Posts Tagged ‘Doom’

Steam Charts: NieR hit

Alec is away this week. I fear that if he can’t find a wifi signal on his travels he might resort to haruspicy to try and find the truths contained within the weekly Steam charts. These round-ups of the ten games with the most cumulative sales over the past week are his obsession and his curse.

This week: while the cat’s away…

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Why don’t I pay attention to cutscenes?

I think it’s fair to say I’m someone who values story very highly in games. To experience an interactive narrative has always been a driving force behind my interest in the pursuit. Not exclusively so – I’ve loved Doom as much as the next person – but every time I finished it (and that was a lot of times) I would read that whole screen of text and feel a greater sense of validation than if it’d been final boss dead, credits. My favourite games ever are all wholly focused on their story, Planescape: Torment, The Longest Journey, Day Of The Tentacle, Thief: The Dark Project, all with story oozing out their ears. So why is it that every time I start a game with an extensive cutscene, I haven’t the faintest idea what they’re about? Read the rest of this entry »

Doom helpers Escalation Studios join ZeniMax

Don't let Alec near SnapMap.

ZeniMax Media have bought Escalation Studios, the texan mob who most recently chipped in on the cracking new Doom. Escalation join a lineup which includes, among others, the Elder Scrolls and Fallout mob of Bethesda, the Dishonored devs Arkane, the Doomlords and Quakers at id Software, nu-Wolfenstein gang MachineGames, Evil Within devs crew Tango Gameworks, and- strewth, that’s quite a stable! ZeniMax don’t mention any particular projects but coo, I wonder what they’re up to. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Doom 3?

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

Much of last year’s FPS love may have gone to capslocked DOOM but spare a thought for the try-hard, cliché-fueled darkness binge that was Doom 3. In 2016 the franchise had become self-aware enough to indulge its overblown past, yet back in 2004 the bad penny still hadn’t dropped. There were experiments gone wrong, there were zombies, there were messages on the walls written in blood. I have mixed feelings about it all.
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The 50 Best FPS On PC

So often the bleeding edge of games tech, yet so often fundamentally the same underneath: there’s a reason we can’t get enough of pretend shooting pretend people in their pretend faces. It is a pure test of skill and reflex, a game about movement at least as much as it is about violence, and done right it is absolutely delightful. And hey, sometimes you get a decent gimmick or story thrown into the mix.

These are our favourite 50 first-person shooters on PC, from 1993-2017. Your favourite is at number 51.

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You Asked For It: The Steam Charts Return

Out with the old, in with the new. By which I mean ‘and our weekly Steam Charts, showing the ten games which sold best over the previous week, returns – replete with most of the same names as last year.’

SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT AND NEVER BROUGHT TO MIND?

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Enter Gutworld with Doom’s final multiplayer DLC now

The third and final multiplayer DLC for D44m [official site], one of our favourite games of 2016, is now out. The ‘Bloodfall’ DLC adds the usual assortment of new equipment, a new playable demon, and new maps including one ↑ which looks awesomely like a world of ribs, guts, teeth and pus. Publishers Bethesda are still keeping mum about potential singleplayer add-ons, which does leave me hopeful that some sort of standalone expansion may be brewing, or at least that id Software won’t go twelve years between Dooms again. Anyway, more about Bloodfall! Read the rest of this entry »