In the spirit of Halloween it’s only right that we squeeze in at least one scary game.
Over the past week 10 Chambers have held a couple of alpha sessions for their hardcore coop FPS GTFO. Set in a vast underground complex, players take on the role of scavengers forced to extract valuable artifacts. Oh, and the whole complex is full of terrifying monsters.
The alpha consisted of one level for us to explore and try and complete. However, GTFO isn’t exactly easy. Players must work together in order to progress. Ammo is scarce, resources are low, and alerting the waiting beasts is a terrible prospect you want to avoid.
Our mission featured one main objective, but along the way you’ll have to complete various other mini objectives that will allow you to progress through locked doors etc…
Work together or die alone
As mentioned GTFO is a cooperative game, and if you don’t work together you will fail a lot. Each player can equip their own gear and weapons ranging from pistols to sniper rifles. Additionally you can equip a gadget that will help you navigate the dark, motion trackers, deploy-able turrets, that sort of thing.
What’s interesting about GTFO is that the levels stay the same layout each time. Meaning with each failed attempt you might learn a little more about the layout and possible routes to take. Why is that interesting you ask? Well, because these days so many games have procedural or randomised levels. This type of game would actually suit that quite well, giving you new surprises each time. But I like that it’s the same and that you can learn the layout. It allows you to set better traps for set pieces you know are coming. It allows you to try different tactics. Meaning it allows for variation under the same parameters.
I put together a video of our failed attempts – yes we didn’t even complete the only mission available. GTFO is an awesome game packed with potential and I can’t wait for the release.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare
I said last week that I would be covering some multiplayer in this week’s roundup and here I am.
When the beta for COD came around I was pleasantly surprised by the multiplayer, I wasn’t expecting it to be as fun as it was. It was therefore the main reason I actually bought the game in the end.
But I’ve been having lots of issues with the game crashing. As a result, I’ve not played it as much as I would’ve liked. Although I’ve still managed to sink in a few hours. I don’t know why it’s been crashing, whether it’s my PC or a game issue, but it’s very annoying.
What I have played has been enjoyable though. This is very much a COD game, the time to kill is insanely fast, meaning if that’s not something you enjoy you’ll probably hate it. Personally, I’ve been looking for a FPS that gives me that quicker gameplay after playing a lot of slower paced games over the last year.
The new game mode Ground War still seems like a mess to me, it’s just too many players. COD feels better when there are less players involved, it becomes a little more intense rather than the shooting gallery of the 32vs32 mode. Saying that, it does seem like I’m in the minority and a lot of people really like.
I’m hoping that whatever issues I’ve been facing clear themselves up because I really want to get stuck in to more of the multiplayer!
We’re into November, which means we’re officially into the month that one of the most anticipated games of all times finally releases. I’m not talking about Death Stranding which has very polarising reviews at the moment but I’m sure will do very well sales reception wise. No I’m talking about Shenmue III. 18 years after Shenmue II we’ll finally be able to play out the next chapter in Ryo Hazuki’s hunt for the murderous Lan-Di.
To prepare for the momentous occasion I’ve made a start on another play through of Shenmue 1 and 2. I try to play them both, especially 1 around the Winter time as I just love the Christmas vibe of Doubita in Shenmue 1. But getting the play though in a tad earlier this year.
On this play through though, because I know where to go for every clue I need to find, I’m taking my time to explore the game as much as I did the first time I got my hands on it. I’m making an effort to speak to more NPCs, visit more useless shops and spend my daily income on copious amounts of chocolate to earn raffle tickets to try and get all the prizes I can.
From what I recall you have until April to complete the game or else it’s game over. So I’m planning to push the calendar to the limit in order to get as magical an experience playing this game again as I did the first time I got my hands on it. I’ll use the word again, Magical, it truly is the best word to define Shenmue.