Posts Tagged ‘Night Dive Studios’

I Just Played Turok: Dinosaur Hunter For The First Time

Here’s a thing – I’ve never played a Turok game before. Despite living in a late 90s university hovel with the requisite N64, for some reason it was a cartridge I never put in. And I haven’t caught up since. So seeing Night Dive’s remastering of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter [official site] was out, it made sense to fill that rather large gap in my knowledge. Gosh, Turok’s rather good, isn’t it?

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Turok Remastered To Look Like Turok, Out Thurs

It’s a good job they’re not actually calling this Turok Remastered, because, er, well, it isn’t, is it? I don’t know how high your expectations were for Night Dive’s spit’n’polished version of the none-more-90s dino-shooting FPS were, but if they were somewhere in the region of “pretty much the same but a bit less blocky” then you won’t be unhappy. Anyone holding out for ultro-shiny normal mapped cyber-dinos will be glum, however.

All of sudden, it’s out on Thursday, and you can see what it looks like below.

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System Shock 3 Formally Announced Oh Gosh It Is Real

System Shock 3 [official site] is now properly, formally announced with a press release and everything, and, well, I was two-thirds right. First, the basics: the third part of Looking Glass Studios’ hallowed sci-fi FPS-RPG series, whose rights were only recently untangled by Night Dive Studios, is being made by OtherSide Entertainment. That’s the Underworld Ascendant lot, who were founded by Looking Glass co-founder Paul Neurath and include a few other LGS folks. And… that’s mostly all we know. Oh! And Terri Brosius is returning to voice AI antagonist SHODAN, as you can hear in this clip.

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System Shock 3 Teased By Looking Glass Veterans

Oh! Well then. I guess System Shock 3 is actually happening. Cool, cool. Seems it’ll be coming from a team including folks who worked on the original too: Looking Glass co-founder Paul Neurath’s new mob OtherSide Entertainment. You know, them lot currently working on Ultima Underworld sequel Underworld Ascendant. Yep, no biggie. STAY CALM, ALICE. MAINTAIN STEELY EXTERIOR.

Otherside have a teaser page saying “SYSTEM SHOCK 3″ all casual like, which seems to have been uncovered earlier than planned given that the timer they did actually announce is still counting down another five days. So yeah, sure, System Shock 3.

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Warm Up The Cerebral Bore: Turok 1&2 Being Revamped

Barreling on through the ’90s revival, it’s inevitable that we’d see the return of cyborg dinosaurs with guns for arms and laser eyes. Though perhaps not the most iconic antagonists of the decade, they were always there, seen in shoddy cartoons and found in toy shops alongside non-copyright-infringing bodacious humanoid reptiles. Oh, and they had a whole FPS series devoted to them.

Night Dive Studios, the folks who untangled the knot of System Shock 2‘s rights for a rerelease, have announced plans to “restore” and release “modernized versions” of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Turok 2: Seeds of Evil.

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The Ambitious Failure Of Cybervamp RPG BloodNet

I’m known for writing about old games that are worth playing today. This is something of a departure, as I can’t really recommend Bloodnet [Wikipedia page] with a clear conscience. It isn’t a good game. But it’s been lurking in my mind for the better part of 20 years.

It’s a rare game that would excite a traditional RPG fan as well as a genre cynic like me – an unforgiving, non-linear, party-based adventure with turn-based combat and minimal handholding, set in a world devoid of goddamn elves. Instead, it’s set in the kind of future that only the early 1990s could conjure up.

Cast as Ransom Stark, you’re a ‘disgrunt’ – a former employee of evil megacorporation du jour, TransTechnicals, discarded when your work made you sick. Now you’re one of many surviving the dystopian microcosm of Manhattan via illegal activities like ‘decking’ (unauthorised Matrix use. No, not that one. Well, actually….), theft, espionage, and of course murder. Then you’re bitten by a vampire.

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Yesssss: No One Lives Forever Finally Getting Re-Released

'Hey, get off me!' the mime did not say.

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 hasĀ Carmen Sandiego Cate Archer been hiding all this time? Well, it looks like Night Dive Studios – they of the System Shock 2 and Humongous Entertainment re-releases – got ahold of the series, though they’re not committing to anything just yet.

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