So, I finally got the chance to play and finish this game. I had been reluctant to try it because the demo was really bad, the original is probably my all time favorite video game and I did not want be disappointed. I have sank countless of hours into the DOS version of the U.F.O: Enemy Unknown, played it to death on the PS1 (which, due to the problematic save system, was on constant iron man mode) and I even made a livestream of it:
When the XCOM:EU was free with PS+, I had no excuses to play it. At the start I really liked it a lot. Cover based system with different class types fitted extremely well to the core of the classic UFO. Some things were as bad as they were before, like sometimes confusing rules of the line of sight (Rebelstar for the GBA had this sorted out). Environments were changed for worse: they are smaller, flatter and too much alike. There is very little variation between same surroundings using the same tileset and too few tilesets.
Biggest problem is how buggy the game was. Corrupted saves, whole PS3 freezes, teleporting aliens, aliens dropping into the void, graphical artifacts and whole lot of other glitches. The further the game progressed, the more it bugged out. Every mission where Ghost Armor was used, something went wrong. If this is how it is for everyone, my hat is off for those who have finished this with iron man mode - you must have patience of a saint or mythic level of luck.
All said and done, it is a good first effort. Not as good as the original but close enough to warrant the buzz. I am hoping that the sequel expands the core gameplay and mechanics with more variation and more customization options. Also, how about more than 1 alien base per game. In the original it was terrifying to find out that some area was infested with several alien bases.
Yes, the knock of version of the popular feature strikes back:
This time Jeff Bestman from the gigantbomb .ru(?) talks about V.I.P, a game based on the TV-show starring 90's super babe Pamela Anderson. Bryan Davis makes a return on the later part of the video and he has some (drunken?) insights on the new Xbox One.
If Jeff and the crew play Demolition Girl and Fighting Angles - the Russian bootleggers have something to counter that. If you are not familiar with gigantbomb.ru, they have previously made counterfeit versions of Encyclopedia Bombastica, featuring games like Miami Vice (ps2) and the ones that the crew just got from the mail, Demolition Girl and Fighting Angels. It seems that Jeff throwing down the gauntlet and promising to play those games on the air, has pushed Russians to dig (deeper) into the bottom of the barrel:
I wanted to like it, and I did - for a while. Opening intro set great mood and first few levels very interesting enough. I could make processes, learned and experienced new things. Than came the Firelurker. It took few fights to get familiar with it's patterns, but at some point in every fight the camera would make a unsuspected twist or got stuck into something and death followed fast. After this happening over 10 times, I had to say I had enough. There were other things too, like the fact that my Wanderer armor sucked and the guy who sold better armor vanished from the game, black phantoms that should drop important item ran into a bottomless pit and levels started to seem really dull after playing trough them the 10th time over. Was the game too hard? Maybe. For me it seemed too much as test of players patience - which I don't seem to have.
I don't know how it happened, but there I was sitting in front of a monitor, speaking to no one while playing the Darklands and broadcasting it to somewhere.
Whole thing was surprisingly easy to set up using the OBS program that Jeff mentioned in the one of the I Love Mondays episodes. There are some strange glitches but program is free and the bugs give some ideas for commentary.
I know, I am doing bit of self promotion here, but if you are interested how well large diaphragm condenser mic that I mentioned in one of the threads works for this kind of thing OR you really love Darklands, check my stream at http://www.twitch.tv/gaming_uncle. I am doing another Darklands broadcast at 3:45 p.m. (GMT +0) if you are into that sort of stuff.
Our protagonist is captured by freaks that try to brainwash him into buying the Atari Jaguar. 30 minute horror short tries to get you to do some math (or is that meth?) and to convince that with Jaguar you too will get laid.
Starring Leslie Nielsen, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Perry and new Karate Kid Hillary Swank to name a few!
It is so 90's that you have to watch it for educational purposes - especially if you are too young to remember this horrible period of history. Bonus points for commercials (one of them starring Paul Reiser).
Jeff from Gigantpomb Dotru finds himself in a state of amnesia and decides to play God Hand. In a process he insults motorcyclists who wear helmets.
Ps. If anyone knows how to get stronger signal from set that consist of a cheap microphone, a pretty OK 6-channel mixer and a mobo-intergrated sound card that refuses to do anything (audio recording wise) as intended - please, tell me. Jeff gets really angry about the audio and he beat one of the interns pretty badly with a knitted sock that had heavy jar inside it.