Raven Software’s latest offering, Singularity, thankfully isn’t another attempt at modernizing or making Wolfenstein somehow relevant to today’s gamers. Last year’s reboot of the quintessential Nazi frag-fest certainly left gamers feeling more than a little cold — myself included. Though released with much less fanfare than Wolfenstein, Singularity is a much more solid shooter.
Archive for July, 2010
Battlefield Academy has quite the peculiar background. Its first iteration was a flash-based tie-in created specifically for the BBC TV series Battlefield Britain. The free-to-play adventure attracted a healthy drove of gamers because of its slick interface and surprising substance hidden behind the surface. It came as no surprise then that Slitherine, a small developer who specialises in niche strategy games, would swoop in to shape this fledgling browser game into something with more oomph.
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The future looks grim for Duke. With games that are consistently either delayed year after year or cancelled outright, the franchise seems to be slowly dying. And this breaks my heart. After spending countless sleepless nights with Mr. Nukem under the watchful eye of my father (who muted the speakers and told me I didn’t need to hear) with Duke Nukem and Duke Nukem 3D, I grew up expecting much, much more. Unfortunately, I’ve been relegated to flops like Duke Nukem: Time to Kill, Duke Nukem: Land of the Babes, and the travesty Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project. None of them ever came close to capturing the hilarity or feel of the first classic “3D” shooter. In spite of that, Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project has somehow made its way from its home on the PC way back in 2002 to the Xbox Live Arcade. It didn’t impress me back then, and now I only fear what tomorrow holds for my favorite wise-cracking, gun-toting action hero.
BlackLight: Tango Down is a bit of a tricky little bugger. At first glance, it’s a great-looking multiplayer shooter that is, admittedly, something of a rarity on the Xbox 360’s XBLA service. Powered by Unreal Engine 3 technology, it’s a simple shooter akin to Call of Duty, Bad Company, or just about any other “modern” warfare contender out there, and it seems, at least, that it could stand on its own beside full retail releases. However, scratch the surface and you’ll soon discover that just beneath it’s deceptively shiny surface is a bullet hole-ridden experience that lacks polish where it counts and brimming with generic and lifeless gameplay throughout. Chances are you’ve already played what this game has to offer elsewhere, and probably – despite its budget-conscious nature – for less money.
Naughty Bear is a sociopath. When he isn’t invited to a fellow bear’s soiree (Daddles’ birthday party; the event of the year, no doubt) he deals with this rejection in what is perhaps the most unhealthy manner one could think of: the mass murder of a quaint little community of bears. Armed with a variety of weapons (axes, pistols, baseball bats, you name it) he’s on a mission to punish each and every fluffy cuddle buddy on Perfection Island who ever dared to cross him. But he can’t do it alone. That’s where you come in. In 505 Games’ latest stab at an original release, Naughty Bear, takes up the mantle of the “naughtiest” bear of them all. He’s crass, angry, and, well, naughty. He’s suffered humiliation and anguish at the hands of his so-called friends and neighbors, and it’s your job to ensure justice is served…in that psychotic, no-regard-for-others kind of way.