Posts Tagged ‘Abstraction Games’

Bloody Ports: BloodRayne Betrayal Rising Next Week

By Alice O'Connor on April 25th, 2014.

That's blood all right

I remember when vampires were cool, before they were ruined by girls with their soft emotions and squishy bits. Vampires should wear uncomfortable amounts of PVC, have names like Sisters of Mercy song titles, pose moodily on rooftops, and kill loads of soldiers in slow-motion. Not, I don’t know, sparkle or something? They sparkle now, don’t they? And hold hands? And we’re supposed to want to hold hands and kiss too? Gross. YOUNG PEOPLE.

In a post-The Matrix, pre-Underworld time, Terminal Reality gave us a blade-slinging, leather-clad, half-vampire Nazi-hunter in the 3D hack ‘n’ slash BloodRayne, spawning two so-so games in the early noughties then a dire movie trilogy from Uwe Boll. Something something wordplay about the undead or whatever, after a seven-year break Rayne returned to games in BloodRayne Betrayal, a 2D stabby platformer for consoles. Which is now ported to PC, arriving next Wednesday.

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Victorian Steampunk: Refuelling The Chaos Engine

By Adam Smith on June 21st, 2013.

When is it acceptable to do an excited dance upon seeing a thirty second teaser trailer that contains little more than some floating faces and a game title? Well, permit to take the floor and perform a prim fandango because when the video in question heralds a remake/reboot of top-down steampunk shooter The Chaos Engine, I cannot help but celebrate. The original, from the minds of The Bitmap Brothers, provided me with some of my first experiences of co-op, as I took control of a gentleman and my sister became a navvie in order to save the Empire from the warped machinations of the titular device.

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