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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. tarjei

    H1Z1

    Anyone playing this? It's a Day Z kinda game, but it has it differences which makes it a lot of fun. Currently in early access and costs about £10? It got of to a rocky start with lots of hype and then the servers were mostly down for the first two days. There's still some issues with balancing things, but SOE are impressively releasing patches every other day or so. I've logged about 26 hours in the game. Lots of fun just strolling around and then there's the heart-racing action when you have good loot and end up getting attacked or you have to hide. I've played on my own. I try to be friendly to most I come across, but usually to no effect. I did meet a couple of nice people but most are absolute knobheads that just wants your loot and will (try to) kill you on sight or lure you into a situation where they can kill you. I had a funny one today with a fresh spawn that decided to attack me. I was going somewhere anyway so I just ran in that direction with him following me like a mad man 5 meters behind. I tried to talk to him and offer him stuff, but he replied only in French. After about 10-15 minutes my stamina was running out and I was approaching my campfire. I turned around and fired my bow... a sweet sweet head shot from about half a meters range. Dickhead! I hate these guys that spawns and immediatly go looking for some guy with a backpack to kill and loot. Playing as a lone wolf is super hard, so if anyone wants to team up I'd defiantly be up for that, even if you're a complete newb.
  4. PieFacE

    FIFA18

    So anyone got the new FIFA? Have to say, it's very much improved! Nothing revolutionary has changed, but it feels like older FIFA's.. they've kinda brought the arcady-ness back to it which also brings back a lot of fun. I'm a big fan of it so far.
  5. Straggler

    Star Citizen

    After the mile wide and inch deep experience that was No Mans Sky, the next project that I am getting unreasonably excited about is Star Citizen. The ambition for this game is HUGE, and the ability of the comparatively small team to deliver against has to be a concern, however if they can pull it off the game looks like it could be a bit epic. Unlike No Mans Sky whilst there are procedural planets they are doing story driven stuff inside it which sounds more like how something like how Red Dead Redemption worked. It relies on multiplayer and there will be PVP, mining and a a bunch of ships with different flying styles and a bunch of vehicles to use when you land on a planet. I have a number of concerns with the scope being so huge, all the delays that have already been announced and how they are looking at monetising it (it looks very expensive as they have it at the moment) but if it is good as I hope then take my money.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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!"
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. hogso

    Sea of Thieves

    Upcoming pirate themed multiplayer from Rare, on Windows and XBONE. Could be a return to form for them, after the Kinect stuff. Considering I'll probably never play it, unless it comes to PS4 (doubtful), I'm very curious about how it turns out. There's an insightful interview here which is worth a read, even if you're not interested in the concept of the game, then there's some insight in to the workings of the modern day Rare. I recall some discussion about a proper pirate game on here some time ago, and if anyone still has a hankering for one, well, I don't think you could do worse than anticipate this. In essence, you team up with 3 others and control a galleon. You'll have to do jobs, such as raise anchor, then have a look out, raise sails, steer, etc. but the suggestion is there isn't any hand holding. You need to communicate to get things done, and that goes for simply sailing the seas, to combat, to exploring islands for plunder and such. The linked intereview makes reference to a 'post No Man's Sky world' wherein the consumer is now more wary of dev's promises. Rare have a proven track record of course, so I'm hoping the myriad features 'promised' are indeed in the final game. There's also an interesting story about when Phil Spencer and some other MS bods played a very early version of the game at E3 (a video of which is not available to the public), in which they played the game in the opposite way Rare were hoping - basically the 4 players teamed up to get some treasure and get it back to the docks to sell, but on the route home, they dump one of their mates over the side of the ship so as to split the booty between less of them Rare hope most people will work together and only do battle with other ships... It's not procedurally generated, but the question has been asked of what you actually do in the game. At the moment, there doesn't seem to be much of an answer, although apparently there will be quests and a story line. They mention 'emergent gameplay' in the linked interview a few times, which the cynical side of me means you are expected to make up things as you go yourself...but at least the gameplay should be fun, at least in the short term. No release date yet, expected sometime next year.
  12. Release date of 4th November, 2 week beta access if pre purchased from authorised retailers. FM Touch is available as a standalone and also included with the full game. There is a loyalty reward for pre purchasing through Steam, up to 20% discount for owning all of FM13-16 or 5% for each one. I'm trying not to buy this year, but I know I'll cave at some point and end up smashing it for months. Min Specs OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64 or 32 bit) Processor: Intel Pentium 4 Intel Core AMD Athlon 2.2GHz+ Memory: 2 GB RAM Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT AMD/ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 Intel GMA X3100 256MB VRAM DirectX: Version 9.0c Storage: 3 GB available space
  13. 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.
  14. The_Rev

    World of Warcraft

    Another games thread from moi... Anyone else play this game? (watch this if you havent got a clue what im talking about) Myself and D1 are on there. I did think Resi 4 was a shoe in for my game of 2005. Now im not so sure. This thing is epic! edit: 19th October 2007 Just because im a nice guy, some info: If you are thinking of signing up, make a Horde character on Tarren Mill server and you will get some help from plenty of Villa Fans. World of Warcraft is a class based game, and what class you pick will have a massive impact on your overall experience. I found the best thing to do when deciding a class is to have a look at this link before you take the plunge. There are also lots of quests to do in World of Warcraft. If you get stuck on a quest, visit the mighty Wowhead.com People who play WoW and post on VT. Forum name and in game character name. Some people have more than one character. Tarren Mill Server (PvP) Horde Limpid = Limpid, Limped, Limpt The_Rev = Nayson, Eau (taking a break at the moment) ED = Evildan, Ewiddan, Lolmangle Designer1 = Siongest, Sionguest Risso = Rissok Trl = Trl, Renew, Handful Red_5 = Samisdead Irishjay = Rishj Juju = Samosa, Merkin, Vilajuju Craigyh_74 = Tarq, Tarqy Ill edit more of this later, adding more useful links and the names and servers of the anti social bastards who didnt pick Horde on Tarren Mill.
  15. hogso

    Elite: Dangerous

    Touted for many years, begged for by fans for over a quarter of a century...has the time for a current gen Elite sequel come at last? Elite sequel Kickstarter goes live They want $2/£1.25m for what essentially appears to be, quite simply, a like for like reboot of Elite and Frontier but using modern tech ofc. The project page explains how, on a 16 bit computer, they were able to replicate a model of the Milky Way galaxy, including ~100,000,000,000 star systems, so imagine what would be possible on todays computers. It's a game from before my time, but is something I've heard so much about since I did start gaming that it almost feels like I have actually played the original, which I never did. The Kickstarter runs until Jan, and although it's not something I'm as excited about as the new Broken Sword (which was also Kickstarted recently), I may stick a little pledge in, just to see the final result. Which is a long way off, by the way, March 2014 they reckon. The kickstarter runs until early Jan '13. It's worth noting, though, that Notch's (of Minecraft fame) spacesim MMO '0x10c' may be out by the time this new Elite is ready. And with what must be almost unlimited funds, it makes you wonder if this Elite will be out-Elited by Notch's new game. Curiously, 0x10c will be a pay monthly game, but that does seem to be the case for Dangerous. I guess time will tell...no screens available for either game yet, and I doubt they will be for some time, either.
  16. 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!
  17. Chindie

    Monster Hunter World

    Monster Hunter World is nearly with us. The review embargo just ended and it's received pretty much universal praise. The Monster Hunter series has been massive in Japan for years but never really managed to travel very well. It's a very idiosyncratic series, with lots going on and quite different to anything else really. Extremely varied weapons, an animation priority style fight system, reliance on co-op, a huge crafting system with food forming a significant element of it, and it's own take on a lot system... It never really caught on outside of some fans who adore it. This time, however, things have been... amended... to attract a wide audience and it seems to have worked. Crafting has been streamlined, game world mechanics have been switched to create something closer to a true open world, joining quests made easier... And they slapped a load of 'pretty' all over it. It looks great. It appears it is great. I played Ultimate on the Wii U for a while solo and kinda liked it, but hit a wall and gave in... Might be time to jump back in.
  18. limpid

    Divinity: Original Sin

    I'm just buying this in the Steam sale. Surprised there wasn't a thread already. Any tips?
  19. lapal_fan

    Witcher 3

    Got 10/10 on Gamespot & IGN. Reviewing very highly across the board. I've never played any of the games, don't know what they're about, don't know if I'd like them, but after reading the reviews, it almost certainly seems like there would be a good game there. Anyone getting it?
  20. Frobisher

    Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    Even more exciting than Mass Effect 3 (IMO), the next Elder Scrolls is due out next November. I'm a huge fan of Bethesda games and this should be something pretty special. I may book the 11th November 2011 onwards off work now!
  21. villarule123

    Metal Gear Solid

    So, I've never played MGS properly before, only brief parts on a friends console when I was younger. What's the best order to play them in? I gather that they're confusing and some are prequels etc. Are they long to complete?
  22. V01

    Destiny 2

    Gaming crack is out on Wednesday. Who's getting it? My group wasn't getting it originally, but we all slowly folded. For the Puppies!
  23. PieFacE

    PES 18

    Anyone playing the PES 2018 online beta? First time playing PES, usually a FIFA player and i'm liking it . The thing that has drawn me to PES this year is the fact that they are introducing ranked 2v2 (about time!), and ranked 3v3. You can create clans and stuff so that should be cool. I feel like the physics are better in FIFA, it's really hard to judge the flight of the ball when it's in the air. But the passing is much better on PES and feels less "assisted". Defending i'm uncertain about, it seems there's a bit of an issue with getting a player like Neymar for example, and just running through everyone. A lot of goals are scored this way. Dunno if it's just FIFA noobs like myself not knowing what they are doing. There is an element of "randomness" to PES which i'm not sure if I like. Will definitely be buying this year and giving it a go instead of FIFA.
  24. Midfielder

    NASCAR Heat Evolution 2

    Yeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaw It scores about 70-80% depending upon the review site but I got it as soon as it was downloadable off PSN ( £39.99 ). Been playing for a couple of days now, loving it. Features the trucks, Xfinity and of course the Cup series. Won't do a review but google is your friend. Very enjoyable indeed. I don't buy many games but I'm thoroughly happy with this one especially career mode. It came out on Thursday I think, physical copies only by import at this moment but as said is available on PSN not sure when Euro release is. I'm giving it an 8/10. Bonus, that you get to smash Danica's rear end in, if you want. Ooooh la la British redneck, signing off.
  25. Dick

    Motorsport Manager

    I've been playing Motorsport Manager on my Ipad for ages, I love it. They have now announced that the game, all improved, will be coming to PC, Mac and so on. I am genuinely excited for this! http://www.motorsportmanager.com/