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Posts tagged “Arrowhead”

Feature: Food fight

Gauntlet review

Gauntlet has always been a simple pleasure. Run through a dungeon with up to three pals, killing hundreds of monsters as a team, nicking treasure from one another like arch rivals, and shooting the food a split second before your wounded wizard chum manages to grab it. Arrowhead, of Magicka fame, have taken the reigns for this latest installment of the veteran series. Here's wot…

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Smell The Glove: The Magicka Devs’ Gauntlet Revamp

"Cor, Gauntlet yeh, remember playing it in the chippie, yeah?" I don't, no, and I'll thank you to stop dripping fag ash on my foot you awful drunken lout. However, my interest in a new game with co-op by the Magicka wizards at Arrowhead Game Studios is enough to overcome my general disdain for cynical attempts by publishers to cash in on old names they've…

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Four Play: Arrowhead Developing Gauntlet Reboot

Atari announced Roller Coaster Tycoon 4 today. You may have seen the trailer. At best, it's a mobile version of an older game rather than an actual sequel - at worst, it'll behave like a crooked carnie, with all kinds of freemium delaying and money-grabbing tactics. "Pay one dollar to add glue to the coconut shy or your visitors will bankrupt you!" Only a few…

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Feature: The Next Action Hero?

The Showdown Effect review

Congratulations! You made Magicka and have finished creating odd DLC content for the friendly fire(ball) simulation. What do you do next? 1) Go hiking in the Pyrenees. 2) Why not craft some sort of single player Magicka RPG? 3) Form a band sort of like Daft Punk but with all the sci-fi robot vibes replaced by wizard's robes and jokes about willies. 4) Create a…

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The Showdown Effect Shows Takedowns, Effects

Arrowhead and Paradox are dabbling in the absurd once again with their "2.5D" shooter, The Showdown Effect, which is destined to be released quite soon. The latest trailer shows numerous hi-jinks. Paradox claims that the trailer's "Intricate Bullet Ballet Forever Answers Games-as-Art Debate". Yeeees. The game can be pre-ordered, with amusing bonuses, over here. Folks who pre-order will find themselves injected immediately into the on-going…

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Only Two Months To Retirement: The Showdown Effect

Paradox's The Showdown Effect now has its own website. Why it hasn't had its own website since its announcement in March last year is perhaps a pertinent question. But with the side-scrolling cop movie-spoofing/celebrating multiplayer due out on the 5th March, it's about time it did. And as you might imagine on such an occasion, there's a new trailer too.

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Cartoon Carnage: Showdown Effect Shows Off Its Cast

I do so love games that are unabashedly cheeky. I know, I know: that's pretty much like scaling my way to the highest mountain tops and proclaiming my love for breathing and blinking to the calloused undersides of god's feet, but apparently, some people only play games through gritted teeth and furrowed brows. I think those people are silly, though, and I won't be inviting…

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Less Magick, More Muscle: Arrowhead’s Showdown Effect

The last we heard of The Showdown Effect, the new side-scrolling and cartoony shootybangbang game from the makers of the reliably silly Magicka, was back in April. Now, it's spooling up its beta-testing mini-gun, and hopes to lure in passers-by by revelling shamelessly in as many action movie cliches as it can conjure up. CONJURE LIKE IN MAGICKA.

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Celestial Ambidexterity: Magicka Sale, Q&A

Magicka is free on Steam this weekend. Download, play, if you like it, buy it for the sale price of £1.99. Thought I'd get that out of the way. I know it's only been a couple of days since we mentioned the expansion but if you're rabidly opposed to Magicka and Lovecraft, you'll just have to skip past the rest of this post. I apologise…

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Crafted With Love: Magicka’s Expandening

Paradox and Arrowhead have put out a trailer for the forthcoming Magicka paid-for expansion, The Stars Are Left, and you can see it below. The trailer comes with a huge list of tech improvements that will be applied in the additional (free) update, including the vital "less falling through the floor", which is a patch note that could be added to any game and receive…

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R’lyeh Good: Magicka: The Stars are Left

Arrowhead and Paradox have announced a new expansion for Magicka. It's called The Stars Are Left, and it's taking things a bit Lovecraftian. They explain: "Designed for players who love to craft the hundreds of different spells available in Magicka, this new campaign will pit up to four wizards at once against a horror-mystery inspired by the popular Cthulhu Mythos. The Stars are Left will…

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Magicka’s Excellent PvP Spoof Trailer

The Paradox/Arrowhead partnership continues to produce some of the best promotional material in gaming. The live action trailer for the new PvP expansion for Magicka is a delight, and you can watch it below. This new PvP expansion is free, but there are also $.99 map packs, as Paradox explain. There's "Vulcanus Arena, a sci-fi themed map that doubles as a PvP map and a…

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Exclusive: Magicka Tweaks Skyrim’s Nipple

Arrowhead and Paradox are a cheeky bunch. Magicka's irreverence became infamous in the moment they announced DLC for a fantasy magic game themed around the Vietnam War. Their cheeky approach has continued, after they learned a while back that the Paradox booth at E3 would be immediately next to Bethesda's megabooth. The result? See below for the full version.

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Vote For Magicka’s Free Map

Magicka is to get two new challenge maps, "Caverns" and "Marshlands", each featuring a swarm of monsters that a player must take on with magic violence. You can check out the details of the maps in question in a video, below. However, one map will be free, and one will cost $1.99. Which will be which? Well that's being decided in a poll just here.…

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Magicka: Vietnam Out April 12th

Paradox send word that the mages of Magicka will be killing goblin-cong in Vietnam next month, and this exciting gameplay opportunity will cost a straightforward $4.99. It's a new campaign setting, but "also contains a new survival challenge map with increased difficulty in direct response to the request from the community." There is also a spell that calls in an F-15 napalm strike. I've posted…

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