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I’m going to highlight two indie side scrollers that have me feeling the want – ‘Slain!’ and ‘Death’s Gambit’
Both technically fall into very similar categories of pixely action side scrollers with swords, but that’s like saying Metallica and Hanson are the same because they both use guitars (neither game is Hanson in this simile). No, these two games have similarities, but each scratches an itch in very different places.
The pixelart is simply astonishing. The level of detail in all aspects is amazing. Characters, backgrounds, weapons, scenery, blood/the color red are all on point.
To my eye, this is what the advancement of the 16 bit era pixelart would have become way back when if polygons hadn’t become the de facto graphics style during the N64/PS1 era for AAA titles. The Saturn seemed to be the platform to go to for that look, and we know how that story ended.
— Andrew Gilmour (@MrAwolf) September 26, 2015
— Andrew Gilmour (@MrAwolf) September 25, 2015
And this was just from the twitter gifs. Now take a look and listen to the gameplay video.
That soundtrack. It’s too perfect. I’m not heavy metal, but this game makes me wish I was.
Slain! is on track to release towards the end of 2015, so keep a close eye out.
First thing that smashes you in the face when you look the game’s way – the slightly dark yet vibrant color palette. It has a Transistor quality to it (which is a compliment) and the color contrast is striking. Animations are smooooth – the characters, the bosses, and the environments that rush past with a parallax effect all contribute to a beautiful view. The attention to detail is obvious, but an even bigger deal might be the game’s mechanics.
The need to respect the enemy’s range and capabilities and use the appropriate moves at the right time in order to survive. There’s nothing like well timed blocks and counters in an action game.
The biggest thing I took away from the interview was the influences Jean notes and just how prevalent they are once you realize they’re there. You can see the Shadow of the Colossus influence in the boss that has to be scaled to fight. You can also see how influential Dark Souls games are based on the cadence during battles with the shield block and roll. The best part is that the influence isn’t heavy handed nor is it a rip off – you may not even notice if you weren’t told about them.
“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” – Pablo Picasso
Here is the official trailer below – keep an eye out, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Again, two games in a similar vein, but totally different execution. Two games I can’t wait to own.
Step again into the shoes of Geralt of Rivia, a professional monster slayer, this time hired to defeat a ruthless bandit captain, Olgierd von Everec. This expansion to “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” packs over 10 hours of new adventures, introducing new characters, powerful monsters, unique romance and a brand new storyline shaped by your choices.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Hearts of Stone launches on October 13, 2015.
For more information about The Witcher visit:
Buy now: http://buy.thewitcher.com
It’s the week of October 4, 2015, and here is your list of this week’s game releases:
Rock Band 4
Rock Band makes a comeback on the next gen consoles with over 60 songs on hand, and you can count on about a bazillion DLC tracks to come. In fact, if you pre-ordered the game, you should be entitled to 30 additional tracks right off the bat. And in case you didn’t want to buy a whole new set of instruments, PS4 legacy instruments will work if you still have their USB dongles, but Xbox One performers will need to shell out $25 for a wireless adapter.
Having been out for a bit on PC, the dangerous migration to Xbox One happens on the 6th. Check out Dan’s review of the PC version below, but you can expect all the intergalactic planetary fun on either port.
Ok. Deep breath.
This is the kind of thing video games promised us from the beginning. The ability to live like your childhood heroes, and for the first time in the Transformers universe, they’re giving me that opportunity exactly the way I wanted it to be. Devastation looks teriffic – bar none. Now, does it play as well as it looks? Not so sure, but we will find out when it drops Tuesday.
Here are the rest of the week’s releases below. A few other notables are Disgaea 5 as well as Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection – both for the PS4.
Tiki Galore (PC) – October 5
Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax (PS3, Vita) – October 6
Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (PS4) – October 6
Dragon Age: Inquisition Game of the Year Edition (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – October 6
Elite Dangerous (Xbox One) – October 6
Onigiri (PS4) – October 6
Prison Architect (PC) – October 6
Read Only Memories (PC, Mac, Linux) – October 6
Ride (Xbox One, PS4) – October 6
Rock Band 4 (Xbox One, PS4) – October 6
Super Meat Boy (PS4, Vita) – October 6
Transformers: Devastation (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – October 6
Van Helsing: Final Cut (PC) – October 7
Chibi-Robo Zip Lash (3DS) – October 9
Civilization: Beyond Earth – Rising Tide Expansion (PC, Mac, Linux) – October 9
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4) – October 9
If you haven’t been paying attention to the twitter #screenshotsaturday or you haven’t visited screenshotsaturday.com, you’re missing out. Some of the best indie games I’ve come across were spied from looking at the # or the site, and it’s really cool to see so many devs documenting their progress for the rest of us to see.
So, here’s a few standout screenshots from 10/3/13.
— Parodossy (@Parodossy) October 4, 2015
— Xtra Mile Games (@xtramilegames) October 3, 2015
— Stephan Hövelbrinks (@talecrafter) October 3, 2015
— kidd radd (@EthanRedd) October 3, 2015
— Miguelito チキンソード (@wtfmig) October 3, 2015
— Andrew Gilmour (@MrAwolf) October 3, 2015
— Peter Angstadt (@petey123567) October 4, 2015
So for $12 a month, you’re given “A highly curated bundle of our favorite games at one fixed price. Includes everything from recent hits to hidden gems to timeless classics – every month.”
Personally, I’m just not the type of person who gets into the whole “surprise me monthly” thing. Kind of like those subscription services where you order boxes of swag that people send – you don’t know ahead of time what you’re getting, you only know that it’s supposed to be something kind of cool and in some niche you like. That isn’t really my gig, I’d rather take my $20 to get something I’ve identified and want, but I understand the appeal.
So it’s not really for me, but the price is low enough (depending on your entertainment spend) that it could potentially have value if you’re buying games on a monthly basis already. It could be that I’m swayed if we find out the kinds of games and quantities that are provided monthly.
You can check out the subscription here.
We see comparisons between different regions of box art (famous comparisons like Ico come to mind), but there are games that altogether never leave their country of origin, meaning we never get a chance to lay our eyes on them. Then there is the issue of old games that we only vaguely remember in our youth, having sold or lost the game and it’s box decades ago.
Enter @CoolBoxArt – a twitter feed with a great mix of old/new box art as well as from multiple regions.
Here are a few of my favorites, but there is more than enough to geek out on for any video game enthusiast.
Golgo 13: Dai 2 Shou: The Riddle of Icarus / Famicom / Aicom & Vic Tokai / 1990 pic.twitter.com/EvG2oWhkLh
— Cool Box Art (@CoolBoxArt) September 16, 2015
Bio Hazard / Saturn / Capcom / 1997 pic.twitter.com/bPZjAQldLr
— Cool Box Art (@CoolBoxArt) September 29, 2015
Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness / PlayStation / Capcom / 1997 pic.twitter.com/I6UovGwK26
— Cool Box Art (@CoolBoxArt) September 28, 2015
Berserk: Millennium Falcon Hen Wasurebana no Shou / Dreamcast / ASCII Entertainment / 2000 pic.twitter.com/MZMV3NGNss
— Cool Box Art (@CoolBoxArt) September 25, 2015
Mahjong Hourouki Classic / N64 / Imagineer / 1997 pic.twitter.com/Ck0tpZ5kgd
— Cool Box Art (@CoolBoxArt) September 20, 2015
Rockman 8: Metal Heroes / PlayStation / Capcom / 1996 pic.twitter.com/eTUA5WYPWK
— Cool Box Art (@CoolBoxArt) September 19, 2015
Zen-Nippon Pro Wrestling: Fight da Pon! / Super Famicom / Masaya / 1994 pic.twitter.com/QjdskQ5bTX
— Cool Box Art (@CoolBoxArt) September 18, 2015
ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat / DS / Nintendo / 2007 pic.twitter.com/mVotM6mPTr
— Cool Box Art (@CoolBoxArt) September 18, 2015