I don’t mean crap crap. I mean “merely adequate in the age of Half-Life 2” shooters. Unreconstructed action nonsense, perhaps with some kind of gimmick, definitely with too-big weapons, a plot you never care about, lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of men to shoot. Read the rest of this entry »
There is a peculiar irony to the impression people have of gaming. When “videogames” are lazily portrayed in the wider world, they inevitably show a soldier being shot through a gun scope. Hell, even within the highest enclave walls, people are wont to dismiss the poor taste of others by snarking, “They’d probably like it if it had a gun floating at the bottom of the screen.” The first-person shooter is the most emblematic genre of gaming, and yet it’s now the most under-served, under-developed, and rarest of mainstream releases. There are barely any new non-indie FPS games. And it’s all Half-Life’s fault.
The dynamic, strategic multiplayer European campaign at the heart of Heroes & Generals ensures that scripted events aren’t necessary, but let’s pretend the headline is at least vaguely appropriate. John provided millions of details on how the first person shooting, cycling and strategising will work together, but if you refuse to believe a word that comes out of his keyboard you could watch the developer diary below instead. Campaign selection, faction choice and spawning are all covered, as are the number of graphics being added as development progresses, and the uses for purchasable credits.
First-person shooter Gotham City Impostors was released. I’ve spent a few days on the streets of Gotham, mopping up crime and causing criminal chaos. Is it ‘Zap!’, ‘Kapow!’, or more of a sad ‘Thunk!’? Here’s Wot I Think.
I don’t speak French, so that joke probably doesn’t work, but I thought it worth a try.
Our link-chums at Kotaku found this. It is, quite literally, like nothing you’ve ever seen before (at least hopefully). Footage is Not Safe For Work. With Capitals. I mean, it’s not Warren-Ellis-Don’t-Look-link bad or anything, but it’s about as out there as (say) Battle Raper. Probably worse, in fact. I’m not sure if there’s actually a scale for these things. Maybe we should make one, on which this would score a nine, as we’re famously hard-markers on weird-shit perversion.
The game in question is Love Death 2. It’s a section of first-person shooting, except that it’s a love-gun firing its sticky bullets. We’re dealing with a veritable one-man Bukkake, with a minigun at the hip and a hair-trigger, ready to go off AT ANY TIME. It’s indescribable. Or, at least, indescribable to us right now. I hope it has an early release.
It also begs the question: How did we miss the original Love Death?