Continuing today’s festive programming, here is a Christmas treat from Mickey Rourke In An Old Bad Videogame that I have spent hours and hours and hours deliberating over.
Whoo yeah, October 22nd! This means… Wombat Day? Yeah, it’s Wombat Day! And, you, ah, you know what’s like a wombat? It’s a wolf. Right? Kinda. I mean. They’re both mammals. Greyish. Got legs. Basically the same. This works. Happy Wombat Day!
Sniper Elite developers Rebellion have made a furry friend of their own, announcing that they’ve bought up Woolfe – The Red Hood Diaries [official site]. Its developers Grin (different to the Bionic Commando Grin) folded in August after the genericly ‘twisted’ platformer reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood sold poorly, but apparently Rebellion see something in it. They’ll fulfil overdue Kickstarter rewards too.
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.
Alec recently revisted Rogue Trooper to take pretty screenshots of Rebellion’s cover shooter, so I’ll try not to tread similiar ground. It’s a third-person shooter based on a 2000 AD recurring story about a genetically-engineered blue supersoldier fighting with the help of his dead pals’ personalities living in his helmet, rifle, and rucksack. It’s pretty fun! What I’ll instead focus on is how I like it makes me create my own ammo, giving me freedom to use the weapons I want.
Louis, Francis, Bill, and Zoey, and Ellis, Rochelle, Coach, and Nick have returned, though probably not in the way you’d hope for. The Left 4 Dead survivors have found themselves transported back to Nazi Germany to tackle those dreadful Nazi zombies in Zombie Army Trilogy. A free update last night added the eight survivors to Zombie Army’s character lineup for your undead-redeading enjoyment.
To celebrate this merging of zombworlds, the game’s on sale on Steam this weekend.
Rebellion are not content with simply rebooting the old green-and-black Battlezone [official site] from 1980. They’ve put out an open letter to fans of the series today letting them know that they will also be working on a “remaster” of Battlezone 1998. I guess now no one can moan at them for remaking the “wrong” one.
RPS Feature The Beauty Of A Sniper's Patience
The everlasting threat of a single bullet, the terrifying glint of a sniper scope in your eyes, and the darkness that covers your enemy make Sniper Elite V2 [official site] one of the most gripping gaming experiences I’ve had. You can’t take your eyes off the screen for a second; instead, you must remain calm, remain patient, and study your environment. Was that sliver of movement in the corner of your eye the enemy or foliage shifting in the wind? Does that scope glint signal impending death or did they fail to see you as you had failed to see them?
The tension is greatest in a one-on-one deathmatch fight, in which one wrong move can be your end. The skills of a sniper are your only help.
I didn’t know Sniper Elite devs and 2000AD owners Rebellion had the Battlezone [official site] rights these days – seems it’s passed through more hands than a brown envelope at FIFA HQ. Anyway, the olden tank battles game is coming back, back, back for the umpteenth time, now as a VR-focused game based on the original 80s Atari game rather than on Activision’s 90s FPS/RTS mash-up. “The father of VR gaming has returned,” they say. Sadly I can’t see it in gogglevision from the discomfort of this slowly-collapsing Ikea chair, but the trailer tries to give us some sense of what fractal spaceships launching themselves directly at your eyeballs might be like.
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