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Posts tagged “Deck 13”

Feature: My personal torment

My, er, friend is finding To Hell With Hell rather difficult

A question for you: What should one do when one is reviewing a game, but it's far, far too hard for one to get anywhere in? I'm asking for a friend. A friend who's reviewing the early access for To Hell With Hell (THWH), a pixelly bullet hell roguelite that's tough as really bloody tough nails.

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The Surge 2 continues the sci-fi Soulslike in 2019

A sequel is on the way for The Surge, Deck13's so-so sci-fi Souslike from 2017. The Surge 2 is its name, and broadly trying to expand and improve the open-world action-RPG is its game. The first laid solid, if unremarkable, foundations of cutting robots and mechs to pieces so hopefully a sequel can build upon those nicely. Our Adam is at the event where publishers…

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The Surge is getting some creepy theme park DLC

Sci-fi robojaunt The Surge was a bit of a shonky soulslike but it got a couple of things perfect: a liberal sprinkling of clever shortcuts and a dogged refusal to add fast travel. Less impressive were the environments themselves. Factories and junkyards and labs that felt too plain for the daft zombie mechsuit world they were housed within. Well, it's getting a much more colourful…

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Bertram Fiddle returns in punny murder mystery A Bleaker Predicklement

The second episode of the punny Victorian London point-and-click game the Adventures of Bertram Fiddle [official site] is is out now, with plenty of riddles, tea-drinking and strangely-shaped noses. A Bleaker Predicklement follows on from the events of 2015's A Dreadly Business and it's "almost quadruple the size" of that outing, say developers Rumpus. Mr Fiddle is a well-to-do adventurer with waistcoat and a bow tie who's…

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Lick a soulslike: The Surge demo is now out

A demo is now out for The Surge [official site], the new Dark Souls-inspired sci-fi action-RPG from the studio behind Lords of the Fallen. Our boy Brendan declared it a "serviceable" action game, one he had fun with for a bit but ultimately didn't feel compelled to finish. Which sounds like a game that might be a lark to poke in a demo.

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Feature: "Dark Souls Shortcuts: The Game"

The Surge review

Oh, I see. Just as I’ve written an article complaining that no game has learned from Dark Souls’ level design, The Surge [official site] comes out, a Soulsy sci-fi action game which is, on the face of it, about a cataclysmic accident in a robot factory, but which is actually about opening that door over there and finding out you’re back in your favourite corridor.…

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The Surge out today from Lords of the Fallen devs

"The Surge has hacked off a couple of limbs from Dark Souls, but it's using them to build something a little different rather than leaning its entire weight on them," Adam said when he played a preview version earlier this year. If that piqued your interest, hey: The Surge [official site] is out today. Our boy Brendan is beating robots to death to build weapons…

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Oily Souls: The Surge launch announced for May 16th

Shamelessly Souls-y action-RPG The Surge [official site] will launch on May 16th, publishers Focus Home Interactive announced today. Our Adam recently played a preview chunk and quite enjoyed it, happily lopping limbs off robots to craft bigger limbswords. Sadly, while it does let you lop off a bot's chainsaw arm to craft your own chainarm, I don't believe it reaches ridiculous levels of e.g. ripping…

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Feature: Mostly armless

The Surge brings limb-theft to the Dark Souls party

“It's sci-fi Dark Souls”, said everyone who had anything to say about The Surge [official site]. I was at a preview event for the publisher Focus and, as happens at these things, journalists would gather in groups and discuss what they'd seen. I wasn't playing The Surge until the end of the first day and lots of people had already seen it. “It's sci-fi Dark…

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Lords Of The Fallen Devs Show Off The Surge

German studio Deck13 are mostly known for adventure games like Jack Keane but they've gone a bit biff-bow in recent years, most recently with Lords of the Fallen, a pretty bleh Dark Souls-inspired action-RPG. Well, they'll be biffing again next year with The Surge [official site], a sci-fi hack 'n' slash action-RPG which they're showing off now in a new 15-minute gameplay trailer. Observe:

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Survival Action-Horror The Other 99 Due In August

The Other 99 [official site] is the debut project from Cornwall-based studio Burning Arrow - a singleplayer first-person action-horror/survival-a-thon that drops players onto a storm-stricken, isolated Hebridean Island with no obvious means of escape. Well, besides a cryptic note that advises the only way off the archipelago is "through The Other 99", whatever that means. It was originally scheduled to launch on Early Access this coming…

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Feature: The game so average it doesn't want you to play

Lords of the Fallen review

Lords of the Fallen is the first of what will surely be many clones of the Souls games – which is great! I adore the Souls series and think the action-RPG genre could learn a tonne from them. Lords of the Fallen, unfortunately, is not the brightest child in the class, and more to the point the PC version is currently in a right old…

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Feature: In this WORLD even CAPITAL LETTERS go ROGUE

The PREVIEW we WROTE about LORDS of the FALLEN

I'm not usually one to judge a book by its cover, so to speak, but the capitalisation of LORDS of the FALLEN just has me tickled. It suggests we should shout the first word but then drop to a whisper and, when listeners are lulled into a false sense of security, scream the last syllables like a BANSHEE. If you're thinking 'only an angry nutter…

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Boo! Lords of the Fallen Coming On Halloween

I like Halloween. I like the spooky music, the spooky movies, the spooky costumes, the spooky canapés, the spooky cocktails, the spooky video games--all the spooky things. Not to mention the cheap fake blood. The first video game to draw a circle around October 31 with a red pen this year (or is it blood? is it your blood?) is Lords of the Fallen, declaring…

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“Blood To The Sexy”: Deck 13’s Blood Knights Revealed

Blood Knights! They're like normal knights, but much blooder. That's (I am guessing) the design philosophy behind freshly announced action-slasher Blood Knights, which is being cooked up by Jack Keane devs Deck 13. They explain that their game is "a full blooded Vampire-Action-RPG that features intense combat, tons of weapons, items as well as vampiric abilities that put players in total control over their enemies…

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Daddy Issues: Venetica

While I've yet to play this, in these lean roleplaying times (is Gothic 4 really the only other totally new'un we're going to get this Winter?) it seems only gracious to flag up the arrival of a new RPG. Deck 13's Euro-fantasy Venetica, which we've only posted about once previously, stars the daughter of Death in a quest to apparently stop more death. Hmm. Maybe…

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Death takes a Holiday: Venetica

I found myself terribly excited when I saw this one. A whole game based around the wafer-chocolate-and-ice-cream meal? Oh, God. That'd be better than Looking Glass' clossure being revealed as an incredibly long running hoax. But no, my 7-year-old reading comprehension failed me again. Still - news of a new RPG Venetica coming strikes could be worse. Coming from the developers of Ankh, this is…

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Jack Keane Eurogamer Review

The new adventure from Deck 13, they behind the surprisingly lovely point and clicker Ankh... haven't done it again. Jack Keane, developed in a similar manner, has sadly drowned beneath poor puzzle design and an absolutely attrocious translation. Hence my recent appeal. My review is now up on Eurogamer, and it contains these words. "Maybe it's over-confidence. Maybe we celebrated Ankh's not-awfulness too much. But…

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