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Archive for September 2011

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SplashCast 9/27/11 - Edmund McMillen Interview

Edmund McMcMillen

In this episode of the SplashCast, we welcome special guest and one half of Team Meat, Edmund McMillen. Edmund discusses everything from the future of Meat Boy, to his journey from artist to indie game developer, to his new roguelike The Binding of Isaac.

Absolutely nothing is out of bounds here - Edmund is candid, and clearly passionate about his work. That said, a brief word of warning: this podcast does contain some adult language, and may not be appropriate for listeners under the age of 16.

As an added bonus, listen for the top three games that inspired The Binding of Issac. Tell us by this Saturday, October 1st what they were at contest(at)gamesplash.net - for a chance to win a Super Meat Boy Ultra Editon!

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A full list of credits and topics discussed follows after the jump.

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Reckoning: "A Heroes Guide to Amalur" Trailer

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

A new trailer for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning has been released. The trailer is rather interesting, in that it details some of the elements players can expect in regards to player customization. Additionally, it also goes into quite a bit of detail about the different factions that players can join in the game. This trailer is by far the best representation thus far of what awaits would be players in Reckoning. See it for yourself below:



Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will be available on February 7, 2012 for the Xbox 360, PC, and Playstation 3.

Via Blue's News

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Dead Island Review

Dead Island

A new take on the zombie apocalypse.

After some 5 years in development, Polish developer Techland's ambitious Dead Island is now available in stores. It's a familiar tale at first; four strangers are thrust smack dab in the middle of an area being overrun by zombies, tasked with somehow finding a way to escape. This time around, the action all goes down on the fictitious tropical paradise of Banoi, an island off the coast of Papua New Guinea. Following a brief introductory cutscene, players are given the choice between four characters: Xian, a blades expert, Sam B, a blunt objects specialist, Logan, who specializes in throwing weapons, and Purna, a firearms expert.

Dead Island

Dead Island's core gameplay mechanic, unlike most other zombie themed titles, is stylistically closer to the Fallout series, than, say, Left 4 Dead. As such, while there certainly are plenty of undead minions to dispatch, there are also a number of RPG elements here. Not only do characters accumulate experience points (and thus level up), but gameplay itself is broken up into quests. Ranging from something as simple as item retrieval, to something as complex as retrofitting an armored car into a tank, quests are varied, and often lengthy to complete. Especially in later chapters, many of them will seem a little too difficult for a single player to complete - and while this may come off to some as a possible design flaw, this difficulty level is intentional; certain quests are clearly designed with co-op in mind.

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Age of Empires Online Review

Age Of Empires Online

The classic RTS franchise goes free to play.

Age of Empires is a well known and loved series in the RTS genre. The latest installment of the popular Age of Empires series plays nothing like any other game in the series. Age of Empires Online is the first game in the series to be free to play and use a micro transaction store as a means to make money from the game. The many changes to the series will be good for some and may invite a whole new audience, but fans of the previous installments may leave this game with a sour taste in their mouth. The most drastic difference between its predecessors is the bright cartoon feel of the game. Graphically the game is nothing like any other in the series. All of the other games have been realistic. The intro movies to the other games have been serious and sometimes inspiring, but Age of Empires Online does none of that. The trailer for the game is a funny. All in all the graphics of Age of Empires Online are well done if not somewhat cheesy, but it seems like that is exactly what they wanted the game to feel like. The game does look very pretty, but not prettier that Age of Empires 3. That game was graphically brilliant, but all of the colors in Age of Empires Online are bright giving the game a very cheery feel something that none of the previous games have had. The cartoony feel of the game  is not necessarily good or bad, but a fan of the older games may not be happy with this change.

Age Of Empires Online

At its core, this game plays like most other RTS titles. Developer Robot Entertainment has added some interesting RPG elements here, that make it less accessible for those looking solely for skirmish play. For better or worse, there is no skirmish mode to be found. Instead, players create a capital and receive quests from a few citizens in their kingdom. As these quests are completed, new in-game buildings and units are unlocked, experience is earned, and the level of the players' capital is increased. Fortunately, the quests are both varied and numerous. At its core, the capital city has something of a Sim City feel to it. Outside of the quests players will be building and expanding their capital.

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Dragon Quest X Announced

Dragon Quest X

Square Enix announced the newest installment in the popular Dragon Quest Series, Dragon Quest X. The game is coming to the Wii in 2012 and the Wii U at an unannounced date. The Wii U version will be graphically superior, but players with both versions will be able to play together. Square Enix has only released one screenshot of the game, as of this writing:

Dragon Quest X

The game will be an online RPG allowing both online and offline play. While offline players will be able to make allies with npcs to fill the roles that other players would normally occupy. The word massive was not used to describe the online play and any word on the scale of the multiplayer functions are just speculation. Players will create their own characters to use in this installment of Dragon Quest and players will be able to take on crafting jobs to create weapons and items for their players to use.

Via IGN News