I canâ€™t imagine itâ€™s easy being a little fish. You swim in your own filth, youâ€™re always damp, if bigger fish arenâ€™t trying to eat you then people are, even though you taste pretty horrible most of the time. Fish must now suffer yet another indignity: being stabbed in the face by a lost submariner.
In FarSky, youâ€™re the villainous submariner, stabbing all the fish and using their kingdom to build your own underwater home. But youâ€™ve crashed your sub and youâ€™re stuck there, so itâ€™s not totally your fault. Unless you were drink driving diving.
The Indie Megabooth is increasingly the star attraction of PAX. While the lines for games like Evolve and The Evil Within were hours-long at PAX East, the Megabooth was frequently â€œwalk up and play" for some of the coolest, most exciting games around. Sometimes youâ€™ll stumble across something that just stops you dead in your tracks.
Thatâ€™s how I felt when I saw people playing Enemy Starfighter. On a split-screen demo monitor showing the view from inside the an Oculus, I spotted what looked an awful lot like Homeworld. Except someone was piloting a fighter, engaging in twisting dogfights that were straight out of TIE Fighter. It was like someone had turned my daydreams circa 1999 into a space sim.
I dropped what I was doing and went over to talk to developer Mike Tipul.
Iâ€™ve not been to prison yet but when I do go I like to think years of rewatching Oz and The Shawshank Redemption will have adequately prepared me for penal life. If you want a more interactive guide, however, then you should take a look at Prisonscape.
Itâ€™s already taught me a few new tricks. (I didnâ€™t know you had to take turns in prison fights and move around in a grid.)
Yesterday was for getting up to my eyeballs in the carcasses of slaughtered Saxons; today is for hanging out with some bros while making things go boom. There might be other loud noises that arenâ€™t allowed in libraries. Iâ€™ve taken a break from gorging and slightly melted chocolate eggs to play some of the Broforce beta. Brobeta.
Free Livesâ€™ 2D action platformer is the ultimate crossover. Itâ€™s the Wold Newton Universe of â€˜80s and â€˜90s action heroes, from Robocop to Judge Dredd. And itâ€™s as explosive as youâ€™d expect given its roster of bros whoâ€™ve taken out terrorist groups single-handedly, waged one-man wars and defeated legions of Deadites.
Underneath the silliness and nostalgia, though, I think it might actually be bloody brilliant. Clever in all sorts of ways that youâ€™d never expect from a game with a set up that isnâ€™t far off The Expendables. Most impressively, Broforce is a game of instant gratification that never lets up; where the action keeps on escalating and lulls donâ€™t exist.
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Truth be told I should have posted this story about an hour ago but I got sucked into a round of Littlewargame and I couldnâ€™t break away to write. Thatâ€™s one point to Littlewargame and another demerit on my writerâ€™s scorecard.
The brilliance of Littlewargame is its an RTS of old, much like Warcraft and Dune 2 but it runs entirely in your browser without any sort of download.
Epigenesis is trundling along in Early Access, this week adding a major feature: single player. The future sport that one last yearâ€™s Make Something Unreal contest was, till now, a purely multiplayer affair, which, when the servers were empty, made playing the game a bit of a chore.
Now you can play against up to nine bots.
Plus, thereâ€™s a new level out to play against them on.
Forward to the Sky is a third person action adventure game in the sky tower ruin. Without a single word in the game, you are going to collect all the fresco pieces to connect the story and everything will be revealed once Princess reaches the top level.
The game is Zelda-like, focus more on...
Last night a virus propogated itself and spread through the Garryâ€™s Modâ€™s servers quickly. Very quickly.
Exploiting a weakness in the Source Engine, the virus was able to automatically download to your machine when you connected to an infected server. If an infected machine connected to an uninfected server the code would upload to the server and then download itself onto all the machines connected to it.
â€œChristopher Columbus discovered the Americas," write Red Zero Games, â€œVasco da Gama reached India by sea. However, all great explorers would never have reached their goals if they had to face all sea and land threats without help.
â€œSomeone had to defeat dragons and tritons, beforehand. Someone had to vanquish bloody cults. Someone had to banish supernatural ghost ships. The information about these deeds is missing from the archives, and you canâ€™t find it in any great statesmenâ€™s memoir. The knowledge of the â€œAvant Armada" was completely erased."
Too bloody right, itâ€™s about time their great deeds were immortalised in a computer game.
â€œI actually had a dream about Peter Molyneux while I was here," Gaslamp Gamesâ€™ Nicholas Vining told me on the last day of GDC, launching into an impression of the famed / notorious British developer. â€œHe showed up in my dream and heâ€™s like, â€˜Nicholas, I have something for you.â€™ So he opened his hand and there was this apple. â€˜Take this apple. Bury it deep within the fertile soil. It will reveal to you all the secrets of game development.â€™
â€œAnd then I woke up. I didnâ€™t learn the secret of game development from Peter Molyneux." Vining paused sadly. â€œThis brings us to Clockwork Empires."
You might have noticed that Starboundâ€™s updates have slowed of late. The Early Access game started with daily releases adding new biomes, items, and features but in the past month that slowed to a trickle.
The games industry moves faster than a speeding bullet sometimes: tinyBuild launched JetGettersâ€™ Kickstarter, received its needed $50,000, and cancelled it all before we wrote a post about it.*
They've decided to cancel because, despite having the necessary funding from fans, tinyBuild have decided to partner with an investor â€œto assist tinyBuild in expanding our development and publishing efforts."
JetGetters is still due for release but itâ€™s just going to take a little bit longer than first expected.
Luftrausers developer, Vlambeer is selling its latest title, Nuclear Throne, through Twitch as well as through more conventional distributors. This is a first on Twitch, but itâ€™s not a sign that the broadcaster is moving into retail territory. Itâ€™s Vlambeer thatâ€™s selling the game, not Twitch.