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  1. Let me start of by saying Merry Christmas to all of you and a Happy New Year for when it comes. I’d normally begin my review of PC games with a tech report but here there's very little point here, I’m playing at 2K on the max settings the game will allow and I’m hitting the buffers at 144 FPS in a game where frames and resolutions barely even matter…. just like in the original so regardless of you system you should manage especially if you played the original already. I'll leave links to Steam at the and so you check minimum and recommend from there and of course they are both available on PS4 and XBox One as well. Well let’s get started: Presentation: 5/10 The graphics seem a bit downgraded which is weird for a game with this kind of art style. This is probably partly due to the switch form Unreal Engine to Unity but that’s not an excuse for the game like this to look worse than the one that came out nearly 3 years prior. It looks more washed out with noticeably uglier textures dotted here and there with less convincing lighting, weather and water effects and animations seem stiffer to. Maybe Unity is cheaper to develop on or the new developer (Deck Nine) is more used to working with it or something but it definitely has not worked to this game's favour. The music and sound design are on par with the original in terms of quality but it’s not quite as memorable. It’s the sort of soundtrack you forget kinda quickly whereas the original sticks with you. It’s good, but just not as good. Sadly the most important component of the audio, the voice acting is another downgrade. I feel bad about saying it because it’s not really the devs fault. Key cast members including the lead had to be changed because of the SAG-AFTRA strike. Which neatly leads us onto the next section. Characters, Story and Writing: 6/10 (4/10) The game of course predates the events of Life is Strange by 3 years with Chloe as the main playable protagonist and focuses her relationship with Rachel, the “missing” girl from the first game. It explains how they met and ultimately bonded, with only the first 3 Episodes in the bag as of now the story isn’t complete so I’m only going to draw conclusions and analyse the characters based on what we have right now but my opinion may change in the future with further content. They got Rhianna DeVries to replace Ashly Burch and I give her credit as she has clearly put a lot of effort in and it is the best performance in the game but Chloe just isn't the same. She seemed much more spunk and energy when it was Ashley doing the voice but Ashly is making a return for the Bonus episode with Max so at least we have that to look forward to. This could be more the fault of the writing which affects everyone. I believe I heard one guy on YouTube describe as “a bit Lucas” and I have to agree. The character that suffers the most for this by far is Rachel so she’s the one I will use to illustrate this. I will be going into some spoilers here but if you have played the original (maybe even if you haven't) then what I’m about to spoil is something you probably would have guessed anyway but still you have been warned. Despite how much I feel about some poor writing and character choices the story is actually fairly strong and with its share of funny, dramatic and intense moments. Even though it has bane of prequel curse where I already know some of what ultimately happens I still kept me for the most part guessing and wanting to know how it ultimately connects and it kept me going. I still like these characters and want where it goes from here, I just hope what has to come doesn’t feel the need to establish things quite so damn fast! EDIT: I was kinda running the assumption there was more story to come, although I do still think that is likely to happen I'm going post my thoughts on the way(s) this game ends right as it is now, and it does change some of my opinions quite dramatically! Some of my scores will be adjusted with this in mind and next to my previously posted scores and highlighted in green. Since of course this of course contains spoilers for both titles..... well you know the drill: Gameplay: 4/10 This is where the package ultimately fails the most for me. Allot of games like this are derogatorily described as “walking simulators” which I think is very unfair and can’t help but feel that people who use it are missing the point. Despite all that I’m afraid to say…… this kind of is a walking simulator…... with talking. The basic structure for most of the game is literally walk here, investigate that, talk to him, have a cutscene, walk back, and so on…. The original Life is Strange as well the likes of Beyond Two Souls, some action games like The Last of Us and even a number of first Person shooters manage to tell way more of their story and have character interaction though active gameplay rather than relying connecting cutscenes most of the time….. which this game does! Another thing is Chloe's dialogue influence ability which replaces Max’s reversing time mechanic. I get that they couldn't do that again but It’s nowhere near as fun, engaging or fresh as what they had before. It’s not the worst Idea since smart talking her way out of a situation definitely suits Chloe’s character and it does do it in a slightly more original way that most but it doesn't change the fact that we see these kind of mechanics all the time. I didn’t find it very challenging either, for most of these all you have to do is pick the choice that features a word the NPC just said. It also ties it into the aforementioned problem of so much more of the game being within cutscenes. There are so many points when I felt I should have had some interaction during a cutscene but didn't and that’s’ annoying! I’ll post an example behind a SPOILER. Final Verdict: 6/10 (4/10) The writing doesn't feel as natural, the performances aren't as convincing and the fundamental design of the gameplay is nowhere near as compelling or interactive. I feel like I’m in cutscenes way more than in the original which had allot more happening during actual gameplay. This however is all in comparison to game that I would rate about a 9/10 so it’s certainly not as shameful as it sounds. There are some fun and interesting moments but ultimately, taking the reins on a project with as much acclaim as this is a herculean task and is going have close scrutiny and criticism no matter what. There will of course be those that will defend it no matter what, I myself have been heavily critical here but I like to think I’ve been as constructive and as honest as I can. Each Episode takes roughly an an hour to hour and a half so it is a fair amount of content for the price. I can only truly recommend this if you are a fan of the the original even then it's not a strong one. If you haven't played it then try Episode 1 for free first before getting drawn to this prequel. Life is Strange, Steam Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Steam
  2. Hiya, I would like to introduce myself, I'm Shikigami, but I go by Shiki for short. I play on my Xbox One and PC, I love hosing mini open lobbies on Siege or CoD while I stream so I can interact with everyone who wants to play & follows my socials to show support
  3. What the Prey reboot could have been, Demo Day 2017, Pathfinder CRPG announced with Chris Avellone involvement, an ode to the shotgun, Noclip starts sessions series with an interview with Theresa Duringer, Life Is Strange sequel, Destiny 2 livestream and info, Extra Credits on the reasons why games might be shipped with bugs, writing the next Dragon Age, how a man born without eyes plays video games, the failure of ‘Play Your Way’ games, TW Warhammer reveals Lizardmen roster, more games heading to the Switch, difficulty of trying to tell stories outside your own experience, the overused narrative style of Call of Duty WWII, the history of RPGs, Shadow of War impressions, streamers role-playing GTA cops, veteran developers reveal childhood creations, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, release dates, previews, interviews, expansions, DLC, updates, company news, new tech, mods) Striking voice actors say some game companies are agreeing to royalties Destiny 2 - Official Gameplay Reveal Trailer Destiny 2: Bungie Devs Explain New Story and Gameplay Destiny 2 - Cinematic Trailer #2 Destiny 2 will be available exclusively through Blizzard's launcher 'Destiny 2' Game Director Luke Smith: "We Want to Unhide the Fun of 'Destiny'" Destiny 2 Gameplay Premiere Hands-on with the PC version of Destiny 2: Campaign, Strikes and PvP Hands On With Destiny 2 On PC Destiny 2 won’t have dedicated servers Bungie's World Director On 'Destiny 2' Patrols, Adventures, and Dungeons Destiny 2 Shows Bungie Is Listening To Fans, In Its Own Way Destiny 2 isn't 60FPS on consoles because the PS4 Pro can't even run it Destiny 2 Gameplay Premiere – The Worlds of Destiny 2 Watch a full strike mission from Destiny 2 You can find videos of others playing the game as each of the game's classes. Playing the next wave of student games at Demo Day 2017, USC's mini E3 Tekken 7 Official No Glory for Heroes Story Trailer Pathfinder: Kingmaker bringing tabletop RPG to PC South Park: The Fractured But Whole Will Be Out In October Total War WARHAMMER 2 - Introducing... Temple Guard Total War: WARHAMMER 2 - Lizardmen Roster Reveal Sunless Skies hangs closed alpha signup sheet Writing the next Dragon Age New Dragon Age game in development, BioWare writer says Is Bioware's Next Game 'Dragon Age Tactics'? RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 IS NOW COMING SPRING 2018 One Piece: Unlimited World Red - Deluxe Edition - | PC, PS4, Switch Focus Home Interactive announces E3 2017 lineup Days Gone Will Make An Appearance At E3 2017, "In A Big Way", Release Date Announcement? Mighty Gunvolt Burst coming to Nintendo Switch in June Bloodstained, Kickstarted in 2015, is only '20 to 30 percent' done Grasshopper returns to The Silver Case with 25th Ward remake How Darksiders 3 Has Evolved - IGN First Darksiders 3 reveals new concept art—gallery Darksiders 3 Developers Play the Original Game, 7 Years Later - IGN First Playing Darksiders 2 With the Level Designer of Darksiders 3 - IGN First Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Coming To PS4 And Xbox One Owlboy, Nine Parchments, YIIK: A Postmodern RPG, and more indies announced for Switch Level-5 working on Switch game(s) Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Switch launches this fall in the west, DLC ‘DB Super Pack 4’ launches June First look at rumored Mario and Rabbids crossover RPG art leaks Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 ‘Baiken’ character trailer Dead Alliance - Exclusive Announcement Trailer Robot exploder Nex Machina blasting onto PC in June Crash-u-like: Danger Zone exploding out May 30th FAR CRY 5 TEASERS CONFIRM AMERICAN SETTING, FULL REVEAL THIS WEEK Bandai Namco's Get Even postponed in light of Manchester attack At The Gates is a 4X game that learns from RimWorld and Spelunky 2K could be working on a new Bioshock or Borderlands game Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap gets a PC release date Spot Luke Skywalker as 'Star Wars Battlefront II' Team Talk Story The Walking Dead: A New Frontier episode 5 out later this month Tennis returns to consoles with Tennis World Tour next year Cat Quest coming to PS4, PC this summer Bayonetta Developer PlatinumGames Teases a Mysterious New IP Warframe devs announce Keystone, a new F2P FPS ARMS Direct 5.17.2017 Splatoon 2 - Single Player Trailer - Nintendo Switch Disgaea 5 Complete - Game Overview Trailer - Nintendo Switch El Shaddai Creator Announces New RPG For PS4 And PS Vita Fear Effect Sedna has a free demo Watch Latest Chaotic Trailer for 'Lawbreakers' as it's Announced for PlayStation PS4 Version Of LawBreakers Confirmed, PC Cross-Play Ruled Out Because It's "Dumb" Cliff Bleszinski on 'Lawbreakers', 'Overwatch' and Feeling Like a Disney Princess Steel Division: Normandy 44 - The Art of Making History Steel Division: Normandy 44 - Inhouse multiplayer on Carpiquet PDXCON 2017: Steel Division - Clash of Titans Even If You Hate Early Access, 'Dead Cells' Is Worth Playing Now PES 2018 release date set, PC version 'to the standard of leading console iterations' Scalebound might not be cancelled after all New Crowfall videos reveal graphical upgrades and character changes A special message from DONTNOD Entertainment Middle-earth: Shadow of War - Open World Gameplay Trailer In Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, fortress assaults feel like the battle of Helm’s Deep MIDDLE-EARTH: SHADOW OF WAR FIRST HANDS-ON IMPRESSIONS Middle-earth: Shadow Of War - New Fort Assault Gameplay Shadow Of War Dev On Creating Mordor Sequel: "If We Fail, We're Doomed" Q&A: Monolith Creative Lead on the Updated Nemesis System in 'Shadow of War' Quake Champions 1v1 duel mode showcased in new trailer Quake Champions comics will reveal the characters' 'bloody backgrounds' Wild West Online gets funding, will sidestep Kickstarter and include female characters from outset A pair of new Endless Space 2 trailers examine 'Exploitation' and 'Extermination' Endless Space 2 - Developer Diary - First Contact Dreadnought enters open beta, so here's a cool trailer of brawling spaceships Gwent open beta begins next Wednesday Torment: Tides of Numenera update adds a new companion and the 'Voluminous Codex' Rainbow Six Siege is getting better servers and improved tech Battlefield 1 DLC Adds Female Soldiers War is changing in Crusader Kings 2 Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia ‘Season Pass’ trailer Rocket League will retire old Crates in next major update Next PUBG update adds a new sniper rifle, sick motorcycle stunts Overwatch Anniversary event kicks off May 23 Jeff Kaplan answers your questions in an AMA-style 'Overwatch support' video Overwatch Director Says Balancing D.Va Was His 'Low Point' Of The Year Overwatch anniversary event will introduce three new Arena maps Blizzard Says Overwatch Wasn't Meant To Be Political, But It's Not That Simple Overwatch director wants more story for Symmetra and Pharah 5 Secrets about Overwatch's Support Heroes by Jeff Kaplan (Feat. 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November 4th & 5th #GXEast17 'Project Rap Rabbit' Shows How Not to Launch a Kickstarter in 2017 Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc) An ode to the shotgun Old Leaked Design Documents Show What Prey Could've Been Prey modders uncover cognizant Disc Rifle cut from game in files Veteran game developers reveal their childhood creations The Pitfalls of Trying to Tell Stories Outside Your Own Experience 'Call of Duty: WWII' Seems Like Yet Another Hollywood Take on World War II Why 'System Shock' Matters Japan's Biggest Indie Game Event Hits Kyoto Searching for Faith During a 'Night in the Woods' Night in the Woods and the Lies of Nostalgia The history of RPGs 7 Japanese RPGs game developers should study “Prey and the Failure of ‘Play Your Way’ Games,” by Jess Joho A report from GaymerX Australia IS THIS SNOWY TRANSLATION REALLY LITERAL? 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  4. This week in the news; Microsoft ends 360 production, PSN getting two factor authentication, too much "game" being taught at game schools, Total War Warhammer adds Bretonnia to skirmish and multiplayer, Double Fine and Lucasarts audio legend Jory Prum dies at 41, Pewdiepie talks about how horrible he used to be, Dontnod's dark turn from Life Is Strange to Vampyr, Danny O'Dwyer talks to Blizzard about the fall of Titan and creation of Overwatch in a three part series, Outlast 2 gameplay, Don Daglow calling bullshit on core and casual labels, Matt Lees looks at how Bloodborne is built to support its narrative, John Romero and Adrian Carmack's new FPS, what a video game producer does, and more. Why Free Money Suddenly Showed Up In Some People's Steam Accounts PlayStation Network getting two-factor authentication, Sony confirms Microsoft Ends Xbox 360 Production Double Fine, LucasArts audio legend Jory Prum dies, aged just 41 John Romero and Adrian Carmack team up for another teaser John Romero and Adrian Carmack's new FPS Blackroom is set in a violent world of holographs A thread about this was created here. Final Fantasy 15 Game Informer Coverage An Inside Look At Modernizing The Art Of Final Fantasy Our Final Fantasy 15 thread can be found here. God Eater: Resurrection launches June 28, God Eater 2: Rage Burst launches August 30 in the west Total War: Warhammer adds Bretonnia as a multiplayer faction Everspace trailer teases "imminent" alpha Sometimes Always Monsters is the sequel to Always Sometimes Monsters The King of Fighters 14 comes to PS4 in August Homefront: The Revolution opening cinematic reveals a fallen America I really hope this game is satirical, playing a plot like this straight would be really embarrassing. What is it with movies and games where America fails in every way or causes the apocalypse and everyone bands together to bring it back? This is probably why I love Bastion so much. Fragments of Him bringing the waterworks to PC in May Go West! JRPG I Am Setsuna Gets July Release Date THE LION’S SONG AIMS TO DEPICT THE LONELINESS OF HISTORY’S GREATEST MINDS Uncharted 4 is bringing back Plunder Mode Nioh Demo Out Now, Complete It to Unlock Special Item for Full Game PS4 Exclusive Nioh Lets You Choose to Improve Frame Rate or Resolution Outlast 2 is creepy, disjointed, provocative and Catholic A thread about this was created here. PC-Exclusive Divinity: Original Sin 2's Multiplayer Is Not What I Expected ALL WALLS MUST FALL TO EXPLORE THE CULTURAL DIVISION OF COLD WAR-ERA BERLIN Opening 18 Minutes of Mirror's Edge Catalyst Mirror's Edge Catalyst delayed again, now launching in June See Hitman Episode 2's Gorgeous But Deadly Setting in Launch Trailer Children of Zodiarcs Gameplay - A Tactical RPG With Dice Rolls - PAX East 2016 Shadow Warrior 2 Gameplay Friday the 13th: The Game gets new map based on iconic Jason hunting ground The Banner Saga 3 Discussed, Dev Says Universe Is "Very Fertile Ground" for Storytelling Star Ocean Dev's Exist Archive Coming to PS4 and Vita in North America This Year Persona 5 website teases a May 5 reveal for ... something Breached gameplay trailer teases some sort of strange sci-fi mystery Next Five Nights at Freddy's Game Teased FROM LIFE IS STRANGE TO VAMPYR: DONTNOD'S DARK TURN The Walking Dead Game's Season 3 Details Teased, Returning Character Confirmed Cliff Bleszinski Talks Moving on from Gears of War and Starting Fresh with Lawbreakers Lawbreakers Is Everything Gears of War Isn't A thread about this was made here. Mafia 3 Will Have "Ton" of Great Songs, Dev Says THERE’S AN UPCOMING GAME ABOUT EXPLORING A DYSTOPIAN CITY AS A CAT Supergiant's Pyre Focuses on Companionship and a Little Bit of Sports Opening 25 Minutes of Pyre Gameplay A thread about this was made here. Stealthy Seven Sneaks Out First Trailer A thread about this was created here. Tales of Berseria Western Release Ruiner is a neon-bright swords and guns game that will brook no blunders CLIQUE IS A GAME ABOUT FACING PREJUDICE They have a Kickstarter here but they plan to move ahead whether it reaches the goal or not. Shadow Complex Remastered Launches May 3 on PS4 Looks Like The New Call Of Duty Is Called 'Infinite Warfare' Destiny players reckon they've discovered the release date for the game's next big expansion Disastrous New Division Exploit Lets Players Do Unlimited Damage A patch has now fixed this and other glitches. Doom on PC Will Unlock Framerate and Support Advanced Settings, See Them Here Borderlands 3 Teased, Might Not Be Called That Rocket League's Hoops Mode opens the Dunk House for business next week Next Rainbow Six Siege Operation Adds These Two Classes Witcher 3 Adding New Gwent Cards and More Blizzard Is Nerfing A Bunch Of Hearthstone Cards How to get 13 free Hearthstone: Whispers of the Old Gods packs starting tomorrow Kerbal Space Program 1.1 update brings new interface and performance upgrades Dota 2 gameplay update changes Ranked All Pick, adds new Scan function Why It Took Two Years To Finish Making DLC For A Rambo Game Nobody Liked Sega will add modding support to Mega Drive games on Steam Rust's Controversial Random Gender Update Has Led To More Players Smite streamer leaves Hi-Rez after controversial comments about suicide Report: Platinum Games president Tatsuya Minami has stepped down The Contentious Debate Over Whether To Make Hyper Light Drifter Easier This seems like a debate that could be solved by adding an easy mode, or an option to toggle easier features on and off to create the experience that you want to have with the game. These don't sound like the kind of changes you would have to make to Dark Souls to make that game easier that I posted about in the news update two weeks ago, it sounds like we have a very simple solution for this game. Eve: Valkyrie Offers Cross-Play Between Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, HTC Vive Why PlayStation VR may be the best platform for Eve: Valkyrie Stop spraying me with water, I like Fated: The Silent Oath just fine Watch medieval multiplayer VR combat in Valiant's early access trailer VR hardware sales predicted to soar past $2 billion by end of year Tekken x Street Fighter No Longer in Active Development NIS America and Atlus sever longtime publishing ties SNK Playmore is now just 'SNK' Assassin's Creed creator settles his lawsuit against Ubisoft In esports news Match-Fixing Report Shows How Gambling Has Ruined Korean StarCraft The rising tide of esports regulation and lawsuits PaiN’s lawsuit against Riot is just the beginning A Hero's Spell-Stealing Ability Just Wrecked Team Secret's Night in DOTA 2 YouPorn-sponsored esports team barred from ESL Bud Light’s new esports plans are just as boring as its beer In a League of its own: My trip to the EU LCS Finals In crowdfunding news Dark Souls™ - The Board Game I posted the announcement for this two weeks ago, it has since gone up on Kickstarter where it was funded in about five minutes and has now far exceeded its goal. The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game Other content I found interesting this week Australia's Indie Evolution On An Island Far Away What A Video Game Producer Actually Does The next three articles are responses to Alex St. John's article and past presentations that were mentioned in last weeks news post. I am Alex St. John’s Daughter, and He is Wrong About Women in Tech Guest Column: Defending Crunch Isn't Leadership A Productive Look at Burnout in the Games Industry (And Everywhere Else) The Story of Overwatch: The Fall of Titan How the team was able to move on from a failure that they hadn't experienced before. The Story of Overwatch: Return of the 90s Shooter The Story of Overwatch: 21 Hero Salute Pewdiepie Talks About How Horrible He Used To Be Interactive Music for the Video Game Composer Reading People Through Video Games THE FALSE LEGACY OF GRAND THEFT AUTO 3 Educating Game Designers - Too Much "Game" at Game Schools - Extra Credits Are LGBT Characters "Forced" Into Games? Rantasmo talks about the need for round and flat character types to tell a story and to give life to a setting. A LANDSCAPE OF MEMORY; RETURNING TO SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS Bloodborne: Beating Dark Souls' Narrative Design Matt Lees looks at how Bloodborne is built to support its narrative. GXTalks: GX3 • Day 3 - Building Believable Fantasy Worlds I’m Not Calling You a Liar: Complicated Canon & Unreliable Narrators in ‘Dragon Age II’ THE IMMORTAL WEIRDNESS OF SHADOW HEARTS SHADOW OF DESTINY, THE PS2 GAME AHEAD OF (AND BEHIND) ITS TIME Bastion's The Sci-Fi Western I've Been Waiting For The Fascinating Story of DRM, Part One: Wario’s Woes The Fascinating Story of DRM, Part Two: The Origin of Launch Week Battle The Fascinating Story of DRM, Part Three: Big Corporate Lost Productivity WHERE ARE THEY NOW? FMV Game Actors and Actresses! One I missed from earlier this month, could be of interest for old FMV Adventure game players. Why All the Hate?: A History of Internet Trolls Super Mario RPG - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. WeeklyTubeShow The history and development of Super Mario RPG. Don Daglow: "I'm calling bullshit on core, mid-core and casual" Don Daglow is credited with the development of the first D&D video game (Dungeon), the first God game (Utopia), the first Baseball game (Baseball), and the first graphical MMORPG (Neverwinter Nights). The Joker's Best Cut Scenes And Battles Against Batman, Throughout Video Game History NADIA: RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER DLC’S SURPRISE MVP Bridging Worlds: Workified Games Part one in a four parts series, the others are written and can be read from the homepage. FINAL FANTASY XII AND THE GLORY OF THE GRIND BINARY DOMAIN AND THE IMPORTANCE OF SHOOTING ROBOTS Three Solutions to Three Problems in Interactive Fiction
  5. This week in the news; GDC/IGF/SXSW awards, Obsidian new game previewed, false Nintendo news, discussion on the future of video game coverage and curating a community, Digital Homicide attempting to sue Jim Sterling, X-COM creator announces new game, the making of Diablo, animated tribute To Satoru Iwata, implications of an aging player crowd, former Gametrailers staff start Patreon, story and feel of Limbo, critical reviews of The Division, Palmer Luckey urges VR devs to be realistic, GDC talks discuss sexuality in video games, details on Telltale's Batman and engine imporvement, Fullbright talks about how the "best person for the job" may not be the best and how people became the best, Tetsuya Mizuguchi talks about the creation of Rez, and more. The site being down for updates means a few extra days worth of news. In Memoriam: Game Developers Choice Awards 2016 Developers and people who influenced the industry that we have lost in the last year. Tyranny preview: Obsidian's branching bad guy RPG is made to play over and over Obsidian has announced their next game, Tyranny, at a Paradox press conference for GDC. Check the link for a teaser video and some information on the game. A thread about this was created here Stellaris and Hearts of Iron 4 release dates revealed Stellaris will release on May 9 and Hearts of Iron 4 on June 6. Check the article for a trailer for Stellaris and a developer diary for Hearts of Iron 4. The Banner Saga 2 comes to Steam next month The Banner Saga 2 will launch on April 19th. Rise of the Tomb Raider Next Expansion Release Date Announced Cold Darkness will be released on March 29th and will have zombies and add wave based combat. Nintendo Denies It's Ending Wii U Production Anytime Soon There was a rumor that Nintendo had stopped Wii U production, Nintendo denies this and says that production will continue. Rumour: New Nintendo NX Controller Images Surface and Set the Web Alight The Division Player Discovers Possible DLC Locations After discovering ways to glitch through wall and barriers one player has found some likely spots for DLC. The Division Director Leaves Ubisoft, Joins Square Enix Ryan Barnard has left Ubisoft to go to Hitman developer IO Interactive. The Division's first big update looks to fix the Dark Zone Ubisoft has revealed the details of the patch aimed at improving the Dark Zone. Pokémon Designer Killed In Freak Accident Eric Medalle was killed and his daughter injured when a tree fell on top of his car. A thread about this was created here Bravely Second Changes Because of Fan Feedback Based on "overwhelming feedback" from players the versions released outside of Japan will have a few changes. The one that they mentioned is that a quest that has you choosing between two different sides and then the character lamenting their choice regardless of player decision, players said this was a disconnect between their intentions and what their characters were saying so the events were changed to have the characters come to terms with their decision. Zero Time Dilemma launches this June — and is coming to Steam This War of Mine: The Little Ones is coming to PC Good news for This War of Mine fans. 1979 Revolution Shows the Nastier Side of Iran's Historical Uprising Binding of Isaac dev teases new game Edmund McMillen has revealed his next project. LawBreakers will no longer be free to play, is exclusive to Steam Boss Key Productions announced that the game would no longer be free to play at GDC. Draft bans are coming to Heroes of the Storm Sources: Sony Is Working On A ‘PS4.5’ Sony might be planning on an updated version of the PS4. Skyshine's Bedlam undergoes major changes in Redux update The update will change how combat works, improve the AI, and add new character sprites, in addition to other changes to the game. 2016 SXSW GAMING AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED! 21 award were handed out with winners including The Witcher 3, Ori and the Blind Forest, Greg Miller, and Bloodborne. Julian Gollop announces new game, Phoenix Point The last game that his studio designed was Chaos Reborn. XCOM 2 Anarchy's Children DLC is out now The Anarchy's Children DLC has released for $4.99 (or included in the Reinforcement Pack) as well as a patch to fix some of the games other issues. Batman Telltale Game Detailed, Supporting Characters Named, Visual Style Explained Telltale gives some details on their Batman game, including the ability to play as both Batman and Bruce Wayne. Another article mentions how Telltale is overhauling their engine for Batman. Minecraft: Story Mode is getting three "add-on" episodes The fifth episode will be released March 29th but there will be three more add-on episodes coming later. Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Quantum Break Digital Foundry takes a look at the console version of Quantum Break Yakuza 0 Coming to America and Europe "Early 2017" The game was released on the PS3 and PS4 but only the PS4 version will be released in the West. Well, now I do need a PS4 eventually. Battleborn Requires Constant Internet Connection The game will need a constant internet connection for both single and multiplayer. Game Studios Enter Legal Battle Over The Making Of Ark: Survival Evolved Square Enix's Mission to Relive JRPGs' Golden Age with I Am Setsuna Slain Looks Like Heavy Metal Castlevania Witcher 3 wins Game of the Year at 16th annual Game Developers Choice Awards IGF Game Developers Choice Awards – all the winners It sounds like Hitman's online saves issue is here to stay Angered Game Developer Sues Critic Jim Sterling For $10 Million Digital Homicide is trying to sue Jim Sterling. Shadwen is an unapologetic stealth mashup that shouldn't be so cool A look at Frozenbyte's upcoming action stealth title Shadwen. John Carmack getting BAFTA’s highest honour Gamespot's GDC Game Looks (Video Links) Pinstripe - A Tim Burton-inspired Journey Into Hell Deliver Us The Moon - It's an eerie, solitary adventure when you are the only one exploring abandoned moon bases. Or are you? Inversus - Sleek Simplicity Breeds Deadly Complexity Kingdom's Before - Chris Watters learns how to govern from the saddle and build a settlement to withstand the terrors of the night Rocket League Dev on Xbox One/PS4 Cross-Play: We've Got It Figured Out Rocket League developer discusses cross play. Gabe Newell says he's "all for" cross-platform play Gabe says that he is all for cross platform play. Overwatch will be the first game to support Dolby Atmos over headphones Support will be arriving soon in the beta. Final Fantasy XV Director On Main Story Length, Frame Rate, Airship, Cactuar, And More FFXV Director gives some new details about the game. Scribblenauts Developer Not Shutting Down, Lays Off 45 Employees According to tweets by lead animator Tim Borrelli, 5th Cell was being shut down. 5th Cell later released a statement saying that a project had been cancelled leading to 45 staff members being laid off but that they are not shutting down. Doom's latest trailer shows off demon mode and the BFG Epic's Sweeney just wants to sell Unreal Engine, as Amazon, Unity move to services Sweeney talks to Gamasutra about the Unreal Engine at GDC. Here's your first look at Sniper Elite 4 gameplay Wadjet Eye's next game is a supernatural adventure called Unavowed Wadjet Eye's founder has announced their next game, Unavowed. Check the article for more details and screenshots. Mass Effect Dev Revealed New IP With T-Shirt, No One Noticed Microsoft Says They Regret Holding GDC Party With School Girl Dancers An odd thing to do on the same day as an event they hosted for women to talk about their experience in the game's industry and to give advice to other women who want to purse a career in it. Phil Spencer said it was, "unequivocally wrong and will not be tolerated" in his statement when informed about it. A thread about this was created here The Tech Behind A PS4 Game's Realistic Facial Expressions Check the article for a video showing how Hellblade gets its realistic looking character expressions. VR Headsets Are (Mostly) Comfortable With Glasses Are VR headsets comfortable with glasses? Luckey urges VR devs to be realistic about success Palmer Luckey urged early VR developers to be realistic about what sort of returns they can make as early adapters. Firewatch sells half a million copies, ships a thousand sets of photos Firewatch has been very successful on both the PSN and Steam. SOMA has almost made its money back; two new games coming They need to sell another 20,000-30,000 copies for the games five year development to have been profitable but the studio is working on two new projects. Punch Club has been pirated over 1.6m times Punch Club has been pirated over 1.6 million times, but has sold over 300,000 copies. Mirror's Edge Catalyst story details reveal competing factions and city districts The website for Mirrors Edge has been updated with some new information about the game's setting. Hyper Light Drifter Finally Has Release Date, Watch Stylish New Trailer The game will be released for the PC and Mac on March 31st. The Long Journey Home is a space exploration RPG with echoes of Firefly Below, Capybara's upcoming roguelike, is set for this summer In esports news Esports pros on why women's tournaments are needed, but not forever League of Legends casters boycotting Shanghai event over wage dispute with Riot Professional Dota 2 teams see shocking roster changes ahead of championship deadlines Guest Column: This Is Your Brain on Esports In crowdfunding news Easy Allies is creating Video Game Streams and Shows Former Gametrailers staff are getting together to create new content. As Danny said in his tweets, it's good to see Patreon changing games media. VIDEO GAMES LIVE: LEVEL 5 (album & movie!) A thread about this was created here Other content I found interesting this week A Beautiful, Animated Tribute To Satoru Iwata What's the Future of Video Games Coverage? Danny O'Dwyer of Gamespot, Matt Lees of Cool Ghosts, and Kahlief Adams and Shareef Jackson of the Spawn On Me podcast talk about the future of and what is missing from video game coverage and the kind of audience that you generate. A look at creating the content that isn't out there and not just copying what everyone else is doing. Creating content focused on niches and on the "heart of gaming". Matt Lees talks about companies that want to pay for coverage, and how not wanting to take money can prevent you from getting previews and review copies and why he went to Patreon. Shareef Jackson on how people can be discouraged from perusing a career in a field that doesn't appear to have diversity or to represent different people. Kahlief Adams talks about the importance of visibility of the people working in game's journalism. Matt Lees talks about the harmful effects that decades of similar styled gaming coverage has caused and how content like Xbox vs Playstation to get more hits while attracts a negative crowd that pushes away people you would want ot interact with and quality content creators. All of them talk about what it's like to have years worth of content available that may not represent the work they do now, how they have grown as people over the years, and how popular youtubers who focus on negative things have to live a life surrounded by constant negativity because of the community and content they have created. 20 years later, David Brevik shares the story of making Diablo His original pitch can be read here HACKING GAME BOYS AND SHARING WHISKEY ON THE GAME JAM JOURNEY ACROSS AMERICA Article about Train Jam, an annual game jam that occurs on the Amtrak train from Chicago to San Francisco. Watch Dark Souls III Come To Life with Chalkboard Art THE PERVERSE IDEOLOGY OF THE DIVISION The Division is a terrible Tom Clancy game An Open Letter to the Dude Named Alex I Keep Killing in ‘The Division’ Online harassment in virtual reality is 'way, way, way worse' — but can devs change that? Patrick Harris, of Minority Media (Papo and Yo), opens an important discussion about VR.....after doing what sounds like extremely unethical research on unsuspecting people. What games can learn from fan fiction websites about representing sexuality Robert Yang: "The game industry needs to get laid" Platinum Games' guide to action game design Factor 5's Cancelled Superman Game Thank you to BleedingChaos23 for sharing this A thread about this was created here Fullbright Founder: Look past "the best person for the job" Recollections of Rez Beyond ageism: Industry must think about older gamers Why Cibele's creator wanted players to embody its main character, not control her How The Witcher Devs Turn Great Ideas Into Game Features From a 2013 GDC talk, they have just added it to their Youtube channel. The Witcher 3 developer on talking to fans: 'The worst thing is silence' Story Beats: Limbo From Dark Souls to Manifold Garden: How games tell stories through architecture Saving Kate and Saving Myself in Life is Strange THE TRIUMPH OF DESPAIR IN LIFE IS STRANGE Drama Ensues As Fire Emblem Fates Fan Translation Gets Canceled, Then Uncanceled Most of the translators I've known or whose work I know would probably stop if a game is localized and work on the many other games that could use a translation, like maybe Fire Emblem 5. Looks like their work is being picked up by some other people though. Resident Evil 20th Anniversary Interview – Hiroyuki Kobayashi Hit the subtitle option to the left of the gear to see it in English. Halo 2's Cliffhanger Ending Wasn't the Original Design, Composer Says The SCUMM Diary: Stories behind one of the greatest game engines ever made Gamasutra highlighted an older 2013 article looking back on the SCUMM engine. The Man Who Wrote Earthbound Also from 2013, an older article that Kotaku is spotlighting. Darkest Dungeon's Harrowing Journey Through Steam Early Access
  6. So a week or so ago, the dev's released the final Episode of "Life is strange". Apparently the game is met with great overwhelming positive reviews on Steam compared to the negative ones. The game is a 5 episode type game with mostly point and click gameplay (Like the walking dead tell tale game but with a twist) but the main drive of the game (for me at least) is your attachment to the characters and story it presents to you along the way. I don't see many posts around here about these kind of games ever, yes its more like a movie with puzzles where you can make choices in. But for me it was quite fun with so little gameplay mechanics. Though a bit too much of teen drama if you ask me. So with the vague attention around here with these kind of games. I also noticed that since the TWD "tell tale game" had gone viral around the internet, there is a steady increase in these types of games around the market. Anyone interested to share your opinion about this game, and its game style in general?
  7. "Have you been waiting for DONT'NOD Entertainment to release their third episode of Life Is Strange too? fear not. Check out this link: http://steamcommunity.com/games/319630/announcements/detail/244663064962554659 Thoughts? Will you be playing the third episode in the series?
  8. Just played this game called Life is Strange. It's an episodic game made by the people who create Remember Me in 2013. This game is much3 better than that. Holy shit. You guys have to check this game out if you haven't. It's the one with Natalie Portman (kind of). Let me give you a simple summary: you play as a young 18 year old college girl who's really tallented in photography. One day she saw someone got shot, and this event gives her the ability to go back in time. What happens next? Well mostly teenage drama bullshit, BUT with cool time control abilities, with choices that actually freaking matters. Unlike the Walking Dead game or Wolf Among Us, this game's decision making is entirely rewriteable. So let's say you picked a choice but you feel that it's not quite the right thing to do. You can rewind time and pick a different choice that you like on the spot as many times as you like. Now the cool thing other than that is the way you can use this to gather information and then use that information in the past so you can use it to talk to people. Let's say before you travel back in time, you talk to these skater dudes that asks you about skating maneuvers. The first time you talk to them you won't know any skating maneuvers, but after talking to them you can go back in time before you have the conversation, and then speak their language. It's quite fun, and it'll give you achievements too, plus you can become cool on campus! Not only is the gameplay good, the story is pretty interesting too. Other than teenage drama, there's mistery involved regarding a dissapearing girl, and other stuff that I can't even spoil, which will definitely lead to something HUGE in the future episodes. Why is it that this game HAVE TO BE EPISODIC??? URGH! I want to continue playing the game immediately dang it! Check this game out if you haven't guys. Telltale Tales of Borderlands & Game of Thrones have a new challenger for best episodic game this year! Let's see who will come out as the champion!