Tuesday, November 17, 2009

3D Dot Game Heroes

My kind of game. Looks amazing:

Atlus will be bringing it to North America. Too bad I don't own a PS3.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Turn On Your Torchlight

I'm so impressed with Torchlight. Learn more about the game at the official site, then grab the substantial demo on Steam. Torchlight was developed by a bunch of action RPG vets, and it shows. These guys worked on Diablo and Diablo II, Fate, and another one called Mythos. (I'm not familiar with the last one, but I did play Fate and I thought it was a lot of fun, if not a bit soft and repetitive.) Torchlight takes everything you love about the action RPG, distills it down to its bare essence, and adds a fine coat of polish. (Players of Fate will recognize the clever pet system.) Gorgeous art direction and great UI, fluid animation and pitch-perfect music, sharp writing and world building...the game is firing on all cylinders. Well, the only false note is the voice acting, which is pretty darn wince-inducing at times. But nobody's perfect, right? Bottom line is, the game looks and plays great. I just adore the art style!! And the "cinematic pause" feature is fucking brilliant. Everyone should have that.

For game development nerds, the YouTube "dev diary" clips are interesting. Remember: tools, tools, tools!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Everybody's Talkin' 'Bout...

If anything, the leaked Modern Warfare 2 footage just reaffirms my utter lack of interest in playing this game. I can see some creative justification in developing a scenario in which the player is a terrorist mowing down civilians with gunfire, but honestly, did Infinity Ward/Activision just throw their common sense out the window? Considering the audience for this game (let's face it: teenagers and meatheads among them), how could anyone at the top think this was a smart decision?