Posts Tagged ‘Square Enix’

No Sound, Some Fury: 17 Minutes Of Thief’s First Mission

By Graham Smith on February 17th, 2014.

Grab ass.

Just before the weekend, Square Enix popped 17-minutes of unedited footage from the new Thief online. It’s the game’s opening mission, and being on YouTube for that time means I no longer need to offer any opinions of my own. I can just defer to what the commenters underneath the video are saying. Come, watch the video. It’s either “so good this new rebote”, or “looks solid but closer than shit rather than good.”

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Garrett Expectations: Another Thief Trailer

By Craig Pearson on February 12th, 2014.

Braniel Bay-Bewis

In this Thief trailer, someone has stolen Daniel Day-Lewis from the movie There Will Be Blood. Check your DVDS and you’ll see all that’s left is a mess of dangling pixels and a top hat. But in a surprising twist, another thief has stolen his acting ability and also made off with his voice, so what you get in this little slice of life from The City is, well, it’s not well-acted. I’m actually okay with the words and the animation, even if makes it look like someone has stolen the in-game, but the Thief Taker General has all the authority and presence of a fluffed-up kitten.
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By All Means, Watch This Hour Of Nosgoth Footage

By Craig Pearson on February 10th, 2014.


For those of you who forgot to jack into the “What the hell is Nosgoth?” assimilation pod, here’s a text-based recap: it’s an upcoming free-to-play online shooter set in the Legacy of Kain universe, which suddenly seems like a terrifying look into gaming’s future. It’s currently in closed alpha, but they’ve peeled back the curtains just enough to allow others a glimpse into what I can only describe as a third-person online action game between people and vampires. If you’re keen, there is a whole hour of developer hosted footage to the south.
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Thief System Specs Sneak Out, Don’t Induce Fear

By John Walker on January 20th, 2014.

Remember when the announcement of system requirements was this gulp-inducing deal? Would your PC be up to it? Was it going to become time to upgrade in order to play the game you were most interested in? With a new Crysis no longer being a priority, and not a single big-budget game-changer appearing in 2013, it feels almost anachronistic to even make system specs an announcement these days. And that’s no less true today, with the specs released for Thief. Unless your PC is built out of twigs, there’s a good change they’re not going to bother you.

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Thief Trailer Features Queen Of Beggars, Usual Worries

By John Walker on December 20th, 2013.

New Thief trailer = new Thief worries? Well, the worry here would be a complete lack of any in-game footage, this close to the game’s next delay of its release date. Although we do learn that the game is apparently about a rat who must escape from some newspaper clippings.

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What Legacy? – Nosgoth’s Beta Will Soon Be Upon Us

By Nathan Grayson on December 19th, 2013.

People have been clamoring for a Legacy of Kain continuation for years now, but I don’t think Nosgoth is exactly what they had in mind. Instead of a story-driven adventurequest, it’s a free-to-play shootything set in some disparate portion of the game’s world. Its fusion of stake-slinging ranged combat and fang-sinking melee could be fantastic, but Square Enix has unintentionally saddled this one with some serious baggage. Will it make everyone happy nonetheless? A beta’s right around the corner, so you’ll be able to gauge the game’s chances soon. For now, though, an alpha trailer’s below.

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Dishonored Among Thieves: Thief Trailer

By Adam Smith on December 9th, 2013.

Another week, another Thief trailer. Maybe I should just stop watching them at this point. If the game does turn out to be at least half-decent, I’d like at least some of the surprises to be surprising when I play it. Previous videos haven’t revealed much beyond the basics of the City (it has a skyline with a clocktower, natch), and new-look Garrett, along with his dubious quips. The shiny new bauble below fell off the VGX Christmas tree over the weekend and it provides more plot to chew on, roll around it in the mouth and then spit back onto the plate. You know, like at a cheese-tasting session.

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Squallout: Final Fantasy VIII Now On Steam

By Nathan Grayson on December 6th, 2013.

I mope, therefore I am.

I played a lot of Final Fantasies during my rock-bottom console gamer phase. Final Fantasy VIII was not one of them. Well, that’s not entirely true. I tried a demo disc from some old PlayStation magazine once, and it chugged, whimpered pitifully, and died on me about ten minutes into the opening cut-scene. Beyond that, I heard too many mixed things and decided to get my fantastical fix elsewhere. Did I make a boo-boo, though – perhaps even the biggest boo-boo of all, Boo-boo-aga? If so, just say the word and I’ll duct-tape a gun to a sword, don a poofy, pouty coat, and load up the newly released Steam version of FFVIII.

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That’s (A Bit) More Like It: QTEs Removed From Thief

By Nathan Grayson on November 15th, 2013.

Press your PC's power button to not die and also never play sequences like this ever again!

For all the flack we’ve given Eidos Montreal’s reinvention of Thief, I will say that I’m quite happy the developer seems to be listening as of late. The game as a whole still might look rather bland, but at least a trendy-as-tight-pants XP system is out. Better yet, loathsome QTEs failed to press X to avoid the mighty game development guillotine, so they’ll be joining it. Read on for Eidos Montreal’s reasoning.

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New Thief Screenshots Won’t Make You Check Your Wallet

By Graham Smith on November 14th, 2013.

First-person games, maybe all games, need “a thing”. “A thing” is a technical term, referring to the unique mechanic that defines a game and make it seem exciting. It’s separate from theme, or character, or setting. It’s specifically something you’re going to get to do if you buy the game. ‘I can’t wait,’ you’d say, ‘to [fight that Big Daddy/ride those skyrails/explore that island/free run across those rooftops/toss physics objects into those faces/vault myself with a portal].’

Thief‘s problem is that it doesn’t appear to have a thing. Let’s go looking for one in these seven new screenshots.
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Thief Story Trailer Waxes Gutter-Poetic About The City

By Nathan Grayson on November 2nd, 2013.

Here is another trailer for Thief, a game whose series-legendary City we still haven’t seen much of despite an impending February release date. Oh hey, it says here that this clip is called “Stories from the City.” Well then clearly, that must mean…!

[Watches trailer]

Nope, no gameplay footage of The City. Or gameplay, for that matter.

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Thief Abandons XP System Due To Fan Outcry

By Nathan Grayson on October 17th, 2013.

Thank goodness I leveled up my staring eyes stat.

Thief hasn’t exactly been well-received by longtime series diehards, but so far Eidos Montreal has opted to brazenly stay the course, claiming that “fan resistance” of its new direction is unwarranted. Until now, anyway. In a maybe too-little-too-late but still heartening turn, the developer’s tossing aside an XP system that would’ve started Garrett off as A Pretty Good Thief – not, you know, the master of his sticky fingered art, that thing he’s known for more so than anything else ever. Little XP pop-ups might’ve put an arrow right between the eyes (and “I’s”) of immersion too, so I’m happy to see them go. Details below.

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Affordable Augment Act – Deus Ex: HR Director’s Cut Priced

By Nathan Grayson on October 14th, 2013.

Hah, get it? Director's *Cut*, because my elbow is a sword and now you're dying!

The next bright, gold sun in the Deus Ex Universe might be on the way, but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen all Deus Ex: Human Revolution has to offer just yet. There’s more stuff – some of which was cut. By directors. But now it’s back, and some of it is entirely new. Also, Eidos Montreal is claiming that boss fights are now less awful. Is it an honest-to-goodness miracle or merely hyper-sophisticated science in the trench-coat-clad guise of wizardry? We’ll probably never know. But I can say this much with certainty: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut is just around the corner, and it’s actually quite cheap – especially if you already own the vanilla version of HR.

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