Minimalism. Entertainment. What is left when a video game is boiled down, leaving only the fun parts? Thomas Was Alone is a shining example of what would exist if a video game could only consist of what is needed to be solid entertainment, with no frills, and those results were put under a spotlight.
Mars: War Logs is the absurdly named new RPG by Spiders Studios. Set on a human inhabited, war embroiled Red Planet, it follows the tale of the equally absurdly named Roy Temperance. Roys tale isn’t one for the faint of heart, featuring murder, mayhem, copious amounts of profanity and last but not least, attempted buggery. Welcome to Mars, tourist destination of kings.
I’ve spoke about Mars: War Logs a few times already. Just mentioning the release and the little trailer. This isn’t anything massive update wise apart from a few screenshots, but it’s just something to feast your eyes on while you wait.
Let’s get a few things answered right now. Do pretty graphics interest you? What about humor? Pulling off combos? Exploration? Boss battles? How do you feel about chickens? Does the term “MetroidVania” pique your interest? Do you have a PS3 and/or a Vita? If you answered yes to any of those questions (minus the chicken one), go ahead and do your PSN library right by stocking a fresh copy of Guacamelee!
Guacamelee, for those who haven’t heard of the game, is an upcoming “Metroidvania brawler” for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. We recently asked Chris McQuinn at Drinkbox Studios a few questions about this stunning game.
Germinator is from the bubble pop genre, the type known best by the Bust-A-Move/Puzzle Bobble series. In Germinator, the player is faced with rising germs, and needs to shoot down germs of matching colors in order to eliminate them.
No other game in recent memory has tapped into my dreams the way Papo & Yo has. While it may have some slight technical issues and the story may feel lacking in some ways, Papo & Yo is a beautiful display of imagination with the inclusion of emotion that is rarely found in video games.
Spiders, the team behind Of Orcs and Men, have two games in the works. One, Mars: War Logs, is set to be released within the next few months and the second is the newly announced Bound By Flame.
The warning signs were there, our motion trackers should have picked up on it, but we chose to ignore the fact that there hadn’t been any pre-release reviews. We shouldnt have ignored the odd release date or the ridiculous amount of pre-release hype being pushed. But we did, and we bought it, and it was rubbish. I am talking of course, about the years biggest disappointment so far, Aliens: Colonial Marines.
When Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken was first first released for the PlayStation 3, I had fun with the demo but other games already topped my wanted list and the game was relegated to the “someday” pile. Then, when I got my PS Vita, I did like many other gamers did and thought of what PSN games I’d like to see come to the handheld system. Rocketbirds: HBC topped that list, so I was very happy when the announcement was made. Rocketbirds was well worth the wait.