Entries from June 2008
If you haven’t heard, it’s probably because you’ve been asleep. In a cave. On the moon. For a week. Just in case, though: Blizzard announced Diablo III, latest in the long-running series of action-based dungeon crawlers. Diablo is notable as father of instanced content and the [Item type] of the [animal type] + color approach to generating random loot and addicting players to the ensuing random reinforcement schedules.
Diablo has always been a sort of deeper successor to Gauntlet, and its roots show in the gameplay video. From the exaggerated 3d character models to the management of enemy swarms, it all feels very familiar.
Nevertheless, we’re still a long way off from seeing the game (there isn’t even a release year posted yet). So sit back, the marketing campaign is sure to be a bumpy ride.
Tags: Blizzard · Diablo 3 · Gauntlet
Multiplayer gaming is the way of the future, or at least it ought to be. People are social animals: we like playing together. From mancala to tabletop roleplaying, players have gathered together for centuries to cooperate and compete for leisure. While many games can be played solo (solitaire, mahjong, etc) as many and more take two to tango.
Tags: Guitar Hero · Mario Kart: Wii · multiplayer · unlockables
It turns out that simple, deep, and clever games still exist. They’ve just moved to the internet. Flash games in the same vein as Popcap Games are the new stronghold for simple innovation, and they’ve charmed hardcore and casual gamers alike. The flash roundup is dedicated to these unsung and sometimes unpublished games. Each installment will pick out a handful of notable examples of genre flash games based on innovation, accessibility, and outright fun. This week: Platformers.
Tags: Armor Games · Chronotron · flash roundup · Kongregate · marzipan.se · platformer · Scarybug Games · Shift · You Have to burn the Rope
The third Metroid Prime game falls off the ledge into cheesy drama where the second teetered on the edge. Fortunately, the mass of the game delivers the same mix of guided exploration and challenging combat that was so endearing about the first game.
Tags: FPS · Metroid · Nintendo · Retro Studios
Episodic Gaming hasn’t really ever seen a breakout hit before and it’ll have to wait a bit longer. While Penny Arcade Adventures offers a pleasantly active take on the Role Playing genre, its presentation and sense of humor will be most enjoyed by those who are already fans of the comic.
Tags: Hothead Games · On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness · Penny Arcade · Penny Arcade Adventures · RPG