Posts Tagged ‘Minor Key Games’

Wot I Think: Slayer Shock

There was a Buffy The Vampire Slayer game on the first Xbox, for our sins. I can remember playing it, hating it, then hating myself for having been suckered. It was hack and slash and jump and collect, of course: all license and no trousers. Slayer Shock [official site] too is hack and slash and jump and collect, but more than a decade later it’s got the hindsight to appreciate why we loved the Scoobies.
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Buffy The Vampire Beta: Slayer Shock

Slayer Shock [official site], the latest game from David Pittman, creator of procedural Lovecraftian stealth game Eldritch and cyber-sneaker Neon Struct, is now available in beta form. It’s a game about assembling a monster-killing squad, who operate out of a coffee-house, and it mirrors episodic television shows structurally as well as with its obvious nods to Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Each mission you take part in is an episode and a full campaign makes up a season, with its own objectives and boss to overcome. All of this takes place in a procedurally generated town. The beta is available via and the full release (Steam included) is scheduled for September 29th.

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Stealth And Stakes: Ten Minutes Of Slayer Shock

Slayer Shock [official site] is the recently announced first-person Buffy-like vampire-killing game from David Pittman, creator of Eldritch and Neon Struct. The game has now landed on Steam Greenlight, with a ten minute walkthrough video showing a couple of missions as well as the coffee shop hub where mission planning and research takes place. It looks more in-depth than I’d expected, with team mates to recruit/rescue, equipment to buy or flog, and a TV series structure that procedurally generates missions and ‘Big Bads’ to hunt and slay.

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First-Person Buffyer: Eldritch Devs Making Slayer Shock

Somehow we’ve not mentioned before that Eldritch and Neon Struct studio Minor Key Games are making a role-playing first-person shooter about youngfolk hunting vampires in Nebraska. Silly us. Slayer Shock [official site] is due to come out later this year and comes to my attention today through a new dev blog post with the catchy name Everything I Need to Know About Writing Video Games I Learned From Pro Wrestling. Sounds fair enough.

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Neon Struct Gets Level Editor And Free Expansion

Neon Struct [official site] is one of the 25 best stealth games on PC, says our Adam, and who am I to disagree with him? Him with his gentle voice and wry smile. And, uh, apparently his sneaking skills good enough to write that previous sentence when I popped into the kitchen for a cuppa. Well, no matter. Point is: Neon Struct was already grand, and now it’s practically endless, as it has a level editor with Steam Workshop support. Minor Key Games have also dropped a free expansion. How splendid!

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NEON STRUCT is a first-person stealth game from the makers of the excellent Eldritch. You play as a federal agent who falls foul of high-level conspiracy when an apparently routine mission goes wrong. It’s out now.

It might have lacked much of what made later stages of Ion Storm’s game so beloved, but first level Liberty Island was also the freeform Deus Ex promise writ largest: a wide-open playground for action and most especially evasion. While what followed introduced more ways to kill, people to talk to, secrets to find and decisions to agonise over, it downscaled the sandbox, live by your wits promise. What if Deus Ex had been like Liberty Island throughout?

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