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RPS Advent Calendar 2020, December 12th

The hell of a racket behind the door 12 of the Advent calendar. It sounds like the whole building is destroyed, but it’s not just what you want. In fact, it has a very strong purpose.

Tear down!

Alice0: Breaking things is cool, video games know, but it’s rarely practical. Years of research and development have been devoted to defeating cluttered mountains and exploding them in a slightly wacky way. Teardown definitely has some cool destruction, but it’s not free. In the world of destructible voxels, you can destroy or light windows, sledgehammer walls, and bulldozer homes, but that’s also a meticulous process.

For each level, you need to steal some things. Grabbing the first item will trigger an alarm and call a cop. 60 seconds to grab everything and go out. If loot is scattered throughout the level, that’s not possible by normal means. In other words, you need to reshape the level to suit your needs. Break the hole in the wall. Knock down the pipe to form a lamp. Line up chains from car to boat to car and cross the water quickly. Skillfully arrange the chain reaction.

Once in the level, it’s a recognizable place with a clear purpose. When I make a plan, I begin to analyze it calmly and see homes and factories as an opportunity to avoid and transform with an abstract set of obstacles. It’s also a lot of fun. Like the Zachtronics game, you might solve the level in a unavoidable way … not elegant. Something about that escape doesn’t exactly match you. You can do better. So you go back and fine-tune, refine, and sometimes find spectacular new opportunities to reshape your escape on a large scale. You may not respect your property, but you are certainly proud of your technology.

It’s a great surprise to see Teardown actually doing just fine, like a real right game, from Twitter’s cool tech demo clips and GIFs. I’m very excited about the game it might still be, as Early Access may be another year.

Graham: Alice0 touched on this last, but it’s very rare to find a game that is paired with a game based on new technology. this In fact, technology has somehow existed in other games and has always been a gimmick. “Hey, this is a third-person action game, but you can break things.” I broke it a bit and thought it was “awesome, cool,” and after 15 minutes I lost interest.

Meanwhile, the freedom brought by the destruction of Teardown kept me on duty for hours, tweaking, testing, and crafting new plans, then recording clips and comparing them to friends. You’ll never want to optimize your racing line in a driving game, but Forza has never had a hammer and dynamite.

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The RPS Advent Calendar 2020, December 12th

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