Posts Tagged ‘2K’

Evolve Wot I Think-In-Progress: Conclusion

By Alec Meer on February 17th, 2015.

Please note this is the last instalment of a multi-part Wot I Think (done that way as we didn’t have pre-release code) and may seem a little bamboozling out of that context. Previous instalments – one and two.

One week later isn’t anything like enough to be definitive about any online shooter. No matter how few parts it might have will inherently shift and – oh, I’m so sorry – evolve over time, so I’m not going to pretend this is anything like a definitive judgement. It does, however, mark the likely end of my own time with Evolve [official site], at least until the DLC monsters arrive.

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Evolve Guide: Turtle Rock On Beginner’s Tips For Monsters

By Philippa Warr on February 9th, 2015.

A low key entrance

Evolve [official site] is out tomorrow, meaning some of you might be looking for tips on how to get a head start in Turtle Rock’s monster vs hunters asymmetric multiplayer game. To that end we’ve tracked down Phil Robb – Turtle Rock’s creative director – for a briefing on how each of the game’s player-controlled monsters work. Here are the fruits of our conversation.

This article focuses on the Monsters. If you’re looking for Hunter tips you’ll need our Hunter guide instead!

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Evolve Guide: Turtle Rock On Beginner’s Tips For Hunters

By Philippa Warr on February 9th, 2015.

Meet the hunters

Evolve [official site] is Turtle Rock’s monster vs hunters asymmetric multiplayer title. Recently we’ve been more likely to talk about the game for its pre-order content shenanigans or its free-to-play progress promotion app but this time we’re focusing in on how the game actually works. To that end we’ve tracked down Phil Robb – Turtle Rock’s creative director – for a briefing on how each of the characters work. (This is entirely a selfless act and not just a way for Pip to get a tactical advantage over the rest of RPS, by the way.) Here are the fruits of our conversation:

This article focuses on the Hunters. If you’re looking for monster tips you’ll need our Monster guide which will be up soon.

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A… Match 3 App? Evolve Makes Things So Complicated

By Alec Meer on January 30th, 2015.

noooooooooooooo

I really want to like Evolve (official site). I’ve dabbled a little in the beta, and while it doesn’t have anything like the character or tension of Left 4 Dead, a whole lot about it felt good. I just can’t say the same of what’s happening outside the game. There’s been too much focus on too much DLC before the game’s even with us, and now it turns out there’s a match-3 companion game for telephones, which will accelerate progress in the game proper. It’s free, but you can pay real money to boost your progress in the mobile game. Which will then boost your progress in the main game. And. Well. No. God. Why.

Sometimes a guy just wants to hunt a monster/pretend to be a monster. Why can’t it be that simple any more?
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Shock: Levine’s New Game Is Open Worldish Sci-Fiish RPG

By Alec Meer on January 28th, 2015.

Sometime BioShock boss Ken Levine has opened the first tears to his new development dimension. He effectively closed his long-time studio Irrational last year in favour of working on smaller-scale projects, but still within the protective fortress of 2K. At the time he talked about making narrative-led games with more replayability, and while last night’s sudden flurry of updates is nothing like a reveal, he has a least given out a few big hints, together with a pledge for more open development than was the case on the spoiler-vulnerable BioShocks. What he’s got planned is a open worldish (“but not necessarily outdoors”) RPG, sci-fi, PC, probably first-person, chapter-like structure, brand new setting, add “ins” rather than add-ons, and a Passion System. Missus.

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Evolve’s Bewildering Pre-Order Devolution

By Alec Meer on January 14th, 2015.

The Behemoth. First name 'Clive'.

As I mentioned t’other day, I’m a wee bit psyched about Left 4 Dead maker Turtle Rock’s upcoming 4v1 shooter Evolve, but an unhealthy excess of pre-orderballs is fast unpsyching me. Imagine if L4D had restricted the Boomer to a pre-order bonus, or you could only play as Zoey if you bought the Left 4 Dead: None Left Behind Deluxe Ultra Apocalypse Master Race Edition. It’s so hard to think of a game as being fully-formed and entirely honest when big features are nickel’n’dimed. Thus, I’m worried about Evolve. The power to play as some of its various characters – including its ‘biggest’ monster – has been devolved into assorted and confusing special editions.
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Wot I Think: Civilization – Beyond Earth

By Will Wiles on October 29th, 2014.

“They should have sent a poet,” says astronaut Jodie Foster, struck dumb by wonder upon encountering alien intelligence at the end of the film Contact. It’s easy to feel the same way about Civilization: Beyond Earth, the latest iteration of Sid Meier’s venerable and mighty Civilization franchise. C:BE takes the player to the ostensibly virgin soil of a new planet, but it’s not long before one questions exactly how new this new world really is. Just to mix up the out-of-date science fiction references – is that the Statue of Liberty’s head protruding from the hex-grid ahead? You maniacs! It was Civilization V all along!

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Supersize Me: Evolve Big Alpha Signups Now Available

By Ben Barrett on October 11th, 2014.

While I maintain that the best thing about Turtle Rock’s asymmetrical co-op shooter is its fabulous logo, Evolve is also starting to grow on me as an idea. They’ve done everything they can to put me off with impressively terrible shoutcasted trailers, but the central idea of controlling a giant monster and killing my friends is very solid. Equally, ganging up on one-another is what we spend most of our time doing anyway. If that sounds familiar, you can now sign up for the mysteriously named Big Alpha that’s running through Halloween. To get in you’ll need one of the two codes below.

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Giants – Citizen Kobe: NBA 2K15

By Adam Smith on August 26th, 2014.

In this edition of ‘News that emerged during Gamescom but slipped through the net’, let us discuss baskets and the balls that so neatly pass through them. NBA 2K15’s PC release will be equivalent to the PS4 and XB1 versions, which is good news. When a sporting console release straddles the past and the present, the PC has often found itself relegated to the past, presumably to maximise the number of possible players. Not so with NBA though and that’s cause for celebration – 2K’s basketball series has the greatest career mode in any sports game franchise. It’s sport as RPG and I find it enormously compelling, despite knowing next to nothing about point guards and low posts.

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2K Games Cheap, Borderlands 2 Free This Weekend

By John Walker on August 21st, 2014.

There’s no such thing as a free Borderlands 2 weekend on Steam, my grandmother used to say. Well, granny, look who’s the “stupid-faced, manchild, crushing disappointment to the Walker family” NOW. Gearbox’s cel-shaded gabbling co-op ARPGFPSOMGWTF is currently experiencing rather big discounts, and is available to fart around in (after a fashion) from now and all weekend without your wallet shedding a single tear. And indeed save a bunch on all manner of 2K games from now until Monday, including XCOM Enemy Unknown for £3.75 and Enemy Within for £6.60. Or all three BioShocks for £6.80.

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The Detour Of The Beagle: Evolve Delayed

By Adam Smith on August 6th, 2014.

Evolve is the monster hunting co-op shooter from Turtle Rock, who were previously responsible for Left 4 Dead. In a big (perhaps) to prove that slow and steady does indeed win the race, TR have announced that the game will be emerging into view several months later than initially planned. October 21st was the precise date that everything was supposed to be ship-shape and ready to roar, but evolution cannot be rushed. It’s end-point can, however, be fixed at another specific date in the future – this time it’s February 10, 2015, which is the day before my birthday. Do I want to be eaten by beasties to celebrate the creakiness of my carcass? When I remember how much I enjoyed Left 4 Dead, I’m half-way convinced.

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Beyond Civilization: Discovering Firaxis

By Adam Smith on July 23rd, 2014.

While visiting Firaxis to play Civilization: Beyond Earth, I spent a couple of hours talking to members of the team and learning how the company works. As the current creators and curators of two of my favourite series of games, Firaxis rank among the most interesting studios in existence, and their history is also a large part of the history of PC strategy gaming. With one eye on the future and the other on the past, here are extended thougts on the utilitarian nature of Civilization, the role of Sid Meier and much much more.

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Hands-On: Civilization – Beyond Earth

By Adam Smith on July 21st, 2014.

Last week, I visited Firaxis to talk about the studio’s history and the ongoing evolution of Civilization. We mainly focused on the series of games rather than humanity’s works as a whole, so as to stay on topic, and I spent part of the day playing Beyond Earth. Is it a sci-fi spin-off or a fully fledged sequel? How precisely is it related to the series and to the much-loved Alpha Centauri? Later this week, I’ll share conversations with the development team and more thoughts on the history of the series, but first of all, here are some impressions of the game itself.

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