Oldschool point-and-click adventure The Journey Down: Chapter Two is out now on Steam (PC, Mac and Linux) and iOS.
The follow-up to 2012's stylish noir adventure, this latest chapter has been in the works for quite some time and it shows, as Swedish developer Skygoblin's latest sure is pretty. A comedic noir point-and-click in the vein of Grim Fandango, The Journey Down is a throwback to the LucasArts adventures of yore. You can't die, but you can stumble upon whimsical gags when you attempt to combine an item with something that it ought not be combined with.
The adventure follows mechanics Bwana and Kito as they uncover a web of corruption in the search for the legendary Underland. This middle chapter sees the duo in the "the foggy and treacherous town of Port Artue" where they're accosted by pirates while running from the law.
For the next week Steam users can purchase Guacamelee! Gold Edition, Hotline Miami, The Stanley Parable, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine and Fract OSC for a grand total of £15 / $20 as part of the Indie Megabooth - Solid Gold Collection.
Typically all of these games combined would cost a total of £61.94 / $85. Most of these titles are available for PC, Mac and Linux, with the exception of The Stanley Parable and Fract OSC, which don't support Linux.
This offer is only good until midnight on Monday 3rd September, so you'd best snag this quick if you're interested.
Quake Live, id Software's fast-paced, online competitive shooter based on Quake 3 Arena, is coming to Steam, and with it are some changes designed to broaden the appeal of the game to new Quake players, the developer says. The updates to the game are significant, and include things like weapon loadouts, a new gun and other elements that "help bring Quake one step closer to being a modern shooter," id says.
Adam Pyle, producer at id Software, laid out the changes coming to Quake Live, which launched in 2010, in a forum post on the game's website.
"While Quake will always be a home to the competitive base, we have often longed for a wider audience who could experience, appreciate, and fall in love with all that it has to offer," Pyle wrote. "For new players, it has been quite clear what the greatest barriers are: effectiveness on spawn, movement, and item control. These elements on several levels also make our game great, so we wanted to see what could be done to make the game a more enjoyable experience, all while teaching players a bit of the meta-game depth."
A Doctor Who skin pack (that still sounds gross) hits Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition in September, priced at $3. The pack includes the Daleks, other enemies, six Doctors and each of their companions, starting with a version based on current Doctor Peter Capaldi and his companion, Clara, played by Jenna Coleman.
At least, that's what the promo images suggest. While PlayXBLA lists the included Doctor as the twelfth, Xbox Wire says this pack comes with the eleventh Doctor. The Minecraft images show Capaldi, who is the twelfth Doctor, though after that messy business with the War Doctor, an incarnation of the Doctor existing between his eighth and ninth regenerations, the whole count is out of whack. We understand that the numbers thing is a little confusing.
That said, the images suggest Peter Capaldi's Doctor will appear in Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition this September, alongside Jenna Coleman and some Daleks. That's settled. This is the first of many Doctor Who skin packs, which promise to deliver "a wide selection of the best characters from the entire 50 years of Doctor Who," Microsoft says.
The Indie Megabooth Solid Gold Collection is here for all those discount divas on Steam, offering Guacamelee! Gold Edition, Hotline Miami, The Stanley Parable, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine and FRACT OSC all for just $20. Individually priced, these all tally up to $85.
As Megabooth puts it: "Think of it as the gaming equivalent of a prized box set from your favorite classic rock band, but without all the weird 'lost tracks' from their freestyle-jazz period. Sound awesome? That's because it is awesome. And by buying this awesomeness you're not only helping to support the indie developers who made the games, you're also supporting the Megabooth, so we can keep doing our thing and bringing you the best indie games, live, in person, at gaming conventions all over the world."
The Indie Megabooth recently made its Gamescom debut, and it's heading to PAX Prime next week with 78 games and seven panels. [Image: Indie Megabooth]
The next game from Metro 2033 developer 4A Games will shift away from a linear progression and offer players a more freeform approach to gameplay, studio CTO Oles Shishkovstov told Eurogamer this week.
"For the game we are working on now, our designers have shifted to a more sand-box-style experience - less linear but still hugely story-driven," Shishkovstov said. "I will not go into details, but it requires some work from programmers as well. Also, we are improving graphics in very different aspects, like recently we did a physically-based global ambient occlusion (instead of local, like SSAO). I will not talk about PBR (physically-based rendering) here, because here we are at the stage when artists are still adapting their mentality to it."
Shishkovstov did not reveal whether the undisclosed project is a new entry in the studio's Metro series. The visually upgraded franchise compilation Metro Redux shipped this week for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC platforms. [Image: 4A Games]
Earlier this week I wrote about a man who combined the Oculus Rift with the Razer Hydra motion controller to show us what Half-Life 2 is capable of being. Now, Razer Hydra developer Sixense has revealed how its upcoming set of motion controllers, the STEM Pack, can be used to simulate Jedi lightsaber training.
Paired with the Oculus Rift, this latest tech demo puts one man in the role of a would-be Jedi finding their sea legs (well, arms) by deflecting blots from one of those floating, laser-shooting training bots.
Note that the player's head is being tracked separately from his hands as he has a piece of the STEM Pack mounted to his head. The STEM Pack comes with leg attachments too, but they're not used in this demo.