Posts Tagged ‘Have You Played’

Have You Played… Jurassic Park III: Danger Zone!?

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

Danger Zone is a weird one for me, because I must have played it over about 10 years of my childhood. It turns the eponymous park into a board game, where every space triggers a solo or multiplayer mini-game. I had a friend who lived far enough away that our families only met up a few times a year. They were the rare occasions where I’d get to play local multiplayer games, and Danger Zone was always the first thing we’d load up on each visit. Read the rest of this entry »

Have you played… Assassin’s Creed multiplayer?

"Oh no he isn't!" - "Oh yes he is!"

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

The Assassin’s Creed series has abandoned its mutliplayer modes and that makes me sad. The multiplayer, introduced in Brotherhood, was one of the most playground-like games you could find. It’s basically the game of Assassin, popular among university students, but played on cool-looking streets from the past. You’re hunting somebody, but somebody else is hunting you. And – oh no – you’re all disguised as computer-controlled characters. You need to find a Jester among dozens of Jesters, while also hiding your own Courtesan among dozens of Courtesans. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Grand Theft Auto V?

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

I haven’t played Grand Theft Auto V since just a few months after its release, but parts of its city are still as clear in my memory as some of the real cities I’ve lived in. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Magicka?

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

QFQFSAA + M2. I just made a double steam arcane double lightning beam, and now you’re dead. Oh, you were on my team? Crap.

Magicka does away with mana and cooldowns, allowing up to four wizards to cast spells as quickly as they can hammer on their keyboards. Eight letters correspond to eight different elements, which can be combined together and cast in different ways to create a bewildering array of spell effects. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Trackmania Nations Forever?

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

Trackmania Nations Forever was, I guess, a free-to-play version of the multiplayer stunt racer. I say “I guess” because I never spent any money on it and don’t even remember seeing things you could spend money on. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Nuclear Throne?

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

Nuclear Throne [official site] is a bullet hell, twin-stick shooter roguelike set in an apocalyptic wasteland. Like, seriously apocalyptic – playable characters include a telekinetic sack of eyeballs, a mutated plant that’s 90% mouth, and a blob of radioactive gloop. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… The Talos Principle?

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

What was the logical next step for the developers of dual machine gun toting, beheaded bomber slaying Serious Sam? A thoughtful, philosophical puzzler in the vein of Portal, of course.

In The Talos Principle [official site] you play as a robot, guided through the game by a disembodied voice calling itself Elohim. Imagine the Stanley Parable narrator but with more pompous severity and you’ll have a good idea what you’re in for. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Transistor?

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

The mission statement of Supergiant, the developers behind Bastion, Pyre and Transistor [official site], is “to make games that spark your imagination like the games you played as a kid.” They’ve got a knack for doing just that. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Madness Interactive?

I have a particular set of skills, for exmple: murder

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

Deep in the grey quagmire of my memory, there exists an immovable oval pebble, with a strange cross-like marking on it. I bend down to lift the pebble. It is a face. The face of a man, or perhaps a creature, who has never known an emotion other than bloodlust. What hellish land spawned this otherworldly avatar of destruction?

Ah yes, Newgrounds. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth?

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

In an alternate universe, Total War: Middle-Earth II just emerged from Creative Assembly, and Monolith have just released Warhammer: Shadow of Warhammer into the world. In this universe, my most recent memory of a Tolkien strategy game is 2004’s elegantly titled The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth.

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Have you played… Portal?

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

Is there any greater testament to the power of writing in games than all the fandom that spilled forth from Portal? Valve’s first-person puzzler recently turned ten years old, and when I think back on it, so much of what I remember is otherwise plain and functional. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Lone Survivor?

A demake is like a remake but with a retro vibe rather than a desire to update and refurbish. Lone Survivor [official site], Jasper Byrne’s modern classic, initially seems like it’s going to be little more than a Silent Hill demake of sorts. Then it becomes one of the few truly Lynchian games, and then it becomes something else entirely. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Line Rider?

Ride the lining

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

Line Rider is a thing of beauty. A simple draw-your-own-sledding-slope game that became a phenomenon among the right kind of internet denizen. As simple to learn as doodling in MS Paint and yet difficult to manipulate with true mastery. What do you do, it asked the time-wealthy citizens of the information superhighway, when your canvas is beholden to a tiny, adorable boy with a sled? Well, answered the internet, you create a god damn masterpiece. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Daley Thompson’s Decathlon?

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Contrary to conventional wisdom, games learned to run before they could walk. Predating all of the walking simulators by many many years, Daley Thompson’s Decathlon simulated the act of running rather fast perfectly, and it only needed two buttons. One for each leg. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Samurai Lantern?

Begone, lanterns!

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

It’s like Super Crate Box, but with only one weapon and three levels. Does that sound a bit rubbish? It’s not. It’s streamlined. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Quake: Arcane Dimensions?

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

I wrote about this stonkingly beautiful and enormous mega-mod for the original Quake last year, recommending that y’all should play it, but it didn’t quite turn out as planned when fans and creators alike (politely) argued that the screenshots I’d used did not suitably sell the game. So, here are some screenshots of Arcane Dimension which hopefully will convince you to give it a try. You really should, because it’s the next best (or maybe even better?) thing to getting a whole new Quake.

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Have you played… Nidhogg 2?

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

The original Nidhogg was a tense, terse swordfighting game best played in local multiplayer. Nidhogg 2 changes the art style, adds an array of new weapons, and in the process makes it less tense and less fun. Read the rest of this entry »

Have you played… Nidhogg?

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

Stab and run, stab and run, throw your sword and… It stabs. Now run, dive kick, slide and roll. These verbs are all that Nidhogg contains, but with them comes personal tactics, personal rivalries, and some of the best local multiplayer ever made. Read the rest of this entry »