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News Comments > Irrational Games Closing
25. Re: Irrational Games Closing Feb 19, 2014, 04:17 Jerykk
 
noman wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 02:30:
djinn wrote on Feb 18, 2014, 19:18:
Thought the same. Wasn't there another way he could have passed the baton on to someone else and kept the studio together? If it's only 15 people he's moving on with it seems like an odd decision to axe the rest. Maybe there's more to it? Then again, maybe not.

Take2 owns Irrational Games. There's no way Ken can decide on his own whether a Take2 studio needs to close. It's fairly obvious that Take2 wanted to close Irrational Games, after moderate success of Bioshock: Infinite (considering its six year long development cycle) Ken and fifteen others were given an option to start fresh and rest were let go.

Ken Levine's statement puts a positive spin on this development but he really should have stayed quiet.

Infinite sold over 4 million units. Granted, the six year dev cycle makes that a bit less impressive but not enough to shutter the entire studio. For comparison, Tomb Raider and Hitman Absolution were in development for about the same amount of time and received about the same amount of sales but you don't see Square shutting down Crystal Dynamics and IO Interactive. It just seems like a crazy decision from Take-Two.
 
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News Comments > Thief Trailer
36. Re: Thief Trailer Feb 12, 2014, 04:36 Jerykk
 
Flatline wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 18:20:
Beamer wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 15:15:
banksie wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 15:10:
Beamer wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 13:20:
When your main character is a thief, you often have to go above and beyond to make it clear he's not the bad guy and not just some dick taking shit from other people.

No, Garret in the first three games always was a dick out taking shit. In fact it was his decided self interest and lack of wanting to force his ideology on others that was key - his talent and lack of interest made him the fulcrum for change and maintaining the balance. (Thief 1, stop the Pagans. Thief 2, stop the Hammerites. Thief 3, stop the Keepers.)

That was part of the fun of the first two games especially - he wasn't a conventional hero or anti-hero. Garret was the unwilling participant who always generally just wanted to be left alone so he could steal stuff.

I didn't say you need to be strongly motivated, or be the good guy, I said you need a bigger bad guy so that you seem less of the bad guy, relatively.

I think The Trickster fit that, no?

That's fine, but at the end of the day you can still have a big bad evil guy. The corrupt official meant to do good but really secretly lining his own pocket is *so* cliche that it probably owes royalties to someone.

I'd like to see *an* antagonist that isn't a villain.

If by "villain," you mean someone whose only concern is wealth and power, there are some antagonists that don't fit that mold. Loghain from DAO, The Master from Fallout, Comstock from BI, Andrew Ryan from Bioshock... basically any character who was driven by ideals more than greed or power.
 
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News Comments > Thief Trailer
35. Re: Thief Trailer Feb 12, 2014, 04:24 Jerykk
 
Creston wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 22:24:
Quinn wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 17:14:
My favourite anti-hero is actually Loghain, from Dragon Age 1. You know, the guy that decided a tactical retreat was in order, which ended in the death of King Cailen and gray warden Duncan. Phenomenal anti-hero in the prequel book to Origins.

As for Garrett? He's been showing constant signs of being "not evil". In D&D terms he'd be somewhere between Neutral and Chaotic Good, I think.

Sadly that's not all Loghain did. He then pretended the entire thing was the Grey Wardens' fault, declared them outlaws, sent assassins after them, and really really REALLY tried his very best to kill the few people left alive that could actually stop the Archdemon. He also assassinated a few of the nobles who wouldn't fall in line, had one's son tortured in his dungeons to persuade the father to join up, and finally he threatened civil war against disobedient nobles, all while the fucking Blight was at his doorstep.

There wasn't much 'hero' about him. He was just an asshole out for power.

I don't think he was that two-dimensional. I think he did the things he did because he didn't trust Orlais or the Wardens with the future of Ferelden. He was essentially a paranoid xenophobe after the war with Orlais and wanted Ferelden to remain free from foreign involvement of any kind. This was the reason why he let Cailan die. He didn't feel that he could be trusted to maintain Ferelden's independence.
 
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News Comments > Watch Dogs in Q2
17. Re: Watch Dogs in Q2 Feb 11, 2014, 04:28 Jerykk
 
Being delayed for 6 months right before it was about to be released doesn't bode well for the game. Something must have been seriously wrong for Ubisoft to do that, especially considering it was supposed to be a launch title for the next-gen consoles and was even part of a PS4 bundle.  
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News Comments > Ubisoft Financials
3. Re: Ubisoft Financials Feb 10, 2014, 22:44 Jerykk
 
AC4 sells 10 million units and that's considered only "solid"? I wonder what their expectations were.  
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News Comments > Arkham Origins Patch After DLC (If Ever)
24. Re: Arkham Origins Patch After DLC (If Ever) Feb 10, 2014, 12:30 Jerykk
 
Ouch. It would have almost been better if they simply hadn't said anything at all like most publishers. Acknowledging the existence of critical bugs and then declaring that they won't be fixed isn't going to make anyone happy, even if they're being honest.

Same here. Played the game with M/KB without ANY bugs whatsoever. The only "issue" I have with the game is that it's not as PERFECTLY solid as the first 2. Example: sometimes it took some angle adjusting before I managed to grapple from one gargoyle to the next.

Did you play the game after it was patched? Because pre-patch, the Burnley Tower Riddler puzzle was impossible to complete. This was a 100% consistent bug for everyone. If you tried the puzzle before they patched in a fix, you would have encountered the bug. That aside, I didn't encounter any other critical bugs, though I did see a bunch of minor ones.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Slowed by Cash
52. Re: Pillars of Eternity Slowed by Cash Feb 10, 2014, 03:54 Jerykk
 
Has CIC announced that Star Citizen won't be meeting it's original November 2014 release date? Because there's no way it's going to release this year after all the feature creep that's happened (and continues to happen). The dog fighting module hasn't even been released yet.  
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Slowed by Cash
48. Re: Pillars of Eternity Slowed by Cash Feb 9, 2014, 19:24 Jerykk
 
If that is so then why are they not open and honest about it? Why not add a description to each stretch goal like... "The mega dungeon will now have at least 15 levels (+ 3 months development)".
It would be as simple as that.

Except it obviously isn't that simple, otherwise games wouldn't be delayed all the time. Game development is not a science. You cannot accurately predict exactly how long it will take to finish a game, let alone individual components of said game. Things don't always go as planned and sometimes you have to go back and redo things you once thought complete. Sometimes things take much longer than expected. Sometimes things just don't work out. Trying to provide an accurate release date before you've even finished preproduction is a waste of time.

The issue is not the release dates. The issue is not the delays. The issue is the complete lack of up front and honest adult-to-adult communication.

Given the fact that they've released 71 project updates so far detailing the development process, I'd say there's been plenty of upfront communication.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
24. Re: Steam Top 10 Feb 9, 2014, 19:08 Jerykk
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 9, 2014, 15:48:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 9, 2014, 14:55:
nin wrote on Feb 9, 2014, 13:51:
Wow, looking at the steam top sellers in the client, Thief is at 58! Car Mechanic Simulator is outselling it!



Maybe because it hasn't been out a full week yet? Or is that a daily measure?

Thief (are we talking about the remake?) is out? Whut? When?

Ah... it's only listed.. 2 weeks away till release and I didn't even know it's available for pre-order already... are they just not giving a shit PR wise or what is this.

The pre-order has been available for a while. It will likely pop up in the top 10 a few days before the game releases, as is typically the case for most pre-orders.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
23. Re: Steam Top 10 Feb 9, 2014, 19:03 Jerykk
 
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 9, 2014, 18:58:
If zombies are not threat, then isn't this just another twist on deathmatch? Open world Deathmatch.

For some players, yes. It's a sandbox game. If you want to go around killing other players on sight, you can do that. If you want to go around and give food and medicine to other players, you can do that too. If you want to go around and just kill zombies, that's another option.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Slowed by Cash
38. Re: Pillars of Eternity Slowed by Cash Feb 9, 2014, 06:10 Jerykk
 
Are people seriously complaining about not being immediately notified of delays? How long have you been playing games? 9 out of 10 games are delayed, indie or otherwise. When a Kickstarter asks for $1 million and gets $4 million as a result of stretch goals, are you really surprised when the expanded scope results in delays? At this point, you should expect games to be delayed by default.

And why do you even care so much about the release date? Do you plan your schedule around it? If the game is delayed, is your life significantly impacted? If not, why does it even matter?
 
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News Comments > Dying Light Tease
18. Re: Dying Light Tease Feb 8, 2014, 20:14 Jerykk
 
I thought Dead Island was a lot of fun. When you played it solo, it felt very much like a survival horror experience (especially with those damn running zombies). The locational damage system was also done very well and was actually useful.

Dying Light looks like Dead Island + Mirror's Edge and that's a pretty great combination.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Slowed by Cash
24. Re: Pillars of Eternity Slowed by Cash Feb 8, 2014, 17:29 Jerykk
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 8, 2014, 12:27:
My bone of contention is these KS' should be coming out with their original plan on schedule and the stretch goals as DLC/expansion stuff later on like Shadowrun is doing with the Berlin campaign. Most of these games all have editors and claim to be iterative enough to warrant several playthroughs so there's no reason not to do it that way.

Not sure why you're so obsessed with release dates. Sounds like you prefer the traditional publisher model where games are pushed out regardless of whether or not they're actually finished.

I'd rather have devs take as much time as they need to make their games great.
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released
138. Re: Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released Feb 8, 2014, 07:21 Jerykk
 
MyRealName wrote on Feb 7, 2014, 19:40:
The dreaded "You've lost your memory" trope is in this game; I didn't know that. So you've lost it, but you remember how to be a master thief well enough. And then there's the one about "Nothing is off limits." Yes, well, as long as it highlights blue, and you don't have to jump to get there. I remember in the old days when you had to be within reaching distance of something, and had to mouse over it, before it would frob-highlight. Now you just hit focus and everything within view that can be interacted with glows like a blue beacon? That's just not... good. How many more generations of games must pass before greed isn't the driving force, and we go back to the challenge aspect of gaming? How many before dumbing-down is seen as a bad thing?

One correction to a post about 6 pages back: The Dark Mod is for Doom 3*, not Unreal 3.

*And in fact, it doesn't even require Doom 3 anymore, as it has gone standalone.
http://www.thedarkmod.com



You can make the game as challenging as you want it to be

Max out the difficulty, turn off all the UI elements and turn on all the difficulty mods. Voila, hardest stealth game ever.
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released
135. Re: Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released Feb 7, 2014, 00:34 Jerykk
 
We're both talking about the coming Thief game, yeah? For some reason you talk like you've already played the game and it's been out for a while in general. What mod are you talking about? You mean mod as in modification as in customization option in the difficulty settings? This or that, there's not much use of a mod if the game isn't balanced by itself regarding the loot and (xp)upgrades since you won't realize a possible imbalance until later in the game I think.

Difficulty mods

I think it's safe to assume that without any difficulty mods, the game will be fairly generous with the item and upgrade prices. Default difficulty is designed for casual gamers, after all. Difficulty mods, on the other hand, are designed specifically for hardcore gamers so I'm pretty sure they'll be substantial. With the increased pricing mod, I imagine that you won't be able to buy every upgrade or item even if you collect every piece of loot, making every piece of loot far more significant.

That aside, I typically don't end up buying anything in stealth games anyway. I play a minimalist ghost style where I don't neutralize anyone and try not to alter the environment in any way. As such, weapons and gadgets are generally pretty useless to me. I collect loot for the sake of collecting loot. In Thief, collecting loot is my primary objective.

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News Comments > Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released
132. Re: Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released Feb 6, 2014, 12:30 Jerykk
 
Like I said, it can collapse the game. The game is primarily about stealth, in Thief's case mostly to pick locks, pick pockets, and just steal stuff while sneaking. Of course there's also the part of knocking down guards and following a story, but if the actual stealing of stuff really has no point...? I need not elaborate further, I do hope.

There are plenty of things you can buy with money and money is acquired by stealing loot. There's also a difficulty mod that makes everything significantly more expensive, meaning that stealing becomes all that much more important.
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released
129. Re: Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released Feb 6, 2014, 00:19 Jerykk
 
Note that I said meaningful complexity. The features you cite do not make for moment to moment gameplay that is anymore complex. For example, one of the agreed upon design flaws of Deus Ex is that many of the skills, weapons, and augs are completely useless, see Environmental Training, the plasma gun, or the Targeting Aug, leading to a relative paucity of viable character builds. The basic division was stealth/infiltration build or combat build. In essence, you have two ways to play the game, each with significant overlap, leading to a fairly standard character build, where augs become less of the game changers you describe, and are more temporary powerups, like the invisibility or slowfall potions of Thief.

While certain skills and augs are certainly useless, others are not and determine how you deal with any given situation. For example, if I choose the Speed Enhancement aug instead of the Silent Running aug, I'll have more traversal options but fewer stealth options. If I choose Cloak instead of Radar Transparency, I'll have no problem sneaking past organic threats but much more trouble sneaking past electronic threats. Same applies to the skill system. Your options for any given problem are largely determined by your chosen skills and augs. The fact that there are multiple viable builds already gives the game more meaningful complexity than Thief.

Also, Environment Training isn't useless. It greatly increases the durability and longevity of Ballistic Armor which makes quite a difference if you're going for a combat build.
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released
113. Re: Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released Feb 5, 2014, 04:28 Jerykk
 
No, your reaction isn't abnormal. Most of the critics are taking a few relatively insignificant issues and blowing them way out of proportion, seemingly ignoring any facts or logic that contradict their reactionary viewpoint. This happened with DX:HR too.

Before DX:HR came out, critics claimed that it would be a travesty based on the following issues:

- Third-person camera cuts.
- Cover system.
- Multiplatform development.
- Interactive object highlighting.
- Yellow screen tint.
- Lack of manual melee attacks.
- Technology inconsistent with the original game.
- One-button takedowns.
- Removal of skill system.
- Less interactive environments.
- No locational player damage.
- Radar.
- Energy system.
- Hacking minigame.
- No lockpicks or multitools.
- XP rewards based on specific actions.
- No animals.
- No kids.
- No swimming.

Lo and behold, the game was released and turned out to be a great DX game despite those issues. I'm seeing the same thing with the new Thief, only with fewer specific issues cited:

- Focus mode means the game was dumbed down (even though it's completely optional and can even be disabled).
- You can kill people so therefore this is now CoD (even though killing people is completely optional and you could do it in the previous games).
- There are action-oriented setpieces so therefore the entire game must be action-oriented and scripted (even though setpieces comprise maybe 0.5% of the entire game).
- You can't manually jump so therefore the game must be completely linear and scripted with no player agency or systemic gameplay (even though most of the gameplay in the previous games had nothing to do with jumping).
- New voice actor means the developers don't understand Garrett and have ruined the character (even though voice acting has nothing to do with writing).

I think that covers it.

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News Comments > Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released
111. Re: Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released Feb 5, 2014, 02:35 Jerykk
 
You're right, I haven't played DX in years. However, claiming that DX wasn't any more complex than Thief is ridiculous. It had the augmentation system (with multiple upgrades for each aug), the skill system, locational damage for both the player and enemies, more weapons (with stackable upgrades), more items, more character types and more interactive objects in the environment. You could jump off a building, turn on your leg aug and then kill someone by landing on them. You could stick mines to a wall and then use them to climb up said wall. You could pick up and throw a toxic barrel at a group of enemies and then turn on your environmental protection aug and beat them to death while they choke to death. You could even kill someone by throwing enough lockpicks at them because every item and object had mass and applied variable amounts of damage on impact.  
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released
109. Re: Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released Feb 5, 2014, 02:02 Jerykk
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Feb 5, 2014, 01:55:
Jerykk wrote on Feb 5, 2014, 01:36:

Out of curiosity, how many crates could you pick up/throw/shoot in the previous Thief games? How many objects even had physics?

Pretty much all of them? Have you not played Thief or something? Secrets, both in official and fan missions, often depended upon clever crate stacking to find, and crates could often provide unintended ways of navigating levels. Frankly, it's rather bizarre that you're shit-talking Thief while holding DX as a pinnacle of design: every charge you leveled could just as easily be said of DX, i.e. you could put tools together in creative ways, but every tool was hand placed by the developer.

Huh, you're right. I totally forgot that there were some objects you could move in Thief. Probably because there was rarely any reason to.

As for DX, like I said before, its systems were far more complex than Thief's. Emergent gameplay is unintended gameplay that emerges from the interactions between systems. The more systems you have and the more complex these systems are, the greater the potential for emergent gameplay. You had augmentations which drastically changed gameplay and had multiple upgrades with varying implications. The leg augmentation that increased your movement speed, jump height and reduced fall damage made a huge difference in where you could go. Couple that with the strength aug and the wide variety of objects you could pick up and you have plenty of opportunities for emergent gameplay.
 
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