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Found 99 results

  1. hogso

    Detroit: Become Human

    Could have sworn we already had a thread for this - search didn't find one, though. Currently on my way to Wembley for the play off final, so what better opportunity to try and settle my nerves a bit, post my thoughts on this Detroit: Become Human is, of course, the latest game from Quantic Dream, and the mind of David Cage. When the PS4 was announced, QD revealed a tech demo showing off the power of the new console. It was pretty stunning. I'm pleased to confirm the entire game looks like that. It really is quite the spectacle. Outside of that, there's not too much more I can recommend it on, if you're the sort of person who sees the words 'David Cage', 'Quantic Dream', 'interactive movie' or 'walking simulator' and let's out and audible sigh. The story and writing is better than Beyond: Two Souls, and mostly better than Heavy Rain and Fahrenheit (ok, Omikron too). That doesn't mean this is suddenly an epic work that demands to be experienced. It says more about the faults of those other games - but this is a marked improvement. Having said that, it's not nearly as clever as it would like to be, or at times thinks it is. There are significant changes to the story you can make very early on. And by significant, I mean one of the three main characters can be killed off very early on. How many endings and such there are, I'm not sure, but each chapter ends with a flow chart of discoveries and decisions you made, or missed, similar to the system at the end of the Nonary Games trilogy. The mo cap and voice acting performances are amongst the best I've seen. What holds back the quality some what, or at least the judging of it, is that obviously this is a game about robots. And therefore the main cast perform in a robotic manner. Which is something of a shame, in an odd way. In short, if you liked the previous QD games as much as me (quite a lot), all you need to know is that so far, this is their best work. It still leaves me wondering where they go next, how much more pretty can they make it, and how much can they make a focused, interesting story that is simultaneously interactable and can change in ways that demand you play it again. For those undecided, maybe wait for the inevitable sale.
  2. hogso

    Yakuza

    NA/EU Playstation 4 exclusive out on 24th Jan, getting pretty excellent reviews at the moment. It's a prequel to the series which debuted on PS2 way back when. The main line games have an on going storyline which is decent, this being a prequel set in the 80's means there is no presumption that you know the characters before hand. Succesful back in JP, not so much in the West. The best way to sum it up would be a mash up between a small scale GTA (without cars, usually) and Shenmue. The combat does include guns, but mostly you'll be fighting hand to hand, picking up what ever you can get your hands on to smash your foe over the head with. Think bins, cones, shop signs, etc... One of the reasons the series may have some measure of infamy is it's attention to detail in the recreation of it's fictional verions of Tokyo and Osaka. This is where the Shemue comparison comes in. There are corner shops, bars, arcades (it's a Sega game, this one is set in the 80s, you can play them), bowling alleys, RC car racing, and as serious as the main story can be, the massive amount of side quests are varied massively, from the sublime to the ridiculous - in the best possible way. It also depicts 'Hostess Bars' in detail, with (I think) Yakuza 3 being heavily cut in the west to remove certain elements. Yakuza 0 is left untouched, though - in fact there isn't even an English dub, just subs. On the down side this is a PS3 port (which was unavailable in the west) and they've never been the prettiest of games as it is - and it seems as though it shows here. Textures are shoddy, and some animations aren't very clever, but it appears to be far from unplayable. Here is a shitty trailer from E3, if you're curious I would suggest looking at some gameplay vids or something
  3. Chindie

    Resident Evil 2 remake

    A completely bizarre resurgence for Resident Evil probably deserves a topic. Resi 7 is incredibly well regarded and this remake of 2 looks astounding. I'm not the biggest fan of the series, I've completed REmake on the GC and I've bought 4 about 3 times (and hated it every time), but I'm down for this new REmake. @villarule123 REmake is still very playable but you have to remember it's a very old game underneath (it's basically the original game from 96 with some fancy paint on top). It's nothing like any modern game really, with clunky controls (tank style!) and fixed perspective design. Still looks surprisingly good mind and it's a classic for a reason. Also the addition of crimson head zombies is inspired.
  4. dubbs

    Black Ops 3

    For you lot who aren't currently aware, you can now download the beta without pre-ordering. It's available from the store now.
  5. hogso

    Mass Effect: Andromeda

    + Bioware blog mentioning next ME Will be interesting to see what direction they head in with the series next. A game set in a time period prior to ME, during the First Contact Wars or Rachni Wars, perhaps? The assertion that the founders quit due to EA is curious, could the next games be co-op heavy (blergh!) ? It's all a very long way off yet though. Plus the new IP. They've done sci-fi, they've done Tolkein-esque fantasy, they've done licenesed stuff with Star Wars, they've done dungeon crawlers and an MMO. Plus some anceint chinese set RPG or something (Jade Empire). Where next? Next gen, probably. Maybe they could make an actual properly good Pirate game, which hasn't ever been done, has it...?
  6. Chindie

    God of War

    Reviews came out today for the God of War reboot, and apparently it's astounding. There's some talk this might become the PS4's highest rated game. I can't quite see why it's being hyped so much, it looks like a very good third person actioner with great graphics and that's great and all, but console best? Not seeing it. Saying that, it's telling that the clips available from reviews etc are clearly early on and there's a lot we have yet to see, and reviewers have hinted that what hasn't been revealed shouldn't be spoiled, so perhaps there really is an all time great here, rather than just an excellent title. I never played the old games, just never appealed really, but I was intrigued in this the moment it was revealed and to hear it's supposedly fantastic is great news. I also love Norse mythology so hopefully this will play with the rich stories you can mine from Odin and his crew.
  7. Ginko

    Bloodborne

    I mentioned this briefly in the Dark Souls II thread but I thought I'd make a new topic for this as some new footage has shown up and so it can be discussed separately from DSII now more information about it is leaking. Here's a pretty decent summary from Souls game nut VaatiVidya that shows the clips and discusses them in more detail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxy-b0i7864 Seems this could be a PS4 exclusive too. In a video made a few weeks ago, Vaati talks about how this may be a Demon's Souls sequel since it appears to be a Sony exclusive and they own the Demon's Souls IP, hence why they made Dark Souls so they could multi-platform and have more control over the game. I'm not sure myself. Demon's Souls was very much set in a medieval age much like Dark Souls is, whereas the footage from Beast gives the impression the game is set much more recently in history, especially now that guns have been confirmed as a featured weapon. I know there's a few Dark Souls aficionados here on VT that will be keeping their eyes on this one, so here's a thread to talk about it and to post relevant news as and when it comes about. Here's the first VaatiVidya video he posted a few weeks ago too, if anyone hasn't seen it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M2Y-R18Mo0
  8. hogso

    Horizon Zero Dawn

    PS4 exclusive from Killzone devs Guerrilla Games, out next week and reviewing very well. Post apocalyptic action role player, with third person combat involving spears, bow and arrows, harpoon guns, stealth, and an open world. The biggest draw here is probably the fancy pants looking enemies - animals and dinosaurs in robot form referred to simply as 'Machines' rule the world, the reason for which is examined in the story. Of which is apparently one of the weaker aspects of the game. The open world itself and combat hold up very well it seems, and it's pretty stunning to look at. There's a few elements taken from other games - a Batman style 'focus' allows you to survey the area and locate Machine weak points, there's also the Ubisoft approach to the open world in so far as bits and bobs are dotted all over to investigate, and you can climb giant giraffe-like machines instead of radio towers to unlock sections of the map. I was always rather impressed by the teasers we've seen over the years, looks like it might actually live up to the expectation.
  9. dubbs

    Spiderman

    The latest trailer looks insane!
  10. hogso

    Death Stranding

    Upcoming 'intuitive open world' game from Kojima Productions. Possible release date of Q4 2018, but nothing confirmed yet. It's also unclear what the gameplay will be like - is it some sort of action RPG, survival horror, or mishmash? I'm sure for a lot of people it won't really matter, and it's probably just easiest to call it a 'Kojima' game. There's quite a history behind the development already - this colab between Kojima, Norman Reedus and Guilermo Del Toro stems from the fallout between Kojima and Konami, and that pretty incredible tech demo called P.T., aka Silent Hills. For anyone curious, the unusual name is a reference to the phenomenon of whales beaching themselves. Given the content of the footage below, it's probably safe to assume that the game deals with the end of the world as we know it - humanity beaching itself. Sounds very Kojima. It also uses Guerrillas Decima engine, which was also used in Horizon Zero Dawn, so will look and feel great. Extended 'trailer' from yesterday's games awards I think the only phrase that does that justice is 'From the mind of Hideo Kojima'
  11. Chindie

    Assassin's Creed Origins

    Assassin's Creed Origins might be the gaming surprise of 2017. I was done with Assassin's Creed. The formula was tired, the parkour system was still suffering with the same rubbish it had from the first game, the fight system nicked from the Arkham games became daft, the story was bobbins, each game became more and more a victim of stuff to do spewed over the map. Black Flag was a brief reprieve for the series with the boat mechanics, but Unity was a complete mess and nobody seemed to bother with Syndicate. But a year off seems to have done the series good. Don't get me wrong its still Assassin's Creed, the story is still shit and there's still parkour and there's still a lot to do on the map... But it's fun. The changes are small but significant. They've binned the combat system and gone for an approachable Dark Souls lite style fight mechanic - enemies are more dangerous, you have a light and heavy attack, there some 'animation priority' going on, there's greater emphasis on blocking dodging and parrying. They have added a loot system. The parkour is simplified and, joy of joys, so far there's not been a single chase mission I can recall. There's even some Far Cry style hunting for crafting items to upgrade your kit, which remains one of the most bizarrely compulsive things in gaming. You have a completely daft eagle drone in essence to scout out areas and find things through walls with it's... well, it's eagle vision. But most notably, the world is fantastic. It's set in Ptolemaic Egypt, at the time of the unrest between Cleopatra and her brother, the Pharaoh, so you get that ancient Egypt smashed into Roman Empire period with all the interest that brings. The attention to detail is such I believe they're adding in a museum mode, letting you wander through the game and investigating things to learn about Egypt at the time, the way people lived and so on. And it's bloody gorgeous. I mean... This is an arrestingly pretty game. The thing seems to be set up to make you stop and stare at things. It's made for a photo mode. You can just be heading through the desert and come over the top of a dune on your camel (which I've mentally named 'You Bastard', which was inevitable given my avatar here) and the light will be just so and the horizon filled with wonder and your eyes just devour it. The only things letting the side down are some iffy character models (the eyes... They're bizarrely cartoony, too white and a little too large, with slightly to exaggerated movements) and some details that move at a lower framerate then everything else - fabrics blowing in the wind like they're in a bad stop motion movie whilst everything else moves smoothly for instance. I've not enjoyed an Assassin's Creed game like I have this for a very long time. Perhaps ever. It's really fun. I find myself clearing out forts completely even if I've done the objectives, because it's fun being an Egyptian cop roleplaying as Batman, with added spears and arrows through skulls and poisoned corpses. I'd seriously recommend it.
  12. PieFacE

    Battlefield 5

    Looks like it's going to be WW2 judging by the clip released in this tweet. Have to say I'm quite surprised by that. Thought they may have gone for Vietnam or a Modern setting since COD just did WW2. I found BF1 quite boring really, so not really feeling a WW2 game. Would rather a BF3 type setting.
  13. Designer1

    Far Cry 5

    Just been to pick this up, and as a huge fan of the series I'll be looking forward to putting a few hours into it over the weekend. All the bits and bobs I've seen online have looked great and I'm hoping for the most polished Far Cry experience to date. Anyone else getting it?
  14. villa4europe

    Ghosts of Tsushima

    time for its own thread... confirmed by sony as being one of the four 1st party games they will showcase at e3, the trailer has been doing the rounds for a while now developed by sucker punch (infamous, sly cooper 2 fairly underrated series IMO) its a game about the mongolian army invading a japanese island, you playing as a lone samurai fighting back as big fan of oniumsha, tenchu even the history elements of samurai warrior this sounds almost too far down my street! theres not been a gameplay reveal yet but the island setting to me (+ what they did with infamous) suggests open world, the combat mechanisms will no doubt make or break it, i think there will be at least some element of stealth but I've got massive hopes that this topples horizon and god of war and that its closer than previous sony big e3 games, i think it could be their Q1/2 2019 game if not sooner
  15. Straggler

    Gran Turismo Sport

    OMG, it looks beautiful. I know they always look good in this series, but 4k wonderfulness is probably enough for me to get involved.
  16. Fowlersrs

    COD WW2

    Ive not been a call of duty player in quite some time, since it went jet pack crazy. However it seems theyre giving ww2 another shout, anyone reckon itll be worth buying?
  17. hogso

    Forgotton Anne

    Tldr; play this It's quite hard to describe this game. The majority of the gameplay is in the form of a 2d platformer, but it's definitely not a platformer. There are some light puzzles (at least that I've seen thus far), and lots of 'moral decision' type choices to make that affect outcomes of scenes and such. I don't know how much of a difference they make in real terms, if the game has multiple endings for example (at this point I'd rather not know! The mystery of everything so far is refreshing to say the least), but the game does alert you to missed opportunities. There's some collectable stuff as well. The tone is the most interesting aspect for me. In short, the concept of the story and world is you playing the role of Anne, an 'enforcer', and one of only two humans, apparently, that inhabit this realm. A realm which is the place where everything lost in our world is sent - but once they reach this place, they gain a voice, a mind, and are fully anthropomorphised. Upon arrival, the good stuff (fancy tables, for example) are given good jobs, and the not so good (an odd sock) are simply sent to the factory to work. It's also not clear at all at the start of the game why you're doing what you're doing, to the point that, well, you're almost certainly 'the bad guy'. This is all animated in a Ghibli-esque fashion, but to me, the animation is western in style, rather than overtly eastern. There's lots of grimey industrial imagery, and although I couldn't describe it as steampunk, there's that fantasy/gritty realism to it. It's important to point out that all of this is played out completely without humour, and is all taken very seriously. Without delving into the story too deeply, this is an adult story, with adult themes, and that in and of itself makes this an interesting game worth some time. When it's a story with this mix of style and originality, though, it really demands attention, I think. It's completely unlike anything I've played before. Weirdly the thing it reminds me of most is The Brave Little Toaster, for the simple fact that completely ordinary household objects suddenly have very specific personalities, and fears, and hopes, and agendas. There's something quite magic in that, a reason why to this day I still love the Toy Story movies - but in Forgotton Anne, there's something much, much darker going on than some Toys trying to get home to their owner. There's a little known anime series called Narutaru (Shadow Star) which has an incredibly twee opening. Some kids have these monster things that they can kinda control. It's a bit like pokemon. At first glance it seems all sweetness and light, but there's a growing uneasyness rumbling along, and quite suddenly, you're confronted by some utterly horrific content. There's not much like it. Sure, there are series like Higurashi which are twee and then wham, here's some gore. But that's it's usp. In Narutaru, that's not the case, you could shut your eyes and cover your ears and ignore the horrid stuff and carry on, but with an uneasiness that you're not fully comprehending. I have a similar feeling when playing Forgotton Anne, and it's very rare, in most mediums. Some authors are great at it, but I don't experience it often with movies or games. I think that's one of the biggest reasons this game has grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and refused to let go in a very short space of time. It's not perfect. The art looks nice from a distance, but when the screen zooms in on something it starts to look a bit shoddy,and it likes to do that frequently. The story may not interest some at all, and might just come off as a bit too weird for some. And none of the gameplay elements are anything you haven't seen before, or done better. The voice acting is great too, actually, as is the full orchestral score. I'm not familiar with the devs, but from what I can gather, they're a 15 person team based in Copenhagen. There are a few occasions when the low budget is apparent, but boy, what an achievement. I haven't played anything that's struck me as much as this since Life is Strange ep 1, what, 3 and a half years ago? Highly recommended.
  18. hogso

    Shenmue

    He shall appear from a far eastern land across the sea, A young man who has yet to know his potential, This potential is a power that could either destroy him or realize his will, His courage shall determine his fate, The path he must traverse, fraught with adversity, I await whilst praying, For this destiny predetermined since ancient times, A pitch black night unfolds with the morning star as its only light, And thus the saga...begins... I don't mean to alarm anyone, but....Sega have re-trademarked the Shenmue name. Now of course this could just be a formality. It probably is, actually. However, it could also mean that a potential HD remake, or better yet, the announcement of Shenmue III, could be imminent. In this thread let's talk about why Shenmue is not merely the best video game of all time, but humanity's greatest work. With that in mind, I will utter those immortal words - "Who the hell do you think you're talking to? You fu'in' with me? Kiss off, twit!"
  19. hogso

    Rocket League

    That's right, guy - news at the last on the sequel to not just the best game of all time, but humanity's greatest achievement, the game known the world over simply as... 'Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars'. **** yes.
  20. hogso

    Ni No Kuni 2

    This is a game for anime loving 5 year olds only, if you are only one or neither of those things, be best to leave now the thread now tbf. I must admit I have some reservations over the story, in comparison to the first game/s, at least judging by what the trailer shows. Basically I want Mr Drippy back, ent it mun? But gosh it looks beautiful.
  21. RunRickyRun

    Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017)

    Anyone playing the Beta? Despite its flaws, I loved the first game (2015). It did not have a huge amount of content on launch but I really liked the casual arcade feel of the game. A lot of the early balance issues and grenade spam were fixed and I had a blast. Supremacy on Endor was probably the best map I've played in a multiplayer console shooter. The best thing in the beta is the space combat. I think it's good enough to carry the game and the closest we will get to a dogfighting multiplayer game on console. I didn't care much for the infantry fighting. There is a huge amount of grenade spam, little choice in weapons available and once defenders figure out that turrets are OP it will become a very frustrating experience. I also am experiencing frame rate drops during hectic action. The most egregious aspect is the new lootbox system. It's blatantly pay2win with some legendarys offering huge bonuses (40% extra base health on starfighters being the most obvious example) I suspect they will leave this in until month or two after launch then nerf the hell out of it. They did a similar thing with the preorder bonus (Han Solo's pistol) in the first game. This is the main reason I wont be buying at launch.
  22. hogso

    No Man's Sky

    Thought there was a thread on this, couldn't find it though. Looks interesting, space exploration is for me at least, still a pretty exciting prospect in a game. The concern of 'what you actually do', and why you actually do it, is something most gamers are going to have to be convinced of before the game comes out though, I think. There's an interesting interview with the dev's at E3 here which is worth a read, one of the most interesting points I picked out was this Curious. They also use games like Minecraft and Terraria as examples of games where players just get on with playing, and the concerns of why, and the backstory to where they are, isn't important. I remain unconvinced, but am quite eager to have a go myself all the same.
  23. AndyC

    Battlefield 1

    Surely we are very close to some info or a trailer now? Strong rumours about it being set in WW1 and a release date of Q3 2016. If true wont the weaponry be limited? Anybody got any other info/rumours? This will be a release day purchase for me.
  24. I bought this a while back and finally managed to play a bit of it over the last few days. It reviewed fairly well when it came out last year and was hailed as an attempt to make a mid tier game, the AA rank - attempting to have the production value of a triple A title but with reduced, more focused scope and smaller budget and price. I think it certainly hits those points. The gameplay is very focused, there aren't enormous amounts of systems going on and there isn't buckets of depth to it. The production values are excellent. And it came out at a reduced price. Is it good though? You play as Senua, a Celtic warrior woman haunted by a lost love and troubled by a 'darkness' in her mind. Senua travels to the land of the North Men, hoping to bring back her lost love, driven by tales of Norse mythology that say one could recover the dead. Along the way she is haunted by voices in her head, that house her, mock her, voice doubts and reassure her, and also by visions of a man from her past who knew the North Men and their ways. She fights manifestations of the North Men and their gods, and solves puzzles that involve finding runes in the environment. I like a lot about this game. It looks great, setting aside that Norse designs and medieval looking things are tired at this point, and other places it goes are notoriously hard to do anything original with. The sound design is awesome, playing with headphones is certainly recommended as you are beset by the voices in Senua's head appearing to surround you or even be in your own head. I like the little snippets of Norse mythology in there and the way it plays with them. The motion capture and animation is fantastic. The atmosphere drips off it. There's a problem though. All of those things don't involve playing it. Gameplay wise... We're on less good footing. There isn't a great deal to it, and that's fine. The game boils down to 2 main mechanics - fighting, and rune puzzles. The rune puzzles require you to find runes in the world to open doors that block your path. Inevitably this comes to down to finding the conspicuous piece of wood nearby you need to line up just right to look at correctly to see the rune. That's about the extent of it. Fighting meanwhile gives you a light and heavy attack, a dodge, a kick, a block and a focus move that slows time and removes armour from some enemies. Enemies come in about 5 types and you can guess what they are - the grunt! The heavy! The shield! The fast! None of this is much fun. The rune puzzles are tedious and never particularly change, just the nature of the 'game' around them. Sometimes there's a small puzzle around them - light the torches to make the right shadow, etc - and in one particularly bad case, find 3 runes in a maze whilst being chased by an instant death enemy that can break through the walls. The fighting just becomes a slog. The actual system works like a halfway house between a character action button basher and a Souls-like with animation priority, parrying and punishing enemies. Enemies aren't interesting to fight and aren't that hard to beat - the worst enemy in the game so far is only is more difficult because it moves quickly, hits hard and doesn't allow you to lock it into a combo, making each fight against it a battle of patience as you get a hit here or there and go back to dodging, hoping you can do your running heavy attack once in a while to get a brief stun on it. The game realises this after a while and starts making you either fight shitloads of enemies, or fight them in confined spaces, or gives them armour that means you can't hurt then until your focus meter fills back up and you can negate the armour with a button press. Eventually it decides it'll be really fun to give you all 3 of these mix ups. I've not quite finished the game as I decided I liked my controller more than I liked beating boss I just got to, which you fight in a dark room with a single bright spot, where the darkness kills you and the boss has an attack that blows you into the dark and then you can't get back to the light because you can't **** see it. It's a shame. I really like everything about the games presentation. It's actual gameplay though? Ugh.
  25. RunRickyRun

    Overwatch

    Season 2 has started and there is a free trial this weekend for anyone interested. I would heartily recommend the game. With over 20 characters there are tons of ways to play and I think most people will find their niche. Those not accustomed to fps can play as healers or mobile tanks with Tesla cannons. There's not much you can't do!