Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Top 10 (Placeholder)

I've been meaning to write down my top ten games of all time somewhere, although I've never actually got around to it. Every time I've tried, I get stuck on the first hurdle: the process of ranking them in order from ten to one. I could easily give you a list of ten games that I would consider 'the best', however asking me to order them is a whole other story. It's incredibly difficult comparing two games you love and trying to state which one is quantifiably better than the other. Arguably, ordering games in a definitive way like this is pretty pointless, since every game has it's own strengths and weaknesses that probably don't apply to others - what if one of my favourite games is a story-driven experience and the other is purely gameplay with no story whatsoever? Sometimes I might not even find a game 'fun' in the traditional sense, rather I would enjoy it as a story experience. Obviously there are certain games that I am much more comfortable in saying that they are straight up 'better' than another if only due to the fact that they may have stuck with me for a long time, I've gone back to play them more so than others or they've opened me to a whole other genre or series that I've then gone on to enjoy.

As such, this list is me ranking games on which I have enjoyed more, rather than if I think they are the better game. The Last Of Us is considered by many to be one of the greatest games in modern gaming. I can certain see why people may think this, and I might be inclined to agree on the basis of it's storytelling, gameplay etc.. I just never had fun with it. The story didn't grab me and I didn't enjoy playing it. That's not to say I think it's a bad game, just that it would certainly not be in my personal top ten. Likewise, there are games in my top ten that have some pretty major flaws, but nevertheless I've immensely enjoyed them.

Since I want to be make sure I cover every detail of why I like these games so much, I'm only publishing this as a placeholder. This is also subject to change, so I haven't gone as far as to outright state my top ten.











Saturday, 10 October 2015

And We're Back!

Well folks, after two long years away from Scopeclick, myself and the team here are back for more up-to-date gaming news bringing you the 'hottest of scoops'!

Watch this space!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

New Arma 3 Beta Trailer

Bohemia Interactive have release a new trailer for Arma 3, showing off the new vehicles, weapons and scenarios that are soon to come to the beta.

You can currently gain access to the beta by pre-ordering Arma 3 on Steam (as part of their 'Early Access' initiative). The full game is set to release at the start of March.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy Source Code Released

Raven Software have released the source code for both Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. 

“Raven is sad to hear about the closing of LucasArts today, we respected them and enjoyed working with them over the years, we wish the best for all the talented people who were let go and hope they find good work in studios in the industry. We loved and appreciated the experience of getting to make Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy for LucasArts. As a gift to the persistently loyal fanbase for our Jedi games and in memory of LucasArts, we are releasing the source code for both games for people to enjoy and play with." said Raven talking to Kotaku Australia.

Both games were made on the Quake 3 engine. Whilst Raven have stated that it may take some work to get the source code working with all of the retail assets, it should be relatively easy for dedicated modders to add or improve upon the single player portion of the game.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Editorial: On LucasArts

Today, Disney announced that it's shutting down LucasArts and laying off staff. LucasArts have been responsible for publishing one of my favorite games of all time - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords - and follows Studio Liverpool, another one of my favorite studios, being shut down. The last few months haven't been great in gaming for me.

My first LucasArts game was Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast. This was one of the games that originally got me into PC gaming. At the time, the large open environments and the detail of the lightsaber combat were outstanding. Before Jedi Outcast, I viewed the PC as strictly for office work and internet browsing. Jedi Outcast introduced me to hundreds of awesome games and franchises, such as Myst and Half-Life. For a long time, Jedi Outcast was my favorite game.

And then I played Knights of the Old Republic.

Before Knights of the Old Republic, the only role-playing games I had played were very early Zelda games (which I didn't even enjoy that much). After Knights of the Old Republic, I loved the RPG genre. The detail of the characters and writing - a specialty of BioWare - were outstanding, along with the world that they had created. That and HK-47 was awesome. I thought that no game could ever come close to it.

And then I played Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords.

I loved every second of it. Whilst it was unfinished due to rushed development, it was still a stunningly crafted game. It surpassed the original in every single way, with a more complex storyline, more deep and detailed character writing, and an even more awesome HK-47. To this day, it still remains my favorite game of all time (have I mentioned that yet?).

Then there was the Battlefront series. Fighting in massive open maps with loads of friendly and enemy soldiers was something I had rarely seen done before. Battlefront 2 added space combat, which was pretty fun in its own right. Being able to re-create massive fights from the films was awesome for a large Star Wars fan like me. Republic Commando was another great LucasArts game. Being able to command a small squad of people with contrasting personalities helped make Republic Commando stand out from other first person shooters.

The loss of LucasArts is truly a shame, along with the cancelled Star Wars 1313, which had a great demo shown at at E3 last year. Hopefully the staff at LucasArts find work easily (they should!) and can continue working in the areas that they love.

Disney Shuts Down LucasArts

Disney has decided to shut down the LucasArts development studio, causing layoffs across the company.

LucasArts have been responsible for publishing some of the highest rated games of all time, such as the amazing Knights of the Old Republic and Jedi Knight series of games.

Disney stated that "After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games," claims the company. "As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles."

Killing Floor for £1.92, Includes Red Orchestra 1 & 2

This week's Humble Weekly Sale includes Killing Floor and all 11 DLCs, plus copies of Red Orchestra 1 & 2.

You can grab the deal on the Humble Weekly Sale page. Paying a minimum of $1 (about 69p through PayPal) will give you Steam keys for both Red Orchestra 1 and Red Orchestra 2. Paying $2.91 (about £1.92) will give you both Red Orchestra games, along with Killing Floor and all 11 available DLCs.