The framing of the game The presentation accentuates this sense of drama. Before each match the commentators now go through the teams, mentioning any debuts, or players returning from injury – according to Channon this ties in with the game’s Match Day Live functionality, so the comments reflect the real-life season. And at the end, the highlights package now picks up on moments of drama – good challenges, scuffles between players, amazing saves – as well as the usual goals and near-misses. … [Read more...] about Fifa 15 hands-on, part two – scraps, stats and sunsets
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Since the first vague details were leaked onto the web three years ago, people have been struggling to describe Destiny. With its constant action and grand space opera narrative, it is definitely a science fiction shooter. But, players also start with a basic character, which they then customise and upgrade with new weapons, armour and items, so it is definitely a role-playing adventure. And then it is a massively multiplayer online game too, because wherever you go in Destiny – and you can go to Earth, the Moon, Venus, Mars and elsewhere in the solar system – you bump into other players having their own adventures. … [Read more...] about Destiny review: the future of games remains locked in the past
Alongside weapons, there are five types of armour: head, arms, legs, chest and class, the latter simply customising the look of your avatar, adding a cool cape perhaps or some other decorative flourish. Once again, every piece can be upgraded and customised to make it more effective. Furthermore, all armour items have a range of stats that reveal their secondary qualities: some pieces will increase the precision damage or your weapons, while others improve your movement speed or allow primary abilities to recharge faster. “Stats represent the different levels of quality of gear, pertaining to how rare they are,” adds Green. “The green items are pretty common early on, but later you start finding blues and the gold-coloured exotics. There are more stats available on higher level items.” … [Read more...] about Destiny – how the makers of Halo plan to change the future of shooters
All about the feels The big theme of Sims 4 is emotion. Using a new AI technology the company is calling "smart sim", your onscreen characters will react to the world and its inhabitants in new ways, becoming angry, falling in love, or breaking down in tears, in response to what happens. "Emotions are really a launching point into having really believable, very intelligent sims," says producer Graham Nardone. "You look at past sims games and we bring that out in artificial ways, but this is our opportunity to really capitalise on how lifelike they can be and let you tell new stories based on that. Emotions are now a really impactful part of gameplay that unlock new situations. Whether you're interacting and socialising with other sims or playing with the various objects that are out there - it all lets you do new cool things." … [Read more...] about The Sims 4: how composer Ilan Eshkeri brings emotion to the screen
One man who has no problem delving into other worlds is Ismail Atalan. Around a week after being appointed head coach of third-division side Hallescher FC, Atalan suddenly found himself living in a different world. Atalan, the man behind Sportfreunde Lotte’s famous German Cup run back in the 2016-17 season, was excited to be in the job. Suddenly having to adjust to social distancing as a new head coach, however, makes an already tough task even harder. Now, Atalan spends a lot of time talking on the phone, which he admits he finds difficult given how much he enjoys the face-to-face aspect of the job. … [Read more...] about Bundesliga: What are coaches doing during the coronavirus?