Thursday, March 15, 2012

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition

The countdown on baldursgate.com have finally reached it's end, and revealed Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. It's currently quite hard to reach the page, but I hope the traffic will ease down soon. The official information is that Overhaul Games have been given permission to work on the games in the Baldur's Gate series. This will not be Baldur's Gate III, it will be upgraded versions of Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

SimCity Reboot 2013

It's been announced today that SimCity will be getting an official reboot. SimCity was first released in 1989 for the Amiga and Macintosh. This new game is scheduled for release in 2013.

Watch the trailer here.

Here is the announcement:
Welcome to the SimCity Developers Blog! Hello, my name is Kip Katsarelis and I’m the Lead Producer for SimCity. Today we announced the reboot of SimCity and launched our brand new portal. We know that fans of the franchise will be eager to learn more about the game. Our goal is to let you know what’s going on with feature development, give you a behind the scenes sneak peak and let you see what’s happening here at the Maxis Studio. I speak for myself and the entire Maxis team in saying we are very excited to finally be debuting SimCity! Check back soon for an update on our announcement from GDC. Rejoice fans, SimCity is back!

Official website here.

Here is the blog post with the announcement.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

XCOM: Enemy Unknown 2012

The new XCOM: Enemy Unknown game seems to be coming along nicely:
XCOM: Enemy Unknown Deep Dive #1

XCOM: Enemy Unknown, is a new game made in the spirit of the 1994 game, UFO: Enemy Unknown. It's been confirmed to be in production by Firaxis Games since 2008, and it's scheduled to be released in the fall of 2012. An early version was a direct remake of the classic game from 1994, and it's rumored that this direct remake will be released with the collectors edition of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. This is the first Firaxis game that doesn't feature the Sid Meier name, but he is still involved as the director of creative development.

More official information here:
http://www.xcom.com/enemyunknown/index.html

Bonus retro video:
UFO: Enemy Unknown

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Mari0

Perhaps you remember that Super Mario Portal video that circled the internet a while back?

Well, the game is called Mari0, and it has finally been released!

If you are having trouble getting the game to run, try the forum.


While you are here, you might also like this blog post:
PC Games of the 1990's

Thursday, December 08, 2011

PC Games of the 1990's: 1992

I hope to bring some old games back for discussion by mentioning them here. I will also give a description of the games current status, with regard to current distribution and remakes. If you want to replay any of these old games and discuss the experience, please let me know in a comment (or in some other way).

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis is the seventh game to use the SCUMM engine, the first game being Maniac Mansion. SCUMM actually means Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion. Even if Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis was released 1992, it wasn't until 1993 before it was re released as an improved version with voice acting and sound effects. The game is played in one of three game modes, or paths: Team, Wits or Fist. In the Team path, Indiana will get help through the game from Sophia Hapgood. In the Wits path there are a lot of complicated puzzles, and in the Fist path focuses a lot on action and in particular fist fighting. Fist fighting is completely optional in the Team and Wits paths.
Today:
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis is available on Steam.
There is a somewhat inactive fan project to create Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 2 over at Amber Fish Arts.

Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty
Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty was released by Westood Studios, and titled Dune II: Battle for Arrakis in Europe. It was one of the first games to support the general MIDI standard. It is based on the 1984 movie Dune, which is in turn based on the novel Dune written by Frank Herbert. Dune II set the standard for what an RTS (Real Time Strategy) game should look like that lasted for a very long time. Dune II was for example the first RTS with unique factions with at least some different units, resource gathering for building units and that some building had to be constructed in a certain order. The AI for Dune II isn't very sharp. Interestingly, investigations into the game engine have shown the AI to be capable of more advanced behavior then what is shown in the game. Unfortunately repeated mistakes in the mission scripts left those capabilities unused.
Today:
OpenDUNE is an open source remake.
Dine II: The Golden Path is a multiplayer remake.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

PC Games of the 1990's: 1991

I hope to bring some old games back for discussion by mentioning them here. I will also give a description of the games current status, with regard to current distribution and remakes.

Civilization
The computer game Civilization was created by Bruce Shelley and Sid Meier for MicroProse, and is based on the board game (published in the U.K. 1980 by Avalon) with the same name. If you have never played the board game, I highly recommend it.
Today: FreeCiv is an actively developed open source version of Civilization II. Another fan made version is C-Evo. While C-Evo isn't a true copy of any official Civilization game, it's an interesting version.


Lemmings
Lemmings, the game were you have to use your mouse clicking prowess to keep the little creatures safe, was developed by DMA Design (now Rockstar North) and released by Psygnosis. Lemmings was originally made for the Amiga, but a DOS version was released just a few months after the Amiga version.
Today: Pingus is an open source game inspired by Lemmings that's still being actively developed. Clones is available through Steam, and has a game play that is somewhat similar to Lemmings.

Another World
Another World is a game that I still think about from time to time for it's interesting setting, artful cinematic and the fact that all character communication is done via facial expressions and body language.
Today: Another World is available through Good Old Games.

If you start playing any of these games again, please let me know how it turns out. Did it turn out that you still love the game, or were you disappointed? I would love to replay some of these games and then discuss the experience.

Keep reading: PC Games of the 1990's: 1992

The first post in the series: PC Games of the 1990's: 1990.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Diablo III Beta-Key Sweepstakes

Just as a quick note, I submitted this link to Reddit, and it proved very popular.
Blizzard will be giving away 200 Diablo 3 beta keys every week for ten weeks, sign up and you might get one of them.
http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/blog/3116883/Diablo_III_Beta-Key_Sweepstakes-11_10_2011