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Tuesday, 14 June 2016 16:05

I Got Next - Beach Buggy Racing 1

Watch The 8 Spot guys Wilson, Eric and LJ play Beach Buggy Racing. See why Wilson should not be driving.

Ever.

Seriously.

Published in I Got Next
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 08:55

I Got Next - Rayman Legends 1

Check out our new show I Got Next! First up Wilson Eric and LJ try Rayman Legends on the Xbox one.

Published in I Got Next
Thursday, 18 June 2015 21:44

Indie-Velopment: We Happy Few

Here we are with another installment of Indie-development! This time around I want to mention a little game called We Happy Few.

Here's the pitch: you wake up just outside of a small town in post-war Britain called Wellington Wells in a universe where the Nazis invaded the island. The residents of this town turned to drugs to cope with the horrors of war and everyone must take a little pill known as "Joy" which makes them feel happy and cheery. It's like Equilibrium in reverse.

What's really drawn me to this game is its atmosphere and tone. I'm very much reminded of a tv show from the 60's called The Prisoner about a spy who was imprisoned in a quaint little village where bizarre things happened to keep him there. We Happy Few will also make use of procedural programming. If you die, you restart outside of the town again, but a different town. Things have changed, and nothing is exactly as it was before. The gameplay also seems very unique. It's like reverse-stealth where you're tasked not so much with hiding from the populace but rather with blending in and hiding in plain sight as it were. The art style is somewhat cartoony, but in some ways a little grotesque. Here, have a gander at the announcement trailer:

And here's 15 minutes of gameplay:

      The game is being developed by Compulsion Games, creators of a well-received indie title known as Contrast where you run around in a 3D world, but can turn into a shadow which makes it into a 2D game. As of this writing the game is close to two-thirds of its goal with two weeks left to go. This is a title that I would really like to see cross the finish line, and in truth it seems to be pretty far along in its development as they've been showing off a very playable build. The cost of pre-ordering the title is $30, and I strongly suggest you at least give it a look.

-Jay

Published in Jasons Blog

Okay, so this is a new thing I hope to update regularly with news and tidbits about games that are popping up on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or maybe even just “Early Access.” In theory I’d like to update it every couple of weeks, but it really comes down to when these things spring up. And how swiftly I can get my butt in the chair. Oh, and I know the title is really stupid but you can’t think of anything better.

Today I’d like to give a shout-out to The Bard’s Tale IV. This is a continuation of an old old old series that I had forgotten about before most people reading this were probably born. It was an old-school rpg with what we called “graphics” back when games started having them. You were an adventurer in Scotland and did D&Dish stuff yadda yadda yadda. Or maybe it’s set in Wales. I dunno, it’s hard to remember which is which and I’m not British so whatever.

Okay, so this is a new thing I hope to update regularly with news and tidbits about games that are popping up on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or maybe even just “Early Access.” In theory I’d like to update it every couple of weeks, but it really comes down to when these things spring up. And how swiftly I can get my butt in the chair. Oh, and I know the title is really stupid but you can’t think of anything better.

Anywho, the people who made that have decided to do another one. Here are the bullet points in case you’re like me and hate being bothered to click a link:

  • single-player, party-based role-playing game, rich in exploration and combat 
  • Dungeons filled not just with dangerous fight but with challenging puzzles and devious riddles
  • Dynamic phase-based combat, where the pace of battle is animated and fluid, but still gives you time to think and respond to your enemies 
  • A game set to beautiful Gaelic music, where the Bard’s songs and melodies affect gameplay 

  • Co-funded by fans and inXile: if this game hits its $1.25 million goal, inXile will put in at least $1.25 million of its own money to double the initial budget! 
  • Built using Unreal Engine 4, for PC, Mac and LinuX. Available from Steam, or DRM-Free from GOG.com or The Humble Store 
  • Available in English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, and Polish
  • Built for and with the help of our fans. Your feedback and input directly impact the design and features of the game during alpha and beta stages

Okay, so this is a new thing I hope to update regularly with news and tidbits about games that are popping up on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or maybe even just “Early Access.” In theory I’d like to update it every couple of weeks, but it really comes down to when these things spring up. And how swiftly I can get my butt in the chair. Oh, and I know the title is really stupid but you can’t think of anything better.

These crowd-funded projects aren’t to be taken lightly. You have every right to be very cautious when deciding to back these, as people have been burned before. That said, the developer of this game, inXile, has done this before. Wasteland 2 has already been released and Torment: Tides of Numenera, spiritual successor to my favorite RPG of all damn time, should be out soon. Take a look at Bard’s Tale IV and see what you think.

Okay, so this is a new thing I hope to update regularly with news and tidbits about games that are popping up on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or maybe even just “Early Access.” In theory I’d like to update it every couple of weeks, but it really comes down to when these things spring up. And how swiftly I can get my butt in the chair. Oh, and I know the title is really stupid but you can’t think of anything better.

-Jay

Published in Jasons Blog