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Hunt monsters in Crytek’s PvPvE shooter Hunt: Showdown in a free trial weekend

The other game about hunting monsters, Hunt: Showdown, is currently holding a free trial weekend inviting all and sundry to trudge through swamp while fending off beasties and their fellow hunters. Having spent yesterday evening in a river, weekend swamptime sounds just the ticket. I've heard promising things about Hunt but been waiting until it properly launched before diving it but... ah, gwan, I'll install…

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Maximum Sadness: Crysis multiplayer is facing the axe

"Will it run Crysis?" was an oft-expressed anxiety of mid-noughties PC gaming, but here in the chaotic end-times of 2018 we're faced with a new one: "Crysis can't run Crysis." Come October, there'll be no more multiplayer nanosuit shenanigans: Crytek are shutting the online component of Crysis down, apparently because the playerbase is just too dang small to make life support worthwhile. Singleplayer isn't going…

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Hunt: Showdown whips out crossbows & throwing knives

Sneaky new crossbows and throwing knives have arrived in Hunt: Showdown's latest update, for monster-hunters who enjoy having to recover ammo by yanking it out their foe's face. For me, basically - from Heavy Bullets to Skyrim, I do enjoy having to collect my ammo - and risking running out. Apparently you can even restock your Showdown knives by yanking out ones that other players…

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Hunt: Showdown fights camping in first major update

While the PvPvE monster-hunting FPS Hunt Showdown continues its journey through early access, developers Crytek today launched what they're calling its "first major content update". It adds new scoped guns and new character traits to improve your monstermashing, and also takes a crack at solving the problem of camping. It's no fun to slug it out with the big bad and walk away with its…

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Hunt: Showdown patch targets performance

Crytek have released the first "performance patch" for Hunt: Showdown, focused on making the early access PvPvE monster-hunting first-person shooter run better, and many players are reporting meaningful improvements. That's fine news because, according to Fraser Brown, Hunt is "a clever competitive shooter and an excellent source of emergent stories. And disasters. Mostly disasters." Framerates and stuttering and should be improved now, though the patch…

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Feature: The most dangerous game

Premature Evaluation – Hunt: Showdown

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser's living out his dream of being one of the handsome boys from Supernatural by hunting down demonic beasties in Crytek's multiplayer shooter, Hunt: Showdown. Hunt: Showdown never has any silence to break. It’s always noisy. Every groan, gurgle and scream, even the rustling of leaves -- they…

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Hunt: Showdown sloshes into early access bayou

Spider! Ah! Oh thank heavens it’s just an early access videogame. Easy mistake. The way they both scuttle out into the open, it’s very similar. But see, look closely and you’ll find that this is actually a lesser-spotted Hunt: Showdown - a multiplayer horror shooter set in the swamps and farmland of rural Louisiana, in which pairs of bounty hunters track monsters and shoot at…

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Hunt: Showdown’s first closed alpha begins January 31st

As troubled as the studio have seemed lately, I must admit to loving the look and concept of Hunt: Showdown, Crytek's upcoming competitive monster-hunting shooter. Maybe it's because I've always been a sucker for Weird West settings. Plus, you just can't beat a chunky six-shooter and a lever-action rifle as far as satisfying videogame shootin' irons go. Whether you're in it to hunt the deadliest…

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Star Citizen devs ask court to dismiss Crytek’s lawsuit

The makers of Star Citizen have declared that the lawsuit against them by CryEngine makers Crytek "sacrifices legal sufficiency for loud publicity", and asked the court to dismiss it. Crytek have claimed that Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) broke the contract under which they licensed CryEngine to build their space sim upon. CIG say these claims are tosh, mostly disproved by a simple look at the…

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Warface’s Pripyat mission is more C&C than S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

Crytek's name might not command quite the same respect as it did during the height of the Crysis series, but their free-to-play FPS Warface has maintained a steady (and slowly growing) player-base over the past year, in large part due to a steady influx of fresh content. While the previous update to the game was a predictable me-too Battle Royale mode, the latest addition is…

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And now it’s Star Citizen vs Crytek

It wouldn't be 2012-2018 (and who knows how much longer) without a Star Citizen controversy. Chris Robert's mega-crowdfunded space-everything game has been subject to a great deal of scrutiny about what it's spent its half-decade and its $173 million dollars on, but a brand new curveball is that his studios Cloud Imperium Games and Roberts Space Industries are being sued by Crysis and CryEngine makers…

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Warface gets in on the battle royale craze

Everyone’s trying to get some of that Plunkbat money, with Warface, Crytek’s free-to-play shooter, being the latest game to add a battle royale mode. It’s live now as part of the November update. Unlike Battlegrounds or H1Z1, however, the smaller scale of Warface means that it’s not quite as much of a messy free-for-all, what with only 16 players competing for the top spot.

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Feature: Jungle 2 jungle

Have You Played… Crysis 2?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Everything that Crysis 1 did right, Crysis 2 threw away. Combat scenarios set in open areas you could approach your own way? Gone. Destructible buildings and AI smart enough to navigate it? Gone. Unique, jungle setting? Gone. The resulting game is poorer in every conceivable way.

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Video game tourism alert: Warface is off to Pripyat

Crytek's free-to-play face-shooter Warface [official site] is off to the city of Pripyat within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone later this year. Is Warface (WARFACE WARFACE WARFACE etc.) any good? Dunno. Am I keen to see this? Oh yes. I always enjoy video games travelling to that spooky abandoned land, from Call of Duty 4's stealthy visit to the joys of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.. Video game tourism is…

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Crytek’s monsterhunt FPS Hunt: Showdown looks neat

The first gameplay video of Crytek's Hunt: Showdown has arrived and makes the monster-hunting multiplayer FPS look a lot more interesting than expected. I was disappointed when Crytek revealed that they'd turned the cooperative Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age into the competitive Hunt: Showdown [official site] and teased the change with a video of some cowboys shooting some other cowboys. Turns out, it's not…

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Crytek’s co-op Hunt: Horrors Of The Gilded Age reborn PvP as Hunt: Showdown

Given Crytek's years of terrible financial trouble and their focus on virtual reality games, I'm surprised by news that they are still working on Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age. Well. They sort of are. What was a cooperative third-person action game about monster hunters in the 1800s, which sounded a bit 'Left 4 Dead meets Van Helsing', is now a competitive game named Hunt:…

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Sega buys Crytek Black Sea for Creative Assembly

Sega have bought Crytek Black Sea, one of the studios the financially-troubled Crytek was closing, and given it to Creative Assembly. Now that's romance. Creative Assembly are, of course, the gang best known for the Total War games and Alien: Isolation, while Crytek Black Sea (formerly Black Sea Studios) were behind real-time strategy games Knight of Honor and WorldShift and MOBA Arena of Fate. Now…

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Crytek’s VR dinoland Robinson coming to PC after all

Given that the term "exclusively" in video games often has an invisble "until a deal we can't tell you about expires" attached (if you're curious: this is visible only by the light of a blue moon), it's probably not a surprise that Crytek's PlayStation VR exclusive dinosaur adventure Robinson: The Journey [official site] is now headed for a PC version. Yup, Crytek may be closing…

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Crytek closes five studios after reportedly failing to pay workers

Crytek is closing down five of its offices around the world after financial trouble has reportedly left many of its workers unpaid for months. Studios in Frankfurt and Kiev are staying open, the developers said in a classically verbose press release, but all other studios are being shut down, including offices in Seoul, Sofia, Shanghai, Istanbul and Budapest. "Management has put plans into action to…

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Feature: "like a greatest hits of Cryengine games"

Crytek’s VR Game The Climb review

Three fallacies I'm occasionally guilty of believing: 1) The Oculus Rift does not involve any of the physicality of the HTC Vive 2) VR gaming is riding a cart to minigame hell 3) There's a ceiling on how good VR games can look Crytek's beautiful and involving Oculus Rift game The Climb [official site] is a pretty good riposte to all of the above.

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