: The Apocalypse—Earthblood Paper Mario: The Origami King - Official Gameplay Trailer | Summer of Gaming Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time - Exclusive Gameplay Interview | Summer of Gaming 2020 Destruction AllStars - Announcement Trailer | PS5 GhostWire: Tokyo – Gameplay Reveal Trailer | PS5 NBA 2K21 - Announcement Trailer | PS5 Liberated - Guerilla Collective PC Release Reveal Trailer Fights in Tight Spaces - Guerilla Collective Trailer QUANTUM ERROR - Official PS5 4K Gameplay Teaser Trailer Paradise Lost sends you to explore a spooky old bunker Godfall - Gameplay Reveal Trailer | PS5 DEATHLOOP - Official Gameplay Reveal Trailer | PS5 Bugsnax - Announcement Trailer | PS5 Total War: Troy Gameplay Interview | Summer of Gaming 2020 Astro's Playroom - Announcement Trailer | PS5 Grand Theft Auto V Is Coming To PS5 GTA Online will go standalone and free-to-play on PS5 Dragon Age successor The Waylanders can be confusing Ratchet & Clank Return In New PS5 Game Metal: Hellsinger - Official Reveal Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Metal Hellsinger segment | PC Gaming Show 2020 Among Trees trailer | PC Gaming Show 2020 Sega’s classic Alex Kidd returns with a remake of the original game Pathfinder: Kingmaker comes to consoles! Turn based option for both consoles and PC. Divinity: Original Sin 2 just got new quests, new loot, and a new boss Frostpunk: On The Edge | Official Teaser Gearbox sues 3D Realms over Duke Nukem, again AT&T puts Warner Bros. Interactive up for sale PAX Australia 2020 is cancelled PAX West Is The Latest Gaming Event To Go Online Due To Covid-19 Riot Games Investigating Exec Who Blamed George Floyd’s Murder on His ‘Lifestyle’ Don't Starve studio Klei donates $1 million to the ACLU and NAACP Devolver Direct conference being planned for mid-Jul Fortnite Breaks Twitch's All-Time Concurrent Viewer Record After Locking Tons Of Players Out Of Event Esports How esports photographers are using in-game capture in place of live events Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Voice Actors From Ghost of Tsushima to Persona 5 On the Challenges Facing Asian-Americans in Games In Celebration of Black Videogame Composers, Part 1 As the Internet Changes, James Rolfe Remains a Classic Man Can Exploring the World of Virtual Reality Treat Phobias? The Art of the Blindfolded Speedrun Company PR Whiny self important studio leads Itch.io’s Anti-Racism Bundle Gave Me Space To Reflect, Rather Than Look Away Heart Container – Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Environmental Intimacy Abandonware: Preserving the Now for Tomorrow Video Games Have To Reckon With How They Depict The Police The Last of Us Part II Lets Love In The Last of Us: Part 2 — Deaf/HoH Review The Last of Us Part 2 review: We’re better than this Last of Us Part II Is Great, but Can't Escape Its Father's Shadow Attaching Real World Guilt to The Last of Us: Part II’s Violence is Bullshit The Last of Us Part 2's Overly Limiting Embargo Only Hurts Critical Discourse A Travel Guide to the Town With No Name Difficult Stress Let’s not throw the vampire baby out with the bath water, eh? Simple pleasures "Everything is Political" | Institutional Racism in Life is Strange 2 Who's Commanding Shepard in Mass Effect? Children of DOOM Episode 3: DOOM 30 Indie Game Hidden Gems in Itch.io's Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality The Secret to Streets of Rage 4's Awesomeness SMASH TV: The Complete History - SGR (Arcade's greatest twin-stick)
  5. Gaming News Continued Weird West has the “same spirit” as Arkane’s immersive sims Almighty: Kill Your Gods - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming Cartel Tycoon trailer | PC Gaming Show 2020 Mafia: Definitive Edition - Official Story Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Minute of Islands is an oddly beautiful game about dead giants and their mysterious machines Yakuza: Like a Dragon: 14 Minutes of Gameplay & Dev Interview | Summer of Gaming 2020 Haven trailer|PC Gaming Show 2020 Pull Stay - Reveal Trailer Wasteland 3: Factions of Colorado - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Oddworld: Soulstorm Coming To The PS5 Urban Trial Tricky - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Kena: Bridge of Spirits is coming to PC later this year Balacera Brothers is a run-and-gun shooter from the maker of TMNT Rescue-Palooza! Shadows of Doubt is an ambitious murder mystery set in a fully simulated sci-fi city Avengers Game Twitter Assembles, Then Deletes Extremely Bad Tweet About Defaced Statue Stronghold: Warlords – Official Multiplayer and Release Date Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Say No! More - Dev Gameplay Walkthrough | Summer of Gaming 2020 The Forgotten City - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 XIII Remake - Official Gameplay Trailer | Summer of Gaming JETT: The Far Shore - Reveal Trailer | PS4 Beyond a Steel Sky - Official Story Trailer Pragmata - Announcement Trailer | PS5 15 Minutes of Corepunk Alpha Gameplay | Summer of Gaming 2020 Solasta: Crown of the Magister - Gameplay Interview | Summer of Gaming 2020 Crusader Kings 3 Gameplay Walkthrough | Summer of Gaming Empire of Sin Gameplay Demo | Summer of Gaming Guilty Gear Strive: Ramlethal - Official Reveal Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Everspace 2 - Official Gameplay Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Everspace 2 - Gameplay Interview | Summer of Gaming 2020 Mortal Shell - Official Gameplay Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Voidtrain - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Here's goat arms dealers and cute vegetable people from action village-builder Drake Hollow Chivalry 2 - Official Console Announcement Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Outlast goes co-op with The Outlast Trials, coming in 2021 to Steam and Epic In Sound Mind - Official Announcement Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Twin Mirror Trailer | Summer of Gaming 9 Minutes of Surgeon Simulator 2 Gameplay CastleStorm 2 - Official Announcement Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Gloomwood Trailer | PC Gaming Show 2020 Phantasy Star Online 2 - Official Update Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Spellbreak - Official Gameplay Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Solar Ash - Introduction Trailer | PS5 L.A. Noire Meets Bojack Horseman in Chicken Police Little Devil Inside devs apologise for "racist" character designs, promise to change them Star Renegades - 8 Minutes of Gameplay Returnal, A New PS5 Game That's A Horrific Groundhog Day In Space You probably shouldn't pet the dog in the cinematic trailer for Werewolf: The Apocalypse—Earthblood Paper Mario: The Origami King - Official Gameplay Trailer | Summer of Gaming Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time - Exclusive Gameplay Interview | Summer of Gaming 2020 Destruction AllStars - Announcement Trailer | PS5 GhostWire: Tokyo – Gameplay Reveal Trailer | PS5 NBA 2K21 - Announcement Trailer | PS5 Liberated - Guerilla Collective PC Release Reveal Trailer Fights in Tight Spaces - Guerilla Collective Trailer QUANTUM ERROR - Official PS5 4K Gameplay Teaser Trailer Paradise Lost sends you to explore a spooky old bunker Godfall - Gameplay Reveal Trailer | PS5 DEATHLOOP - Official Gameplay Reveal Trailer | PS5 Bugsnax - Announcement Trailer | PS5 Total War: Troy Gameplay Interview | Summer of Gaming 2020 Astro's Playroom - Announcement Trailer | PS5 Grand Theft Auto V Is Coming To PS5 GTA Online will go standalone and free-to-play on PS5 Dragon Age successor The Waylanders can be confusing Ratchet & Clank Return In New PS5 Game Metal: Hellsinger - Official Reveal Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Metal Hellsinger segment | PC Gaming Show 2020 Among Trees trailer | PC Gaming Show 2020 Sega’s classic Alex Kidd returns with a remake of the original game Pathfinder: Kingmaker comes to consoles! Turn based option for both consoles and PC. Divinity: Original Sin 2 just got new quests, new loot, and a new boss Frostpunk: On The Edge | Official Teaser Gearbox sues 3D Realms over Duke Nukem, again AT&T puts Warner Bros. Interactive up for sale PAX Australia 2020 is cancelled PAX West Is The Latest Gaming Event To Go Online Due To Covid-19 Riot Games Investigating Exec Who Blamed George Floyd’s Murder on His ‘Lifestyle’ Don't Starve studio Klei donates $1 million to the ACLU and NAACP Devolver Direct conference being planned for mid-Jul Fortnite Breaks Twitch's All-Time Concurrent Viewer Record After Locking Tons Of Players Out Of Event Esports How esports photographers are using in-game capture in place of live events Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Voice Actors From Ghost of Tsushima to Persona 5 On the Challenges Facing Asian-Americans in Games In Celebration of Black Videogame Composers, Part 1 As the Internet Changes, James Rolfe Remains a Classic Man Can Exploring the World of Virtual Reality Treat Phobias? The Art of the Blindfolded Speedrun Company PR Whiny self important studio leads Itch.io’s Anti-Racism Bundle Gave Me Space To Reflect, Rather Than Look Away Heart Container – Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Environmental Intimacy Abandonware: Preserving the Now for Tomorrow Video Games Have To Reckon With How They Depict The Police The Last of Us Part II Lets Love In The Last of Us: Part 2 — Deaf/HoH Review The Last of Us Part 2 review: We’re better than this Last of Us Part II Is Great, but Can't Escape Its Father's Shadow Attaching Real World Guilt to The Last of Us: Part II’s Violence is Bullshit The Last of Us Part 2's Overly Limiting Embargo Only Hurts Critical Discourse A Travel Guide to the Town With No Name Difficult Stress Let’s not throw the vampire baby out with the bath water, eh? Simple pleasures "Everything is Political" | Institutional Racism in Life is Strange 2 Who's Commanding Shepard in Mass Effect? Children of DOOM Episode 3: DOOM 30 Indie Game Hidden Gems in Itch.io's Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality The Secret to Streets of Rage 4's Awesomeness SMASH TV: The Complete History - SGR (Arcade's greatest twin-stick)
  6. Sony's PS5 event, IGN's Summer of Gaming Expo, The Guerrilla Collective, and PCGamer's PC Gaming Show all reveal new trailers, previews, interviews, and announcements. Game Assist's essay on the representation of racism in Life Is Strange 2 and how the game highlights how it is woven into our lives, reviews that show very different takes on The Last of Us 2, Dia Lacina highlights overlooked black composers, itch.io's Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality ends having raises over eight million, Kevin Cortez interviews James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd) discussing remaining a classic over time and maintaining a private life, Elizabeth Henges on the art of the blindfolded speedrun, PAX Australia cancelled, George Yang speaks to voice actors about the challenges facing Asian-Americans in casting, Jess Cogswell's history of immersing herself in the worlds of loved ones and how Animal Crossing allows her to do that, Gearbox suing over Duke Nukem again, and more. Too many new videos and previews to have one post this week, find part two here. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Itch.io’s massive games bundle raised over $8 million in support of Black Lives Matter ICYMI: Every New Game Announced During Today’s PlayStation 5 Reveal Here's What The PS5 Looks Like The PC Gaming Show 2020 Everything that happened at the PC Gaming Show 2020 Guerrilla Collective Day 1: Everything Announced and Revealed Everything you missed from Guerrilla Collective Day Two Watch all the new gameplay demos from Day Three of the Guerrilla Collective right here Spider-Man's New PS5 Game Stars Miles Morales Spider-Man: Miles Morales Isn't a Sequel, It's an Expansion Hitman's Next Job Is On PS5 Resident Evil 8: Village Announced By Capcom Resident Evil Village - Special Developer Message Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel Forbidden West Is On PS5 A first look at Project Athia, designed for PS5 LittleBigPlanet's Sackboy Now Has A PS5 Platformer Source Of Madness uses machine learning to generate eldritch horrors Skeleton Crew — Guerrilla Collective Trailer 30XX - Ace Developer Spotlight Demon's Souls Is Being Remade On PS5 Gran Turismo 7 - Announcement Trailer | PS5 Evil Genius 2: World Domination - Development Update EA announces Star Wars: Squadrons, a new first-person starfighter dogfighting game Fight Crab will come to fight crabs on July 30th Iron Harvest - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Speed Limit demo out now on Steam! Ex-Witcher devs announce Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart Of The Forest Night In The Woods creators are teasing their next spooky-looking project New Blood Presents... "ULTRAKILL" GoNNER 2 - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch Swimsanity - Official Reveal Trailer Gori: Cuddly Carnage - Alpha Teaser Calico - Guerrilla Collective Trailer Nuts demo lets you spy on squirrels and their secrets Lost At Sea - Announcement Trailer Vigil: The Longest Night Teaser Trailer Jay and Silent Bob: Chronic Blunt Punch - Gameplay Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Gestalt Steam and Cinder - Official Announcement Trailer Cyanide & Happiness: Freakpocalypse Gameplay Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Cardaclysm - Announcement Trailer West of Dead - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Ghostrunner is a first-person platformer that makes you feel like a ninja Genesis Noir - Behind the Scenes with Feral Cat Den Röki - Pre-Launch Trailer Solve murders as a supernatural detective in Lucifer Within Us The Last Campfire segment | PC Gaming Show 2020 Cris Tales Uses Classic RPGs as Inspirational Markers on Its Wildly Ambitious Course FULL Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 Presentation | Paradox Interactive Showcase Goodbye Volcano High - Reveal Trailer | PS5 Persona 4 Golden - Official Steam Trailer | Summer of Gaming Dwarf Fortress Steam Version - First Look Gameplay & Dev Commentary Valheim Guerilla Collective Trailer Boyfriend Dungeon - Gameplay & Dev Commentary Colt Canyon Release Teaser Trailer Punishing boss-rush game Eldest Souls drops a new trailer at Guerrilla Collective ACE Team's The Eternal Cylinder still looks wild Icarus - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming Midnight Ghost Hunt - Gameplay Teaser Wolfstride Reveal Trailer Floppy Knights | Official Announcement Trailer (Coming Soon!) Per Aspera - Trespassing Trailer Serial Cleaners will continue sneakily cleaning for the mob next year No Straight Roads - Guerrilla Collective - Sneak Peak of Vinyl City Skate Story's underworld kickflips get technical in a new trailer Deliver 80s post in 80s postal delivery story Lake, due out this year Doors of Insanity - Reveal Trailer A Juggler's Tale - Announcement Trailer Amazon's MMO New World is getting a closed beta next month Baldur's Gate 3 - Official Early Access Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Fantastical action-RPG No Place For Bravery is out early next year, gets blood all over its trailer Torchlight 3 - Official Early Access Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Torchlight 3 dev talks unsustainable crunch on Diablo 2 Dungeon of Naheulbeuk gameplay trailer | PC Gaming Show 2020 Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town segment | PC Gaming Show 2020 Trash Sailors trailer|PC Gaming Show 2020 Alaloth: Champion of the Four Kingdoms trailer|PC Gaming Show System Shock - Official Alpha Demo Teaser Trailer Uragun - Weapons Gameplay Trailer Exo One Gameplay Trailer The Iron Oath promises turn-based fights in a dynamic world Just Die Already (Death Stranding Parody) - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020 Bomber Crew gets sequel Space Crew later this year Dustborn is about smashing cops with words, bats
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  8. Completed: Final Fantasy 7 Remake Platform: PS4 Well made world. Midgar is an excellent city both as visual metaphor (if on the nose, though also with real world connections to places built in the same way) for the power of the rich and abuses suffered by the lower class to details that give life to the people living there through a mixture of what you see in the environment to the lines spoken by characters as you pass. The game spends a lot of time fleshing out the side cast. It's really more of a sequel than a remake, when the original game started to lose the focus on oppression and corporate politics and focused more on Cloud's past that was great but with the surprise gone for the people that know the old story, with the changes this game has made it sets itself up for something more interesting. Cloud has some amusing back and force with Barret and a good line when Tifa comments on his outfit but there just isn't much to him yet. Aerith is more of a mixture of the odd idea some of the later media and some fans had of her as kind of being a pristine image of good but then also has the more energetic and mischievous side that was part of her character in the original, she just doesn't have much to play off of with Cloud most of the time, can be better around Tifa but they just aren't together for very long. We get some idea that Aerith knows more about what is going on then she lets on but nothing comes of it in this part of the story. Tifa is, really hot and hits things, and I'm thinking that's the only major appeal of her character so far, there really isn't that much interesting to her yet other than giving Aerith a better companion to talk to and her self doubting leading to some of Barret's better lines and Barret's politics. While in many ways a racist caricature (big, loud, violent, scares the white people with his presence, speech style), Barret is often given the last word on systemic oppression faced by the lower class from the rich and corporations, environmentalism, and the need for violent activism, his relationship with you changes the most, his love for his daughter is frequently shown, and when he takes off his shades his kind eyes are even more beautiful than Tifa's. He is probably the only really good and more fleshed out character at this point in the story. Part of the issue is that this is the beginning of the story, and we spend so much time with the party apart by having Cloud spending multiple chapters with just one person or with side characters that we don't get time for major character developments yet. Cloud wasn't very interesting for some time in the original and that is the case here. But there are certainly signs of characters only getting better with time and many RPGs have an issue with 1 or 2 main characters just being unlikable or pointless and that is not the case here (though it would be difficult to do that with four people). A lot of the best lines and moments tend to come from the game's side characters, as most of the time everyone else is too bland to be that interesting at this point. Combat revolves around your allies standing around doing almost nothing half the time and all enemies wanting to target whatever character you are controlling. Terrible AI with your ranged characters loving to just charge into melee or AoE range for no reason. Which is great when you switch to the low health and defense Aerith and because that instantly changes enemy aggro gets her hit before you can even react properly because she is standing right next to them when she could be attacking from the clear other side of the area. Combat is almost passable when controlling Tifa due to her more fast and impressive moves and quick dodges you can more readily do out of your attacks but it is much more dull as Barret and Aerith only made better at the end if you manage to buy and steal a weapon for each of them around 13 of the 18 chapters in that gets them a more visually fun ability. Enemies can often either be one shot or near enough or they will have around 10x too much health. When I got near chapter 11 of the 18 I just changed the difficulty from normal to easy because there was no skill, thought, or enjoyment to be had from it just overly long boss battles. Equipped materia can give you magic abilities as well as some more interesting changes to how you defend, dodge attacks, link attacks, etc and you will find different weapons with each having their own skills and stat bonus that points can be spent on to learn when they are equipped. Each weapon also has one attack skill attached to it that you can learn permanently when the move is done a small number of times (so small it really might as well have just given you the move when you gained the weapon or at certain levels). Different weapons will make a character better in certain ways (more magic focus, attack focus, crit bonuses, defense bonuses, health and guarding, etc) but you don't really get the extent of customization as you would have in the original game. They have a strange obsession with flying enemies that make combat even more awkward as characters will jump in the air to hit them, follow them in the air or not, or just stand around attacking nothing depending on how they are feeling at the moment. Combat is another area that I could see improving as the story continues in future games. Better tech and environments, improving the AI, the different weapons and materia already gives us some options, with some of Barrets weapons even changing him to a melee character, and the more options and characters we get in the future and the sooner we can start with more of them to play with the better. Side quests aren't enjoyable and don't add enough to setting. There aren't many side quests in the game and most play out in the same handful of ways. Go to specific area you walked through as part of the story, fight easy enemy, fast travel back to quest giver. Some number of people ran off around town, find and talk to them all, fast travel to quest giver. Walk to less specific search area on map, find and fight easy enemy, fast travel to quest giver. Go to area to fight monster, monster not there, walk back to quest giver to be told to check again, go back and fight easy monster, fast travel to quest giver. Very few might have some amusing moments but the majority of them barely even have any interaction with other people. I've heard a lot of people who love the soundtrack, hate the soundtrack, cover the callbacks and changes to the original, etc. It's not really something I found memorable, the average reaction I had to almost any track in the game was rapidly going back and forth from thinking it was ok to not really liking it at all and having finished the game I can't remember a single piece. Frequent poorly done area traversal moments in both cutscenes and normal gameplay where Cloud and Tifa struggle to get over or cross things that cutscenes and other moments of normal gameplay show them just being able to jump over in normal situations, or moments suddenly give character terrible reaction times. Always either done to create dull minigames and switch pulling, an event to pad out the time, or to create non issue danger for them to talk about (oh no, Cloud might fall into some water). The Honey Bee Inn for a place seemingly representing freedom and a progressive view on sexuality and gender is certainly, straight. From the way they dress, to the stereotype voices, to the actions of the characters inside the inn. We don't care about gender as long as long as the women and men dress in outfits society deems conventional, only have men and women dance with each other, and the owner is extremely stereotypically gay and that's why he is surrounded by his female employees 24/7. Though it does further highlight and have more side characters commenting on how Cloud harms himself with the need to perform a tough masculine act when dealing with others, which is basically almost all there is to his character at this point of the story. Entire game took me about 32 hours to complete, with all the side quests done (except two research challenges, why did revive need 5,000 AP to upgrade).It's nice to have a chapter select option for replaying content if you want to. Completed: The Sinking City Platform: PS4 A decent setting and while it often involves combat it at least doesn't have you fighting the style of threats you should have absolutely no chance against like some other Cthulhu games. The combat is never enjoyable though. The investigation mechanic is too basic with pixel hunting on the harder difficulties and easily being able to piece things together with the main gimmick being the need to frequently look up records in the library, city hall, police HQ, and newspaper to find the address of people and places. Fast traveling to those locations and walking to the place you discover is where much of the time is spent. Cases often give you two or three ways to handle the finale and what side characters live or die but it never actually effects anything except maybe a brief vision later or a few lines. Even choices warning you that it will increase the spread of madness in the city never actually do anything. The game is too focused on finding crafting components to make more ammo, main and side quest rewards are ammo and components (sometimes a new gun), skills are mostly based on combat and crafting and there are infected areas of the city with good loot that require you to fight or avoid a lot of enemies (probably spending a lot of the loot you are acquiring anyway) that I just ignored. You have a sanity meter that never really matters, if it gets low enough hallucinations might attack you. The most interesting thing it did was create a hallucination of a fake box that gave me items when I searched it and then vanished. The low budget does show through in animations, walk cycles, bugs. Completed: Democratic Socialism Simulator Platform: PC You become president of the US and make decisions or answer questions by moving each choice to either the left or right. Plays a bit like the Reigns but requires enough senators on your side to make certain decisions, you have digital voter representation by what they value, and are trying to raise the budget surplus and collective power of the people while lowering pollution. A bit too quick and simple but some funny choices and changes things up a bit with different playthroughs. Nice to look at. I basically won my first time through. Your way of paying for everything comes from doing exactly what you would think, defending the military and legalizing marijuana. It is odd that you are likely to lose most of your approval rating after your plans succeed.
  9. This Week In Gaming 6-9-20

    itch.io's Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality includes over 1,000 items (video game, tabletop, etc) for $5 and has raised over $3,400,000 for bail and legal defense funds, Jason Schreier reports on how Take-Two canceled agreements with an indie developer then poached their staff after the cancellation destroyed the company, Liz Ryerson on the tendency to maintain the status quo by using the existence of reactionaries to distract from making meaningful change in the games industry and beyond, continued responses to protests and Jim Sterling looks at some of the hypocritical companies supporting black lives matter and pride month and a few of the ones that seem to actually do more, Liam Robertson interviews former staff members to find out how and why the Dead Rising studio fell apart, Paradox signs labor agreement with trade unions, Sony fined by Australian court, Alexandra Orlando on the narrative and legacy of Killer7, 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) Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality 12 amazing games from Itch.io's Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality Epic Games had to rewrite parts of Unreal Engine to keep up with the PS5’s SSD Top 10 BEST NEW Upcoming Indie Games of June 2020 She Dreams Elsewhere is a trippy RPG with echoes of Persona and Undertale Pleasant Nights, Troubled Dreams: She Dreams Elsewhere Project Nimbus Sequel Nimbus INFINITY Gets First Gameplay Footage Desperados III - Dev Blog #6: Music The Last of Us Part II: how Naughty Dog made a classic amidst catastrophe Why I don’t trust Cyberpunk with my junk Dead On Arrival? | Hands ON with a TOTAL WAR SAGA: Troy Re:Turn - One Way Trip trailer showcases a bizarre 2D horror adventure DLC announced for turn-based tactics RPG Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark Europa Universalis 4: Emperor arrives today – here’s what it adds In A Unionization Breakthrough, Paradox Interactive Signs Labor Agreement With Trade Unions After Massive DMCA Takedown, Twitch Streamers Are Deleting Thousands Of Clips Sony Fined $2.4 Million By Australian Court For Misleading PlayStation Players About Game Refunds Investors argue against excessive pay package for Activision CEO Continued responses to protests and related articles Black Streamers Are Grateful For New Twitch Viewers, But Heartbroken It Took Police Violence to Make It Happen Why do online trolls call SWAT teams? Because the police hurt people “Cyberpunk was a warning, not an aspiration,” says Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith PC Gaming Show postponed to June 13 Future Games Show has been postponed to June 13 Solemn JPEGs Of The Backhanded Brands (The Jimquisition) No More Heroes Composer Collaborates On Stellar Black Lives Matter Track Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Game Publisher Cancels Contract With Developer, Then Tries to Poach Its Entire Team Beyond Gamergate Reconstructing a lost NES game from 30-year-old source code disks From Zelda to Civ to Frostpunk—can climate change be fun? What it's like running one of the world's biggest multiplayer games during quarantine Remade, Not Rewritten A Summer’s End: What It Means To Release A Queer Hong Kong Game In 2020 Die Report Disaster Hard: The Game How To Pace a Game // HeavyEyed The Art of Game Design | Jesse Schell, Christopher Alexander and the Architecture of Video Games Shadow of the Colossus - The Frozen Frame | PostMesmeric Dissecting Killer7 Dwarf Fortress Creator Explains its Complexity & Origins | Noclip Interview The often forgotten video gaming icon Jerry Lawson | #BlackLivesMatter The Sound Design Secrets Of Rocket League || Waveform How Capcom's Dead Rising Studio Fell Apart - Game History Secrets
  10. itch.io's Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality includes over 1,000 items (video game, tabletop, etc) for $5 and has raised over $3,400,000 for bail and legal defense funds, Jason Schreier reports on how Take-Two canceled agreements with an indie developer then poached their staff after the cancellation destroyed the company, Liz Ryerson on the tendency to maintain the status quo by using the existence of reactionaries to distract from making meaningful change in the games industry and beyond, continued responses to protests and Jim Sterling looks at some of the hypocritical companies supporting black lives matter and pride month and a few of the ones that seem to actually do more, Liam Robertson interviews former staff members to find out how and why the Dead Rising studio fell apart, Paradox signs labor agreement with trade unions, Sony fined by Australian court, Alexandra Orlando on the narrative and legacy of Killer7, 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) Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality 12 amazing games from Itch.io's Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality Epic Games had to rewrite parts of Unreal Engine to keep up with the PS5’s SSD Top 10 BEST NEW Upcoming Indie Games of June 2020 She Dreams Elsewhere is a trippy RPG with echoes of Persona and Undertale Pleasant Nights, Troubled Dreams: She Dreams Elsewhere Project Nimbus Sequel Nimbus INFINITY Gets First Gameplay Footage Desperados III - Dev Blog #6: Music The Last of Us Part II: how Naughty Dog made a classic amidst catastrophe Why I don’t trust Cyberpunk with my junk Dead On Arrival? | Hands ON with a TOTAL WAR SAGA: Troy Re:Turn - One Way Trip trailer showcases a bizarre 2D horror adventure DLC announced for turn-based tactics RPG Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark Europa Universalis 4: Emperor arrives today – here’s what it adds In A Unionization Breakthrough, Paradox Interactive Signs Labor Agreement With Trade Unions After Massive DMCA Takedown, Twitch Streamers Are Deleting Thousands Of Clips Sony Fined $2.4 Million By Australian Court For Misleading PlayStation Players About Game Refunds Investors argue against excessive pay package for Activision CEO Continued responses to protests and related articles Black Streamers Are Grateful For New Twitch Viewers, But Heartbroken It Took Police Violence to Make It Happen Why do online trolls call SWAT teams? Because the police hurt people “Cyberpunk was a warning, not an aspiration,” says Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith PC Gaming Show postponed to June 13 Future Games Show has been postponed to June 13 Solemn JPEGs Of The Backhanded Brands (The Jimquisition) No More Heroes Composer Collaborates On Stellar Black Lives Matter Track Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Game Publisher Cancels Contract With Developer, Then Tries to Poach Its Entire Team Beyond Gamergate Reconstructing a lost NES game from 30-year-old source code disks From Zelda to Civ to Frostpunk—can climate change be fun? What it's like running one of the world's biggest multiplayer games during quarantine Remade, Not Rewritten A Summer’s End: What It Means To Release A Queer Hong Kong Game In 2020 Die Report Disaster Hard: The Game How To Pace a Game // HeavyEyed The Art of Game Design | Jesse Schell, Christopher Alexander and the Architecture of Video Games Shadow of the Colossus - The Frozen Frame | PostMesmeric Dissecting Killer7 Dwarf Fortress Creator Explains its Complexity & Origins | Noclip Interview The often forgotten video gaming icon Jerry Lawson | #BlackLivesMatter The Sound Design Secrets Of Rocket League || Waveform How Capcom's Dead Rising Studio Fell Apart - Game History Secrets
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  12. This Week In Gaming 6-2-20

    Razbuten learns what casual games can be like for people new to gaming, Nathan Grayson reports on what Twitch does to prevent streamers from spreading dangerous conspiracy theories, Natalie Flores shares some of the streamers and gaming organizations speaking about US or worldwide systemic racism while others share past and current stories showing some of those company's actions doing the opposite, Total War Troy to be free Epic exclusive, MidnightCowboi's first video discusses the people and world of Kentucky Route Zero, developers interviewed about what they think Unreal Engine 5 will mean, Gita Jackson looks at a virtual life in The Sims and how digital spaces and photos can act as a portal to a life you might not see again, Skeleton considers the privilege and function of escapism, RagnarRox covers some indie alt-horror games from itch.io, Mx Medea remembers how an impressive Windows 95 demo disk helped to make them who they are, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Developers say Unreal Engine 5 will 'empower them to be creative and take risks' Xbox Series X: The Most Powerful and Compatible Next-Gen Console with Thousands of Games at Launch Eternal Hope is a Limbo-like journey to save the soul of your beloved Check out the excellent trailer for Industria, a surreal Cold War shooter Desperados 3: Demo Gameplay Crusader Kings 3 - April & May Update 23 Minutes of The Last of Us Part 2 Gameplay (Full 4K Presentation) THE LAST OF US PART II ISN’T JUST NAUGHTY DOG’S MOST AMBITIOUS GAME — IT’S THE MOST ACCESSIBLE, TOO System Shock Alpha Demo First 15 Minutes of Gameplay Wasteland 3 - Choice and Consequence (Behind the Scenes) The Next Total War Game Is Having A Very Weird, Epic-Exclusive Launch Disjunction is a cyberpunk RPG, with artwork from Deus Ex: Mankind Divided art director Ubisoft says Trackmania is not subscription-based, you just pay for it multiple times Space Haven is a promising management sim about interstellar vagrants Accessibility On Marvel’s Avengers – The Journey So Far Outriders gets extended gameplay video, and won't have microtransactions One Shell Straight to Hell: First-Look Preview Goosebumps: Dead of Night - Official Reveal Trailer Discover tentacled horror at the bottom of the sea in the strategy-RPG Stirring Abyss Metro Exodus Drops Denuvo From All PC Versions With Its GOG Release Street Fighter 5 Is Getting One More Season of New Content Street Fighter V Costume Design Contest Is Asking For Free Labor Epic Store's Free Games End Up Selling Better After The Giveaways, Says Tim Sweeney Paradox opens a new grand strategy studio Arnold Hendrick, creator of influential '90s RPG Darklands, has died After George Floyd, Many in the Gaming Community Say #BlackLivesMatter The Video Game Industry Has No Clue How to Respond to Protests Smash Melee charity tournaments raise $28k in honor of George Floyd Street Fighter Event Benefiting Black Lives Matter Demolishes Fundraising Expectations Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Knights of the Chalice 2: Revolutionise Old-School CRPGs! Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Arkane Studios at 20: searching for the balance between accessibility and complexity Spelunker (NES) As Streamers Spread Dangerous Conspiracy Theories, Twitch Does Little To Stop Them How The Makers Of Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Collection Dug Up A Long-Lost, Unreleased Game Gaming's lost boys embrace their inner censor | Opinion Studio Ghibli’s influence on game designers is extensive and expanding Visually Impaired? Use This Sign and Note in Animal Crossing: New Horizons I SIT STILL WITH LIGHTNING FOR A HEAD Final Fantasy 7 Remake interview: developers talk fan reaction, hard mode and balance How Erica Lindbeck Gave Jessie Rasberry a New Voice in Final Fantasy 7 Remake Meet the 19-year-old CEO who started a professional Minecraft building company A Guided Tour Of The Manhattan Space Station Streets of Rage 4 and What it Means to Fight The Sims Is My 'Last Normal Photo' Reliving my days of alcoholism through Disco Elysium A Chocobo Built For One: Why and How I Got a Divorce in FFXIV What a video game about a futuristic Tauranga can tell us about our present Degendering the Dress Dancing May Cry Palaeozoic Park The Essential Workers of Kentucky Route Zero What Casual Games Are Like For Someone Who Doesn't Play Games Blood, Guts, And Videogames (The Jimquisition) Chibi-Robo's Wild and Wacky Soundtrack Why Do We Love Skateboarding Games So Much? Games from Underground #3 | Alternative Horror Things I missed from previous weeks The Epic Games Primer: Parts I-VI Directory
  13. Razbuten on how casual games can be like for people that don't have a history with video games, Nathan Grayson reports on what Twitch does to prevent streamers from spreading dangerous conspiracy theories, Natalie Flores shares some of the streamers and gaming organizations speaking about US or worldwide systemic racism while others share past and current stories showing some of those company's actions doing the opposite, Total War Troy to be free Epic exclusive, MidnightCowboi's first video discusses the people and world of Kentucky Route Zero, developers interviewed about what they think Unreal Engine 5 will mean, Gita Jackson looks at a virtual life in The Sims and how digital spaces and photos can act as a portal to a life you might not see again, Skeleton considers the privilege and function of escapism, RagnarRox covers some indie alt-horror games from itch.io, Mx Medea remembers how an impressive Windows 95 demo disk helped to make them who they are, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Developers say Unreal Engine 5 will 'empower them to be creative and take risks' Xbox Series X: The Most Powerful and Compatible Next-Gen Console with Thousands of Games at Launch Eternal Hope is a Limbo-like journey to save the soul of your beloved Check out the excellent trailer for Industria, a surreal Cold War shooter Desperados 3: Demo Gameplay Crusader Kings 3 - April & May Update 23 Minutes of The Last of Us Part 2 Gameplay (Full 4K Presentation) THE LAST OF US PART II ISN’T JUST NAUGHTY DOG’S MOST AMBITIOUS GAME — IT’S THE MOST ACCESSIBLE, TOO System Shock Alpha Demo First 15 Minutes of Gameplay Wasteland 3 - Choice and Consequence (Behind the Scenes) The Next Total War Game Is Having A Very Weird, Epic-Exclusive Launch Disjunction is a cyberpunk RPG, with artwork from Deus Ex: Mankind Divided art director Ubisoft says Trackmania is not subscription-based, you just pay for it multiple times Space Haven is a promising management sim about interstellar vagrants Accessibility On Marvel’s Avengers – The Journey So Far Outriders gets extended gameplay video, and won't have microtransactions One Shell Straight to Hell: First-Look Preview Goosebumps: Dead of Night - Official Reveal Trailer Discover tentacled horror at the bottom of the sea in the strategy-RPG Stirring Abyss Metro Exodus Drops Denuvo From All PC Versions With Its GOG Release Street Fighter 5 Is Getting One More Season of New Content Street Fighter V Costume Design Contest Is Asking For Free Labor Epic Store's Free Games End Up Selling Better After The Giveaways, Says Tim Sweeney Paradox opens a new grand strategy studio Arnold Hendrick, creator of influential '90s RPG Darklands, has died After George Floyd, Many in the Gaming Community Say #BlackLivesMatter The Video Game Industry Has No Clue How to Respond to Protests Smash Melee charity tournaments raise $28k in honor of George Floyd Street Fighter Event Benefiting Black Lives Matter Demolishes Fundraising Expectations Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Knights of the Chalice 2: Revolutionise Old-School CRPGs! Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Arkane Studios at 20: searching for the balance between accessibility and complexity Spelunker (NES) As Streamers Spread Dangerous Conspiracy Theories, Twitch Does Little To Stop Them How The Makers Of Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Collection Dug Up A Long-Lost, Unreleased Game Gaming's lost boys embrace their inner censor | Opinion Studio Ghibli’s influence on game designers is extensive and expanding Visually Impaired? Use This Sign and Note in Animal Crossing: New Horizons I SIT STILL WITH LIGHTNING FOR A HEAD Final Fantasy 7 Remake interview: developers talk fan reaction, hard mode and balance How Erica Lindbeck Gave Jessie Rasberry a New Voice in Final Fantasy 7 Remake Meet the 19-year-old CEO who started a professional Minecraft building company A Guided Tour Of The Manhattan Space Station Streets of Rage 4 and What it Means to Fight The Sims Is My 'Last Normal Photo' Reliving my days of alcoholism through Disco Elysium A Chocobo Built For One: Why and How I Got a Divorce in FFXIV What a video game about a futuristic Tauranga can tell us about our present Degendering the Dress Dancing May Cry Palaeozoic Park The Essential Workers of Kentucky Route Zero What Casual Games Are Like For Someone Who Doesn't Play Games Blood, Guts, And Videogames (The Jimquisition) Chibi-Robo's Wild and Wacky Soundtrack Why Do We Love Skateboarding Games So Much? Games from Underground #3 | Alternative Horror Things I missed from previous weeks The Epic Games Primer: Parts I-VI Directory
  14. Completed: Warhammer Vermintide 2 Platform: PC First person more melee focused game that plays a lot like the Left 4 Dead games. Played through the game when it first released and now did again with the first two DLC add ons, extra levels, and a few other quality of life changes. Good visceral combat with teamwork needed. Imrpoved on the first game with character classes and traits give more options for how you want to play and new enemy types. Changes made over time making leveling characters and acquiring items easier. The DLC levels were well done, especially Shadows Over Bögenhafen. The only real negative I have for the game is that throughout its life they haven't added much new gameplay content and have made some strange decisions, even one of the paid DLCs is just a few levels from the first game. The more recent higher prices DLC adds a new difficulty levels and a new enemy faction but most of the content adding to the price is a new leveling system based around it and reworks of previous stages with different effects going on to make things more difficult. Like the first game, only the host needs to own DLC for their friends to join them in playing the levels but this time they prevent you from gaining the new weapon for each character unless you own it, making everyone need to pay a high cost for such a minor addition that they might not end up even liking. There are a lot of events based on cosmetics or getting paintings to put up in your lobby that no one is ever going to see. Completed: Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Platform: Switch Feels like a worse Rayman Oirigns/Legends with a lot of the breaking and falling platforms, chase moments, and launches into the background but never as good as those (or Ori and the Blind Forest/Will of the Wisps) mechanically or musically. Then has the addition of awkward controls that can't decide if they want to be weighty or floaty and an attack and grab button that just decides not to work sometimes. Not a fan of the way you get a secondary character that only changes your jump style and gives HP. Rather than the more varied character action or being able to throw each other that was used in the previous games. At least Kiddy Kong wasn't in it.
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  16. This Week In Gaming 5-26-20

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

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

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