What's not to like about blobs? Video games and globular protagonists have gone together like... well, two blobs do. Toronto-based indie developers DrinkBox Studios have been hard at work on Tales from Space: About a Blob for several years now, putting their own spin on blob-based gaming. We have been intrigued by the game ever since its appearance at Gamercamp in 2009, but had not heard much about it until last September, when it was announced that the title had become part of Sony's Pub Fund program. Now About a Blob is finally available for download on the Playstation Network, but does this platformer-puzzler live up to the gooey pedigree of its blobby forefathers?
One November night, fans gathered at the ex-Hummingbird, now Sony Centre, simply to share in the presence of Nobuo Uematsu. Titled Distant Worlds: The Music of Final Fantasy, a full orchestra presented material by the legendary Uematsu, conducted by Grammy winner Arnie Roth.
LittleBigPlanet gradually went from something charming that I could do without, to an unavoidable video game staple. A game I could constantly sit down with to discover and rediscover the weird and wonderful things people were creating in their seemingly infinite spare time. Now we’re exploring the second entry in the series, and it's as curious as it is exciting. To gauge the game at launch requires a bit of foresight (and hindsight), but know this, LittleBigPlanet 2 is more than just a new batch of stickers and costumes.
Entry after entry Dynasty Warriors seems impressively dedicated to never, ever changing, no matter how much other games have progressed. But now Koei is moving on to new blood: Fist of the North Star: Ken's Revenge. And oh, blood there is. Kenshiro and his brutal Hokuto Shinken style have been bred to tally up a body count that would make Lu Bu envious, but is that what Koei needs to devastate this time around, or is life a privilege something this game does not deserve?
Since the first Fable game, Peter Molyneux has over projected expectations of his now trademark series. All of it, as you probably know, has come off as a bit obnoxious and delusional, since, with the series bogged down by lazy combat and fart jokes, the fabled Fable has never really stood up to its own concocted legacy. Does Fable III offer a glimpse into Peter’s long-winded fantasies or will you just be absorbing more troll-related toilet humour?
Watch, Listen and Learn: Toronto developed Sword & Sworcery makes Wired UK’s Top 10 Releases to Watch in 2011.
We here at the Shelf decided that there was no better way to ring in 2011 than by compiling a list (A list at the end of the year?! What a concept!) of our favourite games of 2010. In an industry regularly dominated by triple A titles and billion dollar publishers, this past year proved to be a breakthrough of sorts for indie gaming. This is not to say that there weren't great blockbuster games this year - there were plenty - or that indie games weren't a forced to be reckoned with in years past. 2010 merely showed us all that good games are good games, period.
The 11th Annual Independent Games Festival has published their nominations for the Audience Award for best indie game of 2008. Conveniently located on the site are links to most of the indie games nominated for this year’s Audience Award. The IGF is set to coincide with the Game Developers Conference later this month, so you still […]