The game doesn't have zombies or a slender man, so that already separates it from 90 percent of the horror games out in the past two years. Three dudes from Poland are building Darkwood
, tree by tree, and are scraping together crowdfunding monies
on Indiegogo. (If you've never visited Indiegogo, for all intents and purposes, it works just like Kickstarter.)
is survival horror from a top-down perspective, with inky-black nighttime encroaching on your flashlight beam, a mouth-breathing, heart-squeezing soundtrack, a few neatly scripted gotcha moments, and a population of surreal characters--wait until the power generator starts griping about the freakish child playing the piano. It's driving him nuts, he says. It says. The power generator says. It's weird. Also, Darkwood
features randomly generated levels and permadeath, which obligates me to use the word "roguelike" when checking off its feature set. If you're unsure what a roguelike is, don't worry, many of us are, too
. Suffice it to say, randomly generated levels and permanent death. There: done.
's inventory screen appears extensive, even for adventure games, but it looks like you'll need all those tools to board up windows and Macaulay Culkin some Home Alone traps out on the front lawn. I just hope Darkwood
doesn't turn into too much of a guess-what-items-go-together game. It's hard to be scared when you're angry.
- Platforms: Mobile
The beta for Dead on Arrival 2
starts June 1st and if you want to get in then you should sign up quickly because it will get shut off very soon. The beta will include a first look at the Multiplayer action of the game.
Details will be emailed to you once you sign up.
You must have the following in order to get into the beta.
- Android Device
- Minimum spec equal or better than Tegra 2
- Recommended Tegra 3 or higher
- Minimum 3.0
- Recommended 4.0 or higher
- Have a stomach for wave after wave of bloodshed and mayhem!
- Aren't scared of the dark.
- Don't need aspirin for headaches.
- Have no problem shooting your zombie friend in the head if you had too.
If you got all that then sign up to get in! You can sign up here!
Also check out the video below of Dead On Arrival 2
running on the Nvidia Shield
It's no secret that Resident Evil: Revelations is coming to consoles and the PC in a week or so. It's also no secret that Resident Evil: Revelations is one of the best 3DS games for the system and (at least in my opinion) should see similar success on current gen consoles and PC. However, if you're not quite ready yet to take the plunge on the PC version, Steam has released a demo for the game if you want to check it out prior to its launch. If you're a fan of Resident Evil, I'd definitely recommend at least checking out the demo. I'm not the biggest fan of the series (stupid typewriters and always running out of ribbon), but I really enjoyed my time with the 3DS version (well, at least until my ammo ran dry, but a lot of that was my own fault).
- Platforms: PlayStation 3 Xbox 360
used to be nothing but a cute little downloadable game, but now 505 Games has revealed that it has achieved a level that can no longer be covered by simply downloading a file. You're going to need a car, or at least a credit card because Payday 2
has escaped into the physical world as a full retail disc release. You can still downloaded if you want to, but now, even if you live in a shack surrounded for miles on all sides by landmines and the last radio signal made it to you in 1965, you're not locked out of that sweet Payday 2
will be available on Steam, and on disc for the Xbox 360 and PS3 in August. Find out more on Facebook
, and www.overkillsoftware.com
. For more details on today's news, follow the jump.
- Platforms: Xbox 360 PC PlayStation 3
is set in a pretty scary sounding time and place - cyber-Paris, 2084. Memories are bought and sold, and the giant corporation called Memorize has gained control of 99% of them. That sounds scary to me. Is a person still a person if they no longer own their own memories? And any corporation owning 99% of anything is eyebrow-raising. An obviously evil videogame corporation owning 99% of something means they must have learned how to use it to control society. Scary scary scary.
If you're interested in the backstory of the whole "owning memories" racket, then check out Antoine's Journal
. Antoine Cartier-Wells is the man that developed the Sensen engine that first allowed the storing, and subsequent buying, selling, and trading of memories.
If you just want a smile put on your face, then the following video should be just what the doctor ordered. Produced by Devin SuperTramp, the short film offers more insight into Antoine Cartier-Wells and his motivation to create the next generation of social networking. Don't ask me how NERF gun battles and extreme dog washing accomplish that.
comes out on June 4 in North America and June 7 in Europe.
- Platforms: Xbox 360 PC
CD Projekt RED, developer of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, released REDkit
, the tool behind their acclaimed RPG.
Now in open Beta, REDkit allows players to return to The Witcher 2 to create their own mods and "non-linear RPGs."
"For CD Projekt RED, RPGs are all about telling amazing stories," said Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt RED. "We want to give players the power to tell the same kind of non-linear, branching stories that made The Witcher games so popular. Our fans have helped us for years to make our games the best they can be, and REDkit is part of embracing our community as a partner in game development."
The developer kit allows players to create new characters, place cameras, create dialogue, and create a dynamic day/night cycle to make the world more believable.
To download REDkit, head here.
- Platforms: Xbox 360 PC PlayStation 3
Gearbox Software released Krieg the Psycho, a new playable character with a split personality, for shooter/loot fest Borderlands 2.
For 800 Microsoft points ($9.99) you can take control of the new melee-based character. His Buzz Saw Action Skill lets him eliminate enemies up close or at range with a thrown attack.
As with all of the other characters, Gearbox has spent a fair amount of time writing contextual dialogue for Krieg, so expect a good amount of taunts and quips.
Check out the trailer below for a more in-depth introduction to the bandit psycho.
- Platforms: Xbox 360 PC PlayStation 3
So much for the top secret concept as 2K Games and 2K Marin are showing off quite a bit of official gameplay footage of their upcoming game The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. The pacing definitely appears to be picking up in the new game as it shifts to a third-person, squad based shooter. THe action looks a lot more intense as you are right in the thick of things this time rather than playing out as a strategy game.
You can check out the new footage below. The Bureau launches on August 20, 2013 for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.
- Platforms: Xbox 360 PC PlayStation 3 Vita
When the PlayStation Store updates later today, it will bring with it a some great deals for members of the PlayStation Plus
program. First off, Knytt Undergound
is joining the Instant Game Collection for both the PlayStation 3 and the Vita. Cyril reviewed the game
back in January and found it to be an absolutely marvelous experience.
As great as that is, it is also worth noting that the best deal coming with the update might be the deep discount being offered on the stellar Metro: Last Light
. Members of the program can purchase the digital release of the PS3 game, which launches today, for $47.99. That is a 20% discount on a day one release! Not a bad deal, especially considering it is a phenomenal experience.
- Platforms: Mobile PC
Finally, NVIDIA's Shield
is an official product and today they've announced the pricing information
and pre-order option. For $350, you can own this 5" IPS Tegra 4 hand held that can play Android games and stream Steam games when it comes out in June. Pre-ordering starts May 20th.
Seeing it at CES, I was really impressed by it and was hoping the pricing wouldn't be too bad. At $350, it's at the upper echelon of what I would pay for, but the package is pretty cool.
Shield will be coming out with Android 4.2.1 and NVIDIA promises monthly updates. We'll see how that goes, but I would love it if they kept up with any OS improvements that Google releases. Apps that don't support landscape will be an issue. When I talked with NVIDIA at CES, I was told this would be unlocked out of the box so if that's the case, I can't wait to see what some hackers can do with it.
I know a lot of folks are going to be interested to see how Shield does. It's a brand new type of product for NVIDIA and it's going to compete with plenty of smartphone options out there. It'll be the first product, if I am not mistaken, to use Tegra 4 and I think it'll be a good example of how powerful the mobile chip can be from Team Green.