Archive for 2007

Mountain of Joy

Avez-vous joué la démo de Montjoie? You should. It’s tres bon. Tchounga Games, a fledgling French studio, have taken a relatively obscure Hundred Years War board game and turned it into the kind of light, lively historical TBS that weary wargamers like moi adore.

The catch is the demo isn’t available in English yet. To maximise your chances of conquering 15th Century France you’re going to need either a smattering of French or a play primer like the one that follows the jump.

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Marvel Dies, Wolfenstein Lives

Well, hello. I’ve just gone six days without the internet. Cursed steam-age parents. Remind me to never, ever leave my house again.

Clearly, I’ve a lot of news to catch up on, once I’ve finished staring in fascinated horror at some of the angry reader comments on the Eurogamer Top 50 Games of 2007 feature, which all four of us RPSites contributed to enthusiastically. My prediction: by 2009, Halo and Mario fans will have reached such numbers and ferocity that they’ll have formed their own nation, constantly at war with the rest of the Earth.

One story that has caught my haggard post-Christmas eye is another suggestion that Cryptic’s Marvel Universe Online MMO is dead, as originally rumoured back in November.
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Bargain Basement

So, you wanted a Weighted Companion Cube plush toy, but never managed to get one in time for Christmas? Never fear! You can surely be one of the lucky few to pick one up from eBay for a snip!

Only $8 shipping!

That’s right, for only $290.00 you could be the owner of your very own soft cube from off of a videogame. Why delay? Buy today!

But wait, there’s more! If you buy a Weighted Companion Cube plush today, we’ll throw in this bar of gold bullion, and bag of diamonds!

Thanks to some guy or other called Jeep for pointing this out to us.

Advent Calender: The Followers

You were almost certainly one of the almost-infinite hordes who gathered around the universes’ internet connections to discover whether or not RPS were going to devour chocolate today. If so, after the endeavor was over, you may have been left wondering why certain games didn’t make the cut.

Good or baaaaad?

Here’s where. Why did we ignore Supreme Commander? Why wasn’t a game about slapping quite enough? Do we actually hate RPGs? Answers to these questions, and more, beneath the cut.

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Paintball 2.0

Need a completely free game? (And delightfully, free as in speech, as well as in beer, published under the GPL). How about Paintball 2.0?

Less bruising than real life.

Using a modified Quake 2 engine (but not needing Quake 2), what it exchanges in graphics it makes up for in speed. And although simple, there’s some really nice level design here. As you’ll have guessed, it’s a multiplayer paintball game. But unlike real-life paintball, it doesn’t SUCK OUT LOUD. Wow, I hate paintball. What a stupid, stupid way to spend your time. It bloody hurts, and the only way it can possibly be fun is if you get to vet every single person taking part for being not a complete shithead. But that won’t happen because whenever you play there will be a group of neanderthals from a stag do, who think it’s just so bloody funny to ruin everything by playing like morons, ignoring all the rules, and shouting their oh-so witty nicknames for each other before belly laughing at them for the 945th, then announcing just quite how much beer they’re going to drink that night.

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X Motor Racing Demo

I’ve just been having a look at the demo of X Motor Racing, an indie racing game that prides itself on its realistic car physics and damage modeling. As if to prove that the physics are realistic you can even press the ‘3’ key to bring up a physics overlay, which explains the stresses and forces on each of the tires, as well as adding big pink arrows to them to illustrate something or other about grip and/or wheel-physics.

Numbers and cars. It's a match made in Swindon

Irritatingly the demo doesn’t feature all the physics options or any of the damage modeling – which seems to me to be one of the crucial things you’d want to show off in a demo. Nevertheless it’s an reasonable entertaining car game, and the digital download is DRM free, so you can burn it to disc and install it on your reinstalled PCs and laptops on demand. How refreshing.