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We learned earlier this week that John Romero's long-rumored first-person shooter is BLACKROOM, and without delay, money started pouring en masse into his new company's Kickstarter campaign. That should cause nothing other than rejoicing, right? Well, not so much in this case, and while any pulling of a Kickstarter campaign can give off a vibe that the project probably wouldn't have been successful anyway, that doesn't at all seem to be the case here. So what's the deal? In talking to Develop, Romero noted that there was an obvious disconnect between the amount of hype surrounding his holographic... Read more...
Back in the fall of 2014, we reported that the legendary John Romero was working on a new first-person shooter. While FPS titles are a dime a dozen, it's hard to ignore someone like Romero, especially when the promise is that the main focus of the game will be its design, not graphics or other superfluous features. Today, we learn that that FPS is called BLACKROOM, and it's now ready for backing on Kickstarter. When Romero first teased this FPS, he raised some important questions: "There are unbelievable amounts of new stuff to do in that [FPS] genre. The idea of a shooter is running around with... Read more...
There are few games out there today that enjoy as faithful a fanbase as Counter-Strike. With each new iteration that comes along, it's almost implied that most people will move on over. Today, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive regularly ranks #2 on Steam, with an incredible 590,000 players currently in-game as of the time of this posting. While CS: GO is clearly the dominant version in terms of userbase, it doesn't mean that the older titles have been abandoned. Not even close, actually. Counter-Strike: Source currently has 10,000 players in-game, while the original Counter-Strike has 22,500. You're... Read more...
Many first-person shooters deliver constant action and give the player little time to stop and smell the roses. If this formula is tiring to you, then Superhot could be for you. You see, this game encourages stopping - it's the only way to get the enemies to hold their fire, after all. If that sounds weird, it's because it kind of is. Superhot is a unique first-person shooter where letting go of the controls offers the same effect as pausing most games - all of the action is halted until you decide to move your character again. You might be able to understand what would make this intriguing - if... Read more...
While Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare might not be the best-selling CoD ever, the general consensus seems to be that it offers the freshest multiplayer experience we've seen from the series in quite some time. That's something I'd agree with - it's packed to the gills with features, and who doesn't love that super jump? Admittedly, some might find AW's multiplayer to be a bit too extensive sometimes, which is why the just-released 'One Shot' mode might come as a refreshing addition. At least for those who love hiding behind a sniper rifle. With One Shot, everyone is equipped with the same MORS bolt-action... Read more...
It goes without saying, but games have changed a lot over the years. I'm not talking graphics, but mechanics. Take free-to-play, for example. Its impact on gaming today is enormous, but ten years ago? It was virtually unknown. And then there are our first-person shooters. Remember the old days when regenerating health wasn't a thing? Leveling? Classes? Heck - a cover system? I do, and I think back to those days fondly. Apparently, I'm not alone, as the upcoming PC exclusive FPS Toxikk proves. Developed by Germany-based Reakktor, Toxikk promises a 1999-esque arena combat experience that gets rid... Read more...
One of the problems with writing about a technology like Nvidia's G-Sync is that it's nearly impossible to actually show the technology in action. Websites like YouTube or DailyMotion either don't accept 60 FPS video at all, or automatically convert it to 30 FPS when it's encoded. While that makes perfect sense from a business perspective, it's frustrating for demonstrating a technology that fundamentally requires faster frame rates. Nvidia has put together a video that shows V-Sync and G-Sync side-by-side, as well as a comparison between V-Sync off and on. At 198MB, it's not a small download,... Read more...
Bungie's Destiny is a new FPS/RPG hybrid set in the distant future, in the aftermath of an apocalyptic series of events that reshaped human civilization and destroyed an empire that spanned the solar system. The company has kept much of its development under wraps, sketching out tidbits of information on the various character classes and enemies, but generally keeping everything close to the chest. Now, the company has released new gameplay footage -- and declared that PS4 and PS3 owners will be the first to beta test the title. Bungie has previously said that Destiny will be a living world, meaning... Read more...
Gaming mice have features you won’t find on ordinary mice. When you’re surfing the Web or working with documents, you don’t need to switch DPI settings, and six buttons is superfluous. But for a gamer, those options can be crucial (particularly if you fancy yourself a sniper), and they come at a premium: gaming mice often break $60 and some even top $100. But the new Genius GX Maurus X has a price tag of $49.90, even with a bunch of gamer-friendly features. The Maurus X is black and red, with red lighting in the logo and mouse wheel, but enough about the bling. The features that... Read more...
As a kid of the 80s, I dreamed of playing video games professionally - long before it was commonplace. Movies like The Wizard might have helped with that, along with the legendary Nintendo World Championship. Little did I realize at the time, pro-gaming was most certainly going to become a very big thing in the future, with no current sign of its rapid growth slowing down anytime soon. To help put things into perspective, Business Insider posted a list of the world's 15 most successful pro-gamers, in terms of their overall winnings. Looking over this list, it's easy to draw up a couple of simple... Read more...
It's hard to tell if this is a semi-elaborate publicity stunt, or if it's a warning to those who decide to catch a few Zs at work. Gearbox's Steve Gibson was allegedly found sleeping on a couch by a co-worker who quickly snapped-up a photo and posted it to Twitter. As far as Gibbie is concerned, we hope that Gearbox assumes his nap was due to the long hours he was putting in. One thing the picture-snapper didn't notice (again, allegedly - I have a hard time believing this) is that in the background, a perfectly-placed poster board for Borderlands 2's forthcoming (and fourth) DLC sits... Read more...
Let's face it: if there's one aspect of gaming that's a bit lacking, it's zombies. To help remedy this obvious void, Call of Duty: Black Ops II developer Treyarch is packing-in a zombie-filled story mode in its upcoming DLC, dubbed "Uprising". If you're already familiar with the base game (which we reviewed at launch), then you're no doubt aware that there already exists a mode for the zombie-killer in all of us. But there was no real story to speak of there, which some considered to be its primary flaw. Uprising includes four multiplayer maps including a reinvisioning of "Firing Range" (now called... Read more...
When THQ went bankrupt a couple of months ago, the first series that popped into my head was Saints Row. Anyone who's played it likely agrees that it's a classic - it takes the traditional FPS formula, puts it in a blender, adds a dash of humor, and becomes a ridiculously fun series. Fortunately, Deep Silver acquired Volition, the series' developer, and it sure didn't take too long before we discovered its fate: Saints Row IV is en route. With a target launch date of August, it's apparent that IV has been in development for some time - and by the looks of things, if you were a fan of the third... Read more...
In 2010, a game came along that should have put to rest the popular meme, "Can it run Crysis?" Despite being graphically superior - it was the first major title to include DirectX 11's tessellation feature - Metro 2033 didn't get the respect it deserved on the graphics front. On the gameplay front, things were different. It was immersive, the world was convincing and never knowing what was right around the corner helped make the game stand out to FPS fans all over. Metro: Last Light looks to replicate all of the successes of the original, both with regards to graphics and gameplay, when it... Read more...
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