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Got some extra cash to burn? Want to support the independent gaming community of Austin, Texas? Pick up the latest Fantastic Arcade Bundle, with five games from the festival hosted by game collective Juegos Rancheros. They include games from the maker of Downwell, the gang behind Bernband, and IGF winner Nathalie Lawhead.
‘Sunless Skies‘ sounds a bit too ‘A Day Trip To Reading’ to my ears. I guess 2unless 2ea>, Sunless Sea 2: None More Sunless> and 2 Sea 2 Sunless> were deemed insufficiently lyrical. The name, of course, matters nought: what does matter is that charmingly bleak, ocean-bound, narrative rougelikelikelike12 Sunless Sea [official site] is going full sail to sequel-land with Sunless Skies next year. And then taking off into space. … [visit site to read more]
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.>
More like have you survived> SkiFree? More like: have you felt the cold rush of wind and terror that is SkiFree? Have you sensed the unstoppable, inescapable presence of SkiFree as it catches up behind you, bringing with it all the excesses and nightmares of the 1990s with it? Oh god, you have. I can see it in your eyes. You have, haven’t you?
Capcom have removed the mysterious “anti-crack solution” they added to Street Fighter V [official site] in this week’s update. We knew the September update would add Urien, the Illuminati VP returning from earlier games, and he’s quite welcome. What was more of a surprise is the anti-crack tech that left some unable to play, triggered anti-virus and Windows warnings, and was generally unpleasant. That’s no good. But hey, at least they did remove it fairly swiftly.
Shhhh shhh shh. This mug is still shaking off a day-old hangover so go easy on your Auntie Alice, who thinks she’s still so young and wild and cool. Come come, little one – pull your chair close and tell your favourite aunt what you’re playing this weekend.
While folks have been getting excited for a certain racing game that’s out next week, a racer of a different, furry-footed nature has crept out of Early Access to properly launch. Rather than the latest sports cars, Dog Sled Saga [official site] sees you building and racing a team of loyal pups, much like famed musher (that’s dog sled speak for driver, mind you), Cuba Gooding Jr.
Put simply, BUD is a box suspended over legs and is held together by springs. In practice, BUD is an ungainly robot child, staggering and tripping his way around a low-poly world. BUD is the star of Ubisoft Reflections Grow Home and Grow Up, all grinning face-grille and gangly limbs. He s a kind of super-ambulant WALL-E, able to run, scale walls, leap and fly, in a stumbling and toppling off things kind of way.
It s hard to begrudge BUD for his drunken awkwardnesses, though, because as you attempt to control him they form a sense of a delightfully clumsy personality: BUD s drunken awkwardnesses are> BUD. But he s not carefully hand-animated. BUD is a bunch of maths, or more precisely:
THE MECHANIC: Procedural animation
Venturing onto an unexplored foreign planet is a bit like emigrating, but instead of immediately setting up a bank account, renting a flat, and/or hiring a car your primary is concern is, well, staying alive. In interstellar sandbox adventure Starbound [official site] there are plenty of moon-bound monsters out to get you from the off – be that of the biome, procedurally-generated or unique variety – so it s absolutely essential your house/ship/pithy gathering of dirt and mud is in order quick snap.
Luckily, Starbound packs quite the selection of mods to help that along. The following should give you an extra leg-up before the extra-terrestrials get you.
I’ve had my hands on a brief demo build of a game called The Signal From T lva [official site], from maverick and bohemian developers, Big Robot – yes, they of Sir, You Are Being Hunted. Oh, and I guess owned and run by Jim Rossignol, one of the directors and owners of this site. (There’s not going to be a conflict of interest issue here, is there? I mean, I can barely stand him.) Below you can read my very early and quite remarkably impartial first impressions.