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If I were to pick my favourite realtime strategy game of the 90s than Homeworld wins by quite a wide margine, but Starcraft is up there in the top few. So I’ve been reading up on the remastered edition, due out on August 14th. I think the aspect of Starcraft that particularly appeased was its […]

remakes of the 90s

These days remakes, updates and remasterings of old games are commonplace. A couple of particular interest to at FFG towers right now are Full Throttle, released a few months ago and Starcraft, due out in August. This isn’t totally new, however. By the start of the 90s, developers and publishers were starting to see the […]

Into the Wonderful

If you’re a gamer of a certain age, you may fondly remember saturday afternoons playing Gods, the platform game from Bitmap brothers, on your Amiga, Atari ST or 386 PC. I am of that certain age but never made much progress. Apparently the game is pretty damn difficult, with four sprawling levels and a dose […]

The Need for Speed: The Movie

Ever since Wing Commander, I’ve maintained a passing interest in game-to film-adaptations, especially if I’ve actually played (and enjoyed) the game or series in question. Some years ago, with the day to myself, I went to see the film version of Max Payne on my own, and though the film wasn’t a total turkey, the […]

Out of darkness, out of mind, cast down into the Halls of the Blind

Looking back over Blizzard’s history, I wouldn’t refer to much of their output as particularly innovative. That’s not to say they’re not great developers, highly original thinking just isn’t their particular strength. The modus operandi has been to take an established genre, polish and tune it, and release a high quality game. Much more steady […]

A very brief return to Citadel Station

Night-dive have recently released a pre-alpha demo for their remake of System Shock, available on GOG and steam. It’s very brief, just a few rooms and corridors, probably less than 20% of the first deck. So there’s not a lot to comment on so far. What we see keeps to the blocky level geometry of […]

Shock Remake – still looking at you, Hacker

Looking Glass Studios cyberpunk first person shooter System Shock, released in 1994, spent many long years as abandonware. Then last year, Night Dive Studios came along, sorted out the legal rights, and released an enhanced version via digital distribution. It was recompiled to run natively in Windows, and featured slightly sharper graphics and greatly improved […]

This must be that Woodstock place Mom and Dad always talk about

A trailer is out for the forthcoming remastered version of Day of the Tentacle. So the artwork has been redone in a style that looks very similar to that of the original, just higher-resolution. Not sure if it’s been redrawn from scratch, or just put through some filters. It looks like it could be made […]

look at you, hacker

System Shock was, for me, the greatest of the early first-person shooters. Known as the “Thinking Man’s Doom” it was slower paced than most of its peers, with more emphasis on atmosphere, story and exploration. Some of my fondest 90s gaming memories are of prowling around Citadel Station’s executive deck and hangar bays, ion rifle […]

A rare and brave stance taken against crappy fremium games

So a while back I had my first introduction to the world of Fremium gaming, with EA’s Theme-Park for iOS and android. Here’s how it works: you buy rides and shops, which periodically generate either game money or experience points. Pathways are all already in place, and the park is divided into sections that can […]