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News Comments > Thief System Requirements
17. Re: Thief System Requirements Jan 18, 2014, 19:46 Squirmer
They've removed some egregious "features", but they removed them late in its development, and the rest of the game will still be designed around them (like level design etc). I don't think they've removed the "escape sequences" either, like running out of a burning and collapsing building, probably accompanied by cinematic cutscenes. Not very Thief-like.

The restriction of jumping is a big deal. The Thief games are immersive sims, and that immersive style is really hampered if you restrict player actions like that. Especially in a stealth game. Imagine jumping up on some crates to avoid some passing guards; well now you can only do that if the level designers have specifically coded that as a possible action. It's a radical restriction of moment-to-moment player agency, and harms that immersive quality because you're unable to do something that, logically, you should be able to.

Compare that with Dishonored, which did actually follow the immersive sim ethos. The level designers in Dishonored routinely went back and altered levels to cater for player creativity as testers found news ways to traverse the maps in ways the designers didn't anticipate. I remember a great interview with the Dishonored devs where they talked about players combining their abilities creatively:

Interviewer: "Doesn't that break the game?"
Raph Colantonio: "That's the point."

They got it. Immersive sims are all about enabling player actions within the rules of the simulation. This new Thief seems to be all about restricting it in the interest of their preferred "experience". That's why it's not a Thief game.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
11. Re: Steam Top 10 Jan 12, 2014, 15:01 Squirmer
I think early access is generally good and is in the best traditions of PC games (e.g. forgiving bugs and messiness in appreciation of good design).

Buyers will ultimately decide whether a game is worth playing 'early'. There are some early access games with no 'game' to them, and those are the ones that don't make the best sellers list (e.g. Space Engineers, which is only an engine and not much else).

The first 3 games on this list all have a 'game' already, even if they lack a bunch of features. The core is solid, and new additions will add depth, but the game is there. That's the key; the games that will succeed at early access are the ones that are well designed at their core.

It's also worth remembering that this isn't a new thing, just more common nowadays. Mount & Blade offered early access to its beta a long time before the final game was released.
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News Comments > Alien: Isolation Announced
32. Re: Alien: Isolation Announced Jan 7, 2014, 16:13 Squirmer
DangerDog wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 15:20:
The main problem is like other people are saying, how can you pad out a sizable chunk of game time to being chased around a spaceship by one Alien?
Worked for Miasmata, though that had a whole island to walk around on and orienteering to do etc. If they can implement some interesting survival and navigation mechanics it could be good. Imagine freely wandering the ship with the threat of the xenomorph stalking you the whole time.

But I'm worried it'll be more like Amnesia, a highly controlled horror show with scripted scares etc. That's how the Eurogamer preview made it look.
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News Comments > Thief Trailer
7. Re: Thief Trailer Dec 18, 2013, 18:42 Squirmer
Nuhauser wrote on Dec 18, 2013, 17:59:
As far as this game being similar to Dishonored is concerned, of course it is. This is the game that Dishonored is based on.
To an extent, but Thief is all about sneaking, whereas Dishonored also takes from the Deus Ex philosophy of multiple playstyles (Spector's comment that DX is a swiss army knife, Thief is a scalpel).

Eidos has taken the Thief property but instead of focusing on sneaking, they've added combat options because they don't want to punish people who don't want to play like a thief. In a game called Thief.

Beyond the gameplay, it's also remarkable how many similarities there are in the story. Evil baron, plague ravishing a city, now this character in the trailer who has Granny Rags written all over her. Some of that might come with the territory of setting a game in a Victorian-like city, but even so... They had some really interesting Thief-specific lore with the Hammers and the Keepers and so on, and it sounds like they've ditched most of it and come up with something way less interesting.
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News Comments > DayZ Sales Soar
1. Re: DayZ Sales Soar Dec 17, 2013, 19:46 Squirmer
Weren't people suggesting yesterday that they'd missed the boat, took too long to release it, people are over it.  
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 Early Access This Week
17. Re: Wasteland 2 Early Access This Week Dec 13, 2013, 16:42 Squirmer
jimnms wrote on Dec 13, 2013, 15:48:
For $50 you're getting a BOXED copy of the game, a cloth map, a printed manual, the soundtrack and 2 copies of the game, and you're bitching because a late backer gets beta access?
Yes? I'm not complaining about what I'm getting for $50; obviously I think that's reasonable or I wouldn't have paid it (I paid $65 actually for international shipping). But considering I've been on the backer train from the beginning and paid quite a bit, yeah, I'd be annoyed if a late backer gets beta access for paying less. Anyway, it's on Steam now for $60, so it's a non-issue.
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 Early Access This Week
3. Re: Wasteland 2 Early Access This Week Dec 12, 2013, 22:06 Squirmer
Beta access for the Kickstarter was at $75 or more, so I guess early access will be that expensive? I pledged $50, so I'll be kind of annoyed if I don't get beta access but late backers do via early access.  
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News Comments > Game of Thrones Confirmed
5. Re: Game of Thrones Confirmed Dec 8, 2013, 16:08 Squirmer
The Clash of Kings mod for Mount & Blade is all you need from a Game of Thrones game.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
4. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 7, 2013, 05:53 Squirmer
"Why Spike is hitting the reset button on its video game awards."

I'm gonna guess because not enough people watched it to justify the huge expense, so it's been downgraded. Close?
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News Comments > State of Decay Breakdown Released
4. Re: State of Decay Breakdown Released Nov 30, 2013, 19:39 Squirmer
It's actually much like the base game, but without the story events, so you have a bit more freedom to do what interests you. You get set up in one location, then look for resources, upgrade your base and outposts, recruit more survivors. When you deplete an area's resources, you load up an RV and move to a new area with harder zombies.

There are a number of events that occur and you can choose to do them or not. Things like helping out your neighbors, clearing infestations, defending a place from attack, making contact with other survivors. In between you need to look around and find resources. My only issue is that all these events come thick and fast, and it gets a bit overwhelming sometimes.

I'm not a huge fan of moving to a new area when you deplete resources, but I guess it works for the way the game is designed. I'd like to keep building up a base as zombies get harder instead of needing to start over each time you move.
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News Comments > State of Decay Breakdown DLC Delay?
11. Re: State of Decay Breakdown DLC Delay? Nov 29, 2013, 17:08 Squirmer
Fibrocyte wrote on Nov 29, 2013, 15:01:
I left the main cabin, visited some tents, came back to the main cabin and the survivors were dead. It isn't clear if this was because I did something wrong (for example I did not board up the windows) or if it is unavoidable / part of the story.
If that's the place right at the start, I think that's part of the story. It's supposed to make you move on to a new area, to teach you that can move around, etc.

The reason I'm interested in the DLC is that it has a sandbox mode, which doesn't feature those kinds of story events, so you can do what you want.
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News Comments > State of Decay Breakdown DLC Delay?
10. Re: State of Decay Breakdown DLC Delay? Nov 29, 2013, 17:03 Squirmer
Wish I'd seen this story before I bought the DLC just now. I guess it will unlock when it's available.  
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News Comments > GOG.Com offers Dark Matter Refunds
27. Re: GOG.Com offers Dark Matter Refunds Oct 22, 2013, 22:50 Squirmer
Interesting precedent. It's a fine line between 'unfinished ending' and 'crap ending'. I wonder if people will start demanding refunds for games they consider plain shit.  
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News Comments > Anachronox on Steam
10. Re: Anachronox on Steam Oct 18, 2013, 16:41 Squirmer
It uses the Quake 2 engine, not the Unreal engine like Deus Ex, so it has a very different look. It has a deliberate and coherent 'cartoony' art style, which means it still looks quite good today, as long as low res textures and blocky objects don't bother you.  
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News Comments > Anachronox on Steam
7. Re: Anachronox on Steam Oct 18, 2013, 01:51 Squirmer
Tom Hall has tried multiple times to get the IP but Eidos refused to sell it (and it's uneven more unlikely now that Eidos is owned by Square).

And now that Square has a plan to offer its lesser-known IPs for other developers to make, it highly unlikely they'll walk away from it. The best thing to hope for is that Hall could somehow win the right to 'lease' or whatever the IP from Square to make a game, as part of Square's deal. That's if Square offers the Anox IP, and if Hall wants to work with them, and if he was given the opportunity. So pretty unlikely overall.

Hall said that if he couldn't get the IP, eventually he'd just write up how the story was going to end and put it on a website.
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News Comments > Thief Dropping XP System
32. Re: Thief Dropping XP System Oct 17, 2013, 16:37 Squirmer
Fantaz wrote on Oct 17, 2013, 12:39:
I think they need to delay this game another year because it sounds like there needs to be a complete overhaul to save this game...
It already has been overhauled multiple times over the years, with new lead developers coming on board etc. That's what makes this so farcical. They had a formula set down by previous games in the series, but they've tried so hard to 'modernize' it.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
10. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 17, 2013, 16:27 Squirmer
They mean the cloud turns every Xbox into Microsoft's Xbox. You don't own shit when Microsoft controls everything.  
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News Comments > Resident Evil 7 Outed?
8. Re: Resident Evil 7 Outed? Oct 13, 2013, 19:08 Squirmer
Costume designer?

Next we'll be seeing credits for 'set director'.
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News Comments > Deus Ex Universe and New DX Game Revealed
27. Re: Deus Ex Universe and New DX Game Revealed Oct 2, 2013, 19:06 Squirmer
DX:HR is a bad game. They were taking the best game ever made as their starting point but managed to make it much worse. Awful level design, much more restrictive game systems that limited player options, poorly implemented RPG shit like XP rewards. Even if you're in it for the story, HR was so boring, with shallow characters and some nonsensical world building and character motivations. It was made by a bunch of amateurs and it shows.  
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News Comments > THIEF Preorder Bonus Trailer
12. Re: THIEF Preorder Bonus Trailer Sep 25, 2013, 23:59 Squirmer
no they didn't  
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