I meant to drop a line about this last week, and I had thought about baiting in readers by giving the Early Access build a play…but yes, Dovetail Games Fishing launched on Steam’s Early Access program last week. As my fishing puns are now depleted, please read on without fear.
Back in November of 2013, Lords of Xulima closed a successful Kickstarter campaign to the tune of more than three times the $10,000 they initially asked for. I decided to take a look at the game in its final stages of Early Access and hopefully give you a good idea of what’s on offer when the game releases very soon.
I gave Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms a quick whirl in June and was quietly impressed. It certainly lacked the gravitas and free-flow of other action-RPGs like Diablo III, but there was promise. It might have improved since then, and the latest update sounds good.
The zee, the dark inky zee, have you explored the zee yet? You might be confused, but you see, the zee is the sea in Sunless Sea. Still with me I hope as Sunless Sea is a gorgeous 2D exploration, survival and adventure game that is currently available on Steam Early Access. I’ve been playing and thoroughly enjoying this wonderful little game.
There is something quite satisfying about playing a game when it is in Early Access, you can quite readily identify things which need to be improved, some outright bugs and other aspects which provide a glimpse at what might be if the developers keep working on the game. Shadow: Heretic Kingdoms then is an action-RPG which shows potential, but at this early stage, has a bit to do to stand up with titles like Diablo III and Torchlight.
Buying games that are in Open Access on Steam can sometimes prove to be a risky decision. Some can be surprisingly pleasant, and offer countless hours of enjoyment (Starbound springs to mind), while others can leave you wondering why you even considered buying them in the first place (War Z for one). The latest of these Open Access titles is The Forest, a survival horror game going for roughly £11 on Steam. After my strenuous exams I thought I deserved a little treat, so I picked The Forest. I was met with a game with significant potential, and although it’s only v.0.02, it’s a hell of a lot more enjoyable than some fully released titles.
As far as I am aware, this new media didn’t emanate from E3, which is a potentially dangerous tactic at this time of the year when you aren’t either teasing DOOM or plucky indie developer Mike Bithell.
The brave decision to release a developer diary today was taken by Games Farm for upcoming Early Access title Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms which has a touch of Diablo about it. Introductory trailer and the aforementioned developer diary can be found after this little jump…
I might have talked about Divinity: Original Sin very briefly earlier this month but some big news has emerged along with a new trailer that I can’t resist sharing with you all. Well, I know that if I don’t share it I’m just going to want to play the game now, even though I have promised myself to stay strong and wait until it is released before playing again.
Frozen Endzone is a simple game. You have a team of players. They have a team of players. You both have endzones. There is one ball. All you have to do is get the ball from one end of the pitch to the other, throwing, passing, tackling, and generally ensuring that the other team doesn’t get their dirty mitts on your precious ball. It’s a simple team-based ball game, just like your school used to make you play (with 200% less mud).
As always, there is just one little catch.
Steph is a bit busy this week, so I have bravely stepped into her shoes to bring you this weeks edition of Gaming Crowdfunding Weekly. I might not actually be stepping in Steph’s shoes if I am honest, this week I’m going to highlight a few games which aren’t actually coming through the Crowdfunding channels. I bet Steph won’t be best pleased when she sees what I’ve done with her column! Hit the break to see some media and hastily written words about Cloud Chamber, Men of War and Concursion.
The follow up to Frozen Synapse has today hit Steam Early Access along with receiving a massive update. Mode 7 Games have had a busy day as they have also released a new trailer for the “simultaneous-turn-based tactical game set around a brutal futuristic sport played by robots” game known as Frozen Endzone.
Isometric turn-based RPGs aren’t normally my cup of tea, but I had heard good things about Divinity: Original Sin and having been a quiet fan of Divinity II: Ego Draconis I decided to check the game out through Steam’s Early Access. You can count me as pleasantly surprised and very keen to see what else the game will have to offer as it goes through development.
Not many racing games tempt me into racing with a manual transmission, fewer still tempt me into racing on one of the highest realism settings and only use the cockpit view. The Early Access version of Assetto Corsa which is on Steam right now is the game which has done those things for me.
Two Tribes have announced, thanks to a post on their development blog, that they will be the first indie game company to allow players to share levels through the Steam Workshop. Toki Tori 2 will also be the first ever game of theirs to include a level editor and players will be able to edit and create new levels to share with the rest of the Steam community, much like Portal 2.