This weekend is a great time to grab some free games for the holiday period. Check out the offers below.
Epic Games : Subnautica
HumbleBundle : The Hobbit Lego – appears to have been removed :-/
GOG : Full Throttle Remastered
A new character has been announced for Overwatch, currently available to play in the PTR (for PC players)
Have played a little bit imagine McCree but with range and can throw dynamite. Very fun so far for those who can actually play DPS.
I don’t really like reviewing games, especially since I have not finished it yet so cant give a real “review” of it…. so lets do what I think of the game so far.
When Red Dead Redemption (the original) was first announced way back when, it caught my interest, but when was only going to be released for PS3 era consoles, I was a bit gutted…… but it became the reason I bought a PS3. (Got a great deal on the PS3 with games inc RDR)
I was hooked on the game – GTA 3 etc were good but this was amazing, the freedom, the graphics, the sound, the game play, it was just a top notch game.
It was/is so good, I even bought it on Xbox360 for my Xbox One (backwards compatibility FTW) and was still playing it until a few weeks ago when I pre-ordered RDR2…..
Anyway, onto RDR2
Graphics – being a “nex-gen” console, of course I was expecting better graphics than the first game, but wow, the detail and draw distance is fantastic. You can just lose yourself in the environment and forget about the rest of the game. Everything is well detailed and animations spot on.
Sound – again, amazing, just stop and listen to the world around you. Some of the speech of NPC’s can be a bit repetitive after a while but cant have everything.
Gameplay – Great as usual with Rockstars games.Does take a little while to get used to the controller changes from RDR but everything is accessible fairly quickly. I’ve only done a couple of the missions so far, but each have flowed well and been straight forward to complete. The intro missions are a bit linear but its more of a training system – does take a while to get through though.
Now, warning – it does take approx 90mins to install the game on a standard Xbox – so dont get home after buying it and think “yay, cant wait” – you will wait. But its well worth it.
Multiplayer will be available soon but I wont be trying that as I dont subscribe to Xbox Live Gold.
If you enjoyed RDR, or GTA5, just grab this, you wont be disappointed – except you cant put an exhaust on your horse 😉 But its testicles do shrink when its cold…………
Auckland Armageddon is upcoming this weekend, and unfortunately will be the first time in a number of years that I will not be attending (unless I obtain a press pass again :-p).
Its always a good event for any game / pop culture enthusiast, and usually some good deals to be had.
So looking forward to this one, loved the original to bits and still play it to this day.
Now…how much holiday leave do I have owing….
Umm yes….we’ve been a tad slack on the post side of things lately.
So what we been up to ?
Well, the TOR gang got together for a small LAN a couple weeks back, had some laughs, watched the league, burnt some meat on the BBQ, played some games, including Overwatch, CoD4:MW, and because timing was right, got to try out the latest Battlefield game, BF:V.
I was actually surprised how well BF:V ran on my system – impressive game to play, even on my “new” old box. Tough game though if you’re new to the series or just out of touch with it. Could tell those who had played a lot.
64 players aside made it fun tho – would I buy it ? Not really – I’m not a massive FPS fan so would probably get dusty on my Steam/Origin shelf 😉
Looking at all my games in Steam etc, I really havent completed many of them. So Ive uninstalled a good 80% of my games, and will concentrate on just a few, and will play them to the end. I’m starting off with Final Fantasy 7 (Steam version) – absolute classic, which I owned on Playstation on release, but never actually finished it. Cloud FTW
My RetroPi unit has been on the backburner for a while, but now I have two new 32GB SD cards, I can dedicate a card to the Pi and get on with it. So plan is to have the RPi 3 setup for RetroPi, and the older RPi as an Amiga emulator. Should be fun.
And thats it for now…….ciao!
Houston, TX (August 1, 2018) – Indie game studio FrozenCrate announces a remastered version of the original NetHack: one of the oldest and most intricate dungeon roguelikes. The revamped classic, dubbed NetHack: Legacy, will launch through Steam on August 10th for macOS, Linux, and Windows.
NetHack: Legacy pulls the 30+ year old game up to modern standards while still retaining the essence of what makes the game so fun and addictive. You can still do just about anything in the dungeon, from training your dog to steal items, to using your helmet as a weapon; they just clean up a lot of the baggage from antiquity and add new features to enhance the classic D&D roguelike experience.
“We tried to remove many of the technical barriers surrounding NetHack, so you can get straight into the game without messing with terminal settings, config files, or in extreme cases, compiling the code yourself,” states Kevin Nygaard, lead developer at FrozenCrate. “You just start the game and it runs. We added things that sound silly since they are so commonplace now; things like title screens, window resizing, persistent options, cross-platform saves, mouse support, arrow keys… yes, arrow keys.” The game also adds features like in-game recording, so you can re-watch games you’ve played and figure out where you went wrong or what you could have done differently.
Though with all these improvements, NetHack: Legacy focuses closely on bringing the original dungeon crawling experience to players. “Before tilesets, the only way you could play NetHack was through the ASCII interface. Instead of having little pictures of items and monsters, you had characters, like a ‘d’ for your pet dog,” Nygaard explains. “This was revolutionary in the age of text-based adventure games like Zork. But, it straddled the boundary, still leveraging text descriptions and your imagination for what a creature looks like, which makes the dungeon environment a bit more shrouded in mystery. We believe that was one of the core experiences that made NetHack great, so we kept the ASCII look and feel.” To further complete the retro inspiration, the character-based graphics have special effects to mimic an old CRT terminal from the days past, including glow effects and warped screen distortion.
NetHack: Legacy launches through Steam worldwide on August 10th, 2018 for $5.99.
Official Website: https://nethacklegacy.com
Press kit: https://frozencrate.com/press/sheet.php?p=nethack_legacy
About FrozenCrate: https://frozencrate.com/press/index.php
Blizzard have just announced what is possibly the best new character to Overwatch, Hammond the genetically modified hamster.
He is currently only in the PTR on PC but should soon go live.
I have a quick play with him and he is quite fun, more of a dive type tank who can take some damage.