Another week, another embarrassment of riches dug from the pits of PC gaming and presented at your web-browsing throne. This Omnibus, arriving every Saturday, will make sure that you haven’t missed any fragments of info-treasure from the past seven days. Free games, free ideas, free love. It’s all in this week’s omnibus. (Apart from the love, but free emotional indifference doesn’t sound particular appealing, and I’m trying to sell this link, you know?)
Oh and Alec does the bus Photoshop, and he’s away. You’ll just have to wait for next week for a new hitchhiker. Okay? OKAY!
Features, Opinions & Interviews
Trials 2 SE. Game Of The Week? Yes.
The Making Of IL-2 Sturmovik. Interview with Maddox.
The RPSchive – Saving the past, one game at a time. Help us decide which.
Jack Keane – John less keen, in his Eurogamer review
Jim reviews Savage 2 and Universe at War for PCG
Retro-ramble: Sid Meier’s Colonization – Alec froths at length about the forgotten Civ sequel
Call of Duty: A tale of cowardice – John Walker’s guilty secret
Interview: The Witcher – We chat to CD Projekt RED about the controversial / beloved / badly-translated / delete-as-applicable RPG
Bots In Warcraft? What do you think?
Dodgy game where you kill Bush. Yikes.
Free games and gaming frippery
Glitch Racer – From the Toribash fellas
Nanosmiles – area-effect Japanese shmup
Masq – sexy-sex branching adventure game, with link to dev interview
Cactus Games’ greatest hits
Polluted Planet – Eco-sperm indie gaming
Runes of Avalon 2 – Puzzle Quest-alike gets a demo
ROM Check Fail – Awesome meta-gaming, plus Kieron’s thoughts on the Europe/US gaming divide
Trials 2 Play the demo play the demo play the demo play the demo
Boxhead: The Zombie Wars – robotron with more braiiiins
StoneLoops Of Jurassica – Zuma-like chain puzzle.
News and curios
Gearbox get game ad tech. What does it mean?
Laughably bad Far Cry 2 video.
Warriors Orochi on PC, out now.
Toribash on Business Week. Suits get excited.
Portal musician plays gig in SF.
Dead Space gets machinima spin-off
Someone is very good at Line Rider
Winners of our Crysis compo
Gearbox plan in-game ads
Warhammer Online: Online in Autumn, plus box o’delights for rich pre-orderers