Against the odds, maybe, Shadowrun Returns lived up to those expectations. Developers Harebrained Schemes knew well that FASA’s Shadowrun sci-fi/fantasy universe was their greatest asset, and they built this year’s RPG of the Year Runner-up to take full advantage of it.
This is the Undead Dining Room. Just down the hall you’ll find the Undead Half-bathroom and the Undead Breakfast Nook.
Guildford’s favourite sons, Rodeo Games, have revealed their second post-launch expansion for Warhammer Quest, the turn-based dungeon crawler they released back in the spring. The Undead Horde will add new, well, undead enemies like ancient zombies and vampires. The expansion also adds a new hero that specialises in just that sort of arcana: the Witch Hunter, who sports a pistol and sabre and a pretty sweet hat. I’ll bet he thinks he’s so great. The expansion will be available this week.
What are we supposed to use, man? Harsh oaths about his holiness The Emperor?
Just when you thought 2013 had emptied its new release magazine, it pulls out a new release derringer with a couple of shots in it.
Good shots, too. Almost exactly a year on from its announcement, Space Hulk is probably the game raising the most eyebrows out of this volley. The Full Control-developed Warhammer 40K tactical game has improved significantly from its initial PC release and it’s arriving tonight on what is surely its natural home, the iPad. I’ve got Kelsey’s review of it in the can right now and it’ll be up at 11pm Eastern when the game becomes available in the US — it’s going to be ten dollars.
Space Hulk’s trailer and more of tonight’s releases below.
Couldn’t fit the mini-gun into a guitar case, huh?
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Splash Damage’s multiplayer squad tactical RAD Soldiers (and Clancy was equally cool about it), but I guess I can tell who thought that RAD Soldiers was awesome. Bulkypix revealed their next title yesterday, sending around screenshots and a trailer for Antisquad, a multiplayer squad tactical game that appears to have been heavily… shall we say… inspired by RAD Soldiers.
Antisquad is also a multplayer-focused turn-based squad game, though it transplants the action from London to a Robert Rodriguez-flavoured Mexico. So the palette is swapped from urban parks and pedestrian arcades and replaced with dusty arroyos, but Antisquad apes RAD Soldiers’ art direction (and even the UI) so hard that it looks like an expansion pack.
What really gets me about this is that Bulkypix are the publisher responsible for some of the App Store’s most original games: the mild-breaking interactive fiction game Lone Wolf, the one-of-a-kind hand-painted RTS Autumn Dynasty, the trip through font history that is Type:Rider. I could go on.
Remember, I haven’t played this. Maybe Antisquad is a mind-blowing gameplay evolution that does for squad tactical games what Stonehenge did for rocks. Maybe.
But look, don’t take my word for it. I’ve got the trailer for Antisquad loaded up below along with the trailer for RAD Soldiers so you can decide for yourself.
We’d already heard about Space Wolf, the collectible card game from Herocraft that’s due out for iOS and Android next year. On Thanksgiving the studio released the first trailer for the game which frankly didn’t tell us much that the screenshots from August didn’t clue us into already. I would love for this to be fun, but free-to-play and CCG are two of the Terrible Video Game Devil’s favourite toys. The trailer is after the jump, along with two more games set in GW’s gothic sci-fi universe that have popped up over the weekend.
It’s odd that we’ve so unironically embraced the term “Black Friday”. It got its start as the lament of retail employees who had to endure the mobs of wild-eyed parents seeking out Tickle Me Elmos, but now we all call it that. Is it still a joke? Are we, on some level, collectively bemoaning how enthralled we’ve become by consumerism?
Oh well, whatever. Let’s buy some cheap games. A long list of sales awaits your attention below.
I’m the last one left here at PT HQ. I’ve been going around clicking off lights, cleaning off desks, and throwing out this Chia Pet that Phil’s been trying to grow into a topiary of Bootsy Collins.
One last thing to do before we take off for Thanksgiving: the games of the month for November. Even in this, probably the year’s most competitive month, one of the picks is a blast from the (recent) past that might surprise you.
In the afterlife — you could be headed for the serious strife.
I don’t doubt that the overwhelming majority of you didn’t play one of the year’s best strategy games — through no fault of your own, of course. Turn-based strategy game Skulls of the Shogun was universally lauded by critics (including Strategy Core‘s Geoff Byers, who was kind enough to guest review it for us) but launched as a Windows 8 exclusive. Versions of Windows adhere strictly to the Star Trek feature film rule: only every other one is any good, and thus a great game went unplayed by most.
17-Bit’s current project is the Playstation 4 arcade shooter Galak-Z. I spoke with Skulls producer Borut Pfiefer yesterday — he’s not working with 17-Bit at the moment, and he’s currently toiling away on ”a more serious cross-genre RPG, set during the election protests in Iran in 2009″. Can’t wait to hear more about that.
Skulls of the Shogun casts you as the shade of a Japanese general on a crusade through the underworld to become Shogun of the Dead, leading armies of ghost samurai in turn-based battles. The game is single-player primarily but there’s pass-and-play multiplayer on iOS. Watch the trailer below.
UPDATE: A couple of readers have written in to inform me that there’s online multiplayer that’s cross-platform with the PC edition of the game. Nice one, 17-Bit.