My friends at Kerberos have released a teaser for their sequel game out Spring of 2011. Great job for a dozen or so people and a small budget. Lots of detail and style packed into those polygons. Looking forward to more!
I was going to try to write some sort of witty post about this blog not accepting any “material connections” but would be completely willing to. (i.e. Send me free stuff!) Then I thought about it for a bit and remembered I actually did receive free product from something I’ve talked about on this blog. I have received a free copy of Sword of the Stars and two of the three expansion packs from my good friends at Kerberos Productions. I’ve not received any payment from them.
The funny thing is in the age of digital distribution (especially with niche PC games) it’s much quicker to get the online version than hunt down a physical box. I’ve purchased SotS+BoB from GamersGate, and SotS Ultimate Collection and Argos Naval Yard from Steam in order to play the release versions on day 1. I keep those gifts (which show up weeks later) as collectors items on my shelf.
So there you have it, full disclosure as required by U.S. federal guidelines.
(Still totally willing to accept more free product like the kinds of cars they test drive on Top Gear.)
The floodgates are opening and I only have time for the highlights:
Castle Crashers is a fun game for $15 and a download. Too bad they desperately need a patch to fix the online multiplayer.
Mercenaries 2 is an easy game to pick apart, especially the interface. It’s also a great example of your ability to go nuts in a sandbox world. If you liked Crackdown, if you think GTAIV was too story driven, this is a game for you.
Spore is out this weekend. Reviews are mixed, but just from a pure technology standpoint I’ll be picking it up.
For $5 you can rip almost all (5 songs missing) of your Rock Band tracks to your hard drive. Yes it takes up 1.52GB of your precious hard drive space but it will allow all of those tracks to be used in the upcoming Rock Band 2 out on the 14th.
I’ve been spending most of my game time playtesting the next Sword of the Stars expansion called A Murder of Crows. It’ll be out through GamersGate before the end of the month and adds some real game changers, more (IMO) than the first expansion did.
I’ve been playing around on a personal project capturing game footage and commentary for video tutorials in games. Now I’m testing how to get them distributed without having the videos compressed all to hell in Youtube or Gametrailers.
The third patch/update for SotS is now available at all the usual patch download places and the publisher’s site. All Game Night SotS players should install this one before our next game. Lots of good updates, here’s a summary:
- Improved AI diplomatic reasoning
- Expanded AI tech research strategies.
- Various tweaks and changes to AI rebellion behaviour.
- Improved combat ship manoeuvring.
- Adjustments to the Liir’s movement
- All currently known bugs fixed.
- Chat between players in the game lobby and those playing is now possible.
- Numerous GUI additions
- New splash screens
- Weapon tooltip displays weapon arcs in combat view.
- Added news events.
Sooner than you may think (about 6 weeks) we’ll see an expansion for the game I’ve been helping out with for more than a year now. Full details are at the publisher’s site, but here’s the highlights.
• 1 new race – the Zuul – with 80+ ship sections and Tunnel Drive FTL technology.
• Massive Zuul slaver disks allow them to take slaves and use them to boost production on Zuul fortress worlds.
• Over 15 new weapons to battle with including Boarding Pods!
• Over 25 new technologies to research and deploy.
• New diplomatic Data and Comm systems. Make demands! Ask for help in attacking specific targets. Warn players off from the worlds you have yet to claim!
• More Intelligence technologies allow you to keep track of enemy ships, tech and battles.
• A new trade route system making economic control and output even more vital for military success. Star freighters ply the trade routes making money for the player but are also vulnerable to raiders. Active piracy and escort battles enter the SotS universe with a bang.
• Details combat results and status graphs allow you to track the rise or fall of your empire over time.
• A variety of new ship sections for the original races to help meet this new threat.
• More tactical combat options.
• New combat arena as ships are called upon to battle in the dangerous depths of Node-space.
• New random menaces / exploration threats.
• 2 new Scenarios (for both single- and multiplayer).
• 5 new galaxy types.
• Various GUI and multiplayer enhancements.
Hello all my SotS friends! While I’m here waiting for the flight out of this frozen midwest, I found out that the update for SotS has finally been released. If you’re playing this game (and if you aren’t why not??!?) you really need to get this update. It changes a lot of things for the better.
If you live in America SotS is available in stores. Best Buy has a nifty online inventory system that you can check stock. Just use this link and type in your ZIP code to see which stores have a copy. Should be in Wal-Mart, Target, and CompUSA as well. Tell your friends, tell your enemies! There’s also a patch available that is a must download. It adds some great features especially making the tactical combat easier to control.
If anyone want’s to try out a multiplayer game sometime over the 3-day weekend let me know and I’d be happy to host it.
The reviews for the game are okay, but they seem to be missing a lot of the features of the game. Half of them don’t even mention multiplayer. That’s to be expected for a first game from a new team that’s trying something different. I’ll probably post my own detailed review soon.
Patch mirror locations after the break if the link above doesn’t work for you. Continue reading →
Well it’s hard out there for an independent game studio. SotS was supposed to be released this week, but currently the only people with the game are those who got it online through direct download, and a handful of people who were lucky enough to have their direct-order-from-the-publisher copies show up. That’s what happens when you’re not EA or some other behemoth of the gaming industry. For the rest of us it looks like SotS will be in the big box stores (Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, Fry’s) next week, probably Tuesday or later. The couldn’t cut a deal with the niche stores like Gamestop or EB. PC gaming is pretty much dead there anyway.
There’s a patch coming soon as well that tweaks a lot of the interface issues that were brought up in the demo so I’m cool with waiting another weekend. In the mean time the community is filling in a lot of information on the wiki, so that’s worth browsing for a bit.