You know Suda51, of course. The self-styled punk developer of Tokyo's Grasshopper Manufacture, Goichi Suda's been the driving force behind offbeat classics such as Flower, Sun and Rain, Killer7 and No More Heroes. You might not know, though, that 2007's No More Heroes marked the last time he helmed a project - and this spin-off from that spunky, stylish series sees his return to the director's chair after well over a decade. The problem is, though, that Travis Strikes Again is not very good. Should that be a surprise? The original No More Heroes was hardly an example of polished play; scrappy and wilfully obscure, its rough edges were all part of its charm. As, too, was central character Travis Touchdown, a grubby mirror held up to the player that presented a foul-mouthed insouciant otaku who displayed an abundance of style and swagger. And what style and swagger those original games had, the fourth wall sent tumbling by knowing commentary and flashbangs of cathartic action. If they … [Read more...] about Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes review
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You've probably noticed that Red Dead Redemption 2 isn't out on PC. "Who even needs it anyway?" we say, holding back the extremely real tears. "It's just GTA with horses," we yell, like that idea alone isn't amazing. This doesn't mean you can't source alternative western experiences on PC, though. You might not find animals you can realistically skin in this list, or long monologues from gruff men on horseback, but you'll still find plenty of fun interpretations of a western setting on PC. Below, we've collected some games and mods that might be of interest.West of LoathingOne of the funniest games in years on PC, and indeed the recipient of our Comedy GOTY award last year, West of Loathing is a clever spin on traditional RPGs whether you're interested in a western setting or not. The tone is set when the game asks you to choose from three classes: Snake Oiler, Cowpuncher and Beanslinger. This is a world that features goblins and skeletons, so it's probably not quite as true to … [Read more...] about The best western games that aren’t Red Dead Redemption 2
Where oh where is #9 this week, you ask, uncertain that it is possible to have a top ten without it. A mystery! Of course there are the usual suspects, the increasingly usual new suspects, and even a couple of new entries, but when it comes to slot nine, there’s a gap. The URL for the entry is this, the number seemingly unattached to anything on the store, and not the since deleted entry for the idiotic CS:GO championship sticker collection, as I’d first assumed. Go solve the mystery, mystery solvers! 10. Grand Theft Auto V A whole other mystery is the persistence of this game in the top ten, despite its being over 47 years old. Back after one week off, it means we can continue our new series, What’s Another Thing You Could Buy Instead Of GTA V Again? What’s Another Thing You Could Buy Instead Of GTA V Again? This inflatable unicorn 8. Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition Next mystery! Despite not being out for over a month, FFXV is already in the charts, owing … [Read more...] about Steam Charts: Mystery No. 9 Edition
A digital-only game based on licensed content is doomed to die right from the outset. At some point, months or years from now, that licensing agreement will expire - at which point the publisher can no longer sell the game. It will be summarily pulled from digital storefronts - sometimes with little or no warning - and is unlikely to ever resurface, unless the publisher is willing to negotiate those licensing deals all over again. Last December, a slew of Transformers games were suddenly removed from Steam and PSN (and later from the Xbox Marketplace) with no warning from publisher Activision. Among them was Transformers: Devastation by renowned developer PlatinumGames, which had only been released two years previously. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Marvel titles published by Activision have suffered a similar fate. Players who have previously bought and downloaded such games can still download them again. But even this exception may not apply forever. The fact is that you do not … [Read more...] about Where do downloadable games go when they die?
The first time Taylor Kurosaki and Bob Rafei saw a running PlayStation, they were in a Las Vegas hotel room. It was the 1995 Consumer Electronics Show. They, along with the company they worked for, Naughty Dog, were being given a behind-closed-doors look at Sony's first foray into the game console industry. When they describe the event now, they use words like "inspiring" and "enthralled" and phrases like "blown away." They didn't know it at the time, but the members of Naughty Dog in that room — Kurosaki, Rafei and co-founders Jason Rubin and Andy Gavin — were looking at the system that would host the team's next game: Crash Bandicoot. They were seeing the console their company would eventually create the unofficial mascot for — the console they would develop Naughty Dog's first smash hit for. It was Kurosaki and Rafei's second day with the company. Naughty Dog released Crash Bandicoot for Sony's original PlayStation in September 1996. In it, the team took an old … [Read more...] about Crash Bandicoot: An oral history