Posts Tagged ‘Bizarre Creations’

Have You Played… Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

“What’s the game you’re the worst at that you most enjoy?” John recently asked. I wouldn’t say Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved is mine, but I do like Bizarre’s arena shoot ’em up and I am rubbish at it. I can face three different types of enemies at once before I forget how each of their behaviours work and start spinning in panicked circles holding fire. But even when dying, it does make such exciting colours and noises.

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A Strange Tale: Dark Days For Bizarre?

The internet moved at especially frightening speed this evening, with a tale that 007 Blood Stone/Blur/The Club/Geometry Wars/Project Gotham developer Bizarre Creations was allegedly to lose staff or even close its doors slamming from 0mph Twitter rumour to 100mph damning Activision statement within 90 minutes.

Online chatter’s divided into roughly two camps. 1) Owners Activision are greedy so-and-sos who have no right and far too much to money to do this 2) Bizarre have been churning out duds in recent years and this is only logical.
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Tux And Roll: Blood Stone Trailer


What is going to happen to Bond? With the films on hiatus it seems all we really have to look forward to from the smooth agent is a Daniel Craig facsimile doing his “the Bourne Movies were quite good” routine in a tux. It’s a shame. It’s not that Blood Stone looks particularly bad, as you can see from the trailer below, it’s just that, well, I was watching Roger Moore and Christopher Walken ham about in A View To A Kill last night, and I couldn’t help feeling that Bond might be wandering too far from what made it great. Without humour, we are getting just another action movie, and without the classic billionaire-genius villains, well, what’s the point in deploying Britain’s greatest espionage asset? It wasn’t like this in my day. I remember when all this was green fields. These steamships are ruining everything.

In-game footage aplenty, below.
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New Bond Is “Blood Stone”


So, while the Bond movie languishes in limbo, Activision have confirmed that the other new Bond game is called James Bond 007: Blood Stone. It’s being developed by Bizarre Creations, and will feature fancy cover-based shooting, hand-to-hand fisticuffs, chatting to sexy ladies, automotive racing sequences, and the voices of Daniel Craig, Joss Stone, and Judi Dench. There’s a reveal video up, which I’ve posted below. No release date yet.
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Blur Power Up Trailer


Hmm, Bizarre Creations do rather seem hyped-up about their new racer, Blur, which features a kind of real world street-racing system with science-fictional power-ups. In this trailer they explain some of effects, such as a “shunt” energy ram (aka red turtle shell?), a nitro, and an EMP blast. All these allow players to have more influence on the outcome of the race than mere driving skills would allow. Anyway, go take a look.
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“Beautiful Chaos”: Blur Dev Talk


You know I’d forgotten about Blur, actually, and I’d skipped a lot of the initial bout of excitement over the game. Seems it is still Windows-bound, however, with a rough “end of 2009” release date, and so we’re eventually going to get a taste of Bizarre Creations “power-up, power-up, power-up” philosophy for their hyperbolic new racing game. They’ve stuck some of their developer types in front of a camera to talk about it, and mixed that with some in-game footage, all funkily edited up, of course. It’s looking rather… colourful.
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