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In Topic: The Video Game News Thread

16 November 2018 - 11:10 PM



So hot on the heels of the potential PS5 hype, we have a rumour about a new Xbox coming in 2019: apparently it's an Xbox One S with no disc drive:


The company is planning to release an updated console next year, but this device will not be in the Scarlett family, according to people familiar with the company’s plans...


...In addition to the new console, there will be a ‘disc-to-digital’ program that, as the name states, turns your physical games into digital downloads. The idea is that you can take your disc to a participating retailer (like the Microsoft store) and trade in your disc for a digital download.

So that's cool for people who like that kind of thing. It seems like you can go pretty far with just Game Pass on an XB1, so a really cheap one will probably sell well. I think I'm going to get a regular Xbox One S this Black Friday, though. The 4K Blu Ray drive is a huge selling point for me, and going all digital isn't really an option where I live (bad internet, and games are much, much cheaper at retail).

In Topic: The Video Game News Thread

15 November 2018 - 05:41 PM

OK, we've got some NEWS today. First up:


- Thronebreaker, the singleplayer Gwent game, is now on Steam, after having launched exclusively on GOG and apparently not done very well, according to CDPR. I feel like their bigger mistake was putting it out three days before Red Dead Redemption 2 hit, though. If it weren't for that I would happily have bought it on GOG day one, but knowing I'd be ensconced in RDR2 and probably wouldn't play it for a while I was happy to wait, and now I'll probably just get it on Steam.


- Speaking of Steam, Killer 7 is now out, for $20 with a 10% launch discount, and Sunset Overdrive will be out tomorrow.


But forget about all that, because here's the big one: Sony is skipping E3 in 2019.


As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community,” according to the statement. “PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.


As the article states, E3's been around for 24 years and Sony's been at all of them, so this is pretty surprising. They've already mentioned that they aren't doing PSX this year, too. So I thought I'd use my EXPERT knowledge of the video game industry, which I am never ever wrong about and you can definitely take my word for that, to explore the possibilities that this announcement raises:


1. Sony is getting out of the video game business, everyone panic


2. Sony is going to start doing Nintendo Directs


3. It's the PS5, baby! Everyone get hype!


Jason Schreier of Kotaku, who I think is probably the most trustworthy actual journalist in this whole industry, says he expects the PS5 in 2020, according to actual devs he's spoken with. And now some random anonymous leaker on Reddit (who accurately predicted this E3-skipping news yesterday) is saying the PS5 will be revealed mid-2019, with a blowout at PSX 2019 and a release probably early 2020.


Who's ready for next-gen, dorks? Honestly I'd be fine sticking with this one for another few years, since I think video games look pretty damn good right now, but then I did buy a PS4 Pro like a big sucker so I don't know how I'd feel if I was still on an OG PS4. 2020 is probably the right time. I also think that Sony probably doesn't have any major PS4 games left to announce; We've already seen The Last of Us 2, Death Stranding and Ghosts of Tsushima at the last two E3s, and you can't announce any PS5 games without revealing the PS5.


btw, Phil Spencer says that Microsoft is still going to be at E3:


A lot to share with fans at E3 2019. Always a high point of the year to witness the industry’s creativity and the energy of the community.


Also happy birthday, Wolfie!

In Topic: What Are You Currently Playing?

15 November 2018 - 05:07 AM

I'm taking a break from the longest game ever made, RDR2, to play...


Hitman 2, a.k.a. the sequel to the 2016 Hitman game. That game was called Hitman, which is the same name as the game from 2000, and now they've made a sequel to it and given it the same name as the 2002 game, in what must now be the most irritating version of the "reboot with the same name as the original" trope. We're back with Agent 47, assassinating another series of rich and powerful jerks to systematically dismantle another shadowy cabal that secretly rules the world, and it's great! I really liked the 2016 game, and this is... basically just more of the same, but that's fine because they're nailing it. They've tweaked the UI a little bit to make certain gameplay states more obvious, and made it easier to follow what they call the Mission Stories, which are the pre-built opportunities that you can follow in order to carry out your hits, which I was really grateful for. I tend to turn off as much HUD and handholding as I can when I play, say, Dishonored, but I'm not quite so good at Hitman-ing so I'll take all the help I can get.


Hitman is never going to be my immersive sim of choice, because the timed nature of all the interlinking AI routines and the fact that you have to be out there in the open rather than hiding in the shadows kind of stresses me out, but I do really want to go back and play this whole series one day. There's nothing quite so exquisitely satisfying as planning out a surreptitious assassination and then just executing it perfectly. I always try to play without ever firing a gun, and just ingratiating myself into restricted areas by hunting down the right disguises, and I really love when I can kill a target without having to be in the room at the time. Like in Hitman 2, there was one mission where I found out that the target was going to be getting a shave that day, so I posed as the barber and slit his throat for him before he even suspected anything was amiss, and that was pretty cool. But the one I'm really proud of is when I managed to pose as a doctor to administer another target's daily IV drip, which I'd previously spiked with a lethal drug. I left them to sit there as the IV drip did its thing, and by the time they actually died I'd already sauntered over to the other side of the level. That's the good stuff.


I played on PS4 Pro, and the game looks great and runs at a perfectly locked 30FPS (and makes my Pro run unusually quietly, too), buuuut the load times on saving and loading are just too long for a game where I'm going to be savescumming so often. I'm definitely going to get this on PC at some point.


Spyro Reignited Trilogy: I don't really like the way these games feel. I feel like Spyro is too close to the camera, and maybe the field of view is too low, so you have to constantly adjust the camera with the right stick to see where you're going, which is awkward when you're also jumping and gliding and 'hovering' (which is a weird term to choose for what is clearly flapping). You can also pull L2 to lock the camera behind you, but it locks so rigidly that the slightest turn to either side sends the world zooming past the screen crazily, which is very unpleasant looking at 30FPS. I mean, I know it's a PSX-era 3D platformer, so I can't expect it to have everything worked out, but... it just doesn't quite do it for me in this year of our Lord 2018.


But this PS4 remake looks pretty nice, and it's pretty cheap for three whole games. I think making it 60FPS would have been really helpful, but it doesn't seem like they had much of a budget to work with so maybe it was never in the cards. Oh well.


EDIT - More gaemz:


Destiny 2: I didn't play the first one of these bad boys, so I am 100% completely lost in this game and I have no idea what anyone is talking about. Bungie's approach to video game lore seems to be looking through the dictionary for all the cool-sounding words they can find, assigning one to each of their most important people, places, factions and machines in the game, and then just going and expecting you to keep up. You know how most writers will have an audience analogue to learn all the terminology and quirks of the fictional universe along with the reader/watcher/player? Not Bungie. The Traveler, The Light, The Guardians, The Ghosts, The Hive, The Speaker; this game is like Noun Soup, and I think I know to what each of those words refers, but beyond that I'm very confused. The Traveler is that hovering moon thing? Is it... like, a guy? Like a sentient hovering moon thing? And I'm a Guardian and The Traveler gave me the power to be immortal, except when sometimes my The Light wifi connection goes down.


It sure is a fun game, though. Boy it feels great to shoot guys. This game just screams on my PC at like 90+ FPS, and all those particular aim assists and reticle-stickiness things Bungie does to make you feel like you're a better shot than you actually are just make it feel so good to put that red dot on a face and pull the trigger. Coming straight from Red Dead Redemption 2, which has some of the absolute worst shooting controls in recent memory, it's such a breath of fresh air. I do feel like I'm already finding the limitations of the larger game design, though. Shooting guys is great, but I don't think Bungie knows how to do anything else, so this game is basically just running down a corridor shooting guys, or running down a corridor listening to a voice talking in your ear, and sometimes to switch things up they'll lock you in a room and it'll be the enemies' turn to run down corridors at you.


But, hey, you can't beat free. I'm going to play this game until I've had my fill and then uninstall it to get back the 80GB of SSD space it's taking up, and it won't cost me a cent. Activision is obviously giving it out for free so they can get me hooked and then dangle the microtransactions in front of me, but joke's on them because I'm only here for the singleplayer part :P

In Topic: John Wick News and also Regular Movie/TV News Thread

13 November 2018 - 08:29 PM

Rest in peace, old fellow. 95 is a good run by any measure, but it seems like Stan Lee lived a particularly good life.

In Topic: The Video Game News Thread

12 November 2018 - 04:37 PM

And if you haven't been keeping up on it either, Sunset Overdrive has had numerous little details leaked about an extremely likely PC version coming soon.


Aaaaand, it's up already. $20 on Amazon with all the DLC included, releasing November 16th. And on Steam, too, so the Windows Store doesn't even come into it. 


EDIT - Nominees for the 2018 Geoff Keighley Awards are out, and you can vote here. As expected it's a lot of RDR2 and God of War. Looking back at it like this, there sure were a lot of big open world games in 2018. Anyway they didn't even nominate Vampyr for Best RPG, but games like Ni no Kuni 2 (which is dreck) and Monster Hunter World (which isn't an RPG) got in there, so we still have a long way to go before this award really means anything. #salty