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Posts tagged “Monolith”

The Placing Of Products: Middle Earth – Shadows Of Mordor

While watching the latest trailer for Middle Earth: God of War-dor, I realised that I'd started to think of the Lord of the Rings references as a sort of product placement. There's a splatter of blood, a decapitation, a roaring of monsters, and then the narrator mentions something about Sauron. It's branded decapitation, y'see. In the latest video, a ranger uses 'wraith' powers to see…

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Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor Has Assassins, No Creeds

I remember when Lord of the Rings games legitimately excited me. Of course, I was roughly 12 seconds old back then and wanted to grow up to be Legolas (life experience has since taught me that Aragorn is where it's at and also that far better fantasy literature exists), but there was a time when the prospect of mowing down a million orcs like so…

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Yesssss: No One Lives Forever Finally Getting Re-Released

Yes yes yes thank goodness hooray finally oh gosh woooo wheeeee yeah excellent fantastic wonderful groovy there should be a parade. No One Lives Forever, the excellent tongue-in-cheek spy series from Monolith whose rights mysteriously went missing, is very likely about to get an online re-release. Finally. So, where in the world has Carmen Sandiego Cate Archer been hiding all this time? Well, it looks like…

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You Will NOLF True FEAR: Betrayer Out Now

Once upon a time Monolith made the candy/1970s-colored No One Lives Forever, but then the years passed and the colors drained away. The result? F.E.A.R., which traded NOLF's yuck-yuck-yucks for some spooky, splattery "oh... yucks." Flash forward to today: all of the color is gone, with six Monolith vets producing the gloomily black-and-white Betrayer. It's got scares in spades and thick cobwebs of dread lingering in…

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A Dead Ringer: Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor

Huh? If there's one thing I didn't expect the next big Lord of the Rings game to resemble, it was Assassin's Creed. But that's all I could think about when watching this footage of Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor (well that, Bacon Pancakes, and this otter). It's an open-world action RPG, and when Wraith-possessed (sigh) Ranger Talion sauntered up a wall and rope-walked over a courtyard,…

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You’re Not Allowed To See Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

The reason you're not allowed to see this new Lord of the Rings game, announced earlier today, is because it's all bound up in a multi-day slow-reveal at Big Game Retailer's In-Store Magazine, which has not as yet progressed past 'lone piece of concept art' stage. So what you're expected to do is feel a surge of desire for this "next-generation, third-person action game set…

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Feature: The Art Technology of FEAR

Dark Signal: The Origins Of FEAR

Update: A second conversation with Craig Hubbard revealed a few more details, so I've added them where appropriate. The section 'Mergers And Executions' now talks more about cut villain Conrad Krige and the game's improbable original opening (a car chase), while a new section on its famous radio chatter has been added to the end. In this second of three conversations with the Monolith veterans…

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MOBA Of Sauron: The Guardians of Middle-earth

Popular culture is slowly dripping into the MOBA genre. It's remained fairly resistant to the wider world until now (probably because the wider world is a noob and was shouted at until it logged off), and I can only think of DC's Infinite Crisis as an interloper from elsewhere. Now it's time for Tolkien's Middle-earth to form some lanes and take on Dota 2 and…

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No One Lives Forever Rights Nowhere To Be Found

No One Lives Forever was basically the greatest. This is an incontrovertible truth of the universe. The unabashedly groovy stealth shooter (and its sequel; though not blah blah blam blam spin-off Contract J.A.C.K) was equal parts silly and smart, with a peeling back of the proverbial weaponized banana peel yielding everything from lowbrow stereotypes to startlingly nuanced dissections of sexism and the criminal mind. Also,…

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Cauterised: Atari “Decline To Proceed” With Blood Update

Monolith founder Jace Hall has been attempting to organise the release of an updated version of the company's gloriously gory Build engine FPS Blood for some time, as we mentioned last August. At that time, confidence was high: “I certainly will be able to and will get all the support I need from all/any parties that may have legal interest in the game.” Unfortunately, one…

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Gotham City Imposters Now Free To Play On Steam

Aha, perhaps rather predictable, eh? So predictable, in fact, that when Craig wrote his thoughts about the game down for us, he said: "You feel awfully like you’ve just bought into a free-to-play shooter. On one hand it offers a range customisations for you to trim the fat from the character, or add to it if you want a tougher head to deflect the bullets.…

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Blood Remake For The Blood God

It's been all too long since Monolith did anything that made me want to camp outside their premises waving a banner reading 'I LOVE YOU! YOU MAKE GAMING A BETTER PLACE! NO-ONE LIVES FOREVER FOREVER!' Who knows which staff left, what parts of the company were sold to which other companies, who got cold feet about risk-taking - all I know is that the all-too-ordinary…

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Dark Knight Prizes: Gotham City Impostors’ Free Update

Craig may have found Gotham City Impostors to be a run-of-the-mill shooter with the F2P-esque currency equivalent of a hundred-headed hydra, but its zany take on Batman's mythos, at least, kept him from completely giving it the old POW, THWACK, GARBAGE CAN SOUND. It remains to be seen, however, whether or not its recently released update is up that (hopefully not) orphan-spawning alley. At the very least,…

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Gotham City Impostors THWOCKed Into Feb

Gotham City Impostors, the bonkers-looking multiplayer from Monolith, has had a bit of a slip, presumably due to the icy weather. According to a press release (or "media alert" as a troubling number of people are now saying when saying their game has a new picture, etc), the 11th January release isn't going to happen. In fact, it now gets no more specific than "February",…

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To The PratCave! Gotham City Imposters

I'm not entirely sure what to make of Gotham City Imposters, the upcoming Team Fortress but with Batmens and Multi-Jokers shooter, but I am very glad to see Monolith embracing the peculiar once again, after too many years of cheerless FEAR games. And here's a neat way of promoting it too: a stylised, scrappy, wordless animated short showing off assorted ways for Team Bat to…

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Gotham City Impostors Arrives In January

Gotham City Impostors, the other Batman game, has a release date. It's the 10th January 2012, which sounds like it's a hundred years in the future, but is in fact in exactly two months. This is the sort-of-like-TF2-a-bit online shooter from Monolithic, who suddenly remembered they're at their best when having fun, rather than being all gloomy and serious. Will we be having fun with…

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Hassault And Battery: Gotham City Imposters

I still can't quite believe that Gotham City Imposters is officially licensed. Coming across as a blend of Kick-ass and Batman, its comedic and yet brutal take on a Gotham without its iconic protector and his gruesome nemesis is too crazy to receive DC Comics sanction, surely? Apparently, and thankfully, that's not the case, with a new animated short demonstrating precisely why I'm amazed and…

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To The Betacave! Gotham City Imposters

Gotham City Imposters, which can very loosely be described as Team Fortress 2 populated by armies of crazies pretending to be either Batman or the Joker, is two important things: 1) the first game from NOLF-makers Monolith since the dour FEAR 2, and more importantly their first attempt to do humour and outlandishness rather than po-faced horror since 2003 2) bonkers. This is why my…

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Holy [BLEEP]: Gotham City Imposters Trailer

Hurrah! A new trailer for the exceptionally bonkers-sounding Gotham City Imposters - a game in which everyone is either pretending to be Batman or the Joker. That is a Good Concept. This one's a CG trailer, and therefore not much use to anyone, but it sure is fun to watch. Hey, that's a use! And it contains lots and lots of bleeped swearing. But what's…

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