#73: Gears 5 Players Compensated

TODAY: The last Resident Evil multiplayer game ended up feasting on the brains of its developers — The first Borderlands 3 reviews are here — Ever felt like someone was following you down the halls in Silent Hill PT?

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Gears 5 players will receive compensation for server problems

Gears 5 had a bit of a rocky launch, with some early customers experiencing connection errors, being randomly kicked from games, losing chapter progress and collectibles – and others not being able to play the game at all.

Developer The Coalition announced today that “as a token of our appreciation for your patience and support during this weekend’s Early Access, we’re awarding 5 days of Boost (Faster progression) and 600 scrap (Craft Skills or Supply cards). Look out for it in the next 48 hours”.

Though the compensation might seem generous, it looks like the Gears of War community is not satisfied. 600 scrap is enough to craft one epic card, but some Gears 5 players complain that there are not enough items worth crafting.

Additionally, part of the player base is unhappy with the multiplayer progression system, feeling the rewards don’t provide enough motivation. As the saying goes, you can’t please everyone – but it seems like the Gears of War community can’t be pleased, period.

Customers who purchased the Ultimate Edition of the game or subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate enjoyed early access to the game, but for everyone else the game will unlock today for PC and Xbox One.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which Pokemon from Red and Blue was inaccessible to most players?

  • Snorlax
  • Mew
  • Goldeen
  • Pikachu

The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!

News Bits

More on The Last of Us Part II Soon

We haven’t heard much about The Last of Us Part II since E3 last year, but that may be about to change. Naughty Dog has sent out an invitation to a Media Event scheduled for September 24th, shared on Twitter by Geoff Keighley. Let’s hope some new gameplay footage will be released – and maybe a release date? Pretty please?

Rock-Type training event is now live in Pokémon Masters

Recently released free-to-play mobile game Pokémon Masters is starting its first Rock-Type training event today. This The training event is an opportunity to strengthen any Rock-type sync pairs you own. You need to take down Blaine, the gym leader from Pokémon Red & Blue and his fire Pokémon – defeat him, and your reward will help you strengthen your sync pairs. The event will last until September 24th, so you should get cracking at the gym as soon as you can.

Daily Fact

You have once again entered the world of developer horror. Good luck.

All the buzz surrounding the upcoming multiplayer Resident Evil game known as Project Resistance reminds us of a previous attempt to turn the survival-horror series multiplayer – and the terrible consequences.

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City was developed by Slant Six Games, most famous for their SOCOM games and it was, well, okay at best. However, it sold well and the future was looking bright for Slant Six … until enterprising gamers discovered that a bunch of Star Wars Battlefront 3 assets had been included on the disc!

During the dark age between Pandemic’s Battlefront II from 2005 and EA DICE’s 2015 reboot, several developers were tasked with making Star Wars Battlefront III – and Slant Six was one of them. Unfortunately, the asset leak caused the studio to lose the project. And that was not the end of the consequences.

Operation Raccoon City was actually pretty popular in Japan, and Capcom was ready to hire Slant Six to make another Resident Evil game for them – maybe even a single-player one. Unfortunately, the Star Wars debacle gave Capcom cold feet, and so Slant Six lost two major projects and was shut down soon after. All because someone left a few pictures in the wrong folder.

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A review roundup for Borderlands 3

You may have noticed Borderlands 3 reviews have started appearing, even though not all outlets have been provided review copies. As Polygon explained in their review, reviewers were given Epic Game Store accounts with work-in-progress builds of the game rather than product keys or hard copies. While this solution somewhat unusual, the twenty reviews posted so far have an average Metascore of 85.

Polygon – “Borderlands 3, if it works well at launch, is a competent game that feels like a passable continuation of the franchise instead of an evolution. It’s the same general idea with new vault hunters, but with little of the joy and danger that I fell in love with in earlier entries.”

Destructoid (Score 9/10) – “Borderlands 3 takes most of the good bits of Borderlands 2 and either rolls with them or improves upon them. It didn’t need to reinvent the wheel either, as Gearbox pretty much had the formula figured out the second time around.”

Forbes (Score 9/10) – “Borderlands 3 was worth the wait and will be a fixture in this genre for years to come. And I think few fans of the last two will be disappointed when they get their hands on it at last.”

Shacknews (Score 9/10) “The Borderlands formula might be a bit dated with its raunchy jokes and cheesy dialogue, but that doesn’t change that it is a formula that keeps reeling players back in again and again. Despite the fact that I’ve already logged over 40 hours in the game, I still can’t help but feel the want to dive back in with a new character just to experience it all again.”

IGN (Score 90/100) – “Borderlands 3 sticks to its guns and outdoes itself with an amazing arsenal of weapons, humor, and missions”.

Game Informer (Score 8/10) – “An old formula executed well, Borderlands 3 rarely takes chances or strays from expectation. Gearbox treads familiar ground in this lengthy adventure, tossing out jokes and guns with equally wild abandon.”

USgamer (Score 4/5 stars) – “Despite the formula growing a bit stale, Gearbox has expanded upon it in the right way, resulting in a great Borderlands experience.”

GameSpot (Score 8/10) – “Borderlands 3 fumbles with its bosses, but the game ultimately continues its predecessors’ tradition of fun, mayhem-filled looting and shooting.”

Games Beat (Score 77/100) – “If you enjoy lootin’-and-shootin’, check out Borderlands 3. But go in knowing that you’re going to cringe at some of the jokes and feel fatigue every now and then.”

PC Gamer (Score 63/100) – “An endless font of bad jokes and cool guns in the series’ most vapid story yet, Borderlands 3 skates by on watching numbers fly and goons explode.”

Expect to see more reviews of Borderlands 3 after launch, since it appears 2K left a number of European websites out of its scheme. Most major releases end up with over eighty different outlets giving their verdict, so more opinions will most likely arrive shortly after the game officially launches on September 13th.

UK ISPs required to restrict access to Switch piracy sites

Nintendo has won a UK High Court Case concerning Switch game piracy. The news was first broken by Eurogamer, and a Nintendo spokesperson told the site that “today, the UK High Court found the sale and distribution of ‘circumvention’ devices for the Nintendo Switch unlawful”.

“This decision will help protect the UK games industry and the more than 1800 developers worldwide that create games for the Nintendo Switch platform, and who rely on legitimate sales of games for their livelihood and to keep bringing quality content to gamers.”

UK ISPs Sky, EE, BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk will now be required to “block, or at least impede access” to websites that attempt to distribute pirated Switch games. The article mentions that “four websites” would be blocked, but these have not been explicitly listed for obvious reasons.

UK trade body UKIE (UK Interactive Entertainment) has also issued a statement to Eurogamer, declaring their support. UKIE spokesperson George Osborne had this to say: “These circumvention devices, which enable the use of unauthorised copies of video games, jeopardise the businesses of those who uphold and rely upon the sales of legitimate products, as such UKIE fully supports the ruling and wishes to reiterate the strong stance of the UK video games industry against illegitimate operators”.

While this is certainly good news for Nintendo, Switch owners who mod their console to run Android, emulators or other unsigned code are not happy. There are more reasons to mod a console than just running pirated games, after all.

News Bits

Resident Evil Co-Op Horror will be revealed at Tokyo Game Show

The Resident Evil YouTube channel has published a Project Resistance trailer showing off a “brand new team-based survival horror experience”. Judging by the trailer, it looks like a four-player co-op game and a character that looks very much like Mr. X from Resident Evil 2 is shown right at the end.

Capcom will have show off gameplay at the Tokyo Game Show later this week, so we should be seeing more of the game very soon. Project Resistance will release on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Modder breaks down how PT’s camera works

PT, the brief teaser demo of Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro’s unreleased horror game, has gone down in gaming history as one of the most anticipated games never to see the light of day. In order to get a better idea of how the game’s camera operates, popular modder Lance McDonald has altered some code to reveal PT’s inner workings.

For those who haven’t had the chance to play PT, your job is to search an empty house – but it soon becomes clear that you are not alone after all. McDonald’s mod reveals that the game’s enemy Lisa is actually always behind you, which is why you see shadows flickering on the wall and hear mysterious noises all the time. Unfortunately, PT is not available on the PlayStation Store anymore, so YouTube videos are the only way to get a glimpse of what you missed.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which Pokemon from Red and Blue was inaccessible to most players?

Answer: Mew!

The original Pokémon games were Pokemon Red & Blue (or Red & Green in Japan), released in 1996 in Japan and – wow – 1998 in the US and 1999 in Europe. Not like ‘December 1998/January 1999’ or anything, but 1-2 full years apart in each territory. Regardless of version, you either needed both games, or to engage in some serious trading to catch all 150 Pokemon.

There was even a legendary 151st Pokémon – no, not Goldeen, who is just legendarily useless – called Mew. The adorable pink cat-bunny-thing who evolved into infamous evil Pokémon Mewtwo. Mew was originally only available at special promotional events and by exploiting a glitch discovered long after. In any case, the majority of players didn’t get the opportunity to catch ’em all.

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Iconoclasts on PS4

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