I would argue that above zombies, dinosaurs are probably the world’s most beloved sub-culture. From The Land Before Time extending to Jurassic Park, I argue that dinosaurs have maintained a special place in most everyone’s heart. The problem is that there has not been much love (or hate) for dinorsaurs in video games since the Turok series. The problem’s solution came with advent of Kickstarter. Spiral Game Studios has had the design for Orion started since 1998, but it wasn’t until their Kickstarter campaign for $10,000 that net almost $20k in over a year that they made some serious headway. They’ve released the game early on May 4th and will be continuing to update the game and produce more content for it. In fact, when I received my copy, I couldn’t even play it. It is running on the Unreal Development Kit and for some reason, mine kept crashing. So I sat by and was patient until the release when the forums would be up on Steam and more people would probably experience and fix the same problem I was having. I was correct in that assumption and ever since I did a small bcdedit on Windows to expand my virtual video memory, the game has worked. I am not going to say flawlessly, because inside the game there are certainly issues and I will point out the ones I’ve notice as I tell you more about the world of Orion: Dino Beatdown and all the dinosaurs I’ve killed.
Today the official website for the Game Of Thrones video game kicked off by providing a new trailer demonstrating the style of combat the game utilizes. One of the main features is the ability to slow down time while you reselect your combat options or use other skills your character possess. Also shown was part of the skill tree and which characters can select which class and how to dual-class certain areas. Watch the video below and you’ll see what I mean.
This post is for Dan, lover of the TV show Dexter. Ecko|Code and Showtime have come together to give Facebook users a chance to experience the stealthy and deadly nature of Dexter. The game is to combine “real-time stealth” with the jests and suspense the show carries. “Dexter Slice of Life shows how social play online is evolving – this is a deep transmedia experience that both gamers and fans of the show will love,” said Marc Fernandez, EVP of Development at Ecko|Code. “People can play anytime as Dexter or their own custom made ‘Dark Passenger.’ Dexter is a brilliant, complex show that asks as many questions as it answers, and this game is an extension of that.” The game will allow players to switch between playing as Dexter and playing as their own dark passengers. Players will be able to silence their friend’s sometime evil persona, even when they are not online themselves. The game will update after each episode of season 6, starting with the one that aired the other night. (Yes, Dexter is back on if you haven’t noticed.) Dan just gave a pass on this game, so I am sure he is busy with other Dexterous tasks or just hates Facebook. For those that love Dexter and don’t hate Facebook, check the game out at http://apps.facebook.com/dextersliceoflife.
This summer, FUNimation and Good Game Productions will release a Fullmetal Alchemist turn based RPG. Entitled Fullmetal Battle, players will be able to access the game via iOS, Android, and Facebook. They hope to capture long time fans of the series and newcomers to the world with the game’s fast paced group battles. Players will be able to create their own state licensed alchemist complete with abilities inspired by the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood series. They can also challenge characters from the series such as the main two, the Elric brothers. Although the press release says you will be given helpful hints from Col. Roy Mustang, any fan knows that Mustang’s hints are generally not very helpful. The most interesting aspect seems to be the group battles. Players have to fight together in 3 vs 3 battles, but the experience and leveling will take place separately through the special abilities each player selected. I can say that I am excited to see this when it arrives.
Phantom EFX has spent the last several years becoming one of the top slot machine game developers of the Real Deal series. This explains why several of their regular games grace the shelves of my household. When Battle Slots was released 5 days ahead of schedule, on April 14th, to quell the masses yearning hunger for it; I was more than curious. After a fresh copy arrived in my mailbox, I soon discovered what had people clinging to the game. In fact, I had a hard time weaseling it away from my fiancee who loves slot machine games and owns several of Phantom’s games already. I honestly didn’t think she would like it. After all, it has RPG elements with might and magic at its core. Can adding slots really convert someone? She says yes, but I still had to play it for myself.