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The Crew 2 Review and Visual Comparisons.

The Crew 2 so far is a huge step backwards in visual design and fidelity, the game seems to lack a certain love for attention to detail that the previous title had. I been wondering if the issues found in the game would be something to be fixed later with a patch, so far the game on release and Beta has had several imperfections and lacks what we call "Quality Of Life" features and optimizations.In the first The Crew game, everything felt alive and entertaining to look at while driving around. You could just randomly place a waypoint anywhere in the

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The History of Blizzard & How Their Games Began

Blizzard Entertainment was founded on February 8th 1991, known then as Silicon & SynapseaDuring the first two years, the company focused on creating Windows and Amiga ports of games for other studios. Their ports included titles such as The Lord of the Rings and Battle Chess II. Before becoming the Blizzard Entertainment we know and love today, they developed and released three original games, RPM Racing, The Lost Vikings and Rock n' Roll Racing, with their then publisher, Interplay Productions.In 1994, Silicon & Synapsea were acquired by distributor Davidson & Associates for 6.75 million dollars. Followed by a brief name change

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Gaming in Japan - How does it compare?

Recently, a few OP staff members took a trip to Japan for 11 days. It was meant to be time away from work, time away from our normal routine, but with the massive gaming industry in Japan, it was impossible not to collect pictures of our experiences in this amazing country. I want to share my opinions with OP members about what it feels like to be a gamer in Japan.In just our first day in Tokyo, we felt like we hit the jackpot with our first Japanese arcade experience. It had a total of 8 floors, each for a different

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Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon Review

Bloodstained is the Castlevaniest Castlevania game since Castlevania, no wonder since it's developed by Inti Creates. The game is a fantastic throwback platformer in every way from graphical fidelity and scrolling lore texts of looming evil.The interesting thing tho is how out of every game out there, and out of every time someone mentioned "This is the Dark Souls of [X]", it's actually amazing how similar Castlevania and Dark Souls really are despite being totally different genres, you can really tell where certain key mechanics and level design directing styles were created back in the day. You need to think before you

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History and Legacy of Runescape Classic and what it meant to us

Jagex has announced that RuneScape Classic’s servers will be permanently shutting down at 8am GMT on 6th August 2018, expressing that their tools simply aren't compatible with Classic any longer, creating bugs and hampering the game’s security concerning bots.The classic iteration released in 2001 has a fond place in the heart of veteran Opium Pulses employees with the game’s successor, RuneScape 2 (aka Old School) being the home to our clan of the same name back in 2003. Like Opium Pulses, RuneScape was started by three English brothers with a passion for video games. It has a humble and charming story

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COD Black Ops 4 : Gameplay changes, Release date, Platforms

Last week during the reveal event of the newest entry in the Call of Duty series, Treyarch and Activision surprised everybody Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4. An entry so far yet so close to the roots of the franchise, that should be able to satisfy both old fans and new comers.Mark Lamia, the chairman of Treyarch studios said in his first few minutes of being on stage, that “Black Ops 4 will have more ways to have fun with your friends than anything else we have created”. He even went as bold to say that it will be the “Deepest

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Prismata Review

Prismata is a game that appeals to those who enjoy games like Hearthstone but don't like randomness.I've been a fan of card games for years. Pokémon played a major role in my entertainment as I grew up. Not only did I play the games with friends but also collected, traded and battled cards too. This transitioned to other physical games until Hearthstone was released and I made the jump to the digital age for collecting cards. An issue I have with Blizzard's popular title is the random elements that take effect and can really screw a player over.  This is something I found

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Staxel Review

Minecraft and Stardew Valley have had a baby, and its name is Staxel. This cute little indie game takes the best from both worlds and lumps it together. The result is a beautiful, vibrant cuboid world.Staxel, developed by Plukit and published by Humble Bundle, is at its core a farming simulator. But that’s not to say it isn’t unique. Staxel is very ambitious, taking on elements from Minecraft (mostly the blocky graphics) as well as deriving parts from Stardew Valley. Yet it seems a lot freer than the latter, and has slightly more purpose than the former.When you first start out, it’s Spring the 1st. It’s a warm-looking day… but

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RIOT: Civil Unrest Review

Imagine it’s a cool December afternoon in Italy. You and several hundred others gather together with signs in hand and a plan to push into a police-guarded construction camp by nonviolent means in protest of, what you believe, to be a frivolous and unnecessary high-speed transit line. As your legion approaches the gates they are met with riot-gear-clad police bent on pushing you all back. Do you urge your comrades to push through nonviolently, or do you consider the possibility that you may need to fight your way in, whatever it takes to get your voice heard?  Welcome to our Riot:

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Trials of the Gauntlet Review

Trials of the Gauntlet is a game that originated as a midterm project for a group of students at Full Sail University. Unfortunately, while the effort was there, the end result is just a clunky mess.Let's go over the bad/annoying parts first - Frustrating controls. The whole gimmick behind Trials of the Gauntlet is the grapple mechanic and what it adds to the game's platforming. Unfortunately this mechanic is just frustrating to use. It made the platforming a pain to get through and was just uncooperative most of the time.- Boring sound design. This is a very quiet game, with rather

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