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Stranded Deep

Stranded Deep

Recently Greenlit by the steam community, after two years in development BEAM team Games have a teaser trailer for their upcoming game Stranded Deep: The game places you in the role of a plane crash survivor, stranded somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, in a procedurally generated world where adventures take place above and below the waves. BEAM are trying to create a whole new simulation genre by taking you on an adventure that will keep you wanting more. Discover unique ecosystems ranging from lush, colourful reefs to deep, dark marine trenches filled with hundreds of fully interactive marine wildlife species. Take on swirling, stormy [...]

December 17, 2014 Dig Bick Preview, Trailers, Varia 1

Day One Review: Elite Dangerous

Day One Review: Elite Dangerous

I’ve spent the last few weeks with Elite: Dangerous (since Gamma 1.0 was released to us Kickstarters), and about four problem-free hours tonight, on launch day (and I’ll be coming back here periodically as time passes and the game grows). Probably about an hour of all of that time was spent just scrolling through the key bindings, and subsequently pressing keys on my keyboard that I rarely, if ever touch. Yes, after 30 years Elite is back, and it’s already eating my life. Elite is one of the true jewels in gaming’s crown. It’s been ported from its original assembly language (assembled in the mighty BBC BASIC [...]

December 17, 2014 Neurotic Reviews 10

XP4T’s Best and Worst of 2014

XP4T’s Best and Worst of 2014

Greetings, XP4Ts. They say that comparisons are odious, well, what’s really odious are some of the games on this list. We’ve sat down around the Christmas table here at XP4T headquarters and had a good think about our best and worst gaming experiences in 2014. And in the spirit of Christmas sharing, we want to tell you all about it. The only rule our brandy-addled minds could handle in this exercise was that all the games on the list had to actually have been published in 2014. Other than that, the gloves are off for the stinkers, while the good gaming experiences we’ve [...]

December 16, 2014 J.J. Costello Editorials, Varia 4

Interview with the devs: Thimbleweed Park

Interview with the devs: Thimbleweed Park

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last week or so, you’ll have missed the incredibly exciting news about Thimbleweed Park – a point and click adventure game currently under development with Kickstarter funding. The game  is a curious story about two washed-up detectives called in to investigate a dead body found in the river just outside of town.  Switching between five playable characters, you  uncover the dark, satirical and bizarre world of Thimbleweed Park. The Kickstarter was a great success – the team has already surpassed their initial goal and are busy working on their stretch goals – largely because Thimbleweed Park comes from [...]

December 10, 2014 J.J. Costello Editorials, Interviews 1

Trauma in the Desert: How One Mod Defined an Entire Series (Part 2)

Trauma in the Desert: How One Mod Defined an Entire Series (Part 2)

We’re on a mission, people, a mission to discover how one mod changed the entire face of a AAA gaming franchise. If you missed last week’s briefing, get yourself up to speed here, then lock and load for Part 2 below… In a nutshell, one Swedish development team, Refraction Games, made the legendary online WWII shooter, Codename Eagle (1999). Refraction were then acquired by another Swedish outfit, Digital Illusions CE (DICE), and together they would give the world Battlefield 1942, back in 2002. BF 1942 proved itself both highly popular and highly moddable, and it’s as the Battlefield modding craze [...]

December 10, 2014 Neurotic Retro Gaming, Varia 0

Retro Review: Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel

Retro Review: Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel

The Summer of ’87 was a pivotal point for me. It represented the transformation from boy to young man. Nah, I’m just joking. Anyways, up until then, I had tinkered a lot with group based games (Wasteland, Dungeons & Dragons: Pool of Radiance) but also had my fair share of experience with adventure games, namely Leisure Suit Larry and King’s Quest. The beauty of the Sierra adventure games is their structure. Whether you’re in space mopping a floor, or chasing drug dealers with your sirens blazing in your cruiser, Sierra created a structure that you could trust. This structure was [...]

December 9, 2014 J.J. Costello Retro Gaming 0

Trauma in the Desert: How One Mod Defined an Entire Series

Trauma in the Desert: How One Mod Defined an Entire Series

Saying that modding is one of the great advantages of PC gaming is an understatement. Mod(ification)s take many forms, from ‘unofficial’ patches that fix problems developers can’t or won’t deal with, to adding in totally new content or modifying existing content. Sometimes though, they go a step further and radically change the way a game looks, plays and feels, like the Super Skyrim Brothers mod for Skyrim, which exchanges the grim barbarians and frozen tundra of the latest Elder Scrolls for bouncy, colourful Mario cuteness. Sometimes, mods make the base game inarguably better than the ‘vanilla’ version of the game. [...]

December 3, 2014 Neurotic Editorials, Varia 1

Interview with the devs: Zpocalypse Survival

Interview with the devs: Zpocalypse Survival

Zpocalypse: Mixing combat, gathering, advancement and team strategy in a roguelite, RTS survival game set in a randomized post-apocalyptic world. The original Zpocalypse board game was borne of a frustration by Jeff Garcia at the lack of zombie board games that were, to him, interesting and engrossing. After building a team and launching a successful Kickstarter for the board game and all of its assets last year, planning for the Zpocalypse video game began. It has already been Greenlit by the Steam community, and just needs financial help to push it into a final product. With a goal of $35,000, Greenbrier is offering tier rewards from [...]

November 24, 2014 J.J. Costello Editorials, Interviews 0

Ten Years of Titans: World of Warcraft, EverQuest 2 Anniversary

Ten Years of Titans: World of Warcraft, EverQuest 2 Anniversary

The last ten years have been absolutely excellent for online gaming, MMORPGs in particular. In that time, hundreds of examples of the genre have come and – because of their ‘living’ nature – also gone. We’ve watched promising new-borns like Tabula Rasa die well before their time, while awkward, unpromising children such as EVE have grown into mature, successful adults. Others have been tragically cut down in their prime (R.I.P. City of Heroes, Star Wars Galaxies, DAoC), or dubiously murdered (Lego Universe, sob). And some, like Anarchy Online, have started old and just grown older, somehow always avoiding the digital retirement home. [...]

November 24, 2014 Neurotic Editorials, Retro Gaming 1

Mini DayZ is Awesome

Mini DayZ is Awesome

I must have logged at least 200 hours between the ARMA 2 DayZ mod and the Standalone, and just when  I though I’d had enough of the whole DayZ craze, and I had got it out of my system, a cute little game like this pops up! It totally reminds me of the original NES Shadowrun game with it’s top down isometric style, and that’s a good thing. The game is a fan-made tribute to Bohemia Interactive’s zombie apocalypse survival game DayZ. It has been posted to the publisher’s website and is now free to play via Chrome, Firefox, Safari or [...]

November 23, 2014 J.J. Costello News 0