Posts Tagged ‘Atlus’

Tesla Affected: Tex Murphy Delayed And Demoed

By Alice O'Connor on April 23rd, 2014.

Tough day, Tex

You know how Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure was supposed to launch yesterday? It didn’t. “In order to,” in the words of Tex Murphy co-creator and uncanny lookalike Chris Jones, “make sure this game is as clean and tight as can be,” it’s been pushed back at short notice. The crowdfunded revival adventure game is now due on May 7, developers Big Finish Games announced a few days ago. Waiting another few weeks won’t hurt you too much after sixteen years, unless you woke up late having booked the day off work, wrapped a trenchcoat around yourself, popped on your fedora, and cracked that bottle of whiskey you’ve been saving.

Your preparations needn’t go entirely to waste. To the surprise of us here at RPS Towers, so possibly you too, a demo was quietly oh so quietly a fortnight ago. It’s up on Steam for your playing pleasure or perhaps displeasure, depending on how fondly you remember old adventure games.

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Political Reprieve: Citizens Of Earth Coming This Year

By Alice O'Connor on April 11th, 2014.

Pressing the flesh

Chin up, little buddy. Maybe you fell off the monkey bars, weren’t selected as the Presidential candidate, got turned down by that sapient life you deem attractive, or perhaps your Kickstarter fell short of its goal, but that doesn’t mean you give up. Two of those apply to Eden Industries and by Jove, if they weren’t crushed by disappointment then you shouldn’t be either.

The Canadian developers last year fell short in their Kickstarter for Citizens of Earth, an Earthbound-inspired RPG where the US Vice President engages in gang violence. They picked themselves up, dusted their clothes down, found a publisher in the RPG-adoring Atlus, and plan to launch the game later this year. And you’ll make the hover-hockey team one day, I know it.

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Wot I Think: Zeno Clash 2

By Nathan Grayson on May 1st, 2013.

Zeno Clash 2 is the sequel I always wished would come to fruition, but never dared hope for. I mean, if you look at the Call of Duties or even Grand Theft Autos of the world, there’s no real intrigue amongst all the announcement glitz and glamour. We already know roughly what we’re in for. But the original Zeno Clash opened this swirling, cream-colored Pandora’s Box of possibility, only to slam it shut – nearly taking our fingertips in the process – after a mere few hours. It was so weird and alien and gleefully unafraid to just do its own thing. But in the modern gaming world, that also often translates to “it’ll sell 12 copies and confuse even typically adventurous gamers and live on only in the hearts of its most fervent disciples.” Not usually the stuff sequels are made of. Against all odds, however, Zeno Clash did quite well for itself, and Zeno Clash 2 was born. But is the first-person brawling oddity all it’s thwacked (and biffed and zotted) up to be? Here’s wot I think.

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Ernst And Jung: Zeno Clash 2

By Adam Smith on April 25th, 2013.

Zeno Clash 2 will most likely contain many remarkable sights but the latest video, showing six minutes of the game’s opening section, isn’t particularly potent. There’s mention of larger areas, more freedom of movement and side quests, but it looks more like the beginning of a Let’s Play series than a trailer. Maybe that makes it the polar opposite of a live action trailer, in which case I should be cheering it on. One conversation aside, it still seems to be a game about punching bizarre creatures in the snout/beak/nose/orifice/warface/palette-mouth/eye-trunk/dogbody/cataract/flesh-beard/scrotum-lid/chin-plume. Only five days until release.

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The Brothers Gibs: God Mode Released

By Jim Rossignol on April 22nd, 2013.


Old School Games’ “retro”-TPS God Mode, which was announced last year, has suddenly appeared on the short-range radar of release. The game is on Steam, where it asks: “Do you like running? How about gunning?” Well, okay. But actually I like sitting and drinking tea quite a lot more.

There’s a gameplay trailer below, so you can raise your eyebrows, make some kind of judgement. It does look pretty exciting. It’s got power ups and everything. Oh I dunno, I am so full of mucus. And so old.
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A Bit Chile: Zeno Clash 2 Appears 30th April

By Jim Rossignol on April 2nd, 2013.


Word from Atlus is that Zeno Clash 2 will arrive at the end of the month. The sequel to the world’s craziest fantasy face-punching game will be an open-world sort of thing, which is a fact that makes me quite happy. For more clarification on what it takes to bring me cheer, check out the trailer below, or this interview.
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Yessss: Zeno Clash II’s Trailer Looks Crazier Than Ever

By Nathan Grayson on March 6th, 2013.

that's the biggest one of those things i've ever seen

In Zeno Clash II, there is punching and uppercutting and kicking and kneeing and winged lion people and juggle combos and bird men and claw guns and cities that look like the industrial age as imagined by a sentient piece of chewing gum and a case of severe underbite that probably wasn’t fixed because dentists rarely work with those wooden things people put paint on and piledrivers and arms coming out the ground and aaaaaaijnfdisnfinidnsekfdkffffffffthrp

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IDDQD: God Mode Announced

By Adam Smith on December 21st, 2012.

Atlus have released a video to promote their new title, God Mode, which doesn’t look entirely dissimilar to Serious Sam and Painkiller. They player, armed with guns rather than swords, is marching through Hades killing hordes of monsters, accompanied by a spirit guide whose running commentary made me hate the very concept of audio before the end of the minute long trailer. He does have one good line though, describing the setting of Hades as “Hell in a toga”. Is that actually a good line? How low are my standards at 8:30 on a Friday morning? I’m eating a dry slice of bread for breakfast because I was too hungry to bother with spreading or toasting, and I’m perfectly content. That’s how low.

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All In All: Game Of Thrones Beyond The Wall DLC

By Adam Smith on November 8th, 2012.

When the game of the TV series of the book A Game of Thrones was released this summer, Alec vanished for a few days. When we next saw him, he had the look of a man who has seen terrible things, all haunted and hollow. Turns out it’s a very long game and full of nastiness, although mostly of the intentional scripted sort. He said this: “it’s a troubled roleplaying game but also a really interesting and strong one. Every misfire is met by a triumph of some sort, and the one thing it is not is a lazy, perfunctory cash-in.” Is the new DLC a cash-in though? I don’t know! Screens and details below.

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Hieronymus: ACE Team Explain Zeno Clash II

By Jim Rossignol on June 7th, 2012.

Explore ze weird!
Carlos Bordeu from ACE Team is excited about being able to talk about his new game, Zeno Clash II. And that makes for good reading. We talked to him about open worlds, new technology, and how a game inspired by “the punk fantasy art of John Blanche” is going to play. Read on for elucidation.
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Weirdbiff: Zeno Clash II Arriving In 2013!

By Jim Rossignol on June 4th, 2012.

Nice rice hat - wow, no one will ever get that reference.
There’s going to be a Zeno Clash sequel in 2013! Trailer below, showing Father-Mother and Ghat leaping from a huge building, with Golem watching. Then there are huge landscapes, a giant arm sticking out of the ground, and plenty of weird-looking cities. Ace Team explain that it’s going to be a much bigger deal this time: “The world of Zenozoik comes alive like never before, an open world waiting to be explored, rendered with breathtaking splendor. As Ghat, players can fully and freely explore every natural and architectural wonder his world has to offer.” There’s a website with absolutely no more detail over here, but we can hopefully expect more of the game’s melee combat, and plenty of inspiring strangeness.

Hooray for E3 announcements, eh readers?
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