A thing you need to understand before we go on: I like Ghostbusters to a troubling degree. I have ever since I first watched the original film when I was about 9. I didn’t get half the jokes at the time, mind. Heck, I’m not sure whether I was even entirely clear that it was a comedy. But that’s fine. Because it meant that, over the ensuing years, Ghostbusters grew up with me rather than being left behind like so many other childhood fandoms. I have been all-in on Ghostbusters for almost my entire life. I still instinctively remember the ambient, incidental music from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon like the resonant voice of a loved one. The unique, indignant whine of ECTO-1’s siren gives me a specific tingly feeling no other sound can muster, somehow cutting through to my very core and commanding my full attention in an instant, the way that I imagine a whistle does to a well-trained sheepdog. So keep that preface in mind when I say this, and understand that I … [Read more...] about Hear me out but… Ghostbusters 2 makes far more sense if everyone is dead
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In case you haven’t heard, there’s a whole bunch of big things released today, Oct. 27. All on the same Friday, we have: It’s rare for four high-profile releases to coincide like this, although it’s not totally unheard of. But the time has come to make a choice as to which of the four we’ll start off with, for it’s impossible to play or watch all of them simultaneously (well, unless you have some wild setup in your place and are very dextrous). Fortunately for those who have yet to make up their minds, we’ve got four staffers of Polygon with very strong opinions to offer their takes on what hot new thing to start off with. Below, they plead their cases. Assassin’s Creed Origins — Owen Good argues for history over fantasy Assassin’s Creed Origins is the game I circled on the calendar for Oct. 27. It’s not a slight, nor is it a challenge, to the other big name titles launching on the same day. Wolfenstein belongs to an … [Read more...] about Assassin’s Creed Origins, Super Mario Odyssey and Wolfenstein 2: Which should I play first?
I am in two minds about Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. It is a phenomenally dense and ridiculous playground of Traveller’s Tales at their finest. And it’s a buggy, opaque and disjointed mess of haphazard controls and direction. And I’ve no idea which one is right. It’s me. Or it’s me. Where to go after TT’s last Lego triumph, Marvel Super Heroes? They built an entire Manhattan for that one, packed it with enough minigames and sidequests to beat any Ubisoft game, and that was just the sideshow to an extensive and convoluted plot weaving in dozens and dozens of Marvel characters. People who started it in 2013 are probably still playing it. And indeed they’re probably still being frustrated by the litany of bugs and stupid crappy mistakes that litter all of these Lego creations, bugs that aren’t fixed from one game to the next, and that ensure every one of TT’s games is spoilt by a terrible camera, contradictory controls, and poor … [Read more...] about Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is great! No, it isn’t.
We recently had a chat with Over the Moon's John Warner about the sequel to the point-and-click metroidvania hybrid that is The Fall ahead of its official announcement. Give us the quick pitch. What is The Fall 2?The Fall Part 2: Unbound is of course a sequel to The Fall which is a, sort of like a marriage of point and click adventure with, you know, puzzle platforming action, basically, and the game follows an artificial intelligence named ARID, or Armoured Robotics Interface Device who's on board this kind of futuristic combat suit. The dude inside the suit is injured and unconscious and it's ARID's job to kind of take control of the suit and drag his lifeless body towards help. The Fall ended with some pretty wacky stuff happening to ARID, she went through some really interesting personal development basically and had some kind of difficult times, and then Part 2 it picks up with where we left off in Part 1 and continues her bizarre journey and opens up the world a little bit. … [Read more...] about We talk to John Warner about The Fall Part 2: Unbound
Duncan "Hopoo" Drummond and Paul "PaulTheGoat" Morse started development on hit 2D roguelike Risk of Rain in their sophomore year at the University of Washington. It took them a year to finish Risk of Rain while going to school full-time. They've long since graduated and doubled down on their studio, Hopoo Games, but even so, Risk of Rain 2, already a year in development, is nowhere near done. It was announced as a 3D shooter earlier this year, but Hopoo has been tight-lipped ever since. So, when I got in touch with Drummond and Morse to get a much-needed status report, I had plenty of questions. Responses edited for clarity and length. It seems like Risk of Rain 2 was announced pretty quietly. Paul Morse: We waited a long time to announce anything. If we were doing a traditional sequel in 2D, it would have been much easier. Since we were switching to 3D it was kind of scary, never having done a 3D game and it being such a dramatic shift. We didn't want to give this … [Read more...] about We finally get our first look at Risk of Rain 2
The game developer’s attempt to raise $400,000 to fund a point-and-click adventure game, using popular fundraising website Kickstarter has exploded in a way I think no one was expecting. Double Fine made the original goal much sooner than expected: about 8 hours after the site first launched.Twelve days after the February 8th launch, they’ve hit more than two million. In fact, as of me writing this article (10:13 in the morning) they’ve got $2,004,987. The different reward levels, which range from $15 (a free copy of the game and access to all discussion boards and the video series) to $10,000, which includes all previous rewards, plus a tour of the offices and lunch with Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert. There are actually higher reward levels listed on Double Fine’s main site, if $10,000 isn’t enough for you. The result of the fundraiser is currently expected to be out in October this year, for PC, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. It will also be available in … [Read more...] about Double Fine’s Kickstarter Project Has Now Raised Over 2 Million Dollars
Do you like videogame chain guns? I’ve been playing a lot of Doom II lately, so I’m pretty hot on the idea of watching a big metal semicircle rotate its way across the bottom of my screen until either I’ve run out of ammo or my target’s been totally disassembled. The free-to-play Metro Conflict - no relation - has a teaser trailer that suggests it’s all about chain guns, and other assorted rapid-fire weapons. In fact we’ve got 2,000 codes here for a fancy AK-47 skin, and a new-look knife. Would you like one? Each key is good for an Oriental Gold AK-47 skin, which lasts for 30 days and is usable by three classes, plus a Mouflon Knife skin, which also lasts 30 days and can be used by anyone. You’ll need to acquaint yourself with the widget below to be entered into the draw for a code. Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter or let us curate for you on Steam, and you’ll have a higher chance of winning. We ask for an email address - but … [Read more...] about We’ve got 2,000 weapon skin keys for MMOFPS Metro Conflict. Want a swankier AK-47?
People really like Amplitude Studios' Endless games - Endless Space, Endless Legend and Dungeon of the Endless. They must do, as the series has collectively sold over 2 million units since 2012. You could say people like it a lot. You could even say their love for it is endless. But I won't. Hang on. Endless Legend is good. So good, in fact, that it made our list of the 15 best strategy games on PC. This sales news comes from Amplitude Studios' official Twitter account: We've reached an incredible milestone: we've sold 2 million units of the Endless games. Thank you for your support! pic.twitter.com/wfeESLIARh Obsessed with strategy games, Amplitude Studios ask for community feedback in the development on their games under the GAMES2GETHER platform. Here they quiz the community to vote and discuss features and mechanics in their games as they're developed. No doubt this interaction has played its part in building such a strong audience around the independent studio. … [Read more...] about Endless Legend and Dungeon of the Endless push series sales over 2 million units
You probably think you know how to fight Medusa - with a barge pole and a pair of sunglasses - but Dota 2 renders her a little differently. And if you’ve Dota 2 on Steam, she’s probably already sitting somewhere on your hard drive - so you’d better pay attention. Dota’s Medusa traded beauty for terror, and that terror is reflected in her abilities. Her ultimate is Stone Gaze which, as you might imagine, slowly turns enemies within squinting distance into the grey stuff. What that means in practical terms is slowed speed in all properties, the stripping of status buffs and damage to all illusions and summoned creatures. When using offensive ability Split Shot, Medusa splits her ranged attack into five arrows. They’ll confer reduced damage and lose their extra attack effects, but with the clear payoff of hits on multiple targets. Mystic Snake jumps from target to target, taking mana and dealing damage in increasing amounts with each leap. Once the snake has … [Read more...] about Dota 2 patch introduces Medusa the Gorgon and the Dark Chest
LOS ANGELES--At the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Electronic Arts had a robust lineup of software to show off. The company unveiled a deal through its EA Partners program to publish APB, the oft-delayed online crime actioner that has been referred to as the "Grand Theft Auto MMOG"--even though it isn't a traditional massively multiplayer game. (Its games are limited to 100 simultaneous players.) Also on tap were The Saboteur, Crysis 2, BioWare's MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Double Fine's Brutal Legend--which was promptly slapped with a lawsuit from former publisher Activision. (The suit has since been resolved, and the game shipped last October.) This year, it's unclear what EA will be showing off. A strong contender is EA Sports MMA, EA Sports' first foray into the mixed martial arts category, which was revealed last year. Also likely are the heavily hinted at Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 3, which BioWare has already confirmed in a FAQ on its Web site. The … [Read more...] about Dead Space 2, Bulletstorm, EA MMA dated at EA press event