A lot of people I talk to rave on about how good Bioshock was, but they don’t seem to realise that Bioshock is the spiritual successor to two great roleplaying first person shooters – System Shock and System Shock 2.
My favourite of the two is System Shock 2 (SS2), a dark, gritty shooter with heavy roleplaying and an atmosphere you could drown a cat in.
As many of you may know, games piracy is becoming more and more of a problem. With hundreds if not thousands of bittorrent trackers live on the internet, people can download cracked versions of your games without paying a cent and play them to their hearts content.
However, I think I may have a solution.
I’m going to illustrate it with a little story, starring Johnny, the publishing Dinosaur.
Johnny was very excited one day, because after months of hard work and hundreds of meetings, his company’s new game, Super Blood Kill 5, was going gold. He was thrilled that the application on which he had worked so hard was about to be released.
Since it came out, I’ve been glancing casually at the PS3 every now and then. While it is an awesome gaming platform, there weren’t any games that really tickled my fancy… Until now.
WipEoutHD is the latest in the WipEout series of combat racers, one of my favourite serieses of games. Something tells me this will be causing a very large chunk of cash to disappear from my bank account, and a PS3 and 50″ plasma to appear miraculously in my lounge room.
[image title=”gh3wii” size=”thumbnail” id=”312″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/gh3wii.jpg” ]I’ll admit that I used to think that Guitar Hero was just another one of those “Do something when the flashing lights tell you to” sort of game, but recently I’ve become a convert. Guitar Hero is a fun game where you can live out your rock-god fantasies from the comfort of your own living room. And it’s about to get a whole lot more fun with the latest release. A hell of a lot more fun.
GH3 will be available on all colsoles (PS2, PS3, X360 and Wii), and each version will have it’s own wireless axe. The Wii version (the picture above is a mock-up of what it will look like) is a pluggable axe so you can add your Wiimote in, but there’s no word yet on whether it will use the accelerometers in game. The X360 version will be the first third-party piece of kit to tap into the X360s proprietary wireless system.
Trailer. Read on for the rest of the preview.
[image title=”overlord” size=”thumbnail” id=”318″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/overlord.jpg” ]There’s something fun about games where you don’t have to be a goody two-shoes. Dungeon Keeper was a barrel of laughs as you built an evil dungeon, filled it with traps and monsters and waited for the heroes to come wandering in. Evil genius was along the same lines, but instead of a subterranean dungeon, your evil mind was pitted against stereotypical bond-esque secret agents.
Overlord explores the same lines, but comedic evil is where the similarity ends. In Overlord, expect a fast-paced third-person action game, where you charge into battle and loose hordes of minions against your enemies.
There’s a great review over at AtomicMPC.
[image title=”edsr” size=”thumbnail” id=”442″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/edsr.jpg” ]There are dark corners of this earth which remain unexplored, even in our enlightened modern age. In these secluded areas, powerful entities lie in wait. These creatures once roamed the earth, but in ancient times they were trapped into magical prisons from which they can only watch as the human race crawls like a virus over their planet. Only their influence is felt, as events through time are gradually shifted to the point where they will once again have the power to escape their shackles and reign in a new era of darkness over this meager little planet.
This sort of idea has been the work of fantasy for many years, and is especially prevelant in HP Lovecraft’s ‘Cthulhu’ mythos. In 2002, Nintendo released “Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem”, a survival horror game which explores these dark notions in a novel and compelling way. It is the first ‘mature’ game which Nintendo has released (a welcome change from moustachioed plumbers and sentient pink balls), and is the first Nintendo game to be designated with a ‘Mature’ rating by the ESRB. It is, in this author’s humble opinion, the greatest game which has been produced by Nintendo to date.
[image title=”21″ size=”thumbnail” id=”452″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/21.jpg” ]When I first heard that a Family Guy game was being made for the PSP, I was like… Fuck Yeah! Firstly, I love my PSP and I play it any chance I get. It’s pretty common for me to close the door of my office and run a track or two of WipEout during the day. Secondly, I’m a massive Family Guy fan. I’ve loved everything that’s been aired so far, including the made-for-DVD movie. I figured since I enjoyed the show so much, the game had to be great. Right? Well…
[image title=”fallout3″ size=”thumbnail” id=”340″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/fallout3.jpg” ]Bethesda Softworks announced today that it will develop and publish Fallout 3 — a sequel to the highly popular Fallout role-playing game franchise. Bethesda licensed the rights to the Fallout franchise from Interplay Entertainment Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: IPLY) in a deal that awards Bethesda exclusive worldwide rights to the Fallout franchise on the PC, home consoles, handhelds, and other media, with the rights to develop and publish additional sequels.
[image title=”stta” size=”thumbnail” id=”467″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/stta.jpg” ]My newest favorite game has to be Star Trek: Tactical Assault for PSP by Bethesda Softworks . Star Trek games in the past have been really hit and miss. Some have been Resonable, but most have been pretty woeful. Bethesda have taken the Star Trek games franchise to a completely new level, ushering in an age where Star Trek games are fast-paced, action-packed, and fun.
Tactical Assault is also available for the Nintendo DS, and each platform has it’s own bonuses. The DS, for example, makes extensive use of the touch screen for sheild placement, weapons controls etc. The Sony PSP, on the other hand, has a widescreen format and slightly sexier graphics (bump mapping, anyone?).
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Back in 1999, Bullfrog released the sequel to their highly acclaimed God sim, Dungeon Keeper. Similar to the original, Dungeon Keeper 2 (DK2) is set in a dark and evil underground world. Remember all those games where you get to play a hero, questing deep into dark dungeons to destroy the forces of evil? Well, this time you are the forces of evil.
DK2 is a real-time strategy game where the aim is to build a subterranean lair, fill it with all sorts of wicked creatures and traps, and then defend it against the goodly heroes who wish to see you destroyed. It is a lot of different things, but the biggest feature of this game is the Evil Humor of every aspect of the game.