Severed is a very innovative game for 2011. When touchscreen gameplay became a new phenomena we had no shortage of titles like Infinity Blade and Fruit Ninja pioneering ways to merge touchscreen input with the precise thrill of an action game. The results weren't always elegant, but they were novel. DrinkBox Studios (Guacamelee!, Mutant Blobs Attack) has sought to replicate this already bygone fad in its latest Vita-exclusive first-person dungeon crawler Severed. The funny thing is that by being a few years behind the curve it's almost retro enough to be back in vogue.
Trends are cyclical after all. Where Resident Evil's peculiar camera angles and clumsy controls turned many off the series in the early 2000s, those awkward design decisions now feel delightfully offbeat. The same goes for the recent Ratchet & Clank reboot, as the 3D platformer/shooter genre has shifted from oversaturated to borderline endangered.
It takes less than five minutes into my meeting with Mike Levine, president of developer HappyGiant, before he smiles behind his beard and drops his first goodnatured f-bomb.
"It's really a giant fuck you to the free-to-play model," Levine tells me standing among tens of thousands of attendees at PAX East, in front of an iPad showing a pre-release version of his unreleased game, HoloGrid: Monster Battle. He's explaining his plan for the game, and it's nothing if not bold.
I have no idea if it'll work. Sometimes, there'a a fine line between bold and unrealistic. Either way, I can't stop thinking about it.
That's Mike Levine, former senior effects specialist at LucasArts and current CEO of mobile game developer Happy Giant. Levine is working on a new project with Corey Rosen, former creature effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic, and legendary monster designer Phil Tippett -- the man who created Holochess for the original Star Wars: A New Hope. Together, these sci-fi comrades are building HoloGrid: Monster Battle, a tactical collectible card game that takes numerous cues from the classic Holochess scene.
The last time Humble Bundle did an eye-candy focused bundle they gave out games like 140, Antichamber, and Mercenary Kings. Now they’re back with the Humble Eye Candy Bundle offering up 7 games that look to please your senses. Before we talk about any of the paid tiers, there is actually a “free” tier. While ...
For an eternity, it seemed like the PC was beneath the notice of pro wrestling, and only recently have we started to see WWE licensed games make their way to the platform. There’s one wrestling developer who has kept the faith for several years, carving themselves out a nice little niche in the PC market ...
Nintendo's cat-and-mouse game with homebrew exploits isn't over yet. The gaming giant recently pulled Terry Cavanagh's retro platformer VVVVVV from the 3DS eShop after Shiny Quagsire discovered a way to use the game to run your own code. It's not a direct method, as you need another exploit for this to work (such as in the browser or another game), but that apparently doesn't matter to Nintendo.
According to Bethesda, the next iteration in its acclaimed Dishonored series will launch on November 11, 2016. Ever since the title’s formal E3 announcement back in mid-2015, fans of the action/RPG hybrid have been wondering if the sequel will deliver on the promise made by Arkane Studios’ Harvey Smith: “everything you see in that trailer you ...
The Ratchet & Clank franchise has always made me think of the world of CGI animated film. When the original game debuted in 2002, many related it to a Pixar movie due to its fun characters, alien worlds, and attractive, colorful visuals. After the franchise continued to find success, an animated film adaption seemed guaranteed. It took a little while, but it finally happened and it’s in theaters now. But it’s not a film I eagerly recommend.
My daughter is four and not familiar with the games, but was enamored by the initial trailers for the movie. When I brought the latest game home, she was excited to play it with me and frequently asked when we could see the film. I bring up her excitement because one of the most damning things I can say about Ratchet & Clank is how little she reacted while watching it in the theater. She laughed maybe twice, didn’t ask any questions about what was happening, and just sat there stoically, carefully munching on popcorn. She said she liked it as we were leaving, but hasn’t mentioned the film or asked any questions about it since leaving the theater.
The Battlefield 4 add-on Dragon's Teeth is free for the next week, from today to May 10, on all platforms that the game is available on: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The infantry-focused expansion offers four maps set in the Asia-Pacific region, and it was originally released in July 2014. Dragon's Teeth also includes the Chain Link game mode, and gadgets such as the R.A.W.R., an unmanned ground vehicle.