Posts Tagged ‘video’

Video Preview: Evolve Is Left 4 Dead 3000

By Nathan Grayson on May 29th, 2014.

Evolve is the next game from original Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock, and that alone should be enough to turn an eye or two or however many you happen to have. I was a giant firebreathing space mutant recently, so I can’t judge. I got to go hands-on with Evolve’s second batch of Hunters and gameplay options, and I came away with opinions. Powerful ones, beastly thoughts that couldn’t be caged by mere words alone. So I made this video for you instead. Watch it below.

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A Game And A Chat: Transistor

By Nathan Grayson on May 23rd, 2014.

Transistor has hit these mean cyberpunk streets, and I’ve beaten it up, down, and sideways. Or just, you know, the normal way. I thought it was pretty good, but I also came away ever so slightly disappointed. The world was gorgeous, the story was nuanced in surprising ways, and the combat was better than it had any right to be, but all three came so tantalizingly close to touching the sun that my heart sank when they fell. What brought us here, though? What went wrong? What went right? How do SuperGiant’s games always integrate gameplay and music so incredibly well?

Today I’m playing Transistor and chatting with creative director Greg Kasavin and audio director/music man Darren Korb. We’re getting started at 11 AM PT/7 PM RPS time. Transistor, Bastion, beards of lordly caliber – it will probably all be discussed. Tune in below!

Update: We’re done! And it turns out my camera/mic was not working through the whole thing, so it was kind of a disaster. Welp.

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Hellraid Re-Emerges With New Engine, Real Swordfighting

By Nathan Grayson on April 30th, 2014.

Once not so long ago, I wrote a ’90s Saturday morning cartoon theme song for Techland’s Hellraid. Name aside, however, the first-person Diablo-esque RPG never struck me as particularly inspired, and apparently Techland agreed. The Dead Island developer has spent the past year rebuilding many elements of its demon-bopping opus, with melee combat and magic apparently gaining double the complexity. A transition into the “next-gen” Chrome Engine 6, meanwhile, is imminent, and that’ll bring better graphics, adaptive AI, and a slew of other upgrades. It’s all coming to Steam Early Access this fall, but for now I met up with producer Marcin Kruczkiewicz to discuss changes, delays, developing for PC first and foremost, the possibility of mod support, and why training with real swords is something every game developer should do.

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A Game And A Chat: FRACT OSC’s Richard Flanagan

By Nathan Grayson on April 23rd, 2014.

FRACT OSC is a musical passion project that’s been strumming light riffs on the backing track of RPS’ Official Exciteosourchestra for years. It’s a first-person explorer set in a pulsating dance floor paradise of smooth synths and devious puzzles. Our kind of thing? You don’t know the half of it. Alec, however, came away feeling slightly let down, so I invited creator Richard Flanagan to defend his design choices. We’ll discuss criticism of FRACT’s bold, beautiful world, music as an integral part of the design process, the personal nature of the game, Myst and other first-person puzzlers, and HEAVY METAL. We’re kicking off at 12 PM PT/8 PM RPS TimeTune in below.

Update: We’re done! Tons of interesting discussion about puzzle design and musical toys and METAL. Watch it all below.

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I Love A Good: RimWorld Alpha 3 Video Introduces Factions

By Graham Smith on April 22nd, 2014.

My favourite rimmer since Red Dwarf.

RimWorld is a space colony sim in which you begin with a small team of survivors on an alien planet and, through Dwarf Fortress-ish indirect control, manipulate your crew into building themselves shelter, growing food, and dealing with an array of dynamic obstacles. The latest video update for alpha 3 shows that the game is growing quickly: it now has a faction system, improved AI, and after alpha 2 added mod support, a buttload of community content to try out.

Check out the explanatory video below for the full set of updates and features, while I try to avoid sounding like I’m brown-nosing.

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On A High Speed Rail: Half-Life 1 Finished In 21 Minutes

By Graham Smith on April 14th, 2014.

These guys don't stand a chance.

Like any form of competition, speedrunning generates arguments over authenticity. Does a speedrun count if it relies on a bunny-hopping mod, in-game glitches and different runners tackling different parts of the game in short segments? I’m not sure I care either way. No matter the methods, Half-Life 1 being completed in 20 minutes and 41 seconds is an accomplishment of endurance, skill and effort. More importantly it’s a beautifully entertaining video, full of ingenuity and grace and physical comedy. The new record time is embedded below. You must watch it.

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A Game And A Chat: X-Com Creator Julian Gollop

By Nathan Grayson on April 14th, 2014.

Once upon a time Julian Gollop was one of the principle minds behind the original X-Com. Yes, with a dash. A dollop of Gollop’s design wizardry spawned a legendary strategy series, and now – somewhat fittingly, I suppose – he’s making a game about actual wizards. Chaos Reborn is mere days away from casting off its mortal Kickstarter, so Gollop and I are going to play a few rounds of a recent prototype while discussing the ups and downs of running a Kickstarter, the power (and lack thereof) of legacy, what made people fall so madly in love with X-Com, and which of said secret ingredients Chaos Reborn does and doesn’t apply. Expect a heady brew of history and reflection with a powerful note of fuuuuuuture. We’re kicking off at 10 AM PT/6 PM BST.

Update: We’re done! And we ended up roping in a special guest: XCOM: Enemy Unknown lead designer Jake Solomon. What followed were some great Chaos Reborn matches followed by an excellent discussion between two of the brightest minds in the turn-based strategy business. Catch it all below.

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Rise & Stream: Watch Us Chatter Over Goat Simulator

By Nathan Grayson on March 29th, 2014.

MOM COME ON LOOK YOU'RE MISSING IT MOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

Goats! Who doesn’t love goats? Bad people, I’d be willing to bet. Or should I say “baaaaaaaaaad people”? No, no, I really shouldn’t. What a regrettable choice on my part. I do not, however, regret picking Goat Simulator from the writhing, moaning RPS Pile O’ Games this week, as it a) has goats and b) is a boiling crackpot crockpot of perfect insanity. Sir Hayden of Dingman (and also Colorado right now) and I are going to play it until we laugh our ribs to pieces or get bored and do something else. We’re kicking off at 10 PM PT/5 AM GMT. Tune in below.

Update: We’re done! It was completely, magnificently absurd. Relive the magic (and goats) below.

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Double Fine’s Hack ‘N’ Slash Is Not What It Seems

By Nathan Grayson on March 25th, 2014.

Double Fine can’t stop announcing games. They refuse. Tim Schafer and co have so many dollops of digital glee in the oven, in fact, that you might have entirely forgotten about Hack ‘N’ Slash. It is not, as you might expect, a game about hacking and slashing or even gently bopping on the head in a way that implies mild disapproval. Rather, the entire world – the entire game – is hackable. It might look like The Legend of Zelda (that’s intentional), but it plays like… well, pretty much nothing I’ve ever seen. You wield a giant USB stick that lets you dig around in the code of enemies and objects in the game world. And it’s *real* code. You can and probably will crash the entire game, though save state trickery keeps that from ruining the whole experience. Honestly, it’s a bit tough to wrap your mind around at times. Go below for an explanation and demo from lead designer Brandon Dillon.

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A Game And A Chat: The End Of GDC Spectacularmathon

By Nathan Grayson on March 22nd, 2014.

IT. IS. OVER. Done. Slain. Dead. Six feet under. Sleeping with the daises. Pushing up fishes. We gathered one last time for a reflection on this year’s whimsical game dev summer camp, its most important moments, and where the gaming industry is headed as a whole. Part one’s guests include Papers Please creator Lucas Pope, Depression Quest creator Zoe Quinn, and Boon Hill dev Matt Ritter. Part two, meanwhile, brings in such luminaries and champion toe fighters as Gone Home writerly brain man Steve Gaynor, Kotaku features editor Kirk Hamilton, resident Vlambeer madman JW Nijman, Action Henk‘s Kitty Calis, and RPS god heroes Cara Ellison and Hayden Dingman. The end result? A loud, exuberant, exhausted goddamn disaster. Beaming agreements, screaming arguments, and confusing argreements. Also lots of people walking into our room randomly.

Among many other things, we talked everyone’s favorite GDC moments, diversity in the gaming industry, the virtual reality fuuuuuuuture’s growing pains, my Lost Levels talk, and what happens after you release a game like Papers Please or Depression Quest. Settle in with some popcorn and a hideous, burbling soda and tune in below.

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A Game And A Chat: GDC BFFCast Day 4/#1ReasonToBe

By Nathan Grayson on March 21st, 2014.

Hello, roving pile of RPS readers. Have you seen GDC day three laying about? I appear to have misplaced it. Or perhaps I am Gabe Newell, and I simply willed the number three out of existence or at least ignored it until it got bored and went away. Regardless, we’ve returned in style for day four, by which I mean we gracelessly crammed as many interesting humans onto John’s hotel bed as possible. This time around guests include Ashly and Anthony Burch of Hey Ash Whatcha Playin/Borderlands/infinity other things fame, Towerfall creator Matt Thorson, ever-handsome journo/Maia writer Paul Dean, Harmonix vet and Fire Hose talky man Sean Baptiste, and more still. They join John, Hayden, and I to discuss GDC’s overwhelmingly powerful #1ReasonToBe panel, the equally impactful Lost Levels “unconference,” the creeping toll constant layoffs are taking on the gaming industry, the new Arrowhead-developed Gauntlet game, the absurdly delightful Night In The Woods, and tons more. This is quite an episode! Tune in below. 

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A Game And A Chat: RPS BFF GDC Ultra Force Go, Day Two

By Nathan Grayson on March 19th, 2014.

The GDC War Train of Impossible Enrichment trundles on, and RPS is on the scene with gusto, aplomb, and a stuffed lion. Each day this week, I’ll be gathering impromptu panels of colossal brains inside frail (but very handsome) human bodies to dissect the show piece-by-piece. Yesterday, John, Cara, Hayden, and I did so by crawling into bed and talking about our socks. Also games. But day two was different. John fell to exhaustion, and Cara was carried away by a throng of adoring fans, presumably to be worshipped and then made into soup. Fortunately I was able to drag Gunpoint creator Tom Francis, writer and camera whisperer Nika Harper, and Incredipede creator Colin Northway over forests, woods, hills, and plains to fill their not-shoes.
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A Game And A Chat: RPS (And Friends!) Talk GDC Day One

By Nathan Grayson on March 18th, 2014.

RPS is at GDC! It’s a match made in heaven because both of our acronyms are three letters long. Each day of the conference is jam-packed with formidable amounts of intrigue – far more than any single person could take in on their own without suffering catastrophic brain combustion. And so, I have elected to gather cadres of knowledgeable humans each day this week to discuss the best, most important goings-on. Expect very special guests shouting over each other and probably using words like “cultural zeitgeist” and “doodieface.” Today, somewhat belated and also very bad at staying on topic: John, Cara, Hayden of PCWorld/my floor infamy, and myself all gathered on John’s hotel bed for an uncomfortably salacious chat about This War Of Mine, The Stanley Parable‘s emotional aftermath, SoundSelf, weeping American eagles, hedonism, and Cara’s refusal to stop posting PORNOGRAPHY on our virgin website that’s exclusively for children.

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