Posts Tagged ‘Deep Silver’

The Silence: An Update

Hello, and welcome to an irregular update on The Silence. The technique publishers use when they want a story to go away. Rather than responding to press enquiries, they instead pretend they haven’t happened, or send prevaricating nonsense which ultimately goes nowhere. So, RPS figures, let’s not let that work. Let’s keep bringing stuff back up, reminding people about it, and letting their silence be a thorn in the publishers’ sides. Today it’s EA, Ubisoft and Deep Silver.

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Wot I Think: Saints Row IV

After the fantastic Saints Row: The Third, the question from everyone went: how can Volition top this? How can they make a game that’s more weird, more outlandish, more explosive? Then following the collapse of THQ, the license and studio was bought by a publisher who ignores the press when it’s convenient for them, then hires pole dancers for preview events – could it survive this too? Well, the answers are in Saints Row IV, due out on the 20th. I’ve played it to the very last, and can tell you wub I think:

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Saints Row IV Dev Diary Explains A Few Things


In just three hours John’s opinions on Saints Row IV will be unleashed on the internet. I have rarely seen him this excited, and that means something. It might be possible to uncover a few clues as to the meaning of his strange behaviour by watching the latest Volition dev diary for their insane opus, which I’ve gingerly placed below this post, hoping not to crease or otherwise mar its splendid attire before the big day.

Do NOT watch this video is you are in any way squeamish or at work. I mean, you could, I’m just not advising it. Who am I now, your mother? I could be, for all you know. Have you called her lately?
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Why Not: Saints Row 4 Gets $1 Million Special Edition

Saints Row 5's special edition will allow you to buy your way into actual Presidency. Of Earth.

Gaming industry, you can stop releasing progressively more expensive and unnecessary collector’s editions now. Saints Row 4 has won – and quite handily, at that. A single, deranged soul can now obtain a $1 million version of the utterly unhinged open-world superhero United States President sim, netting them everything from a Lamborghini and plastic surgery to a trip to outer goddamn space. Why? Because Saints Row, that’s why. Does Deep Silver really need another reason?

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OK Then: Deep Silver Making A Dead Island MOBA

The game's acronym is DIE. Die. GEDDIT.

Dead-Island-meets-MOBA might sound like an outlandish pairing, but between the time it took me to write that headline and finish this sentence, it’s all clicked into place. The two are exactly alike. MOBAs are, after all, everywhere, and each new series to be bitten by the battle arena bug begets a horde of lane-shambling brothers and sisters. I’m not knocking the genre or anything (LoL and DOTA 2 are both magnificent, among many others), but I worry that we might be coming up on a saturation point. But hey, if anything, Dead Island: Epidemic is proof that we’re not quite there yet. I mean, how has no one paired MOBAs and zombies – the two most overdone staples of the current gaming era – yet? How did it take so long?

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Inaugural Madness: Saints Row 4 Gets Free Demo (Kinda)

hello i am the president do you have any carrots you know i met someone who looked like you once they are dead now

You can play a very specific portion of Saints Row 4 right now! Sadly, rolling down the streets while leaving entire city blocks in dubstep-cratered ruins is still off the table, but you now have full, unfettered access to the gloriously unhinged open-worlder’s character creator. No, it’s not a real taste of all the game has to offer, but the uproarious lunacy is still strong in this one. Want to make Batman villains? Horse people? Whatever this thing is? Then go ahead. Once the full game is out, you’ll be able to hop right in as the first, er, female eagle monster eagle mobster pretty-much-anything-you-can-think-of President.

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The Dongs Are Back In Town: SR4 Australia

from Cara with love.

You just can’t stop the twists and turns in the Saints Row 4 classification story. After being refused twice on different builds of the game a third and final submission has been made. This time, according to local distributor All Interactive Entertainment, it has just the right combination of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll to somehow deserve only an MA15+ rating. Jumping two brackets (skipping 18+ entirely) seems to be down to removal of both the “alien narcotics” and “Rectifier Probe” weapon. Quote from publishers Deep Silver if you’re old enough to pass the break.

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Latest Humble Bundles Include Deep Silver & Positech

We haven’t mentioned before now, but the current Humble Weekly Sale is a clutch of Cliffski’s Positech games, which have already netted over $100k, with a day and a half to go. Beers are on Cliffski! (Just don’t mention piracy.) And now a new fortnight-long Humble Bundle proper has launched, this time showcasing the products of the decidedly not indie Deep Silver. Four of their games (including Saints Row 3!) for pay what you want, two more for over the average, and the rather average Dead Island Riptide if you throw in $25.

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Trouble Down Under: Saints Row 4 Refused Classification

I had to pause the trailer SO MANY TIMES to get this screenshot. It is now printed out in A3 size and I use it as a tablecloth
Men (and women) have been At Work, Down Under, attempting to classify dildo-filled absurdity-fest Saints Row IV. They have finally… come…. to a conclusion. “In the Review Board’s opinion, Saints Row IV could not be accommodated within the R 18+ classification as drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted.” You better run, you better take cover. Read the rest of this entry »

Ranger In A Strange Land: Metro LL Factions

Want to know all about Metro: Last Light’s Factions DLC? Sure you do. Three short stories featuring new player characters from different groups. Nathan’s already written quite a lot of words about the chaps in question and the kind of things that can be expected but he made a schoolboy error. Why write words when there’s probably a trailer just around the corner that will show such weapons as the Hellbreath in action? Words can not do justice to the Hellbreath. Actually, hang on, the words are better than the reality could ever be. Hellbreath. It’s just a bloody flamethrower, isn’t it?

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Here’s Johnny! Saints Row IV Reveals Gat Is Back

Every time there’s a new Saints Row IV trailer, that’s pretty much enough reason to be interested. Even if you don’t intend to buy the game, the trails are still likely to offer a good chunk of entertainment. The latest reveals the news that Saints Row regular Johnny Gat is back. And naked. And covered in gloop.

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Not Gonna Reich You A Love Song: Metro’s Story DLC

Well, unless I can compose love songs on this extremely frightening minigun.

Hmmmm. I was really hoping that Metro: Last Light‘s story-based, world-expanding “Faction Pack” DLC might at least put us behind the gas mask of one non-combat character just trying to live in the game’s diseased, decaying cesspit of a civilization, but alas. Still, it sounds like it’ll be an interesting opportunity to understand where more militantly proficient folks who aren’t Artyom come from, and that’s definitely an intriguing prospect. Details after the break.

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Telekinetic President: Saints Row IV Footage

He's got my vote.
If a trailer starts off with a West Wing inspired walk and talk, and ends with the American President telekinetically throwing a cosplayer through a neon sign, then by any standards it is a good trailer. This ten minute look at Saint’s Row IV has that going for it, though there’s a chunk of it set during an alien invasion at the White House that could probably have been cut. I know, it sets the scene of the giant alien lizard things arrival on Earth, but who cares about story and setting in an open-world game of presidential punk pummeling? I came for the superpowers.
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Metro: LL Getting A Metric Ton Of Single-Player DLC

A truly harrowing cautionary tale: Don't smile or your face really will, in fact, crack.

Metro: Last Light is my current slithering, senses-constricting conquest, but I haven’t quite finished it yet. Thus far, however, my feelings align pretty well with Jim’s, bringing Hivemind Orgiastic Synergism rates up to 212.5783 percent. Last Light’s different from 2033 but still of a similar spirit, and I quite like the idea of viewing its intoxicatingly disheveled world from different perspectives. That’s precisely the idea behind 4A’s summer flood of single-player DLC, so I’m definitely not complaining. According to legends, complete Hivemind synergy will actually cause the apocalypse, so you’ll probably want to dive into the break’s dank tunnels for safety. Also, details.

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Capturetrainridefight! – Dragon’s Prophet’s Open Beta

Everyone, I think I might be a prophet. Like, I’m just walking along, going about my daily business, when these senses-overwhelming glimpses of the future appear in my inbox. It’s crazy. They tell me – in voices I imagine to be terrifyingly thunderous – of videogames that won’t be out for weeks. Sometimes even months! Why was I chosen to bear this terrible burden? I may never know. But my latest bone-rattling email from the beyond has told me that SOE’s monster-taming MMO, Dragon’s Prophet, is going into open beta next week. Hmm, wonder what that’s all abo- HNRRRGHH. Oh jeez, I’m having a vision! See it… HMRRR… afterURRRGH… the break.

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Wot I Think: Metro: Last Light


4A’s sequel to their widely-enjoyed post-apocalyptic shooter Metro 203 appeared last week, and I’ve been waving my Geiger counter of critical analysis over its glowing innards. Will Metro: Last Light be remembered as a worthy sequel, or as a the point where 4A’s filter finally failed? Here’s wot I think.
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Left Hand, Metro Right Hand: 4A On Poor Work Conditions

To hear former THQ boss Jason Rubin tell it, Metro: Last Light studio 4A Games is maybe not the best place to work. He doesn’t mean that in a whip-crack-y, everyone’s-a-jerk way, though. Quite the contrary, actually: he recently claimed it was a case of absurdly talented people working elbow-to-elbow in “appalling” conditions. Their offices? “More like a packed grade school cafeteria than a development studio.” Picking up new hardware was apparently also quite the ordeal. “When 4A needed another dev kit, or high-end PC, or whatever, someone from 4A had to fly to the States and sneak it back to the Ukraine in a backpack lest it be ‘seized’ at the border by thieving customs officials,” said Rubin. But what about 4A’s side of the story? Creative director Andrew Prokhorov recently saw fit to chime in.

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Power Cuts And Responsibility: Making Metro: Last Light


We’ve yet to WiT Metro: Last Light on RPS, thanks to the review code not working, but its recent release has prompted ex-THQ boss Jason Rubin to write an astonishing article on the development of the game. Over at GamesIndustry.biz, Rubin has written an incendiary post on the daily struggles that Kiev-based dev team 4A Games faced, calling their game “a stunning achievement”, and asking for more recognition of their abilities. If accurate, he paints a team building a game with a tiny budget, in a country where implied corruption necessitates smuggling higher-end equipment past customs officials, for a company he describes as “irrational”. I’m British, so my monocle is currently on the floor.

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DUBSTEP GUN: Seven Minutes Of Saints Row IV

The Dubstep Gun isn't as impressive when not in motion, so here's the equally ridiculous Inflate-O-Ray.

The countless hours of discerning thought put into all those dumb, mindless “top 10 videogame gun” lists have just been rendered pointless. Wanna know why? Because DUBSTEP GUN. It is the most sublimely ridiculous thing I’ve seen in ages – pretty much since, er, the entirety of Saints Row: The Third. People struck by its sledgehammer-like beats fall into a state of physics-defying slow-mo undulation, equal parts stylishly modern and grotesquely unnatural. It is, in other words, a thing of the purest beauty. Oh, and it’s just the focus of this Saints Row IV video’s first couple minutes. A preview of the remaining five: “We decided that Saints Row needs a mech.”

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President Reveal: The Saints Row IV Trailer

Shut up, Communism!

I spent 10 minutes over at Reddit’s ‘MURICA page to get inspiration for this post. I think I overloaded a bit too much on the blinding sunshine of American patriotism. Every time I blink my eyes I see stars and stripes, every noise sounds like an F-16 revving up to liberate communists, every bird I see is a squawking golden Eagle of Freedom and Liberty. I think I’m ready, then, to click on the latest Saint’s Row IV trailer.

*Salutes*
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