Combat Arms

Combat arms is a really sweet looking multiplayer fps which is FREE TO PLAY and offers in depth customization of your character and weapons as well as highly detailed and interactive modes of playcombatarms_screenshot_02

Check out Combat Arms here

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Iraq based FPS: The battle for Falujah

Six Days in Fallujah

In a move that could be considered in poor taste, Konami has decided to create a “realistic” game about a recent historical event, the battles that took place in 2004 between US forces and insurgents (The U.S. military called it “some of the heaviest urban combat U.S. Marines have been involved in since the Battle of Hue City in Vietnam.”). The game is apparently attempting to make realism in war still be fun.

One wonders if you can shoot civillians realistically, and if that’s part of the fun. After all most wargames shy away from that kind of realism so you have to wonder exactly what they mean by realism.

Well I’m sure we’ll soon find out.

Fallujah Uncensored: Operation Al-Fajr (Operation Phantom Fury)

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Shadow of the Colossus movie in production!

This is a typical “I have good news and I have bad news” situation I have for you here. The good news, as the title of the post indicated is that a “Shadow of the colossus” game is apparently being considered for production.

The bad news is that the script is apparently being written by the guy who did the Street Fighter: Legend of Chun Li movie.

At least the cheesy Van Damme one had some good one liners…

Anyway, far too soon to tell, but keep all your fingers crossed, and maybe something good will come out of it. And in any case we’ll always have the game.

Shadow of the Colossus

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Quake Live – play quake in your browser

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Id software has released a free online browser based multiplayer version of Quake for you to play with. That’s mighty nice of them!

The process is simple, sign up like you would for a forum, download a not-too-large specialized plugin and restart your browser. When you log in the assets for an introductory game will begin to load automatically and soon you’ll be fragging away at your heart’s content surrounded by all the classic Quake multiplayer characters you know and love… to frag.

Apparently aping the classic game isn’t the only thing they’ll be doing, skill rankings come into play and once you reach higher levels, mmorpg style “bonuses” like epic mounts (Basically, you get to ride an Orb) come into play giving you extra firepower and a cool look.

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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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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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Metal Gear Solid 4 review

I don’t have time to write a full review right now so I’ll just leave this as a placeholder:

Hideo Kojima is a twisted genious, I spent half the game asking myself “why did they let this obviously crazy man take charge of this multimillion dollar project?”

The rest of the time I was clapping like a baby seal.

More to come later, once I have digested it.

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Aquaria, an underwater fantasy world

An Underwater Fantasy World to Explore

A massive ocean world, teeming with life and filled with ancient secrets. Join Naija, a lone underwater dweller in search of her family, as she explores the depths of Aquaria. She’ll travel from hidden caves, shrouded in darkness, to beautiful, sunlit oases, all lovingly handcrafted by its two creators.

Naija’s story, narrated fully with voice overs, will become yours, as you join her on this magnificent adventure.

Magic and Combat at a Mouse-Click

Naija has the gift of the Verse. By singing songs, she can weave this force to change the waters around her. With each song Naija learns comes new abilities. With powerful songs, Naija is able to change form, giving players many options as to how to play the game.

And with Aquaria’s intuitive mouse-only control system, it’s as easy to make Naija swim gracefully through the waters as it is to have her sing, cast spells, and engage in combat with the numerous dangerous creatures that inhabit Aquaria’s waters.

The Xbox 360 controller and FPS style mouse / keyboard controls are also supported.

Create Your Own Worlds

The full version of Aquaria includes the level editor and modding tools which we used to develop the game. Easy to pick up and learn, you’ll be able to make your own worlds, and even add your own graphics and music. The powerful Aquaria level editor allows you to test your creations while you play the game!

check it out!

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Cooking Mama, PETA edition

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has released a flash game parody of Nintendo’s cooking mama in which a bloodthirsty mama cruelly plucks a poor defenseless turkey. It’s kinda goofy but I find mama’s “evil face” funny.

You can play it on their website here

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On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode Two

On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode Two
has just been released.

The webcomic Penny Arcade goes from strength to strength, first a convention and now a game, based loosely on the Lovecraftian Cthulhu mythos, as seen through Gabe’s trademark art style. The gameplay is reminiscent of the classic Alone in the Dark but with a more arcade feel.

New features include a nifty character creator you can use to customize your own unique PA persona and hidden bonuses like Div the cynical game console (In this version a phonograph) who you can bring along if you find and reunite both parts found in each part of the game.

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