Happy 13th Birthday VTM: Bloodlines

Bloodlines

Now this isn’t our first time covering that wounderous thing that is Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines. But being its thirteenth birthday I couldn’t resist giving it another round. Quite fitting concidering the game’s own ability to cling to life, seemingly forever. VTM Bloodlines started development in 2001. Eventually releasing in 2004 in a very broken and incomplete state. The small development team at Troika Games simply had a vision infinitely bigger than their resources to realize it. (I love every single one of you for trying though – Ed). As a result, many of the intended functionality, missions, and areas were either watered down or cut. Another issue was the rush to meet a suddenly given deadline left many bugs […]

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Behold The Glory that is Paradigm

Paradigm
 

 Ah good friends welcome back. Fresh from delving into the warped world West of Loathing, I’ve decided to keep riding the weird train into oblivion. Any of you who know me know I love my strange. and not much comes stranger than Paradigm. I’m super late to the party, but the game is the awesome, so lets bring back the hype. I first came across Paradigm early in it’s life (2014) as kickstarter hopeful. So impressed was I that my own wallet did contribute to being the sperm to Kickstarter’s fertile egg of a concept. The loving mother in this increasingly disturbing analogy is one Australian (explains the weird – Ed) Jacob Janerka. Janerka eventually able to quit his job […]

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Forget youre E3s and AAA Hype, West of Loathing is 2017’s best Game

West of Loathing Fight Scene
 

 Where were you when the cows came home ? Hopefully adventuring West of Loathing. Now on the surface West of Loathing appears not much more that a simple browser game. With simple black and white stick figures. But no, you’ve been bamboozled friend ! Beneath the simple surface lies utter brilliance. West of Loathing has been incredibly well written. Humorous, with jokes that contain more layers than an onion farm run by ogres. A sequel to the free browser game Kingdom of Loathing, West of Loathing sets you up with a cliché Wild West Story. Bored out in the farmlands of Kansas, your character heads out west for adventure. It just so happens that adventure is in a world that […]

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Gaming Myths PT2 – Polybius

Polybius Load Screen

Those of you who have been around long enough to be going grey while filling in you application for the old age home, might remember 3 and a half years ago I started a series on gaming myths. For those that don’t here enjoy some Killswitch. Then life got busy and I never got back to it. Till now. Now what do I have in store for you this time ? While Killswitch was my favourite of the myths about gaming, today we look at probably the most well known. Polybius The legend states Polybius was created by a mysterious company called Sinneslöschen and was a puzzle/shoot-’em-up similar to Tempest. It was only released in a few suburbs of Portland, […]

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Remembering the Battletech Animated Series

battletech animated
 

 I love the world of Battletech. I’m definitely no expert on the franchise, I only vaguely know the tabletop game and don’t know every little detail of the lore form all the eras of the games story. But what I do know I have loved. Many hours of childhood were spent on the Mech Warrior and Mech Commander games. But really what started it all for my young wide eyed baby self, was the Battletech Animated series. It was sometime in the early 90s that my Saturday mornings became forever changed. I don’t even recall why I became so enthralled by this one specific series. Maybe the thought of giant fighting mecs, maybe it was one of the first times […]

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StarCraft Remastered: Welcome Back Old Friend

StarCraft Remastered

Ah StarCraft, many a childhood afternoon, evening, and weekend was spent basking in your glory. And a few teenagehood (is teenagehood a word ?) and adulthood years as well. Back when you didn’t have to wait 43 years between each instalment of the same game, or run the risk of your whole install becoming corrupt because one map update didn’t download properly, because Blizzard assumes everyone has the world’s best internet, StarCraft 1 was one of the defining games of the late nineties, early naughties. It didn’t define the genre like its predecessor WarCraft, nor did it refine it like Westwood Studios’ vast catalogue. Still somehow it managed to stand out as the pinnacle RTS game of its time, and […]

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More Games!

More games! More games! There are so many games to play. Who has the time? Tacoma: What do you get if you cross the aesthetic beauty of Bioshock with the uniqueness of Systemshock? You get Tacoma, the second game from Fullbright studios. In this game you play as a member of a deep-space station, the Tacoma. Wargroove: I am not a fan of turn-based strategy games, but on rare occasions one of these games comes along with something that appeals to me. This is Wargroove. A wonderful animated turn-based strategy in which 4 players are pitted against each other in a vast and bloody war. Sonic Mania: Behold, the wedgewog is back! God, it’s been years since Sonic first appeared […]

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Distrust (Video Game Preview)

I adore The Thing. I have always felt that it is one of the best franchises of all time. The characters were good, the entity was deliciously twisted, the blood and gore and wonderful. Now, I have been waiting for a new game in the franchise for some years. No luck as of yet. But! BUT! Recently an indie game inspired by this amazing franchise has been unleashed upon our world. This is Distrust. Now what we know (I’m writing this article in late June) of this indie game is this: In an isolated Arctic base people are being killed at an alarming rate. As such, you and a small rescue team are sent in to help stop the killings. […]

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Call of Cthulhu (Video Game, 2017)

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H.P. Lovecraft. I am a mere sacricolist at the altar of Lovecraft. His work has inspired my own short story series, as well as many of my other works. And I know that I am not alone in this. In fact, Lovecraft has inspired us more than any purely magazine printed author of all time. Naturally, his work has influenced film, music and video games. Now the latter of these have given us a few good scares over the years, but as of December 2017, those scares are likely to become soul destroying as Call of Cthulhu […]

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The Evil Within 2

Right, well this is another game that was announced at E3. Welcome back, Sebastian. Welcome to The Evil Within 2. What we know of The Evil Within 2 is… well… very little to be honest. The game takes place some three years after the first one with Sebastian returning to STEM in order to find his apparently dead daughter. Like the previous game, The Evil Within 2 is set to scare the living daylights out of most people -especially fans of the first game.

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