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2 years ago

Feature: Update Night

Has Dead by Daylight been improved by its updates?

Update Night is a new fortnightly column in which Rich McCormick revisits games to find out whether they've been changed for better or worse. I’m starting to sympathise with Freddy Krueger. Here I am — a monstrous serial killer, armed with unheimlich powers and a wickedly sharp axe — and I’m being given the run-around by a gaggle of teens and twerps in dirty T-shirts.…

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Feature: Drunken Lullabies

Dead by Daylight’s newest survivor is a terrible person

Last month was Dead By Daylight’s [official site] first anniversary, and Behaviour Digital are celebrating the occasion by releasing the asymmetrical multiplayer game’s fifth DLC chapter, which will be free. “We’ve sold the game to a few people so far,” says Mathieu Cote, modestly, as we start chatting about the new chapter. “And we said at the very beginning of the project that we’d be…

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3 years ago

Psychonauts 2 peeks at pretty plants, picks up publisher

You like rocks? I'll show you nice rocks. You like trees? I'll show you nice trees. You like squirrels? I'll show you nice squirrels. All these and more are in a new Psychonauts [official site] dev video showing an art test of a quarry environment. It's not a finished level, just Double Fine feeling out the game's style, but some pretty stuff is in there.…

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Feature: Aw, bro!

Have You Played… Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Your first reaction when playing this platforming adventure is probably going to be: “Well, this is disorienting.” Your second thought is going to be: “Actually, this is quite clever.” Your final thought is going to be: “Waaaaaaaaah.”

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5 years ago

Feature: No, the FPS

Have You Played… Syndicate?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. No, not that one. The other one. Yes, the FPS. EA trying to resurrect Bullfrog's top-down tactical series as an FPS was obviously going to rile up the people it was supposed to excite, but ignore the name. It's a pleasant spot of…

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6 years ago

Feature: Feisty Heist

Robber Man – Payday 2 Interview

David Goldfarb has a brilliant name. He's the game director of Payday 2, a very good game about being a horrible bank robber. It turns out everyone in the world enjoys being an awful person, because Payday 2 has remained near the very top of the Steam's sales charts since its release, while hovering in and around the top ten most played games list. I…

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8 years ago

Starbreeze Smash And Grab PayDay Devs

I think it's more of a polite corporate takeover (IF SUCH A THING EXISTS) than a masked, gun-toting robbery, but the fact remains that Syndicate Riddick developer Starbreeze is awaiting shareholder approval as it bids to buy Overkill Software, they of PayDay: The Heist. If it all goes ahead, Overkill shall continue enhancements of the first game while also working on a sequel, which must…

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Everybody’s Free: Starbreeze’s Next Game Is Free-To-Play

We have a name, Cold Mercury, and we have a vague notion as to what the business model will be, free-to-play, but that's all there is to know about Syndicate developer Starbreeze's next game. Business smarties GamesIndustry.biz dug up the details from Starbreeze's CEO Mikael Nermark. He said. "Starbreeze will not leave the AAA segment. We are discussing with several leading game publisher on publisher…

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Feature: Conquering the Atlantic Accelerator

Wot I Think: Syndicate Co-Op

Alright, I've spent today investigating Syndicate's four-player co-operative online mode, and while I'm obviously several decades away from reaching all the unlocks and whatnot, I've got a firm handle on how it all works and if I think it's any cop. Is it as forgettable as the singleplayer? Is it anything like Syndicate? What would the world be like if Mr Mark Question of Shoreham-on-Sea…

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Ascii What You Did: Syndicate Dev’s Message To Pirates

The humble .nfo file is a business card, instruction manual, and score-setting rap song in ascii form. They're the files that the piracy scene drops into their releases to claim bragging rights for that particular chunk of nefarious code. So why the hell did Syndicate Developers Starbreeze stick one in the legitimate release of their first-person shooter? Redditor MikkelManDK spotted the file in the game's…

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Syndicate Doesn’t Launch With This Launch Trailer

In another example of the games industry twisting a word until its meaning shatters into a thousand pieces of bacon shredding shrapnel, blinding a nearby piglet who only wanted to use his eyes to see what was happening, and who'll now go through the rest of his life bumping sadly into your leg and hoping you're not a rabid wolf... that piglet trusted you, damnit!…

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Fishing For Chips: Syndicate’s Tech Wars

Last time out, Syndicate was showing off its guns and I don't remember seeing a single flamethrower, which made me grumble in a manner befitting a madman denied the ability to burn the flesh off his enemies. The latest piece of video advertainment is all about the power of technology, which allows agents to persuade their opponents to commit suicide and attack their allies, among…

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So… You Can Look At Syndicate’s Guns

UPDATE: Turns out there is a trailer, too. (Below.) This has to be one of the weirdest asset releases we've seen lately: a batch of screenshots in which the protagonist of Syndicate is having a good look at the gun that he's carrying. That's what it's about: admiring the shooting cylinder. Conveniently it features most of the guns you'll be toting in the game. So…

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Darting Around: Syndicate Coop

There has already been a short trailer showing the chip-fipping, face-slamming action of the Syndicate reboot, this being the boot that may stamp on the face of your gaming past forever. This longer video shows an actual play session on the same map, jumping between agents' viewpoints to confuse me but otherwise giving a fairly good idea of how things will play out. There will…

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Syndicoop: Four Men vs All The Other Men

A reasonable number of folk around these parts are, I think it's safe to sweepingly generalise, a little nonplussed that Starbreeze's Syndicate remake is going down the mostly linear manshooter path. All along, though, we've been told the game's four-player co-op mode would entail a more direct nod to the strategicish Bullfrog original. Is that, could that be, true? Time to find out.

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Syndicate: Eurocorp Old & New

This is one for the young people, perhaps - as part of another trailer for the upcoming Syndicate enshooterising, we get a potted history of Bullfrog's original game. "A cyberpunk wonderland," apparently. Then it segues into a pic'n'mix of previous and new Syndishoot footage, and I guess we're supposed to think "gosh, the reticule-based adventures of MILES KILO sure are highly thematically similar to an…

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When Is Syndicate Coming Out? I’ll Tell You

I'll tell you: according to Gamasutra, it's coming out in February of 2012. The 21st in the North America and the 24th in Europlace. That's relatively soon! Yes it is. Also, there's now a website for the game over here. It's not much of a website, but it does say this: "AT THE FRONT LINE OF THIS WAR ARE THE AGENTS, THE SYNDICATE’S BIO-ENGINEERED AND…

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