Posts Tagged ‘Banished’

Premature Evaluation – Life Is Feudal: Forest Village

Every Moday we send Brendan to plough the fields of early access and see if anything nutritious grows. This week he mismanages a settlement of brow-beaten farm workers in Forest Village [official site], a placid spin-off from Life Is Feudal’s medieval sandbox.

The village of Scallyminster lies in ruins. I’d like to think I did everything in my power to help the last citizens of this dying village, but that would be a lie. They followed my orders, like good computerised serfs, right to the bitter end. The village is empty of life now, except for the bears, who have always been very pleasant. I don’t think the game will let them feast off the frozen corpses of the last six villagers. Which is a pity, because the citizens of Scallyminster murdered plenty of bears in their time, before the fall, that is. Before the 13th Year.

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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Cubic Curiosity

Nothing says “weekend” like an afternoon spent watching a Malcolm in the Middle rerun marathon. It’s genuinely better than I remembered, but that may hold true for anything that has been viewed in order. Between you and me, though, the sitcom is best viewed as a preview to Breaking Bad. So many gas masks. So much angst. So many narrative possibilities. Anyway, pickings remain slim this week outside of Steam’s colossal selection, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, yea?

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No Longer Famished: Banished Getting Mod Support

I plan to mod in dragons

Banished is, to hear Alec tell it, a desperate, painful, vexing experience, but in a (mostly) good way. Eventually, though, even survival against the brutal elements, creeping disease, and human nature gets boring. That’s why we invented videogames, doncha know. Fittingly, then, developer Shining Rock is currently hard at work on an infrastructure that will allow Banished players to create even more videogames from the one they already put out. They call it “mod support,” presumably named for British mod culture in the early ’60s. Details below.

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Wot I Think: Banished

Banished is an indie sandbox city building simulation, in which you have free reign to grow a nascent medieval town using only the resources gained from the land around it. You build and you harvest, and you keep your population healthy enough in order that they might breed and expand. It’s out now, and I spent the weekend with it.

It made more sense once I decided that everyone in the town had tapeworm. Their prodigious appetites and the strange ease with which they would starve to death had more reason to it then. If I became frustrated, all I had to do was picture these weather-worn medieval folk shovelling endless amounts of fish, venison, potatoes, peppers, berries and mushrooms down their brown-toothed maws, only for the grim parasite in their guts to hoover half the goodness out of their rich harvest, leaving these peons hungry to the point of collapse.
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Out Of Exile: Banished Releasing In February

This! Soon!

Things are going to get ugly in the intergalactic Milky-Way-orbiting RPS space pyramid when it’s time to review splendid-looking city builder Banished. We’ve already divided into embittered, warlike factions in anticipation of the day we decide who’ll do the honors. Those factions will, of course, splinter with time, rotting into sticky morasses of selfishness and treachery. The Smiths – made up of Adam, Graham, and Quinns’ restless ghost – might be all buddy-buddy now, but even they will fall into disarray when push comes to shove. Mark my words. And that day will arrive… oh hey, in a few weeks. Banished is coming out in February. Wahey!

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Banished Is Nearly Done And Why Can’t It Be Out Nowww?


If you are a connoisseur of modern-ish culture like myself, you’ll no doubt remember a moving, soulful ballad by the Backstreet Boys entitled “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart).” I can’t help but hear it every time I find a new trailer for splendiferous-looking rural city builder Banished, seeing as a) each brief glimpse feels like a cruel game against my heart, because b) my heart desperately wants to play this game, and c) na na na na na I should’ve known from the start na na na na baby oh. So, good news and bad news. The good news is that Banished is in its final stages of development, and Shining Rock has released a spiffy new video to celebrate. The bad news, however, is that there’s still no firm release date.

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Anno What You Want: More Banished Footage

A place of contemplation and frozen feet
A few months ago, Adam said he’d was keen to see more of Banished. LOOK OVER HERE, ADAM! Banished is a game of city-building, where you take a tribe of exiled folk and start over, and it looks absolutely charming. It’s about what happens when you take the scale out of urban planning. You’ll know the names and schedules of every little person pottering about your lovingly laid-out homestead. You’ll watch them get up and go about their day. You’ll mourn when Emile the Woodcutter is chopped down in his prime, but be glad that it’s Arlyle who replaced him. The video below shows developer Luke Hodorowicz planning a town expansion with the magic of agriculture.
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