Serious Sam Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Serious Sam RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 8 Most Anticipated FPS Games of 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/2lr0f/8-most-anticipated-fps-games-of-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/2lr0f/8-most-anticipated-fps-games-of-2019 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 09:00:01 -0500 John Schutt

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This coming year, there's an FPS to fit almost every playstyle, every niche, and every sensibility, so long as you like big open worlds. Some are breaking new ground, some finding new ways to tell old stories, and some are just new. 

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No matter which way you swing, if you're a fan of the genre, it's going to be a good time. 

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Cyberpunk 2077

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  • Developer: CD Projekt, CD Projekt RED
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  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
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CD Projekt Red has always gone the extra mile, and from everything we've seen about Cyberpunk 2077, they've pushed their limits even further.

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What have they shown so far?

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  1. A vast, interconnected world where almost every choice, no matter small, echoes outwards

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  3. Fully explorable... everything

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  5. More customization than you can shake an augmented bioweapon at

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  7. CD Projekt Red's strong storytelling

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  9. The creator of the series itself on board as a design consultant
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  11. What appears to be solid shooting and first-person movement mechanics

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Most importantly is a lack of a firm release date. A game this big should only release when everyone on the team is satisfied. Deadlines will only get in the way.

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DOOM Eternal

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  • Developer: id Software
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  • Release Date: TBA 2019
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The Doom Slayer returns from exile. He's angrier, equipped with grappling hooks and arm blades, and wants nothing more than to tear Hell a new one.

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Mobility and gameplay variety seem to be id's modus operandi once again, and now players can dash about the maps. It might not look like much on paper, but if you've played the recent Shadow Warrior titles, you know how a simple, quick boost of speed can change an entire gameplay loop.

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That, and it looks like Doom Slayer has a host of new ways to make his enemies explode into gibs, with tons of new uses for his various weapon abilities.

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If they can get the Super Shotgun right again (which would be shocking if they didn't) and pair that level of satisfaction with more Mick Gordon metal, there's no way this won't be one of the most rewarding, cathartic shooters since... well, DOOM 2016.

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Wolfenstein: Youngblood

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  • Developer: MachineGames
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Though New Colossus disappointed some, Youngblood appears to be taking the series in another new direction, both in terms of narrative and gameplay. While we don't know much about the game save for what's in the trailers, we do know it's going to have co-op elements to make use of the two main characters: the Blazkowicz sisters. 

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There will still be plenty of Nazis to shoot, and with MachineGames at the helm, the gunplay will likely be as tight and frantic as we've come to expect. How the series will fare without one of the first identifiable FPS protagonists at the trigger remains to be seen, but if the developers can recapture the magic of the first Wolfenstein reboot with a new cast of characters, this entry will be something to see.

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Metro: Exodus

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  • Developer: 4A Games
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  • Release Date: February 22, 2019
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The long-awaited return to post-apocalyptic Russia is almost upon us.

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Unlike the previous games (sans Halo), the Metro series is defined not by its vastness but its focus. Not its gunplay but its story. Both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light were purely linear experiences. There were open areas to explore, but both games were dedicated to their narrative.

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Metro: Exodus is the franchise's first foray into the open world, but things are shaping up to still be story focused. One of the main complaints — or selling points — of previous entries was the scripted story sections that gave us short walking simulators before that genre even existed. 

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In any event, the environment is full-on snow level and there look to be plenty of rusty nooks and crannies to explore. That's half the point of a post-apocalypse: find the hidey-holes filled with ancient secrets.

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Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass

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Always a welcome return to a simpler FPS era, the Serious Sam series is an unapologetic rush of testosterone, almost endless enemies, and even more endless bullets.

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The developers were quite clear on one matter, however: Planet Badass is not an open-world game, but a linear experience of large, linked levels. Big enough, apparently, for Sam to need vehicles this time. That opens up tons of different options for play the series hasn't seen before, and an opportunity for the game to throw an as-yet-unheard-of number of enemies at the player.

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When describing the gameplay, the developers also emphasize that it's still the same fast, always-on-your-feet style the series is known for.

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Also, it's being published by Devolver Digital, so almost all bets are off as to what the game will be getting away with. 

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RAGE 2

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  • Developer: id Software, Avalanche Studios
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  • Release Date: June 2019
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What was once an ambitious but ultimately lackluster showcase of the id Tech 5 engine has blossomed into an apparently huge open world FPS with influences from Sunset Overdrive and Just Cause

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Gameplay is typical id fare: fast, frenetic, and immensely satisfying. Add in some melee and throwable mechanics, plenty of crazy vehicles and even crazier weapons and enemies and, by all appearances, there's real potential to right the Rage ship. At the very least there's more color, and while I doubt the story will make much sense or have significant depth, that's not really the point.

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If Rage 2 delivers on the fun factor, I doubt anyone will care.

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Generation Zero

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  • Developer: Avalanche Studios
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  • Platform: PC
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Avalanche is all about their gigantic open worlds, but they've never attempted a game like Generation Zero before. A mix of survival, stealth, FPS, and crafting, there's a kind of Horizon: Zero Dawn feel if the main character was a normal person and the machines were more post-grunge and less science-fantasy. 

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Everything about the game screams "deadly," and the developers emphasize that guerilla warfare and smart co-operative play are better options than head-up fights. Their dedication to a persistent game world is also intriguing, as every enemy will remember the damage you've done to it and will thus be weaker the next time you decide to face it. That hints at a very hit-and-run style gameplay loop.

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Add in weapon crafting and plenty of customization options and Generation Zero looks like it will break a few new barriers, or at least be a fun, tense romp on a gigantic map filled with deadly machines.

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Halo Infinite

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We're starting off big, so let's set the ground rules: there aren't any. We don't know when Halo Infinite is coming out, but we can hold out hope, right?

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Almost every game on this list is a massive open-world game, and Halo Infinite is no exception. It's been built with a new engine 343 constructed specifically for Halo Infinite because they couldn't make the game without it. We don't know much more about the game than what's shown in the trailer, but we probably expect a solid — and beefy — single-player campaign with plenty of Chief being a badass.

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One thing we can be sure of is another return to classic Halo multiplayer, though there will probably be some 343-style modifications and evolutions to the formula. There won't be a battle royale mode, but the battle rifle isn't going anywhere. 343 learned their lesson after Bungie's Halo Reachnever take away the battle rifle. 

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And finally, after 14+ years, PC is getting the full Halo treatment rather than being stuck with a stripped-down version that lacks a proper single-player campaign or robust multiplayer support.

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In 2019, the first-person shooter is poised to take the grand spectacle the genre is known for to new heights. Featuring titles with bold new takes on established mechanics and plenty of innovations to boot, next year is poised to be a great one for anyone looking to sate their hunger for virtual mayhem and destruction.

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Check out our list for eight FPS games you'll want to put on your wishlist today. They'll be here before you know it.

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11 VR Games to Look Forward to in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/b1ju9/11-vr-games-to-look-forward-to-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/b1ju9/11-vr-games-to-look-forward-to-in-2017 Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:10:46 -0500 Lampstradamus

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In the future, many VR games are going to release as interest in the medium increases and its cost decreases. Some of the titles on the list might be misses, but many of them might  be hits.

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We can only look forward to finding out in 2017.

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SUPERHOT VR

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After the initial release of the hit indie title SUPERHOT, many fans were left wondering what was next for the developer and the series. This past E3 the developers presented SUPERHOT VR.

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In SUPERHOT players dive into the world and try to survive several scenarios presented to them. Sometimes players have a gun or a melee weapon -- or sometimes they have nothing at all. But they always have to clear levels and survive with a twist: Time only moves when they move.

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In SUPERHOT VR players will utilize motion controllers and a VR headset to move around, with time moving in response. They will have to stay still to freeze time, to analyze situations and to plan their next move.

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If you're looking for a cool shooter with a fun twist, this might be what you're looking for.

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Farpoint
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Farpoint is the sci-fi shooter in VR that you didn't know that you wanted.

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Farpoint takes players out into the depths of space and onto an unknown planet where they will fight to survive. You explore a desert-like environment, slaughtering bug-like aliens that can range from average sized enemies to giants.

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The game will release for the Playstation VR.

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Budget Cuts
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Budget Cuts is a VR stealth game where players will move around an office trying not to get caught, while also murdering numerous robots.

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Budget Cuts was one of the very early VR demos that let gamers see what was possible with VR. It let players see what sort of gameplay that developers could possibly implement in VR.

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The demo is currently out on Steam for the HTC Vive, but the game has not been fully released yet.

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Overload
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Overload is a six-degrees-of-freedom shooter developed by the team that originally created Descent. In Overload, players control a ship and explore various levels, defeating enemies along the way.

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After having been backed on Kickstarter for over $300,000, the developers have announced that there will be full VR support for the game.

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Skyworld
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There are many genres that are thought to be a great fit for virtual reality, and there are many that people wouldn't have thought would work, but sometimes experiments do work.

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Skyworld is a turn-based strategy game where players build up their kingdoms and manage their armies to conquer maps. The game allows players to play a strategy game in room-scale virtual reality. Players can walk around the battle map or they can play seated if they wish.

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If you're looking for a classic turn-based strategy game with a nice, clean cartoony aesthetic, look forward to this.

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Resident Evil 7
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With Resident Evil going back to its roots as a survival horror game, Capcom thought it was a good idea to take it to the next level with VR.

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The initial reviews of the Resident Evil 7 in VR demos have been great, with many gamers and critics losing their heads in the setting of the game. 

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Players will go through Resident Evil 7 in its entirety in VR. And though survival horror games are generally terrifying, the first person perspective in VR -- as well as a good headset -- isolates players and turns the horror up to 11.

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If you're looking for a good thrill, then Resident Evil 7 in VR might be your thing. Just avoid throwing your headset after getting murdered.

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Giant Cop: Justice Above All
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If you're looking for a more humorous approach to VR gaming, then Giant Cop: Justice Above All might be up your alley.

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In Giant Cop, you are a cop in the 70's era styled Micro City. It is your job to literally throw criminals in jail and to eavesdrop on people while towering over them. 

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Just be careful to not destroy the city as you dish out justice.

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Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope
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There are many fans of the Serious Sam series, but now you can step into the shoes of Serious Sam himself.

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Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope is the VR experience for the Serious Sam series. Players will be shooting wave after wave of enemies in this game.

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The game is technically out on Steam as an early access title but it isn't finished in its entirety. However, the alpha has received many good reviews from gamers and critics alike, so there's hope this will be good.

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If you're looking for a good wave-based shooter, then the full release of this game is something to look forward to.

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Fallout 4 VR
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Bethesda VR announced that they were looking into VR earlier this year and on the E3 show floor people could play the entirety of Fallout 4 in VR, not just some cutoff area.

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Many people were skeptical if Bethesda still had plans for Fallout 4 VR after the hype around VR died a little in the middle of the year, but Bethesda said it wasn't worried about it.

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Certainly, interest in Fallout 4 has died down since its original release, but the idea of being able to play through the entirety of an open world RPG in VR excites many gamers. 

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Fallout 4 VR is certainly going to sell many copies -- and maybe some headsets as well.

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Star Trek: Bridge Crew
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Ah space, the final frontier.

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Star Trek is getting the VR treatment that long-time fans of the series have been waiting for. The initial reviews for the demo at E3 2016 had many people excited for the game's full release.

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Players will be aboard a ship, along with several other players or A.I., and they will have to cooperate to complete their shared objective. Players will be doing things such as exploring planets, executing rescue missions and more.

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Fans of Star Trek can finally be the star ship captain that they've always wanted to be. And if you're not the captain, just hope you're not wearing red.

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Virtual Reality gaming has come a long way from its original inception to its realization in early 2016. Since the release of the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift earlier this year, many things have happened with VR gaming. There have been a myriad of improvements and updates for both headsets, as well as the appearance of competition in the form of the PSVR

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But of course, the important thing about VR gaming is the games. 

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There have been quite a few hits and misses this year with VR gaming and though there have been more misses than hits, it doesn't mean you can't be optimistic for the future.

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Here are 10 VR games you can look forward to in 2017.

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Steam Games That Cost An Arm, A Leg, & A Few Thousand Dollars https://www.gameskinny.com/f8kkq/steam-games-that-cost-an-arm-a-leg-a-few-thousand-dollars https://www.gameskinny.com/f8kkq/steam-games-that-cost-an-arm-a-leg-a-few-thousand-dollars Thu, 07 Jul 2016 10:51:04 -0400 Jim H. Moreno

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Football Manager Touch 2016
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$449,999.00
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Mind blown, amirite? How could a video game be priced at $450K? Does it come with an actual football team, including their entire coaching staff, and perhaps a full-sized stadium? No, it's only a single-player video game. That’s gotta be a typo, or some Steam wires got crossed somewhere in the depths of Valve HQ. Who knows? Whatever it is, it’s listed for that price on Steam, and as of this writing, has been for at least a couple days.

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What are the most expensive video games you’ve bought? Would you buy any of the ones on this list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Playism Bundle
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$332.27
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This bundle o’games from AGM Playism is currently sale priced at $332.27, and offers about 30 indie games and respective DLCs. I’d not heard of any of these games, but there are a couple in the bundle that do look somewhat interesting. Not $300 worth of interesting, but if the current 20% sale discount could be applied to Artifact Adventure, or La-Mulana, I’d certainly consider them.

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Hall of Fame Starter Pack
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$199.99
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This $199.99 DLC pack is for SmashMuck Champions, a game I’d not heard of. Looking at it closer, it’s actually $200 for an Early Access buy in to DLC for a base game which is free-to-play, and also in Early Access.

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Steam lists SmashMuck Champions as having a September 11, 2013 release date. Three years later and still in Early Access? Kinda has me wondering will ever see an actual release. However, SmashMuck Champions has the bonus of having exclusive content designed by Scott Kurtz (PvP, TableTitans, Aquisitions, Inc.), so there’s that.

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Neverwinter: Hero of the North Pack

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$199.99
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Neverwinter is a free-to-play MMORPG, so I understand the $199.99 price for this item. Selling DLC and other items is one way the game brings in a profit. However, this $200 is mostly for cosmetic items, 3 extra character slots, a pet, and a few in-game items. No extra game content is made available here, and you don’t get auto access to future items, past items, or even Veteran rewards. The $200 price tag seems more suited to being the price for a lifetime subscription, which Neverwinter doesn’t have.

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Serious Sam Complete Pack

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The current (as of this writing) $99.99 price tag for the Serious Sam Complete Pack may not seem that costly to some, but it’s more than I’ve ever spent on a single video game. The pack comes with 11 products, including the Classic and HD versions of Serious Sam: The First Encounter and Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, Serious Sam 2, and Serious Sam 3: BFE. When not on sale, the pack totals $124.91, so I guess that’s where the bargain is. Still, I can’t quite justify spending $100 on games as old as 2001. But I do love the Serious Sam series, so maybe I could?

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You’re probably used to tracking the least expensive Steam games, especially during the recently ended Steam Summer Picnic Sale. But have you ever wondered what the most expensive Steam games are? Or how much they'll cost? Turns out there are quite a few games on Steam that will put a serious dent in your wallet -- upwards of $200 or more. 

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I dug into the Steam library and found some of the most notable (and most expensive) games, including one that’ll blow your mind.

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Why old video games appeal more to me https://www.gameskinny.com/2vesx/why-old-video-games-appeal-more-to-me https://www.gameskinny.com/2vesx/why-old-video-games-appeal-more-to-me Tue, 03 May 2016 12:19:48 -0400 Damien Smith

There are plenty of modern video games out there that have given me plenty of fun and entertainment for my money. No matter how many modern games I play, no matter how good they are, they simply do not appeal to me the same way that old games do.

Why is this the case? What is it that old video games have that make me come back to them time and time again? Let's take a look at some old and modern games and see what it is old games have that modern games don't.

Modern video games

Let's take a look at modern games before having some blasts from the past. My two favorite genres of a video game are that of the FPS and RPG. One of the more recent FPS games that I played is Shadow Warrior. Shadow Warrior is a reboot of 3D Realms 1997 controversial title of the same name.

I do not deny that the reboot is a damn fine game in its right, but it has that typical modern issue that other titles of its kind also have. Such titles would include Serious Sam and Painkiller. The problem with the games is that while in combat, players are locked in a certain room or area.

Only after defeating all the enemies can the player progress to the next area where this repeats. The main reason for this mechanic is to ensure that the game doesn't suffer any frame rate issues due to large amounts of enemies. The problem with such a mechanic is that it slows down the overall pace of the games. In addition, it makes the game feel incredibly repetitive. It makes the player feel like they are trapped or forcibly blocked off from experiencing the world at their pace. It also gives me the impression of making the game feel longer than it otherwise would be.

Shadow Warriors has amazingly realistic melee combat, beautiful graphics and is fun in short doses. Despite all of that, it lacks the smooth, constant fast paced action of that which it is rebooting. Despite getting my money's worth of gameplay, it doesn't satisfy what I am looking for in such a game. RPGs are no different.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim I found to be the blandest of series. I will give the game respect where it deserves, and I will say that its world is one of the most beautiful and detailed you will find in any RPG. That is where my praise ends for the game.

With each new entry in the Elder Scrolls series, the games are becoming more and more dumbed down. They are losing more RPG elements and becoming more like action games than actual RPGs. As far as I am concerned, Morrowind was the last proper RPG in the series.

With each new addition to the series, there are fewer skills and less character building. I found the whole experience to be bland from the storyline to the quests to the combat. It was the only entry in the series that I didn't spend several hundred hours playing.

So, yes, modern video games are not scratching that itch that I constantly have. They always feel like something is missing. To find out what that is, we need to take a look at a retro FPSs and RPGs.

Blasts from the past

We have looked at the modern end of the spectrum, and now we need to look at the older end of it. My choice of an old FPS would be that of QUAKE. A game which the likes of Serious Sam and Shadow Warrior gain their inspiration.

The question is, what is it that QUAKE has that a more modern FPS of the same vein is lacking? Such an FPS is always about the gameplay above anything else. The action and the level design are the primary focus of the developers while the storyline and atmosphere are secondary.

That focus is QUAKE in a nutshell. The action and level design of QUAKE are second to none, and Id Software uses their new found technology in every way that they possibly could. Not only is QUAKE a fine FPS, at the time it was a game that would cause brown trouser time.

The gameplay was fluent, smooth and the only stops are when the player finishes a level. The level design allows the player to explore the levels as they see fit. Often, levels branched which added an exploration element to the game where players could seek out secret areas.

As long as the player continues to explore in a direction they have not yet entered, there will be enemies to combat. Unlike in the modern FPS of the same style where there is at times several minutes of just wandering around before the next battle.

They are missing that constant onslaught that made such classics like QUAKE and DOOM the legends that they are. There is no denying the games lack story, but if the game is repetitive and boring, what good is a story? There is nothing to keep the player interested while awaiting plot progression.

What about RPGs you might ask? There are tons of classic RPGs that I could use as a comparison, such as Anvil of DawnIshar Trilogy and much more. Since I used Skyrim as a modern example, I see it fitting that I use Daggerfall.

Daggerfall is the second entry in the Elder Scrolls series and to my mind the best of the series. "What is it that separates it from the likes of Skyrim?" You might ask. For a start, adventure. Daggerfall has a huge world that is 161,600 kilometers squared.

Of course, there is the argument that the world is created using procedural generation as opposed to hand crafted like in later games. That may be the case, but it also creates a world of wonder along with huge dungeons to explore. There is a certain element of excitement, journeying into a massive dungeon attempting to find an insane wizard that the Mages Guide hired you to kill.

It provides a sense of adventure that is lacking in the dungeons and caves of the later games. You would have a dungeon explored in Skyrim in approximately fifteen-twenty minutes, depending on how many floors it has. In Daggerfall, however, you could be exploring a dungeon for a lot longer.

As for quests and guilds, they were far more fulfilling than in later games. Completing quests and rising the ranks of a guild was far more exciting and rewarding. An example would be the Mages Guild. When the player first joins, they have access to only the most basic facilities.

As they progress, they can begin to buy magical items, enchant their items, and summon daedric princes to complete tasks for artifacts--all of which are extremely useful. In later games, the daedric artifacts were almost useless and enchantments were extremely limited.

Daggerfall allowed the player to create weapons of immense power but not without adverse side effects. It was up to the player to balance out the positives with the negatives in a way that would suit them. It is a game that only ends when the player wants it to as there is always something to do.

Less is sometimes more

Indeed, old games are not for everyone. Graphics and certain gameplay mechanics are a must for some gamers which would make such games not appeal to them. If you can look past dated graphics and gameplay mechanics that older games possess, you are sure to enjoy yourself.

Old video games have much more character to them along with much more depth. Modern video games have fallen into the trap of using the advancement in technology to show off as opposed to focusing on what makes them great.

I find that with modern games, for all their graphics and all the gimmicky mechanics it doesn't enhance the overall experience. In fact, they lessen it. Developers focus so much on adding cool mechanics and features that they tend to forget what makes a game fun.

I admit there are still excellent games out there which use today's advanced video game technology to its fullest to create fun and exciting experiences. We do, however, also get plenty more bland experiences. The technological limitations that developers faced while creating video games years ago forced them to use their creativity.

It is what gives old games such uniqueness. Developers often had to think outside the box to create the game of their dreams. Sometimes with video games, less is more, and that is why old video games appeal more to me.

What are your thoughts on old video games? Do you feel they have more depth to them than modern games? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

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10 Video Game References That Are In Other Media https://www.gameskinny.com/upa72/10-video-game-references-that-are-in-other-media https://www.gameskinny.com/upa72/10-video-game-references-that-are-in-other-media Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:18:49 -0500 Jay Prodigious

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While I tried to begin and end on powerful notes, this list was just a drop in the bucket of references throughout media. It's hard to say just how many years gaming nuggets like these have been circulating. It goes to show, gaming truly has a life outside the controller.

Did I miss any you know of? Some of these you didn't know about before? Let us know in the comments below!

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Leeroy Jenkins ParaRescue Alarm: World of Warcraft

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Many of the references on this list have all been humorous, which isn't a bad thing. This one, however, just happens to be inspiring as well as worrisome. 

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Leeroy Jenkins was a player in a now infamous raid in World of Warcraft. The story goes that within in this giant raid, the entire team had planned out just how they would approach the bosses. Everyone except one member, Leeroy Jenkins. 

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Leeroy came back into the raid gathering just as final plans were being prepped. As soon as he entered the scene, he adjusts his mic and starts in with "Alright, let's do this. LEEEEEEEEEEEEEOROOOOOOY JEEEEEEEEEEEEENKIIINNNNNNNNNS!" Jenkins rushed into the fight sure of himself, and his raid members ran in behind him, unprepared. They were defeated, but the idea was noble and fairly inspiring.

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On the show Inside Combat Rescue on National Geographic, the lives of the 38th Squadron of ParaRescue soldiers in the Air Force are shown to us as they rush out to bring back wounded soldiers on the battlefields. 

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This squadron has an alarm that alerts them to fallen soldiers and tells them to mobilize. Their alarm is particularly interesting, as they use ol' Leeroy's inspiring battle cry as a rallying scream. It motivates the troops to risk their all to return their fellow comrades back to the barracks. 

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This is an awesome video game reference that exists outside of media altogether, though it does qualify for this list because it's shown on the National Geographic channel. More than that, it's a proud statement about all that is involved with gaming - they're entertainment, but they can also be motivation.

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I wished I had a reference article or video, but for some reason I can only find comments mentioning that it is the Leeroy scream.

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Final Fantasy Burger Chain (Robot Chicken): Final Fantasy VII

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This one was never a surprise for me. The Robot Chicken producers have never shied away from making pop culture references mixed in with video game and 80's cartoons. This one, however, just happened to stick close to the source material.

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In this skit (Season 2, Episode 28), dubbed "Final Fantasy Burger Chain", Cloud and the other heroes of Final Fantasy VII are holding jobs at a local burger shop. In the skit, there are no voice overs, just the standard Text based conversations and video game sound effects, watching as our heroes of Midgar face the daily challenges of being a minimum-wage employee. 

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Cloud even has a turn-based battle with a giant potato in order to peel it for french fries. In the end, it is revealed that Sephiroth is the villain, er, manager and requests Cloud work overtime. Another lengthy and epic battle ensues just because Cloud had Lakers tickets. 

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Tons Of Video Game References: Wreck-It-Ralph 

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One of the biggest game-related movies ever created, Wreck-It-Ralph holds the prize for most game references. At least it does in my book.

The game characters come to life when the arcade they are in closes. All the characters reside within the central hub, and multiple game characters can be seen meeting there. Street Fighter characters Chun-Li and Cammy are seen walking in deep conversation. (Too many long hours in the Street Fighter cabinet maybe?) Sonic the Hedgehog serves as a talking ad within the hub, still finding a way to be the responsible hero. Even Frogger had a quick cameo in the feature film, though he's not running across any crowded highways.

The central hub isn't the only thing that holds game references. A local tavern, Tappers, is a hit on the classic game of the same name. Tappers is the place for characters to relax and unwind after stressful days, while the bartender recreates his game's glory days by serving drinks. Tappers has a lost-and-found box that is filled with gaming items. Ralph rummages through this in the film, only to find Mario's Red Super Mushrooms along with the exclamation mark and warning sound from Metal Gear Solid's Solid Snake.

I could spend hours and paragraphs talking about all the references in the movie, because it's drawing from a gigantic amount of video game lore.

Fun Fact: Tons of references and name drops are seen/heard (Aerith Lives, Shenlong was here written on the walls in random spots, dropping names like Mario and GLaDOS). What is more interesting are the deleted (but confirmed) cameos. Dr. Wily, of Mega Man fame, was originally supposed to be in the villains' meeting with Ralph, but was replaced by a generic ninja.

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Another fun tidbit; The Master Sword from Legend of Zelda and Piranaha plant from Super Mario were supposed to be within the lost and found as well, but were scrapped for unknown reasons.

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Tons of Video Game References: Scott Pilgrim VS The World

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Manga, Video Game, Movie - Scott Pilgrim has many iterations in the media, and within each of them lies a world littered with video game references. From the random gaming consoles hidden on the set of the film (from NES and SNES to the Nintendo DS) to the random game references, this movie is filled to the brim. 

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The Band name in which Scott plays in is called "Sex Bob-Omb, which is a play on the walking bomb enemy from Super Mario, the Bob-Ombs. The band also has a bomb logo with an angry face, which is said to be a reference to the logo for a game called Serious Sam, which has a similar humanized appearance.

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The film includes too many references to count, though some have certainly tried. The main game-related moments are the ones in which Scott finds himself earning points as the story progresses. At one point he gets a level up (towards the end) and even collects a 1-UP.

Scott Pilgrim is a spectacular nerdgasm for those gamers who have watched the film or read the manga. This is one of my favorite movies and the references that are brought to life make me love games even more.

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Street Fighter Dress Up: City Hunter (Jackie Chan)

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Jackie Chan has always been a martial artist, and each of his films has him kicking butt in some form or fashion. This time around, in a hallucination, Jackie and his opponent become Street Fighter characters. 

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Characters from Street Fight II were used: Ken, E.Honda, Dhalism, Guile, and Chun-Li. The room in which Chan and his rival fight is surrounded by cardboard cutouts of other Street Fighter competitors, and the entire fight has NES music in the background.

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This scene has been commented on as one of the best depictions of a video game in a movie. It just shows that some movie companies can do video games justice.

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Fun Note: E. Honda's name was changed to E.Honde in the credits because it matched the car company name Honda and Chan had a partnership/sponsorship with rival car company Mitsubishi.

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Nintendo Power Glove (NES): 6th Freddy Krueger Film (Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare)

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Don't get scared just yet; I know the idea of the Power Glove returning from beyond the grave is enough to give anyone a heart attack. 

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In the 6th Freddy Krueger film, the directors began reaching out for humor over horror, and Freddy is always known for a wicked approach to comedy. In one of the scenes, a gloved villain is messing with a console that is likened to an NES. Freddy has a victim trapped inside the game, and instead of using the controller, he rigs his very own macabre Power Glove.

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His lines during the scene even play on the Power Glove's catchphrase "Now You're Playing With Power." Freddy antagonizes his victim by saying "You Forgot about the Power Glove!" and "Now I'm Playing with Power!".

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Kind of fitting that the stuff of nightmares is being controlled by the guy who walks in them. 

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Pokemon On TV: The Simpsons

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The Simpsons have been known to make parodies of plenty of things; other shows, video games, politics, movies. You shouldn't be surprised when you find that at least 3-4 instances of Pokemon have been found throughout the many seasons of the show.

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This reference is particularly worth mentioning because of the comments it makes on the longevity of both shows. 

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In this scene, Bart is watching Pokemon instead of doing homework. Ash's outfit looks like it's from the Diamond and Pearl era of the anime. As he's watching, Bart stares at the screen and contemplates, "How does this show stay so fresh?" 

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It's speculated this is a comment on both shows as well as the game (as the show is a direct tie-in to the games and vice versa).

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The question is never really answered, but we can be certain that they have survived for many years and have continually made things more entertaining. It serves not only as a reference, but also as a comment on how timeless the games/show have been.

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Took An Arrow to The Knee (Skyrim): Transformers: Rescue Bots

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A more recent reference is hidden in the Transformer series in which inexperienced Autobots help in small-time missions. This particular episode aired back in March 2014 under the title "A Virtual Disaster".

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In this episode, Blades (a rescue chopper Autobot), is taken into a virtual reality game in order to overcome boredom and tame his fear. In one of the segments he is bombarded with arrows, one of which pierces his knee joint. In the following scene, shown above, Blades reveals he is a Skyrim fan and feels like ramming the joke into the ground. 

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 Read the synopsis of the episode and mention of the quote here.

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All Your Base Are Belong To Us (Zero Wing): 2006 YouTube Site Shut Down

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In 2006, YouTube had planned a standard maintenance update and took down the famous video site while the engineers worked hard on bugs and issues. 

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The engineers decided to play a joke on those who did not heed the site's offline message the day before. Anyone who visited the site was treated to the screen you see above.

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This page only shows the YouTube logo in the middle of the screen, with text below it reading "ALL YOUR VIDEO ARE BELONG TO US." This is a reference to the 1989 Arcade and Sega Mega Drive game Zero Wing and the broken English translation of the dialogue in the intro.

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Some YouTubers didn't quite catch the joke and thought the site had been hacked. The engineers at YT went back on the page and updated the visitors, saying, "No we haven't been hacked. Get a sense of humor."

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Read more in this 2006 article about the joke. 

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Do A Barrel Roll (Star Fox): Google Does A Barrel Roll

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There have been many iconic lines ingrained in our head from some of the older games. Star Fox on the N64 left one lasting impression, not only with the annoying addition of Slippy's voice, but with Peppy's infamous line "Do a Barrel Roll!".

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In 2011, Google decided it would be fun to jump aboard the current meme train that was proliferating on the internet at the time. If you simply type "Do a Barrel Roll" into the Google search bar, you can watch the screen roll around.

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It's good to see video games have some fans in high places like Google.

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As gamers, we expect to find easter eggs in all sorts of different games. We scour the game world, looking for that hidden item or reference to the developers' favorite movie or game.

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Sometimes we overlook the idea that games make appearances or are referenced to in other forms of media. This is a list of 10 video game references of video games that are hidden in other media. Let's take a look at just how influential these games have been.

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