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October 20th, 2017, 21:09
Not sure where to suggest news articles anymore, so I'll post this one here.

http://www.pcgamer.com/the-uncertain…nd-dishonored/

Came across this article as I was upgrading the Prey demo to buy it. Greatly enjoying the game, and it's sort of a good sign that it made its way into my dreams after only playing it for a few hours.

I would be very sad if 'immersive sims" like Prey are no longer made.

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October 20th, 2017, 21:38
I'm not really a fan of this type of game. "Immersive Sim" - a good name for it; while you may have more freedom than in a traditional shooter, it rarely has much real player choice w/ consequences. While entertaining, it's more of a popcorn flick variety of entertainment for me.

Still, it's the middleground between a an FPS shooter and something with more depth and choice such as Arx Fatalis. If studios can't reap any profits from this hybrid genre, it doesn't bode well for the funding of full-fledged AAA RPGs with even less of a market.
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October 20th, 2017, 21:53
Also, what is this!??!?

Perhaps immersive sims are just a particularly tough sell in a crowded market. The next ones on the horizon—a Dishonored 2 expandalone, a spiritual sequel to Ultima Underworld, and both a new System Shock and a remake of the original—might face the same problem.
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October 20th, 2017, 21:54
At the end of the article it is written that there was a drop of revenue across the board of all game genres. So this may be hand wringing over nothing, except that the market is currently flooded with too much supply. However, no Deus Ex sequel planned is a reality.
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October 20th, 2017, 21:57
Apparently there are repercussions from your choices made in Prey, including whether you sneak or kill aliens among many others. Deus Ex and Dishonored had similar consequences, so will see….
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October 21st, 2017, 02:59
Dishonored 2 expandalone would be Death of the Outsider which is out now.

Ultima Underworld spiritual successor would be Underworld Ascendant. Out next year. I hope.
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October 21st, 2017, 08:48
Immersive sims are great when done right, but they don't sell because the average mainstream moron would rather play Destiny or Call of Duty.

I thought Prey was one of the best games I've played in the last few years. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was also really good. That game is criminally underrated and should have sold a lot better than it did.

I'm really looking forward to the System Shock remake.
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October 21st, 2017, 18:52
The 'mainstream morons' are certainly buying a lot of X-Com. I think Mankind Divided and Dishonored 2 both got a hard hit because they came out with serious technical issues. It will be interesting to see how they do in the long run but I'm afraid that it's going to take far too long for the big publishers to be impressed even if they eventually get the recognition they deserve.
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October 21st, 2017, 19:18
"Immersive sim" is nonexisting thing and someone's internal joke.

As usual, future of internal jokes is they all get forgotten when those who push them visit a shrink or die.
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October 21st, 2017, 19:54
I think most types of AAA traditional game that don't lend themselves to post-sale exploitation are in trouble.

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October 21st, 2017, 20:29
I've got a feeling this same article was covered here
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October 21st, 2017, 21:26
Originally Posted by Zloth View Post
Dishonored 2 expandalone would be Death of the Outsider which is out now.

Ultima Underworld spiritual successor would be Underworld Ascendant. Out next year. I hope.

Oh, thought they were referring to the Arkane expandalone being the UU Spiritual successor. Confusing statement.
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October 22nd, 2017, 14:46
Originally Posted by Thrasher View Post

Mods, feel free to post this to the news stream, if you wish.
It is a repost: it was already posted weeks ago in the news section or elsewhere.

Another evidence people do not pay attention and are obsessed with kicking back.
Which questions the utility of triggering a discussion or a debate as the discussion or debate is not considered meaningful by any point.
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October 23rd, 2017, 15:39
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Ought to point at Kafka's book, but then what's the point as you won't read. So here's a good old one instead.

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October 23rd, 2017, 19:36
I honestly never understood why "immersive sims" = shooters, I mean, to me that's completely wasted potential to build up an immersive sim exclusively for shooters. Or the shooter genre in general.

There just don't exist immersive sims for any other genre. I still long for Monkey Island as an immersive sim !
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October 23rd, 2017, 21:16
Well you can play prey as a sneak and avoid killing a lot of things or simply run away. But then it degrades to find the safe paths through a scavenger hunt.
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October 24th, 2017, 14:23
Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer View Post
I honestly never understood why "immersive sims" = shooters, I mean, to me that's completely wasted potential to build up an immersive sim exclusively for shooters. Or the shooter genre in general.

There just don't exist immersive sims for any other genre. I still long for Monkey Island as an immersive sim !
They are not shooters. They do not belong to the shooter genre. Immersive sim is supposed to be a genre by itself.
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October 24th, 2017, 14:35
As I said, there is no such genre.
There are only hipsters who write busywork or themepark instead of plain and simple: grinding.
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October 25th, 2017, 01:49
You mean like Warren Spector, joxer?
http://dl.pcgamer.com/PCG_Show_79_ma…Roundtable.mp3

To be clear, I would rather not have this be a genre, either, but I'm not going to pretend the term isn't being used.
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October 26th, 2017, 19:09
Originally Posted by ChienAboyeur View Post
They are not shooters. They do not belong to the shooter genre. Immersive sim is supposed to be a genre by itself.
Maybe. BUt I've never seen any other kinnd of gameplay happening in these "immersive sims" than what is in shooters and similar "killing games".
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