If you’ve been paying attention to the various social media platforms, you’ll have likely heard of Supergiant Games‘ newest title, Hades. Their first title back in 2011, Bastion, was so good it had critics raving not just about the amazing gameplay and watercolor art, but the soundtrack as well. In fact, fans of the game, including myself, are still listening to “Build that wall” from Bastion; a song performed by Ashley Lynn Barret and Darren Korb – in Korb’s bedroom closet, no less – who still work together on various songs for Supergiant games to this day. Needless to say, the fact that it won “Best Song in a Game” at the VGA’s in 2011 is impressive, all things considered.
I’ve been busy playing some of my favorite games when it struck me that I had not written about a particular version of Minecraft that I feel deserves some of our attention. With that said, let me introduce you to Conquest Reforged 1.15. A mod pack aimed specifically for the world-builders of Minecraft.
I have been fortunate enough to gain access to an early version of this release before its beta goes public. I have been working with various other streamers to come together and build a city.
Released in 1996, Super Mario 64 was a launch title for the Nintendo 64. As a launch title, Mario 64 showed off what the N64 could do. When the player turns on the game, a 3D Mario head greets them. This left an impression with player that 3D is fun to explorer and that carries into the actual game. As Super Mario 3D All-Stars released recently, this review will be looking into that version of the game.
Title: Shadowrun Role-Playing Game (6th Edition)
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs (Licensed by The Topps Company Inc.)
Learning Curve: MASSIVE
Shadowrun holds a special place in my heart. It was the first game to draw me into the cyberpunk genre and out of the realms of pure Tolkien fantasy. In this dystopian future, the nations of Earth have changed drastically with the reawakening of magic and the advent of technology advancing metahuman kind beyond our wildest dreams. Elves, dwarves, orks, and trolls all co-mingle with their human counterparts, simply trying to make a life for themselves under the shadow of a global corporatocracy.
If you’re familiar with Frontier Developments as a developer, you’ve likely seen their work in the acclaimed Planet Coaster. I played many hours of the game, myself. I’ve always have been a fan of the theme park management simulators and rollercoaster designers. I never was able to say the same for games like Zoo Tycoon always feeling that they lacked substance and motive for me to be there. That said, I was a fan of the PS2 classic, Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis which explored a theme park setting where you setup your own dinosaur park. It played similar to the newer release Jurassic World Evolution.
Planet Zoo, on that note, fixes the issues that I had with what you might call its inspirations. Let’s dig in to see exactly how it does that, starting with gameplay.