From the Original Makers of L4D… A New Citizen Kabuto!

Kotaku has a good video showing the ins and outs… and a modern Giants: Citizen Kabuto?

It’s about freaking time! And by the minds who were originally behind Left 4 Dead. What a great combination.

Breaking News: 18 Hour EvE Battle Ends with Half-Million (Real) Dollars Destroyed

In EvE Online – famous for pushing the idea of sandboxing to the limit – a marathon, 18-hour, game-changing battle has just finished.

DarkRazer, an EvE player said:

So, you will probably see some articles in the mainstream media over the next week.  The biggest battle EVER to happen in EVE just finished.  Over 100 titans dead.  At the current Real Life $USD to In Game ISK exchange rate, over half a million dollars of ships got destroyed.  Its going to change the political landscape of the game, I have no idea whats going to happen next.

Anyway, I thought this picture was cool (expand it)

The biggest (butt-plug looking things) are titans, the other ships you can clearly see are Super-carriers.  You can see the occasional Dreadnaught or Carrier there.  Battleships, Battle-cruisers, Cruisers, Destroyers and Frigates are too small to see at this scale (As any more than the occasional dot anyway).

The main fight went for over 18 hours with over 3000 players participating.  Lots of smaller (only 100-800 players) fights popped up intercepting reinforcements and the like all during that time.  The fight started just after Australian prime time (after midnight) and is just finishing up now.  We (V-D-D) did not go into the fight, as the call was made by our side to GTFO about 4 hours ago.  We lost this one unfortunately, at about a 2 to 1 loss to kill ratio.

Pretty crazy.”

There are a lot of good stories that come out of EvE, but for a variety of reasons I never really got drawn in after I dabbled in it a few times. I decided my favourite part of EvE is the stories, so I stopped playing and started listening instead.

This is just one of many good EvE stories you can dig up if you look. In fact, there is a nifty website dedicated to collecting the best of those stories.

My Latest Kickstarter Backarama: Kingdom Come: Deliverance

I saw this one fly past its requested goal today, and I was part of that (yay me!)

Why am I excited for this game? I think the lead designer said it best:

“We’re trying to mix the freedom and game mechanics of Skyrim, storytelling of The Witcher, the theme of Mount and Blade, and the tough combat of Dark Souls into one single package…”

It looks impressive what they have so far. For me, the make or break will be the combat system. It looks pretty good, but there’s just no way to be sure without some hands-on action to play with the nuances. If I’m constantly looking forward to combat, then anything is possible. All the freedom in the world, and interesting quests won’t keep me logging in if I am trying to cut through the combat as quickly as possible.

Check it out. Back if you dare.

Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor

The Batam Arkham series of games are, in my humble opinion, some of the best games ever made. They really bring a lot of good ideas together and the brawling system in particular stands out. There’s a lot of things to rave about, even in the latest addition which fell slightly short of the lofty standards set by its predecessors.

Recently I came across a video about Warner Bros.’ upcoming action game Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor and along with it comparisons to Arkham’s systems.

Some of my favourite WB-styled Middle Earth games was the action games that rode on the back of the 3 movies. They were reasonably simple hack and slash affairs, but damn if I didn’t have a lot of fun playing co-op with them anyway.

It’s funny was nostalgia does. I remember these games being quite pretty.

So now we’re looking like a game with a similar visual style, the Tolkien world, but “borrowing” ideas from the undisputed king of action games? That all sounds pretty good to me and it doesn’t hurt that, visually, it’s crack cocaine for the eyes.

Who knows when it will be released? 2014 is the only hint we have so far. Who knows if it will be as good as the Arkham games? Probably not; The Amazing Spider-man ripped large portions of the Arkham games and, while OK, it was nowhere near the quality of the original material – despite the fact Spider-man is in many ways better suited to the mechanics.

So, for me, it will come down to price. I expect this game will be worth about $30. Unfortunately, I also expect it to will ship as a full-retail product. The LOTR license would not come cheap.

Steam sales to the rescue, I guess.