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Posts tagged “Mastertronic”

Sublevel Zero Is Procedurally-Generated Descent

I've only spent around an hour playing Sublevel Zero [official site] but that's enough for me to predict that it might become one of my favourite games released in these final months of 2015. It's the Descent spiritual successor that I assumed I'd be playing within a fortnight of the great Kickstarter revival period, offering precise combat with six degrees of freedom. The controls are…

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Your Weapons Are Garbage In The Weaponographist

One of my favourite parts of Kane & Lynch 2, I'll yell over your boos and jeers, is how you start with rubbish guns and must forever scramble to find new weapons as they chew through ammo. It felt desperate and suddenly switching from a punchy revolver to a spraying machine pistol brought a fun challenge. This is going somewhere: The Weaponographist [official site] is…

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Sublevel Zero, Radlevel 9001

As genres go, 6 Degrees Of Freedom Descent-em-ups haven't quite had the same crowdfunding-fueled resurgence as other 90s classics. They're fast paced shooters, offering free movement in a 3D space usually by means of spaceship or other zero-gravity craft exploring a complex. Sublevel Zero [official site] is no exception, with the added spice of procedurally generated levels, permadeath and VR support. Originally an entry into the Ludum Dare game…

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Tricks And Tomes Will Break Your Bones: Runers

Now this here story I'm about to unfold took place back in the early afternoon - just about the time of my deep submersion in a different game altogether, an enormous, deep RPG. I only mention it because sometimes there's another game...I won't say a masterpiece, 'cause, what's a masterpiece? But sometimes, there's a game. And I'm talkin' about Runers here. Sometimes, there's a game,…

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Matrix Of The Trade: Tango Fiesta

Tango Fiesta has come a long way since its birth at the first Rezzed gamejam. Dragging eighties action movies kicking and kersploding into the whateverthehellwecallthisdecade-ties, it's a top-down shooter that can be played by four fist-bumping muscle-chums at a time. From the jungles of Predator to the desert islands of Paradise Punchout (may not be a real film), the trailer suggests players will be spending…

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Puzzling Probing: 0rbitalis Launched On Steam Early Access

As a sceptic, I'm hesitant to believe in anything I can't see. That's why I schlep myself around in lead diving boots rather than trust in your supposed 'gravity.' I'm not closed-minded though, so I am willing to entertain the idea that it may be caused by marionette strings or invisible steel rods or something. Along comes gravity simulator 0rbitalis (yes, that is a zero)…

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Sly: Tango Fiesta Is ‘Rambo – The Alternative Videogame’

Broforce is also an acceptable alternative to Rambo but Tango Fiesta is a Jam success story every bit as invigorating as the (granny) rags-to-riches tale of Mrs Tuppence's Old-Time Elderberry Preserves. Created during last year's Rezzed livejam in eight hours, the original prototype involved burly men of the eighties shooting enemies and grass. Enemies moved more slowly when creeping through grass but were obscured from…

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GET. READY. Speedball 2 HD Out 5th December

The last time someone said they were remaking Speedball 2, it didn't go well. The classic, fantastic future-sports game had even a sportless buffoon like me absolutely enthralled. For years after it came out, Greg, Fred, James and I regularly invaded Mike Smith's house to engage in lengthy tournaments, before things inevitably descended into cider and Night Trap. Or just hammering away at the Atari…

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I Dreamed A: Dream Is Dear Esther Meets Deus Ex

Be still, my beating heart [Immediately dies, emerges as a ghost]. Ugh, jeez, not that still. I hate it when this happens. Writing about games is so tedious when your ectoplasmic digits keep phasing through the keyboard. But I will press on, because Dream sounds utterly magnificent - thus the desire for my heart to slow its technical-metal-esque pounding ever so slightly (jeez). In a nutshell,…

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