Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Where are they now? - None for today

The system... is down.

I was going to do a "Where are they now?" post for today but turns out that one of my major sources of info, namely MobyGames appears to be currently down.

The funny thing is, the article was going to be on a very famous developer, especially in recent times... a certain Chris Roberts of Wing Commander, Privateer, Freelancer and Star Citizen fame, however it's interesting to note that you visit his Wikipedia page, it's looking pretty scarce.

Anyway the bottom line is, no "Where are they now?" post for today. So go out and get some fresh air - or not (and play PC games). Your choice :).

Monday, May 25, 2015

Choicest VGM - VGM #183 - Wing Commander: Privateer - Combat I

Soundtrack composed by: Laura Barratt, Marc Schaefgen and Nenad Vugrinec

And now we get to hear one of the combat tracks that features in Wing Commander: Privateer. This one sounds particular menacing and suspenseful at parts, so it works especially well when you're counting the seconds before a missile impact (and hoping you can somehow evade it). Another thing I fondly remember about Privateer during combat is the lack of variation when it came to the insults. Usually the enemy would taunt you during combat but they'd only have maybe three insults they'd ever utter. Not only that but all the pirates, for example, have the same lines. Consequently, if you're fighting a wing of pirates this is what it would sound like:

Pirate 1: "You're about to suck void buddy!"
(5 seconds later)
Pirate 2: "You're about to suck void buddy!"
(5 seconds later)
Pirate 3: "You're about to suck void buddy!"
(5 seconds later)
Pirate 1: "You're about to suck void buddy!"

and so on and so forth. No wonder the protagonist wanted to get rid of those pirates so quickly in the intro...

Thanks to C75 and WCNEWS for providing these memorable tracks.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Spotlight Sunday - Week 22 - 2015

Spotlight Sunday is a way for Choicest Games to feature PC games that are scheduled for release on the following week - games that we consider worthwhile checking out.

This week (25th May to the 31st May 2015), is going to be a relatively quiet one compared to the whopping six games under the spotlight on the last Spotlight Sunday. This week we have a couple of games to feature, one involving a nuclear holocaust and another is a point 'n' click adventure:

60 Seconds!

  • Release Date: 25/05/2015
  • Availability: Stean - Not available for pre-order
I suspect despite this game being labelled as a "dark comedy" it might end up being quite disturbing and potentially depressing since a family trying to survive nuclear fallout isn't one with a happy ending. However, I guess that's the whole point. In this game you're tasked with collecting as many items in 60 seconds before a nuclear blast hits your home. You then take what you've collected into your fallout shelter (although what good is a fallout shelter if it didn't already have emergency provisions?) and I suspect the game becomes a bit similar to the Oregon Trail or Organ Trail where you'll encounter several scenarios where you have to make do with the meagre provisions you have and ensure everyone survives - although to what end? The town you live in has been incinerated by a nuclear blast right? Anyway, definitely one to look out for thanks to it being unique.

Subject 13

  • Release Date: 28/05/2015
  • Availability: Steam - Not available for pre-order
Apparently this point 'n' click adventure game was a Kickstarter project that managed to raise over $40,000 (which really isn't much in gaming terms) but apparently was enough of a boost I guess to help improve what Microïds had already developed. You may be wondering "Hmmm, I've heard of these Microïds guys. What else have they developed?" - well quite a few point 'n' click adventure games actually, such as Syberia, Syberia II and a whole bunch of others. The game is also developed by Paul Cuisset, a French game designer who was responsible for games like Cruise for a Corpse and Flashback. So it's definitely got some talent behind it and I always love a good ol' sci-fi point 'n' click adventure which this seems to be.

So are you interested or excited about any of these PC games being released next week? Which games are you looking forward to?