Blizzard's “Overwatch” Gameplay Analyzed, Fully DetailedBy Steve Burke Published November 08, 2014 at 9:00 am
Having spent some time observing all of Blizzard's emergent “Overwatch” footage, we pieced together a video analysis of all existing recordings to discuss the game's merits. Overwatch is an upcoming FPS from Blizzard Entertainment and, believe it or not, is the company's first original title in seventeen years. Having survived on Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft for almost two decades now, Blizzard is trying its hand at the FPS genre.
Critical Review: Borderlands - The Pre-Sequel is Boring, Desultory, & RepetitiveBy Steve Burke
The existence of “virtual laziness” is either profound commentary on the degradation of human nature or an example of poor game design. We've discussed it before: Laziness developing within games is common, especially where backtracking or repetitious, unnecessary combat inhibit actual exploration of the game's world and story.
It's tough not to be hard on oneself when the prospect of holding “w” for a few minutes – because walking across a moon's surface requires shockingly little use of “s” – becomes too much to bear. It's too much work, too far to walk, and that pit of lava is looking rather inviting right now.
Our experience with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (BLPS) began with innocent GPU benchmarking, but struck enough of a chord to warrant a full review. This is in similar fashion to our Watch_Dogs experience. After hours of enduring backtracking, dull character progression, a lack of motivating storytelling, juvenile jokes, and forced, mind-numbingly boring traversal of desolate environments, we're here with the review: Borderlands is boring.
Lords of the Fallen Graphics Tech: Turbulence, Soft Body Physics, & Particle FXBy Steve Burke Published October 28, 2014 at 2:10 pm
We're currently in the process of GPU benchmarking Lords of the Fallen, a game that our own Nick Pinkerton previewed back at PAX Prime 2013. The game hosts impressive graphics technology in partial thanks to partnership with nVidia, who offer their GameWorks graphics SDK freely to game developers.
Developers CI Games and Deck13 utilized GameWorks (detailed here) to introduce physics-responsive particle effects, soft body (cloth, fabric) physical effects, volumetric lighting that responds to transparency and surface opacity / reflectivity, and destructible environment effects.
We Stumble Through Civilization: Beyond Earth Gameplay - "It's Still Civ"By Steve Burke Published October 24, 2014 at 9:57 pm
It's not often that I get a break from benchmarking games so that I can actually play them. That's normally Nick Pinkerton's job, our Senior Editor tasked with handling our game content these days. Civilization is an interesting game to benchmark; it's always been regarded as CPU-intensive due to the heavy processing done between turns and has GPU-intensive buffer requirements for map movement. For some unknown reason, GN staff decided to actually play the game.
We've certainly done worse.
Borderlands: Pre-Sequel Crash Fixes – Black Screens, Lag, Tearing, & Low FPS DropsBy Steve Burke Published October 15, 2014 at 4:38 pm
The release of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel saw our staff benchmarking the game's framerate performance across various graphics cards, as always. We'd already previewed the gameplay mechanics of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel at PAX, but now that the game's released, it's time to resolve some of the most common crash fixes. This is something we do regularly for major releases, including Watch Dogs and Titanfall in previous launch cycles.
As with most major launches these days, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel suffers from some flickering, crashing & CTDs, black screens, freezes, and PhysX issues. This guide will help resolve a few of the issues we've uncovered thus far.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel GPU Benchmark - GTX 750 Ti, R7 250X, 290X, GTX 980, 970, & MoreBy Steve Burke Published October 14, 2014 at 7:04 am
As we tend to do with new game releases – GRID, Titanfall, and Watch_Dogs included – we decided to put Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel through its performance paces. We originally spoke about Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel at PAX, where we got hands-on with the game and discussed gameplay mechanics. Since then, the title has shipped at the now-normal $60 price-tag, complete with the usual nVidia partnership and a basis on Unreal Engine.
Shadow of Mordor Is Not a Lord of the Rings Game -- ReviewBy Nick Pinkerton
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is not a Lord of the Rings game. There are no epic battles between a wizard and a balrog, there are no disguised female noblewomen slaying wraiths, and there are no hobbits singing jigs and jumping on top of cave trolls. However, having demoed Shadow of Mordor at Monolith Productions, I had not wanted any of that in the finished product.
Sure, Peter Jackson’s films have translated well to a couple of titles, and some of our readers may have been satisfied by the more recent War in the North or Lord of the Rings Online, but there’s more to be had. What the Tolkien universe has needed to keep us inspired and excited is a logical, original interpretation of Middle-earth. Shadow of Mordor offers this originality by stripping the Tolkien world down to brains and blood, and the game is better off because of it.
Interstellar Marines Preview - Unique, Competitive FPS Mechanics in SpaceBy Patrick Lathan Published October 01, 2014 at 4:29 pm
From Danish developer Zero Point Software, Interstellar Marines is an in-development single player / competitive multiplayer / co-op FPS featuring space marines (obviously) in the near-ish 21st century future. The game is based in that middle-era of sci-fi where mankind has ventured into space to find new life forms, but hasn't quite worked out how to not be promptly murdered by them (think Alien).
We’ve been asked to take a look at Interstellar Marines for preview and review purposes -- here are some of our thoughts.
'Minimum' Twitch Shooter / MOBA Hybrid Seeks to Carve Out NicheBy Keegan Gallick Published September 11, 2014 at 7:12 pm
It's rare that GN Editor Steve and I are able to play games at trade shows, and even rarer that we enjoy them. Alas, following-up on our Nosgoth coverage, it's time we played Human Head Studios' Minimum, published by Atari.
Named for the game's minimalistic styling, developers Human Head Studios aimed to make a twitch-shooter with borrowed MOBA mechanics. The result is a 5v5 third-person shooter with dialed-back MOBA lane/creep aspects and, despite the seemingly odd combination, we think it works.
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