Posts Tagged ‘space’

Smuggling The E3 Trophy Home: Elite – Dangerous

By Adam Smith on June 11th, 2014.

There was a time when I’d look forward to E3 for weeks in advance. It’s not that the event was better in ye olde days, it’s that it held the possibility of surprises from beginning to end. We know so much now, with daft sites like Rock, Paper, Scattergun reporting on every fart and sigh that emerges from yesterday’s indie sensations. Where’s the mystery? If you’ll excuse the foot-to-ball analogy, it’s like the difference between watching a World Cup in the seventies and watching one now. Back then, every overseas player was an enigmatic bundle of esoteric skills – now, you’re probably wearing underpants with their name on or eating a biscuit in the shape of their head.

In a world with so little mystery, I’m not at all disappointed to find that my favourite E3 trailer so far is for a game I’ve already played. Elite: Dangerous continues to excite.

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Alpha Dog-Fight: Star Citizen’s Second Reveal

By Adam Smith on April 22nd, 2014.

I hadn’t watched the Star Citizen PAX East footage that Nathan posted last week until this morning. It reminds me of that one dream where I go on stage to deliver a profound speech, and only realise mid-way through that I’ve forgotten to wear any trousers and am on fire. In front of a whooping crowd of avid spacers, Star Citizen lurched from one technical problem to another until it was barely fit for service. This is why so many on-stage ‘reveals’ show pre-canned footage with over-enthusiastic hollering in place of server connectivity issues. Eager to make amends, RSI have stitched together some new footage showing the aspects that failed or were shunted off due to a lack of time. It’s all below.

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Planet Express Simulator: Cosmo-Nautica

By Adam Smith on March 1st, 2014.

Cosmo-Nautica is Elite by way of The Sims. No, scratch that. Apart from having toilet and food needs, the crew of my vessel have more in common with Redshirt’s sci-fi caricatures than Maxis’ consumer-dolls. I’ve had a brief dabble with an early build of the Stuttgart-built indie game, and it’s exactly what the ‘Elite meets life sim’ beermat description suggests. The player’s ship is a rustbucket the size of a large townhouse and various rooms can be bolted onto its empty compartments. Living quarters, vending machines, cargo bays, weapons, engines…toilets. At present, there’s not much to do beyond trading basic commodities, but ground missions and enhanced combat are due before release. Take a look.

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Space Strangers: Wayward Terran Frontier

By Adam Smith on January 20th, 2014.

Initially, I only stuck with the lethargic trailer for Wayward Terran Frontier because I was enjoying the soothing warp of the guitar strings that serenade its spacefarers. It’s a top-down combat and exploration game set on that most final of frontiers, but it was only when the viewpoint shifted to a ship’s interior that my attention was entirely captured by the pull of the attractor beams. Wayward Terran is a complex project and while there’s a free multiplayer alpha, a visit to the Kickstarter page is required dig out all of the enticing promises and secrets.

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Tsar Trek: The Mandate Kickstarter

By Adam Smith on October 17th, 2013.

The crowds appear to enjoy funding space games, hence the golden tophats of the Elite: Dangerous team and Chris Roberts’ newfound habit of paying urchins to deliver laminated press releases by hand. One of the little ragamuffins arrived this morning, doffed his cloth cap (golden cloth) and thrust a sealed manila envelope into my mitts (golden manila). The foolscap sheet inside simply read: “By the time you finish reading this sentence, Star Citizen may well have raised another trillion dollars.” I passed the lad a ha’penny and told him to make sure he showered and washed behind his ears (not golden showers).

The Mandate isn’t like Elite or Star Citizen. It’s a space game, oh yes, but with isometric tactical boarding actions and a hefty dose of roleplaying and crew management. Tasty. The developers are seeking $500,000 on Kickstarter and the campaign has begun strongly.

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Tsarist Space Struggle: The Mandate

By Adam Smith on October 3rd, 2013.

There’s a trailer for The Mandate below and today’s challenge is for you to work out what genre the actual game will belong to when Perihelion Interactive release it. Don’t run off to Google to find the solution, just peel back the lids of your eyes and watch the video. You might want to unclog your ears as well so that the stirring, solemn music can distract you with images of the might of Imperial Russia. Tsars in space, that’s the theme, but how the devil does it play? Solve the mystery below.

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The Calm Of A Dying Sun: Solar Flux

By Adam Smith on September 30th, 2013.

It’s hard to believe, but there are parts of space that aren’t full of gigantic ships firing lasers at one another, or heavily armoured marine boarding parties burning gibbering monsters to a crisp. I know it sounds improbable but it’s true. Considering the sheer size of the place – the landlord, Ian Space, pays a king’s ransom in bedroom tax – it shouldn’t be surprising that quiet areas exist, although they do make up less than 1% of the total. Solar Flux is found in one of the calm regions, even though it is about the death of a thousand suns. You can see the salvation of those suns and hear some gentle music below.

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Holy Moly: Wings of Saint Nazaire Alpha

By Ben Barrett on July 30th, 2013.

I'm no expert, but that guy in the distance looks in trouble.

Unity might be the most marvelous thing for web games since the retiring of Internet Explorer 6 – just look at how pretty that gunfire is! Wings of Saint Nazaire, along with continuing the tradition of difficult to pronounce indie games, is a space pew-pew simulator currently in playable alpha. The x-factor is the ability to be played in-browser via the mentioned and currently red-hot-popular development platform.

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Fissure Surprise: Space Shock

By Cara Ellison on July 22nd, 2013.

SPACE: THE FINAL DUNGEON FRONTIER
Space Shock is an RPG game set in Space,” the description on Greenlight goes. Well, you can never have too much space. Unless you are Ikea, in which case you are actively looking for ways to use the small amounts of space people have been lumbered with to cram in balsawood fixtures with weird Scandinavian names like SOKERKAKA and DRÖMMAR and BILDUNGSROMAN. In any case, do you like turn-based dungeon crawlers? AND space? Would you like a SPACE dungeon crawler? Well this is for you. It even has spider-aliens! You can relive the end of Wild Wild West! What are you doing in Ikea! Get out of Ikea! Read the rest of this entry »

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Rodina’s Combat Is Atmospheric

By Craig Pearson on June 27th, 2013.

You can't take my pie from meeeeeeeee
I am still waiting for one space game to come out this year. Just one. I helped fund Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen, I’ve put an X over every date of my calendar to remind me there’s a new X game coming out, and I mourned the hobbling of 0x10c in an emotional scene that was just like the end of Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan, though it did get me banished from the polar bear enclosure at the zoo. I am a patient man, but right now I go to sleep weeping for the galaxies I’ve yet to explore, and wake up each day with a black hole in my heart that is just waiting to be filled. I have hope that Rodina, another adventurous space game that’s already impressed me, might break through the atmosphere, scorch the grass in my front lawn as it lands, and welcome me aboard, but it’s yet to happen. There is, however, a nice trailer showing off the combat.
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Further Adventures In Infinite Space Games: Rodina

By Craig Pearson on May 3rd, 2013.

Ship design was inspired by Starfox

While Notch’s 0x10c languishes sadly in hyperspace limbo, it turns out there’s another game out there that has plenty of what he was trying to achieve. Rodina is another strangely named space adventure game that has ship interiors, hackable operating systems, and seamless space travel. It’s like discovering a twin-star system, but with games instead of boiling balls of gas. And because I seem to be genetically predisposed to being excited about games like that, I am going to share some videos and information about it below.
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Waiting For A Wing Commander: Chris Roberts Returns

By Adam Smith on September 11th, 2012.

Chris Roberts is making some sort of XCOM sequel? Hmmmm

This is something of an announcement of an announcement but it does contain information relevant to simulated spacefarers everywhere. Gather them together before the screen and allow them to gaze on the website for Roberts Space Industries. Here’s one of the things it says on the site.

If you’ve made it here, you probably know who I am.

I know who you are! You’re Chris Roberts, creator of the Wing Commander series and director of FMV sequences, one of which was feature length. After spending a few years in the non-interactive motion picture industry, Roberts is returning to the world of games, and indeed the world of world-building. His project will be revealed on the tenth of October at 10am (EST).

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Curiouser And Curiouser: Lunar Flight Goes To Mars

By Adam Smith on August 28th, 2012.

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There might be a robot roving around on Mars but Lunar Flight has done what so many dream of and sent men to the nowhere-near-as-red-as-I-was-led-to-believe planet. They are men who pilot lander modules, collecting cargo and data, spinning gracefully through the sky and plunging into the planet’s surface. I found the odd mixture of tranquility and panic rather splendid when dallying on The Moon, and the free Mars update adds a decent chunk of content. New physics, a dynamic dust storm system, crosswind forces and new routes and locations to drift around. The game is also a mere £1.75 on Steam for the next ten hours or so. Less than two pounds for both Moon and Mars! Trailer and dust storms below.

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