You may already know something about Bedlam as it's based on a book by Christopher Brookmyre. Packed with pop culture references it featured a chap waking up in an old Doom-style shooter he used to play in his youth. The book followed him as he made his way through multiple familiar game worlds and different gaming genres.
The game follows a similar premise, but puts you in the shoes of a different character for some reason. This gives the writers an excuse to come up with additional dialogue, which often falls a little flat if I'm honest and may even cause a few eyes to roll. What we're really after though is an experience of playing through some classic genres akin to the experience in the book.
The game focuses on the FPS genre, so don't expect to be racing around any futuristic cities in flying cars or anything like that. Starting off in the purposefully fugly-graphics of Starfire you'll have time to adjust to the old-school shooting mechanics that lack the ability to aim down the sights of a weapon, but you can at least look around in any direction, a luxury missing in gaming's earliest shooters.Click here to read more...
Feeling all nostalgic to celebrate the original PlayStation's 20th anniversary? There's a good chance you clocked some serious hours behind the controls of WipEout's anti-gravity racing ships back in the 90s and will remember these tunes. You can now download a FREE album of CoLD SToRAGE's tracks from the original game and WipEout 2097.
I'm listening to it right now, and it sounds fantastic. There's a good chance I may have to dust off the original for a nostalgic treat. Here's the blurb from the site:
"After much cajoling and badgering I finally set some time aside and knuckled down to re-mixing ALL my WipEout tracks...
SLIPSTREAM Volume One features 64 bit digital re-mix / re-masters of my tracks from WipEout and WipEout 2097. Each track has been painstakingly E.Q.'d, compressed and spatially enhanced for the best possible listening experience. It's been a long time coming - I hope you enjoy! NOTE: To get the absolute best listening experience I would SERIOUSLY recommend you download the album in lossless format e.g. FLAC - you can always convert it to MP3 later using free web utilities."
Thanks to moneysavingkitten.
With the recent announcement of Hardware: Rivals getting a reboot on PS4, we take a look at Sony's extensive back-catalogue of franchises and IPs to see what we'd most like to see make a comeback on the PS4 or PS Vita.
And you thought that right analogue stick was reserved for moving the camera around in third-person games? Not in the world of Ape Escape. The stick was used for numerous inventive tasks as you tried to capture gangs of very cheeky monkeys. Early on, you'd use the right stick to lash out with a net to catch them. Before long you'd be tweaking it to track them via radio signals, or row oars on a boat, pull back your ammo in a catapult and many more features. Despite some well-received adventures on PS1 and PS2, the only appearance on PS3 was a disappointing on-rails PS Move title.Click here to read more...
Here at Dealspwn, we take each remaster as it comes and examine it on its own merits in terms of value and the perceived desire for it to exist in the first place. The latest title to apparently get the HD/Remaster treatment will be 2006's PS2 title, Final Fantasy XII. Is this more cash-grabbing and recycling of old games, or an essential chance to catch up with one of the PS2's last hailed gems? Let's take a look.
There have been no official announcements from Square-Enix yet, but at the Final Fantasy Distant World orchestral event in Pittsburgh, composer Arnie Roth, said on-stage: "...and there's the Final Fantasy XII remake underway. That's coming out soon."
He's probably received a stern phone call since, but it's looking highly credible with Hitoshi Sakimoto, who scored the original, apparently confirming it too [IGN]. It's important to consider that the term 'remake' was probably used very lightly and in error, as we're more than likely looking at a HD remaster. It's a wording error, that's frequently used to describe HD re-releases, even by yours truly I imagine. And come on, it took Square how long to announce a proper 'remake' of Final Fantasy VII? So they're hardly going to bother with one for the comparatively low-key XII.Click here to read more...
In an age of Playstation 4s and Xbox Ones its sometimes hard to forget about the pocket full of 10 pence pieces, candy floss joysticks and video shops. Its safe to say that the arcade scene just isn't what it was anymore. In comparison to the days I remember, the arcade scene no longer exists. It's not just the dedicated arcade areas either, gone are the table top Space Invader machines you could often find in pubs. I don't even recall visiting a pizza shop over the past few years that hasn't proudly sported Street Fighter II and I definitely can't remember the last time I was at a fairground that had even a half acceptable group of coin-op machines together for some frantic joystick wiggling entertainment.
It wasn't a brief phase either. The arcade machine first made an appearance in its most dominant form back in 1972 with the release of the first commercially successful arcade machine, Pong. With the release of Pong on November 27 of that year, Atari had single handedly helped cement the future success of both Pong and arcade machines with various companies copying the gameplay style of Atari's Pong creating competition and an increase in the production of the arcade machine.Click here to read more...
Three copies of Retro Gamer magazine for £3. That's a bargain as individual magazines cost more than that nowadays. If you want to continue your subscription after the three issues, you'll be charged £22.50 every six issues, saving you 30% off the cover price.
Make sure to request a cancellation after issue two if you're wanting to just have the three issues for £3.
During a presentation of their recent financials, Capcom stated they are planning to release more HD remasters of "popular older games" [Videogamer]. This isn't surprising really especially as the recent Resident Evil HD Remaster went on to sell over a million copies and had a strong critical reception. Their new-gen DmC: Definitive Edition was also well-received by the press and remasters of Devil May Cry 4 and Street Fighter IV have already been confirmed. Capcom's recent remasters have been pretty damn good in our opinion, so we're certainly up more. Here are a few likely candidates, along with some wishful long shots.
Surely this one's a dead cert? The series is riding high at the moment thanks to the Resi Remaster and the Revelations 2 series. Like the Resi 1 remaster, most of the work is already done as Zero was a GameCube title that could be polished up relatively soon. Hopefully this would lead to Resident Evil 2 finally getting that much deserved remake.Click here to read more...
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Super Street Fighter II, Lemmings 2 - The Tribes, Sim City and finally (geek mode on) Championship Manager '93 are amongst 2,600 MS-DOS classics available to play via your browser thanks to archive.org.
Since we last covered the story back in January -- Blasts from the past - over 2000 MS-DOS titles added to the Internet Archive Software Library -- things have just got a whole lot more advanced, since all of these little retro gems can now be embedded into your Twitter feeds which will show as clickable and playable games for you to share globally! Just click the share button and fire away.
I hope you weren't planning on getting any work done today.
Gaming fans should get themselves up north for the excellent Play Blackpool event running from May 2nd to May 4th. The show is an absolute bonanza for fans of all things retro, indie and arcade.
The show floor will once again be packed with consoles from every generation and fully unlocked classic arcade cabinets (do not insert coin!), featuring a classic selection of games for you to try. The console range is incredible and you're bound to find a few that you never even knew existed. Or maybe you'll finally get to play on something you've had your eye on for a while. Last year, I got to try out Nintendo's ancient Virtual Reality headset, the Virtual Boy which was actually very impressive considering it was in people's houses in 1995.
The range of modern indie games has been expanded this year. In addition to the wide selection of PC titles, there will also be Xbox One and PS4 areas sporting a wide range of titles, especially ones that feature local multiplayer. If you've wanted to try out the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, then this is the place to do it, just like I did last year. Llamasoft have confirmed they'll once again be bringing something for you to play on it and a few other studios are said to be bringing VR games too.Click here to read more about the show.
It doesn't get much more retro than Intellivision and Colecovision. These two 1980s console are as fondly remembered for their astonishingly unique controllers as they are for their classic games, from Zaxxon to Astrosmash.
Now they're set to return to Europe courtesy of Funstock Digital, who are stocking authentically remade 'all in one' versions of the two legendary systems complete with replica controllers and 60 built-in games for £49.99 apiece.Click here to read more...
The Sega BlazeGear handheld console has been reduced to just £17.24 (with the discount code below) and comes with 30 games bundled in from the the Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear days.
The machine runs on AAA batteries and can even be played on your TV. Some of the titles pre-installed on the device include: Sonic Triple Trouble, Sonic Drift, Sonic Chaos, Super Columns, Dr Robotniks Mean Bean Machine, Alex Kidd In Miracle World, Columns, Sonic Spinball, Aztec Adventure, Dragon Crystal Fantasy Zone, Fantasy Zone 2, Gain Ground, Kung Fu Kid, Golden Axe, Global Defense, The Ninja, Quartet, Ristar and Penguin Land.
Thanks to Gooner.
15 years. That's how long the PlayStation 2, the most successful console ever made, has been around. The PS2 wasn't just important for games, Sony were massively influential in making DVD the film format of choice by slyly slipping a DVD player into millions of homes too, much like they've did again with Blu-ray and the PS3. The games are what mattered though. Here's our list of the Top 15 titles we felt were amongst the most important. Of course, some tough choices had to be made, but that's how strong 15 years of PS2 really was. PS3 and Xbox 360 didn't get close to those numbers, but with the PS4 already at 20 million, maybe Sony fancy their chances. Here we go then, in order of release year...
The one that changed everything. The leap into a living, breathing 3D city from the old bird's-eye-view made GTA a place we'd spend months exploring in a never-ending crime-spree. The freedom GTAIII offered hadn't been seen before and the range of side-missions, collectibles and Rockstar's trademark humour and storytelling kept gamers glued to their screens well into the new year. Even now players would be able to load up the game and remember every street of the game as if they had actually lived there. Vice City might be the seminal title and San Andreas was bigger and packed with even more variety, but GTAIII will always be remembered as a true trendsetter.Click here to read more...
Loot Crate has proven incredibly popular, and we've seen a number of services cashing in on the same formula, and encouraging customers to subscribe on a rolling monthly basis or prepay for a set time period in advance in exchange for monthly gift boxes, brimming with swag.
It was only a matter of time before someone decided to go time-travelling in the name of retro fans everywhere.
My Retro Game Box is a new initiative in the Loot Crate mould that will deliver a random selection of retro games on a monthly basisfor subscribers to keep. The supported formats include NES, SNES, N64, Game Boy, Game Boy Colour, GBA, SEGA Master System and SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis.
Prospective users can choose between PAL and NTSC packages, as well as specifying genre likes and dislikes, and the service will ship worldwide for $6 extra. Except in the UK, where delivery will be FREE!
Membership costs $35 on a month to month basis, $100 for three months, $190 for six months or $350 for a year. There's more information to be found on My Retro Game Box here: http://www.myretrogamebox.com/faqs/
Don't have the right console yet? Well MRGB are currently advising buyers to comb eBay, but they say that they will have aconsole shop onsite up and running soon, with discounts for subscribers.
There's a website that has managed to digitise decades of Argos catalogues, and going through them is a nostalgic time-travelling journey stuffed with retro consoles, epic memories, and bundles of win. I remember spending hours poring over these at Christmas, gazing longingly at the toys and the collectibles and Casio watches.
And games consoles, of course.Click here to read more...
GOG have dished out another helping of LucasArts classics to add to their roster this week. Now comes the news that Star Wars: Rebellion and Rogue Squadron 3D are making their digital debuts for the very first time, and EmpireAt War: Gold Pack has been added to the store as well, though that's been available on Steam for some time.
Still, if DRM-free games are your thing, then this is absolutely brilliant news. Next up, Rogue Leader please. It's high time I took on that Death Star trench run again.
Remember, this week GOG have knocked 20% off of selected LucasArts titles.
Theme Hospital is currently free over on Origin. Click here to grab it >>
It's Theme Hospital. It's one of the best sim games ever made. It's probably the best thing Bullfrog ever did. And it's free. Seriously, what are you still doing here? Go, play, enjoy!
Wave II is here! A fresh batch LucasArts classics have hit the digital shelves of GOG.com, and now Star Wars hands can get their hands on X-Wing vs TIE Fighter, X-Wing Alliance and Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Saga.
To celebrate this, GOG have discounted a bunch of LucasArts titles by 20%, including KOTOR, X-Wing, TIE Fighter, and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.
GOG's slew of awesome weekend deals are now live. Click here to check out the sale >>
There are some brilliant retro classics to pick up here on the cheap if you haven't done so already. Cannon Fodder and its sequel are £1.19 apiece, the Commandos 2 & 3 double pack is just £1.99, Sensible World of Soccer is only £1.19, as is Praetorians.
It's not just old titles, either. The Chaos Engine, The Inner World, and Montague's Mount are all £1.99 as well.
If you didn't pick up Avernum in the Spiderweb RPG bundle GOG were running a couple of months back, now might be the chance. It's gone slightly cheaper than this in the past, but £3.19 is still a cracking discounted price for Avernum, especially if you like your isometric, old-school RPGs.
Check out our 8/10 Avernum review here.
Who doesn't love a spot of retro gaming, eh? Well, if you're a serious retro fan, then this will probably make your year... unless, of course, ytou end up hopelessly addicted once more to games from your childhood, and ruining everything good and golden in your life thanks to the brilliance of software emulation.
Yes, Champ Man '93, I'm looking at you. You know what you've done.
Anyway, over 2000 MS-DOS titles have been added to the Internet Archive Softare Library, with games such as Bust-A-Move, Boulder Dash, Commander Keen, Cannon Fodder 2, Metal Gear, Duke Nukem 3D, and a whole lot more.
It's not completely smooth sailing, mind, and Internet Archive have been stressing that the in-browser emulator is most certainly still in beta.
But it's free nostalgia. Mmmmmm.