Posts Tagged ‘Extraction’

Hands-On: A Few Hours With Dirty Bomb

Rhino, right, can hold off a team single-handed once his Gatling gun spins up, but you can always get Arty, left, to drop an airstrike on him. Assuming Proxy, centre, doesn't slap a remotely detonated bomb on his caboodle.

I managed to get hopelessly lost on my way to last week’s Dirty Bomb [Steam page] event, squirrelled away in the trendy thicket of London’s Old Truman Brewery. Annoying? Yes. Fitting? Absolutely. Splash Damage has a multitude of demons to slay with its latest spin on Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory – the ever-controversial choice of a free-to-play model, the spectre of Brink, its previous stab at a new IP – but the most fearsome of these demons is surely London itself. London, a city that’s actually a bunch of medieval villages mashed into each other, where roads designed for horses struggle to find room for buses and Range Rovers. London, a metropolis blown half to bits during World War 2, then mutated into absurd, glittering shapes by overseas investors. London, where heading a mile downriver feels like setting foot on a different planet.

You couldn’t ask for a less elegant setting for a multiplayer FPS in the Team Fortress vein, where a single sightline askew can be the difference between enjoyment and fury, but the studio has done a bang-up job. In fact, one of this formidable, comfortable shooter’s greatest strengths is how it chisels readable warrens of coverspots, overlooks and chokepoints out of the capital’s beguiling weirdness. London is everywhere in Dirty Bomb, from its red letterboxes to the graceful arches of Waterloo Station, but unlike the reality, it’s seldom inconvenient. It never gets in your way.

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Prepare To Enter Extraction

AWOOGA: Do not search on Youtube for “Extraction”. I went looking for some beta footage to add to this post, but without filtering the search the results turned out to be rather anatomical and spider-bitey. Luckily for me a defense mechanism kicked and I was only briefly exposed to the bitten bits of people before my tears and screaming blocked it all. But I’ve seen things, readers. Horrible things. What I was looking for was recent footage of Splash Damage’s Extraction, their in-development shooter set in the streets of London. I have reasons, and it involves you signing up to the closed beta.
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Dirty Bomb Now Extraction, Nexon Publishing

The title says it all, really. There’s a new Nexon teaser site up for “Extraction”, which is the reborn Splash Damage multiplayer FPS, Dirty Bomb. Early footage (below) makes it look like a radically modified Brink in a new setting, that of a terrorised contemporary (or near-future) London. Looks like it will be free-to-play, of course, but Splash Damage are keen to stress it’s a purely skill-based game.

Expect an appearance from the game in early 2014.
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