Posts Tagged ‘preview’

Hands On With Hyper Light Drifter’s Combat

By Graham Smith on November 14th, 2014.

Stop. Slow down. Hyper Light Drifter‘s cape-wearing main character carries a sword whose swipes and slashes can be performed in rapid succession, but that doesn’t mean you can charge your way through its hunched henchman, skittering spiders or gun-wielding grunts. You’ve got to take your time if you want to go fast, as I’ve learned through playing the game’s Kickstarter preview build.

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Hands On: The Man-Versus-Monster Battles Of Titan Souls

By Marsh Davies on November 5th, 2014.

That definitely represents an eye, right?

Presumably calling the game The Legend of Colossus Souls was considered just that little bit too direct. To be fair, naming the obvious inspirations here doesn’t do justice to Titan Souls’ own invention – a combat system which is so simple and taut, yet from which the game conjures a series of elaborate and ever-inventive boss battles.

Originally made for a Ludum Dare competition (you can read Nathan’s impressions of that early version here), Titan Souls has now blossomed into a full game due out early next year. A sprawling, derelict world of overgrown temples, icy rivers and fiery caverns now awaits, and within lurk around two dozen gargantuan foes. It takes the mournful feel and monstrous populace of Shadow of the Colossus, and presents it from the pixellated perspective of the Zelda games of yore. And, as with Dark Souls, you consume the primeval soul of each megabeast you slay. The combat shares that series’ lack of compromise, too: you will die and die again facing each of these monsters, every time getting a bit wiser to their weaknesses, a shade more adept at avoiding their attacks.

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In The Deep End: Narcosis Hands-On

By Philippa Warr on October 31st, 2014.

Pipes, lovely safe pipes

Although not specifically an Oculus Rift game, it’s hard to imagine playing Narcosis without the headset. The game is an underwater survival story which demands the player manage his or her oxygen supply as they navigate the ocean depths when an incident leaves them stranded.

“The perception is that it’s a horror game and that’s cool,” says David Chen, part of the development studio Honor Code. “But we’re definitely hoping for some moments of beauty.”

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Hands On: The Talos Principle

By John Walker on October 30th, 2014.

The Talos Principle is a very clever, very calm creation. Which is a surprising new direction from Croteam, who have previously given us the splendid madcap frenzy of Serious Sam shooters. While clearly sharing the same fast-paced twitchy controls of the Serious Engine, and a similar design ethic of ruined civilisations, beyond this Talos is dramatically different. It’s a captivating first-person puzzle game, more influenced by Portal than Doom, with an intricate back-story questioning the nature of consciousness and personhood told through fascinating interactions with an AI. I’ve had a play of its first, extensive chapter.

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Hands On With Hex: Shards Of Fate

By Cassandra Khaw on October 28th, 2014.

I am the Little Red Rabbit Hoodlum, a fluffy-eared cleric armed with a legion of suicidal bunnies and ravenous mushroom people. My opponent is a knight in shining armor, who practically gleams with self-righteous pomposity, her hair a flaxen banner in the imagined sun. She laughs when she sees me and my army of floof, not knowing that she stands no chance.

Hex: Shards of Fate is a trading card game that will feel like home for anyone who has ever enjoyed Magic the Gathering. It has minions to summon, enchantments to dole out, counterspells to launch, and even five resource types to make use of. The world is a fantastical one, obviously, with shamanistic coyotes and spider-creatures and my favorite, the ultra-violent shin’hare. Although the universe is replete with dwarves, elves, and humans, it also features a parasitic alien consciousness capable of dragging the dead back into unliving.

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Hands On: The Old City – Leviathan

By Adam Smith on October 28th, 2014.

The Old City: Leviathan is a first-person game about exploration and storytelling. Set within, beneath and around an abandoned metropolis, it doesn’t contain any puzzles or combat, concentrating instead on the musings of its narrator, and the discovery of histories, personal and otherwise. I’ve spent some time investigating the belly of the beast in a preview build and I’m not quite sure whether to recommend a visit or send out a call for urban renewal.

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The PREVIEW we WROTE about LORDS of the FALLEN

By Rich Stanton on October 24th, 2014.

I’m not usually one to judge a book by its cover, so to speak, but the capitalisation of LORDS of the FALLEN just has me tickled. It suggests we should shout the first word but then drop to a whisper and, when listeners are lulled into a false sense of security, scream the last syllables like a BANSHEE. If you’re thinking ‘only an angry nutter would do that’ then welcome, my genteel friend, to LORDS of the FALLEN.

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Hands On: Elegy For A Dead World

By John Walker on October 17th, 2014.

Elegy For A Dead World is undeniably quite a diversion for the developers Dejobaan Games, they behind AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! — A Reckless Disregard for Gravity and Drunken Robot Pornography. It’s an extremely sedate concept, that aims to turn anyone into a storyteller.

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Satellite Reign: Hands-On With Cyberpunk’s Rising Star

By Jim Rossignol on October 13th, 2014.

Back when I interviewed Syndicate-veteran Mike Diskett about his plans for Satellite Reign, I was buoyant with excitement: he spoke of systems, not scripting, and of sprawling cyberpunk cities playing host to mad shoot ‘em freedom, just like we were promised in the old days. Now, having spent some time with the “pre-alpha” test release that the team have put out to backers, I can say that this excitement was, mercifully, a precursor to an even deeper feeling: intense anxiety.

Anxiety? Yes, because this early, incomplete build demonstrates that the 5 Lives team know exactly what they doing, and all we can do now is wait, nervously, to see if they pull it off for the full game.

Aiie!
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Mushroom 11 Hands-On: The Future Sound Of Fungus

By Alec Meer on October 3rd, 2014.

Mushroom 11 is a sort of physics puzzle-platformer about a mutant organism that will always grow back to its original mass, regardless of how much of it you prune away. By doing this, you traverse a ravaged landscape filled with hazards and foes. I played a section of it at EGX last week.

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Hands On: Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)

By John Walker on October 3rd, 2014.

I love what Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is setting out to do. It’s a platform game – very simple, very traditional, presented in a lovely, misty way – about a young Iñupiat girl and an arctic fox. And at the same time, it’s an attempt to communicate information about the Iñupiaq culture of Alaska. A preview version I’ve had my hands on contains the first three of nine chapters, giving a fair idea of how it all fits together.

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Heat Signature: Hands-On With The Gunpoint Follow-Up

By Alec Meer on October 2nd, 2014.

Important proviso – all screens and video in this piece show placeholder art. The finished Heat Signature will apparently look very different – there are some hints to its possible final appearance here, however.

“I think the subtitle of the game should be ‘You Can Go Inside The Spaceships’,” jokes Heat Signature dev Tom Francis as he shows me his follow-up to break-out hit Gunpoint at EGX last week. “I can already tell it’s going to have the Gunpoint problem where I say ‘I made a game called Gunpoint’ and they say ‘I don’t think I’ve heard of that’, then I explain what the game is and they’re “oh yeah, I’ve heard of that, but I just didn’t remember the name because it has nothing to do with what you do in it.” A pause. “This does have heat in it, at least.”

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Skynet Versus Cthulhu: Human Resources

By Adam Smith on October 2nd, 2014.

Human Resources has one of the finest elevator pitches I’ve ever heard. The Singularity comes to pass, the machines rise, and humanity awakens a host of Lovecraftian horrors on the same day. It’s a tale of duelling apocalypses. Skynet vs Cthulhu, with humanity caught in the middle. The Kickstarter page has just gone live for Uber’s strategy followup to Planetary Annihilation, and I spoke to design director John Comes and art director Nate Simpson to learn about the end of everything.

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