This has consumed my soul...
So Christmas has come and gone, and it was awesome on my end. I got some blu-rays (Rome: The Complete Series and the Back to the Future trilogy), an anime DVD (Cowboy Bebop, which I’m told is a lot like Firefly) and some gift cards. The gift I’m here to talk about today, however, is a video game, one that surprisingly doesn’t have spaceships. My awesome girlfriend paid attention throughout the last few months, and got me the game I wanted most, Driver: San Francisco. This game is amazing in every sense of the word, and it’s totally consumed me. (You can check out reviews here, here and here to see why)
So while I should be getting to the next game on my review list, I just wanted to let y’all know that…my reviews might be delayed for a spell. This game has gotten under my skin, and until that stops, I doubt I’ll have any desire to play anything else, and I wanted to be honest and give y’all a heads up. I’ll keep posting news and such, however, but it might be an extra week or two before I get to reviews while I work Driver out of my system. Thanks for visiting and reading, and have a great day!
Happy Spacey Holidays!
I personally don’t care whether one believes in Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia or whatever else. ;) What I DO care about is whether one believes in space games, whether it’s managing an interstellar empire or piloting a one-manned space fighter. ;) I’d therefore like to wish everyone the happiest of spacey, holiday seasons, with lots of lasers going “pew pew” and lots of enemy ships going “boom boom”. :) May it be a safe, joyous and memorable season for you all, and may you crush your spacefaring enemies under your boot. ;)
Spaceship go down the hooooole...
I got an email this morning from one of the programmers at Binary Helix, a small indie studio that just launched their first space game, Dangerous. This game — besides being available for the PC, of course — is also available for iOS devices. According to the website, the game features simplistic EVE Online-style combat in a sandbox universe with over 20 ships to fly, varied mission types, over 30 solar systems and even a romance element.
It looks neat, and I’m adding it to my review queue — which seems to be getting longer and longer — so I’ll have more on this game within the next few weeks. In the meantime, click below for a trailer and more screenshots. Enjoy!
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Steam Holiday Sale Season's Greetings!
Steam is having its massive Holiday Sale, and many of the games I mentioned in my buying guide are on sale, including:
So if you don’t own any of these, get ‘em while they’re hot and cheap! Enjoy!
I saw this screen a lot...
At the end of the last article covering Arvoch Alliance, Lieutenant Veloxi kept dying repeatedly during the forth mission, entitled “Springing the Trap”. Read on to find out how I got passed that mission, and why the remainder of my six hours with the game reminded me of an old Dane Cook bit. Don’t worry, it was back when he was funny.
Continue reading “Arvoch Alliance – Dead Again…and Again…and Again…and One More Time…” »
One of the greatest games ever for $3!
I’m not sure if y’all are aware of my love for Hardwar, the futuristic flying, trading and combat game that takes place on Titan, but even though the ships aren’t necessarily in space, I count it among my favorite of spacey games.
That being said, DotEmu — the only place where you can currently get Hardwar through digital distribution — is having a sale wherein you can get this damned fantastic game for only $2.99. If you’ve not played this amazing game, get it now. You can thank me later. :)
TONS of news lately...
Talk about busy! I love the holiday season, but dang if they don’t wreak havoc on the blogging. That being said, lots of stuff has happened! So let’s get to it!
- Kerbal Space Program has been updated to version 0.13 today. I’ve yet to try this one, but I hear it’s awesome.
- Star Wars Galaxies ended today, according to Rock, Paper Shotgun. Never got around to playing that one at all.
- The folks at EVE Online have deployed two patches for their Crucible expansion, 1.01 and 1.02, in the last couple of weeks.
- Space Sector has some new screenshots of Legends of Pegasus which look pretty cool.
- The folks behind Miner Wars: 2081 are launching an affiliate program to help get the game promoted.
- Distant Worlds: Legends has received both a new update and a modding guide, which you can find on the game’s download page.
- A new trailer was released for Stellar Impact, which got coverage both on Rock, Paper Shotgun and Space Sector.
- The folks behind Lunar Flight — a game I plan to try quite soon — has released a beta trailer for version 2.0, which looks great.
- The Starfarer blog has been updated with a picture of ships under consideration, which look pretty awesome.
- Rock, Paper Shotgun has a neat article about a free-to-play MMO called Pirate Galaxy, which looks pretty cool.
- The Star Supremacy ship design contest has ended, and you can see the winners in this forum thread.
- The FAQ/a> for Star Conflict has been updated with lots of new information.
- The Beyond Beyaan blog has been updated with several new posts, including posts on equipment selection, the design screen, and equipment selection again.
- Space Sector has a neat article entitled Starships Combat Conundrums – Realism vs. Simplification that’s worth a read.
- Rock, Paper Shotgun has an interview with the development team of Pioneer, an Elite clone that’s in development.
- There’s a new version of the Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator out that adds several new features.
- Space Sim Central has an article on Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn showing off some new videos.
Whew! That’s a lot of newsy news! Have a great weekend and a happy, safe holiday season!
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Behold the energy-based Fringe!
The Drox Operative website has been updated with a couple of new races. These are the energy-based Fringe, who’s ship you can see above and who specialize is science and technology, and the Lithosoid, who have innate regenerative abilities and can find sustenance in “almost anything.” Click the link above for more info on these new races. Now if only the game would come out…sigh…;)
You Can Get This Today!
Hey y’all, I’m sure you’re aware already, but just in case you didn’t know, X3: Albion Prelude is now available on both Steam and GamersGate for about $10. Remember that you also need X3: Terran Conflict to play this, which you can also get on the above sites. :) I should start my diaries of the game in a few weeks. Enjoy!
Starpoint Gemini is Getting a Sequel!
Well…wow…just wow…I just got an email from Dorijan at Little Green Men announcing Starpoint Gemini II!!! I enjoyed the first game a lot, so this is REALLY exciting. According to the press release (PDF here), the new game’s most prominent features are a “streaming universe without load points and tactical combat with direct controls in 3D”. This is great because the loading screens got in the way of the immersion in the first game, and took place on a 2D plane.
Besides these features, the game also has:
- Three character classes
- Randomly generated missions based on actions and allegiances
- 150 commodities to trade
- Over 50 fully upgradable ships.
- Hire mercenary captains and officers to aid in your journey
Overall, sounds pretty good to me, and I’ll bring you more info as I get it. The game’s proposed release date is Q4, 2012.