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20 Years Of GoldenEye and FPS Mission Design

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The 20th anniversary of GoldenEye 007 for the N64 completely passed me by last month. This week is the 20th anniversary of the North American release of Final Fantasy VII but I’ve still never actually played that game beyond the first few hours, so I’m just gonna finally write about GoldenEye.

I imagine everyone else who wrote about GoldenEye a couple weeks ago went on about how everyone around them played it in 1997, how it was the first major console first person shooter, and how its competitive multiplayer was a main pillar of gaming at the time. All that is true, but I also like pointing out how influential GoldenEye’s story campaign may have been for certain kinds of first person action games. Continue reading

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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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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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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst And Quality VS Quantity In AAA Games

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I finally finished Mirror’s Edge Catalyst — I figured I needed to go ahead and clear the space from my SSD. It’s been out for like half a year but I think the game’s strengths and weaknesses are still pretty relevant in discussions about more recent and soon-to-come games. Specifically, it’s another example of what can help or hurt the design of an open-world game, or really any game positioned to be a blockbuster. Continue reading

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For Anyone Still Curious About Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (The Campaign)

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DISCLAIMER: Not caring that much about multiplayer shooters these days, I’m just talking about the campaign right now. Plus, I played this game on PC, and the PC multiplayer base for Call of Duty has been vanishing for years now, probably due to much more competition for multiplayer shooters existing on PC compared to consoles (Counter-Strike for instance).

I imagine since Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is still as of this writing only available as part of the $80 USD Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition a lot of people possibly interested in playing it haven’t hopped on yet. I got it as a gift some time ago and finally found the time to go through the campaign after also taking another run through the original 2007 version (in 4K, modern PCs can do that for games that old). Despite the visual overhaul Infinity Ward and Raven Software (and a few other teams I think) put into this remaster already having been apparent in pre-release videos, it was still surprising and dramatic enough to draw me back into the campaign just as much as I had been almost 10 years ago.

Modern Warfare Remastered is dope both because the original Call of Duty 4 is still dope and because it took the right balance between an extensive visual enhancement and faithfulness to the original game. Continue reading

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My Top Shooters Of 2016

My Game of the Year thing for 2016 isn’t going to have any categories for genres or anything even though a lot of great games of various types came out this year. I guess I just didn’t have the time or willingness to split things up like that this time around. One thing that must be addressed though is the landscape of shooters that showed up in 2016.

It’s probably one of the best and most varied lineups of shooters to ever come out in a single year. It seems like we got a good or great shooter of every “era” or “type” this year. The Doom-like shooter came back, some good third person shooters came out, a new multiplayer arena shooter is beloved by most everyone, the blockbuster military shooters this year were probably better than they have been in a long time, and some nice things even went on in the tactical shooter world in 2016.

First though I wanna go ahead and admit I’m not going to talk about Overwatch. It seems to be the overall industry favorite for GOTY, but unfortunately I don’t have that much interest in multiplayer games right now. I messed around with Overwatch a bit during the beta, and while I appreciate its characters and art, it’s just not the kind of game that draws me in. I decided not to play Battlefield 1 so I don’t know about it. I bought a copy of The Division but haven’t even installed it.

I’m also not going to talk that much today about Uncharted 4, which seems to be the other most commonly picked GOTY for 2016. Oh I immensely enjoyed Uncharted 4. I’m probably going to at least mention it in my final GOTY post, but its shooting action isn’t what really stands out about it in my memory. I don’t think that was a bad part of the game at all, just not really a stand-out thing when you compare it to the rest of the game as well as the rest of this year’s shooters.

Anyway,

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DOOM’s SnapMap Update And Longevity Questions

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The recent update to the new DOOM‘s SnapMap level editor got me to finally take a look at what people had made so far. Despite it being one of my most anticipated features of DOOM, I didn’t think much of SnapMap in the final game initially and I’m still not really sure what kind of longevity it will eventually have compared to how people still make maps for the original Doom and Quake 20-odd years later. Continue reading

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Big-Budget Adventure Gaming In 2016

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I just finished up The Last Guardian, and playing through it got me thinking about how some high-budget games in 2016 have sort of brought back adventure game elements in that sector. For a while now most big-budget console games have pretty much just been about killing things (or playing sports), but we’ve got some examples this year that seem to have varied up their pace and tempo with non-action elements. Continue reading

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Infinite Warefare Really Is “Call of Duty In Space”

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As each new Call of Duty game is accused of being “more of the same,” I think the lifeblood that keeps the main campaigns of each game worthwhile is their ability to remain fresh and keep surprising the player. After finally finishing up Infinite Warfare, I think it does a sufficient job of this, if only because it repeats a lot of what was in previous games, except in space.

The game that blew up the franchise — Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, has such a good campaign because it feels like a roller coaster. Each mission has scenarios and events that set it apart from the other ones so the game never really gets monotonous. If the game was designed right, you never feel like you’re just repeatedly going through a bunch of kill boxes. I feel this way about most of the COD games: the three Modern Warfare games, Ghosts, and Advanced Warfare.

To keep things fresh with Infinite Warfare, Infinite Ward really leaned hard on the “in space” theme. I’m not sure there’s much about the moment-to-moment action in the end that feels unique other than being set in space, but it turns out being set in space counts for a lot. Continue reading

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Titanfall 2 vs Infinite Warfare

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All the reviews for Titanfall 2 have probably told you how good the campaign is. If you’ve slept on it, I’ll go ahead and tell you it ranks among the best shooter campaigns of recent years. Just coming off of it, it has me thinking about Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, for which I’m fairly optimistic. I probably won’t be able to play Infinite Warfare for a little while though. Continue reading

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