Posts Tagged ‘Midway’

Have You Played… Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy

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

Physics-based comedy games are ten a penny these days but there’s nothing to compare with Psi-Ops, which is utterly hilarious purely by virtue of the fact that it’s not a comedy game. You can drag people around and throw them into bizarrely exposed machine-works using the power of your mind but this is serious business.

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Have You Played… Spy Hunter?

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

It’s possibly I remember this more for the music than anything else. I still whistle it to myself on a regular basis, although today – when I fired the thing up in order to inform this piece – was the first time I’d heard it in some 20 years. For the longest time, I wasn’t even sure where the song I was whistling came from, and looked blank whenever someone asked what it was. If nothing else, playing the 1984 vehicular action game again today finally told me what that ancient tune was. It’s the theme tune to an unofficial Knight Rider arcade game.
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Total Recall: A Chat With Stephan Martiniere

This is the latest in the series of articles about the art technology of games, in collaboration with the particularly handsome Dead End Thrills.

With the galaxy’s biggest sci-fi movies using ever more effects houses and artists, it can be hard to pinpoint today’s Ralph McQuarries and Ron Cobbs. They’re out there, though, often known more by work than name. At the top of the pile is Stephan Martiniere, one of those illustrators and art directors whose work is so envied by just about any sci-fi project going that’s he levelled up to ‘Visionary’. Put simply, people want the stuff in his head on their books, in their movies, at their theme parks, and, as luck would have it, in their games.

Examples? In movies, Martiniere’s applied his signature style (eye-popping ‘Golden Age’ snapshots of civilisations in overdrive) to the worlds of I, Robot, Tron: Legacy, Star Wars Episodes II and III, Star Trek, The Fifth Element, the Total Recall remake, 300: Rise Of An Empire, Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. *and breathe…* Read the rest of this entry »

Rise & Fall Falls In Price (In Fact, To Free)

This is unexpected. Midway have released 2006’s Stainless Steel Games’ swansong Rise & Fall for free. Nought. Nada. Bar a couple of gigs of bandwidth, of course. It’s an interesting one, certainly – its idea was merging a traditional RTS with a more hands-on hero mode. You built up the ability and then, when the moment was right and battle was joined, you took control of your hero in a first person fashion. It actually divided the RPS team’s affections. I thought it was mediocre at best while Tim Stone totally adored it. And even I agree at this price, it’s certainly amusing enough to take the chance on, in case you’re in Tim’s corner rather than mine. Get it from here. Also, some a video beneath the cut to help you make up your mind.
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Free Suffering

First photos of the PC Gamer Showdown are in

Which isn’t a post about what you get if you visit my house, but rather news that Midway’s 2004 horror FPS/3PS The Suffering is now free to download. And also to play, if you like. It’s about a violent prisoner bloke who kills other violent prisoners and occasionally turns into a monster. Um. Just how obvious is it that I have never played this game? Answer: very. I’m not embarrassed. I was probably playing Riddick at the time instead. Suffering scored middling reviews at the time, but is doubtless worth a look for non-money. Get all 1.26Gb of it from here. “Ultra-mature” content apparently. Geriatric, then?


Hello. I'm Dave Psi.

We’re hurtling into a bright new future for PC games – we all know that. What we don’t know is exactly what future. The plastic disc is an artefact of yesterday without doubt, but will it be replaced by online retail or by free, ad-supported games?

Well, probably a bit of both, but I am enjoying seeing the latter experiment with what and doesn’t work. In this instance, it’s Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy, a mediocre but occasionally good FPS like an FPS but with more shoulder from 2004 by the same team as John Woo’s Stranglehold, a mediocre but occasionally good FPS like an FPS but with more shoulder from 2007.
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