Videogames highlights - April 2016
The kind of news you would like to read more often: Nosgoth, the umpteenth worthless free multiplayer game which dirtied the memory of the Blood Omen/Legacy of Kain saga with its mere existence, finally died this past April. No fan with a sane mind will miss it. News you always enjoy reading: an arcade prototype starring Beavis and Butt-Head was reanimated, hoping that sooner or later it will end up on MAME’s supported games list. News you would never want to read: GameFront servers went off-line, bringing 20 years of mods, patches, utilities and much more with them. Enough with this server death toll!
Mystery, suspense and supernatural are the main elements of Goetia, a point-and-click adventure game starring a ghost-girl who died 40 years before and is now back on the material plane as a bright globe. The target of the ghost-globe (also known as Abigail Blackwood) is to explore the family mansion in search of clues about her disappeared parents, “possessing” objects and solving puzzles like in every point-and-click adventure worthy of the name. Available as PC digital download since April.
Gamers who haven’t had enough of shooting up wandering balloons in the arcades from the Eighties will have now another chance with Pang Adventures, a revamped version of the original Pang (1989) and its sequels properly adapted to modern gaming machines. The core gameplay (shooting up the aforementioned wandering balloons) should be always the same, while the new features include end-level bosses, “tons” of weapons, three gaming modes plus local or Internet multiplayer. Available since April as digital download for PC Windows.
First came Bastion, then came Transistor and now Pyre is about to arrive: the new game by Supergiant Games is yet again an action-RPG featuring a polished graphic style, evocative music and innovative gameplay, with an original fantasy world set as the background of the events involving three masked characters known as Exiles: like the other Exiles, the party which the player joins travels throughout the world searching for foes to fight during the Rite, with the final aim of purifying their souls to come back home. To be released in 2017 on PC Windows and PS4.
The cyberpunk world of year 2091 is dirty, evil and full of creeps to kill, and the semi-robotic protagonist of Ruiner is clearly on the killers side. The Polish developers of Reikon Games - previously working on The Witcher 2, Dying Light and Dead Island: Riptide - promise action and shooting mechanics in a story-driven game heavily inspired by “cult cyberpunk anime.” Those anime clearly include Akira, even though the developers didn’t say so. To be released within 2016 on PC Windows, Linux and OS X.
Developed by DrinkBox Studios, a studio already known for Guacamelee!, Severed is a first-person dungeon crawler where the hero has only one arm but can equip “pieces” of the previously beaten foes to absorb their abilities. Designed for touch screen-enabled platforms, Severed should have been released in 2015 but then it greatly evolved from the original idea and is now available (since April) for PlayStation Vita. On September the game will arrive on Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS will follow.
Yours truly don’t particularly like strategic games, yet the space epic tone of Stellaris seems anything but boring: the new RTS by Paradox drags the player to year 2200, giving him a whole galaxy to explore and obviously enemies to face with diplomacy, war or a combination of both. At the end of the game only one civilization will be victorious, and the developers decided to make the final stages of a campaign more interesting with systemic crises like the revolt of robots with a sentient AI, the arrival of extra-galactic (or even extra-dimensional) foes and much more. Available since May on PC Windows, Linux and OS X.
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