Posts Tagged ‘Atari’

The Yars’ Revenge Remake Is On Rails

By Jim Rossignol on February 3rd, 2011.


We can reveal that it is an on-rails shooter because, well, that is what is revealed in the art-trailer which Atari have just released. That trailer, as is the fate of all trailers, is entombed below this post for you to watch. It talks about how the super-abstract shield-egg-fly weirdness of the original has been re-imagined as an Anime-inspired shooter, with a touch of Avatar. Yar was a fly in the original, and has “evolved” into a cute girl flying a robot in this. I know, it’s as if the original game was basically irrelevant to what they are doing here.
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Some Custom Cars In Test Drive Unlimited 2

By Jim Rossignol on January 25th, 2011.


So I was just having a look at the customization trailer for Test Drive Unlimited 2 (because in my soul I am actually dude in a hoodie driving around my neighbourhood in a noisy hatchback with bucket seats) which you can also see below. And the cars look good. But that’s not what got my attention. It was more that, well, the environments – and particularly the roads – look terrible. Don’t you think? For other, more incisive observations you might want to read John’s full-length hands-on preview, rather than my attention-free prattlings… But anyway, enough random sniping about car games, back to silently watching the timer tick down on the download of Dead Space 2. (Thanks for sending me the 360 version by the way, Electronic Arts! That will find use in a parallel world, I am sure.)
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Poo Ghosts? Sanctum Of Slime Footage

By John Walker on January 24th, 2011.

Busting makes them feel lovely.

Tell me, who is it that you are going to telephone? The ghost removers!

Just a small tip to the folks at Atari, for when they make their next trailer for the four-player top-down Ghostbusters co-op: Boasting that the game takes place, “Even in underground sewers!” is not exactly the basket into which you want to place all of your advert’s eggs. A game that takes place in dull grey sewers? Where can I join a days-long queue?! However, that aside, below is some new footage of the game that’s intended to show off the environments.

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Champions Online Free-To-Playness Dated

By Jim Rossignol on January 11th, 2011.


It was announced back in 2010 that Champions Online would be moving to a free-to-play model, but that has now been dated: JANUARY 25TH IS THE DATE. Needless to say, you can keep subscribing to unlock loads of the content that will now be available via the “C-Store”, or you can play for free and buy various content packs with micro-cash. Here’s an FAQ that may answer and questions you might have. I link to that because can’t answer them, not accurately anyway, but if you do want to ask questions in the comments below I’ll have a wild stab at answering them when I wake up in the morning. Or I might just forget, or idly blog links to Minecraft texture packs instead. Anyway, you can already play some of Champions for free, because there is a trial mode thing, or “demo”. Hooray!

You will remember, of course, that Champions Online wasn’t as much fun as City Of Heroes, which was a shame, but that’s life, eh?

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Test Drive Unlimited 2 Reveals Multiplayer

By John Walker on December 14th, 2010.

A car, on a road. There is sun.

Finally a trailer for moneybags racer Test Drive Unlimited 2 that isn’t about the environment. This one reveals the multiplayer modes, accompanied by some THUMPING BEATS.

Race on »

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Bit Of Posh: Test Drive Unlimited 2

By John Walker on December 8th, 2010.

A car, yesterday.

Come on open world racing games, smarten up. After the weak Need For Speed World, and the almost great Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, I’m now banking my hopes on next year’s big-money, big-car Test Drive Unlimited 2. The original Test Drive Unlimited also fell into the “almost great” category, so I’m very much hoping to see even more this time. To get an idea of whether that’s happening, there’s a new trailer below.

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Ghostbusters Electronic Video Footage

By Jim Rossignol on December 7th, 2010.

Who you gonna call? Well the fire department, hopefully. Jesus.
The pictures that move have looked into the future and foreseen the workings of a new Ghostbusters game, known as Sanctum Of Slime. The glimpses we get of the 4-player co-op game make it look fairly colourful and entertaining, with a moderate chance of progressing into being mental. It’s got a chaotic Smash TV sort of thing going on, but with a whizzy 3D camera and crossing of the streams. Go take a look.
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Atari Returns To Ghostbusters, Slime

By Jim Rossignol on December 2nd, 2010.


A new game based on the comedy wraith-wrangling movies has been revealed by Atari, via USAToday for some reason, and it’s going to be called Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime. Mmm, sanctum. Although it returns to the tale of the rookie ‘buster from the previous game, it looks like Atari (and developer Wanako) are going down a slightly different route, with this game being a top-down action game distributed via the magic of a series of tubes. There is online and offline 4-player co-op. You will be able to drive Ecto-3, too. So that’s a thing that will happen.

The original game apparently sold of a million copies, which seems like a lot. Release date: No.

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No… But Yes! Yars’ Revenge To Be Remade

By Jim Rossignol on November 16th, 2010.


Have you ever actually played Yars’ Revenge? You can play it here. Of all the games to remake, Atari choose that? A classic, perhaps, but it nevertheless boggles the mind. Big Download got the scoop: “This new version is the first game that’s due to be released by Killspace Entertainment… Its remake of Yars Revenge will have a Japanese anime art style as it tells the story of a nameless Yar who was previously brainwashed by the Qotile empire. Now having broken from their control, the Yar battles back against its former masters. Look for massive aerial battles, multiple endings and local support for two player co-op.”

It’s out in early 2011 for digital download. I have posted both the new trailer and the original TV ad. Compare and contrast and wtf.
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Wot I Think: The UnderGarden

By John Walker on November 15th, 2010.

AWWWWWWW! Cuddles for everyone.

The UnderGarden was recently released by Atari for download. Promising a zen-like experience, does it induce calm and joy, or demand determined meditation? I’ve finished it all up, and am absolutely determined to tell you Wot I Think.

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No Euphemism: The UnderGarden Demo

By Jim Rossignol on November 11th, 2010.


Lovely ambient underwater explore ‘em up The Undergarden has a demo out, and you get can it here. It’s time limited to thirty minutes, so I suppose you have one chance to speed run the entire game. (The full thing is just $10.) It’s looking really lovely, incidentally, as I noted when I watched John playing the full game yesterday. We should have some thoughts on that for you very soon. In the meantime, why not try it out for yourself?

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Back: Star Raiders

By Alec Meer on October 14th, 2010.

Star Raiders! Do you remember it? I think I do. But a) I have the memory of a geriatric terrier and b) I shot an awful lot of things in space when I was young. I could be thinking of anything. Maybe I’m thinking of that time I went to space and shot an awful lot of things.

Regardless of whether my errant mind is feeding me the wrong signals again, the good news is that we’re getting a space sim of sorts again. It’s been dry times for interstellar adventures of late, so this is to be welcomed. Atari are remaking olden interstellar dogfighting game Star Raiders, promising us a first-spaceship-perspective shooter with transforming craft and even a level of strategy. Strategy, eh? That’d be nice.
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Most Tranquil: Test Drive’s Ferrari

By Jim Rossignol on October 14th, 2010.


If you are a British motorist, like me, then you are more likely to associate sports cars with Jeremy Clarkson’s sad, frantic clowning than you are any sense of genuine style or chic, which is something of a shame. After all, objects like modern Ferraris really are engineering genius pushed to fetishistic extremes, and I think that’s what Atari and Eden Games are getting at with their rather serene Ferrari trailer for Test Drive Unlimited 2, which you can see below.

It’s looking fairly beautiful, and the promises Eden are making for the dynamic, open world are alluring. The game has been bumped into next year, too, so we will need to wait a bit longer to drive its purported 3000km of roads. (Or indeed the rest of the huge terrain, because there will be off-roading this time around.)
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