In what will be a shock to no one born more than five minutes ago, it appears that we have not heard the last of the Oculus vs. Zenimax feud. Oculus motion for a retrial in the event the Court does not grant Defendants’ contemporarily filed Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law has been approved.
Freeze Me is pretty much exactly the game that I’ve wanted since beating Mario 64 and never getting a proper sequel (we can debate until the end of time whether or not Super Mario Sunshine was a worthy successor and you will never convince me.) As soon as I heard about it’s development I began to follow it obsessively and watched every video that I could find on YouTube. This was partly because I was also developing a game and the fact that it was being made by one person was a pretty big inspiration and served to encourage me as I was learning. But a far bigger reason I was interested in it was that it was a bright, colourful platformer in the vein of Mario 64 and after twenty years I was finally going to get to play the game that I had been waiting for.
Welcome to the first segment in the 3D Platformer (3DP) Renaissance series! Today I am looking at Unbox, a game from a Manchester indie studio, Prospect Games. This isn’t a review. I’ve not played nearly enough of this game to give a review, but I have to be honest, I was surprised at the quality of this game. Unless there are some really big problems later in the game, I feel fine suggesting that if you want a cool, unique 3DP with fun characters and tons of charm that you need to play this game.
If you stick around this site long enough you’re going to learn that I love two things above all else when it comes to video games. Virtual reality, and 3D platformers. Not long ago I had a major jones to play a good N64 era-like platformer, full of bright colours and silly characters. At the time there weren’t that many of them to play. I knew that Lucky’s Tale was coming to the Rift some time later, but I didn’t want to wait. (By the way, I will be playing some Lucky’s Tale over on the YouTube channel once I get that going.) I began searching YouTube to see if there were any new 3D platformers that I had not heard of. Who knew, maybe there were some on PC that I’d never played? I had been a console player for my whole life after all.
Everyone knows the “classic” board and card games: Monopoly, Candyland, and Uno just to name a few. Sadly, this is the extent of their game knowledge. There is a whole world of board and card games that use new and unique mechanisms, instead of the “roll and move” we all grew up with. For my first game review, I thought I’d start off with a “gateway” game. The term “gateway” refers to a group of games that are easy to learn and play, and introduce the new mechanisms to the gaming world. There are many games in this category, but Catan is often considered one of the best.