Posts Tagged ‘505 games’

SWAT’s This? A Takedown Trailer? Clancy That

CS too?
I think I squeezed enough puns into the that title to take the rest of the day off. Go me! As you can tell, I am suggesting that Takedown: Red Sabre is a tactical shooter. It is. It’s actually a Kickstarter title that squeezed past its goal just over a year ago, pitching a return to the sort of games Tom Clancy of ten years ago would personally code for us. There was a lot of noise made by the developer about the state of games and the particular hole that’s been left in the release schedule that it’s trying to fill: slow-burn games of planning and execution, where a SWAT team will sweep through a ship or an oil rig and deliver precisely planned justice to terrorist foreheads. Have they made that game? We’ll find out soon.
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Wot I Think: Payday 2

Crime Time
After a weekend on the beta, where the game crashed and lost my progress and the following missions were so tough that I couldn’t claw it back, I’ll admit I didn’t like Payday 2. I quit, leaving my friend Owen to carry on with random players. But Owen has a way about him. A childish enthusiasm that he constantly fired at me on IM. He was having fun, and he wanted Bopo & Bucko* to team up again. He’d show me the way, he said. Then Jim said we should WiT it. So I threw the mask on, we formed a crime team with a pair of other friends, and hopped back online. Here’s wot I think.
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Today Is The (Pay)day (2): Launch Trailer Within

I wonder if it's just this part of the world that's frozen, or if it's the whole world? What I'm saying is: somewhere out there is a poo hanging in mid air. Ew.
Payday 2, Overkill’s co-operative heist ‘em up, eventually had to come out with its hands up, and they’ve decided today is that day. They’ve chosen to let us know with a launch trailer, and actually released it on launch day. That’s a rarity for the games industry. It is one of those frozen moment type deals, where the action of a heist has been stopped in the most cinematically pleasing way and the camera zooms around to take it all in: bullets are caught in the air like bubbles in ice, blood spurts from wounds like the red branches from a meat tree, police dropping like Del Boy* at a bar when someone has paused a DVD of “TV’s 100 Greatest Del Boys Falling Through The Bar”. It is embedded below.
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Re-Route Masters: Payday 2’s Dynamic Maps

What promise of gaming’s future has failed to materialise for you? What was the most exciting feature that’s only been half thought out, or tried once and then abandoned? For me, it’s multiplayer shooters levels with dynamic elements. Left 4 Dead 2 was supposed to feel like you were crawling over different routes depending on the difficulty selection, but what it amounted to was the player being squeezed a few steps in one direction or another. Will Payday 2 be the first game to successfully pull it off? I have the beta, but I’ve not had enough time with it to find out. However, the new trailer claims your decisions will affect one playthrough to the next, perhaps even selecting a different map for to play on. If that happens, I’ll be one fun lovin’ criminal.
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Hands On With Payday 2

You’d think robbing an art gallery would be fairly straightforward, especially if there are four robbers working together to pull off the job. But when one of those robbers sets off a noisy hand dryer in the bathroom, and another one falls through the skylight, knocking himself out on the hardwood floor beneath, you should probably take some time to reflect. Just not now. Because right now there is a helicopter shooting at you.

Yes, I played Payday 2. Here are some thoughts.
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PC Gaming A Level Question 1: What Is Payday 2?

Is the question rhetorical? It’s the sequel to that heist game, Payday, isn’t it? The real question everyone should be asking is why “heist” isn’t in spellcheckers. Nor “spellcheckers”. And the answer to that initial question… Payday 2 is a bit more of an RPG.

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Running Out Of Fingers: How To Survive

The real issue with the deluge of zombie games isn’t that there are now too many to play, but that it’s impossible for us to write an intro blurb without some kind of eye-rolling “zombies, eh?” going on. Anyway, EKO and 505 Games send word of the informatively-titled How To Survive, which will once again pit you against the apocalypse, only this time in a real-time third-person action game with multiplayer modes. The press blurb says: “In order to survive, you must fulfill the most basic of needs – seeking out food, water and shelter, as well as crafting dozens of tools and weapons from fishing rods to Molotov cocktails. Players can also team up with other survivors in local and online multiplayer story and challenge modes to take on a growing array of the infected.” How To Survive sounds a bit too much like Dead Island for my liking, with it stranding on “a remote archipelago off the coast of Colombia in the aftermath of an unexplained accident.” Hmm.


Ashes Cricket 2013 Trailer Changes Everything

Wake up, Mr Freeman. Wake up and smell the international cricket tournament

Are games art? Solved.
The formalist/zinester war of games definition? Solved.
Where is the Citizen Kane of games? Solved.
What happens when the uncanny valley is no longer uncanny? Solved.
When will the singularity occur? Solved.

Whoever would have thought that a teaser trailer for a game about England and Australia’s biennial cricket grudge match could so deftly resolve the many dilemmas which have for so long haunted videogames and technology? Read the rest of this entry »

Bro-op: Starbreeze Reveals Fantasy Romp ‘Brothers’

Starbreeze likes dark things. Once upon a time, it put out the pitch black Chronicles of Riddick and, er, The Darkness – among others. (It also helmed the recent Syndicate reboot, but we don’t talk about that.) Its next big project, then, comes as quite the change of pace. To my knowledge, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is almost entirely bereft of hyper-violent space prison shankings or entrail-devouring demon tentacles. Instead, it’s a fantasy to-do about… well, pretty much everything’s in the title. Brothers (who are also sons) set out to cure their deathly ill father (who is presumably also someone’s son, and maybe someone else’s brother). Also, Swedish filmmaker Josef Fares is involved. Catch a quick peek after the break.

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The RPS Verdict: Sniper Elite V2

World War II shooter Sniper Elite V2 has topped the all-format charts in the UK for the past couple of weeks, which meant it was time to turn the searchlight of RPS judgement on this high flier. Was it one of the great FPS sniping experiences? Or had Rebellion really just given everyone a good excuse to put a bullet in Hitler? Turns out that without his robot-suit, he wasn’t so tough.

Jim and Adam got together to talk killcams, testicles, and Thief with a rifle.
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