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Charlie Hall on The year of BattleTech, Writing On Games on going back to Metal Gear Solid 5, why indie devs sign with publishers, Jason Schreier on Bungie and communication, Vidme shutting down on the 15th, how a JRPG ended up being re-translated after release, how the Game Awards come together and how it has changed, Gaming Historian on SEGA's three biggest mistakes, changes coming to YT advertising and comments, new Darkest Dungeons DLC announced, Mega Man 11 announced, The Making of Tex Murphy, when persecution complexes cause gamers to become corporate cheerleaders, Noclip on The Hillbillies of Grand Theft Auto Online, how first party games return investments compared to third part titles, what Assassin's Creed Origins gets right about Egypt, how Ubisoft changed multiplayer games, the enduring appeal of Musou games, GOTYs and people of the year, 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) An Evolving Game Award Show for an Evolving Industry How Video Games' Biggest Award Show Comes Together Bad Reporting Leads To Widespread False Rumor About The Game Awards Guillermo Del Toro confirmed for the Game Awards Metro Exodus will be shown at The Game Awards, and a Portal “thing” is rumored The year of BattleTech BattleTech’s turn-based PC game wants to be the next Firefly The BattleTech timeline The birth of BattleTech Mechwarrior 5 devs challenged by claimant who may not even own copyright Find out more about Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord's faction, the Vlandians Ashly Burch and Hannah Telle return as Chloe and Max in Life is Strange’s “Farewell” episode Shin Megami Tensei V coming west Abandon Ship delayed, dev let's play shows off impressive new in-game footage Hello Neighbor releases this week, so here's a new trailer A time-traveling merchant has 21 days to solve a mysterious death in a strange city So far, Wild West Online is more mild than wild Desperately trying to get Ubisoft to talk about Far Cry 5's controversial US setting How Far Cry 5 became more political than Ubisoft intended Into The Breach: a diary of doom From the FTL Devs Comes: INTO THE BREACH (w/ Russ and Plante) Gorogoa, the beautiful hand-drawn puzzle game, will (finally) be out next week How Reigns and its forthcoming sequel make their 'Tinderocracy' work Attack on Titan 2 release date set No Yakuza: Kiwami 2 localization announcement planned for PlayStation Experience 2017 The Opening Cinematic For Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Pits Light Against Dark Zwei!! for PC coming west as Zwei: The Arges Adventure this winter EA UFC 3's Beta Has Brutal Striking, But Falls Apart On The Ground Check out fast-paced dungeon crawler Wizard of Legend in this new trailer Anamorphine launches January 16 Co-op thriller A Way Out should be detailed next week, but don’t expect to play it until 2019 New Past Cure trailer reveals astral projection, time manipulation, and stealth kills Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time might not be the 2D brawler the anime deserves Capcom Is Making Another True Mega Man Game, 'Mega Man 11' Mega Man X Games Coming To PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC Four difficulty Settings and No Female Robot Masters: 11 Things We Know About Mega Man 11 Children of Morta: 6 Minutes of This Diablo-Meets-Pixel-Art RPG - IGN First Unusual JRPG Koruldia Heritage is the latest pick for Square Enix's indie incubator Rebellion Is Remaking Battlezone II: Combat Commander Blazing Legion: Ignition’s mech action looks ace Legendary Gary is an odd RPG from the programmer of What Remains of Edith Finch Bold RTS Riot: Civil Unrest explores the politics and humanity behind real-world protests Railway Empire details its sophisticated AI system Eight minutes of Gal Gun 2 gameplay Omega Labyrinth Z coming west in spring 2018 10 Minutes of The Adventure Pals Gameplay Rainbow Six Siege devs show how they’re bringing more personality to new operators Reddit AMA confirms a new shield operator, Tachanka rework are coming to Rainbow Six Siege Ubisoft plan to deal with dropshotting in Rainbow Six Siege Players Worry Paladins' New Card System Inches Closer To Pay-To-Win PUBG's desert map gameplay will debut at The Game Awards PUBG's desert map has a sawed-off shotgun with incendiary shells (maybe) PUBG 'will never add anything that affects gameplay', but will consider new cosmetic items EA Boosts Star Wars Battlefront II's Multiplayer Rewards Alien DLC Crash Lands In Darkest Dungeon Korea are all about science and hills in Civilization 6: Rise and Fall Assassin’s Creed Origins getting ‘nightmare’ difficulty, horde mode and ... chocobos? Overwatch Gets Separate Currency For League Skins Destiny 2’s December plans include Masterwork weapons and an economic overhaul Rain World's difficulty-changing update is now in open beta on Steam A new Fortnite update adds weapons, smoke grenades, and two more leaderboards Fortnite devs are tinkering with the look of Battle Royale Square-Enix Promises 2018 Will Be A Big Year For Final Fantasy Fans Final Fantasy XV Gets Character Swapping Star Control's future is in question as Ghosts of the Precursors devs clash with Stardock Take-Two president on loot boxes: 'We don't view [them] as gambling' Warframe dev: Industry must get better at "giving players a choice and a voice" The Moment Madden NFL Killed NFL 2K Forever "It's the game designer's job to evoke different sides of humanity" Former Valve writer Chet Faliszek joins Bossa Studios to direct co-op action game From Software: ‘We have no intention of ending the Armored Core series in its current state’ Introducing In-Extension purchases, now in limited preview YouTube exploring a ‘new approach to advertising’ in wake of disturbing content Vidme to shutter its site due to costs and tough competition This closure isn't a surprise if you've been following the site, their business model, their layout, or the kind of creators that were attracted to the site. The above thread partly showing some of those things and predicting that their next step would be closure back in August. I shared the below video back in June, it covers problems with the site, the challenges with creating a site like this in the first place, and the relationship between creators and platform owners. G2A's dispute with indie devs doesn't look like it's ending any time soon PERSONA 5 TOPS 2 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE Two former Gazillion employees claim they’re each owed $5,000 in unpaid benefits FTC sternly warns CS:GO gambling fraudsters not to do it again Detroit: Become Human under fire for controversial domestic abuse scene Have to appeal to their 60+ voter demographic. It's 2017, Here's A New Game Boy Game PS3 Emulation Makes Huge Strides, Can Now Play Uncharted Kickstarter Update #45 - Top of the Mods! Mod Turns Mirror's Edge Into A Multiplayer Racing Game Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Gears Of War Pro Circuit And DreamHack Winter Smash Pro Narrowly Wins After Missed Ledge Grab Smash Player Proposes To Girlfriend Before Championship Match The Smash 4 Championship Final Was Extremely Satisfying The Newest Smash Teen Is Dominating With Luigi Team Secret Is In The Driver's Seat Of The Dota Pro Circuit How Ubisoft are taking Rainbow Six Siege esports to a global audience The esports industry has a problem with who it is choosing to represent it Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) How a Major JRPG Wound Up Getting Totally Re-Written Months After Release Communication Is Hard The games industry has an inferiority complex, and it's holding us back Why do indie developers sign with publishers? When gamers become weird persecution complex having corporate cheerleaders The Norwood Suite's creator on composing the game's soundtrack and standing out from the crowd Game Design Deep Dive: The Spinning Plates approach of Bomber Crew What I talk about when I talk about Narrative Design Dream Daddy co-creator opens up about the challenges of creating in public Developers share their most memorable dirty coding tricks How SteamWorld bucked 'the easy route' and became a series without a genre The “microtransaction” of buying a console Meet the 19-Year-Old Who Spent Over £10,000 on Microtransactions Ubisoft don't get enough credit for how they've changed multiplayer games Why 'SteamWorld Dig 2' Sold 10 Times More on Switch Vs. Steam This War of Mine What Games Get So Wrong About Egypt, 'Assassin's Creed Origins' Gets Right How 'LA Noire' Rewards You For Being a Bad Cop “Not Like Other Girls” and Other Lies: Magical Diary’s Exploration of Romance Writing THE ODD, ENDURING APPEAL OF MUSOU GAMES MAY FINALLY BE PAYING OFF Majora's Mask and the Magic of Player Revisionism Torment: Tides of Numenera's Opening Accomplishes So Much With Just Words What Remains of Edith Finch Does Dreams Right Wolfenstein 2’s true heroes are its moms The Peaceful, Human Dreams Behind the Nazi-Slaying Fantasy of 'Wolfenstein' The Most Shocking Scene in 'The New Colossus' Shouldn't Work, But It Does Cyberpunk Rarely Imagines That Its Dystopian Futures Might End Haque is a cute, glitchy, roguey-likey little thing GOTY 2017: #9 Everything The 30 Best Videogames of 2017 People of the Year 2017: Ninja Theory People of the Year 2017: Ubisoft Milan and Paris The Warhammer License (Again) - Did Games Workshop's Gamble Work? - Extra Credits The Hillbillies of Grand Theft Auto Online - Noclip The Making of Tex Murphy - Full Documentary (Official) Cool Ghosts: Episode 1 Going Back to MGSV: The Phantom Pain (Part 1: Gameplay) Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Spoilers) Resident Evil 2 Design | Road to the Rocket Launcher 5 Amazing Levels from 2017 | Game Maker's Toolkit SEGA's 3 Biggest Mistakes | Gaming Historian The Battlefield 4 Comeback | Fixing a Disaster? How Janina Gavankar Became Battlefront 2's Main Anti-Hero - Up At Noon Live! The Rise Of The Platform Fighter - Developer Roundtable toco toco - Yoshiro Kimura, Game Creator The 2017 Experimental Gameplay Workshop Innovation on Demand: Paradox Interactive's Strategic Initiatives Division Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games, game communities, or game companies Streamer goes viral after broadcasting UFC pay-per-view while pretending to play UFC video game The illegal UFC 3 streamer has been issued a temporary Twitch ban Things I Missed From Previous Weeks ORAL HISTORY: HOW MARVEL’S CREATIVE HEAD HELPED BRING NINTENDO TO AMERICA
The Story of 'BMX XXX', how Ubisoft recreated ancient Egypt, Nintendo World Championship 2017, Indiecade 2017, the Japanese entrepreneur using an RPG to help fight depression, NIS America to redo Ys VIII translation, future content for Divinity Original Sin 2, developers on what game difficulty means and what goes into cutscene creation, the leaves of Star Wars Battlefront, first gameplay footage of Psychonauts 2, preview of Mechwarrior 5, how developers can add accessibility while on a budget, how game designers protect players from themselves, what happens to your Steam account when you die, 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) NSS: Five Favorite Experiences of INDIECADE 2017. Five Cool Games From Indiecade 2017 7 Little Details Worth Noticing in Assassin's Creed: Origins Assassin's Creed: Origins trailer reveals the 'Birth of the Brotherhood' Assassin's Creed Origins: how Ubisoft painstakingly recreated ancient Egypt Loot is one of the best additions in Assassin's Creed: Origins A view from the director's chair of Assassin's Creed: Origins Assassin’s Creed Origins DLC lets you battle Egyptian gods, giant scorpions You can't spend real money on Assassin's Creed Origins' lootboxes Game About Being An Asshole Goose Looks Hilarious Indie Dev Is Refreshingly Honest In Explaining Delay: Too Many Good Games Where the Water Tastes Like Wine turns American folk tales into a road trip Frostpunk Is A City-Builder Where You Can Eat The Dead NIS America Is Redoing Ys VIII's Shoddy Localization Psychonauts 2 // First Playable JURASSIC WORLD EVOLUTION! - FIRST LOOK IN GAME FOOTAGE! The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 coming west in 2018 MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries hands-on: the series goes back to its roots Extinction - First Official Gameplay Trailer Wolfenstein II's Wheelchair Segment Has a Surprising Inspiration "It's disturbing that Wolfenstein can be considered a controversial political statement" Dust: An Elysian Tail creator reveals Metal Gear Solid-inspired Switch game Emotional Fugitive Detector is a Voight-Kampff test you want to lose Star Control creators working on direct sequel to Star Control 2 BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle seven-minute gameplay video Gintama Rumble debut trailer, details PES 2018 partners with Arsenal and shows what it's capable of LOST SPHEAR - 15 Minutes of New Gameplay from Tokyo RPG Factory's Next Game Phalanstery is a cyberpunk point-and-click adventure Yomawari: Midnight Shadows ‘Exploring in the Dark’ trailer Machinarium maker’s next game is a zany departure for the adventure genre CCP confirms Eve Online-inspired multiplayer shooter Project Nova still in development God Eater 3 Gets Its First Trailer A Case of Distrust is an adventure game made of silhouettes set in 1920s San Francisco I Can't Get Enough Of Star Wars Battlefront II's Leaves 5 Things We Learned From the Star Wars Battlefront II Public Beta The good and bad of the Star Wars: Battlefront 2 beta Inbetween Games' debut is a tribute to Berlin's diversity OneShot is a bizarre adventure game full of fourth-wall-breaking moments What You Need to Know About Code Vein First Look - Code Vein English Gameplay - Kotaku UK Defeating Code Vein's Queen's Knight Boss - English Build Pokémon’s Ultra Beasts get stranger in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Abandon Ship has you sailing inside a picture frame Sledgehammer pledges to tackle cheaters in Call of Duty: WWII Massive Call of Duty WW2 leak spoils loot crates, Nazi Zombies, maps, camos, weapons and pretty much everything else Swery remains committed to cat RPG The Good Life, whether or not it’s funded Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition coming in 2018 Injustice 2 is bringing Atom to the fight Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite’s Black Panther and Sigma trailer unveiled Arms version 3.2 update trailer Swen Vincke on the future of Divinity: Original Sin 2, and the pros and cons of open development Divinity: Original Sin 2 has 'at least one big surprise' for players in coming months Hitman's October content schedule teases big announcement EVE Online Free Players Are About To Get A Lot More Stuff Blizzard is planning Overwatch League-specific in-game items Enter The Gungeon meets Payday 2 with crossover items Counter-Strike: Global Offensive revamping Dust2 Elite Dangerous is getting Squadrons, large groups of players that share a massive mobile base Everspace has a new expansion with space flamethrowers and a totally metal trailer JonTron is still in A Hat in Time, but not without controversy All proceeds from sale of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice tomorrow will go to UK mental health charity Telltale's Batman uses photo of assassinated Russian ambassador Ubisoft to buy back 4m shares as it fends off Vivendi takeover Warframe developers Digital Extremes are expanding to a new studio in Toronto Sweeney: Fortnite engine improvements will benefit more than battle royale bandwagon Life after Agents of Mayhem: Where now for Volition? OpenCritic joins the loot box backlash SpecialEffect celebrates ten years of life changing work Final Fantasy: Back from the brink of disaster Esports News Watch the Nintendo World Championships 2017 here The Weekend In Esports: Worlds Group Stage And Overwatch Play-Offs Overwatch’s Most Popular Player Talks Overwatch League (And Bastion) Street Fighter Pro's Secret Weapon: A Tape Measure Activision Blizzard is ready to deliver on Overwatch League hype Overwatch Team Finishes First Season Back In North America Undefeated World’s Best Smash 4 Player Lost Twice This Weekend To Upstart Players Player Sets Single-Game Save Record in 'Rocket League.' Team Still Loses Why 'Rocket League' Killed All Its Weird Maps Hulu is getting four new esports shows Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Relic Hunters Legend - Online Cooperative Shooter/Looter/RPG Content I found interesting this week (interviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) 'It Made Absolutely No Sense:' The Story of 'BMX XXX' Where Video Game Conventions Draw 300,000: Not in the U.S. Working Overtime to Kill You: Crunch Doesn't Work Making Fallout: New Vegas was a battle against time and impolite NPCs Getting the message right in Another Lost Phone Why one Japanese entrepreneur is using an RPG to help fight depression 'Shadow of War' and 'Forza 7' Are Poisoning the Concept of Loot Boxes The Nintendo Switch indie gold rush Westwood's Blade Runner is an all-time classic in danger of being forgotten How the Blade Runner game ensured players never knew who to trust In Oblige, life in 1970s Hong Kong is menial and controlled with a typewriter How A Surprisingly Insightful 'Oblivion' Quest Tackled Police Abuse Daytona USA: why the best arcade racing game ever just won't go away Game Design Deep Dive: Managing randomization, frustration in Everspace Classic Postmortem: XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which turns 5 today Accessibility on a budget The creators of Battle Chasers: Nightwar on comics, RPGs, and almost being Chaotic Evil How Sony's biggest failure led to an indie renaissance How 2D RTS Forts sold 120,000 copies completely under the radar What's up with all these niche 'hardcore realism' games from Eastern Europe? The eight best advances in gaming during the last decade What Game Difficulty Means Click for thread. Class Specific Cutscenes Click for thread. Remembering The Witcher 1 & 2 - Noclip Documentary Designing The World of The Witcher 3 - Noclip Documentary The Quests of Wild Hunt - Witcher Documentary The Problem with Power Fantasies - We're Not Always Right - Extra Credits How Game Designers Protect Players From Themselves | Game Maker's Toolkit Analyzing The Sax Solo From Dolphin Shoals A Hat In Time: Spiritual Successor to Original IP - Good Game Design Gaming Beyond the Iron Curtain: East Germany Learn what secrets and oddities exist beyond the frame of Silent Hill 2 Deus Ex 3: Insurrection (Cancelled Ion Storm Sequels) | Unseen64 Ft. Bransfield What happens to your Steam account when you die? - Here's A Thing Secrets of Fallout: How an Abandoned Sequel Led to New Vegas - IGN Expert Mode (Ep. 4) Happy Inside the Box: The Art of Old Man's Journey Been There, Done That: Industry Vets Share Experiences and Advice The Evolution of Rodeo in Titanfall 2 Things I Missed From Previous Week Now Ubi’s opened the door, can we have our “Skip Boss Fight” button? Cuphead Is a Nostalgia I Can Finally Understand Overwatch: From Cancelled Project to Game of the Year - IGN Expert Mode (Ep. 3)
"Ys Origin is a Japanese action role-playing game developed and published by Nihon Falcom for Microsoft Windows in 2006." (Wikipedia, November 2013) I've played this RPG for 45 hours on the hardest of the 5 difficulties (nightmare, hard, normal, easy, very easy) with "Hugo" (1 of 3 characters) and completed it by level 52. I found the story to be a run-of-the-mill "good guy wants power, turns evil temporarily, and repents through the power of friendship/love". I'm generally not the type of guy to delve into, and enjoy, the story of a game very much anyways, so I didn't mind it. In fact, considering that I look for "great gameplay" in games, and what type of gameplay I'll tend to go for, I would practically expect a story to be "the usual" in a game (not to say I haven't enjoyed original stories). I don't know how the story goes with the other 2 characters, since I haven't played them yet. This game, played with a top-down camera angle, plays kinda like a shooter when Hugo is the chosen character, as his attacks revolve around shooting magic missiles straight ahead of him. After a quick test run, the other 2 characters appear to revolve around close-range melee combat. On the hardest difficulty level, the bosses offer such a challenge that you'll find yourself grinding a lot, just to gain that extra level or two and be able to defeat the boss at all (and even then, your battle strategy better be near perfect). This game has some simple puzzle-solving, if you can even call it that. You'll find yourself having to press buttons, defeat certain enemies, obtain and use items/skills, and so on. I did enjoy the challenging gameplay, but it would get frustrating at times with bosses, and also 1 time with a certain enemy that can practically insta-kill you (but that you'll still have to deal with). The only thing to do there is keep looking around for equipment and the like, and grind in special spots to gain levels. If you want to know how nice the graphics look, just "You-Google-Tube" some gameplay footage on the game. And while you're at it, check out the soundtrack for it as well. It's pretty awesome. As of this post, the game is $19.99 USD on Steam and I'd say it's worth the price if you love to spend many hours on a challenging "battle-grind" RPG. If it turns-out that you love the game, then you may also love "Ys: The Oath in Felghana", which follows a similar gaming style. You may want to avoid Ys I & II though, which has your main attack revolve around ramming into enemies (like in Hydlide), which ruins any sense of "gameplay" (at least in my opinion). Feel free to give your own thoughts on the game or the game series.