Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Foreign Legion: Buckets Of Blood Review

August 5, 2009

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Well here’s an odd little distraction – Foreign Legion: Buckets of Blood arrived on Steam yesterday. I’d not heard anything about it, but the cheap price of £5.24 (25% off the normal price) and the rather nice simplistic art style persuaded me to drop the money and give it a go. Obviously, from the Steam description it wasn’t going to be the most subtle of games, but was it worth the money?

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Goodness Me: The Beatles Rock Band Opening Cinematic

July 7, 2009

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I know, I know, it’s not new or anything, but for those of you who haven’t watched it The Beatles: Rock Band has an opening cinematic released on the internet for your enjoyment – and if you like The Beatles, you will enjoy it. Watch it here in HD, or after the jump for the youtube version.

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Ode To Manny

June 9, 2009

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While my simple CPU upgrade has turned into an entire system overhaul (as so often seems the case), I’m continuing to look back at the games I used to play before the wonders of multiple cores blessed my home life. As ever, when I turn my attention to games past, my gaze settles on the most used CD case in my collection – LucasArts’ Grim Fandango.

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The Path Impressions

May 19, 2009

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I’ve finally gotten round to buying The Path, a game I’ve talked about on a couple of occasions on this blog, from Steam. I’d read a lot of reviews telling me what I should expect, but nonetheless I attempted to go into the game with an open mind to see what the developers has in store for me. This is just a brief account of my first few hours in the game, and in no way a review. This is, I suspect, a game that cannot be reviewed.

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Looks Good On Paper (Moon)

May 3, 2009

papermoon1 Flashbang Studios, those of Offroad Velociraptor Safari and Minotaur Chinashop (which just now I’m realising I’ve not mentioned on the blog before), have released their next free-to-play game on their website, Blurst. Blurst offers in-browser gaming, so there’ll be no dowloading other than the web player required to make all their games work. Anyway, their new game goes by the name of Paper Moon, and features some pretty nifty platforming action…

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Zeno Clash Released!

April 21, 2009

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I’ve not got long, seeing as I just jumped out of the game long enough to write this post, but Zeno Clash – the Source-based Dali-’em-up which I’ve been excited about for a long time – was released earlier today. It’s available on Steam, so head on over there for some good times beating the crap out of some colourful characters. You can find a whole lot of screenshots I’ve taken here.

The Violent Ones – A Mod With A Difference

April 17, 2009

Cruising through ModDB for my alternate duty as a news poster over at Interlopers, I came across the interesting project The Violent Ones, developed by one Donkey81. While still in early days, the mod is presenting itself in a profoundly different way to any other Source mod I’ve come across to date, and for that alone it is worthy of a mention. Here’s a quote from the man (or should that be donkey) himself:

The Violent Ones is a very short interactive experience.  I’m tentative about calling it “a game,” as I don’t want to mislead people.  There are certainly game-like elements, including a couple of rather traditional sections, but meeting challenge criteria or even “having fun” aren’t particular goals.

While it is obviously too early to tell, this mod looks like it could be the breath of fresh air we’ve been waiting for the modding community, and certainly the art direction looks set to achieve that at least. Keep an eye on it. You can find screenshots after the break.

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Brütal Legend Art – A Summary Of The GDC ’09 Talk

April 6, 2009

Once again, for a reason I cannot quite understand, I have been overlooked for an invitation to GDC, or the Game Developer’s Conference. It is at this most magical of places that game developers meet up to talk about game design, listen to other people talking about game design, or drink far too much. As a kind of consolation from the blatant mistake that my absence from the proceedings obviously was, Kotaku have written up a summary of one of the more interesting (to me) talks in the 3 (or 4, I’m not entirely sure) day conference – The art of Brütal Legend.

Given that Mr. Tim Schafer worked two of the games I would award as having the best art direction in video games, I’m understandably excited about this upcoming game of his (and obviously everyone else at Double Fine). Now, go – read the Kotaku article and get on the bandwagon before it gets too crowded and uncool. Also, check out this gallery also on Kotaku for some glimpses at concept art from the game. Brilliant stuff.

Mightier Than The Sword: Mightier Arrives On Steam

March 20, 2009

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An odd free game/demo arrived on Steam today. It’s a platformer where you have to… You print and… Maybe it’s best explained by the Steam description:

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The Path Hath Been Revealed To Me. In Other Words, Released.

March 19, 2009

The needlessly roundabout title is correct; The Path, which I talked about last week, has been released on the popular games distribution platform Steam, or direct from the developer’s website. I’ve not played it yet, due to my laptop being incapable of running it at a decent lick, but when I head home this weekend I’ll be putting up an in depth review-type-thing if all goes well. Until then, satisfy yourselves with either playing it yourself, or looking at the picture below.

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