13.05.2016 Dan's diary

Dan and Batman

At first sight, tester Dan and billionaire Bruce Wayne have nothing in common. One lives in a gigantic mansion, drives Lamborghini Aventador and Batmobile… Another rents a prefab and goes to work by a bus, or on a bycicle. Unlike Gotham’s rich kid, Dan hasn’t got a yacht, filled with Russian ballet girls. Nor has he a kevlar suit or a Batcopter…

“Dan and Batman”

Crossout. Focus-test and perfomance

About the game

Crossout is an aggressive PvP/PvE car oriented MMO-action game in a postapocalyptic world. The game looks very promising. It has got an editor mode with almost unlimited opportunities, a variety of armored vehicles, advanced destruction model, a wide range of firearms, all possible body kits, such as saws, drills and disk saws. Experienced publisher and developer inspire trust. In other words, we are all set for some desert madness!

We haven’t only discussed the game in the most detailed preview in runet, but also recorded a let’s play. In this article we are going to describe the results of our focus test and check the performance on common configurations. Let’s get to it!

Focus-test

First of all, a few lines about what focus test is. This is a test for a focus group, the purpose of which is to predict the reaction of players on the product itself and it’s parts: graphics, sound, useability of interface, difficluty, entrance level etc.
The aim of our focus test was to gather opinions of experienced players on basics of Crossout. The personal opinion of one player and the sum of answers of a devil’s dozen are two different things, all in all.
“Crossout. Focus-test and perfomance”

10.05.2016 Testing games

Crossout. Preview

Platform: PC (Windows)
Game Engine: Hammer Engine
Genre: MMO-Action
Developer: Targem Games
Publisher: Gaijin Entertainment
Game Mode: Multiplayer (PvP/PvE)
Release Date: 2016
Early Access: April 5, 2016
Price: Free-to-Play
Official web-site: http://crossout.net/ru

My name is Max. My world is fire. And blood.
«Mad Max: Fury Road»

A slow truck caught under the fire of a pod of adroit buggies. It has already started to lose it’s armor… One of the chasers was torn apart as the driver fired with a missile. It was too late though. Rear wheels fell off under the hundreds of bullets and the bottom of the car has gone into sand. The last thing that driver saw was the dozer blade coming up. It was the third minute of a heat in Crossout.

Targem Games from Ekaterinburg will celebrate it’s 15-th birthday next year. It has a decent experience in game developing of over a dozen different projects. The strongest point of this studio have always been racing games. Older generation of gamers can remember Ex Machina, younger players had seen Sledgehammer and Insane sequel. The smallest ones know BlazeRush. It’s fair to say that we all grew up with Targem!

“Crossout. Preview”

27.04.2016 Dan's diary

Welcome, Dan!

Dan is Junior Game Tester. He thought he knew all about the games!
It turned out that testing process is really hard, painstaking work requiring wide knowledge, savvy, perseverance and other qualities.

Let’s look at the first day in QA.


25.04.2016 Testing games

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade. «Iron Within, Iron Without»

Platform: Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Game Engine: Unreal Engine 4
Genre: MMOTPS
Developer: Behaviour Interactive
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release Date: Q2/Q3 2016
Early Access: January, 26 2016
Game mode: Multiplayer
Official website: http://www.eternalcrusade.com/

About the game

“In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war.”

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade is a real-time tactical PvP/PvE Massive Multiplayer Online Third Person Shooter (MMOTPS). It partially reminds us of Dark Millennium Online. The action takes place in Warhammer 40,000 universe. Four factions are fighting between each other in order to take control over the planet Arkon. On his way to the eternal crusade, players are free to choose between Space Marines, Orks, Eldars and Chaos Space Marines. Players will defy each other in slaughterous battles on their way to glory.

Early Access gives us an idea about the basics of the future combat system. The crusaiders will face the mixture of Space Marine, Gears of War and PlanetSide. It’s clear that Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade is a dynamic, intence action game with brutal hand-to-hand combat and sustained gun battles with shooting from behind covers. It has got balanced classes and a huge variety of weapons and vehicles.
“Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade. «Iron Within, Iron Without»”

[BytexTest]The Solus Project
12.04.2016 Testing games

“The Solus Project” – Alien Patient

Name: The Solus Project
Platform: Microsoft Windows, Xbox One
Genre: survival
Developer: Hourences, Grip Games
Publisher: Teotl Studios
Early Access: February 18, 2016
Release date: May 2016
Game engine: Unreal Engine 4
Game mode: singleplayer
Official website: http://www.thesolusproject.com/

Description

In 2115 scientists discovered a wandering star, approaching the Earth and threatening the Solar System to destroy it. Humanity has nowhere to retreat now. People managed to build scouting ships from remaining resources and set expeditions in search of a new home. 15 years later, the first spaceship crashed when approaching the planet Gliese-6143-C. The only survivor made an emergency landing in a lifeboat. This is the beggining of his journey in the unknown world.

“The Solus Project” – is a survival game made by GRIP Digital studio. The player is about to reveal the history of the planet and, what’s most important, to survive. Ground locations are sandbox where players are free to do almost everything they want. As long as they don’t forget about their biggest enemy – the weather. Ancient underground constructions and tombs are searched in a more linear way, which helps the player to discover planet’s secrets.

The developers promised us more than 9 hours of general gameplay, complete freedom of exporation and a great amount of quests by the release date. We can have a few episodes, partial VR support and good optimization by the time of early access.

Our independent testing will show if system requirements correspond to the announced ones, FPS on different configurations or some obvious visual and sound problems existing in current game condition.

““The Solus Project” – Alien Patient”