(kickstarter) GoD Factory, the final push!

First of all, I’m sorry I haven’t been updating.  Been busy as hell with so very little free time.  When things quiet down, I’ll try to update more.

In the meantime, this was important enough to make me jump on to share:

That’s right.  That amazing space combat game I was raving about earlier this summer is back.

And it needs your help.

They have one week left to meet their kickstarter goal.  And they’re still far from it.

They have a (frankly awesome) alpha build up on their site to try, if you’re not convinced.  And trust me, you WILL be convinced after trying it out.

The game is awesome and the devs are community loving.  This game deserves to succeed.  Let’s make that a reality.

If you don’t want to back them, at least share their kickstarter with your friends.  Find anyone you know who likes space combat games and show it to them.

Link to Kickstarter
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For those who don’t know what GoD Factory is (I’d be surprised, seeing as how I don’t think I got any new followers since I last raved about how awesome this game is), I’ll give you a rundown.

It’s team-based space combat game where you customize your own ship from four different races, and thousands of parts and take two of those custom ships into battle.  There’s a huge variety of guns (from beams to homing missiles to EMP waves) racial abilities (teleportation, decoys, etc) and common abilities (shield recharge to a stall-inducing super lock on to sabotaging the enemy carrier) to choose from, each one contributing to a different play style.

The object is to cripple the enemy’s gigantic carrier ship by taking out various parts (like the Cannon, Radar or Ammo Depot) until you destroy it, while also protecting your own carrier.  Furthermore, the cannons on each of your ships will fire every 3 minutes and take a point off the enemy.  Crippling individual carrier parts with your custom gunships will have additional effects on the enemy team (Blowing up the cannon increases their charge time from 3 minutes between shots to 5 minutes between shots, and destroying the ammo depot reduces the amount of ammo the enemy can recharge when they dock their ships, for example).

Also, the game arena is littered with various bits of space debris that you can use to lose pursuers and dogfight in.  Losing someone by ducking into a curvy space pipe and then hiding in ambush as they try to boost through is really fun.  To say nothing of snatching a win from nowhere by co-coordinating a proper assault on the enemy ship’s Power Core (which is INSIDE the enemy ship).

If you’re not convinced, try out their free alpha.  If that piece of awesome doesn’t convince you, nothing will.

Oh, and did I mention it’s compatible with the Oculus Rift, AND you can play against your friends regardless of which operating system you’re running?  You can be playing on Linux, One of your buddies on a Mac, and your enemy on a PC and you can all play together.  Linux people!  You keep asking for quality games!  This is one of them!

Link to Kickstarter

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Steam Summer sale 2013 – Games to look out for.

So it’s that time of year again.  The time when Steam comes around and says “Hey, that’s a nice wallet out have there!  It’d be a SHAME if someone emptied it…OH LOOK CHEAP GAMES!  EVERYWHERE!  :D”

Given that, I thought it’d be nice for me to hammer out a list of games that I think are work picking up if they go on sale.  I’d like to have Spotlighted all of them, but…You’ll just have to settle for a list.

XCOM Enemy unknown:  A fantastic Turn based strategy game that I’m shocked I haven’t spotlighted yet.  It’s extremely challenging and will suck you in for hours at a time.

Bastion:  A tight, immersive and all around fun action RPG.

Borderlands 2:   Yeah yeah, I know.  Most of you have already decided a long time ago if you wanted it or not.  But I’ll recommend it all the same.  Especially if you have friends to play it with.

Deus Ex, and Deus Ex Human Revolution:  Ok, The Deus Ex games are way up there among my favourite games.  Human revolution is actually my favourite game of all time, for the moment.  If you can snap these games for cheap, do it.  If you get the original game, though, be prepared for some clunkyness.  If you haven’t played a Deus Ex game yet…Wait…Why HAVEN’T you played a Deus Ex game yet?!

Dreamkiller:  It’s one of those oldschool run-and-run-circle-strafe-twitch-reflex FPS games.  It’s also really fun.  My only complaint is that it has the best premise EVER (you are a psychologist who can dive into people’s minds to literally KILL their phobias) and it doesn’t really do it justice.

Dungeon defenders:  Got friends who like Action RPGS and tower defense?  Get this and get them to get it.

Dust, an Elysian Tail:  Just go read my spotlight, I gave it a glowing review  😛

FTL – Faster Than Light:  A fantastic little space themed roguelike where defeat comes often, and the victory must be EARNED.  I got a lot of mileage out of this game.

Galactic Civilizations 2:  You want a civlization game in space?  Where you can make your own ships?  And face off against wacko aliens?  GET IT.

Half Minute Hero:  Bite sized RPG packed with humor.  It’s like a large collection of RPG themed puzzles!

Hotline Miami:  It’s super meat boy meets no more heroes, from a top down view.  If any of that perked your ears up, GRAB IT.

Lone Survivor:  For a 16 bit sidescrolling horror game, it really manages to nail the atmosphere, even though it ends a little too soon.

Mark of the Ninja:  I spotlighted it.  😀  Go get it!

Poker night at the inventory / Poker night 2:  Did you ever want to play poker with Max from Sam and Max and other various game and internet characters?  Get it.  They’re both fantastic games.  While Poker night 2 had more “game” to it, I prefer the first one just because I find the characters in that one funnier.

Recettear:  An RPG where you also run the Item shop.  It’s a nifty idea and I really enjoyed it.

Sanctum 2:  Think Borderlands style carnage meets Tower Defense. It’s fantastic.  Get some friends in on it too if you can.

Sequence:  An RPG that fusion danced with a Rhythm game and then decided to fuse with a really funny and smart little story.  It’s a surprisingly awesome combo.

Strike Suit Zero:  Probably gonna spotlight this soon.  It’s a Fantastic space sim dogfighting game.  You want to be a Gundam pilot?  This game captures that kind of feel VERY well, with great ship dogfighting to boot.

Unreal Tournament 1999:  It’s a classic twitch arena style FPS.  If that’s your thing, this game is a great little nostalgia trip.  At least, it was for me.

Uplink:  You want all the glory of being a hacker, but you don’t want to go to jail, and you don’t want to learn how to sift through code?  This game’s got you covered.  It makes hollywod-hacking really fun.  AND STRESSFUL.  You will be paranoid after just a few missions.

Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines:  I spotlighted it.  It’s Deus Ex with Vampires.  What more do I need to say?  It’s amazing!

Psychonauts:  A hilarious and witty platforming adventure romp through the demented minds of various people.  It’s really fun and deserves all the praise it gets.

The Walking Dead:  Ok, I don’t tendto get emotional over games much.  This game almost made me cry.  Ok, no I mean, I got the sniffles for a good twenty minutes but…   Whatever, it’s a fantastic point and click adventure game with great story, characters, and it’ll stick with you for a long long time after you put it down.

Spec Ops The Line:  If you don’t know why you need to play this game, then I’ll just say this:  This game blew my modsbanned mind with the story.  It’s a fantastic deconstruction of the modern military shooter genre.  Not for the faint of heart, though.

And that’s all I got for the moment.  I’m sorry for contributing to the untimely demise of your wallets, friends!

Link

GoD Factory Playable Alpha Build is up. AND IT IS AMAZING.

Ok, go to the link.  Download that build.  Play it.  Believe it.

I just came off a match and it was amazing.  I may have lost, but I scored one kill, one almost kill, and I managed to impress one of the Devs who was on by repeatedly evading him every time he had me in his sights.  And I would have dome a million times better if I had managed to rebind my “maneuvers” properly when re-configuring the controls to my liking.

So yeah, the game, even in alpha state, is pretty freaking amazing.

Play it.  Tell everyone you can.  Get ’em to back this game!  We only have about 3-4 days left before the kickstarter closes, but with a game this good…

I really, REALLY think it would suck if the kickstarter failed.  This is one of the most ambitious and fun space sim games I’ve ever played.

and now I really need to go to bed-….Dammit, I’m going to be tired at work tomorrow, aren’t I?

Link

GoD Factory’s kickstarter is failing…Why?

I’ve been following this kickstarter for a long time.  It honestly looks like the best space-dogfighting game I’ve ever seen.  So why is this failing?

I honestly wish I knew.  It’s got only a couple days left, and it’s nowhere near funded.  :s

Just thought I’d post a link in case anyone is interested in it.  Maybe there’s gonna be a miracle turn-around?

An apology and an update for my RPG.

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted.  I’ve been way too busy.  x_x

Most of my free time has been devoted to making a large scale update for the RPG I shared previously.  And it’s finally done.

Link to my updated RPG.

I’ve added three more optional bosses, lots more NPCs, more story scenes and no more random encounters.  🙂

Now that this is over, I hope I’ll have time to get back to spotlighting games and working on my Nuzlocke run.  Over and out guys!

Game spotlight: Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines.

Every once in a while a game will come along that will just be so damn GOOD that it deserves to be played by everyone…and yet something or another happens and it just….doesn’t seem to catch the attention it deserves.

Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines is one of those games.

Basically, it got rushed through final production and came out on the same day as half life 2 (It I remember right).  As a result, the original release was about as buggy as a tropical jungle.  Surprise surprise, the game didn’t sell well at all, the studio folded, and this amazing game was almost lost and forgotten about.

Fortunately, dedicated fans have not only patched almost all the bugs, but they also restored a LOT of the cut content, making this one of the BEST games I have ever played.

How so?  Let me break it down for you all.
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Vampire the masquerade Bloodlines (referred to as just “bloodlines” from this point on) is an action RPG with stealth and lots of social interaction.  Basically, it’s Deus Ex with Vampires.  And none of this “sparkles in the sun” silliness.  I’m talking predatory, monstrous, manipulative and nasty vampires coming in many flavours (from the sexy Toreador to insane Malkavians to ugly as hell Nosferatu).


If you woke up with a face like this, you’d hate your unlife too.

The story is pretty riveting, delving deep into the mess that is vampire politics, with you being a new agent of sorts for the local overseer, Lacroix.  Not that you really want to.  In the very first cutscene, you get Turned, are informed that serving Lacroix is in your best interests if you want to live, and get a VERY rude awakening to the draconian rules of vampire society.  The Masquerade.

Ah yes, the masquerade.  You see, if humans find out about the vampires walking in their midst, right down the streets of modern downtown LA…Well, they are going to go Simon Belmont on you all.  So, you have 5 strikes.  If you Feed on people in public, use obviously supernatural powers in plain sight or get spotted by a civilian when playing the above mentioned Nosferatu, you will get a Masquerade violation.  With each violation, you run greater risk of running into vampire hunters out in the open.  5 violations and, as Smiling Jack (One of the most awesome characters in the game) puts it:  “You wind up staked and baked”, Game over.

So not only do you need to accomplish your missions for your new overseer, but you need to be careful when and where you Feed and use your powers.

Each vampire clan (ie:  Character class) is fairly unique, each with a specific focus, and a clear weakness.  For example, Nosferatu are so ugly that being seen in a civilian area will likely lead to a masquerade violation (throwing social interaction mostly out the window for them), but they make up for it with excellent stealth skills and melee mastery.  Then there are the Tremere, who can never fully level up their physical attributes, but can bend blood and break into the minds of most enemies.


And then there are these guys who seduce the hell out of everything and shoot the survivors

But most of your powers come at a price.  Blood.  To fuel your various powers, you’ll need to feed on mortals, blood packs, or rats if you can stomach that.  If you run low on blood, you can’t use your various abilities, and worse, you run the risk of frezying and losing control, which could easily lead to a Masquerade violation, or running right into an ambush.

Gameplay has a lot of diversity.  You can focus on stealth, wasting armies of mooks without taking a hit.  You can charm your way through a lot of encounters.  You can pick locks, hack computers, mind control or seduce or bribe people to get what you want…You can go close combat or guns or focus more on your higher end abilities like making glowing wolves appear out of nowhere to chow down on your enemies.  The variety is excellent.


Decisions, decisions…What do I want to be awesome at next?

That said, it suffers a bit of Deus Ex Human Revolutions problem of boss fights.  While most of them aren’t anywhere NEAR as frustrating as HR’s bosses since you likely have a skill or two you can use to gain an advantage (and the bosses only really start getting hard around the second half, when you should be more than prepared), it can be frustrating to have a melee character facing off against someone who can teleport out of range after a few whacks, and then starts pestering you with his gun.

The real star of the game is how engaging the world is.  The characters are well written (Smiling Jack, Nines, and the Voerman Sisters really stand out) and the game makes a concerted effort to make you wonder which side in this conflict you’ll ultimately side with, and one in particular is a refreshing choice to be able to make.  Favors will be curried, backs will be stabbed, and your status as a newly Embraced Vampire will be exploited by every corpse with a week of seniority and some dirty work that needs doing.  And you will love it.

So if you’re a fan of action RPGs or stealth games, or really loved the Deus Ex games, you owe it to yourself to sink your fangs into this game.  It really is that good.

Just make sure you grab the latest fan patch HERE.  And it’s still being updated and improved to this day.

Happy hunting everyone.