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  1. Comment on Frogwares says the version of Sinking City on Steam was not made by them in ~games

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    A follow up on this. 'The Sinking City' Dev Alleges Publisher Hacked and Illegally Uploaded Game to Steam.

    A follow up on this. 'The Sinking City' Dev Alleges Publisher Hacked and Illegally Uploaded Game to Steam.

    The studio alleges that in late December, Nacon offered an ultimatum: Frogwares had 48 hours to deliver a version of the game to be released on Steam, or else Nacon would "use all solutions available within the law and the contract." Frogwares claims that after that 48 hour period was up, Nacon purchased a copy of The Sinking City from Gamesplanet, the storefront where Frogwares is selling The Sinking City itself, and uploaded an altered version of that game to Steam.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I've been playing The Sinking City. Everything I've read about the game is true. The action feels bad. I can never tell if I'm hitting things with my bullets or not. I can't even tell if I'm...

    I've been playing The Sinking City. Everything I've read about the game is true. The action feels bad. I can never tell if I'm hitting things with my bullets or not. I can't even tell if I'm hitting them with melee. I never seem to have enough bullets. I get into my inventory, spend all my crafting mats on making new ones, and I still don't have enough. Everyone in the game looks sickly, especially my character, but I think that's on purpose, given the setting.

    But the investigation parts are a lot of fun and it's what makes up the bulk of the game. It's a bit of item hunting, and a bit of sequencing events, and a bit of research. I feel real good when I go to a library or city hall and piece together a couple bits of information to pull out another lead. There's a lot of running across town, but it's not a huge place and everything looks like it's about to fall back into the ocean. Barnacles and sea detritus is everywhere.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Terraria for Stadia canceled due to Re-Logic owner Andrew Spinks' Google account getting disabled without reason in ~games

  4. Comment on Frogwares says the version of Sinking City on Steam was not made by them in ~games

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    This kind of sucks as a consumer stuck in the middle of this. I want the people who put their life into making this game to get fairly compensated for my purchase. I was bummed when it was pulled...

    This kind of sucks as a consumer stuck in the middle of this. I want the people who put their life into making this game to get fairly compensated for my purchase. I was bummed when it was pulled off Steam during this legal matter. When it came back in January, I jumped on it. Then it was yanked off again, and I learned the legal matter wasn't entirely settled. Now it's back again, and the devs are telling people not to buy it.

    I've got the January version, with DLC. No idea if it's the most up to date. Now there is this February version without DLC and it's an older build. But what version gets supported when the dust settles? I guess I have a game and it's playable and that's all I can really ask for.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on Anthem redesign canceled at BioWare in ~games

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    Anthem's failure should give you cause for concern about the future of Mass Effect and Dragon Age. For however well received those prior games were, Bioware made Anthem. It was an unmitigated...

    Anthem's failure should give you cause for concern about the future of Mass Effect and Dragon Age. For however well received those prior games were, Bioware made Anthem. It was an unmitigated disaster and it's now being left behind as such. Bioware also made Mass Effect Andromeda, which wasn't quite the same disaster, but not a great game and similarly dropped like a bad habit.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Anthem redesign canceled at BioWare in ~games

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    Not a huge surprise once I read that it was going to EA management for a decision. The problems with Anthem as a living world game were deep. It wasn't like a few tweaks were going to fix it.

    Not a huge surprise once I read that it was going to EA management for a decision. The problems with Anthem as a living world game were deep. It wasn't like a few tweaks were going to fix it.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 delayed indefinitely in ~games

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    I'm in the same boat. I expected the thing that would be easy for them, a World of Darkness grand strategy. What we've gotten is some visual novels and a mediocre action game. Even the TT side of...

    I'm in the same boat. I expected the thing that would be easy for them, a World of Darkness grand strategy. What we've gotten is some visual novels and a mediocre action game. Even the TT side of it isn't good. Onyx Path is running with the WOD20 stuff just fine, but V5 continues to be a mess. The new Werewolf game was supposed to bring with it a new TT version. Who knows where that is.

    At this point, I can't tell why Paradox bought the properties, same as I couldn't tell why CCP did it either.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 delayed indefinitely in ~games

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    Developer Hardsuit Labs has also been pulled off of this game, and Paradox is no longer taking pre-orders. Looks pretty grim.

    Developer Hardsuit Labs has also been pulled off of this game, and Paradox is no longer taking pre-orders. Looks pretty grim.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on Hogwarts Legacy lead designer used to run anti-social justice Youtube channel in ~games

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    It's weird how these sort of 'does this belong on Tildes?' discussions come up here but not on Hackernews blog spam or advertising like game and movie trailers.

    It's weird how these sort of 'does this belong on Tildes?' discussions come up here but not on Hackernews blog spam or advertising like game and movie trailers.

    11 votes
  10. Comment on Hogwarts Legacy lead designer used to run anti-social justice Youtube channel in ~games

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    There's no witchhunt. He put these views up on Youtube, presumably because he wants people to see them. He links to his Youtube on his Twitter. You saw this article and went straight to his...

    There's no witchhunt. He put these views up on Youtube, presumably because he wants people to see them. He links to his Youtube on his Twitter. You saw this article and went straight to his Twitter yourself, by which you judged him "run-of-the-mill dude". If there's a witchhunt going on, he's out here screaming "I'M A WITCH!" By definition, that's not a hunt.

    15 votes
  11. Comment on Hogwarts Legacy lead designer used to run anti-social justice Youtube channel in ~games

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    “Some of you have expressed that, due to my commentary on some game industry controversies and my sympathies for the Gamergate movement, that I might have a difficult time should I ever want to return to professional game development,” Leavitt said. “I’m happy to say that, even though I disclosed my YouTube channel to WB Games, it didn’t appear to be an issue for them. Not that they endorse anything that I’ve said, of course, but at least they seem more concerned with making good games than with pushing some kind of a social justice agenda, so there is hope.”

    6 votes
  12. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    This was probably me, tbh. You're right about Arkham City, and I'd apply it to the whole Arkham series. I love those games. It's a shame the nemesis system is locked up behind patents. I'd love to...

    I think I remember someone saying as much about the game in one of these threads some months ago.

    This was probably me, tbh.

    You're right about Arkham City, and I'd apply it to the whole Arkham series. I love those games. It's a shame the nemesis system is locked up behind patents. I'd love to see it applied to better games.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    It took me multiple attempts to finish Shadow of War. I loved the original. I still call it the best Assassin's Creed, even though I probably prefer Assassin's Creed Origins over Mordor. But...

    It took me multiple attempts to finish Shadow of War. I loved the original. I still call it the best Assassin's Creed, even though I probably prefer Assassin's Creed Origins over Mordor. But Shadow of War is too much, and too poorly designed. It's designed to be a grind. It's designed to wear you down.

    One tip: if you ever return to it, quit playing after you get to the epilogue. Don't bother with the Shadow War. Just Youtube the ending. The grind is infinitely worse in the epilogue and it's not even remotely worth the effort.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Google Stadia shuts down internal studios, changing business focus in ~games

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    You and everyone else. I feel sorry for the developers who will lose their jobs while the execs keep theirs, but everyone should've seen this coming. Google's product graveyard is deep and full of...

    You and everyone else. I feel sorry for the developers who will lose their jobs while the execs keep theirs, but everyone should've seen this coming. Google's product graveyard is deep and full of services culled way before they've outlived their usefulness.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on First-person-shooters with great single player content on the Xbox in ~games

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    You have an Xbox, therefore I'm going to immediately recommend Xbox Game Pass. It's a great deal to get access to a ton of games. Most of my recommendations are going to pull from Game Pass, but...
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    You have an Xbox, therefore I'm going to immediately recommend Xbox Game Pass. It's a great deal to get access to a ton of games. Most of my recommendations are going to pull from Game Pass, but it's no coincidence that these games are on there. They're good and Game Pass is worth it even if you just buy a month to check them out.

    Alien: Isolation - This is first-person horror, but it's the best Alien game. There is plenty of combat in it, but also a lot of first-person hiding.

    Battlefield series - These are all mainly multiplayer, but they also have fairly decent single player campaigns too. 3/4 are modern warfare, 1 is WW1, and 5 is WW2.

    Destiny 2 - This game really blurs the single/multiplayer line. They have single player campaigns that can be done in coop too. There are open areas, where you'll see other players and can join in with them in group fights. It also has some dedicated coop and PVP content. It's a great variety of locations and stuff to do and a constantly updating/changing game.

    Doom 2016/Doom Eternal - Fast action, shooting demons, run and gun. Eternal gets a bit overly complex with systems, but Doom is awesome.

    Halo: Master Chief Collection - If you haven't played Halo, you should check it out. The MCC has six sizeable, fun single player campaigns. Even if you've played Halo, checking it out again in 4K/60fps is fun.

    Shadow Warrior/Shadow Warrior 2 - These are a reboot of the old Build engine Shadow Warrior, minus a lot of racist bullshit. Very solid action games, with the second one being a bit more fantasy than the first.

    Wolfenstein: The New Order/The New Colossus/Youngblood - This series starts in WW2 and then jumps up to the 60's/70's/80's respectively. Great FPS action, though Youngblood is coop focused. It's the weakest of the three, but I still had a lot of fun with it solo.

    11 votes
  16. Comment on What games have you played the "wrong" way? in ~games

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    This may be less "wrong" than just playing a poorly designed game. Rage 2 hides weapons and material upgrades (combat abilities, like ground pound) behind vaults. These vaults show up as unknown...

    This may be less "wrong" than just playing a poorly designed game.

    Rage 2 hides weapons and material upgrades (combat abilities, like ground pound) behind vaults. These vaults show up as unknown locations on a map, which requires visiting them to find out they are a vault, and then fighting your way into the vault and claiming the upgrade.

    Nearly all of these vaults are optional, like every other open world game. They're just points on a map that give a much greater reward than every other open world activity in this game. You can complete this short game without ever finding all the fun weapons and abilities that make the gameplay more varied.

    And that's exactly what I did. I got a couple weapons and a couple abilities, and I finished this game without unlocking its most powerful weapons. I just assault rifled and shotgunned my way through it. The game never demanded that I find all the stuff that makes the game fun, so I didn't. And it was a bland, repetitive experience.

    3 votes