Tilted Mill – of Caesar IV and Children of the Nile fame – has just released Hinterland, an intriguing mashup of fantasy action roleplaying and city management. While in trying to manage both it ends up doing neither with much depth, at just $19.99 over Steam, Hinterland may well be worth a look.
Frank and Joe Hardy, the original “It would have worked if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids and their dog!”, are making their way onto the DS early next year. (okay, so there wasn’t a talking dog helping solve Hardy Boys mysteries. Work with me here!)
A post on Videogaming247 includes translated snippets of a Finnish-language interview with Remedy Entertainment’s lead writer, Sami Järvi. Remedy has been toiling away on Alan Wake for about a bazillion years now, and looks to be needing a bazillion more. And that makes Steerpike a sad, sad panda.
CD Projekt made good on their promise to release an Enhanced Edition of their best selling game, The Witcher. The retail version became available for sale in the US on September 16. The gigantic download version was posted on September 19th. At first, CD Projekt’s designated server was overloaded but soon other servers picked it up and things have smoothed out. I’ve been playing the Enhanced Edition for a couple of weeks now and am …
With the recent concerns over DRM – particularly the obnoxious, intrusive copy protection found in Spore and the PC version of Mass Effect, it stands to reason that many top-shelf games are going to come loaded down with spyware in the form of piracy “protection” this holiday season. Not so, at least for one much-anticipated title.
Movie Review by Scout Bug Directed by William Friedkin From Lionsgate Films Released May 2007 Available on DVD Verdict: 4/5 Thumbs Up “…Ashley Judd frakking knocks it out of the park, turning in one of the best acting jobs in her career. She is a revelation, a cavalcade of dysfunction, a celebration of dissipation.”
Review by Steerpike World in Conflict Developer Massive Publisher Activision/Sierra Released September 2007 Available for Windows Verdict: 5/5 Gold Star “But World in Conflict is a masterpiece; unadulterated, absolute … perfect. It is ultrasonic, ultraviolent; melted, battered, folded, then melted and battered again until it possesses an unbelievable rippling strength.”
Grand Theft Auto IV is memorably mediocre, not even representative of the best the open-world genre can achieve, let alone the pinnacle of this medium. It’s boring, repetitive, irritating, difficult to control, and far too puffed up with its own sense of self-worth.
Review by Davo Rhem 3 Developer Knut Müller Publisher Got Game Released March 2008 Available for Windows, Macintosh Verdict: 3/5 Middlin’ “The first Rhem game took place mostly outdoors. Chocolate. Rhem 2 occurred almost entirely within a cavern. Peanut butter. Where does Rhem 3 take place? Inside and outside. Chocolate and peanut butter.”
Review by Old Rooster Diamonds in the Rough Developer Atropos Studios Publisher Atropos Studios Released March 2008 Available for Windows Verdict: 5/5 Gold Star “Wow! On at least three occasions during the course of playing Diamonds in the Rough, I uttered this expletive. Really. Seriously. And you will too. That’s a promise.”
Review by Old Rooster The Experiment (AKA Experience 112) Developer Lexis Numerique Publisher The Adventure Company Released February 2008 Available for Windows Verdict: 4/5 Thumbs Up “The Experiment lives up to its name by offering a very different, shall we say, “experimental,” twist on how to play and progress in a game. Managing a primary character from a control room by turning on lights and flipping switches is unique. But is it effective and fun?”
A lot’s been happening behind the scenes these past few months, but MrLipid and I are slowly moving toward the eventual takeover of Four Fat Chicks from our beloved Jen and Orb. Everyone on the staff will remain, and we certainly hope that everyone in our fine community will remain, too! For now, the biggest change is the new front page. FFC now functions like a blog, encouraging more regular posting of news, editorials, short …
Review by Mike “Scout” Gust The Witcher Developer CD Projekt Publisher Atari Released October 30, 2007 Available for Windows Time Played Finished Verdict: 4/5 Thumbs Up “For the perceptive gamer, the payoff is every bit as big as it promises to be at the outset.“
Review by Steerpike Developer Team Ico Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Released October 18, 2005 Available for PS2 Time Played Finished Verdict: 5/5 Gold Star “I have never played a game like Shadow of the Colossus, because there are no games like it.”
Review by Scout Fallout Developer Black Isle Studios Publisher Interplay Released 1997 Available for PC, Mac Time Played Finished Verdict: 4/5 Thumb Up “In less than 90 seconds, the creators of Fallout have captured the mindset of a decade and revealed the untapped fears of a generation.”