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Lightmatter Review — You Light up My Life

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To the same degree that light spreads out from the aperture it shines through, the creative energy seething from Valve’s The Orange Box permeated all levels of game development. The concept of the “hero shooter”, formalized by Team Fortress 2’s gradual and persistent popularity, went on to skyrocket through the 2010s. Grand capitalizers Activision and EA built subsequent empires on the backs of Overwatch and Apex Legends, so much that a trend initiated in the late ‘00s will likely set the pace for the 2020s. On the opposite end, Portal is a name brand in and of itself but shines most strongly through the indiesphere where the development of puzzle games is largely consigned. Year-by-year on the Steam market front, a first-person physics puzzler with a sleek but austere environment and an emphasis on platforming is always within reach.

 

Tunnel Vision Games, the developer of Lightmatter, would be the first to tell you that the game is a product of Portal’s influence. Visual and narrative easter eggs referencing the game pepper your exploration of Lightmatter Technologies. You will likely infer that the CEO facelessly commenting on your each and every move will turn antagonistic the instant he shows up. Puzzles operate as individual labrooms, gradually folding in new mechanics and requiring a greater number of logical steps for progression. On a purely aesthetic level, Lightmatter treads so close to Aperture Science’s territory that it’s tempting to discount the game as fan fiction. But inside a referential framework, Lightmatter boasts an inventive streak, evolving constantly across a tight, five-hour campaign.

 

The stark lighting in Lightmatter, where shadows best recall bottomless pits, does more than add a noirish flair to a common setting. The first principle you will learn as a captive of Lightmatter Technologies is that shadows now boast enough physical strength to kill you. A moment of contact with the black inklings strewn across the floor will force you to respawn. The core mechanic resembles maneuvering around as the light-resistant darkling in The Darkness games, only with the effects of light and shadows inverted. And what served as a clever detour in a predominantly action-oriented franchise is what Lightmatter’s gameplay revolves around.

 

Gameplay image from Lightmatter, a companion cube and Portal turret found in the corner of a room

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Effectively a spelunker in the caverns of Lightmatter Technologies, avenues for success rest in the presence of lamps that can be moved across the three-dimensional space but are bulky enough to impede your ability to jump while holding them. Early on, lamps only operate from the stationary angle you set them at, a small sliver of salvation illuminating the distance. The pace is slow, even for a puzzle game, but it makes for a satisfying rhythm organizing your path to a level’s exit piece-by-piece. Movement feels a bit lumbering compared to other first-person physics puzzlers, but the controls are tight, and individual rooms are small enough to never make navigation outright tedious. It also helps that respawns are so quick and checkpoints so frequent that forcing yourself into a dead end and having to restart a puzzle is never an arduous process.

 

And thankfully, the ray of light has a large enough spread to offer a bit of leeway in setting its angle. …

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Dragalia Lost Getting Monster Hunter Event


The world of Nintendo and CyGames’ Dragalia Lost will meet the world of Monster Hunter with an upcoming event coming to the mobile title.

Dubbed “Primal Crisis,” players will be able to add Rathalos to their team during this event and shapeshift. With just the blazons collected by participating in this specific event, players can form a special pact with Rathalos and can later unbind him with more Blazons. Event-specific rewards will also be available during this time.

Learn more with the trailer below:

Dragalia Lost – Monster Hunter Event

Dragalia Lost takes place in Alberia, which is a kingdom inhabited by dragons. All royal members of this area possess the Dragon Transformation Ability, which lets them wield the power of a dragon.

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Dragalia Lost Getting Monster Hunter Event

The world of Nintendo and CyGames’ Dragalia Lost will meet the world of Monster Hunter with an upcoming event coming to the mobile title

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Bloober Team teases what seems to be the sequel to Observer

We owe some excellent games to Bloober Team. The Polish studio that has created Observer, Layers of Fear, and more recently Blair Witch, has published a rather intriguing message on its Twitter account.

This short video that accompanies the message seems visibly enigmatic, although it could be not so cryptic for you if you’ve already played Observer. Indeed, if you know the game, you will surely have recognized several elements here. For those who have never played it, we have a little summary of the essentials.

The story of Observer takes place in 2084 Poland, after the outburst of a digital plague called Nanophage, which followed a war. The population, which suffered because of misery and drugs, has taken refuge in virtual reality thanks to neural implants. In the game, you play as Daniel Lazarski, a neural detective, or Observer, employed by a mega-corporation, who can penetrate the minds of suspects.

Observer – Opening scene

The video included in the tweet several references to Observer. The most obvious is the logo, which is actually the one of Chiron, the corporation that hires Daniel. Also, the incoming call is not trivial either, since the very first scene of Observer shows Daniel in his car, receiving a call, and we can see on the screen of this one the same design as on the video.

We can also recognize in a rather obvious way “Chiron Incorporated” in the message “sig: ch120n 1nc02p02473d_”, but it seems that the video hides other secrets too. A player noticed that we can see binary language. The sequence at the top of the image, once translated, gives the following message, “Daniel, are you there?”, which also recalls the scene previously quoted. We can see another series on the right side, which perhaps hides some other clues.

Finally, if it was not clear enough that this is Observer, the #cyberpunk and #horrorgame, leave no room for doubt. It remains to be seen what Bloober Team is really teasing, but everything indicates that it could be a sequel to Observer.

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Disco Elysium receives a new gameplay mode

Disco Elysium was one of the biggest surprises of 2019. Nobody expected that a relatively unknown developer would launch such a great RPG, and since it was launched in October the game has managed to get a lot of fans that love being a detective in the crowded streets of Revachol. Taking inspiration in classic Infinity Engine role-playing games like Baldur’s Gate or Ice Wind Dale, Disco Elysium takes the action to a more modern and sordid universe where the player is granted with almost total freedom of action as he investigates a murder case in Martinaise, a district of the city where poverty, corruption, and crime are the main principles of life.

Life in Revachol is not easy at all for a detective that has problems with alcohol and drugs, but after the latest update of the game, you will find that it can be even more difficult. Developer ZA/UM has added the Hardcore True Detective mode to Disco Elysium, to make things even more complicated for the players.

It raises the difficulty of the game in several ways, and if you are up for a challenge you should give it a try. Among the few things that this mode changes you will find that the difficulty checks for all the skills will be harder and your chances to become a Total Disaster Cop are higher. On the economic side, you will have access to less money and your favorite drugs will also be more expensive and less effective, although the more extreme situation you will be in will drive you to consume these more often, leading to an even more stressful situation. But not everything will be bad in this new game, and you will gain experience at an increased rate too, which will make you get more skills and faster.

At the same time, the last Disco Elysium update allows the game to support ultra panoramic screens for an enhanced game experience.

If you haven’t played Disco Elysium yet, you can get it at the best price in our comparator.

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Season 2 starts and includes new free content

As a first-person action role-playing game, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is quite different from most of the videogames based on the tabletop miniature game from Games Workshop, which tend to be categorized in the strategy genre. With frenetic action, plenty of monsters to kill and several heroes to choose from, each of them with its own gameplay style, skills, and weapons, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 offers a more direct approach to the conflict between order and chaos in the Old World.

The game has been available for a while already, and it received an update yesterday that marks the start of its second season, which comes with new content and several new features.

The update adds the first chapter of The Curse of Drachenfels – Old Haunt, a new mission that will have Warhammer: Vermintide 2 players visit the old fortress to investigate the disappearance of several villagers. As you navigate through the narrow corridors of the old fortress in the Grey Mountains, you will have to face a familiar yet dangerous threat, a plague of Skaven. You will have to discover the reason that drives those evil creatures to that location and try to stop them before they become a bigger problem.

Season 2 also brings a new currency to Warhammer: Vermintide 2. You will earn Shillings by completing daily and weekly quests, and you can spend them buying cosmetic items in the new shop that Lohner has put up in the keep. Developer Fatshark has also added premium cosmetic items that you can buy with real money as a way of getting some extra income to fund future free content.

Vermintide 2 – Castle Drachenfels

The update also brings some changes to Quick-Play Waves, separating the queues in five different difficulties and adding the possibility of playing with bots in this mode. The essence rewards that you get from completing them have been increased too.

All those features have already been implemented and all the players that own Warhammer: Vermintide 2 on PC have access to them for free.

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Nioh 2 Gets Story Trailer


Learn more about the story that awaits players in Team Ninja’s Nioh 2 with the latest trailer for the game.

Nioh 2 will whisk players away to 1555 Sengoku-era feudal Japan, which has been gripped in the madness and misery of endless warfare. Players will fill in the shoes of a mute rogue that lives as both a hired mercenary and a renowned Yokai hunter. With the ability to take on a supernatural Yokai form, players must do everything they can to survive this era.

Learn more with the trailer below:

Nioh 2 – Story Trailer | PS4

Nioh 2 will have players utilizing a number of different weapons like the kusarigama and odachi, and also learning new skills along the way. Players will also be able to summon up to two avatars of other players at “Benevolent Graves.”

The game will come out for the PlayStation 4 on March 13, 2020.

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Nioh 2 Gets Story Trailer

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Nagasaki Outlaw Now in GTA Online


Get behind the wheel of the rugged Nagasaki Outlaw this week in Rockstar Games’ GTA Online.

For those looking to get this off roader for themselves, you can pick it up at Southern San Andreas Super Autos.

For those looking for Double GTA$ and RP, be sure to check out Overtime Rumble this week.

Make sure to pay a visit to the Diamond Casino and Resort this week to take a spin of its Lucky Wheel – the top prize is a customized Progen Emerus supercar that has been wrapped in the Hexagon Blue livery.

For those looking to save a bundle, be sure to take advantage of the following discounts this week:

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  • Master Penthouse – 25% off
  • Penthouse Upgrades – 25% off
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Finally, those that have linked their Twitch Prime and Rockstar Games Social Club accounts can get themselves the Pixel Pete’s Arcade property in Paleto Bay for free via rebate within 72 hours of purchase. These players will also be able to get 60% off all Arena variants of the Bravado Sasquatch, 50% off the RC Bandito, and an extra 10% off all of the previously listed discounts this week.

Source: Press Release
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Half-Life: Alyx, Valve reveals a lot of information about the game

We told you about this yesterday in another article, Valve has announced that all Half-Life games will be free until Half-Life: Alyx is released in March. In the aftermath, a handful of members of the game team organized a question and answer session on Reddit last night.

A host of questions have been asked about Half-Life: Alyx by the community, and of course, not all of them have been answered, especially those that would spoil the story. However, a lot of interesting information has been made public by the team.

One of the most relevant things is the current state of development of the game. There is good news about that since the team said that Half-Life: Alyx was more or less finished.

With the exception of some tweaks to the absolute final scene, the game is done. Lots of us at Valve, as well as playtesters, have played through the entire game multiple times.

Therefore, Half-Life: Alyx should logically go gold soon, and we should be getting a precise release date for the game very soon too.

But that’s not all that has been revealed in this exchange between the game team and the community.

On the enemy side, the Barnacles will be present in the game, and VR will allow players to face them in new ways. Combine Soldiers will have several variants to spice up the gameplay.

In terms of functionality, the team states that the noise created by the players in the game will not be a central component of the gameplay but that there will be “a notable exception”. The game will also offer a variety of possibilities in terms of movement, and Valve is working to make it more accessible, especially for people with disabilities.

Regarding weapons, they will all be usable with one hand. Valve states that it has made this choice so that players can use their second hand to perform other simultaneous actions.

Finally, in terms of atmosphere, although Half-Life: Alyx is in VR, it will be visibly bearable in terms of horrific images. According to Tristan Reidford, (3D model maker at Valve): “Some of our gorier visuals tend to evoke a grim fascination rather than revulsion or panic.”

Half-Life: Alyx – Gravity gloves

Of course, many other subjects were mentioned, such as the publication of development tools for creating mods. We have discussed here only the most relevant points. You can check out the entire conversation between the game team and the community on Reddit.

Do not hesitate to visit our comparator to get Half-Life: Alyx at the best price.

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Team Ninja has published Nioh 2 story trailer

Team Ninja is an experienced Japanese studio that has developed plenty of games since it was created. As a division of Koei Tecmo, the studio has focused mainly on developing the fighting games of the Dead or Alive franchise, but we can count some action-RPG titles among their creations, like Ninja Gaiden series or Nioh.

One of the upcoming games that they are launching is Nioh 2, and the studio has published a new trailer that allows up to delve a little more in the story of this second installment of the series.

We already know that Nioh 2 will be different from its predecessor and that its story will take place before the events in Nioh. In the new game, you will be able to create and customize your character instead of playing as William Adams. The game follows the story of historical warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, but in Nioh 2 he will be represented by two different characters. One is the character you will play as a lonely half-breed demon hunter born from the union of a human and a yokai. Hiding his origins, he hunts yokai in the province of Mino. After unexpectedly losing control of your demonic side, you receive the help of a peddler called Toukichiro. He gives you a powerful spirit stone that allows you to communicate with yokai spirits and regain control of your demonic blood. From there on you are set on finding more of those artifacts and you embark yourself in a quest that will have you fighting against powerful demonic forces.

As you can see in the video, Nioh 2 features amazing graphics that represent the feudal Japan of 1955, and it will also let you take part in epic fights against yokai and other enemies too. The combat is similar to Nioh’s, but Nioh 2 also includes new gameplay options, and you will be able to bring out your yokai form and use special skills in combat. As you progress through the game you will gain experience and unlock multiple skills.

You will also be able to summon spirits to aid you through the use of Benevolent Graves. Those spirits will take the form of other players, with their equipment and skills. The game also features cooperative gameplay for up to three players.

The release of Nioh 2 is scheduled for March 13, 2020, exclusively in PlayStation 4, but it’s quite likely that we will see a PC version later, as it happened with Nioh.

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Hellblade 2 developer announces a new project

Ninja Theory should have its hands full right now with the development of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 and Bleeding Edge, which are to be released in 2020. But it seems that Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice has given them enough momentum to take on multiple projects without compromising the release of these.

They have just announced that they are already working on the development of another video game, which is called Project Mara. They have revealed it in a new video where Tameem Antoniades, co-founder of Ninja Theory, reviews the state of the projects they are developing right now, which you can watch below.

According to the British studio, Project Mara is an experimental game that will recreate the horror of the mind as accurately and realistically as possible based on first-hand accounts and in-depth research.

Ninja Theory already had a very successful approach to the experiences of the human mind in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. The interaction of the protagonist of the game with her own psychosis, inner demons, and hallucinations, gives the story a depth and realism that couldn’t have been reached without that. If you removed Senua from the game, we would be probably talking about just another action game, since she is the backbone that gives shape to the story and makes it so interesting.

It is, therefore, logical, that Ninja Theory wants to delve deeper into human experiences. Even though they are moving away from the mythology in Project Mara they still want the experience in the game to be truly immersive and they aim to create a new type of narrative.

Despite a rather unusual and mature approach to storytelling in some of their games, which could be deemed as too deep for some people, Ninja Theory games are gaining more and more adepts every day. If you have not tried any of their games yet, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is definitely a good starting point. It will leave you wanting for more, and you will get what you need when Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is released later this year.

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