The Boston Bastard: Being A Dick In Fallout 4 – Part 3

In the third and final part (parts one and two here) of my attempt to be as arbitrarily cruel and murderous in Fallout 4 as I can, I – well – fail. Am I a person who can’t be a dick in this game, or is this a game that just won’t allow me to be a dick? My concluding thoughts are below. Clearly there are ample spoilers throughout.

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Rocket League’s Going A Bit Post-Apocalyptic

Rocket League [official site] is, of course, set in the brightest of utopias, when we have all transcended flesh to gambol and frolic as sentient cars. But what if it were a bad future, what if everything were all rusty and had sand and all that bad future stuff? You’ll see soon, as developers Psyonix today announced Chaos Run, a new DLC pack with grim, grimy new cards, decals, wheels, and other customisation bits. It’ll arrive this December alongside a free update adding a new footie arena for everyone, the dusty Wasteland – the game’s first ‘non-standard’ pitch. Have a look:

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Cowboy XCOM-like Hard West Out Now; Some Thoughts

“Wild West XCOM” is about as good an elevator pitch as you could wish for. After a short delay, as of today we can find out whether Hard West [official site] can possibly live up to its glorious high concept. I played an earlier build a few weeks back – some thoughts, plus a launch trailer, below.

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Deus Ex – Mankind Divided Delayed Until August

is it easier to get away with this look in summer?

Everything looked rosy when I traveled to Montreal to take a look at Deus Ex: Mankind Divided [official site] earlier this year. The areas I played improved on Human Revolution in every way that matters and Adam Jensen controlled better than ever. All was well and I was looking forward to playing the game in February, right around my birthday. Moments ago, word arrived of a six month delay – the game will now be coming out on August 23rd.

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Have You Played… Star Wars: Shadows Of The Empire?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

By which I specifically mean ‘have you played the first level of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire?’ Though the bulk of this 1997 game was a humdrum shooter, the opening mission was a then-astounding recreation of the battle of Hoth, almost two decades before Battlefront was a pixel-shaded twinkle in anyone’s eye.
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Just Cause 3 Trailer Shows High-Res 4K Explosions

Oh aye, you enjoy your pottering around a nuclear wasteland, if that’s what you want. You know what’s cool? The fiery immediate consequences of giant explosions. You know what’s not cool? The grim long-term consequences of giant explosions. So you enjoy your fortnight in Fallout 4, just be ready to cause a billion cool-as-heck explosions yourself on December 1st when Just Cause 3 [official site] launches. A new trailer exists purely to show big explosions in 2160p resolution (or 4K, if you favour that misleading term). “Hey, we have explosions,” it’s here to remind you. “Look at them in high-resolution video. Aren’t explosions nice?”

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Crytek’s Dinosaur Island VR Demo Now Dinoloadable

After some foolish experiments in the ’90s left dozens of people dead, scientists have mostly stopped trying to resurrect dinosaurs. It’s fine, don’t worry, now dinofans are only resurrecting them electron-sized within the secure confines of computers. Look at Crytek and their Back to Dinosaur Island, a tech demo with a dino nest safely inside y- wait, what? You have to put on virtual reality goggles and get shrunk down and travel inside your PC to confront the dinosaurs? Reader dear, do not do this – it is not safe.

Crytek today released the tech demo for all to nab through Steam, eight months after first showing it. Do not download it and enter with your cybergoggles. It cannot be safe.

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Cho’Gall (Two-) Heads To Heroes of the Storm

Cho'Gall in Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard have added a new character to the Heroes of the Storm [official site] roster. Er…two new characters? One and a half?

It’s Cho’Gall, the two-headed ogre magi of Warcraft fame. First announced at BlizzCon earlier this month, Cho’Gall’s either “zany and innovative” or “a stupid gimmick” depending on who you talk to. Why? Because each of his heads is controlled by a different player—one for Cho, one for Gall.

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Roguelove: ADOM Is Now Available On Steam

Ancient Domains Of Mystery (ADOM) [official site] is one of the first things I install on any computer I own or borrow. That’s been the case since I first discovered the game around twenty years ago. Created by Thomas Biskup, ADOM is one of the great traditional roguelikes, a combination of randomised dungeon crawling and a hand-crafted overworld. There are scripted sidequests as well as a Big Plot to follow, and there are oodles of character combinations.

It’s now available on Steam for the first time, in enhanced form. I roguelove it.

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Fallout 4 Mod Adds Full Script Lines To Dialogue Choices

You know that bit in RPG conversations? You know, that bit where it presents you with brief dialogue options, and you select one which seems innocuous then discover that the full response is a little more complicated? You know, where you click “Okay” and your character says “Okay, I’ll do it, even if you are a pointy-eared freak GOD I hate elves and would murder your face clean off but I guess this is a quest so I’ll settle for skinning your lousy elfmoose – which I will totally do when you turn away, btw”?

If so, you may be glad to hear that someone’s made a mod for Fallout 4 [official site] replacing its one-word dialogue options with the full line you’ll actually say.

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Guild Wars 2: Heart Of Thorns Now Raiding In Spirit Vale

Free-to-play MMO Guild Wars 2 [official site] launched its first paid expansion last month, and now the first raid from Heart of Thorns has started opening up for would-be heroes. Spirit Vale is the first wing of the raid, offering a ten-person challenge with nasty monsters to pummel and the chance to gain… such prizes.

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Paladins Is Now In Beta, With Multiple Ways To Join

Paladins: Champions of the Realm [official site], the next from Smite devs Hi-Rez, is now in closed beta. It’s a 5 vs 5 shooter in which you must capture control points, escort siege engines, and destroy your opponent’s base, but where the real twist is that your character levels over the course of a match, allowing you to choose from a selection of cards and build a deck of skills as you play. You can apply for closed beta access the traditional way or get in immediately by buying a Founder’s Pack version of the game.

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The Crew’s Wild Run Expansion Arrives, Towing Demo

Ubisoft’s The Crew [official site] is an MMO-y sort of a racer, and its first expansion is suitably MMO-y. Wild Run arrived last night with trucks and motorbikes and challenges and other new things for folks who pay, but its launch also updates the base game with new things for everyone. New lighting and a new weather system are among updates for all. The game’s timed demo is updated to show off expansion stuff too. It’s MMO-priced as well, with the expansion running you, er, £25 – the same as the main game.

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Half A Year Later, Hotline Miami 2 Level Editor Inbound

The chance to make your own Hotline Miami 2 [official site] murder-mazes has been a long time coming – it was “pretty close to completion” seven months ago – but now it’s had a release date stuck to it. Well, a beta release date. Folk have been making their own Hotline Miami 2 maps via a half-shut back door for ages, but come December 10 it all gets official.
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Cardboard Children – Analysis of a Session Report

Hello youse.

Last week I told you I was going to do a session report of the new Games Workshop game The Horus Heresy: Betrayal At Calth. In the process of writing that session report – the first session report I’ve ever done as part of this column – I realised that I don’t really know how to write a session report. And now I’ve said “session report” about a million times. So today, before I lay my session report upon you next week, an analysis of the mysterious beast we call the board game session report. A million and two now.

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How To (Not) Make Money In GTA Online (Without Committing Any Crimes)

GTA Online [official site] wants you to commit crimes – to kill your fellow players, beat them in illegal street races, and team up with them in heists in order to make money. But is it possible to make money without committing crimes?

Spoilers: no. But I tried, and it was the most fun I’ve had in the game’s online modes thus far.

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Hellevision: Watch Liz Ryerson’s Doom Mixtape

This one's from A.L.T.

Many things can be improved by boshing them into Doom, and that goes for games criticism too. Liz Ryerson, a musician, Doom enthusiast, and the developer of Problem Attic, has written some of my favourite games criticism of recent times, and in March started recording the Doom Mixtape. It’s a video series where she plays through favourite and curious player-made Doom levels, picking over what makes them interesting and spiralling out to talk about all sorts of things connected to games creation, culture, communities, and commercialism. It’s pretty great. Plus, Doom.

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The 25 Best Stealth Games On PC

Below you will find the 25 best stealth games ever released on PC. There are sneaking missions, grand thefts, assassinations, escapes and infiltrations. Stay low, keep quiet and we’ll make it to the end.

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EA Working On Their Own Open-World Action Game

The sheen of open-world murder simulators has worn off for me – Assassin’s Creed is going down the pan, Far Cry’s formulaic, Watch Dogs is daft, The Phantom Pain lost its magic half-way through, Batman’s suffered shoddy porting, and even GTA V I didn’t finish – but hey, apparently this is the time for Electronic Arts to enter the field.

They’re either five years late to the trend, or have carefully calculated when folks will be bored of ’em and want something new. If they could liven open murderworlds back up, that would be exciting. They haven’t announced a specific game yet, but say something’s in the works at Motive Studios, their new studio headed by former Ubisoft Toronto managing director Jade Raymond.

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