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On ‘comprehensive game criticism’ and plastic ghosts of the past

A step toward formulating a useful game criticism, by looking at a weird, old game: “The first word that comes to mind when I think of Perfect Dark: ‘bloated.’ It’s also highly hypocritical, game design-wise.” …


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Replay – Dino Crisis 2

Dino Crisis 2 is not your typical sequel. Regina is in the starring role again, but the slow-moving, survival-horror framework from her first adventure is nowhere to be found. This time around, the focus is on run-and-gun action. From the outset of play, the game empowers the player with weapons that can drop dozens of raptors in no time flat. The look of the game harks back to the original Resident Evil titles, but the action is completely different, for better or worse.

To truly see how different this entry is, we recommend watching our Replay of the first Dino Crisis title before jumping into the video below. As always, stick around for our second segment to watch the Game Informer crew put another game through its paces.

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Project Spark Shares Its 25 Favorite User Created Levels Of 2014

Though its only been fully released for about three months, hundreds of thousands of levels have already been created in Project Spark, and developer Team Dakota has whittled the list down to their favorites.

You can check out its list of 25 favorite levels alongside the creator's gamertags.

25. Home Alone – Short Dark Stories (by nelsonjav)
24. Project Project Spark (by DavidJCobb)
23. VECTOR SHADOW DEMO (by D3L3T3D)
22. The Necromagical Pumpkin Patrol (by charlotti)
21. Take the Blue One (by Ralme)
20. Super Spark 64 (by Rodrigo Bezzi)
19. Prologue – Escape from Vilkas (by II Loomis II)
18. Stuff and Things – A Game (by NieNieChu)
17. Murder is Random v1.1 (by LadyLexUK)
16. Eve’s Story (by Holy LightRider)
15. Gradius Fox (by Paradoxmoomoose)
14. Godzilla v3.0 (by Rust Plague)
13. Ultimate Frisbee (by Ianlrod)
12. Soundodger (by MindcraftMax)
11. #ARM Kingdom in Peril (by ST Aabra)
10. Stallion (by ValTrust)
9. Super 16+ (by Defco 7T)
8. Treys Adventure (by AnteRehn)
7. Pixel Run (by Chrisco)
6. Short Film in Space (by x4ormulA1Rac3rx)
5. Little Big Plan It (by Mr Xbob)
4. Orbit 32 – Void Origins (by Wertandrew2)
3. #ARM The Cynbal Wars (by xx1MAN1RIOTxx)
2. R.T. (by Spawn N8NE)
1. Dark Mines (by GrzesiekBialek)

For our review of Project Spark, head here. Surprisingly, the Crash Bandicoot levle that I poured my heart and soul into, did not make the list. You can see the level below in our Project Spark Test Chamber.

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The next big update for the Project Spark, the Epic Artist World Builder pack, is coming soon. You can find out more about it here.

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Our Take
One of the things I liked about Project Spark was how it was good at surfacing the best creations from others. I also appreciate how Team Dakota is going the extra mile by curating more of its favorites of the year in list form.

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition Finally Available On Windows Phone

It cost Microsoft $ 2.5 billion to get Minecraft on Windows Phone, but it will only cost users $ 6.99.

It's actually been available since the beginning of the month, but Microsoft hasn't done much to highlight the game's release on its mobile platform.

It was one of the first things we assumed was coming after the acquisition, which was quickly confirmed. To purchase the game, head here.

Thanks to Ashley for the news tip!

[Source: Windows Phone, Xbox News Wire]

 

Our Take
This is the first of many small steps in the growing relationship between Microsoft and Minecraft, which is already branching off in some surprising directions.

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New Final Fantasy XV Trailer Shows Female Cid, Combat, And Story

Square Enix showed a new trailer for Final Fantasy XV at the 2014 Jump Fiesta festival, showcasing lots of new details and gameplay.

In the trailer you can see some of the story setup related to government overthrow in the city of Insomnia, and we meet Final Fantasy's first female Cid, who goes by Cidney. We also see what appears to be a battle against a God of War III sized titan creature, and some inner-city exploration.

You can check out the trailer below which appeared at the Jump Fiesta Festival, an annual expo in Japan celebrating the Shōnen Jump magazine publication, which is home to many popular manga.

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Along with the trailer, there was also a Q&A with director Hajime Tabata who answered a few questions about the game, but kept everything mostly ambiguous. You can find a full transcription of the panel on Kotaku. One of the biggest takeaways from Tabata is that the titan seen in the trailer is important to the game – too important to discuss in detail.

For more on Final Fantasy XV, head here.

[Via: Kotaku (1), (2)]

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New Final Fantasy XV Trailer Shows Female Cid, Combat, And Story

Square Enix showed a new trailer for Final Fantasy XV at the 2014 Jump Fiesta festival, showcasing lots of new details and gameplay.

In the trailer you can see some of the story setup related to government overthrow in the city of Insomnia, and we meet Final Fantasy's first female Cid, who goes by Cidney. We also see what appears to be a battle against a God of War III sized titan creature, and some inner-city exploration.

You can check out the trailer below which appeared at the Jump Fiesta Festival, an annual expo in Japan celebrating the Shōnen Jump magazine publication, which is home to many popular manga.

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Along with the trailer, there was also a Q&A with director Hajime Tabata who answered a few questions about the game, but kept everything mostly ambiguous. You can find a full transcription of the panel on Kotaku. One of the biggest takeaways from Tabata is that the titan seen in the trailer is important to the game – too important to discuss in detail.

For more on Final Fantasy XV, head here.

[Via: Kotaku (1), (2)]

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Malkovich, Paxton star in Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies

When Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is overrun with zombies, who do you want standing at your side? If you answered “anyone who survived The Walking Dead’s zombie apocalypse,” “that girl with the gun-leg from Planet Terror,” “the general keeping huma…
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Gamasutra’s Best of 2014: Brandon Sheffield’s Top 5 ‘research’ games

“In order to make sure I’m on the right track, sometimes I like to ground myself by playing games that have similar systems or elements to what what we want to achieve.” …


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Test Chamber – We’re Hilariously Bad At The Halo 5: Guardians Beta

We got an early peak at The Halo 5 multiplayer Beta, and while it took us over 12 minutes to get into our first match, now that we've started playing we can't stop. The beta officially opens on December 29 and runs for three weeks. If you bought a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, then you’re already signed up.

Watch Wade Wojcik and myself as we enthusiastically dive into the beta. We're not the best people on the team, but we are the worst. Check out what we think of the game so far in the video below.

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Barely Related: The Interview didn’t go well

Happy holidays, everyone!

Welcome to Barely Related, a conversational Friday column that presents the non-gaming news stories that we, the Joystiq staff, have been talking about over the past week. And no, we’re not stopping our focus on industry an…
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