Solar Storm – a previously unknown indie developer – have finally released their first real offering – and it’s proving very popular! DarkBase 01 sees you take on the role of Lt. Jason Phoenix (we’re sure it’s pure coincidence and nothing whatsoever to do with the Gears of War series). You’re a Science Officer. You’re a loyal and hardened combatant, so you don’t ask too many questions when you’re sent to a classified military science facility.
You arrive and find yourself trapped and totally isolated from any source of help or contact with the outside. The foreboding installation is in quarantine lockdown – and you’re trapped inside. But you’re not really alone. No. Uh-uh. You’re locked in with an abundance of terrifying nightmare creatures that want to kill you.
Your mission: Find out who sent you to this little slice of hell – and why. Lift the lockdown and escape – but without letting the monstrosities leave the installation.
As you explore the facility – in between battling ever increasing numbers of horrifying beasts of increasing difficulty – you’ll uncover evidence of the terrible, unnatural experiments that have been conducted.
DarkBase 01 boasts an original soundtrack that adds to the dark, chilling atmosphere. It offers hours of challenging, captivating gameplay, and an engaging single player storyline.
This story-driven single player game shows real promise, and, in theory, suggests that we can expect great things from the developer.
There’s additional features still to come, including more integration on Steam, with keys, achievements, and trading cards in the pipeline.
Some of our earliest childhood gaming memories involve playing First Person Shooter games. While we all know titles like Call of Duty, Doom and even the hardcore, rage inducing Duck Hunt (yeah we’re classifying that as a FPS, come fight us) – there are some games that people might not have heard of. Here’s a mix of retro and modern FPS games, that stand out for good or very very bad reasons.
So we all know Assassin’s Creed: Unity and the standalone Freedom Cry were just not of the same standard as previous incarnations in the franchise. Don’t get me wrong – they were totally playable – but they had issues, with many gamers feeling the storylines weren’t strong enough, protagonists not sympathetic or believable enough, the environment lacking those little extras that bring a game to life, and let’s not forget the bugginess. So fans of the franchise looked on at the upcoming release of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate with a mix of trepidation and cautious excitement. Would the game fall flat, or would it soar and restore fans’ faith in the franchise?
Well, in our opinion, the game is a triumph. You’ll be excited to don your assassin’s hood and stealthily, or not so stealthily, cause chaos all over Victorian London.
Unlike previous offerings, Syndicate features two protagonists – twins, in fact, Jacob and Evie. While not the only element that makes a game great, the central characters carry the story, so, however good the action, the story itself, the landscape, etc, if the protagonists aren’t relatable or believable, you just won’t enjoy the game. Jacob and Evie are the fabulous characters that Assassin’s Creed is known for, like Ezio or Altair. These siblings have an engaging, interesting relationship.
Their unique dynamic injects more color and personality into the story and each character brings different styles of gameplay to liven things up. Evie is the more stealthy of the siblings. She’s faster and more nimble, so is better suited to stealth missions. Jacob, on the other hand, is a more confrontational character who, although he has much of the stealthiness that is the foundation of Assassin’s Creed, he is more comfortable brawling in the streets and engaging if full-on, close-quarters, hand-to-hand combat.
Set in Victorian London, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate features a vibrant yet gritty landscape. The city is gigantic, offering players plenty to explore. The rich cityscape is incredibly detailed, really helping to bring the game to life. Little extras, like being able to eavesdrop on conversations of everyday citizens of Old Blighty happening on the cobblestones below you, the smog, and the grime of Victorian London during the industrial revolution allows you to immerse yourself in the illusion of a living, breathing city with a dark underbelly.
Meeting crucial historical figures, like Charles Dickens, Alexander Graham Bell, and Charles Darwin makes the story even more engaging. With the introduction of the Loyalty system, you have to work for the respect of these characters by completing side missions.
In a break away from the tradition of the franchise, Syndicate doesn’t require you to use just your two feet and a ship. Instead, you’ll find yourself a Victorian Assassin’s Creed and Grand Theft Auto mashup as you take the reins of a horse-drawn carriage.
To improve the fluidity and reduce the restrictions of your awesome free-running across the city, you get a Batmanesque rope launcher so you can create zip lines between buildings, rappel up and down structures, and perform awe-inspiring uber-stealth kills from high above.
We love it. Yes, there’s obviously some similarities in the plot from previous installments – but that’s all part of the fun. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is a much-welcomed return to form. But what do you think? Love it or hate it? Let us know your thoughts.
The Shining remains massively popular and, since the novel’s release in 1977, has been reproduced for film and TV. But now, with Oculus Rift, you can enter the Overlook yourself for a little terrifying VR awesomeness.
Fans of the Shining will most definitely appreciate the creepiness of this Shining-inspired VR experience. Can you successfully navigate your way through the terrifyingly haunted Overlook, all alone? You’re the new caretaker of the infamous hotel, there’s a final end of season staff party, and then it’s just you. All alone. Everybody else goes home for the winter. But not you. As the snow piles up outside, the roads are closed, and it’s just you. All alone. With the ghosts. Can you make it?
At the moment, developer Franbo classes this as an interactive experience in the horror, casual, and exploration genres. As huge Stephen King fans, we would love to see Franbo expand on the current experience and really terrify us. Plus, who wouldn’t want to enter the Overlook with their Oculus Rift, batter down a door and yell “Heeere’s Johnny!”?!? We’d also love to be outdoors when the nightmare-inducing topiary animals come to life! We can’t wait to see what happens with this awesome demo.
The atmosphere is great, with an exceptionally clever use of sound, and delivers plenty of jumps and scares. Those who’ve seen the film or read the book will find this game truly fabulous. Obviously it’s only a demo right now, but it has huge potential.
You can take a look at some of the play-throughs here to get an idea of just how creepy this game is.
Can you remember all the way back to 1979?!? Where were you when you first played Asteroids? Not quite that old? Or perhaps you didn’t get into gaming until later in life. Well, if you played in ’79 or didn’t get acquainted with the awesomeness until it gained cult status in the 90’s or 00’s, you’ll most likely agree that this game is a retro classic. It is considered one of Atari’s signature releases and remains massively popular across the globe. A really simple design with increasingly challenging levels.
Admittedly, given our touch screen, HD world, the original leaves a lot to be desired, but in ’79 it was amazing. Since then, the game has been revamped, given more color, HD graphics, different play styles etc – but the heart of the game remained the same.
Well, Atari decided to completely revolutionize the game. The upcoming release – Asteroids: Outpost – is something entirely new. It’s set to be an open world sandbox survival game. You grow your outer space mining base, gathering money, supplies, weaponry, and tech. You can form alliances with your friends, defend yourself against those who want to jump your claim, and jump the claims of your enemies. You’ll be faced with a daily struggle to survive as you attempt to extract the treasures from the asteroids, facing threats from other players, as well as disasters such asteroid storms.
It’s a little like an outer space Wild West, with futuristic weaponry and tech thrown in. Stake your claim. Build yourself an intergalactic mining empire.
But don’t worry – you can still blast asteroids in this all-new game. Atari have left plenty of aspects of the original game and have essentially built a whole new game and world around the original. So, it’ll appeal to fans of the original as well as a whole new set of players.
What do you think? Are you a purist who isn’t looking forward to seeing one of the most iconic games abused in this way? Or, do you welcome the fact that one of your all time favorite games is being ushered into the digital era?