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  1. Indie developer tries to pull a Bethesda, Felipe Pepe writes about learning and understanding over 40 years of video game history, Waypoint's Mike Diver speaks to Zelda series producer and director Eiji Aonuma, the negative effects of health care repeal on indie developers and those that want to leave larger companies, UN is getting interested in games, Banner Saga 3 launches Kickstarter, Joseph Anderson talks about the design of Fallout 4 and how to better realize the game's potential, the cost of developing Easter eggs, writing on relationships between characters in FFXV and Last Guardian, South Sudan gets its first Global Game Jam, new trailer for Call of Cthulhu and developers working on a Werewolf The Apocalypse game, road to IGF developer interviews, interview with the man that fixed Fallout 4's toilet paper, a look at the influence glitches have had on the fighting game genre, the story of Sega's first console the Sega SG-1000, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, release dates, previews, interviews, expansions, DLC, updates, company news, new tech, mods) GDC State of the Game Industry 2017 Tim Sweeney earns the Game Developers Choice Lifetime Achievement Award Nintendo Switch Won't Support Netflix at Launch - Report The Switch’s Launch Lineup Is Getting Beefier Japanese Nintendo Switch buyers can customize their console’s colors Nintendo Switch UI gets new close-up in deleted tweet Totaling the hidden costs of owning a Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch is leaving these Wii U features behind Nintendo Answers (And Avoids) Our Switch Questions Nintendo Switch: Everything we still don’t know Nintendo Switch Predicted To Sell 40 Million Systems By End Of 2020 Nintendo Switch Ain’t for Mom and Pop—It’s for Die-Hard Fans Xbox One's upcoming copilot feature will let two players share one controller online Mordheim: City of the Damned developer to bring Necromunda to PC Obsidian teases something called "Project Louisiana" Call of Cthulhu trailer is crazy in the coconut White Wolf bringing Werewolf: The Apocalypse to PC Atlus Brings Two Utawarerumono Games West In 2017 Torment: Tides of Numenera trailer teases choice-heavy combat 9 minutes of Torment: Tides of Numenera PS4 Gameplay Torment: Tides of Numenera preview – A classic series reborn for Xbox One TORMENT: TIDES OF NUMENARA PREVIEW - 2017'S MOST PROMISING RPG YET? Three bizarre sci-fi tales from Torment: Tides of Numenera Dead Cells - Reveal Trailer Take me on: Take On Mars official release 9 Feb World of Horror, A Scary Game For The 1980s Halo Wars 2 feels like a return to the C&C era of real-time strategy We Are Chicago, a game about living in a tough neighborhood, will be out on Feb. 9 Injustice 2 is getting an online beta Ex-BioShock dev's horror game Perception is coming to PS4 Zelda fans uncover Breath of the Wild backstory from Special Edition map The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Will Require a 3GB Install on Wii U A Conversation with Zelda Veteran and ‘Breath of the Wild’ Producer Eiji Aonuma Nostalgic shooter Strafe gets a March release date Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 release date set for PC Inside and Limbo developer's next game looks as dark as its forerunners Watch a grown man kick a child in the face in the Tekken 7 release date trailer NieR: Automata details amusement park, submerged city, unarmed motions, mounts, fishing, and jukebox Necrobarista is about hipsters, baristas, and death For Honor: Viking Gameplay Intro (Classes, Controls, and More) Might & Magic Showdown lets you paint your champs I'd rather paint Might & Magic: Showdown's figurines than play the game Hunt those monsters with Toukiden 2 on PC in March Malicious Fallen launches February 21 in the west Berserk and the Band of the Hawk details 'awakening' abilities alongside new screens SWAT 4: Gold Edition is now on GOG Mass Effect: Andromeda "Running Awesome" Right Now, BioWare Says Murder puzzle game The Sexy Brutale coming in April Cultist Simulator Makes Running A Cult Into A Fun Time PS4 Fans Are Baffled As To Why Sony Is Promoting Crappy-Looking Games The 3DS Is Getting A New Fire Emblem Game Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia may have a big learning curve for modern fans Doubt I would be a fan of the other changes but I would love to see the marriage feature removed from the series. Fire Emblem: Heroes Is A Collectible Character Strategy Game For iOS And Android [UPDATE] Nintendo's Mobile 'Fire Emblem' Is a 'Gacha' Game, Here's What That Means Endless Space 2 - The Horatio - Prologue Yooka-Laylee unveils local co-op and multiplayer in-game footage Bossa's new game Decksplash promises a 3-on-3 mix of skateboarding and Splatoon Ghost Recon: Going to war against a devout drug cartel Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Gameplay: Single Player Walkthrough (Feat. 3 AI Teammates) The Division: Last Stand trailer teases livestreamed reveal coming tomorrow Mon then! Total Warhammer unleashes The White Dwarf Duelyst is getting singleplayer boss battles Dishonored 2’s New Custom Difficulties Give You A Lot Of Options The Division 1.6 update will nearly double the size of the Dark Zone The Division's next big expansion is coming to PS4 and Xbox One at the same time Battlefield 1 DLC Reveal Coming Next Week, Watch A Teaser Now Battlefield 1's first DLC revealed: four maps, two vehicles, and a new mode Dark Souls III: The Ringed City DLC Announcement Trailer | PS4, XB1, PC Resident Evil 7 DLC begins rolling out next week on PS4 Overwatch 'Year of the Rooster' is coming next week Bringing Capture the Flag to Overwatch was harder than you think The Woes of An Overwatch Player Who Keeps Getting Reported For Playing Widowmaker Nerfs to Ana and D.Va finalized, will hit Overwatch soon Sex Game Removes Intense BDSM Scene Following Fan Feedback Ubisoft teases Rainbow Six Siege DLC Operation Velvet Shell Deus Ex: Mankind Divided DLC A Criminal Past is coming in February Final Fantasy XV update to add monster enyclopedia Final Fantasy 15 Director Discusses Upcoming Single-Player Updates And DLC Dying Light adds eye-tracking for extended views, auto-climbing and zombie awareness Announcing our next FREE DLC - Lorebook! Russian publishing giant picks up Crytek's FPS Warface Xbox One Sales Are At 26 Million Units Worldwide, SuperData Estimates Oculus lawsuit may undercut VR industry, not just Facebook's bottom line Oculus lawsuit drops Palmer Luckey on stand to defend story of Rift’s inception Electronic Arts announces dates for EA Play 2017 Portal, Left 4 Dead Developer Kim Swift Joins EA On its 10th birthday, Viking Squad dev Slick joins forces with Klei As 'Games Done Quick' Gets Bigger, So Do Its Controversies The U.S. video game industry pulled $30.4B in revenue last year Co-Founder Of Inside Creators Gets $7 Million After Business Breakup Former Disney studio Avalanche Software re-opens under Warner Bros. DEVELOPER THREATENS TO BLACKBALL MEDIA OUTLETS THAT GIVE NEGATIVE REVIEWS Developer admits "we screwed it" after game website exposes review blacklist threat GDC State of the Industry: For the first time, devs favor Android over iOS Here’s why the UN is getting interested in video games War-torn South Sudan gets its very first Global Game Jam, despite UN warnings of genocide PlayStation is sponsoring a Liverpool-based bootcamp to get young girls into tech Streamer numbers and incomes are rising healthily, according to data from popular tool The flawed report that made erroneous claims about violent video games XCOM 2: The Long War mod is bigger than we thought The Long War 2 mod is a must-play reinvention of XCOM 2 Superhot meets Portal in the wonderful PORTALHOT mod Esports News The Weekend In Esports: League of Legends and Genesis 4 Return Smash Bros. Players Infuriated Over Surprise Rule Tweak At Big Tournament Assessing the impact of League of Legends' new ban system Fighting game community in a flap over Killer Instinct teabagging ban Why You Should Care About Rocket League as an Esport UCypher from USports Will Be India’s First Major Esports League, Uses Franchised Team Structure Big Ten Collegiate Sports Conference Announces Riot Partnership, Championship Cloud Gaming Service LiquidSky Takes Aim at Esports: ‘We’re Prepared to Meet Pro Gamers’ Needs’ Dota 2 Pro Makes Clutch Play From Beyond The Grave Crowdfunding News Banner Saga 3 BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION - Isometric Post-apocalyptic Adventure Hellpoint Teaser - A Dark Sci fi Action RPG soon on Kickstarter Fig raises $7.8 million to expand game crowdfunding platform Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc) Game Developers Speak Up in the Face of Obamacare Repeal More Stories of How Obamacare Has Affected Game Developers Learning the Video Game Canon - How to deal with over 40 years of backlog? The costs of developing Easter eggs Games of 2017 Looking at the tweet chain, Chris has been adding new games throughout the month and is at 46 last time I checked. Some interesting looking titles, many with beautiful and atmospheric art. Here’s How to Create a Convincing Constructed Language for Your Video Game Study Shows Which Video Game Genres Women Play Most The Scary Political Relevance of 'Metal Gear Solid 2' You Guys Are the Best: Friendship and Grieving in Final Fantasy XV 2nd page link is below an advertisement box. Leaping Across the Spaces Between Us: On Relationships in Final Fantasy XV and The Last Guardian Preserving video game history is about more than nostalgia I Love Astroneer For Its Optimism Video games owe a lot to President Obama's administration For Brian Fargo, making games is all about 'finding your way through the darkness' How Stardew Valley inspired the creator of Ooblets to quit her job A Q&A With the Creator of a 'Fallout 4' Mod That Flips the Toilet Paper Around This just shows why I can't get into Bethesda games or the worlds they create, can't even place toilet paper properly without modder help. I Fell In Love with Video Games By Playing ‘Harry Potter’ on the Game Boy Color Do You Have Something To Say? Make a Game THE DIVISION – AESTHETIC REVIEW The Invisible Bunnies That Power World of Warcraft Rez’s Trance Vibrator Changed the Conversation About Women’s Sexuality in Games Guest Column: Creative Block Road to the IGF: Student project Lily - Colors of Santa Luz Road to the IGF: Heart Machine's Hyper Light Drifter Road to the IGF: Michael Brough's Imbroglio Road to the IGF: Raw Fury's GoNNER Road to the IGF: Sokpop Collective's Bamboo Heart Road to the IGF: Osmotic Studios' Orwell My tortured quest to become the bunny whisperer in Ultima Online's spiritual successor Postmortem: Rayhouse Productions' Kalaban Making of Pillars of Eternity documentary is well worth a watch The Story of Sega's First Console, Which Was Not The Master System Playing the Nintendo Playstation Prototype Guide to Games: Watch Dogs The Tragedy of 'This Is the Police' When violent games want you to play nice Skyrim helped me fix my relationship with food The Sin City game that never was Why I'm Still Playing A Game I Don't Like, 700 Hours Later Detention is a beautiful, creepy Taiwanese horror adventure Crucial lessons from 7 game jam prototypes that went commercial How Resident Evil became the "guiding light" for SOMA and Amnesia William Pugh's journey from The Stanley Parable into Crows Crows Crows Game Design Deep Dive: Dynamic audio in destructible levels in Rainbow Six: Siege Why I love the sense of regret in Life is Strange Fallout 4 - One Year Later Inspiring documentary on Crashlands’ development is out now Cool Ghosts: An Important Update Matt Lees and Quintin Smith of Cool Ghosts talk about the humor and the satisfaction of leaving the site after a completed job that makes Hitman great. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess's dungeon design | Boss Keys Best???/Recommended Games of 2016! Strategic Uncertainty - Keeping Strategy Games Fresh - Extra Credits Classic Game Postmortem - Marble Madness The Art Direction of No Man's Sky How a disabled gamer uses his feet to play Final Fantasy 14 Did Nintendo download a Mario ROM and sell it back to us? - Here's A Thing Overwatch Players Honor Fallen Friend With 12-Gun Salute Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Guillermo del Toro continues Konami posts When you create an account pretend to like a game developer and their work Apple Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Finding Beauty in the Weirdest Fighting Game Glitches AUTISM & EMPOWERMENT: WHAT GAMING MEANS TO ME The visual power of pure form FIGHT | League of Legends Documentary
  2. On tuesday The Banner Saga was published. It is a Kickstarter founded project by Stoic Entertainment, and it was envisioned as a triology, and this is the first part. It's set in a Viking setting, after the gods are dead (you are told gods are dead in the intro, so it's not a spoiler). A great threat has reapeared and you company is fleeing with a whole caravan of civilians. YOu have to make sure you have enough food, otherwise you start losing civilians and fighters - witch will negatively impact your morale and morale impacts willpower witch is a cruicial element of combat. Combat is resolved in turn based tactical combat. The combat engine is so simple you could easily play it with p&p, easy to understand but with plenty of tactical complexity. (changed the image for higher resolution). The blue area is where the current character can move this turn, the yelow area is where you can move by expending Willpower I mentioned before.In the bottom to the left you can see the turn order. In left to the bottom you see a bunch of numbers. Those are stats of the current character. It very simple realy. Basic combat mechanics: I do have a few issues. It lacks manual save option and save-points are infrequent. For an RPG it's a bit on a short side and it's fairly linear - The path taken is fixed(predetermined, no choice of paths), events and resolutions aren't. There is still a few stability issues (but I count those as less pressing since bugs can actualy be fixed). I know it's part 1 of 3 and it's an indie title, but 8-12 hours for an RPG is a bit on a short side. Edit: I still like the game and I'm eagerly atincipating sequels (hoping they fix isues). If you think this sounds great despite the issues I listed, then you'll probably enjoy it. If you are on the fence then I suggest you wait for it to be on a sale or wait untill the triology be complete.