Man, I’m just not sure how I feel about Battalion 1944 after many, many hours in its virtual battlefields full of madly bouncing soldiers careening through the air while they carefully take aim, a truly stunning recreation of what the Second World War was actually like. Yes, what they teach you in school is simply untrue; the Allies won the war purely through an incredible tactical innovation where their snipers would leap into the air and around corners, gunning down all that opposed them.
I don’t often cover titles in Early Access, but the simple fact is that these games, which are still in development, are asking for customers money, and thus it might be worth covering at least some of them. Numantian Games latest effort has gotten itself a pretty big following so far, so let’s take a look at it.
They Are Billions takes a few things and mashes them together, fusing a rather pretty steampunk aesthetic with RTS mechanics and then mixing in masses of rotting zombies for good measure. There’s nothing particularly new under the hood of this Early Access hit, but so far its RTS mechanics and tower-defense vibe have been executed very well.
In Party Hard Tycoon your job is to run a business planning and hosting kickass parties across a variety of locations from abandoned buildings to tiny clubs to tropical beaches and even lavish casinos. Launching on October 19th as an Early Access title this is the game that finally lets you live out your dreams of picking out which absurdly large speaker to use. Hint: the biggest one.
We Happy Few takes its cues from the novels like 1984 and Brave New World. This isn’t a criticism; both books are wonderful reads and you owe it to yourself to sit down and begin turning those pages. Currently in Early Access you step into the shoes of Arthur, a man who works in a building where they censor articles to ensure that nothing bad seems to be happening. You see, sometime during World War II the Germans successfully invaded Britain, and to repel those invaders something so horrible was done that the entire population ended up taking a drug called Joy which makes everything seem…wonderful. It also has the rather lovely effect of making them forget things. People wear strange white masks with permanent smiles, and while on Joy they have a spring in their step and a friendly greeting for everyone. Joy alters their perception of the world, as evidenced when Arthur is pressured into hitting what a group of people see as a pinata, but is actually the corpse of a rat which they proceed to consume, believing it to be delicious candy. IN reality Britain is a mess, with huge swathes of it eating horrid, rotten food and barely surviving. It’s a fascinating world with a heavy atmosphere that feels unique within the world of videgames, although I’m sure someone will hastily correct me. People amble around with creepy white masks on, jumping up and down in puddles and going about their lives with such eery cheerfulness. Damn it, people, this is the UK. People aren’t cheerful here.
In what is likely to be quite a divisive announcement Microsoft have revealed that early access gaming is coming to Xbox One, starting with Elite: Dangerous and The Long Dark which are both available right now. DayZ is also going to arrive later this year. Early access is […]
Codemasters have pulled a sneaky move today by releasing a new DiRT game, titled DiRT: Rally on Steam’s Early Access today. The Early Access price is a little steep at £24.99, but for that you’ll get access to: · 17 CARS OVER 6 NEW AND CLASSIC CLASSES – […]
Platforms: PC Reviewed On: PC Developer: Modulaatio Games Publisher: Modulaatio Games Singleplayer: Yes Multiplayer: No I’ve been running around with my rifle for a while now. Many hours have passed as I’ve ran through the landscape, clutching my precious rifle and shooting whatever unlucky fools happens to get […]
Normally I avoid Early Access games unless something very interesting comes up. Step forth Distance, a new racer arriving in Early Access on December 9th. Apparently it takes inspiration from Tron, which is not surprising when looking at the neon visuals. The gameplay looks freaking mental. Intense […]
After a successful Kickstarter and significant amount of time in Steam’s Early Access system, Planetary Annihilation finally achieved “release” just a few weeks ago. Yet it wasn’t without controversy, with many people on the game’s forums arguing that it was not ready to move to a full release just yet, that it needed more work and was missing promised features. In many ways those people were right: Planetary Annihilation still feels like it’s in Early Access. It’s incomplete and rough and does a lot of stuff wrong, but beneath that lies a fun, fast strategy game with a bright future, and a decent present.
Platforms: PC Tested On: PC Developer: Ndemic Creations Publisher: Ndemic Creations Singleplayer: Yes Multiplayer: No Why is attempting to wipe out every vestige of humanity using a brutal, savage, invisible killer so thrilling, so utterly addictive? In Plague. Inc: Evolved you direct and guide a plague, choosing its […]