Won’t somebody think of the children? That’s a pretty big social problem, I think: we’re always underestimating them and their grubby little minds. And then, before we know it, boom, the American Revolution happens. That’s the way Children of Liberty tells it anyway, by way of absolutely gorgeous-looking 2D/3D stealth, no less. Or at least, that’s the plan. There’s a free alpha demo up on Latana’s site right now, you see, and it, well, leaves a fair amount to be desired. But apparently, change is afoot.
I preemptively think I’m gonna be sick. Don’t get me wrong: there are few things in this world I want more than Oculus Rift virtual reality for my mad dash through Mirror’s Edge‘s theme park of parkour, but now that it’s probably going to happen, I realize that I should probably bid farewell to any lunches I’ve had in the past couple months. And who will I have to thank for my sudden bouts of violent nausea? Interestingly, it won’t be EA. Instead, a third-party toolset called Vireio Perception is primed to add Rift support to Mirror’s Edge and other older titles.
Like a human q-tip David Valjalo embarks on a fantastical voyage into the realm of videogame music. Rounding up three of the most high-profile composers working today, let’s call them The Three J’s: Jason Graves (Dead Space, Tomb Raider), Jesper Kyd (Freedom Fighters, Assassin’s Creed) and Jack Wall (Splinter Cell, Black Ops 2), he gets the inside story on a revolution in game music budgets, practices and thinking that has changed our game soundscapes forever.>
Sometimes, I wonder what I’d be if all my superfluous life fluff were stripped away, and I was left with my barest essentials. Would I end up a lover? A fighter? A frozen, naked coward? It’s tough to say, but I quite like Skulls of the Shogun‘s (extremely literal) supposition. Stripped of my skin, muscles, eyeballs, and blood, I’d be a samurai. A skeleton samurai. Fighting for vengeance and honor, using all the tactical knowledge still bouncing around in my half-rotted undead brain. Happily, I’ll soon have the chance to live that flesh-free dream, seeing as Skulls of the Shogun’s coming out at the end of the month.
Ever heard of Charles Ezra Coopin, the last man executed for treason in the UK? Thought not. The wartime exploits of this Sussex schemer are little known outside of Brighton. Nazi-sympathising Coopin attempted to build an invasion bridge between Britain and France by stealthily extending the Palace Pier. His hamfistedness with a hammer and weakness for What the Butler Saw machines meant progress was slow, but by the time the plot was uncovered in May 1941, the retired music teacher had successfully lengthened the structure by over three yards. Churchill is said to have been deeply shaken by the affair. (more…)
The fine folks at DejobAaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAAn wish to invite you to peruse their Drunken Robot Pornography. They’ll even let you play with it if you sign up for the alpha. The mailing list would only be used to send out a Steam key for DRP’s alpha, discount codes and other such offers. No news/spam will be sent, they assure me, but there are thousands of alpha keys waiting to wing their way to RPS readers right now. The game allows players to construct arenas and and titanic robots, which then wage war on Boston from above and can only be stopped by a chap or chapess with a jetpack and a gun. The catchy intro explains all.
The annoyingly obvious (why didn’t I think of it?) zombie take on Oregon Trail is now out on PC. Properly. Like you pay money and it downloads. The Organ Trail is a cross-country retro romp where you make the decisions that’ll make, but mostly break, the group of survivors as they trip through ruins of America. For something so simple it remains compelling. A hunt for supplies that takes place in zombie-filled cites about to be nuked. Everything is against you. (more…)
WITH BONUS GIGANTIC WITCHER 3 TEASE. But we’ll get to that in a moment.
First up, Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projekt’s finally seen fit to crack the whip on its legion of cybernetically enhanced hamsters and power up its hyperfuture projector, resulting in a trailer that looks too good to be true. And that’s because it is, being a CG-based teaser and all. Still though, it’s still our first real glimpse into the post-human dystopia CDP’s envisioning, and – assuming you don’t drown in a quicksand mire of slow-mo – there are some pretty intriguing sights to be had. For instance, a bullet-proof woman who managed to fulfill my lifelong dream of evolving into a Scyther. Oh, and before this post ends, you’ll know what a braindance is. For now, though, a sobering hint: it doesn’t summon a rain of brains from the sky. I know. I was disappointed too.
I asked Adam if the Neverwinter remake was out, and he said he thought it was. Then I checked and it turns out it’s not. We were both wrong. I was thinking of the Baldur’s Gate remake, and Adam just got confused and believed every game ever was released. The boy’s been planning a Half-Life 5 marathon, and I had to break it to him. That is the worst part of the job, believe me. He can make a puppy face like no-one else. The best bit is when I get to show you all trailers of upcoming games, especially when they toss around terms like “Great Weapon Fighter”. Click your strong internet browser and use your average eyeball lookers to watch it.