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GTA 5 has less murder than the Mass Effect trilogy

GTA 5 has less murder than the Mass Effect trilogy

For a crime game all about doing nefarious acts, Grand Theft Auto 5 doesn’t involve much murder – comparatively speaking, at least. A kill-count of every mandatory kill has concluded the Mass Effect series is more violent, on a pure killing other NPCs level, anyway.

The science was done by Reddit user TK-576, who broke down their methodology and results in a post. Across Franklin, Michael, and Trevor, the player is forced to kill 726 enemies. Franklin has the most blood on his hands, murdering 295, Trevor’s next at 258, and Michael’s slacking behind with only 172. The three have one together, from the end of the open-world game.

Getting the minimum viable body count – MVBC for short – took some amount of patience. No innocent bystanders could be hurt, a difficulty in any Rockstar action-adventure game, the stealth route was always used, or a quick escape if feasible, and for stages that had endless respawn until you switched to a certain character, options were tested to find the quickest pattern. There’s no way to avoid all the cops collapsing in ‘Blitz Play’, the post says, but they managed to find a speedrun that meant the player doesn’t pull the trigger to kill them. Off on a technicality, but off nonetheless.

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Here’s Doom on a restaurant display system

Here’s Doom on a restaurant display system

We’ve had Doom running on a McDonald’s cash register, now someone’s got the classic FPS game booted up through the display system for a restaurant.

This slightly offbeat Doom port comes from This Does Not Compute, a YouTube channel dedicated to exploring and examining retro tech. the hardware is an IPadSX from Oasys – not to be confused with Apple’s iPad – a tool that forms the spine of order displays you see in restaurants. Whenever you go to a fast food place, and see people’s orders on certain screens, showing the contents of the order, where it is in the queue and so on, many of them are running some version of this thing. The boxes have built-in commands, an you operate it through surface buttons.

Another video gets into the weeds of what the IPadSX is actually made of, but the important part is that it runs X-Dos, an MS-Dos variant, and a lot of its capabilities are diminished because, well, it’s only meant to take and list information.  Getting around this to a bootable operating system proved taxing. Using SD cards and USB keys, trying to get it working on Windows 98 or Windows XP didn’t work. What eventually does the job is putting MS-Dos 6.22 on it. Slots on the IPadSX allow for a keyboard to be hooked up, and voila, using only the PC speaker, it very much runs Doom.

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It Takes Two becomes Steam’s top seller

It Takes Two becomes Steam’s top seller

After a couple of weeks in second place, It Takes Two has become Steam’s top selling game. The playful co-op game has been selling consistently since launch, and continues to grow in players.

Part of this success no doubt lies in the friends pass, wherein two players only need to own one copy between them to get in on the fun. In second is the new Stellaris DLC pack, Nemesis, which our Joe Robinson has lovingly dubbed as its “Star Wars expansion”. The reception is unsurprising, given our Marcello Perricone called it “perhaps the most impactful expansion released in a while” in his review.

Three other, older games are re-entering the chart: Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne, at seventh, The Forest in eighth, and Satisfactory slinks in for tenth. This makes it the first week since Valheim debuted where both of Coffee Stain Studios’ games have made the list, the Viking game moving from seventh to sixth. Forza Horizon 4 drops from third to ninth, Sea of Thieves retains fourth, and Outriders, last week’s top seller, drops to fifth.

Diablo 2 Resurrected interview: “We’re not trying to fix Diablo 2”

Diablo 2 Resurrected interview: “We’re not trying to fix Diablo 2”

We’ve seen plenty of Blizzard’s upcoming Diablo 2 remaster over the past week. The recent technical alpha gave us a chance to spend some proper hands-on time with Resurrected, revealing a handful of key differences between it and the original Diablo 2. And it’s clear the community has been just as hungrily digging through the first couple of chapters, with some players managing to access locked classes and even uncovering an item duping glitch.

We last spoke to Blizzard about Diablo 2 shortly after the remaster’s reveal at BlizzCon 2021, where we largely touched on the team’s plan for tackling this passion project, as well as references to ‘Marky’ Mark Wahlberg, and features like mod support.

With the technical alpha at an end and plenty of playing time under our belts, we caught up with design lead Rob Gallerani and lead artist Chris Amaral. So read on for chat about monster redesigns, digging through reference materials, feedback on the technical alpha, and the importance of getting every detail right for fans of the original.

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings MMO has been cancelled

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings MMO has been cancelled

Amazon’s MMORPG game based on The Lord of the Rings is no more. The project’s been scrapped after contract negotiations with Tencent, the Chinese conglomerate that purchased original collaborator Leyou, broke down.

The report was broken by Bloomberg, who had the news confirmed by an Amazon representative in a statement. “We have been unable to secure terms to proceed with this title at this time,” the representative said. Amazon had been developing the action-adventure game alongside Leyou Technologies Holdings Ltd., whom Tencent acquired in December. Amazon and Tencent entered negotiations thereafter for a new contract, but failed to agree on terms.

“We love the Lord of the Rings IP, and are disappointed that we won’t be bringing this game to customers,” the Amazon spokesperson continued, adding that staff are being distributed to other projects. The Lord of the Rings MMO was announced in 2018, and it was going to be a free game set sometime before the events of the trilogy we know and love. Athlon Games, a subsidiary of Leyou based in California, was the main developer, and Amazon’s involvement was revealed in 2019.

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Wolfenstein 3D fan-sequel coming end of April

Wolfenstein 3D fan-sequel coming end of April

A fan-sequel to Wolfenstein 3D that’s been years in the making has a release date. The third chapter of Wolfenstein: Blade of Agony arrives the end of this month, revamping the previous chapters in addition to several more stages of Nazi-killing FPS game action.

The premise here is that you’re a retired B.J. Blazkowicz, who’d taken more of a leadership role in the effort against the fascist oppressors. After receiving an encrypted message from an old friend, he leaps back into the fray, prepared to kill any swastika-toter that stands in his way. Over 30 levels are included across the three chapters, and some secret maps besides, voice-acting, high quality orchestral music, and the expected range of weaponry. There’s plenty of enemies to blast at, including zombies.

Blade of Agony was made using GZDoom, and takes some inspiration from the early Medal of Honor and Call of Duty games, in addition to Wolfenstein itself. The idea is for a World War 2 game that has the intensity of Doom, and the latest trailer indicates the team accomplished that. The levels look long and winding, featuring encounters of all sorts of shapes and sizes. The fidelity on the sniping is particularly impressive. Shaders and special effects are listed among the highlighted features on the official site, and it’s plain to see why.

Dota 2 documentary coming to Netflix

Dota 2 documentary coming to Netflix

Fresh from the release of Dota: Dragon’s Blood, Netflix is going to host a Dota 2 documentary. Dota 2 Free To Play, a film on the esports scene surrounding the multiplayer game, will be viewable on the streaming platform from this next week.

The movie was produced by Valve during The International 2011, the first tournament surrounding the MOBA game worth one million US dollars. It follows three pros, Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin, Benedict Lim ‘hyhy’ Han Yong, and Clinton ‘Fear’ Loomis, on their journey to the competition, chronicling their highs and lows. Like most sports movies, it’s less about the sport, and more about the personal drama.

You can already watch it on Valve’s YouTube channel, where it came out in 2014, but now a whole other audience, one whose first exposure to the fantasy game is Dragon’s Blood, can get a look at it. The doc serves as a great time capsule of what was then a nascent community, and a decade on, it’s bound to be intriguing to some of Netflix’s documentary-hungry viewers. Dota 2 has a rich history already, and it’s cool to see elements of that legacy being pushed to potential new fans.

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The best Banished mods

The best Banished mods

Looking for a list of the best Banished mods? Modding is a great way to breathe new life into a game that you’ve learned inside and out, but depending on a game’s popularity and how active its mod scene is, sometimes it can be tricky figuring out which mods are the best ones.

Often it can come down to what you want – mods can do everything from fixing specific little things that hamper gameplay, to overhauling the base game completely and turning it into something completely different. Like our Rimworld mods guide, there can be a breadth of options worth working at – some essential, some optional depending on what you enjoy.

For this guide we’re looking at Banished, a gritty city-building game released in the distant past of 2014 which focuses on survival. It was a bit flawed on first release, but it quickly became a classic – now, with the benefit of time and a still-active community, there’s never been a better time to jump in and take the game for a spin. Below is a modest collection of mods covering must-haves, nice-to-haves, and then some of the more popular collections.

Wasteland 3 is getting two expansions overall

Wasteland 3 is getting two expansions overall

We got our first tease for Wasteland 3‘s upcoming expansion The Battle of Steeltown this week. One of the lead developers says this is one of two DLC packs coming to the RPG game, and commented on the ways the world will be fleshed out.

Brian Fargo, the founder of inXile Entertainment, and director of every Wasteland game, took to Twitter to divulge the info as the Steeltown trailer made the rounds. “There will two expansions in total for Wasteland 3, and we add content into Ranger HQ and provide extra audio throughout the main game to increase reactivity,” He posted. “Plus, we added quite a few more songs for the game.”

One of the selling points of The Battle of Steeltown is that it’s something of a jumping on point for new players. New combat mechanics, like non-lethal wapons, and more status effects, are intertwined throughout not just the fresh segments of gameplay, but the entire horror game‘s world. All of which is going to be tied together with new music, going by Fargo’s comments.

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Fill Skyrim with penguins using this mod

Fill Skyrim with penguins using this mod

Y’know what Skyrim needs more of? Penguins. One modder has decided Tamriel needed more of the coolest, and clumsiest, birds, and has made a mod to spawn as many as you’d like into the RPG game.

Fittingly, the mod is titled Repopulate Skyrim with Penguins. To begin dominating the fantasy game‘s world, you must first get your companion, Winston. They’ll be in Breezhome, in Whiterun, and once you have them, you can give them a number of commands, like wait, follow, or trade. Winston will have a scroll, that you can then use to make as many happy, flapping friends as you so desire. As many as your graphics card can handle. Go for it. You have our permission.

This is all something of a sequel to a previous mod from creator gg77, called The Isle of Pinnipeds and Penguins, which added a load of seals and other animals o the mix, too. You can mount the seals, to finally wage war on the seven seas of the Elder Scrolls. If you have both active, Winston can also be found on the shack in your island animal paradise.

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