Videogames highlights - February 2017

July 29, 2017 · Filed Under In Depth, Videogaming 
This entry is part of the series Videogames Highlights

In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearancesPessimists believed that Denuvo should have killed piracy on PC once and for all. Obviously that goal failed spectacularly, and the saga of the anti-tampering system turned into a ludicrous soap opera: release time of a working crack for a triple-A game like Resident Evil 7 shrank to less than a week, while the developer’s official Website proved to be full of holes from where e-mails, data and executable files came out. Of course Denuvo defeat didn’t stop Capcom shipping 3 million copies of its new survival horror and quickly recovering development costs, and the latest data about the entire gaming industry are anything but negative. So much for Denuvo, DRM and the parasites profiting from them.

Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight

There is an ancient crumbling tower, an ancient bug reign in ruins dwelling beneath and a bug-knight ready to face the challenge to get his reward: Hollow Knight draws inspiration from the most overused design of the past years (Metroidvania-styled action-platformer) to offer the player a quest to deal with layer-by-layer, hand-drawn 2D graphics and a pretty elaborated soundtrack. All this is already available for the bravest bug-knights out there on PC and console (Nintendo Switch) since February.

Sky Rogue

Sky Rogue

Maybe inspired by the arcade simplicity of After Burner and similar “simulators”, the developers of Sky Rogue promise a “fly’em up” where you just have to blow up everything in air, land and sea starting from a procedurally generated island. Of course there is a choice of different aircraft to spread death and destruction but mostly destruction with, replayability should be a given but if the aircraft gets hit by a missile it’s game over. Already available as an alpha/beta for a while, Sky Rogue is coming in its final form as a digital download for PC.

Songbringer

Songbringer

Another promising title designed on a procedurally generated world is this Songbringer, a game entirely developed by a single person like they used to and which holds an entire universe of adventures in a six-digit code. The hero is a metalhead named Roq, the things to do - nay to kill - are aplenty and there is also the chance to ask for help to a second player thanks to support for local co-op mode. Player Two is a robot named Jib and he is obsessed with mustaches, just to say. Songbringer is coming on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Syberia 3

Syberia 3

Graphic adventures are dead, or rather not, they will never die, and even Kate Walker is back from the ethereal grave of vaporware with Syberia 3: the new steampunk adventure by Microids follows once again the American lawyer in her journey through Siberia, which this time brings her where the Youkol people will go during their seasonal migration. For the first time the game is completely in 3D, and it arrived on the market seven years after the original release plans. Syberia 3 is available since April on PC Windows, Apple overpriced toys and consoles (Xbox One, PS4).

The Frostrune

The Frostrune

A game with vikings where you don’t have to fight or throw axes on horny heads all the time? Shut Up and take my download! The Frostrune is indeed just a “simple” point-and-click graphic adventure, a short gaming experience made by a Norwegian studio (Grimnir Media) which took great care in recreating an atmosphere true to Norse culture and history. Ghosts, burial mounds and enchanted woods will then follow the young protagonist of the story, a girl that will need to solve the mystery of an abandoned village after escaping a shipwreck. Available since February on PC Windows.

Whispers of a Machine

Whispers of a Machine

The developer of Kathy Rain is working on a new game named Whispers of a Machine, a point-and-click adventure once again made in pixel art which however leaves the Nineties behind to focus on a more sci-fi scenery: the story revolves around a federal agent called to investigate a series of murders occurred in a rural zone, in a world that “generations before” had to face a technological collapse caused by the “turning off” of an artificial intelligence that was on the verge of self-awareness. Investigator Vera will then be dragged in “an invisible war for technology and religion”, and to know the details of this conflict we need to wait for the development work to end. To be released in 2018 on PC Windows and Mac.

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