Zero Punctuation: The Technomancer

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The Technomancer

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews The Technomancer.

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Looks like a step forward for Id software and RAGE

In Mars: War Logs (the predecessor game by same studio(s)) much-praised electric powers looked even weirder because some of enemy soldiers fought with electrical clubs. Electrical powers still were handy, but I never understood what is so exclusively superior about them in this setting.

I quite like this game.

Gee. There are so many games and such that involve battling huge corporations:
this game, Sunset Overdrive, Resident Evil, Saints Row IV, some Ubisoft games,
... BREXIT.

I appreciate the extreme disdain for a lack of facial hair.

They should've of just cut straight through the bullshit and named it Mars Effect: economy edition
Oh and charged less too, you know, what budget titles usually sell themselves on.

babloyi:
I appreciate the extreme disdain for a lack of facial hair.

Well it scientifically proven that having a beard gives a person 85% more character.

Trust me, I once was in a room with a man wearing a lab coat.

I watched a friend play this for a while. Thought the combat, gameplay, and story were functional, but as grey, lifeless, and uninteresting as the graphics.

As an aside, I suspect Yahtzee is going to be *very* disappointed in American shopping malls.

Also... Brexit.

DID SOMEBODY SAY BREXIT!?!?!?!??

*Cough* So, what does anybody think about that Turkey-Situation? *Cough*
Just kidding. We don't want that Brexit-Escalation. Right? RIGHT???

Is Mars breaking comms with Earth called Marxit?

I think the summer games drought is getting to Yahtzee pretty badly this year. Have you considered trying a Grand Strategy Game? Stellaris even has spaceships in it.

At worse, you'll hate it and provide a chuckle to everyone not a fan of the genre (and anyone who might get offended is too busy arguing about the efficacy of 16th Century Hungarian Cavalry to be salty).

anyone else just getting the ad and nothing else?

... wait wont work on chrome but does on edge... i think the world is on fire.

No no, not Bellend. Benjamin Speedswearer.

No? A little flat? Yeah, sorry. I'm just so aggravated that they've wasted a title which indicates a far more interesting powerset- the ability to control any electronic machine- on generic Bioware-style sci-fi fantasy #91.

I'm actually suprised that Yahtzee actually reads the comments dedicated to his videos. Considering how hard he tries to build himself up as a digital misanthope, it's quite suprising, actually.

Myria:
I watched a friend play this for a while. Thought the combat, gameplay, and story were functional, but as grey, lifeless, and uninteresting as the graphics.

As an aside, I suspect Yahtzee is going to be *very* disappointed in American shopping malls.

Also... Brexit.

None of the malls near me are grey, they have tons of garish colors everywhere.

slashed_wings:
anyone else just getting the ad and nothing else?

... wait wont work on chrome but does on edge... i think the world is on fire.

I'm using Chrome and the video played for me just fine.

Mahoshonen:
I think the summer games drought is getting to Yahtzee pretty badly this year. Have you considered trying a Grand Strategy Game? Stellaris even has spaceships in it.

At worse, you'll hate it and provide a chuckle to everyone not a fan of the genre (and anyone who might get offended is too busy arguing about the efficacy of 16th Century Hungarian Cavalry to be salty).

I want to see Yahtzee review Umbrella Corps next week, it's so astoundingly terrible it'll make him appreciate Homefront: Revolution a hell of a lot more.

darkrage6:

Myria:
I watched a friend play this for a while. Thought the combat, gameplay, and story were functional, but as grey, lifeless, and uninteresting as the graphics.

As an aside, I suspect Yahtzee is going to be *very* disappointed in American shopping malls.

Also... Brexit.

None of the malls near me are grey, they have tons of garish colors everywhere.

They... were referring to the ease with which you can supposedly get heavy armaments in America, not the color scheme.

OT: Spiders is a very interesting little developer. They have such high aspirations, but can never seem to really reach them.

Well Jim, your audience is savvy enough as to not play the sort of games you partake with. It's quite the irony, you new zealander fuck.

PD: That was all satire, specially the bit about people on the internet being savvy and what nonsense.

Wait, really? A Spiders game that doesn't actually tell a nifty story? That's a shocker.

The other games I've played by them usually made a solid attempt at a good story and they usually end up at least somewhat intriguing. I confess myself a bit shocked, really.

I'm surprised there was no mention of Cole McGrath or the infamous series

It sounds like the MC of The Technomancer is Brexit personified... No wonder he could not make any Brexit jokes this week...

Other than that, I wonder why Mars is treated like the Pluto to the universal economy in media... except The Martian, apparently...

shrekfan246:
They... were referring to the ease with which you can supposedly get heavy armaments in America, not the color scheme.

Indeed. Malls are really more or less on life support in most of the parts of the country I've visited in the last couple of years. With the death of many brick-and-mortar staples (book stores, record stores, video stores, etc) and with many of the big anchor chains (Macy's, Sears, etc) barely surviving, malls have been reduced to phone stores, candle shops, kitchen knick-knacks, the occasional Sephora, and a whole endless sea of Deb, Forever 21, and other such trendy clothing stores primarily targeting young women.

Oddly enough, Asia seems to have the kinds of malls that many think of as screaming "Murica!" much more so than the US does. I was at a mega-mall, and they really have some ungodly huge malls, in Thailand not long ago where you could get any kind of electronic gadget imaginable, your fill of McDonalds or any dozens of other western foodstuffs, your choice of a wide variety of pseudo-medical treatments that might or might not make you look younger and/or give you cancer or possibly a superpower, all the hentai you could imagine, your choice of the most cheaply made clothes I've ever seen (many complete with hilariously bad or embarrassing English phrases included), an entire shop dedicated to Crocks (why?)... Just pretty much anything imaginable and many things I would prefer not knowing about. All that, and there were shops and even kiosks in the main thoroughfare with enough weapons to arm a military junta (something the Thais know more than a tad bit about) right there on the counter.

Kinda weird to have to go to Asia if you want to see a stereotypically American mall, but there you have it.

Mahoshonen:
I think the summer games drought is getting to Yahtzee pretty badly this year. Have you considered trying a Grand Strategy Game? Stellaris even has spaceships in it.

At worse, you'll hate it and provide a chuckle to everyone not a fan of the genre (and anyone who might get offended is too busy arguing about the efficacy of 16th Century Hungarian Cavalry to be salty).

only problem is he would probably have to play it for like 2 weeks straight just to get a handle on the interface and mechanics. Those games are worse than Dark Souls at telling you what you have to do.

Myria:

shrekfan246:
They... were referring to the ease with which you can supposedly get heavy armaments in America, not the color scheme.

Indeed. Malls are really more or less on life support in most of the parts of the country I've visited in the last couple of years. With the death of many brick-and-mortar staples (book stores, record stores, video stores, etc) and with many of the big anchor chains (Macy's, Sears, etc) barely surviving, malls have been reduced to phone stores, candle shops, kitchen knick-knacks, the occasional Sephora, and a whole endless sea of Deb, Forever 21, and other such trendy clothing stores primarily targeting young women.

Oddly enough, Asia seems to have the kinds of malls that many think of as screaming "Murica!" much more so than the US does. I was at a mega-mall, and they really have some ungodly huge malls, in Thailand not long ago where you could get any kind of electronic gadget imaginable, your fill of McDonalds or any dozens of other western foodstuffs, your choice of a wide variety of pseudo-medical treatments that might or might not make you look younger and/or give you cancer or possibly a superpower, all the hentai you could imagine, your choice of the most cheaply made clothes I've ever seen (many complete with hilariously bad or embarrassing English phrases included), an entire shop dedicated to Crocks (why?)... Just pretty much anything imaginable and many things I would prefer not knowing about. All that, and there were shops and even kiosks in the main thoroughfare with enough weapons to arm a military junta (something the Thais know more than a tad bit about) right there on the counter.

Kinda weird to have to go to Asia if you want to see a stereotypically American mall, but there you have it.

That's mainly because a lot of companies have left America since (1.) no one here has the moneys anymore buy anything and (2.) they can hire and pay foreigners for less money than the Americans (With a lot of companies even exporting much of the work).

Also, it doesn't help that China, Japan, and some areas in Korea are becoming the tech giants of the world VS numerous cities in the U.S., that were once leaders in their industry, are regressing on all fronts (E.G. Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco).

slashed_wings:
anyone else just getting the ad and nothing else?

... wait wont work on chrome but does on edge... i think the world is on fire.

Yep, I'm a paid subscriber as well. I get the advert but no content afterward.

Transdude1996:

Myria:

shrekfan246:
They... were referring to the ease with which you can supposedly get heavy armaments in America, not the color scheme.

Indeed. Malls are really more or less on life support in most of the parts of the country I've visited in the last couple of years. With the death of many brick-and-mortar staples (book stores, record stores, video stores, etc) and with many of the big anchor chains (Macy's, Sears, etc) barely surviving, malls have been reduced to phone stores, candle shops, kitchen knick-knacks, the occasional Sephora, and a whole endless sea of Deb, Forever 21, and other such trendy clothing stores primarily targeting young women.

Oddly enough, Asia seems to have the kinds of malls that many think of as screaming "Murica!" much more so than the US does. I was at a mega-mall, and they really have some ungodly huge malls, in Thailand not long ago where you could get any kind of electronic gadget imaginable, your fill of McDonalds or any dozens of other western foodstuffs, your choice of a wide variety of pseudo-medical treatments that might or might not make you look younger and/or give you cancer or possibly a superpower, all the hentai you could imagine, your choice of the most cheaply made clothes I've ever seen (many complete with hilariously bad or embarrassing English phrases included), an entire shop dedicated to Crocks (why?)... Just pretty much anything imaginable and many things I would prefer not knowing about. All that, and there were shops and even kiosks in the main thoroughfare with enough weapons to arm a military junta (something the Thais know more than a tad bit about) right there on the counter.

Kinda weird to have to go to Asia if you want to see a stereotypically American mall, but there you have it.

That's mainly because a lot of companies have left America since (1.) no one here has the moneys anymore buy anything and (2.) they can hire and pay foreigners for less money than the Americans (With a lot of companies even exporting much of the work).

Also, it doesn't help that China, Japan, and some areas in Korea are becoming the tech giants of the world VS numerous cities in the U.S., that were once leaders in their industry, are regressing on all fronts (E.G. Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco).

Not so much that people don't have money to buy things in the U.S. so much as lots of people prefer to do their shopping online now, as it's much more convenient then driving several miles, plus malls are costly to maintain and they can die a quick death if they are in a poor location, so owners would rather throw in the towel and either demolish a mall or convert it into something else. Fortunately the malls near me are doing quite well and are in no real danger of becoming dead malls.

Walmart and K-Mart sell guns pretty openly here.

Oh please... it's not like you actually read the comments anyway.

aegix drakan:
Wait, really? A Spiders game that doesn't actually tell a nifty story? That's a shocker.

The other games I've played by them usually made a solid attempt at a good story and they usually end up at least somewhat intriguing. I confess myself a bit shocked, really.

I think Technomancer's story is pretty nifty, IMO it's better then Yahtzee made it sound(I personally think it's a big improvement over Bound By Flame's story, which I found very stiff and boring).

It's definitely like Deus Ex in one sense: the levels are ugly, and everyone looks the same.

Myria:
As an aside, I suspect Yahtzee is going to be *very* disappointed in American shopping malls.

Yeah, the one I'm closest to at this moment only has 3 stores where you can buy guns. Although there are 2 more stores where you can buy holsters and other gun accessories as well.

I'm sure Texas malls have guns in the food court.

Xsjadoblayde:
They should've of just cut straight through the bullshit and named it Mars Effect: economy edition
Oh and charged less too, you know, what budget titles usually sell themselves on.

The price is why I haven't grabbed this yet, even with all the complaints I've heard/seen. I can't find a reason for why this game is around $50(Canada) on steam/pc but the full $80 on xbox/ps4, and the store I work at doesn't even sell it, so I don't know if a hard disk version even exists.

This isn't worth full price though, I know that.

DeadProxy:

Xsjadoblayde:
They should've of just cut straight through the bullshit and named it Mars Effect: economy edition
Oh and charged less too, you know, what budget titles usually sell themselves on.

The price is why I haven't grabbed this yet, even with all the complaints I've heard/seen. I can't find a reason for why this game is around $50(Canada) on steam/pc but the full $80 on xbox/ps4, and the store I work at doesn't even sell it, so I don't know if a hard disk version even exists.

This isn't worth full price though, I know that.

Yes a hard disk version does exist, I bought my copy from Gamestop. I personally felt like it was worth 60 dollars(way more so then Rainbow Six Siege).

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