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Posts tagged “microids”

Alfred Hitchcock’s face licensed for a Vertigo game

Around the turn of the decade, that hot-takin' video games discourse became consumed by a terrible question: "What is the Citizen Kane of video games?" Perhaps because any sensible intellectual ignored the raging debate in favour of e.g. twatting ghosts with a guitar in Deadly Premonition or doing crimes while dressed as a toilet in Saint Row: The Third, this question was never settled. Some…

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Feature: Exiled

Wot I Don’t Think: Syberia 3

There is a group of people who are going to buy Syberia 3 [official site], and they are going to love Syberia 3, no matter what it's like. If the released game were just a black screen from which only terrifying abuse were endlessly screamed, they would love it. If playing it caused them to develop sores all over their bodies, grow pustules that bubbled…

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Snowy adventure Syberia 3 finally out today

Adventure game Syberia 3 [official site] was originally announced in a dark and mysterious year known as “2009”. Following many delays and postponements, it finally came out in Europe today, accompanied by a launch trailer that includes some unimaginably bad voice acting and Hong Kong cinema levels of lip syncing. And although all that is probably a result of developer Microïds’ localising it from their…

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Syberia 3 release date announced for really reals

Almost seven years after it was originally slated to launch, Syberia 3 [official site] will probably almost definitely come out in April. Microids have announced a release date of April 20th for Europe, 21st for the UK, and the 25th for North America, though Steam just says the 20th for me so it looks like the digital release is all #nooceans. I've not played the…

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Don’t Click: Syberia 3 Delayed Into 2017

The saga of Kate Walker and Syberia 3 [official site] continues in a not-great but not wholly surprising way. Six years after it was originally due to launch, and two months before its latest release date, the pointy 'n' clicky adventure game is delayed once more. French studio Microïds want more time to make it good, which is fair enough. Syberia 3 is now due…

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Syberia 3 Coming This Year, Gets New Trailer

Making videogames, I'm told, is a pretty complicated process that generally involves loads of work, little sleep and interminable volumes of coffee. As such, it's of little surprise that games get delayed and release dates slip from time to time. Take Syberia 3 [official site] - the first entry to Microïds' adventure series since 2004 - for example; it was announced in 2009, given a…

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Feature: An alphabetical murder

Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders review

When I wrote about the preview snippet of Agatha Christie - The ABC Murders [Steam page]I wasn't sure what to make of it. The art style felt pleasant and the extra points for behaving as Poirot would were a nice touch, but the puzzles were straightforward and you weren't really playing as Poirot. The overall impression was of a studio trying to make a murder…

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Feature: As easy as ABC

A Poirot Preview: The ABC Murders

I've been spending some time exercising my little grey cells with a preview build of Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders [publisher website]. It's a point and click mystery based on the Hercule Poirot story of the same name. But despite the fact the preview is entirely told from Poirot's point of view you aren't actually playing as Poirot. Let me explain. Écoutez!

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Subject 13: Flashback Designer’s Adventure Game Out

You might've thought a new adventure game from Paul Cuisset, the lead designer of Flashback, would've drawn more attention from us here in the RPS treehouse. Don't look at me: I get irate at the very notion of realigning mirrors to direct a beam of light. Still, here we are, and here Subject 13 [official site] is. It launched today for Windows and Mac with…

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Now Kickstarting: Flashback Designer’s Subject 13

When Flashback lead designer Paul Cuisset announced his new adventure game, Subject 13, through publisher and developer Microids, we blithely assumed that we'd see a new game from someone From Those Days that didn't rely on crowdfunding. Silly us. Subject 13 is now on Kickstarter. Microids are only looking for $40,000 (£23k-ish) though, so presumably they've put in a fair bit of their own cash.…

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Coffin Dodger: Still Life 2 Demo

There's controversy surrounding the 2004 Microids adventure Still Life. Because controversially some people think it wasn't astonishingly disappointing. Not disappointing in the way most crazypants Euro adventures are, but disappointing in the sense that it was a murder mystery game that didn't have an ending. It just stopped. When they ran out of money. The ludicrous claim was put on the game's website that, ahhhh,…

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Staying Alive: Still Life 2

I'm a little bit surprised to hear news of Still Life 2. It's reasonably likely that you missed the original - an adventure game that should, were it to have been finished, have been almost okay. But instead it was hopeless, a murder mystery with no ending, no resolution, and littered with the most ludicrous puzzles imaginable. I have faint memories of needing to use…

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