Hello NAGurfers and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming. This time around we have some depressing news for PC gamers looking forward to The Evil Within, some good news for people who like casual games and, er, Google I guess, more news on the Minecraft movie and DriveClub developers offer some updates on their disastrous launch. Then we have some Far Cry 4 news, an upcoming title might be the biggest game ever released and Uncharted has some good ideas. More news, more videos, more NAG Online highlights and more unwanted commentary from yours truly, all after the jump.
The Evil Within has locked it’s gameplay at the dreaded 30fps, but here’s the kicker – it’s locked there for PC gamers as well.
Now now, I know. I’m just as upset as you – the reason we have PCs in the first place is to outpace the restrictions placed on the console peasants.
The thing is, Bethesda is providing PC players the tools to unlock the fps cap. The bigger thing is, the game can’t run at 1080p at 60fps with a Core-i7 3770K, 16GB of DDR3 RAM and a Geforce GTX 980, the world’s fastest single-GPU card available.
Is this the new Crysis? No, no it’s not. Crysis melted PCs due to its insane graphical power, this is just another shitty, poorly optimized PC port. How disappointing.
The really bizarre thing is that, according to Eurogamer’s testing, the game can run at close to PS4 level with a really entry-level PC. If you want to actually squeeze out a decent framerate, however, you’re going to need something with water tanks and seventeen fans, apparently.
Even more depressingly, the testing further reports that the various anti-aliasing options don’t really do much to get rid of aliasing, and despite how much you crank up the various settings, it still looks like it does on the PS4.
I was looking forward to this game, but I’m out. I don’t know when people decided 30fps was acceptable, but I’ve always maintained it feels like crap. I won’t be wasting my money on another shoddy PC port that feels like the devs didn’t give a damn.
Google, never content to get left out of, well, anything, has released their own set-top box capable of streaming games, video and applications.
Dubbed the Nexus Player, this 100 dollar Asus-designed device comes packing a 1.8GHz Quad Core Intel Atom CPU and runs Android Lollipop.
If you’ve always wanted to play Angry Birds the way it should be, with a controller, you can buy the dedicated gamepad, sold separately for 40 dollars.
Anyone local with an interest in this? I’m not sure about the gaming aspect, but I could be swayed on the streaming.
Some of you may remember there’s a Minecraft movie in the works, being handled by Warner Bros.
It’s still in the earliest stages, but a new report suggests that the studio is courting Shawn Levy for the director’s chair, the man behind popcorn flicks such as Just Married and Night at the Museum.
Still, it’s better than Dead Rising got.
Anyone have any idea what the hell a Minecraft movie would look like? Hit me with your ideas in the comments.
DriveClub has been somewhat of a disaster, with various server issues at launch and, more controversially, no sign of the free version that was promised to PS Plus users.
The free version was originally held back in hopes of sparing the servers, which proved not to help at all, whatsoever.
Now with no ETA for the PS Plus version, developer Evolution says they hope to provide more information soon. Not very promising.
Meanwhile, actual paying customers can’t play the game properly, while online features are disabled and new servers stacked up to try and keep the ship afloat.
You have to wonder, how many times do we have to see a failed launch due to server load before publishers take measures to make sure this doesn’t happen?
Let’s kick things off with some Far Cry 4 news – creative director Alex Hutchinson has said the game will take about 35 hours to complete, including the side content.
That’s pretty damned good for an FPS game, I’d been feeling like the new standard is 7-8 hours, 15 if you fill it out with unnecessary crap like Alien Isolation has reportedly done. Maybe Call of Duty can take some notes?
Still, we’ll have to wait and see what exactly “including all side content” means, this figure could be somewhat inflated.
Ubisoft also said that they haven’t locked the resolution yet, but they’re “aiming for 1080p”. Which really is the equivalent of saying, “We haven’t decided how good the game is yet, but we’re hoping for very good”.
Another little Far Cry tidbit to come out this week is that the game will have asymmetrical multiplayer, which appears to be all the rage at the moment.
Essentially what this means is that unlike the typical FPS multiplayer experience, the sides won’t be evenly matched in terms of numbers. Rather, one side will have less numbers than the other, but presumably will be equally powerful in spite of that.
We’ve already seen this in the likes of Evolve and Fable Legends, but how does Far Cry 4 hope to pull it off?
Ubisoft aren’t saying right now, but Eurogamer did put out their own video with some educated guesses as to how it might look.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is pretty big. So big, in fact, that there’s a 20GB day one patch just to unlock the multiplayer.
This isn’t due to some kind of systemic incompetence or rampant bugfixing, it’s because developer 343 industries couldn’t fit everything on a single Blu-Ray – a 45GB Blu-Ray, mind you.
They’ve thought this thing to their credit – the campaign will be fully playable while you download and install the missing content. Also, if you pre-order the game you can download the patch in advance before release, good news for those with slow internet connections.
They seem to be handling the whole thing rather well, my only question is – why not two discs? I have fond childhood memories of games coming on seven discs, when the format not suiting the demands was at its prime.
Fans of the Uncharted franchise will be pleased to hear that Naughty Dog has “really cool ideas” for the fourth instalment.
“We’re still trying to figure it out and yet I have faith in the team, I have faith in where we’re going with it,” said co-director Bruce Straley. “I can say we have some really, really, cool ideas that I’m really excited to… sometime show you. That’s all I can say but it’s going to be awesome. I’m excited so you should be excited. Naughty Dog has a track record and just trust us, it’s going to be cool.”
Well then, who am I to argue? You go, Bruce.
Surgeon Simulator is a terrible game, with a terrible premise. It should be no surprise then that the same developer, Bossa Studios, has announced I Am Bread, a game where you role-play, quite literally, a slice of bread. Sound terrible? It probably is. Here’s the trailer:
I’m setting a new record this week for video length, with this five hour Lords of the Fallen video. This is literally the first five hours of the game, thanks to a partnership between streamer Lobos Jr and developer CI Games. I can’t say I think stuff like this is a great idea – who would want to watch the first five hours of a game they actually plan to buy? Anyways, here it is:
The best kinds of games are free-to-play, because I’m poor. Anyways, a video this week caught my eye – Dreadnought, a 5v5 spaceship battle game that is totally free, and it even has a campaign. Interested? See if it grabs your fancy:
Let’s end things off with a bang – Saints Row: Gat out of Hell. This “standalone expansion” looks to be every bit of insane as we’ve come to expect from the franchise. It looks like a blast as well.
Best of NAG
Let’s kick things off with the most depressing article of the week and work our way from there – my Podcast Challenge experience, playing through the “game” known as Hatoful Boyfriend. Pigeon romance, poor decision-making and rampant stereotypes, you can find it all here.
Then, if that wasn’t enough for you, you can hear me rant maniacally about my experiences on Episode 12 of the NAG Online podcast. There’s a lot of other stuff too, like our impressions of all the games we played at rAge, including Evolve.
Speaking of rAge, we played a ton of games and you can read about what we thought of them. Check out our hands-on with Dying Light, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros Wii U, Bloodborne, Splatoon and Assassin’s Creed – both of them.
Finally, you can check out Matthew Fick’s discussion of everything he didn’t play. Honestly that’s such a lazy concept for a column I felt tears of pride in my eyes.