Posts Tagged ‘Spiders’

Relationship Goals: The Technomancer Gets New Trailer

The Technomancer [official site], for those of you unaware, is the incoming Mars-flung sci-fi RPG from developers Spiders that’s closing in on a June launch. What we’ve seen so far looks pretty promising, yet the French outfit’s back catalogue of ambitious but wonky titles haven’t exactly wowed players or critics in the past post release. The latest trailer covers how companions will function in the latest trip to the Red Planet which, again, sounds impressive. So why can’t I shake the feeling that history might be repeating itself? Before we continue, here’s that trailer:

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The Technomancer Out June 21, New Gameplay Trailer

When NASA discovered traces of water on Mars last year, the science world got excited. Could this discovery mean there’s actually life up there on the Red Planet? Well, having just watched the latest seven minute gameplay overview trailer for Spiders’ sci-fi action RPG The Technomancer [official site], I’m not sure I want this to be the case at all. What the hell IS that huge sandworm thing? Or that massive eight-legged creature? Or that towering double-horned reptile-like beast?!

Besides some gruesome and restless natives, the new video also explores character customisation, the four different skill trees the game will use, the three fighting styles you’ll get the chance to adopt, and the multiple ways you’ll go about completing quests.

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The Technomancer Trailer – Better Or Worse Than The Idea Of A Calculon Game?

There’s a new trailer out for The Technomancer [official site]. So far I had avoided Technomancer news and was kind of holding out for it to be a portmanteau of “technology” AND “ROMANCER”. Maybe there would be a robot who was using its robot powers to find love. I think I was imagining Futurama’s Calculon starring in a videogame of All My Circuits. I have now watched the trailer and am mourning the loss of Calculon: The Game because The Technomancer (as everyone else at RPS already knew) is about a dude who can control electricity. OBSERVE:

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The Technomancer Makes First Contact With New Trailer

So, cards on the table, I’ve heard of technomancy but I’m not entirely sure what a technomancer is, nor what falls under the remit of such a title. If you’re in a similar position, this trailer for The Technomancer [official site] tells us that front man Zachariah is “a warrior that’s able to harness his bio-electric power into powerful skills and abilities in combat”. Huh, there you go. The rest of the vid shares a lot of new information about French outfit Spiders’ upcoming game, with a focus on combat.

I wouldn’t normally pass comment on how a promo trailer is voiced, but there’s something weirdly hypnotic about how this one’s narrated:

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The RPG Scrollbars: Spiders In The Dark

Nope! Nope! Nope! Nope! Nope! Nope! Nope!

Something has been giving me trouble ever since I started playing RPGs back in the 1980s. You can probably guess what. I mean, it’s in the title. I’ve talked before about what a blighted pox arachnophobia is for a gamer, but no genre is more guaranteed to trigger it more gratuitously or more callously. Hell, how many RPGs have started by having us face off against a giant spider in a tutorial cave, as if that’s not at least ten times more horrible than the dragon waiting at the end of the campaign? Just off the top of my head, Arx Fatalis, Lands of Lore 3, Vindictus, Skyrim.

Brrr. It’s almost enough to justify letting these fantasy worlds burn.

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Mars War Logged: The Technomancer Announced

Mars: War Logs was not especially one well-received, one of those small RPGs with ambitions it couldn’t achieve, but it wasn’t booed out of town either. I’m a little puzzled, then, that the announcement of The Technomancer [official site] today doesn’t mention War Logs at all. It’s another sci-fi RPG set on Mars by French studio Spiders, them lot behind Of Orcs and Men and Bound by Flame too.

If you read the rest of this post, I’ll show you a big monster where I honestly can’t tell which slick bodypart is its head and which is its genitals or what or I don’t know.

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Wot I Think: Bound By Flame

Half a pound of tuppenny rice, half a pound of treacle, that's the meal you probably ate last. Pop goes the evil...

Bound By Flame is a game written by spiders, which is goddamn terrifying. They’ve learned to use technology! They have our internet! They know our secr- Oh, wait. It’s just Spiders, the French developers that last brought us Mars: War Logs. It’s an RPG that came out of nowhere, but its fans do seem oddly rabid about it. Is it worth your time though? Here’s Wot I Think…

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