Of all the predictions of trends I thought I'd see in gaming, never did I think "pretty post-apocalypse" would be an up-and-coming genre. Mind you, I'm not complaining; I'm actually pleasantly surprised. The Flame in the Flood, made by The Molasses Flood, has you in the rain slickers of a lone female protagonist trying to survive as she makes her way down a massive river formed by--you guessed it--a flood.
It's been too long since I've played a decent game of Dungeons & Dragons. Night after night of rolling dice and spelunking through caves, forests, and ancient tombs with friends and family are something I've been craving lately. And then, of course, adulting gets in the way of everything, making it difficult to keep a campaign going with the original party intact. Luckily, the gaming gods are kind and have granted me with Pillars of Eternity. Though admittedly, I still break out the dice to roll my character.
If the late-Middle Ages and anthropomorphic characters are your thing, you need not look further. League of Geeks' Armello, hailed as "Cuddly Game of Thrones," has hit Steam's digital shelves earlier this week and I couldn't be more excited. Though I'll have to say, GoT wasn't the first comparison that came to mind--anyone who read Redwall back in the day knows what's up.
My heart is beating heavily; when I lift my hands up, they are visibly shaking. I haven't felt this feeling in a long time. At least not from a game that I would be happy to recommend. Through the Woods finally breaks that mold, steering clear from the jump-scare-filled Slender clones, instead drawing inspiration from series such as Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Fatal Frame.
From the makers of the Misery mod for STALKER: Call of Pripyat comes an interesting new graphic novel-esque video game called The Seed. Well, it would be on its way provided Misery Dev. Ltd. gets the £15,000 it's looking for on their official Kickstarter page. Akin to its inspiration, you play as a Russian protagonist who has finally stepped out of his shelter to find a new world ravaged from nuclear war. In this 2D interactive novel, you'll be fighting not only for your physical survival as you try to piece everything together, but your humanity as well.
What if I told you there's a game in development that takes "the freedom and mechanics of Skyrim, the setting of Mount & Blade, the storytelling styles of The Witcher and Red Dead Redemption, and the tough combat dynamics of Dark Souls" and stitches them together into a game rooted in 15th century Europe? Hard to believe, right? WRONG. Warhorse Studios out of Prague has taken to Kickstarter with their current project Kingdom Come: Deliverance and boy, does it look sweet.
Before I begin, you're gonna have to forgive me on the latency of updates for Start2Kickstarter. I've been so caught up with finding new indie games and crowdsourcing campaigns that I forgot to follow up on the ones we've previously covered. So, begging your pardon, maybe you'd like to hear about a few campaigns that ended last year, starting off with Hyper Light Drifter. Back in September, we covered Heart Machine's flashy retro-style RPG, and not only did they raise the $27,000 they asked for, but a total of over $645,000.
Post-apocalyptic games have always had a special place in my heart. Blame it on all the years growing up with the Fallout series, I guess. Regardless, it makes me happy that the whole collapse-of-modern-society theme seems to be popular these days, a la The Last of Us , S.T.A.L.K.E.R. , The Walking Dead , and now The Long Dark , a "first-person post-disaster survival simulation set in the Northern wilderness."
If you're a kid from the 90's, chances are you're familiar with classic 8/16/32-bit 2D roleplaying games like the Legend of Zelda series--my own personal childhood favorite. With all this fancy processing power today, it wouldn't seem likely that we'd revert back to the graphics of yesteryear but Heart Machine, the developer behind Hyper Light Drifter, proves to us that visual simplicity can still be vivid and immersive.