Things to avoid in modern games.
Design Lightweight RPG mechanics Loot Skill trees Monetization Battle passes Microtransactions Season passes Reviews High professional review scores and low customer review scores Reviewers couldn’t cover certain content under embargo Reviewers couldn’t show their own recordings under embargo Reviewers didn’t have access to all ports under embargo Reviewers didn’t have enough time under embargo Technology Day-one DLC DLC released within six months of game release DRM on PC that impacts performance On-disc DLC Unnecessary online connection is required Dark patterns Accidental purchases: It’s easy to accidentally spend money without confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.
Alex Osborn, writing for IGN: When asked how Nintendo NX will stack up against Sony and Microsoft’s forthcoming hardware revisions—namely PlayStation 4 NEO and Xbox One Scorpio—Fils-Aime told Bloomberg (via Nibel): “For us, it’s not about specs, it’s not about teraflops, it’s not about the horsepower of a particular system. For us, it’s about the content.” In other words, not good. I stopped expecting good hardware from Nintendo a long time ago.
Ars reader Bad Monkey in a comment on an Ars post about it being 10 years since Valve announced Half-Life 2 Episode 3 and then left us hanging: A day at “work” for a Valve staffer: 9am: Arrive at work. Socialize in corridors for half an hour with coworkers, then head to the company cafeteria for breakfast. Free trade coffee and greek yogurt. Socialize with coworkers in cafeteria for 45 minutes.
Firewatch became available for pre-order today. You can get 10% off on Steam.
“I’m excited to announce that starting tomorrow, you will be able to purchase and play PS2 games on your PS4 via PlayStation Store in the Americas and Europe,” SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida said in a post on PlayStation Blog. A total of eight “fan favorites” will be able for purchase, including: Dark Cloud — $14.99 Grand Theft Auto III — $14.99 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City — $14.
It’s that time of the year again. Hide your wallets! I picked up: AI War: Fleet Command Aliens vs Predator Aliens: Colonial Marines Bleed Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars Consortium Darksiders DeadCore Doom 3 Door Kickers Doorways: Prelude Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy Electronic Super Joy FEAR 2: Project Origin FEAR: Ultimate Shooter Edition GTA Collection Hard Reset: Extended edition Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Hotline Miami Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II Love Monaco Myst V Never Alone Neverending Nightmares Oniken Steam Store and Retail Key Painkiller Hell and Damnation Painkiller Overdose Painkiller: Black Edition Payday: The Heist Primordia Quake Quake 2 Red Faction: Armageddon Saints Row 2 Sanctum Shadow Warrior Star Ruler Super House of Dead Ninjas Supreme Commander Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance TIS-100 The Cave They Bleed Pixels Titan Quest Titan Souls Tropico 4 Unreal Gold Unreal Tournament: GoTY Volgarr The Viking Wolfenstein: The New Order It looks like I spent a lot, but it was all pretty cheap.
Ben Croshaw on the problem with walking simulator games: Video games don’t have that very basic necessity - the ability to naturally control the pace of the story. There’s only so much the creator can do when ultimately the player is the one in control. If they had total freedom then they might just gazump all the way to the ending and miss boatloads of things that were all carefully placed to in some way pay the story off.