Posts Tagged ‘Arrowhead’

Smell The Glove: The Magicka Devs’ Gauntlet Revamp

By Alice O'Connor on August 28th, 2014.

Hey. I love my mum. Thanks.

“Cor, Gauntlet yeh, remember playing it in the chippie, yeah?” I don’t, no, and I’ll thank you to stop dripping fag ash on my foot you awful drunken lout. However, my interest in a new game with co-op by the Magicka wizards at Arrowhead Game Studios is enough to overcome my general disdain for cynical attempts by publishers to cash in on old names they’ve remembered they own the rights to.

A new trailer gives a look at several gameplay minutes of Arrowhead’s reboot-o-revamp-a-namesake of the arcade magical murderfest, simply Gauntlet, and a new release date.

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Four Play: Arrowhead Developing Gauntlet Reboot

By Adam Smith on March 17th, 2014.

Atari announced Roller Coaster Tycoon 4 today. You may have seen the trailer. At best, it’s a mobile version of an older game rather than an actual sequel – at worst, it’ll behave like a crooked carnie, with all kinds of freemium delaying and money-grabbing tactics. “Pay one dollar to add glue to the coconut shy or your visitors will bankrupt you!” Only a few minutes after seeing that trailer, I received notice that Warner Bros are releasing a new Gauntlet game. I’d donned my grumpy hat before I even clicked the play button beneath the video. And then the hat combusted as I saw that it’s being developed by Magicka maestros Arrowhead. And that it looks ace.

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Wot I Think: The Showdown Effect

By Adam Smith on March 11th, 2013.

Congratulations! You made Magicka and have finished creating odd DLC content for the friendly fire(ball) simulation. What do you do next?

1) Go hiking in the Pyrenees.
2) Why not craft some sort of single player Magicka RPG?
3) Form a band sort of like Daft Punk but with all the sci-fi robot vibes replaced by wizard’s robes and jokes about willies.
4) Create a fast-paced multiplayer homage to eighties action movies, of course.

If you picked four, you are probably Arrowhead and you have made The Showdown Effect.

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The Showdown Effect Shows Takedowns, Effects

By Jim Rossignol on March 4th, 2013.


Arrowhead and Paradox are dabbling in the absurd once again with their “2.5D” shooter, The Showdown Effect, which is destined to be released quite soon. The latest trailer shows numerous hi-jinks. Paradox claims that the trailer’s “Intricate Bullet Ballet Forever Answers Games-as-Art Debate”.

Yeeees. The game can be pre-ordered, with amusing bonuses, over here. Folks who pre-order will find themselves injected immediately into the on-going beta.
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Only Two Months To Retirement: The Showdown Effect

By John Walker on January 18th, 2013.

Paradox’s The Showdown Effect now has its own website. Why it hasn’t had its own website since its announcement in March last year is perhaps a pertinent question. But with the side-scrolling cop movie-spoofing/celebrating multiplayer due out on the 5th March, it’s about time it did. And as you might imagine on such an occasion, there’s a new trailer too.

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Cartoon Carnage: Showdown Effect Shows Off Its Cast

By Nathan Grayson on January 8th, 2013.

I think that might have been a person once.

I do so love games that are unabashedly cheeky. I know, I know: that’s pretty much like scaling my way to the highest mountain tops and proclaiming my love for breathing and blinking to the calloused undersides of god’s feet, but apparently, some people only play games through gritted teeth and furrowed brows. I think those people are silly, though, and I won’t be inviting them to my games of Magicka developer Arrowhead’s The Showdown Effect because a) they’d hate it and b) I’m very petty. Boasting grin-inducing gems like “Fight to the death, or die trying,” the sidescrolling multiplayer mash-’em-up lampoons just about everything – including itself. Watch its creators have a laugh at their own characters after the break.

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Less Magick, More Muscle: Arrowhead’s Showdown Effect

By Alec Meer on December 18th, 2012.

You are not sending me to the cooler

The last we heard of The Showdown Effect, the new side-scrolling and cartoony shootybangbang game from the makers of the reliably silly Magicka, was back in April. Now, it’s spooling up its beta-testing mini-gun, and hopes to lure in passers-by by revelling shamelessly in as many action movie cliches as it can conjure up. CONJURE LIKE IN MAGICKA.
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Paradox Hint At Three New Games, Revealed Next Month

By John Walker on February 8th, 2012.

I prefer tulips.

Paradox have announced their line-up for next month’s GDC and it contains three new games. They’re waiting until the convention to say what they are, but they’ve dropped some hints and codenames, including a new game from the Magicka team, an action multiplayer.

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Celestial Ambidexterity: Magicka Sale, Q&A

By Adam Smith on November 18th, 2011.

I was going to use a picture of the developers but they blinked on every screengrab I took, like toddlers at a funfair

Magicka is free on Steam this weekend. Download, play, if you like it, buy it for the sale price of £1.99. Thought I’d get that out of the way.

I know it’s only been a couple of days since we mentioned the expansion but if you’re rabidly opposed to Magicka and Lovecraft, you’ll just have to skip past the rest of this post. I apologise in advance to your much abused scroll wheels. Your reward for sticking with me is a fifteen minute video that contains two of the developers, right there on your screen, answering questions about The Stars Are Left. See for yourself.

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Crafted With Love: Magicka’s Expandening

By Jim Rossignol on November 16th, 2011.


Paradox and Arrowhead have put out a trailer for the forthcoming Magicka paid-for expansion, The Stars Are Left, and you can see it below. The trailer comes with a huge list of tech improvements that will be applied in the additional (free) update, including the vital “less falling through the floor”, which is a patch note that could be added to any game and receive a thumbs up from us. The tweaks are mostly visual improvements, however, so killing those Lovecraftian monsters – including giant pink spiders – will be less likely to send you insane. Something like that.

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R’lyeh Good: Magicka: The Stars are Left

By Jim Rossignol on October 27th, 2011.

Paging Mr Cobbett.
Arrowhead and Paradox have announced a new expansion for Magicka. It’s called The Stars Are Left, and it’s taking things a bit Lovecraftian. They explain: “Designed for players who love to craft the hundreds of different spells available in Magicka, this new campaign will pit up to four wizards at once against a horror-mystery inspired by the popular Cthulhu Mythos. The Stars are Left will boast a much requested feature from the players – a new adventure campaign, including several terrifying new enemies, bosses awakened from the depths of insanity, and several other miscellaneous Miskatonic minions.” Only the host of a game will need the DLC for others to be able to play, apparently. So that’s good.

Fairly pointless teaser trailer below. Hooray!
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Magicka’s Excellent PvP Spoof Trailer

By Jim Rossignol on June 22nd, 2011.

Jokes are funny.
The Paradox/Arrowhead partnership continues to produce some of the best promotional material in gaming. The live action trailer for the new PvP expansion for Magicka is a delight, and you can watch it below.

This new PvP expansion is free, but there are also $.99 map packs, as Paradox explain. There’s “Vulcanus Arena, a sci-fi themed map that doubles as a PvP map and a challenge map,” and “the chilling Frozen Lake map as well as a “stop staring at me, you’re freaking me out” Watch Tower map.” All of which adds up to some solid cheap extras to our favourite comedy mage game. Carry on, Paradox/Arrowhead.
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Exclusive: Magicka Tweaks Skyrim’s Nipple

By John Walker on June 7th, 2011.

Cheeky.

Arrowhead and Paradox are a cheeky bunch. Magicka’s irreverence became infamous in the moment they announced DLC for a fantasy magic game themed around the Vietnam War. Their cheeky approach has continued, after they learned a while back that the Paradox booth at E3 would be immediately next to Bethesda’s megabooth. The result? See below for the full version.

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