Dynamic Recon Ops: Big Expansion And Big “Sequel” Mod

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I let Arma 3 back into my life despite knowing how much time it would suck away from other games like Zelda Breath of the Wild. I figured I’d almost never get the chance to go back to it if I always put newer games in front of it. Bohemia Interactive also just added a new map — “Malden 2035” that’s apparently a remake of a map from the original Operation Flashpoint. Then you’ve got that new free game Argo that’s based on the systems of Arma.

My current favorite mod, “Dynamic Recon Ops,” from modder Mark “mbrdmn” Boardman has been getting significant updates in the months since I took a break from it, and I guess it’s time to talk a little bit about them. Continue reading

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[E3 2017] Capcom’s Big Risk With Monster Hunter World

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One story of controversy from E3 2017 has been Capcom’s announcement of Monster Hunter World. It’s the next mainline entry in a franchise that’s probably one of Capcom’s main revenue sources, but it seems to be abandoning the platforms that made it popular. Some fans are not pleased, and it seems Capcom is taking a big risk by changing the nature and platform of the game. Continue reading

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[E3 2017] The Games Harnessing User-Generated Content

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Something peculiar I noticed with three games during the E3 2017 presentations has to do with user generated content, how some specific games are handling it, and why they’re doing it.

Of course there’s the well-known news of Bethesda’s Creation Club which looks like another pass at paid mods. Two games at the PC Gamer Show however also seem to be heavily leveraging user-generated content. Continue reading

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[E3 2017] Did Anybody Really “Win” The Conference Wars?

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The discussion over which E3 2017 press conference was the best is a really subjective one. They basically just showed off a lot of games — nothing to change the balance of power between the platforms. Because of that, which conference was the best is really going to depend on what particular games each person watching preferred. Continue reading

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What I’m Looking For At The E3 2017 Conferences.

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This is an odd E3 when it comes to hardware hype vs software hype. Nintendo has revealed and launched a new hardware platform between E3s, and Micrsooft is unveiling the first step in its plan for incremental hardware upgrades. Otherwise though it’s gonna be one of those E3s that’s mostly just about games.

With predictions about, all I can really do is talk about what I’d personally like to see from each company presenting there, what it would take to get me to buy into each platform being presented. Continue reading

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What Mid-2000’s Blockbuster Games Might Come To GOG Next?

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This post has been updated.
Bethesda Softworks just let Fallout 3Fallout New Vegas, and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion onto GoodOldGames to be bought and played without any DRM. This is a surprising addition to a trend Electronic Arts evoked last year — that of blockbuster games from the previous console generation becoming old enough to be considered “Good Old.” What could be next? Continue reading

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Hopes And Fears For Far Cry 5

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So Ubisoft this week unveiled Far Cry 5 and the shocking centerpiece of the game is its setting — the franchise known for bringing players to dangerous exotic locales is trying to create one within the United States. There’s a lot of potential for and nuance there you can already read about in articles like this one or this one. USGamer already has a couple pieces up about the pitfalls Ubisoft might fall into based on what we’ve seen from it in the past. Those two kind of bring up the subject I keep thinking about when I read about FC5 — how different is it actually going to play compared to the last few entries?

To me this feels pretty similar to what Battlefield and Call of Duty did with their drastic shifts in setting, but I don’t think that’s enough to make the game feel different. Continue reading

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“Games As A Service” Is Still Winning

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Ubisoft’s latest sales report (PDF) might seem like a cold splash of reality after all the conversation we’ve had these past few months about what games are “winning” on consoles.

From my perspective at least everyone was talking about Persona 5Yakuza 0NiohNier AutomataHorizon: Zero Dawn, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as if that’s all anyone was playing. Turns out, the top-selling game of 2017 so far is Ghost Recon Wildlands with For Honor right behind it. Two western blockbuster games mainly built on multiplayer and online communities towering over a bunch of lower-budget classic-style singleplayer games, mostly from Japanese developers. Who knew. Continue reading

Call of Duty: World War II Will Probably Be Just Another Call of Duty Game

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Generally, I don’t really think Call of Duty going back to World War II is a good or bad thing. I don’t think the setting by itself is going to affect the game much at all in terms of its sales performance or really how the game itself plays. Activision has stuck to a formula for the series through many different settings.

That said, I’m still a bit disappointed at what seems to be an extremely safe path for Activision and Sledgehammer games to take. Obviously not much can be said at this point because as of this writing we’ve only seen the game’s advertising, but I just think some potential for new stories and settings is being left on the table here. Continue reading

Guardian Interview Illuminates Microsoft’s 1st Party Game Strategy

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The Guardian ran an interview with the head of Xbox which I think is pretty informative of Microsoft’s gaming strategy and why it has or hasn’t done certain things. It lends a more vivid picture to things I’ve already been suggesting about Microsoft’s approach to games. Continue reading

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