Gaming news and my thoughts to go along with it. I collect news articles from various sites, as I do not have connections to developers and other media personnel.

Give your PC a Hard Reset
What countries make great games? America? Sure. Japan? Yep. United Kingdom? Definitely. Poland? Uh…idk? Truth is, Polish studios have brought several amazing games to American audiences, including The Witcher 1 and 2 (CD Projekt Red), Bulletstorm (People Can Fly) and Two Worlds II (Reality Pump). Pretty impressive, and now get ready to add another studio, Flying Wild Hog, to that list. PC Gamer featured some information on a new title from this team known as Hard Reset. The game is described as a cyberpunk styled FPS where mankind is under attack from machines. Humanity survives in the lone city of Bezoar (pronunciation?) and Major Fletcher (that’s you) must uncover all sorts of behind the scenes truths the way only a badass can. With shooting, in the first person view. The game is being made by a team of 35 employees and running on a custom “Road Hog” engine designed specifically for this game. Honestly, besides the generic plot and setting, this game actually sounds like it could be fun. No specifics are given about how it might differ from other shooters though. Will it include ridiculous free-running like Brink or perhaps try to imitate the ‘kill with skill’ style of Bulletstorm? Perhaps, maybe, we might even see an original FPS that is worth picking over genre standards. We’ll find out when the game comes to PCs in September.

Original articles on GameSpot

Sony putting some big money down on PSN
Sony announced today they would be throwing down an impressive $20 million into development of Playstation Network exclusive games from first party devs, as well as a Pub Fund to assist indie game talent. The investment is laid out over a period of three years where Sony plans to bring in strong exclusive games that can only be found on PSN. Brandon Stander, director of PSN marketing, explained, “PlayStation Network is poised to deliver an enviable line-up of exclusive and imaginative games this year, with highly anticipated first-party titles like thatgamecompany’s Journey and PixelJunk Sidescroller.” Some game titles are also being mentioned: Eufloria (a PC strategy game port), Okabu (a co-op adventure title), PayDay: The Heist (a mix of high-intensity gunplay and GTA levels of deviancy) and Papa & Yo (a poor man’s The Last Guardian). No word yet what Microsoft has to say about this, but hopefully it will tone down their focus on Kinect to creating more fun XBLA exclusives like Shadow Complex and Limbo.

Original story on IGN:

PopCap’s wallet just got fat
When you’re one of the most successful game developers, you gain people’s attention. PopCap, creators of such hits as Bejewled, Zuma, and Peggle to name a small few, just happened to catch the eye of Electronic Arts, and now Rock Paper Shotgun reports that EA has officially purchased PopCap for a staggering $750 million USD. Yes, you read right. That’s $750,000,000.00 in cold hard cash. Or pennies…perhaps all the money they saved closing down some old game servers (more on that later). Does this mean we’ll be seeing EA and PopCap crossovers in the style of “Gryomancer” (PopCap and Square-Enix’s combination of Bejeweled and RPG)? Let me start them off with a few suggestions. 1. Peggle Madden 11, featuring John Madden himself as an exclusive Peggle Master. This of course would be followed up by other such potential hits as Peggle Madden 12, Peggle Madden 13, Need For Speed: Zuma, and a, frankly, epic crossover between Mass Effect and Bookworm Adventures where Shepard must defeat the Reapers while improving his spelling.

The War of the 3rd: Dirty Web Tactics
The War of the 3rd: EA’s Battlefield 3 versus Activision’s Modern Warfare 3. It’s an intense battle that has only been intensifying since E3 2011, and now the war has been taken to the web! IGN reports that the link apparently redirects to the Battlefield 3 website. Sure enough, if you click on it (or type into browser) you won’t find Soap, Price or any of the family Modern Warfare elements…just that strange ‘other’ war game with slightly better visuals. Needless to say red flags are being thrown in all directions with fingers pointing at EA for some below-the-belt marketing ploy, but the truth is a bit less devious. Net Media Now looked into the claims and found that the website is not actually linked to EA, but they claim was set up initially as a phony sign up for a non existent multiplayer beta. So EA is innocent, but there still exists a question: Why didn’t Activision reserve the domain ahead of time? Rockstar has been registering domain names that seem to be linked to a possible Grand Theft Auto sequel and no announcement has even been made yet. At this point should already be registered for 2017.

Team Meat gets biblical
Team Meat’s Edmund McMillen spoke to IGN Tuesday about their next game offering. Apparently the game is an old school RPG styled around Dungeons and Dragons and will take inspirational cues from some pretty dark source material. “The Binding of Isaac” as it’s called takes it’s name partly from the biblical tale of Abraham, tasked by God to kill his own son as a show of loyalty. (Spoiler: An angel stops him at the last second.) The game incorporates lots of dark themes such as this and hopefully it will provide the atmosphere necessary for a hood RPG.


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