Posts Tagged ‘Spiders’

Wot I Think: Bound By Flame

By Richard Cobbett on May 23rd, 2014.

Half a pound of tuppenny rice, half a pound of treacle, that's the meal you probably ate last. Pop goes the evil...

Bound By Flame is a game written by spiders, which is goddamn terrifying. They’ve learned to use technology! They have our internet! They know our secr- Oh, wait. It’s just Spiders, the French developers that last brought us Mars: War Logs. It’s an RPG that came out of nowhere, but its fans do seem oddly rabid about it. Is it worth your time though? Here’s Wot I Think…

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A Throng Of Fire And Ice: Bound By Flame

By Adam Smith on February 14th, 2014.

I’ve watched the latest trailer for Bound By Flame six times already and I’m still not tired of it. It does everything that an RPG trailer should, describing the game’s features, and showing in-engine action to demonstrate how combat, inventory management and kissy-face interactions work. There’s even a brief overview of the plot, which involves a mercenary possessed by a fire demon waging war against (as elementary luck would have it) seven Icelords. Three more and they’d a-leaping.

Sensible as the trailer’s content is, that’s not the reason I’ve watched it so many times. It’s the voiceover. Performed by Stan S. Stanman’s less flappy-armed cousin, Dan D. Danman, it’s an absolute treat. Prepare for ‘heroric abilities’, ‘plenty of pieces of armour’ and ‘fantastical enemies [that] will try to slow you down’. I hate being postponed!

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Impressions: Mars – War Logs

By John Walker on May 2nd, 2013.

On some levels, so much effort must have gone into Mars: War Logs. Not into the name, clearly – that’s an act of self-sabotage that can only have emerged as the result of some unconscious perspicacity as to the game they’d made. But it’s a big, long RPG, albeit one made of tight near-identical corridors, and they don’t just appear. And that’s just a bit sad.

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No Trees On Mars – Mars: War Logs

By Jim Rossignol on February 27th, 2013.


War Logs? War Logs? Anyway, Mars: War Logs an action RPG that looks a bit fancy, frankly, like a mix of Riddick and Batman, or something. It’s not looking quite as slick as either of those, sadly, and that might be because it’s the next game from Spiders, who made the disappointing Of Orcs & Men, and some other games I’ve never played. I think it’s a fair bet that this will play a lot like Of Orcs & Men, which had plenty of scope for being fun if it hadn’t been so linear and grindy. More details are coming soon, apparently, but in the meantime check out the website.
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Of Orcs And Men And Launch Trailers

By John Walker on October 10th, 2012.

It was only May when I was first amazed to discover that spiders could develop games. And now Of Orcs And Men is out tomorrow. Those industrious arachnids. You can see a completely unhelpful CGI launch trailer below, that doesn’t give you any idea whatsoever what the game’s like. Because that’s what trailers are for, right?! Silly billies.

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The Green Party: Of Orcs And Men

By Adam Smith on October 4th, 2012.

Of Orcs And Men, which is out a week from now, has a sneaky, backstabby goblin and a hulking great brute of an orc. If you can get past such crude stereotyping you might find there’s more to the duo than expected. They bicker, you see, in the style of a mild-mannered middle-aged accountant and a young, maverick number-cruncher forced to share a room during a corporate retreat. It’s a fantasy adventure and a mismatched buddy movie. I hope Arka├»l, the orc, reveals in an emotional late scene that he’s only a tough brawler because he had to grow up on the streets and never knew his parents. Styx the goblin is like a father to him.. Oh, and Styx? I reckon this is his last quest before retirement.

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Of Ooos And Ahhhs: Of Orcs And Men Looks Quite Good

By Nathan Grayson on July 7th, 2012.

Not pictured: men.

It’s been more than a year since we last peeked into the Cyanide-and-Spiders-filled cauldron that’s cooking up Of Orcs And Men, and that’s a bit of a shame. If you ask me, it’s looking rather promising – though information on combat, skills, etc is unfortunately scarce at the moment. But, at the very least, the central concept – humans are dumb jerks and you, an orc, must battle back against their oppressive, racism-steeped regime – sounds like it could provide the ingredients for a very special dish: a fantasy RPG that’s actually unique. You’ll find two impressive-looking trailers beyond the break, after which you are cordially invited to join me in heel-clicking-centric merriment and light discussion. There will, however, be no refreshments, because humans are jerks who don’t deserve liquids.

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Skeletons And Spiders: Trine 2 Screenshots

By Adam Smith on November 17th, 2011.

Oh, my, that really is gorgeous

I was operating under the belief that everything was beautiful in Trine 2′s world, whether the rushes growing by a crystal clear pool or the giant mushrooms with a candle’s light casting a glow from their interior. And then they went and showed me a bloody spider. It’s a right horrible one as well, with segmented legs thicker than a bemuscled torso. Thankfully, the other three new screenshots don’t contain anything repulsive, unless you’re particularly offended by beautiful fantasy environments. Are you? Then don’t click on the images below for larger versions or you might be sick all over your keyboard!

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Arachnophobes Rejoice: No Skyrim Spiders

By Jim Rossignol on November 14th, 2011.

Spider-bears!
I am posting this link almost purely for the benefit of RPS contributor Richard Cobbett, whose aversion to spiders in games is such that he’s forced to play Skyrim while dosed up with a medical team on standby, just in case his heart gives out. Sadly the mod is only a crude fix for now, and replaces spiders with awkward stuffed-looking bears. There’s a crab alternative if the bears look too stupid. (They do.)

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Baith Snell An’ Keen: Of Orcs And Men

By John Walker on May 3rd, 2011.

He sure is an orc. Um.

Mostly I’m impressed with the tenacity of the title, Of Orcs And Men. That, and my discovery that the green-skinned RPG is developed by spiders. I mean, we’ve played games made by bears, and a couple of flops from raccoons, but spiders! I’ve been waiting so long to see what those industrious beasties could do. And it seems their first high-profile project is… wait, sorry, someone’s talking in my ear… Oh. Spiders. Well, good.

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