“I’m hoping more game developers ship games with assist mode in the future so that we don’t have to develop mods specifically for it,” he says.
He says he doesn’t begrudge anyone who wants an easy mode in games like Sekiro, but that “trying to rationalise it as helping the disabled seems a bit patronising.”
Since he already knew a lot “from unravelling the game files for other mods,” he decided to edit a lot of the potential problems, and extended the mode for those who are hard of hearing as well.
He noticed that these players often quit entirely, or used mods to erase whole mechanics from the game, like the notorious system that only allows players to save their progress by drinking a certain item or sleeping in a bed.
Whether or not famously difficult games should have an optional easy mode has long been a point of contention.
While Black Widow has remained relevant, she is far from the best character in the game as she was considered two years ago, while Night Nurse has dropped off from relevancy substantially.
While Bender and his team at FoxNext have made efforts to reduce power creep, it has happened and it has affected different characters in different Forward Two characters that proved to be among the most coveted in the early days of the game were Black Widow and Night Nurse.
He's about to step up in a way that players asked for right from the may seem strange to add characters that were so prominently featured in one of the biggest movies ever nearly two years after that movie hit theaters, but FoxNext says the design process for the Black Order is a special case and is not indicative of how long the character design and implementation process normally takes.
As the third year of Marvel Strike Force kicks off, the team is adding VS. Battle, a new mode that allows you to challenge other players to real-time, synced PvP battles.
I spoke with creative director Jason Bender and game director Jonathan Durr to learn more about this new feature, as well as what to expect in the coming year of Marvel Strike Force.
During an insightful livestreamed interview last week, Popovich elaborated on how nailing that homey essence can be the key to keeping players coming back even after they’ve already invested a significant amount of time into a game.
Rather, Popovich says that non-linear games benefit from giving players a cozy, comfortable gameplay space that lets them feel productive without imposing major demands.
When Slime Rancher lead developer Nick Popovich suggests that games should try and capture the feeling of “home”, he’s not talking about a literal home like an in-game house or a hub world.
Nick Popovich argues that, even if they’re not aware of it, a “homey” space can keep players engaged in the long term.
Popovich says that, in his personal experience, games that manage to capture that homey feeling help to alleviate the choice paralysis that hits players when they sit down and try to find something to play since there’s always that comfortable gameplay space waiting for them to jump right back in.
The Twitter post from Candy Crush Saga reads: “We've partnered with @WHO to encourage our players to #PlayApartTogether.
Both Android and iOS users can enjoy unlimited lives in Candy Crush Saga right now.
This ‘unlimited lives' system is also available for most of the other games by developer King.
Candy Crush Saga, one of the most popular mobile puzzle games, has added unlimited lives for players till April 5 as part of the #PlayApartTogether initiative.
According to a report by The Verge, the other IPs that are part of this initiative are Candy Crush Soda Saga, Candy Crush Friends Saga, Candy Crush Jelly Saga, Bubble Witch 3 Saga, Pet Rescue Saga, and Farm Heroes Saga.
You'll have the option of downloading content via Wi-Fi to watch offline, which can be key for long plane, train, or car rides.On a TV: There are several ways to watch Prime Video on your television, and it all depends on whether you're using a smart TV or using an external streaming device (like Roku, a Fire TV Stick, or a game console).
You can pause at any point and come back to the same spot, so if life gets in the way of your binging habit, you won't lose all your progress.On your phone or tablet: Whether you're an iPhone or an Android user, you'll want to download the Amazon Prime Video app in order to download and stream films and television content right onto your phone (the same goes for Apple or Android tablets).
Head over to Prime Video.To start using Prime video you can simply head over to the Prime Video homepage, where you'll be able to see all movies, TV shows, and other content that is included with your subscription.
Amazon Amazon has already made reading, shopping, music listening, and just about everything else easier, and now, it's improving upon your movie and TV watching experience, too.Prime Video gets you access not only to some of your favorite classic movies and TV shows, but also popular original content like "The Man in the High Castle" and "Transparent.
You'll want to find the Amazon Prime Video app on either your smart TV or your streaming device and then log into your account.
Gearbox went on to say an update was provided to the employees that participate in the royalty bonus “to set expectations for the coming quarters.”
When asked for comment, Gearbox told Kotaku it offers one of the most “generous royalty bonus systems in AAA,” and since the royalty system was implemented employees have “earned over $100 million in royalty bonuses above and beyond traditional compensation.”
However, in a meeting led by company boss Randy Pitchford, employees found out the bonuses would be lower than expected due to expenses incurred with the game.
A report on Kotaku states Gearbox Software employees aren’t getting as large of a bonus as promised, despite Borderlands 3’s success.
Zaimont describes character attacks the same way one would describe fighting game attacks, with phrases like "neutral attack, down attack, and guard break" peppered into the conversation.
It's a head-spinningly large design space, but Zaimont said it began to make sense after Lab Zero Games released a public demo to support the game's Indiegogo campaign.
Instead of that turn-based system, in Indivisible, players string together combos using an array of 20 different characters, mixing fighting game logic with Final Fantasy's Active Time Battle system.
To understand the design challenges of Indivisible, it helps to understand the game's fundamental conceit--Zaimont describes it as "what I thought Valkyrie Profile was going to be when I looked at this box before I played it."
Zaimont described the game's meter management system as being inspired by the Guilty Gear series, and much like Guilty Gear, the game tries to reward players with an energy bar that builds into super moves based on what skills the player is good at.
In truth, there isn't a lot of game to this game, but after answering three simple questions Google will say some lovely things about you, and might just give you that little pick-up you need when you're feeling lonely.
Google Assistant's own game show is a quiz game you can play with up to four other members of your household.
There are various ways to find games on Google Assistant, which complicates things and makes round-ups such as these all the more useful (if we do say so ourselves).
We also found games like Classic Hangman a nightmare to play when it was unable to recognise our pronunciation of simple things like the letter E. And then there's the fact that some games seem to come and go, some don't work in all regions, and often when you're trying to call up a game it will instead start playing a random YouTube video or a song on Google Play Music - the Dustin From Stranger Things game is a good example here, and if you don't first say "Hey Google, I want to play a game" it will instead start playing highlights from the TV series on YouTube.
Now, we're not going to lie, some of the games you can play on Google Assistant really aren't very good.
Considering you could buy a Switch, a copy of Animal Crossing, a TV, sound system and still have more cash left over than if you’d bought an actual Acronym jacket, that’s a good deal!
An Acronym jacket is an enormous flex, but it’s one that comes at a price, because if you can ever get one new (they sell out quickly whenever released a few times a year on Acronym’s site), they’ll cost you well over $1000.
If you don’t know them by name, or their collaborations with brands like Nike and Stone Island, you might know them by their work in video games: they designed Adam’s jacket in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and featured prominently in Death Stranding’s rainy, apocalyptic wardrobes (including a cameo by Hugh himself).
And few pieces of techwear are as expensive, or as desirable, as Acronym jackets.
While it’s perfectly expected and cool that people are using Animal Crossing’s design tools to create unique and interesting clothes, some players are simply using them to craft recreations of outfits they already own.
One of the frequently asked for features was an off-line game mode, and the developers delivered that within a week.
The players are very familiar with Lohner, and it was great to expand his part of the game with his very own store.
We want to improve the onboarding for new players and also make sure the game is a bit more coherent in some areas.
Wahlund graciously agreed to answer a few questions remotely nonetheless, so read on for a quick catch-up about the state of Vermintide 2 right now and its ever growing player count (now at a muscular three million on PC alone), a fruitless inquiry about a possible sixth character, and how Dreadlands is faring.
Developer Fatshark has been busy not only with its hit horde game, but also its publishing debut as it helped bring Dreadlands, developed by a longtime Fatshark employee at his own studio, to market.
Ubisoft has done the honorable thing and made a spoof trailer for a supposed new version of the game – For Honor: Mini Edition.
Totally Accurate Battle Simulator developer Landfall has released a new DLC pack for the game – but it’s made entirely of bugs.
Platinum has been teasing its series of “4” announcements for a while now, and while the first three – a Wonderful 101 remaster, a new self-published game, and a new studio – were all satisfying in their own ways, the fourth is… a little different.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds gets a new limited-time event for April Fool’s Day.
If you want to read our own totally serious news stories – not April Fool’s Day pranks, no sirree, nuh-uh, hard-hitting news stories are all you get here on Personal Computer Games Network dot com – then take a look at the announcement that The Last of Us: Part II is coming to PC and of a new VR mode for CS:GO.
As much as I appreciate there’s a grammar of gaming to be learnt, and some specific skills associated especially with action games – like managing two thumbsticks for an FPS – the absolute basics of movement I had taken as a given.
Game designers, meanwhile, help out by dressing their menus up in thematic imagery, having player characters tap feet or snooze if we don’t move them, building save mechanics into the game world through computer terminals or stone sofas, and so on.
My dad, for example, whom I have never managed to get to play a game, saw this kind of skill development as a chore – and one with meagre reward at that.
Sure, there were some cute moments in there – he called our character “Moo” and modelled him on his baby brother – but there was a lot of frustration, like when he named our island “Water”, condemning me to an eternity of being asked “What’s a water airport?
Working at home during the UK's Coronavirus lockdown, I saw a great chance to make him collect weeds and sticks while I was in meetings, to take the edge off that early-game grind for me – oh, and to bond with him, I suppose.
A must-play experience Half-Life: Alyx review — VR's defining shooter is deeper than you think Half-Life: Alyx is more than just a game; it's at the forefront of the VR gaming space, and it pushes the medium ahead in the most important ways.
It’s tricky to pick the best assault rifle in Warzone as it’s the weapon class with the most options and the most variation between each pick.
You’ve got fast-firing, highly mobile Warzone assault rifles like the M13 and Kilo 141, all the way up to hard-hitting battle rifles like the Scar or Oden.
Naturally a huge part of this call comes down to personal preference, but there’s no escaping the fact that some of the assault rifles in Warzone boast far superior DPS stats or better magazine sizes than others.
Join us as we rank all of the best assault rifles in Warzone, starting with the pinnacle of the weapon type and working down to the weakest choice.
While decent at long-range, the FAL is a lot more usable between close and mid-range thanks to its faster rate of fire and more forgiving recoil.
Having broken cover once more as part of a procession of games included in March 26’s Nintendo Direct Mini video, “Ninjala” experienced a new wave of comparisons to Nintendo’s own supreme, soft-edge, off-kilter multiplayer action franchise, “Splatoon”.
First demonstrated as a show floor attraction at E3 2018, bubblegum-powered free-to-play multiplayer action game “Ninjala” is readying for launch in May with a series of animated shorts.
Featuring Max Mittelman (main character Saitama in hit anime series “One Punch Man”) and “Vampirina” voice actress Kailey Snider, video game “Ninjala” is introducing its characters and setting through a series of animated shorts.
Presumptive “Splatoon” successor “Ninjala” is preparing to launch itself onto the Nintendo Switch in May, with a series of animated shorts paving the way.
Living up to the standard of the Switch’s established “Splatoon 2” might seem like a mighty ask, “Ninjala” is not only free-to-play but does not require players to have an annual membership of the $20 (around P1,000) Nintendo Switch Online scheme.
The expansion, X4: Split Vendetta, is now on sale on Steam and GOG for £12.49/$14.99/€14.99.
For those without the expansion, the 3.0 update brings improvements like new optional tutorials, alternative steering methods “including head tracking systems and X3 retro mode”, and tweaks to the menu screens and interface, which will be welcome to people who struggled with the maps as I did.
The famously narky, fighty Split species will rejoin the dynamic trading and shooting with their new ships, weapons, and a “massive expansion of the universe” according to the blurb.
Developers Egosoft have also updated the base game, promising a litany of fixes and improvements, and additions including new ships, weapons, and a fresh storyline, whether you buy the expansion or not.
Mega space economy simulator X4: Foundations has released its first major expansion, bringing the alien Split faction back into the series, along with a heap of ships and new areas to explore.
Jack Black has joined TikTok, and his first video shows him doing a goofy dance he calls the “Quarantine Dance.”
His TikTok debut has been viewed over 2.1 million times, and he now has over 400,000 followers on his account.
Since his debut, Black has uploaded three more videos on his account — a long gag where his son keeps cutting him off.
While Black has not said what his TikTok content will focus on, it seems to follow the same material as his YouTube channel, Jablinski Games, which, aside from gaming, also features impromptu vlogging.
Black is one of the few celebrities who thrives on YouTube, thanks to his energy and persona that consistently appear in each video he uploads.
If you're feeling bored at home this week, mobile developer King has just the thing: free, unlimited lives for Candy Crush Saga, so you can keep swapping and matching virtual candies to your heart's content.
The giveaway, which also includes six of King's other mobile games, is part of campaign called #PlayApartTogether, which is a collaboration between the games industry and the World Health Organization.
The offer also includes unlimited free lives for Candy Crush Soda Saga, Candy Crush Jelly Saga, Candy Crush Friends Saga, Farm Heroes Saga, Bubble Witch 3 Saga and Pet Rescue Saga.
"It’s never been more critical to ensure people stay safely connected to one another," said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, which has also thrown its support behind the campaign.
The Candy Crush Saga deal lasts until April 5, so you have until Sunday night to get your fill of sweet puzzling.