Archive for March 26th, 2014

GameSaga Previews Concursion, The Retro-Style Mash-Up From Puuba Games

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Concursion is an upcoming retro-style platformer/shoot’em up/hack & slash/action mash-up game from developer Puuba Games Games. In Concursion you’re tasked with reaching the end of each stage. Sounds simple enough right? Well it’s more difficult than it sounds especially in the later stages. You see, in Concursion you have to be able to play the role of one of five different characters at any given time. Each stage will switch it up repeatedly so you can’t get to comfortable with just one style of gameplay. In the platformer parts, you’ll be playing in a manner similar to Super Mario Bros. On the astronaut parts, you’ll be playing similar to Jetpack Joyride. For the hack & slash parts, it’s like a Ninja Gaiden homage. You’ll also have parts of stages where you’re flying a ship which emulates Gradius or R-Type gameplay. There’s even parts of stages where you’ll play similarly to Pac-Man. This is one of the most insane, craziest games I’ve ever played and it’s tons of fun. If the full game winds up anything like this, Puuba Games has a potential hit on hand. This is like 5-games-in-1 and it’s not one character type per stage. You’ll get at least two different types per level and later levels will give you all five.

The graphics are similar to 16-bit style, since this is a retro-inspired game. They look nice and colorful and your character is large and easily distinguishable from the enemies you face. The music is catchy and suits the game well. There doesn’t seem to be much of a story to the game thus far, but that was never the intent of retro style action/platformer games anyways. I mean look at Super Mario Bros. for example, its story was pretty much boiled down to defeat King Koopa, save Princess Toadstool, that’s about it.

There are also collectibles in Concursion in the form of green shards. These are scattered about in each level. Some are easy to find and in plain sight, others are hidden or hard to reach. To help you find them, the shards emit a pulsing sound effect when you are near them. They don’t seem to do anything much as of yet in this preview version of the game, but perhaps they’ll have a use in the final version of the game. They do fill up a meter that tracks which ones you have found in each stage, but that’s about it.

Concursion can be a challenging game at points, so it’s a good thing Puuba Games decided to put in checkpoints throughout each stage as you’ll likely need them a few times. Certain sections of the game are quite difficult, such as the moving spike platform and the corner jump as a ninja. The game also records your time each time you reach a checkpoint and at the end of the stage. This may indicate a possible time-based score feature, but that has thus far not been implemented into the game, it just simply records the time. Though it does appear to reward you with a sort of medal (in the form of a stopwatch) if you get a good time.

You only get a few hits before your character will die. Fortunately Concursion does have health power ups appear from time to time. You also seem to have infinite lives, at least in this preview version of the game. So you can just keep on trying until you clear a level.

All in all, Concursion is a fun game and this is just a small taste of what the full game could offer. Concursion is currently up for vote on Steam Greenlight, so if you’d like to see it released on Steam, be sure to head over and vote for the game. You can find out more info about Concursion on the official website.

Source: GameSaga Original

GDC 2014 – Full Project Morpheus Presentation Video

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Microsoft’s Xbox Live Reputation System Is Coming Soon

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Microsoft has announced that the reputation system they’ve been planning for Xbox Live will be coming soon to Xbox One. They also shared new details about the system. There will be four levels of reputation for Xbox Live. These are: Good Players, Needs Work (which incurs a warning; Green-Yellow color), Needs Work (which incurs a warning; Orange color), and Avoid Me (which incurs penalties). Most players (in theory) will be in the Good Players category. Microsoft wants to introduce rewards for players who stay in this category. Needs Work reputation will see players receive warnings about their behavior. This has been collected since the launch of Xbox One and is based on community feedback. Red is where you don’t want to be if you want to keep accessing everything Xbox Live offers, as players who receive the Avoid Me reputation will be penalized. Microsoft listed “reduced matchmaking pairings” and the inability to use features like Twitch if you manage to drop to this level. They also said the system has been designed to not punish you for bad things that occur over weeks of play. It also will filter out false reports filed by players who want to troll or grief others.

Source: All Games Beta & Xbox Wire

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (360 & PS3) – Second Tsuchikage Trailer

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Zombies Monsters Robots (PC) – Screenshots, Trailer, & Details

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En Masse Entertainment has officially announced Zombies Monsters Robots, an upcoming Third-Person Shooter for PC. Zombies Monsters Robots is being developed by Yingpei Games (the former Epic Games China) and it will be a free-to-play title. The game will feature co-op missions as well as PVP. A wave/survival mode will be included in the game as well. Co-op play supports up to eight players. PVP modes will support up to sixteen players. Zombies Monsters Robots will also feature customizable guns & gear. The current release plan is to have the game ready for a Summer release.

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Renegade Kid Announces A New Kickstarter Campaign For An Unknown Console Game

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Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS) – Item Shots Trailer

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Mordheim: City of the Damned (PC) – Logo, Screenshots, & First Details

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Focus Home Interactive has announced a video game version of Games Workshop’s classic tabletop game, Mordheim. The video game adaptation will be title Mordheim: City of the Damned and will be released on the PC in late 2014. Mordheim: City of the Damned is a turn-based tactical game. The game will also feature RPG elements and unit customization. Four factions included in the game  have been announced. They are:  Sisters of Sigmar, Possessed, Skaven, & Mercenaries from the Empire. There will be other factions as well, they have just not been announced yet. Mordheim: City of the Damned features permanent death for your units. So if they die, they are gone for good. You will be able to find weapons & items hidden in ruins or on dead opponents. There will be a collectible called Wyrdstones, but their function has not been announced. Mordheim: City of the Damned will feature a solo campaign as well as various multiplayer modes (these were not detailed thus far).

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Sonic Lost World (WU) – Zelda DLC Screenshot & Trailer

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Wolfenstein: The New Order (Multi) – Panzerhund Edition Image & Details

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Bethesda has announced a collector’s edition for the latest entry in the Wolfenstein series of First-Person Shooters, Wolfenstein: The New Order. It will be called the Panzerhund Edition. Interestingly, they have chosen to omit a copy of the game from this bundle. Their rationale for this decision? They claim that this will mean you don’t have to wait for the game to be shipped to you and pay extra for an oversize box. Not sure how the latter will work considering that the box would likely be oversized with or without the game. The Panzerhund Edition will be limited to 5,000 individually numbered copies. It comes with a footlocker style box, a classified folder which contains 11 “classified documents,” which are various case files, maps, an x-ray photo, an 8″ Panzerhund statue, a Steelbook, 14 postcards, three patches, and finally custom replica dog tags. The price? Only $100.00…plus the $59.99 you’re going to have to pay to buy the game separately.

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