This. Is. Fucking. Amazing.
Most observers reckoned 4K for RDR would never come due to the engineering of the game – many thought the resolution was baked-in for performance reasons. But it seems the Back Compat team at Microsoft are wizards indeed.
So how does it look?
I mean, it’s ridiculous how good it looks. The 360 version (which is also what ran on the initial Back Compat version) was noticeably blurry and shimmery, especially in motion. It still looked great though, and you did get the impression that R* had put a lot more under the hood than the hardware was capable of displaying. And now we know that’s the case.
The result is that Read Dead Redemption is now – again – a joy to play.
More recommended Read Dead:
Finding John Marsden – A wonderful short doc from Polygon about Rob Weithoff, the voice of John Marsden
In depth review (thinreaper) – One of the best game reviews/critiques I’ve ever invested an hour and a half in
But let’s turn the clock back to 8th November 2016 again. Trump is elected as US President because of three things: 25% of America votes for him, 25% of America votes for Hillary and 50% of America chose not to vote at all. The world’s jaw drops to the floor. Everyone underestimated this gibbering, damaged man-child and now he’s got his finger on the button. Nobody is in a state to comprehend everyday life because nobody is talking about anything else.
Every conversation inevitably turned to Trump and how this could have happened. What do we do now? What could we have done differently? How badly will this affect everyone outside of America even though the rest of the world had no say in this catastrophe? What we took as normal is thrown out the window and we begin to contemplate just how crazy everything will become. The entire world has changed.
One week later, Watch Dogs 2 is released.
I loved Watch Dogs 2. Loved it. It’s fascinating to revisit it as a piece of art, and examine the themes and narrative in the context of today’s techno-political climate.
PS, Ubisoft, please give this game the 4K update for Xbox that it so obviously deserves. y u no
Gamers have made standards for remaining the elite, edgy “underground” hobby when that’s not the case at all. Gaming’s “minutes of fame” — mainstream news articles, movie references, song lyrics — are now infinite, as gaming is a constant center of attention.
Everyone games or knows a gamer.
The “VCS” stands for Very Cool and Sexy, surely.
I have a real affinity for this 2600 retro styling – it was the first gaming machine I ever owned (the Jr to be specific). Months and months of mindlessly delivering leaflets around the neighbourhood was all worth it!
And yes, in case you were wondering, I achieved ‘Neo at the end of the Matrix’ level zen-skills at Enduro.
The Atari VCS will be available later this year for between $250-300. That seems expensive.
Other Places is/was a short film series by Andy “ultrabrilliant” Kelly. Over 4 years, Kelly published over 75 videos showcasing the gorgeous landscapes, cityscapes, vistas and horizons he experienced in videos games.
Squeezed one last drop of blood out of Other Places, that critically acclaimed thing I once did that hardly anyone watched. https://t.co/S7CavwyS5w
— Andy Kelly (@ultrabrilliant) March 8, 2018
I watched them, Andy. I watched them.
The last thing I need at the start of a crazy-busy week like this are distractions. You know, cool things I can’t help but stop what I’m doing and start playing w… pic.twitter.com/MIKg5pAfxg
— Ryan McCaffrey (@DMC_Ryan) February 26, 2018
You can even buy one.
Game Brain spoke with him about his work on the series, the disastrous release of Tony Hawk Ride, Shred and Pro Skater 5 as well as what he thinks about the rival Skate series.
(Note: this is an audio interview, adjust your watching/listening accordingly).
But don’t get me wrong, Metal Gear Solid is a massive pile of wank as well, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is probably the most polished game I’ve ever played.
I’ll still play this when it, maybe, perhaps, eventually drops on Xbone.
How many games shown at E3 featured humans fighting giants, or giant beasts, or zombies? I’ll admit the games look well executed, but can we get some new concepts? God damn.
Over the last few days I’ve actually convinced myself that Steep from Ubisoft might be a game I could really get into. The intro/reveal felt stiff (can scripted game intros get any worse?) but the idea of it has grown on me. I described it to a friend as Skate but on a mountain range – which seems like a phrase the PR people should have used to sell it.
Increasingly I’m looking for fun gameplay experiences that don’t demand solid 2-3 hour blocks of my time (sorry, Metal Gear Solid V, I love you so much but I’m also a husband and dad). Ori and the Blind Forest filled that spot really well for me – a game that is as rewarding in 20 minute blocks as it is in 2 hours of play.
Steep genuinely looks like something I can add into my unwind-at-home routine really easily: an open world mountain I can ride pretty much endlessly, while finding new lines and spots.
“It’s time to embrace $10 games on Android. We’re quickly reaching a point where new technology is going to demand a greater expense for a better product, and there’s no reason any game developer that creates something to entertain you for 2+ hours a week for months is considered less valuable than whatever you had for lunch today.”
– Russell Holly writing for Android Central
The problem for me here is one of comparisons. I’ll happily pay $10 for a game – but what do I consider $10 worth of value?
On sale, Ori and the Blind Forest was $12, and the Abe’s Oddysee remake is currently $10.
To my mind Alto’s Adventure is sure as hell not worth $10. I’d pay $5 to completely remove the ads I suppose – but now I’m acting all arbitrary. (PS – it’s a good game and you should check it out).
I can understand the idea: “games are worth more, so developers should charge more, and gamers should spend more”, but I think the reality is a bit more complex than that.
NBA 2K just dropped their #WINNING (why not #TIGERBLOOD?) trailer. It’s interesting. Some stuff looks genuinely great, and other stuff looks, well, weird. Here’s a few GIFs calling out some points of interest:
A huge thanks to Motherboard (VICE) for featuring my photography in their recent showcase.
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