Posts Tagged ‘Sega’

Give It A Whack: Alien: Isolation’s Clunky Tech

By Alice O'Connor on April 18th, 2014.

A whole galaxy of planets to hack in the year 2137

They knew how to dream of futures, those film makers of the late 1970s and early ’80s. The dusty leather of Mad Max, rain refracting flickering neon in Blade Runner, and chunky busted technology in Alien. What are we teaching the next generation to hope for, Google Glass and cloud computing? It’s all too clean and too tidy, covering up the inevitable doom. Thankfully The Creative Assembly are putting an awful lot of work into recreating that analogue “low-fi sci-fi” vibe with Alien: Isolation, as a new video developer diary thing shows off.

The TCA gang are on hand to gab about analysing the film’s concept art, trying to emulate prop-making techniques of the era, and committing VHS vandalism to get a fuzzy UI. It is very pretty.

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Go West In Company of Heroes 2 Multiplayer Standalone

By Alice O'Connor on March 28th, 2014.

Ah, sunny afternoons in the park!

As summer slowly creeps up on us, what we want is sunshine and dappled shade upon green grass, not ice and snow and muted tundra. Relic understand this, and are bringing Company of Heroes 2 to pleasant western Europe. The RTS is introducing new maps and armies from the western front in a standalone multiplayer release, due to arrive this June. Read the rest of this entry »

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Team Talk: Football Manager 2014 Mid-Season Chat

By RPS on March 19th, 2014.

RPS used to be a bunch of foot-to-ball fearties, but times change, and Adam and Graham are on a mission to make sure there’s no one left at the site who doesn’t understand the offside trap. Adam wrote the WIT. Graham made us into regens. They compared notes.

Now the pair have gathered again to discuss their thoughts after a further six months of intensive training. How does the match engine hold up? Has the new tactics system ever felt limiting? How has the mid-season update changed play? All this and more awaits below.

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Carry On Carthage: Rome 2 Hannibal At The Gates DLC

By Craig Pearson on March 17th, 2014.

Total War: Rome II has probably had the most troubled existence of any Total War game, trampling on expectations like a giant war elephant crushing the skull of an infantry man. At least that’s the impression I had from comment threads and old ladies who stopped me in the street: my brain is not wired for grand strategy games, so I only played it for a short time and then abandoned it to the Recycle Bin. However, that won’t stop me pointing that out there’s a new DLC pack coming out: Hannibal At The Gates. The trailer below shows a whole lot of big talk for people facing a man with angry elephants at his disposal.
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Jinkies: Alien’s ‘Meaningful And Terrifying’ AI Encounters

By Nathan Grayson on March 14th, 2014.

Hey so I am probably going to kill you maybe

I was skeptical at first, but Alien: Isolation is shaping up to be quite the thing. Or at least, the idea of it is. It’s just you and this perfect embodiment of predatory hunger, all mouth, claw, and other mouth. Some, say the game’s developers, will try and confront it, but most will quickly learn that most life-expectancy-enhancing of all emotions: white-hot terror. So you’ll run and hide and escape and evade. Survive. But how will all of this work? How do you design an alien that thinks for itself and slinks around in your shadow at just the right time? Go below for a video demonstration from Creative Assembly.

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It Does Mata: Football Manager Updates Database, Tweaks AI

By Graham Smith on March 4th, 2014.

The dots are better at making runs now.

One of the world’s most popular RPGs just added Gibraltar for free! Wow, a whole new landmass to explore. I wonder if it’ll be set during the War of Spanish Succession, allowing keen commanders to invade and cede the territory to the British Empire in perpetuity.

Oh wait it’s the Gibraltarian football league added as part of Football Manager‘s mid-season update… Even better! The patch also contains a “potential fix for odd throw ins”, and a hundred other small tweaks, improvements, and thousands of database updates.
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Believe It Or Not: New Alien: Isolation Screenshots

By Craig Pearson on February 10th, 2014.


Here are some new shots from Sega’s merry space rom-com, Alien: Isolation. I believe it’s a comeback vehicle for Tim Allen *record-scratch, generic baseline-driven disco* who’s about to find out that trying to stalk the daughter of Sigourney Weaver through the bowels of a space station isn’t as easy as he imagined. Along the way, he’ll find out what it’s truly like to be an acid-blooded killing machine in a world that’s moved on. I believe the synthetic that’s been torn apart in the screens might also be a comeback for Rob Schneider.
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The Segularity: Ryo Hazuki Added To Sonic All-Stars Racing

By Graham Smith on January 20th, 2014.

The Segularity? Shenmoving more like?

I thought I could let this pass without posting about it. It’s just a bit of character DLC for Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed, a kart racing game few people other than me seem to love. But… it’s too good. It’s Shenmue’s Ryo Hazuki driving a transforming car/boat/plane modelled to look like an OutRun arcade cabinet. It’s beautiful. It’s the Sega singularity. I’ve recorded a video of me racing that OutRun arcade cabinet around an OutRun track while the game’s announcer calls out phrases like “Football Manager has gone All-Star!” and “Stickers unlocked!”
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Alien: Isolation Screenshots Show More Clues

By John Walker on January 20th, 2014.

A new collection of screenshots for Creative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation have appeared. Aliens, corridors, tools, and is that the chewed up remains of a Synthetic who’s been dragged across the floor?

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Alien: Isolation Devs Talk Xenos, Horror & the Ripley Dynasty

By Brendan Caldwell on January 8th, 2014.

We sent Brendan to Creative Assembly to meet the star xenomorph of their new first-person survival horror, Alien: Isolation. While he was able to file yesterday’s extensive hands-on report from the field, he has not been seen since. But a crack team of RPS androids infiltrated the facility and recovered a sticky voice recorder with his name on it, containing an interview with Al Hope, Creative Lead on the project and Jon McKellan, Lead UI Art & Design. Here is a transcript of that interview, in which they discuss why this is true to Alien, who else players may encounter, how they think they can keep a single foe scary throughout, hiding in lockers for ten minutes and how and why Ripley’s daughter is the protagonist.
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Why I Love The Hot Prospects Of Football Manager 2014

By Graham Smith on December 17th, 2013.

It's a low resolution image I've blown up, but it's no better when small.

Look at this man. Look into his dead eyes and feel your soul begin to curdle. He’s hideous. He has no pores. He’s a person suit. He’s a stocking full of yoghurt. After matches, Football Manager 2014‘s coaches let the air out of him, fold him up and put him back in the cupboard. He’s Emperor Septim’s son, here to tell you that Jauffre’s gone off on another one of his benders.

He cost me £5.5 million.

Come. Let me tell you about the off season.
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Muddy Hell: Company Of Heroes 2 – Southern Fronts

By Adam Smith on December 11th, 2013.

The trailer for Company of Heroes 2′s most recent DLC ends on a sombre and slightly surreal note. Men trudge through mud, done down by the weather as well as the enemy. They are all fashioned from the same model, all have the same animation, cookie cutter quarry in a nightmare landscape. Intentionally or not, it’s a scene that uses the apparent limitations of the character models to great effect and makes a refreshing change to the explosive way that war is often depicted in a short sales pitch. Edit: this isn’t a sales pitch at all though – the DLC is free I misread the press release, sorry. The free part of the DLC includes two new multiplayer maps, base game improvements and Steam Workshop integration for maps made in the recently released World Builder. For three quid, you’ll also receive several solo challenges and AI battles.

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Play Sonic Racing Transformed For Free This Weekend

By Graham Smith on December 6th, 2013.

Crazy Taxi Boat is enough to make me play this all on its own.

I explode through the door. You’ve barely time to register the splintering hinges before I’m upon you, gripping your lapels and hoisting you out of your chair. I start to scream something at your face, shaking you to punctuate each word. You can barely make it out. SONIC– TRANSFORM– EKEND–

God, I smell terrible. I’ve been beneath the floorboards, doing whatever it is I do down there. But I’m repeating it again and you hear this time.

SONIC & ALL-STARS RACING TRANSFORMED IS FREE ON STEAM THIS WEEKEND.
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