They have been expanding to several consoles with their last few titles, but all of them are still for PC as well. I do not think their expansion to consoles indicates a lesser focus on the PC market. Vs. Jack the Ripper was the first game which was also for 360.
Last Testament & Crimes and Punishments were developed specifically for console platforms and ported to PC. The next one Devil's Daughter is being developed on Playstation 4 hardware with XboxOne & PC receiving ports. At one point there wasn't even supposed to be a PC release for LT, as I recall.
I mean they aren't going to abandon PC, that would be ridiculous, but their focus on that market has certainly deminished.
I’m often irrelevant. It confuses people.
I recently played the JTR DLC and found very little memorable about it. To save time, drag your mouse over the space below to see the spoilers:
In the game, JTR was once a student assassin mentored by your character, and was also once wronged by you. He takes revenge by killing 5 East End women, who were ALSO assassins (!!), then finally killing you. Clearly, this is not the best Ripper fiction we have ever seen.
The best fun can be had, actually, in the main game, where you not only get to visit 1868 London, but also, through a time warp, WWI London. And you get to meet many historical figures like Dickens, Darwin, a young Abberline in 1868, Churchill, Queen Victoria, etc. There is even a mission involving Spring-Heeled Jack where you have to jump from rooftop to rooftop to catch him. You get to visit Whitechapel in 1868, but unfortunately one finds no recognizable Ripper landmarks like Mitre Square or Dutfield's Yard. In terms of graphics, the densely populated London is well depicted with well-animated NPCs engaging in all sorts of activities such as laboring, playing balls, chatting, gathering in markets, pubs, train stations, etc., offering you a realistic picture of a bustling metropolis.
Still, I would consider this game mediocre, as there is very little that is memorable. The stories aren't memorable, and missions are repetitive. The game industry is filled with great designers and programmers, but doesn't have enough good writers. The best games of this kind (and this kind of games is called "open world" games, for those who don't know) are the Fallout games, which are the benchmark for this genre.
Last edited by YomRippur : 06-20-2017 at 02:17 PM.
Think they missed an opportunity there. Just think how realistic and amazing the result would have been in the hands of those professional 3D / CGI artists? Would have been fantastic.
Even in the JTR DLC there is no attempt whatsoever at any kind of accuracy about the geography or facts about the murders. Everything is bent out of shape to fit the over-the-top narrative in the game, which is that the Ripper victims were actually once killers just like the Ripper, which is as ridiculous a notion as it gets. Some parts of the game actually make use of well-known ideas in the Ripper murders. In investigating Mary Kelly's room, you discover a hidden rune symbol on the wall next to Kelly's corpse. That, of course, reminds us of the alleged infamous "F.M." writing on the wall mentioned in the James Maybrick theories and the "Final Solution" theories. But most of the JTR storyline is fictionalized to such extent that nothing remotely has anything to do with the actual murders other than the JTR name.