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Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser is trying to put on a good show in chilly Canadian battle royale romp, Darwin Project. Are you not entertained?>
I want every game to be good, but I confess that I was ready to hate Darwin Project. See, it s unashamedly a game for streamers and their hungry audiences. Even the main menu, where the ability to link your Twitch or Mixer account is the most prominent option, makes this abundantly clear. Audience participation is built into the very fabric of the game, to the point where players become entertainers. Colour me surprised, then, that not only do I like it, I like it in part because of its pandering to video boys and girls.
We can at least breathe a small sigh of relief today. For the first time in what seems like an age, two already-massive corporate entities have failed to become one, a move that would surely crush yet more fragile human hopes and dreams between their colliding financial bodies. We’ve previously covered Vivendi’s increasingly aggressive attempt to buy out Ubisoft, and today we’re relieved to report that Vivendi has officially thrown in the towel after several years of snapping up shares.
CD Projekt Red, the makers of those wonderful Witcher games, today announced they have a new studio elsewhere in Poland to “bolster development” of Cyberpunk 2077. No, this announcement contains no new information on Cyberpunk – but aren’t you glad to hear Red have more people helping? I can’t think of many upcoming games I’m more jazzed for. Anyway! CD Projekt Red Wroc aw, named after the city it’s in, is actually built around Strange New Things, a small studio founded by the former chief operating officer of Dying Light devs Techland. (more…)
I have been lied to.
The letter from my late grandfather which arrived at my desk spoke of freedom. It spoke of an alternative from the daily grind of the city life, of charming adventures, of hard work rewarded and of peace of mind.
An abandoned farm just for me! As I packed my luggage, I was already dreaming of quirky neighbours, magic sprites and turnips. So many turnips. But once I reached my destination, Pure Farming 2018‘s harsh truth was revealed to me: grandpa s farm was riddled with debts. And The Bank wanted me to pay. (more…)
A few of the things I have had to do in order to get a workable version of HDR (also known as high dynamic range), the new-ish display technology that significantly ramps up brightness, darkness and vibrancy, on my PC (not including the acquisition of a fancy monitor):
– Try four different display cables– Adjust as many as seven different brightness/contrast/colour etc shaders per game>. (I have spent long, unhappy hours doing this to date)– Manually turn on HDR on the monitor, manually turn HDR on in Windows then manually turn on HDR in the game settings. Or sometimes HDR off in Windows but on in the game then alt-tab back to Windows and turn HDR on, and off, and on, and off. Or sometimes alt-tab and alt-tab and alt-tab and alt-tab and alt-tab until HDR suddenly, randomly kicks in. When I exit the game, I have to manually turn it all back off again or Windows is unusable.– Install an unfinished preview build of Windows 10 whose HDR isn’t totally broken on Nvidia cards.– Almost completely lose my sense of whether anything is actually different after all of this.
Rad rhythm puzzler Lumines is being fancied up for a re-release, coming back to PC in May as Lumines Remastered. It’s a tile-matching puzzle game, right, about dropping two-tone squares down to connect like colours and score big points – driven by a soundtrack which clears matches across the field in time to bars of the song passing. Puzzle and music and pictures combine for a nice puzzle trance. It is a good game; I have explained it badly. The publishers call this an “HD remake” of ye olde originale Lumines released on the PlayStation Portable in 2004 and STOP THE PRESSES say it’ll support multiple controllers rumbling in ‘Trance Vibration’ mode. (more…)
The problem with Dragon Ball is that there are just too many Gokus. Diet Goku, Regular Goku, Blueberry Goku, Goku Black and probably more besides – a little bit silly for one Goku and his immediate family to make up half the dang cast. Not a trend that’ll be ending soon either, at least according to Dragon Ball FighterZ‘s first set of DLC characters.
Gearing up for release on March 28th are Bardock (Goku’s Dad), and Broly, who is technically unrelated but sure as hell looks like a Goku to me. Android 16 has a lot of work ahead of him. (more…)
More pirates! I shouted at my matey, who we ll call Andy because that s his name. We d both cleared our schedules so we could enjoy a leisurely cruise across Sea of Thieves s striking azure ocean. This was our first sight of other players, and we were excited to get our instruments out and expand the size of our band. We jumped into the water to say hello. We were promptly shot.
Sea of Thieves is quite a lot of fun until you meet other pirates.
Grab your grappling hook and refill your knife blades: Attack On Titan 2 is now out in English. The sequel to 2016’s game about warteens swinging around giants to stab them in the neck, which is based on an anime and manga, has kinda been out on PC since last week – but only in Japanese. Today, the English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish translations launched as an update. Now we can join in shouting while cutting into ravenous giants who have dopey grins and too many teeth. (more…)
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.>
A very good game wearing the skin of not a very good game. Peel that skin away, or at least try to ignore it, and find the golden bones underneath. Alternatively, just play the survival mode DLC and experience Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s best bits without the flab with a new sense of urgency. (more…)