Resident Evil 4 cancelled version

And for completeness sake, here’s the unreleased beta version of resident evil 4, featuring a scary assed supernatural enemy called the Hook Man. Apparently this cancelled version would head more into supernatural territory instead of the sci-fi biohazard trappings of the previous RE games, but in the end the change of directions was scrapped and we ended up with the parasitical Plagas instead

Apparently some of the elements of RE4 were incorporated into Devil May Cry, though obviously the hook man was not one of them

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Footage from the lost Resident Evil

Resident evil “1.5” is the lost development version of what eventually became resident evil 2, one of the best entries in the series.

The game was apparently almos 80% done when they decided to scrap it and start again. Biker chick Claire Redfield replaced Elza Walker (Another biker chick but one with a more realistic biker outfit – frankly a more practical one when there are zombies about too). The gun store owner who dies at the start of Claire’s arc was apparently going to be a recurring character with more participation. Can’t say I missed him since he was rather creepy.

An interesting view into what could’ve been.


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Angry Barry

Obama punches and kicks his way through political rivals and enemies of America in this independent Xbox community game nearing completion. The creator reports there will also be a PC version available.

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Onlive – the console killer?

Imagine rather than owning and having to update the latest generation of xbox or playstation, that you had a small miniconsole, little larger than a router or a digital TV descrambler. This little machine connects to powerful servers belonging to the game companies and you play directly on their massive mainframes, with the highest quality graphics and most powerful rendering that all that hardware can provide. No more polygon limits, no more outdated graphics, no more upgrading to keep up with the curve. It’s all done remotely and all you need is the box, a game controller and (There’s the rub!) a sufficiently fast internet connection that can stream all that goodness on to your monitor or TV.  No more patches and the promise of seamlessly updated and improved content too.

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The advantages are obvious, and not so obvious ones also come to mind, such as portability (With good wifi and a small screen there’s nowhere you couldn’t be playing latest generation games). Also from the point of view of the companies, such a delivery system would deal a killing blow to game piracy, since to play you’d need to be able to log in, much like most multiplayer games manage to avoid piracy, this is harder than just making a copy of media. It also secures game assets such as 3d models and artwork behind the streaming barrier, no source content is put in the hands of the players to mod or exploit.

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In that way, it could be a rebirth or a shot in the arm to amateur or small game producers if the big companies abandon the messy “total delivery” market leaving it in the hands of those who just aren’t that afraid of having their content circulate a little.

A final thought, just like there are pirate servers running various hacked versions of MMORPGs, you may live to see bootleg game servers running these games from alternate locations, after all computing power keeps getting cheaper and today’s super cutting edge cloud rendering array is tomorrow’s consumer level PC. But chances are the big companies with deep pockets will always have an edge in that area.

All in all, we live in interesting times!

Check out onlive, there is an open beta announced starting in the summer (for US citizens only)

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Vega Strike

Vega Strike is an Open Source 3D Action-Space-Sim that lets you trade, fight, and explore in a vast universe.
Vega Strike is built on top of OpenGL and runs on Win/Lin/Mac platforms. Vega Strike is currently in a playable state, but both game engine and dataset are under continued development

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click here to visit the vega strike official site and download the game

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A tour of Dead Rising

Oatmealraisin takes us for a nice relaxed tour of the Willamete mall in Dead Rising for the Xbox, showcasing the sandbox nature of the game and all the interactive objects you can find in it such as bowling balls to tumble zombies or pies to the face.

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Dyson

“Dyson is an ambient real-time strategy game with abstract visuals.

Remotely command semi-autonomous self-replicating mining machines to take over an entire asteroid belt.

The original game was made in one month for the TIGSource Procedural Generation competition. Much of the game’s content is procedurally generated.”


Grow parasitic space trees that colonize planet to planet and fight other spreading tree populations in this abstract strategy game

Download Dyson here

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Off Road Velociraptor Safari

The premise of this browser 3d game is simple: You have gone back in time, to harvest velociraptors using your 4×4 jeep, by the simple expedient of running them over then hooking them with a bigass chain that comes out of the back of your car and dragging them over to the time portals. Presumably to feed the fast food joints of the future, much like in the 2000ad comic Flesh

Along the way you can pop wheelies and do all kinds of stunts. Your car is pretty much indestructible even though cosmetic damage does add up and maybe the handling becomes a little harder once you’re banged up.
You miss an option to lose your vehicle and have the raptors turn the tables on their tormentor, maybe in an upcoming version of the game.

The game does ask to download a plugin (unity) before it can be played, but otherwise it’s painless to get smashin’ dinos.  There’s an option to register an username but you can also play as a guest to just get in on the action diretly. Registering lets you keep track of scores and achievements such as stunts and multiple kills.

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Nexuiz – GPL deathmatch

Nexuiz is a fast paced 3d deathmatch game project created online by a team of developers called Alientrap. It is available for download for Windows, Mac, and Linux (all the same archive).

The first version was released May 31st 2005, released entirely GPL and free over the net, first for a project of its kind. Since then it has been downloaded over 1.5 million times, and the game is still being updated and developed, currently at version 2.4 and new releases being developed.

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Download and play nexuiz now

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Mirror’s edge 2d available

I previously posted about Mirror’s edge 2d, a browser game in 2d that was an online companion to the 3d Mirror’s edge, the last time it was still in early alpha but now it’s fully playable (Though still being given the last finishing touches) with multiple levels and enemies to avoid (Alas in this game you can’t beat the crap out of them like Faith does in the 3d version)

mirrorsedge2dGo to mirrorsedge2d.com to play now!

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