For the first time in around seven years it didn’t snow this weekend! There is a long curse that plagues the May long weekend in Southern Alberta. The weekend before and after are typically gorgeous but May long is cold, rainy and eventually we end up with snow. I actually look forward to that as I can stay inside and play some games. Mother Nature obviously had other plans as the sun was shining two out of the last three days. Stupid Mother Nature always ruining my gaming plans....grrrr!
Phew! The day after Mother’s Day. Time to just relax. Thankfully this is another slow week in game releases and gives me time to not only catch up a little bit but also catch my breath from the weekend.
At PAX East 2013 I caught up with some great Indie studios for interviews.Then life and Bioshock Infinite ate up all my waking free time and I promptly forgot everything we talked about before finding time to write up my notes. In short, they were super nice people who make awesome games. Here’s some info to check out their games for yourself.
So I apologize. I am a little late this week but after Free Comic Book Day, Star Wars Day and the first nice weekend in seven months that allowed me to clean up the yard, I was beat. I know, you want results not excuses so lets start this weeks new releases off!
Are you a fan of Marvel Superhoes? How about a fan of the Marvel Ultimate Alliance games? If you answered yes to either, then you owe it to yourself to check out Marvel Heroes this weekend on PC.
To get into the beta, all you need to do is create an account on www.MarvelHeroes.com . Once that’s done, you can download the client and once the Beta goes live, the client will connect to the servers and you can suit up as your favorite Marvel Superhero.
Marvel Heroes is made by some of the same guys who worked on the Diablo and Marvel Ultimate Alliance series of games. The game is free to play, giving you the choice of Daredevil, Storm, Hawkeye, Thing or Scarlet Witch. Other characters as well as alternate costumes can drop as loot while you play. If you like the open beta and want to support the developer, you can buy a starter pack which will give you a pack of other Super Heroes along with a couple extra costumes and in-game cash to spend.
The Open Beta kicks off Friday May 3rd at 7pm PST and goes until Monday May 6th at 10am PST. To get started, visit www.Marvelheroes.com .
Well it was another successful weekend at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. Some awesome costumes, some not so awesome, some great panels, some even better photo ops and a Raccoon Mario that seemed to follow us everywhere we went...all weekend long. Highlight of the weekend for me had to be the photo-op with Stan Lee.
Ahhh spring! I don’t know what it’s been like where you live but up here in Alberta it hasn’t felt anything like the springs I grew up with as a kid. People are trying to make something like spring out of it but when the kid comes by asking to aerate my lawn and I point to the 15cm (or 6” for you Americans) of snow piled up on my front lawn and the flakes falling from the sky he hangs his head and slowly moves away. I do the same but I retreat to the stack of games I still have to play. That’s right...I’m looking at you Bioshock: Infinite!
April is off to an inauspicious start: two weeks of exactly jack shit for game releases, then we paid our taxes. Yeah, that was a lot of fun. But before we show April what our collective middle fingers look like, I have to let you in on some good news: it ain’t over yet. This week we finally get the DC fighter that Ed Boon promised us, and a 3DS game with the longest title in existence, and next week we get some zombies. So shake those Tax Day blues, we got some gaming to do.
The annual East Coast Penny-Arcade Expo is always a sensory overloading amazing time. This year I hit the floor for 2old2play and interviewed a few studios. More info to follow on those interviews in the coming weeks. For now, here’s a rundown of some of the highlights and games you might want to check out.
Indie Mega Booth Favorites
This year PAX East had a lot of space set aside for indie games on the showroom floor. There were over 50 developers showcasing more than 60 games in a space dubbed The Indie Mega Booth. Within the mega booth was also a mini-booth showcasing three different games each day. And behind all that was the indie showcase which highlighted mobile games. Being our resident indie “expert” I didn’t know where to begin but here are two studios that stood out above the rest.
Lunchtime Studios had a great Prohibition Era style booth (complete with Flapper) with a playable demo for their game in development-Lords of New York. The game is a hybrid of adventure and RPG and encourages multiple playthroughs to unravel the stories of the different characters. A key game play element is poker matches where each character has different specialties, tells, or cheats. Maybe I’ll finally learn how to play card games through the magic of video games! There is currently a Kickstarter (which just added support for WiiU) so help make this game! They also get double bonus points for coolest swag as they were giving away thumb drives shaped like cask barrels with screenshots and videos of the game.
With games like Drunken Robot Pornography showcased, Dejobaan was basically daring you to enter their booth. They feature a variety of games from shooters to rhythm. The game I am most interested in checking out (available on Steam) is titled Monster Loves You. It's basically a choose your own adventure book come to life complete with cute things and bad jokes.
March has been pretty good to gamers so far: Pax East just wrapped up, Tomb Raider finally released, EA dropped SimCity with an auspicious (that was sarcasm) start, Sony players got a new God of War game, and Nintendo took a giant Wii U dump releasing several new titles. March isn’t over yet, and this last week is going to be a doozie. Multiplatform goodness abounds as we visit a city in the clouds and two guys take on the Devil’s Cartel...don’t you just love spring?