This week’s Deals with Gold, including Sniper Elite 3 for Xbox One

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Major Nelson’s blog has revealed this week’s Deals with Gold, which run through to 6 October and include 33% off Sniper Elite III for Xbox One, along with 33% off Abyss Odyssey and 50% off Skate 3 for Xbox 360.

Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox 360 can also get a selection of other discounts, including 66% off both Skate and Skate 2, and 50% off a variety of DLC for Skate 2 and Skate 3.

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EGX Preview – Far Cry 4

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Far Cry 4 is the hotly anticipated follow up to the 2012 hit, Far Cry 3. Developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft the game was the last we got hands on with at the show. This game’s release is a little further off in the deep depths of November. The two of us got hands on time with the game, so as is now customary you can enjoy each of our perspectives on this soon to be released title. Continue reading

EGX Preview – The Evil Within

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The Evil Within is the latest game from the twisted mind of Shinji Mikami (best known for creating Resident Evil) and his team at Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda. We went to this imposing booth deep in the 18 only section of the show late on day two. Amazingly we can expect the game at the end of October bang in the middle of silly season. The two of us got hands on time with the game, so as is now customary you can enjoy each of our perspectives on this soon to be released title. Continue reading

EGX Preview – Sunset Overdrive

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Sunset Overdrive is an exclusive Xbox One game from Insomniac Games, which is being published by Microsoft. We made a direct line straight to the bright booth it occupied at the Microsoft stage first thing on the second day of the show. This is yet another October title due around the end of the month. The two of us got hands on time with the game, so as is now customary you can enjoy each of our perspectives on this soon to be released title. Continue reading

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Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - Sunset Overdrive Season Pass
MoBiUGeArSkIn
The latest trailer for this is truly horrible. The tone of everything is completely putting me off.
Born2beSlicker
Pre-ordering a digital version of something that by its nature isn't rare makes no sense to me. Pre-loading makes it slightly less stupid but that only really benefits those with slower connections or those who MUST play the game at 1am on release.
Tezcatlipoca
Interesting! LOL, I hope Brandon got the OK to mention that. Still, MS has said repeatedly that preloading/preordering is coming... Britxbox - Sunset Overdrive for Xbox One available to pre-order digitally “soon”, according to Insomniac Games’ Sunset TV
Lostcauz
New sunset TV, covers digital day one content and being able to preorder digitally soon.....
hancocaj
The video made it clear that you really get nailed for standing on the ground trying to shoot stuff...there seems to be a mob mentality that the longer you stay still the more quickly the creatures can find you. The game also looks really hard! To get good at it I think you will really need to know the levels, and best traversal routes. It also didnt really seem to say anywhere that you needed to get on the rollercoaster and hit the fireworks...but maybe this is revealed in a quest log somewhere.
Tezcatlipoca
Opening cinematic and new gameplay video for Sunset Overdrive shown at RTX 2014
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - New gameplay video released for Sunset Overdrive’s “Chaos Squad” online co-op
Lostcauz
Chaos squad (horde mode)
hancocaj
I think it's been described as Tony Hawks meets Jet Set radio?
PreachedMONKEY
I heard that the 4 player co-op thing in the new Assassins Creed is that all 4 players are actually the same character but there's this weird thing that whoever you're controlling it's your version of the main characters events unfolding if that makes sense? I don't know how that fits into the story. If it's true then there is an element of truth to Ubisofts excuse as well (meaning they'd have to create a whole new character and record dialogue etc if they had a woman). However as already pointed out they have a ridiculously large dev team. Guess it just depends on how it all plays out. Not that I care I think Assassins Creed has been shit for years, women or not. Back to Sunset Overdrive, I'm getting a weird Tony Hawks Pro Skater vibe from this, even though it's a shooter. Anyone else see it?
Harry
I guess it's ironic that the bigger your team is the harder it is to change anything. There would be a massive huge unthinkable tree of happenings that would have to happen to start adding stuff in at the later stages , unplanned. Art, animation, coding , UI design, DLC, micro transactions, voice work, bug testing and support. Either way it doesn't matter!! Stupid entitlement consumerism.
Phlashman
Personally I find it weird that video games even have this problem. As the inherent unique thing about gaming is it's flexibility and interactivity. The lead character can literally be whoever you want it to be and look however you want it to look and can be unique to each gamer. Ubisoft's issues are weird. It's not technical limitation, I can believe them not wanting to do double dialogue and animation to save on their budgets.... if they weren't making games with massive teams costing $100m a year. A small indie, yeah. Even a medium size team. But one of the biggest development teams in the world? Mind boggling really.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Changing the colour of the protagonist wont change the game. Wont make a blind bit of difference to sales either. Far Cry 4 could've had a half woman, half cat, paraplegic in the lead. Or a white guy. Itll still sell the same. Its not the least bit daring.
Born2beSlicker
I'm cool with that. I have a habit of thinking things from a pro-wrestling perspective because cheesy costumes aside, it's live theatre on TV with a very vocal audience. Having the same characters shoved down your throat all the time becomes boring and the audience tunes out or gets loud in defiance. What they would do (when it was a successful business) is rotate the characters getting promoted so the audience gets fresh content and it changes when it runs it's course. Tastes change and audiences forget, so there's always room for it to return or co-exist. It's just right now, a lot of people are vocally fed up.
PreachedMONKEY
The white guy doesn't even need to go away at all. Just have something else on the shelf next to him. If it falls flat on its arse then the industry stagnates, if it works though and people really do take to different choices then we might actually see some growth.
Born2beSlicker
PreachedMONKEY
Born2beSlicker
Let's say that is true, though I disagree. I think what people want is games that break the mould of angry white dudes.
If women can't fit the stories that exist in games today, then people want new stories and/or new game ideas to compliment that. The same also applies for race too. Personally, although I don't enjoy the games - Saints Row does a fantastic job in nailing gender/race relations with their narratives.
Can I just say, I don't dislike the idea of women in games, but I don't like the idea that has been suggested that we need to scrap the generic white guy character. While you haven't explicty said it here, it's something that seems to echoe through the industry and that video in particular. Hear me out: It wouldn't actually solve any perceived problems of gender bias in the industry. All it will do is replace it with another one. (Besides, white people do happen to make up a large portion of the Western world, it's not surprising they would feature heavily in it's media. it's not that ridiculous... just saying) What the industry needs is more choices. Keep the generic white dude, just have other stuff people can play too. My biggest problem with the industry right now isn't anything to do with gender politics or social justice stuff, but the lack of risk publishers and developers seem to take. Constant sequels, clone after clone of the biggest thing. Yearly releases. It's fucking dull whether you're a man/woman/whatever the fuck you call yourself. Funny thing is if developers took risks they could provide more choice. In short, keep the male dominated over the top violence, it's fucking fun sometimes. The industry just needs to put its money where its mouth is and make something for other people too (instead of making pandering speechs at developer conferences).
We're actually in the same boat. (Don't be scared) I'm not (not many are) saying scrap generic white dude. He has a place and sometimes he fits very well. Like yourself, my issue is with the lack of variety and lack of risk. We don't need to kill white dude but put him on the back burner for a while. Have him go away for a bit, so when he comes back, it means something rather than a shrug.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Perhaps we just move in very different circles, Slick. I may have an eclectic group of friends that is made up of all colours, creeds, sexes, ages and circumstances... But one thing remains a true constant... The guys like videos. The girls do not. And no amount of fence sitting, gonzo gender bending, sex neutrality is EVER going to turn the heads of the masses. Big as games are, this argument is going to play out in a microcosm.
PreachedMONKEY
Born2beSlicker
Let's say that is true, though I disagree. I think what people want is games that break the mould of angry white dudes.
If women can't fit the stories that exist in games today, then people want new stories and/or new game ideas to compliment that. The same also applies for race too. Personally, although I don't enjoy the games - Saints Row does a fantastic job in nailing gender/race relations with their narratives.
Can I just say, I don't dislike the idea of women in games, but I don't like the idea that has been suggested that we need to scrap the generic white guy character. While you haven't explicty said it here, it's something that seems to echoe through the industry and that video in particular. Hear me out: It wouldn't actually solve any perceived problems of gender bias in the industry. All it will do is replace it with another one. (Besides, white people do happen to make up a large portion of the Western world, it's not surprising they would feature heavily in it's media. it's not that ridiculous... just saying) What the industry needs is more choices. Keep the generic white dude, just have other stuff people can play too. My biggest problem with the industry right now isn't anything to do with gender politics or social justice stuff, but the lack of risk publishers and developers seem to take. Constant sequels, clone after clone of the biggest thing. Yearly releases. It's fucking dull whether you're a man/woman/whatever the fuck you call yourself. Funny thing is if developers took risks they could provide more choice. In short, keep the male dominated over the top violence, it's fucking fun sometimes. The industry just needs to put its money where its mouth is and make something for other people too (instead of making pandering speechs at developer conferences).
Born2beSlicker
MoBiUGeArSkIn
You said all that but completely ignore the key point - video games are inherently dominated by male violence.
Violence. The industry is dominated by violence. Studios decide to make it male violence because it sells better or it hits demographic better.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Even this game here, Sunset Overdrive... It has gender neutral options and pretty colours but zero appeal to the vast, VAST majority of women. They may make up half the population but a fraction of them want to blow up a zombie.
That's a gross generalisation. But even if it was close to being true (it's impossible to prove one way or another), the fact that they appeal to the minority who would want it, isn't that a good thing?
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Hell, you keep saying "white dudes" and bash Ubi in the Far Cry thread... The AC franchise has the most diverse set of characters and cultures I've ever seen. Just so happens they all stab people in the face. Yes, even the women.
One franchise. The amount of franchises that don't have the selection available far, far surpasses this one. Getting a couple of games that pull it off isn't enough. You can't be happy with scraps.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
You said all that but completely ignore the key point - videogames are inherently dominated by male violence. Even this game here, Sunset Overdrive... It has gender neutral options and pretty colours but zero appeal to the vast, VAST majority of women. They may make up half the population but a fraction of them want to blow up a zombie. To champion Insomniac like they are being progressive, and scold Ubisoft for pandering to their market... Its fruitless. Hell, you keep saying "white dudes" and bash Ubi in the Far Cry thread... The AC franchise has the most diverse set of characters and cultures I've ever seen. Just so happens they all stab people in the face. Yes, even the women.
Born2beSlicker
MoBiUGeArSkIn
It gets boring playing as a man? Do you read chick lit and watch female focused rom-coms to stop yourself getting bored of books/films about men also? Do you go to cocktail bars so you don't get bored of ales and nuts?
The best thing about fiction, interactive or not, is that we can explore anything. With games, we can become and experience anything that creative people (writers, developers) can possibly put together. When we have games that have us take over the lives of animals, tanks, cars, soldiers, monsters, assassins, kids, heroes, villains and other cool stuff - why is the idea of being a woman so weird? That or a LGBT/minority or a combination of all 3? I read/watch/play what is interesting to me. However, I will try and go out of my way to find things I didn't know about that go outside of my comfort zone because I like experiencing new things now and again. That doesn't need to be gender/race/LGBT related - but it also can very much be too. For example, I'm quite interested in how Far Cry 4 plays their protagonist now that they've made him a native. (also watch Orange is the New Black!)
MoBiUGeArSkIn
The reason men are the focus of so many games is because the audience is mostly men, regardless of whatever stats want to claim that 40% of "Gamers" are women these days.
I'll stick with the statistics and the amount of women I know who play games. Even if it's not as high as 50% who play right now, women are half the population. Why are we ignoring half the population?
MoBiUGeArSkIn
All you have to do is read forums, play online or visit ANY games convention or games store to see that it's a bloke hobby. Much like the pimping of cars. Every guy I know has a girlfriend that does not like him playing games.
All I need to do is check out domains that are dominated by men and are traditionally hostile to women? When a woman does enter she needs to prove she belongs there or is the focus of attention rather than the games? That's so weird that it's hard to find women in this places. Even though you don't need to be on a forum or part of the conversation to like something. I like TV shows but I'm not on dedicated TV forums. Do I exist?
MoBiUGeArSkIn
I think, rather than it being women complaining about the lack of inclusion, it's men that just assume that women want to be included. A game in which a man stabs people in the face, which gives you the option of being a woman stabbing people in the face... Is still a game about stabbing people in the face. And that's not something ANY WOMAN I know has any interest in.
Right. Except for all the women who are actively complaining about it and all the men who seem to be agreeing that it's getting rather stupid now because it's a video game and the idea of creative limitation goes against the whole purpose of an artistic medium. There's also the "just because you don't personally experience/see it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist" mantra which seems to apply here. The interesting part is that lets say hell freezes over and the moaning people win their fight and we get more gender/race/orientation options in games - either with character creation (Saints Row) or with set characters becoming protagonists (a gender-bending Uncharted game). What do you lose anyway? You still get the majority of games being targeted to your demographic and the ability to play as characters you want in more games. Does having an *insert non-white straight dude* option really cause that much of a problem?
kelticdave
MoBiUGeArSkIn
It gets boring playing as a man? Do you read chick lit and watch female focused rom-coms to stop yourself getting bored of books/films about men also? Do you go to cocktail bars so you don't get bored of ales and nuts? The reason men are the focus of so many games is because the audience is mostly men, regardless of whatever stats want to claim that 40% of "Gamers" are women these days. All you have to do is read forums, play online or visit ANY games convention or games store to see that it's a bloke hobby. Much like the pimping of cars. Every guy I know has a girlfriend that does not like him playing games. I think, rather than it being women complaining about the lack of inclusion, it's men that just assume that women want to be included. A game in which a man stabs people in the face, which gives you the option of being a woman stabbing people in the face... Is still a game about stabbing people in the face. And that's not something ANY WOMAN I know has any interest in.
Born2beSlicker
Really don't know where you're getting that idea from. Games like Mass Effect, Saints Row, GTA Online and apparently now Sunset Overdrive seem to make it so characters aren't androgynous husks of human meat. My Saints Row/GTA characters are very much women. People love both man/fem-Shep. I'm sure there's examples I'm forgetting but I don't see your point at all. What I am seeing is too many games where men are the default assumption for all possibilities and that gets boring after so many years.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Gender equality, in any form of entertainment, should be about celebrating our differences and capitalizing on them, not ripping gender out of the equation so that we are left with sexless, neutral husks. Which is what the industry seems currently hell-bent on implying.
Born2beSlicker
Let's say that is true, though I disagree. I think what people want is games that break the mould of angry white dudes.
If women can't fit the stories that exist in games today, then people want new stories and/or new game ideas to compliment that. The same also applies for race too. Personally, although I don't enjoy the games - Saints Row does a fantastic job in nailing gender/race relations with their narratives.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
It never will be "fixed" because men and women are different. Genetically. They are built differently, they think differently and this will always be the way. Right now, the games industry is desperate to paint men and women as the same thing. I don't just mean in terms of inclusiveness I literally mean that the industry is trying to imply that men and women are identical. Like you could take a story, with a male protagonist and viewpoint, and just make that protagonist female. As if that point of view would be the same. Like a woman would act like a man in that situation. Its crazy.
Born2beSlicker
MoBiUGeArSkIn
All this hippy "gender neutral" stuff needs to stop. Luckily, it only affects gaming right now because the medium is young. Every other form of entertainment has already been there and done it.
Has it? That's not what I've been reading. There's still a lot of problems with movies and TV shows with gender/race representation. It's not "fixed".
MoBiUGeArSkIn
All this hippy "gender neutral" stuff needs to stop. Luckily, it only affects gaming right now because the medium is young. Every other form of entertainment has already been there and done it. Thank God! This game looks good. I think. Kinda. Even the E3 demo didn't light my fire though.
Born2beSlicker
You can play as a woman and completely customise your character
LOVE the dig at Ubisoft.
Tezcatlipoca
BXB - E3 2014 – Sunset Overdrive out for Xbox One in October
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BXB - Sunset Overdrive – High Fidelity and TNTeddy weapon video
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Looks nice but I'm not going to lie... Doesn't interest me much right now.
Harry
gooner4life_uk
avoid it Harry, don't bother buying Last of Us either, stick to your indie games, they offer better value for you.
Sneaky :lol:
Lostcauz
Was just reading that, I think Sony's aggressive approach of wanting IP ownership may have back fired on this occasion. This early on in a new generation, you want to secure as many exclusives as possible regardless of who owns the IP. Sony will most likely have a great E3 but it could have been even better with this game.
gooner4life_uk
So Insomniac pitched this elsewhere to a couple of publishers but Microsoft offered to throw resources at them to help with development and let them keep the IP, so hats off to Microsoft, that's the way to do it.
gooner4life_uk
avoid it Harry, don't bother buying Last of Us either, stick to your indie games, they offer better value for you.
Harry
Looks great. I think the graphics are kinda lovely. After Infamous I'm sceptical of 3rd person open world things though.
ESXJedi
When i first saw this at E3 last year i wasn't overly impressed. But the latest gameplay video's have added this to my 'must-have' list for 2014. Good times!
patrick_bateman
Ever since it was fist announced this has been the title i have been itching to see some footage of. It has my favourite thing in a game...colour! Looks damn fun.
Born2beSlicker
Colour! That's what colour looks like in next gen!
hallben
Thats a fun video and it looks really stunning. Also 'next gen respawning'. :D
Tezcatlipoca
BXB - Sunset Overdrive – Details plus first gameplay video
NighteyesUK
Consider this provisionally the first game on my "reasons to buy an Xbox One" list.
Bryanee1983
Fuse didn't deserve the shit it got. Fun co-op game. I was licking my lips watching that latest trailer.
Lostcauz
Official 4 min video has just gone up.
hallben
Lostcauz
... with a decent storyline.
Your tripping balls. I love a good narrative, but this is not the game for that! LOOK AT IT!!
Craigimt
gooner4life_uk
Insomniac were never first party, they just chose to work directly with Sony and had a long standing publishing agreement with them, interesting that they chose now to break that, but I guess this game does look more Xbox than PS.
They went multiplatform in 2010 when they announced Fuse which apparently wasn't very good.
gooner4life_uk
Insomniac were never first party, they just chose to work directly with Sony and had a long standing publishing agreement with them, interesting that they chose now to break that, but I guess this game does look more Xbox than PS.
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EGX Preview – Square Enix’s Life is Strange and Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris

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As well as attending EGX itself on Friday and Saturday, we also had the chance to attend a special off-site press event hosted by Square Enix on Friday, in the upstairs rooms of a nearby pub.

We got to play a demo of Crystal Dynamics’ Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (in a rather informal setting on a couple of comfy sofas), plus saw a hands-off demo of DONTNOD’s Life is Strange.

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Expansion Pack EGX Special Day 2

Welcome to the Expansion Pack, the Britxbox podcast. This show is a special podcast with Ben “Hallben” Hall and Matt “Tezcatlipoca” Dodd, discussing their time at EGX London 2014. They discuss:

EuroGamer Expo
Sunset Overdrive
The Evil Within
Far Cry 4
Ori and the Blind Forest

As always, feel free to post your comments or questions you have for the crew in the forums, and we’ll maybe read your questions on air. Also don’t forget to rate us on iTunes and follow us on Twitter or @Born2beSlicker

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Born2beSlicker
Special podcast that will go up tonight. Day two will go up on Sunday, so people have time to listen to this one. Also, debut of Tez!
Tezcatlipoca
Born2beSlicker
Also, debut of Tez!
:o :? :oops: :lol:
Born2beSlicker
Welcome to the Expansion Pack, the Britxbox podcast. This show is a special podcast with Ben “Hallben” Hall and Matt "Tezcatlipoca" Dodd, discussing their time at EGX London 2014. They discuss: EuroGamer Expo Sunset Overdrive The Evil Within Far Cry 4 Ori and the Blind Forest As always, feel free to post your comments or questions you have for the crew in the forums, and we'll maybe read your questions on air. Also don't forget to rate us on iTunes and follow us on Twitter or @Born2beSlicker
Born2beSlicker
Both episodes should also be on iTunes as well. Made sure of that this time.
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Watch Dogs: Bad Blood Review

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(Note: This review features spoilers from Watch Dogs’ main campaign)

Watch Dogs was Ubisoft’s ambitious open world game that put you in the role of Aiden Pearce, a hacker trying to avenge his dead niece and expose corruption in the city of Chicago. Watch Dogs: Bad Blood takes place directly after the end of the main game to discover what has happened since Aiden’s assault on Blume Corporation and the city Government.

Bad Blood stars T-Bone, Aiden’s grizzled partner who helped build ctOS that both Aiden and T-Bone tried to expose for its illegal activity in privacy invasions. With the city reeling from the death of Lucky Quinn, rival gangs and political players are trying to hustle into the now vacant seat of power. T-Bone just wants to get hell out of dodge but needs help from his old friend Tobias Frewer to hack back into ctOS one last time to install a virus that will make it more difficult to track them once they make a break for it.

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Born2beSlicker
Bad Blood is out now for Season Pass holders.
Born2beSlicker
BXB: Watch Dogs: Bad Blood DLC announced.
Born2beSlicker
Massive patch released. Now you can specifically choose to hack your friends in the online hacking games, as well as a bunch of fixes/balance tweaks to the single player campaign. The big change is that they have rebalanced the drinking games to make them much more forgiving. Now getting the 100% doesn't mean you need to play the worst mini game in a decade. :mrgreen:
Born2beSlicker
There's an upside down one?! Fuuuuuuck. I'm still chipping away at the 100% myself and those drinking games are far and away the biggest burden on my to do list. The trivial stuff around the city, although stupid, are still enjoyable because I like the mechanics. Drinking and the online hacking games will be the last 2 I get, going by my performance.
Monkey C
Platinum'd this shit, and immediately turned the PS4 off. Those drinking games almost killed me, but I found a friend to do the second stick stuff while I concentrated on the first. The upside down tests were easy enough once you flip the DS4 upside down. Overall, I give this game a 6.5 out of ten. The game is solid, with a well-made world and some interesting missions and online components. On the other hand, the music is bad, the story is weak, some of the online is awful (I'm looking at you, online race fps!), and the hacking is largely redundant. I'm curious to see how Ubisoft improve things for Watch Dogs 2. Monk
Born2beSlicker
Those drinking games are far and away the wooooorst thing to do in this game. Utterly awful, overly long and they get crazy difficult!
Monkey C
Finished this a couple of nights ago. It's a 7/10 for me, but I had a lot more fun fucking around with the side stuff than I did with the storyline, which was pretty baaaad. Think I'm going to go for the plat trophy - just need to do a couple of online races, two more hacks, and then finish off those fucking drinking games. Also, I found the online stuff a bunch of fun! I normally detest online wedged into singleplayer games, but it fits thematically with Watch Dogs, and I really enjoyed hacking other people and finding a good hiding place or, if there weren't any, trying my damnedest to act like an AI. Monk
Tezcatlipoca
It's worse than that, did you not see this before? :lol: http://kotaku.com/video-game-preorders- ... 1575425040 http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/ima ... nqcbce.jpg
kelticdave
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - Access Granted DLC for Watch_Dogs adds three single player missions
NighteyesUK
Pug
At the end: I shot him. Makes no diff to me........it's not real. :P
That made me laugh! :lol:
Danger Moss
Craigimt
I've not played this since the week of release. Is it actually worth playing after act 1?
In hindsight I'd say no. It has its moments but if your gaming times limited I'd move on If I was you.
Pug
At the end: I shot him. Makes no diff to me........it's not real. :P
Yeah I did the same. Wasn't even sure who he was at first. By that stage I couldn't care less either.
Pug
Finished the other day, got rather bored towards the end. At the end: ] :P
NighteyesUK
Depends on what you want out of it. If you're after a sandbox full of things to do that have no real meaning but are, for the most part, fun, then yes. If you're after a strong narrative with nuanced characters and great writing, then no. Fuck No.
Craigimt
I've not played this since the week of release. Is it actually worth playing after act 1?
Tezcatlipoca
I finished the story on... Monday, I think. I enjoyed the game, despite the characters and writing. I think it was better than AC1. End choice - walked away. The guy didn't deserve to die, and had already suffered so much. I can't be bothered to do anything else with it now I've finished the story. I could do four more Fixer missions to unlock the final skill, so that I could then have every single skill upgrade... I could finish the Criminal Convoys or the Human Trafficking missions for their Achievements... etc. But, due to the frustration level of some side things, and the tedium level of others, there's no way that I would ever get 100%, or even try for 100%, and as such I don't see the point in doing any more at all, not even a couple of things. When I had the story, I did side stuff to pad things out and break it up a bit, plus side stuff was useful for skill upgrades. But with no story left, there's nothing that makes me want to go back. Same thing happened with AC IV: Black Flag and GTA V - I did a lot of side stuff while doing the story, but once the story was done I just stopped cold.
NighteyesUK
That's because Bioware knows how it's done, or at least they used to. I'm playing Dragon Age Origins at the moment, which I haven't played since my first playthrough way back in 2009, and I am loving the main story along with all the little stories you happen upon throughout the game. The game looks ancient by today's standards, and the gameplay feels somewhat old too, but it's been a far more engaging experience than playing through the turd that is Watch_Dogs.
Harry
Yeah I figured that ,but only at the very last possible moment. I have trouble following game stories. The main reason I got so hooked on Mass Effect was because I understood the amazing story inside out.
NighteyesUK
Oh come on, Harry, surely your attention span isn't that bad? He's the guy who botched Aiden's assassination, instead killing his niece.
Harry
Me too. ....but I didn't even know who it was so I wasn't bothered :lol:
Born2beSlicker
I left him. He suffered enough and was just a pawn. Killing him wasn't justified.
Harry
Just out of interest what did you guys do at the end of watch dogs?
hallben
Nah, he made the effort. You just vomited thoughts onto a forum. :D :D
NighteyesUK
Why thank you. :wink:
hallben
Mark that was epic. :D
patrick_bateman
Brilliant. Post of the year. Made me laugh. :clap:
NighteyesUK
I stand by every post. :D In particular, the one about this being wildly overrated. :P
Born2beSlicker
5 minutes? Hardly an investment for a joke.
Harry
I just find the time you spent on that, odd.
Born2beSlicker
I remember Harry's poetry thread. That got me thinking about Nighteyes' comments in this thread as time goes on and makes for some interesting observations about what a company puts out to the public as marketing and what the final product is.
The Evolution of NighteyesUK
I think this looks fantastic, though the shooting aspect looks a bit pants. It's going to be dog shit. after playing Infamous Second Son, that looks old, in fact it looks no better than GTA V. it's not a cut above, it's barely what I'd expect from a launch next-gen title. I'm buying this day one. Initial impressions are that this is decent. I'm loving the premise, and was actually astounded at just how similar the hacking part is to Person of Interest's Northern Lights. It's basically the same. Like, identical. The only thing I've been disappointed with so far is the driving, it's fucking proper awful. I hope this gets better. t was pretty cool to switch the traffic lights and then look back to see one of the cops chasing me get t-boned! :D Also, Chicago in the rain in this game is stunning. I'm finding this game a little boring now if I'm honest. Well, perhaps boring is the wrong word, there's plenty to do; bland is the word I enjoyed my time with this game tonight, but the main plot is a bit mmmeeeehhhhh. Oh there's definite potential here. I had some good fun on the game last night. There is a lot of good in this game (more than in AC1, I'll give the game that), but there is a lot of utter shit too, along with many missteps that really spoil the good stuff. When the superior sequels come out, everyone will look back on this and laugh at how overrated it was Fucking hell this game is such utter shit. The writers need to have their mouths sewn up, and their hands chopped off. The writing in this is arguably the worst I have come across in a AAA title. I feel like I'm wasting my time. I might not even bother finishing it. Ubisoft has done such an appalling job they could have shat in my mouth and I'd have been more satisfied. Okay, this game has actually gotten a little better now. I had a moment in the online side of things that actually impressed me. That was actually really good. it's picking up a little with the story. There's quite a bit of good in this, but the bad is so hilariously bad it beggars belief. I can't be arsed to write more, this game doesn't deserve it. But I'm looking forward to the sequels There is a lot of fun to be had in doing the side missions. It's the main story that massively lets the game down. This game is so shit.
:mrgreen:
Harry
I tried maybe 3 of the side missions early on and then didn't touch a single one after that. Yellow waypoint only! I also went to the upgrade screen towards the end of act 4 and found I had 46 points to spend but nothing looked interesting enough. I finished the game with 28 points. A majority of this game is useless to itself.
NighteyesUK
God-fucking-awful writing aside, what pissed me off the most was the constant spawning of crimes occurring in your vicinity. However, I didn't check to see if you could turn them off. But either way, they could make them much better by having them happen far less, and fleshing them out, like on Person of Interest. They could have you doing some proper investigation to ascertain if/when/where/why the person is involved in a criminal activity. But in this game, they're incessant, they're practically identical (go here, beat up bad guy, done) and if you happen to drive within the vicinity of the crime, the music changes, even though you're ignoring the crime happening. This game is so shit.
Harry
Ah the diversity drum again. I've seen a number of things around the internet since they said no female character in Assasins creed. I don't think it matters one bit and I hate all the people that highlight it as a genuine issue that effects all of us. Having said that, when your a machine churning out games year after year after year it gets a little harder to defend why you didn't include anything but cliche and status quo . If anything it highlights your lack of imagination. I will agree that Watch_Dogs did cliche to the max. To the point it was noticeable ,and that lack of imagination and talent is reflected into all parts of the game.
Born2beSlicker
Apparently they're discussing doing just that. Their CEO said they knew Aiden would be polarising. He talks about how he may not be returning and Ubisoft is going to move away from cliches and focus on more diversity in the future for all franchises.
Danger Moss
Finally finished this the other day. Some parts of it I really enjoyed. The gun play, hacking and driving are awesome. Some missions where genuinely thrilling. The Gang Hideouts, Digital Trips and Fixer side missions are great fun. On the down side. Some missions are tedious to the extreme. Tailing and insta fail stealth missions? Really? I mean who likes them? The writing for the most part is awful. The plot is super boring and full of holes. Aiden Pierce is one of the worst lead characters ever. Also it suffers from the same problem as the AC games by throwing an almost insurmountable amount of collectibles and side content at you. 50% of which is boring as hell. Anyway, if they employ a different writer and change the lead character I'd be more than interested in a follow up. This had some neat ideas.
Harry
It was either done for stylistic reasons or because they wanted unity across the platforms so they didn't have to support variations of the same game. I swear the ps4 version could look just as nice if you put it into similar settings. rain, storms, sunsets etc...I noticed the real time reflections in the pc version there. Most reflections if not all on consoles were environment maps. I finished this anyway so......NEXT!
kelticdave
NighteyesUK
I'm with Harry on this. Sure, those screens look better, but not "holy fucking shitting fucks" better. :|
And yet they still look better and will continue to be improved. The shaders used are within the actually game code but not utilised in any of the versions. It most likely was done because consoles lagged behind so they cut back rather than pushing forward. Would this of happened if it was just a PS4/XBOX ONE/PC Port ? I would guess releasing on the old platforms caused the game to be weaker on the stronger platforms. I'm not trying to be a dick though yeah its funny to do the whole PC MASTER RACE shit but it kind of sucks that this code is stuck in limbo and was never used. Its only thanks to the PC format that they had been found at all.
NighteyesUK
I'm with Harry on this. Sure, those screens look better, but not "holy fucking shitting fucks" better. :|
Born2beSlicker
I think the YouTube compression is murdering some of the more subtle tweaks that the lighting and reflections give off. It's that problem we have this new generation that we can't see the graphical clarity exactly because web video isn't high enough quality and downloading directly can also be slightly impacted too. The screenshots look amazing though. WD, to me, is a stunning game visually on next-gen but that lighting change does make some difference.
kelticdave
:roll:
Harry
The only thing that looks different in the video it the extra sharpness due to resolution and larger bloom radius.
kelticdave
Harry
Well I played it yesterday for about 3 hours and I'm looking at that today thinking there's no real difference. Watchdogs was just one of those games that looks good in certain spots at certain times of day.
I can see the difference as plain as day mate PC version now looks far better than the other versions.
Harry
Well I played it yesterday for about 3 hours and I'm looking at that today thinking there's no real difference. Watchdogs was just one of those games that looks good in certain spots at certain times of day.
kelticdave
PC version just got a shit tone better looking someone over at Guru3D has went through the game files and found nearly all the original graphical effects seen in 2012 - 13 presentations http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=390114
PC Master Race
Tezcatlipoca
I finally finished Act 2 last night. How the fuck is Bedbug not dead? and... Jackson's therapist - "I had better hear from your sister soon, Aiden Pearce, or I will call the police!" Eh? Given that *everyone* seems to know that Aiden Pearce is the Vigilante, why hasn't she called them already?
Harry
Watch_Dogs actually had mildly fun combat and driving mechanics. Infamous had neither. Next Gen gameplay itself doesn't exist. I wonder how much people played the mobile/tablet side of things? I thing it sounded cool but in the end was a steaming pile of shit. Is this second screen thing ever going to take off?
Born2beSlicker
It's a stupid complaint in both regards. There's no barrier to what next-gen means, so it's a subjective put down for people who can't seem to enjoy the good stuff available.
NighteyesUK
You know what's bugged me? People complained about Second Son not having next-gen gameplay; where's the next-gen gameplay in this game then?
hallben
I just finished as well. Thats a BIG game. I still want to trophy hunt a little and do more side stuff. I really like the world. From a narrative point of view this is very much the first game in a series. I look forward to more.
Harry
Done! Act 4 and 5 are pretty short. Thank god. A game that's fun at times with decent driving and shooting mechanics. The scripting , mission design and story are atrocious. 3/5 :)
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EGX Preview – Alien: Isolation

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Alien: Isolation is coming from a brand new team at Creative Assembly and of course published by Sega. This was the third game we got hands on with at EGX and is coming the second week of October. Both of us got some hands on time with the game, so as is now customary you can enjoy each of our perspectives on this soon to be released title below. Continue reading

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Tezcatlipoca
Extended TV ad:
Tezcatlipoca
This is now up for digital pre-order & pre-load. As with physical pre-orders, pre-ordering the digital download gets you the Nostromo Edition with the Crew Expendable mission. No Sole Survivor, though, as that's exclusive to GAME.
hallben
Tezcatlipoca
Cheers :-) Still more to come!
Are you sure, I want to sleep now... But thanks for that dude, we worked out butts off!
Tezcatlipoca
Cheers :-) Still more to come!
NighteyesUK
Have to say fellas, your coverage of the games at EGX has been great. I also really like reading the two viewpoints. :)
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox EGX Preview - Alien: Isolation
MoBiUGeArSkIn
:lol:
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - Alien: Isolation – Survivor Mode DLC and Season Pass announced
MoBiUGeArSkIn
I am pumped! This and Mordor within a week of each other. Game on!
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Gold! October 7th
Tezcatlipoca
I really hope that this doesn't suck. I'm intending for this to be one of my October games, along with Sunset.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Oh hell yeah!
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - Alien: Isolation’s pre-order DLC featuring the Alien cast will be available separately “at a later date” Also: All retailers get the Nostromo Edition, with Crew Expendable. GAME has exclusivity for the Ripley Edition, with Crew Expendable and Last Survivor.
hallben
They have come out and confirmed it will be available to all. The only reason we have that confirmation the day after the announcement is because the internet got pissed. It does work.
patrick_bateman
Anyone that defends this DLC exclusive shit is a twat.
TrendyNinja
I think the real issue people have (me included) is that when buying a game, nowadays you never really feel as though you're getting the complete package. That you've actually only bought 50-70% of the game because inevitably there will be an imminent release of DLC (sometimes on the same day the game is released). This feeling of not owning the full game from it's initial purchase is frustrating to say the least as you know that further purchases are on the horizon if you want own the game in it's entirety.
kelticdave
Mobi one day you will learn just because something is popular doesn't mean it is good. You even call them the unwashed masses :lol: that in itself says it all people blindly without thought give money over to these people without ever thinking the damage they are doing to the way we game. Its part the consumers fault but also the fault of the gaming industry. They pushed and we jumped at no point has there been any resistance and sadly that is the problem.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
I don't think the people moaning about this stuff are the people that support it by buying in. The unwashed masses spend their money whilst a comparable minority shriek about it online. What feels like a metric ton of people ripped in Watch Dogs on the road to release, for every reason under the sun. Yet Ubisoft saw the highest opening success for a new IP and has shipped 8 million copies to retail. Polygon ran a piece about why nobody should pre order this game (or any game)... Yet the site (perhaps even the same author) has been telling us how fantastic it will be. It took many of the E3 awards.
kelticdave
It doesn't matter Mobi if its not the biggest problem its still part of the problem. Handing over money for pre-order bonuses, buying into season passes and actually supporting all these business models from price hicking to marketing ploys it all comes down to the fact the gaming industry nowadays is anti-consumer. The most annoying thing about all this is if you speak up against map pack dlc, season passes for maps, and generally all this bullshit you're called entitled or a troll by the very gamers that support this shit. I don't get why anyone would feel entitled for wanting a business model that was providing us the consumer/gamer with entertainment without nickle and diming the fuck out of us.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Fact is, nobody knows what the content is. So all this belly aching that has erupted online is for nought. Why does everything game related these days feel like a storm in a tea cup? Biggest problem REALLY affecting console gaming right now? Insane pricing for disks and even more insane pricing for digital. Pre Order bonuses are nothing compared to that.
kelticdave
Its content that regardless of it effecting the main game if you went back a few years would be in the damn game. You are supporting a marketing ploy by handing them money. If gamers took a stand and supported consumer friendly business models instead of what happens things wouldn't of gotten so bad.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
This is different to the majority of other DLC or season passes... How? And why does it bother people that they will miss out, potentially, on something that is unrelated to the main game itself?
Colonel Red
hallben
Sorry dude. But I think people really need to make a stand on this pre-order shit. It only helps the publisher. It does nothing for the consumer. So yeh, I'm sticking with my Fuck em.
Totally. It's less a case of rewarding early adopters than it is punishing people who won't pay blindly, by cutting content out.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
People always moan about DLC. At least it's free. Not that its part of the main experience. I don't see how it'll be missed. I might pre order... When they announce editions. With something cool in the box. Like a replica motion tracker. Or that bobble head bird thing. Or a pint of milk.
hallben
Sorry dude. But I think people really need to make a stand on this pre-order shit. It only helps the publisher. It does nothing for the consumer. So yeh, I'm sticking with my Fuck em.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
What does it matter? The game is a sequel to Alien. That's what the meat of the game is. The bonus missions will probably be 10 minutes long. And they are probably no different to the bonus missions already on the disk. You heard about those? Mini challenges with leaderboards. Also, when you "fuck em" by not buying this, consider the decision is Sega's. Not the developer's.
Floyd
hallben
Nothing you described there was actually bad.
I mean that's the way it should be, it's the good way!
hallben
Nothing you described there was actually bad.
Floyd
DLC has been misused for awhile now. Release the game, make the DLC, release 5 -10 months after the games original release. You know, real expansion packs that extend the life of the original complete game.
Harry
Those character models look lifeless and a bit average.
hallben
What they have done here has actually put me off the game. Fuck 'um.
Colonel Red
This is fucking ludicrous. I might even just not buy this, while I wait for the preorder content to drop as a digital download. It's bound to happen if they've bothered to pay up for the original cast to appear.
Tezcatlipoca
I love the idea of the missions, and *really* want to experience them... ... but I fucking *hate* pre-order DLC, retailer exclusive DLC, etc. etc. And it's all the more annoying given that I've been trying to "go digital" this gen, which means I cannot get any kind of pre-order bonus missions or beta codes or anything else unless I get the disc version of a game.
kelticdave
:facepalm: and so it starts
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - Alien: Isolation pre-order bonus DLC features Sigourney Weaver and other members of the original cast of Alien
MoBiUGeArSkIn
YEAH!
MoBiUGeArSkIn
This looks genuinely unnerving.
Tezcatlipoca
BXB - E3 2014 – Alien: Isolation gameplay trailer
MoBiUGeArSkIn
This game looks great, and it so perfectly captures the atmosphere of the first film in the footage shown thus far. Got chills when that music cue hit in the video above. Read a number of interviews in print and the developers are promising unscripted encounters with the alien. Obviously there will be unavoidable set piece moments but the environments are apparently designed so that you have options. You can't directly fight the alien but you will be able to employ different tactics to escape. You'll even be able to avoid encounters entirely. The alien is supposed to have some pretty advanced AI and is given a great deal of mobility/manoeuvrability within the play space. If they can maintain the quality on display in these glimpses for a solid campaign length... It'll be a bit special.
StealthySteveo
Great vid, looks sweet :)
Lostcauz
The ign staff play the game in the dark.
Tezcatlipoca
BXB - Alien: Isolation – “Lo-fi Sci-fi” Developer Diary
I have cautiously high hopes for this...Fingers crossed it's not like Colonial Marines...
NighteyesUK
A week before Arkham Knight (which is gonna be GOTY). Hmm, I hope this is good though. :)
MoBiUGeArSkIn
In time for Halloween. Perfect.
Tezcatlipoca
Release date! BXB - Alien: Isolation release date revealed
kelticdave
well I'm in will get it for my pc :D
MoBiUGeArSkIn
[u:2twcy82y]Chatter[/u:2twcy82y] Release date announcement incoming. I'm hotly anticipating this game!
humblecolumbus
Hoping for the best but the last few games have been a huge disappointment.
DragonBugg
Just saw this, mind blown... I hope you can pick things up around the environment like in Amnesia and a bunch of these kinds of games. I love complete immersion with environment. Anyway, this is looking to be good, I just hope they have the alien do more than lumber around like a person the whole time.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Fuck yeah!
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