games

Indie Game: The Movie. Now on Netflix!

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If your as much of a Netflix fanatic as i am, then you’ll be pleased to hear that they just put up “Indie Game: The movie” for instant stream. Indie Game: The Movie takes you on a journey into the minds of the creators of BraidSuper Meat Boy, and Fez. These developers have put their blood, sweat, and countless hours of mind numbing programming into these spectacular releases. The documentary shows us the pressure independent developers are under to create and test their games for their big commercial release (many of which have been in development for many years). These games bring us back to the challenges we loved about old school platform gaming but with a new, deeper, much more intellectual spin. The long hours and hard work have clearly paid off as all three of these games won countless awards and raked in thousands upon thousands of fans.

Check out the trailer here:

Indie Game: The Movie

Shadowrun Returns!

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I just caught wind of the gamer funded classic cyber punk rpg: Shadowrun Returns. This 2012 project is a modern cyberpunk remake of the original game with a new spin and a ton more content. This project has also relied entirely on the funding of fans and supporters of the game and genre. Shadowrun is a dystopian cyber punk pen and paper rpg (also on the SNES and SEGA GENESIS) where you and your friends play the roles of shadowrunners: hired scabs who do the dirty work of the ever competitive and monopolizing corporations that strive to control your world. Fusing magical fantasy and high tech, Shadowrun allows the players to assume the physical forms of humans, orks, trolls, elves, or dwarves but in a darker neo-noir futuristic environment. Shadowrun allows you to be basically whoever you want. Weather you envision yourself as a brutish Orc bouncer, or a highly intelligent hacker stealing information for credits, Shadowrun has everything for fans of sci-fi. I originally got my taste of the Shadowrun universe back when renting video games in a store was still popular. The games noir storyline, sinister-city vibe, futuristic world and characters drew me in like a moth to flame, and i was obsessed. Apparently they have been working tirelessly to meet a deadline project kickstart date of April 29th 2012, setting up goals and planning to create a genuinely enjoyable, modern (yet true to the original games style) experience.

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I am very excited to see the progression of this fantastic way to get behind a project and gladly we are starting to see a lot more of this happening lately. Fans of certain creative property becoming not only benefactors/consumers but also stakeholders in the projects they would like to see created. This gives the consumer a real sense of influence in the product they would like made, because without the funding of larger video game companies, it would be rare to see a great project like this see fruition. I can only hope in the future we see more grass roots creative projects backed by fans because then we will actually get the games WE want made, instead of getting another generic first person shooter that sucks chewbacca’s dick.

You can donate directly on the site and each donation you give comes along with a certain reward level attached to it. Long story short the creators of shadowrun want to make the shadowrun game they’ve always wanted to make (and that the fans wants!), and with your help, they can.

highly excited for this, check out the trailer!

You can also check out their blog here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1613260297/shadowrun-returns

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Released Today: I AM ALIVE

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Released today is a post apocalyptic survival adventure game called “I am alive”. After the earth suffers a series of catastrophic natural disasters it plunges into total collapse, and a lone man finds himself on the search for his family. Released today (march 7th) via the xbox live arcade and playstation networks, this game revolves heavily on survival tactics and climbing around the endlessly dilapidated wastelands. From what i understand I am alive is not really an action game but does feature some action game mechanics. You can utilize many different weapons that you come across in the wasteland, but scarcity makes using bullets or arrows a tough decision. Many of the other humans you come across in the wasteland may not want to talk to you and can shun you if you rub them the wrong way. Pulling out a gun may cause the people around you to put up their hands in fear, or strategically surround you in retaliation. The game heavily involves smart decision making, because you never know who you are going to come across. The over world exploration looks like a great time. Climbing downed skyscrapers, swinging from pipes, running through mashed up trains; it reminds me so much of prince of persia but set in a post apocalyptic environment. I am super excited to get my hands on this one! I am alive looks like a survival master piece and looks to add a new flavor to the post apocalyptic genre! Check out the trailer!

Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengence

The Metal Gear series gets a face lift + new prosthetic limbs, and a new and interestingly action based battle system similar to that of the God of War’s and Castlevania Lord of Shadows of the gaming world. Metal Gear Rising – Revengence follows Metal Gear mystery man Raiden and his samurai-styled sword play in this straight up action title. Release date still unknown, but this trailer does leave plenty to the imagination about Raiden’s capabilities with a katana. Whether it’s slicing your enemies into 5 pieces or climbing onto bosses and chopping them down like Wolverine would a sentinel, this game may shock previous Metal Gear fans. Partly because it doesn’t seem like snake is even remotely in the game, but more because this game focuses on action and fast paced action movie – like cut scenes. This may be a new classic in the metal gear franchise, but only time will tell how the fans will react! Check out this HD trailer!