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Beck last won the day on March 19 2019

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    Beck Shaw
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  1. I quite enjoyed the shotgun bit I figured it out quite quickly. My only issue is I'm playing in a tiny space so it was a little difficult for me to position myself to reach out and grab it safely. Fought my first combine last night, they're quite fun to fight, kinda feels like Time Crisis or other arcade shooters ducking behind cover and popping up to take shots at them. Having a bit of trouble with grenades, never seem to be able to throw them too far, but that might just be me not being used to VR and I probably need to release the button later to let go of them. You know what though... fk black headcrabs. I fear them more in this game than I did in HL2!
  2. Caved and bought this last night, hype was killing me. Playing on an Oculus Rift on a 4.5 year old machine (Intel 6700k, 980ti, 16GB Ram) and the game runs smooth with no lag and looks absolutely gorgeous even on defaulted low settings. Dat baked lighting! I just got the flashlight after about 2 hours, a lot of exploring and messing about with shit but had a ton of fun. Feels very Half-Life and it feels great to be back in City 17. Having a lot of fun with it though, looking forward to the rest of the story now!
  3. Might need to install it and check it out. BC2 was great and I'd bet it's more populated than BF3 since it always gets more praise it seems. I'd honestly like to see a modern setting for the next BF game. That or 2143 with the return of Titan mode.
  4. I installed BF3 the other day as I'm not a fan of BFV's TTK changes and I really miss BF3. Game kept crashing or failing to connect to servers or something sadly. Need to investigate it I think. Is BC2 still populated?
  5. Thanks @Radu! Glad to finally see it released and people seem to be enjoying it. Getting around the 7-8/10 mark in reviews which I think is fair and I'm pretty happy with
  6. Don't believe this thread hasn't been updated in nearly 5 years. Anyway, new trailer:
  7. Gonna need to get that book I think. Kinda glad this got delayed, there were just too many games coming out at the same time. This gives my wallet a break and lets CDPR make the game better.
  8. That's just one of the levels. We have levels in Milan, Vesuvius, Venice, Croatia and some other locations Thank you!
  9. Thank you! Can't wait to see it in the wild
  10. Had a lot of influencer and media posts about ZA4 release today. Less than a month to go until release. Currently just fixing the last of my bugs now, it's so close!
  11. Reveal trailer and release date announcement. Spoilers: 3rd April 2020
  12. Ok, that does look pretty sick. Well done, Valve, now I want to buy a VR headset. Announcement trailer for the lazy
  13. Most of what I'd look for has been covered here already. Key things I look out for when combing through portfolios: Use of different game engines - More often then not you'll be joining a studio and using either their own engine or a modified one. If you can show you can transfer your skills from one engine to another (thus reducing the amount of training time you'll need when joining a new studio) it'll be a big bonus. Basically, don't just make CS:GO maps. Ability to work on different game types - This kinda relates to the above but if all you're making is CS:GO maps (sorry to pick on CS:GO :P) then you're probably not going to be considered for a puzzle/racing/adventure game potentially. If you show you can create levels for different game genres it'll really help you out. For example make a race track in Trackmania, then go create a Portal 2 puzzle level, maybe create a Fallout 4 dungeon then go create a single player mission for your favourite shooter with their in-built mission editor. Using level layout to create different gameplay - It's nice to see some variety in level layout. Try something new in a CS:GO map which breaks away from the typical 3 lane structure. Maybe a level which predominantly focuses on height variation. Perhaps the Portal 2 map you create can focus on precision shooting and the timing of portals being placed. The Trackmania track you might create could use split/multiple paths to give players more choice rather than one set path? Tell me what didn't work - A lot of the time what you create might not be the best level ever. And that's totally fine. But don't hide it away at the bottom of your portfolio or remove it entirely. If you can critique your own work, say what went wrong and what you might have done to fix it it'll show understanding and show employers how you might tackle problems during development. Keep portfolios short and sweet - Kinda contradicts the above point but don't make a portfolio page about a particular level really long. Game devs are often busy people at the quietest of times so we don't have time to read essays on every aspect of your level. Show us the key gameplay features, maybe a quick level playthrough video and keep any text short and to the point. This normally helps with interviews too as it leaves us something to ask you. Like: "You touched upon reasons why you didn't like this section, could you expand on what you might do given the chance?" "You mention bombsite B was always hard to retake in playtests, how did you overcome that?" We don't expect you to be artists - Don't spend forever trying to make your level look super amazing art-wise. You're not expected to be an environment artist too. So long as you've shown considerations for how the level might be dressed or themed then that's often enough. Mood boards are good and some basic dressing to help sell that in the whitebox is cool too. Resuse assets from games as much as you can. I agree with what others have posted. If you don't know any 3D packages right now then just focus on in-engine tools. They're more than good enough to whitebox a level. But if you do know a 3D package it'll be a nice bonus on your CV. At Rebellion we let people use our in-engine tools or a 3D package (Max, Maya or Blender) when building their levels. TL;DR Give your portolfio variety Don't waffle on too much (Like my post :D)
  14. Epic's acquired Quixel and is bringing their megascans library to UE users for free. https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/blog/unreal-engine-4-24-to-ship-with-free-quixel-megascans-unreal-studio-features-and-more Not available just yet, but in the mean time they released 10 packs on the UE Marketplace: https://www.unrealengine.com/marketplace/en-US/profile/Quixel+Megascans
  15. Yep, EA's coming back to Steam along with EA Access. https://www.ea.com/en-gb/news/ea-and-valve-partnership
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