Games

Legends of Dawn

Yes I can’t resist an other good Kickstarter project. This is a good old fantasy RPG in the Elder Scrolls fashion – 3D, huge, open world. If the developers can get about another $7600 in the next 3 days they will release the mod tools for the game which would be great for players. They added a lot of digital-only pledges so check it out on Kickstarter.

Sui Generis – The Final Days

Yes I already posted on this game, but it really needs your help. There have also been more updates on the game since I last posted. Sui Generis is in the last few days of its Kickstarter project, and the word is finally getting out. This is a great looking action RPG by an indie developer with some really cool physics effects and fighting. Check out the Kickstarter page for Sui Generis and pledge what you can. We need more indie PC games like this one!

Sui Generis

Here is another great Kickstarter project to support (I know I am on a roll with this, but there are so many indy developers who need our help). Sui Generis is a top down open-ended RPG with some really cool physics and environmental effects. Check out its Kickstarter project page to watch a 10 minute video showing you what the game is all about. I supported this game and I think you should too. Make note of the fact thatĀ  pledges are in British pounds since the team is from the UK.

Kickstarter Projects Update

Since I posted about four awesome Kickstarter projects to support, one has been canceled and one doesn’t look like it will make it. Shaker, the RPG from Tom Hall and Brenda Brathwaite was well short of their goal of one million dollars which is probably why it was canceled. Nexus 2 is well short of its goal with only 3 days left so I don’t think it will make it either. The good news is Star Citizen has already reached its goal of one half of a million dollars with 26 days still to go. Finally, M.O.R.E. reached a milestone where the developers will add Mac and Linux versions of the game.

Keep supporting M.O.R.E. and Star Citizen. The more money the developers receive, the better game we will get.

More Kickstarter Projects That Need Your Support

I was checking out Kickstarter tonight because I saw Obsidian funded a Kickstarter project for a new RPG called Project Eternity. It is supposed to be a combination of Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planscape: Torment. Unfortunately I missed the opportunity to help this project, but I found some others worth funding.

HD Interactive is trying to make a sequel to its popular space game Nexus: The Jupiter Incident. Nexus 2: The Gods Awaken will pick up where Nexus left off and expand on many of its features. It should be available for PC and Mac.

Tom Hall (of id fame) and Brenda Brathwaite (of the Wizardry series) are trying to make Shaker: An Old School RPG. It will be available for PC and Mac. Linux support will be available of they get enough support. If they almost double their support they will make 2 RPGs!

For those who love 4X strategy games, there’s M.O.R.E. In the spirit of Master of Orion 2, M.O.R.E. will be an old school turn-based 4X strategy game available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Finally, Chris Roberts of Wing Commander fame is making Star Citizen, a sandbox space sim where you are free to be or do as you please.

Please check out these great projects and lend your support to the continuing effort of people and companies trying to make the games we gamers want but publishers won’t pay for anymore. Disclaimer: I have personally backed all of these projects.

Homefront

I knew what I was getting when I purchased this game in a Steam sale for under $10. I had already read about the short single player campaign. But I figured for this cheap I would give it a shot. First off, I wouldn’t pay more than $10 for this game ever. So if you can find it cheap, it will provide about 5 hours of single player fun. I would also add that the game was not good or bad, but merely okay.It was supposed to be THQ’s answer to Call of Duty, but it failed miserably.

This is the first “console” shooter I have played and now I know why I don’t like console games. I think it’s funny people fight over which is better, but frankly they are totally different animals. There’s checkpoint saves which are lame because they force you to replay parts over and over again. I am a die hard PC gamer who prefers to save anywhere. If you don’t want to save constantly, that’s your choice, but give me the choice to play the game the way I prefer. Then there is the fact that this was more of an interactive movie than a game. Not only are you on rails, but you are constantly told what you need to do. There are many guns strewn about the levels, but you don’t have time to examine which one is better than another. When the one you have is low on ammo and you can’t find anymore, pick up another gun (you can carry 2 at a time). You can’t even move up and down ladders; you press the use key and the game climbs you up the ladder. If you don’t know where to go, look at the top of the screen for the 3 sergeant stripes that tell you where to go and how far away you are. There’s no health packs; you auto heal yourself so if you are wounded just hide behind something until the screen is no longer red.

I will say there were a couple of slow-motion scenes in which you fought people that were kind of cool. But you spend most of your time following one or more comrades who can’t ever die in combat. The game tries to break up the monotony with its storyline and some vehicle combat. A couple of times you man the guns on top of a Humvee for some brief rail-shooting action. Then there’s the helicopter level. I had a hard time flying this thing. I tried a gamepad, but couldn’t do well with it so I stuck with mouse and keyboard. It was very hard until you got high in the air. Also, in another show of game developers telling you how to play, you have to get next to 3 trucks to unload your people and take control of them. Unfortunately, you have to start with the last one first then move to the front. Otherwise, you can’t unload your people. How about giving me some choices here?

As part of the Steam sale I picked up a game guide for about $2. Surprisingly, it was a waste of money. First off, as I said earlier, the game tells you what to do so you don’t need a guide. Second. the only way to access the guide is through Steam which redirects you to a website. It would be better for me to look at the guide on another screen instead of pausing my game, leaving, and looking at something and then going back. No more Steam guides for me.

I know this isn’t COD, but I fail to see what all the hype is about. I guess peopleĀ  love the multiplayer, but how many times can you run around maps shooting people until you get bored? I’ve personally always preferred a good single player experience with a good story.

To recap, try this game if you can find it cheap, but don’t expect much more than several hours of shooting up bad guys with a variety of standard weapons.

Player-Improved Games

I was on GOG.com today and I read a how-to on improving Baldur’s Gate 1 & 2 by updating them for modern systems, but also adding back in content the developer removed from the final version of the games. I think this is kind of a cool thing for players, especially in cases where a game is unpolished and released and the developer has given up on it for one reason or another. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 is such a game. Although, a fan-made update was just mentioned in the latest issue of PC Gamer, I downloaded the updates a few months ago. Another game I did this for was Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines. I purchased it from Steam and then applied the update which some fans created to add-in deleted content and improve the game.

It’s great that fans of games take the time to fix broken games or bring classic games up-to-date. This is one of the reasons PC gaming is better than anything else.

Command & Conquer Ultimate Collection

I just noticed this today on Origin for pre-order. EA had released a nice collection of the C & C games a while back called Command & Conquer The First Decade, but people complained that they hadn’t updated the games to run on modern systems. This new collection says the games have been updated for Windows Vista and 7. It includes 17 games in all (including the games and expansion packs).

Even though I have all of the games I want to play, I will probably still get this just to play on modern systems. Red Alert 2 is one of my favorite games of all times. It was tough, but I can say I did finish both campaigns without cheating.

If you are a C & C fan, you may want to consider this one. If you have never played these games, get this collection when it comes out. There are a few duds, but the others are some of the best RTS games of all time. Check it all out at the commandandconquer.com website.

FTL game

Previewed for a second time in the October issue of PC Gamer, FTL (Faster Than Light) is a real-time strategy game where you command a spaceship and explore the universe. No game is the same as random encounters are generated. The game focuses on your ship layout. You command crew members, fight other ships in combat, and upgrade your ship in real-time with pause available as needed.

The developers had a successful Kickstarter camapign earlier this year. They are set to release the game in September on Steam and via their website. For more information check out their website at ftlgame.com.