Not Too Long From Now, in a Galaxy Very Very Close

4 05 2016

Really excited to announce that our studio is working on a new project in the Star Wars universe. Check out the full posting here on our new official website:

http://www.respawn.com/stig-blog/





2015 Top 10 Gaming Favorites

13 01 2016

2015 has been a phenomenal year for games; among the best in memory. Whittling down a top 10 list was no easy feat with so many heavy-hitting anticipated titles spanning acclaimed franchises, and also a few surprise hits along the way. Here they are, in order of release:

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Helldivers

Spread “managed democracy” across the galaxy in this squad based cooperative twin-stick shooter that teaches you which of your friends should never touch real firearms. Arrowhead studios released this gem early on in the year and by December its success and popularity was such that it saw a disc release and a port to Steam. Cross-play and cross-buy between the various Playstation platforms makes it even easier to put the “friend” in “friendly fire.”

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Evolve

Bringing an interesting, original dynamic to a cluttered FPS gamespace, Evolve pits 4 players against 1; a motley crew of veteran human hunters against a terrifyingly powerful monster. As an online multiplayer-only experience, Evolve is targeted towards seasoned gamers looking for something engaging and competive, but fresh and unique as well. The matches of Evolve are both tense and intense, with both sides of the conflict seeking to maximize their abilities and opportunities to overwhelm the enemy.

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Ori And The Blind Forest

I’ve gushed about this game in its own dedicated article but it bears repeating: Ori is one of the most gorgeous games of 2015, maybe even of all time. Its soul and charm are equally important to the essence of the experience as its tight and straightforward gameplay, but beware its unexpectedly challenging difficulty curve.

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Mortal Kombat X

Mortal Kombat has made one of the greatest franchise comebacks in recent memory, and its tenth major installation is the shining crown jewel. The cast is fleshed out with enduring fan-favorites alongside new and interesting kombatants as well as unexpected-yet-perfect guest characters such as Jason Vorhees and the goddamn Predator. As the best-looking and probably the best-playing entry in the series, there’s never been a better time to get your hands dirty and plunge back into the MK franchise’s trachea-ripping bloody good time.

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Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher series has a long-standing reputation for being among the cut of the crop of open-world fantasy adventure games, and its third installment embodies the reasons for that reputation. A gritty, dark, sprawling frontier with expansive content and quest branches woven through a fully-realized breathing world full of intrigue, conflict, and terrors of the night. Top-notch production quality can be seen in every aspect of the game from its rich visuals to its compelling story, complex characters, and excellent dialogue.

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Splatoon

Nintendo’s wildly inventive take on the FPS genre made quite a splash with its debut. In Splatoon players are equipped with ink-shooting paint guns in intense 4v4 team battles where the point of the game is to spread your team’s color around the arena more than the opposition, de-emphasizing gunning down enemies and encouraging a focus on area control and interesting teamwork tactics. While it was hampered in its early days by a lack of standard online shooter features such as a party system, its post-launch support has been an impressive offering with new modes, maps, UX improvements, and weapons rolling in regularly in free updates.

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Batman: Arkham Knight

Rocksteady Studios makes a triumphant return to finish out the last game in the Arkham series. Arguably the best superhero game ever made, Arkham Knight allows you to assume the mantle of the bat to a more complete degree than ever before. Every aspect of the game is crafted expertly to make you growl to yourself “I’m Batman” and actually believe it.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

The saga of Snake concludes in the final chapter of Metal Gear, set in a timeline in the continuity that bridges the gap between the entire franchise as the legendary Big Boss puts his skills to the test one more time to muster a force to combat a mysterious yet familiar enemy. The open world elements are executed in a compelling way and the core gameplay is deep and varied while still being accessible, favoring caution, cunning, and creativity but still leaving room for a shock-and-awe approach. Those unfamiliar with the legacy of the Metal Gear games may struggle to grasp certain narrative elements, but this is undoubtedly the best-playing Metal Gear to date, and rightfully so. So long Boss, and thanks for everything.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III

The Call of Duty series has fallen into a bad rap in the recent past of becoming a yearly-released paint-by-numbers humdrum, derivative of trending industry tropes and even derivative of itself. Black Ops III brings the pedigree back onto the level of excellence that reminds us of why this series became the king of shooters in the first place, perhaps not so much in originality but certainly in execution. The online multiplayer is the most engaging and fun in the series since Modern Warfare 1 and 2, and the sheer amount of other content included in this game is phenomenal, such as co-op or single player campaign, split-screen online play, zombie mode, and a co-op or single player zombie campaign.

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Fallout 4

Among the most hotly anticipated titles of the year, Fallout 4 affirms beyond a doubt that Bethesda Studios are masters of the craft that they have become known for. An immense post-apocalyptic Boston that has a point of interest and intrigue strewn over nearly every square acre awaits wastelanders that venture out into the dangerous and broken Commonwealth. Offering potentially hundreds of hours of play, the sheer volume of things to do in the game is astounding, presenting choices and consequences to the player at a steady but digestible rate. While the latest entry strays very little from the formula of previous Fallout games, it expands upon and polishes the aspects of the game that made it a household name among gamers in the first place.