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Middle of Nowhere – Upcoming Indie Game

So, Middle of Nowhere. The title does not suggest much, does it? I decided to check it out regardless, and I was rather intrigued by what was offered, with my usual dose of skepticism. Middle of Nowhere is a Horror Survival Game, set in the world of “Nowhere”. While so far there are no gameplay videos, we have an opportunity to listen to the soundtrack, read up on the background of the characters and the game itself, and study the different screenshots to see what will await us.

Middle of Nowhere

I would not call it overly inviting… But it still better than staying outside, no?

Viscera Cleanup Detail – I’m a Space Janitor!

Sitting in my room, with no way of cooling myself, makes me dream of distant places, far far away from the scorching sun. In an attempt to escape the summer lull I headed into space. As it turns out trying to fly even to the next planet costs an arm and a leg so after being stranded on Mars I got a job offer as a Space Janitor. I thought it can’t be anything too difficult, I thought I will just have to do the usual mopping and cleaning… how wrong I was. Welcome to Viscera Cleanup Detail.

Viscera Cleanup Detail

I might not know better, but that must had been one hell of a freak accident.

Papers, Please – Immigration Officer Simulation

One of those days I will wake up and realise that there was an Indie game developed for every single job imaginable. This time around I would like to bring forth a game in which you are an Immigration Officer, of a Communist country called Arstotzka. Your job is to regulate who enters or does not enter, your wonderful country. Of course, this is more complicated than it sounds. People will attempt to enter through the use of forged documents. As time progresses you will be given more tools to regulate people entering the country. At first you will only have to examine their passports for correct information, then you will have to collect tickets, verify documents and you will even have an opportunity to catch terrorists, smugglers and criminals (if you read the news and pay careful attention to detail). The best part? It’s still in Beta, so we can expect much, much more from this title.

Papers, Please

An example of what you will be doing in the game. Due to a recent terrorist attack I have to “Scan” all the people from the nation of Kolechia. You can see her body scan hidden behind the rule book, entry permit on the left and passport on the right.

Cavalry – The Strategic and Tactical Perspective

The Cavalry comes in many forms. Depending on the Time/Era that we look we might observe that Cavalry was formed and used in different ways. In the Middle Ages it might had been formed out of Knights, thus heavily armored and well trained, while during the 1st World War Cavalry could be used for reconnaissance or quick flanking attacks. While the use of cavalry might had changed the tactics involved in their usage remained similar. In this article I try to discuss the usage of Cavalry and then translate it into Video Games, as many strategy games use Cavalry, in one form or another. While I will try to keep a broad perspective on the topic I doubt I will be discuss everything and as such I invite you, my dear readers, to explore these notions on your own.

Cavalry

In many Video Games the cavalry has a major impact on the course of any battle, if you know how to use it.

Jagged Alliance: Online – “Why are we here?”

Jagged Alliance: Online is a browser based Video Game that recently showed up on Steam. That is the main reason how I learned of it and I was anxious to try it out, after my lengthy escapades with Company of Heroes 2. I only played Jagged Alliance: Wildfire before, and I must say that I loved that game. You were the head of a small Mercenary Company, tasked with taking back a small country from the clutches of a corrupt and ruthless dictator. You operated through a laptop and a small starting sum of money. You needed to contact A.I.M. to recruit Mercenaries to your company. If you wanted more gear or supplies you had to order it online and get it shipped to the country (bribing the local “care taker” to give you your goods). All was not beautiful and in order to make money you would have to do all manner of tasks. Sometimes you would have to box, other times hunt for known criminals. Your “main” source of money were the towns you would liberate, and the mines that were attached to them. The higher your achievements during the game the more money the mines would produce, but you would also have to protect the liberated cities, by training Militias… It all sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? And I did not even start talking about the complex turn-based or real-time combat, where each Merc had his own abilities and specialties, and you could perform any attack in a multitude of ways… So where does Jagged Alliance: Online stand in all of this?

Navy Field 2 – Battles on the High Seas

Did I already mention I love Free to Play games? No? Well, I say it now. Today we shall talk about Navy Field 2. The first Navy Field was a 2D Arcade-Style Naval warfare game. Two teams would duke it out in the open seas, and the task of the player would be to improve their crew, obtain better ships and survive these challenging naval engagements. As you might imagine, it was not easy. When I joined the game all my opponents were wielding Cruisers, Battleships and Carriers, while I swam around in my small Destroyer, firing my handful of cannons at the Titans in front of me. Eventually I got a hold of Torpedoes and that changed the story somewhat but make no mistake, war at sea was, indeed, a challenge. You could improve certain aspects of your ship, reinforcing those areas of your ship you considered to be important. Each ship had a limit how big a Crew and what thickness of armor it could handle, so you had to be smart about your ship.

Now we have the New Navy Field 2, with fancy 3D graphics. How does it hold up to the original? Let’s find out.

Navy Field 2

“Join the Navy they said, it will be fun they said!”

Company of Heroes 2: Open Beta Impressions

When I realised that Company of Heroes 2 entered an “Open Beta” stage I immediately started downloading it… only to realise that with my current internet connection (I was visiting family) it would take a long, long time. It took almost three days, of constant downloading, sudden Windows Update Resets and one or two Bluescreen crashes to finally get it running. Considering the long wait, was the game worth it? The short answer is, yes. But for the longer answer read below.

I plan on writing a Guide for Company of Heroes 2. A general “Basic Guide” and some tips that anybody might find useful!

Gambling in Video Games: On RPGs and Mods

In my previous article and game reviews on Gambling in Video Games I spoke of the use of Gambling as an added feature to Video Games. Sometimes this “feature” would form a crucial point in the plot, for example, in the case of Far Cry 3 the player is faced with a Poker Game that could cost him his life. Not all games have gambling, and that is clear. Not every game can have gambling, because it would be very hard to implement it. For example, you will rarely find a Strategy Game where you yourself can gamble. Pure Action games will also very rarely have gambling. The one feature often needed for Gambling to be present in Video Games is “Role Playing”.

Gambling

Since the Ancient Greek Era Gambling was immortalized in a number of forms. Above is “Achilles and Ajax playing a dice game”. (ca. 525-520 BCE)

Warframe: Space Ninjas, in Space

Another day another Free to Play game. A few months ago I saw advertisements of Warframe but the gun/blade wielding warriors fighting some strange beasts did not appeal to me overly. Some time ago I watched a number of videos with EatMyDiction1, where him and his pals played Warframe, and I got slightly more interested. Recently, I decided to give it a go myself, and I am both pleasantly surprised and somewhat disappointed. For a Free to Play game Warframe has a bit to offer, but is it enough to keep me interested? Or for that matter, is it enough for you?

Warframe

Space Ninjas! (With Guns)

Last Stand: Dead Zone – Not A Normal Facebook Game

If you are familiar with Flash Games, especially Zombie Flash Games, then I am certain at some point you played or heard of the Last Stand Series. They are three separate Flash Games, each one focusing around the life of a poor lone Survivor who tries to escape from the horrors of the Zombie Apocalypse. First he is holed up in a Fast Food Joint. Then, he has to travel between different locations, scavenging for fuel and supplies to reach Union City. In the third game of the Series the theme from a “Tower Defense” and Management game was shifted to a Survival RPG, where you create your own character and end up in Union City, trying to find your wife in a zombie infested hell hole. All three Flash Games were excellent. While not always challenging they provided a lot of entertainment to a zombie genre fan. Then I stumbled on the next Last Stand game… in a place I did not expect to find it, Facebook.

Last Stand: Dead Zone

While this is not my own Safehouse, you can see what yours can grow up to be! Also, here you can see how the Survivors are protecting their home from a Zombie Attack.