Posts Tagged ‘microsoft studios’

Princess Metroidononoke: Ori And The Blind Forest

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

Prepare to cry.

Do you struggle to form tears within your eyes and release them from your body to express sorrow, joy, or other related emotions? Good news! A video game may help you. Moon Studios’ Metroidvania-y platformer Ori and the Blind Forest “is going to be one of those games that might make you cry,” publishers Microsoft say, “we can feel that much already.” Big deal; people cry at the John Lewis Christmas advert. Join in the chant: no more tears! No more tears!

The game does look jolly nice though, with a little forest spirit leaping about verdant glades. As well as Metroid and Castlevania and all those, it’s looking to Princess Mononoke and perhaps Rayman Legends and My Neighbor Totoro as influences.

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By Zeus’ Beard! Age Of Mythology Revamp Coming In May

By Alice O'Connor on April 3rd, 2014.

Hadesraider

And yea, they did speak of times past when the Earth was more innocent. Gods and monsters moved among us, entire pantheons warred, and we were pleased. Yet today’s impetuous youth sneer “Yeah but it doesn’t even have ambient occlusion does it?” All right clever clogs, look here: following a little tease earlier this year, Microsoft has revealed the revamped Age of Mythology Extended Edition for release in early May.

Beyond obviously making Ensemble’s 2002 RTS play nicely with modern operating systems and monitors, it’s a bit shinied up with improved graphics and Steam gubbins.

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Drag Racing: LocoCycle

By Adam Smith on January 31st, 2014.

I looked at the legs of the guy in the suit and nothing makes sense anymore - he has the right leg of Mr Tumnus

There are times when the wait for a port can be more agonising for a PC enthusiast than it was for the passengers aboard Explorer of the Seas. And then there are the times when the wait is for the best. LocoCycle, from Splosion Man developers Twisted Pixel, looked like it might be a satisfyingly bizarre combat racing game. The story of an engineer being dragged behind an artificially intelligent motorbike (really), its live action sequences, starring the likes of Freddy Rodriguez and Tom Savini, looked as self aware as the titular vehicle. Reviews suggested otherwise, ranging from disappointment at the shoddy action to dismay at the quality of writing and humour. On February 14th, you can find out for yourself when the PC port arrives.

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