The thing that The Witcher 3 does best, better than most other games, is war. This doesn't sound remarkable until you consider the huge number of games that are specifically about war - that make you do war and be in it - and that war itself never appears in The Witcher, at least not directly. We see battlefields and garrisons, occupations and barricades, but never open conflict. War is in a constant state of passing through, enormous and unseen, always at some distant proximity, but written into the land of The Witcher 3 and the people on it, in magic and misery.
Conflict in the world of The Witcher is born of a political situation so complicated that there is an NPC in Vizima whose only function is to explain to you what side everybody is on. He's great, actually - Ambassador var Atlre, one of the dozens of quietly human characters that help give the game its sense of remarkable depth. He's on to a loser here, though, because without obvious heroes and villains his dry account of frontiers and fighting remains impenetrable to all but the Witcher faithful. The war is confusing, indistinct - and that's about right, actually, because the story of war The Witcher tells is specifically one of ordinary people, for whom war is confusing, and details superfluous.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Steam is not giving out automatic refunds for No Man’s Sky regardless of the amount of time played. It was reported earlier on reddit that some players have been able to secure a refund for the controversial space sim game, claiming they had over eight hours of gameplay ...
Recently, Steam Spy made the decision to change their policy regarding removing games at developer request. This happened as a consequence of Techland (Dying Light, Dead Island) requesting that their games be removed, becoming the second “large” company to do so after Paradox Interactive did earlier this year. Feeling that it was not in the best interest ...
A rash of hacks in the past two months has left the usernames, emails and passwords from at least twelve gaming forums compromised, including those of Unreal creator Epic Games and Secret World developer Funcom. Other breaches include a GTA fansite and, as previously reported, the official forums of Dota 2. All the attacks involved […]
Anything is possible in Wreckfest developers Bugbear Entertainment’s latest, Stuntfest [official site]. Its main purpose is to build things so you can blow them up. It is an excellent opportunity to observe the ways your car and the scrap metal creations you build can implode, explode, topple, or even sail into the sun. Who knows? While […]
Steam Spy goes inside user figures to look at big games' staying power
Firewatch and No Man's Sky have been the year's biggest hyped games, with Stardew Valley and Enter the Gungeon the biggest surprises, if some figures turned out by Steam Spy are taken at face value.
It's important to understand what Steam Spy, the web tool that analyzes publicly available data from Steam, is presenting here: It's a game's concurrent users on its launch day, and then the concurrent users two weeks later. A big drop-off equals hype; a big surge is a surprise.
Team Ico's latest, The Last Guardian, is finally (pending any additional surprise delays) arriving this October, which is a perfect excuse to play through Shadow of the Colossus in its entirety.
Of course, you don't really need an excuse to play Shadow of the Colossus because it is a fantastic game. Join myself and Andrew Reiner as we relive some of our Shenmue magic by keeping this a two-person show, making our way through the game's strange world and bringing down its imposing beasts. We don't have a strict schedule in mind for this series, because we want to be able to absorb everyone's feedback episode to episode, so we likely won't be recording multiple episodes in advance. We're all going on this journey together, so please sound off in the comments section below or on YouTube.
For more Super Replay, follow the links to find our full playthroughs of Shenmue and Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon. You can also see our full playthrough of Dark Souls III here, which technically isn't a Super Replay, but is pretty close. For our Replay of Shadow of the Colossus, head here.
Master of Orion [official site] released in full this week, leaving early access with a launch day patch to ensure things got off to the right start. It’s a revival of Simtex’s original interstellar 4X strategy games, and was developed by NGD Studios under the watchful gaze of some of the series’ initial development team. […]
It's impossible to wipe your memory and go back and truly experience, for the first time, BioShock's iconic opening and supremely intense on-boarding missions. A high-definition remaster will have to suffice.
Here are the first 14 minutes of the original BioShock, updated for modern consoles, which is part of the BioShock: The Collection, coming Sept. 13 to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.
This week Con Man: The Game launched as a free-to-play game on iOS and Google Play. The simulation title lets you run your own convention and is based off the web series starring Alan Tudyk. The show is a lighthearted take on Tudyk's experience in the con circle after Firefly. Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day also appear on the show. As fans know, this isn't the first time these names have worked together (actors in Joss Whedon shows always stay connected), but Con Man is the first video game they've been in together. Developed by Frima Studios, all three had input on the mobile title with Day even serving as producer. We chatted with the three about the game and learned everything from why they made Joss Whedon the janitor to their love for the con scene to how much crazier season two of Con Man gets.
Con Man: The Game became possible thanks to reaching the $3 million tier of your Indiegogo campaign to create the show. Did you expect the outpour you received for Con Man?