You can’t deny Overwatch’s exciting gameplay and exceptional polish, but is there a chance for it to thrive in the current FPS landscape?The first person shooter genre has been slowly getting stale. We’ve seen the big series try to survive by mixing in RPG elements, increasing the pace of combat, and augmenting basic actions like walking and jumping with high-powered mods.Yet amidst this seeming renaissance, from Titanfall to Destiny, the class-based shooter genre has all but died. Sure, Battlefield still offers a semblance of it by assigning field jobs to classes, but even that is limited, and is often ignored by most in favour of the more direct approach.Whatever it is that modern shooters can’t or won’t provide, Overwatch is quietly presenting the answer. Oddly enough, the answer is kind of a new take on a game that’s been right here for years: Team Fortress 2. Of course, as is often the case with these statements, this is only partially true. The … [Read more...] about Overwatch is a brilliant class-based shooter, but who is it for?
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For the next few weeks, RPS chum James Carey will investigate games on that other PC platform, Linux. He’s dabbled in Linux before, but is exploring this from the perspective of a veteran PC gamer trying gaming seriously on the platform for the first time.With Windows 8 causing PC prophets to forecast doom in the lands of PC gaming, with its philosophy of freedom and rightness, and with Valve getting behind it, Linux, the open operating system, is clearly the future of PC gaming.* But is it still a total pain in the ass? Turns out it really isn’t… I know! I was surprised. Here’s what happened.*Maybe.would say that, because games are what I DO with computers. I’m sure you’re the same. If not, why are you here? But there’s a problem: Linux has always been a nightmare for those who don’t want to make time to learn its inner workings. The last time I made any serious effort to use it was Hardy Heron, about 4 years ago. It was getting easier … [Read more...] about How Easy Is It To Play Windows Games On Linux?
To be perfectly honest, I can't muster much enthusiasm for most of the issues people are having with Mass Effect 3. If you want to rail against homosexuality or sequels or unhappy endings, then to you I say, "OK," and then, "I'll be over here." The problem here--the real problem--with Mass Effect 3 can probably best be summed up by the question, "Who the hell is James Vega?" In the beginning of Mass Effect 3, there's me, Commander Shepard, messianic intergalactic badass on a bit of a tear, up in my office, alone. I'm staring out the window at a small boy playing in a nearby park. Why? That's not important. James walks in. "Commander." "You're not supposed to call me that anymore, James." "Not supposed to salute you, either…" First of all, who is this hulking Herc of a man that's in my office? Second of all, why is he talking to me like he knows me? Third of all, why am I in an office and not on the Normandy? Fourth of all, how long will that child be alone? And … [Read more...] about Who the Hell Is James Vega?
Earlier this month 343 Industries announced an update to Halo 5: Guardians that will bring back the community-made gametype known as Grifball. You can watch the first footage in our exclusive video above. The free update, which doesn't yet have a release date, will include all the weapons, maps and matchmaking infrastructure to make the melee-based sport work.But what in the world is Grifball? Where did it come from and how will gameplay change with the new mobility features found in the latest version of Halo? Polygon gathered a blue-ribbon panel to find out.As it turns out, the origin of the name "Grifball" comes from a throw-away line that opened episode 59 of the now famous machinima series Red vs. Blue. "Our character Sarge hates this other character, named Grif, who’s on his team," Rooster Teeth Productions' Burnie Burns, co-writer and director of Red vs. Blue, told Polygon. "Sarge is shooting at him one day and Grif is running back and forth on a cliff, almost like a duck … [Read more...] about Halo 5 is bringing back Grifball, but what on earth is it?
During the past week or so, I've spent some time with Dragon Age: Inquisition. Like many of the game's reviewers, I am deeply impressed with the game, its world, its story and its characters.Dragon Age: Inquisition isn't merely about exploring a beautiful and vast world, or fighting through combat challenges, or managing power portfolios of character rigs and skills. It's about hanging out with the game's party members, the dozen or so men and women (human or otherwise) with whom you will be spending an awful lot of time.In this game, BioWare has delivered characters who feel real. They feel real because the writing team, headed up by David Gaider, managed to write them that way. Writing is something BioWare has always done well, but here, the team has excelled, filling an expansive world with stories, ideas, words and people who, together, create an immense fictional entertainment.Put it this way: If you're going to spend a hundred hours with a bunch of people, you'd better enjoy … [Read more...] about Dragon Age: Inquisition’s greatest achievement is its writing