Archive for February, 2014

South Park: The Stick of Truth CENSORED or Fuck Off, You Sell-Out Cunts

Posted in The Latest with tags , , , on February 26, 2014 by Rabidgames

As might know by now, South Park: The Stick of Truth has been censored in Europe. Why? Well, Ubisoft, and the glorious South Park makers bowed and stripped down to the German (and Australian) nazi-like censorship laws and just censored the game for all PAL regions. The official reason? Well, it seems “this was a market decision.”

Censorship includes, according to Eurogamer:

  • A mini-game in which the doctor is performing an abortion on the player.

  • A mini-game in which the player is performing an abortion on the character Randy.

  • Five anal probing scenes involving someone actively being probed. The scenes play out as normal before and after the active probing sequences.

Well, Rabidgames’ official answer to this chickenshit move is “from day 1 purchase to 2nd hand purchase”. If you pussies decide to give up integrity just to save some money and to appease some fascist censorship authorities, Rabidgames decides to show the middlefinger and keep his money in his wallet for now.

Rabidgames demands: People, gamers of the world, unite! Let’s vote with our wallets! If some pussies back down because of marketing fears, let’s not buy the inferior product South Park: The Limp Dock of Cowardice will be for us Europeans and fellow PAL sufferers. Let them suffer. Artistic integrity … Ubisoft’s ass!

World of Tanks or Free 2 Play Done Right

Posted in Hands On with tags , , on February 25, 2014 by Rabidgames

What a re the chances a F2P game about tanks tanks? Pardon the pun.

Finally, World of Tanks has arrived on the 360! And finally, there is a F2P game where you don’t HAVE to pay money to win but you can do so if you WANT!

Yes, there are many shortcuts to get awesome tanks quickly, but you still have to earn XP to progress further in World of Tanks, and you cannot simply buy XP (you cannot convert tank XP to general XP though). Yes, there is still some grinding involved but it can actually be fun to earn money on lower levels and XP for your tank. There is also Premium which gives you 50% more XP and money for a set period of time. But in the tank, it’s up to you. If you have no clue what to do, you’re dead within seconds.

World of Tanks can be great fun – if you find a decent team. Problem is, there seem to be many brainless COD or Battlefield players who only mindlessly rush through the field and get killed within seconds. One kill, you’re out. The first time this happens  you think the game is broken but it is actually a good thing: Get killed, start another match, lose start another match, and you’ll still get money from all matches (although you get virtually nothing if you didn’t contribute anything so suicide runs are pointless). But if you happen to find a team that works together, the battles can be amazing. 90% of the time, one team will wipe out the other within mere minutes, but sometimes it boils down to 2:2 or even 1:1 situations. If you survive those, it feels great!

The different classes of World of Tanks are also well done: Light, medium and heavy tanks will do the close quarter battles (and light tanks especially will act as scouts), tank destroyers act as snipers (although they are limited in turret movement), and artillery can shell enemy tanks across huge distances, provided your scouts do a good job. All classes feel balanced and it actually takes some time to get used to playing them.

Of course, there are some problems: The random matchmaking of World of Tanks sucks. You cannot play with more than 2 friends in a platoon, you cannot choose maps or anything else … so if you end up with annoying brats, you know within a minute you’re doomed. Also, the controls are not always perfect and the servers are not always working 100%, but the game has just been released yet so let’s give it some time. Oh, and Rabidgames wants one thing: Being able to level damn houses!

But at the end of the day, the fun in World of Tanks outweighs the annoyances. The F2P aspect also works: You can spend tons of money, you can spend no money at all, or you can follow Rabidgames’ approach: From time to time, it cannot hurt to spend some quid to support the devs a bit, maybe buying 1 day premium, some permanent customisation for the favourite tank or converting tank XP to general XP … If we support F2P, we should make sure to support the games and the people that got it right!

Rabidgames wonders: For now, the game is tons of fun! However, it might be short-term fun … The random matchmaking can put you in a losing streak if you play with rushing COD fan idiots or end up in the wrong kind of map for your tank, and the handful of maps might make it a repetitive experience rather sooner than later. But … maybe this the game to show F2P can be worth it … Time will tell.

The First 13 Minutes of South Park: The Stick of Truth

Posted in News with tags , on February 15, 2014 by Rabidgames

Finally, we get to see some gameplay, some mechanics and a plethora of jokes of Obsidian’s and Ubisoft’s long awaited RPG South Park: The Stick of Truth! You can watch the Jew in action here:

Rabidgames laughs: RPG enough? Check. Interesting fighting system? Check. Original graphics? Check. Hilarious South Park humour? Check. Day one purchase? Check.

The New Dungeon Keeper or EA’s Real Ugly Face

Posted in The Latest with tags , on February 6, 2014 by Rabidgames

Remember Dungeon Keeper? No? Then you’re probably too young to remember what games used to be like, too.

You know, back in the day, you bought a game, you got a game. By which Rabidgames means a COMPLETE game. Today, you get a core game, which sometimes is merely a skeleton for chunks of meat sold for an extra, aka DL fucking C. And that’s traditional games you pay 40 quid for! Lets’ call it a Category A game.

Then again, there are cheap brwoser games which are called F2P games these days. Or freemium, or Play to Win, or most accurately a big fucking rip-off piece of stinking rancid shit that reeks of corporate piss. We’ll conveniently call them Category Bullshit.

And then, there’s EA. They manage to mix up a Category A game with Bullshit! They dragged poor Dungeon Keeper out of retirement, took of its clothes and brain, violated it, raped it, beat it up and then left it to die on your smartphones. You might think “is it really that bad”? Rest assured, it’s worse!

EA raised a paywall higher than the highest mountains – wanna to do build? PAY! (Or wait forever.) Wanna expand? PAY! (Or wait forever.) Wanna do anything? PAY! (Or wait forever.) But hey, staring at the screen is still free in the new yet debased Dungeon Keeper.

Rabidgames pukes: First, EA are cunts. We knew that, but they always find a way to prove there’s always a new low. Second, everyone who pays one fucking pence or cent or whatever is an even bigger, ignorant and stupid cunt. Third, desecrating a game like Dungeon Keeper for quick bucks is by far the worst kind of abomination the world of gaming has spawned.