So EA’s internally-developed Dead Space comes out Wednesday, and reviews have been a mixture of pretty positive and very positive. This is one I’ve got on my GameFly list rather than down as a purchase. Why? Because scary games make me tremble, and because I’m witholding judgment on the game’s overall quality until I hear a little more about it. EA is not, after all, really what one thinks of when one thinks of innovative …
“Revenge Beyond Death; Truth Beyond Legend” Welsh development company, Aberth Studios, offers an impressive first effort with a “haunted farmhouse” traditional point-and-click adventure. Although there are some rough edges, the solid story and interesting puzzles make this visit to Wales worthy of your consideration.
Joystiq reports that Bethesda has festooned the Washington Metro with new ads for Fallout 3, many featuring scenes of a bombed-out Washington and ominous slogans. Looks like the Bethsoft take on the classic RPG series will be as grim and goofy as its predecessor’s.
LittleBigPlanet ‘Giant Calculator’ gameplay MediaMolecule’s LittleBigPlanet is not really a game I’ve been following, due largely to the fact that I have no PS3 and I’m trying to avoid looking for reasons to buy one. But this recently released video of the quirky platformer/world builder/puppet torture arena that is LittleBigPlanet shows the breadth of the game’s construction tools… by which I mean someone BUILT A WORKING CALCULATOR USING THE GAME. I mean sure, it’s no …
I downloaded the WiiWare title Strong Bad: Homestar Ruiner on my (what else?) Wii a few weeks ago. I have a high regard for Telltale Games, and they seem to have made a go of this episodic content business (but where’s the next Bone, hmm?), so I was looking forward to this, ‘specially given it’s on the Wii, my current favorite platform du jour (how’s this for a run-on sentence?). Well…
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.”