Adam Ames and Armaan Khan are joined by special guest, Wadjet Eye Games founder, Dave Gilbert. In this episode, Dave switches between his developer and publisher hats to give fascinating insight into what it takes to run both ends of the PC gaming spectrum. Dave also goes into detail about heavily discounted game sales, Steam and much more.
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Running Time: 1 hour, 9 minutes.
After multiple false alarms by Square-Enix, the re-release of Final Fantasy VII for PC has finally seen the light of day. Unfortunately, it appears to be an extreme bare bones rehash of the original PC version released in 1997. Below will chronicle our first, and quite possibly last, impressions of this title. You can also jump straight to our 10 minute gameplay video via YouTube.
By – Adam Ames
The dash/time management genre of PC games has died down quite a bit over just three short years. Back then, the popularity of titles like Diner Dash lead to a massive influx of [insert an event here] Dash. Imminent Games looks to bring back this style of games with their adorably fun, Drip Drip.
Monday is here once again and so are the Daily Links. Take a look around this crazy place we call the internet for great PC technology stories. Safari not being updated, Windows 8 will only boot into Metro, various hardware reviews and PC gaming articles.
We wanted to give everyone an update on the happenings going around TPG over the next month. We are officially transferring the site to our new host, TPG Cast is taking off, along with our usual releases of e-mail interviews. In addition, a new TPG video series we hope you will enjoy.
By Stuart Young
A Virus Named TOM is a tight little puzzle game with a neat twist. You play as TOM, a computer virus created by the archetypical deranged genius Dr. X. Thanks to Dr. X’s innovations, his erstwhile employers, Mega-Tech, have created the City of Tomorrow – a retro-futuristic 60s flavoured technological paradise of automated sidewalks and robotic pets. After his brilliant ideas take a turn for the homicidal, Dr. X is fired by the company and creates one last invention – TOM, a virus designed to frazzle all the city’s circuitry.
For our tenth TPG Cast, Phil Cordaro and Adam Ames decide to tone things down a bit with some off topic discussion. In the beginning though, Adam tells his horror story about GFWL then goes on to talk about the lack of quality customer service. Phil then shines happiness on the cast by bringing up the fast food differences between Germany and the US. You can download direct on Dropbox or listen via YouTube.
Running Time: 1 hour, 2 minutes. Up Next: Dave Gilbert from Wadjet Eye Games
By – Omar Khan
Finding the right balance of challenge and enjoyment is key when developing a game. Sure, when you’re a child you can spend hour after hour after hour on the same level of Earthworm Jim, but as soon as exams, a job, or heaven forbid, a social life start to get in the way, the few precious hours you get alone with a game have to be engaging and fun, but also progressive. Orcs Must Die! 2 fits this bill perfectly.
Modders. Is there anything they cannot accomplish? KOTOR II was released seven years ago and finally after years of hard work, The Restored Content Mod is now available. This mod restores much of the content dumped by Obsidian in order to meet their release deadline. It also fixes many bugs, some of which, blocked available quests and dialogue. You can download TSLRCM via ModDB or the official forums. KOTOR II is not available on any digital distribution platform, but can be found at local US retail stores such as Best Buy, Target or Wal-Mart.
Neogen2 Creations brings us word of their new 4x strategy title, Star Lords. Take command as you seek to develop colonies, rule your empire and conquer all who oppose you. Star Lords is currently in Alpha with a release date of Winter 2012. You can pre-order Star Lords which entitles you to a 35% discount on the game and access to the beta and all additional updates.
This is June. All she wants to do is ascend to the top of a tower, but will have to use her wits and a few bombs to make the journey. LogiGun, developed by Alfred Lam, is a physics based puzzle platformer. LogiGun is available for purchase now on the official site. A demo is also offered before you throw down your money.
By – Carlin Au
An old school shooter built on the amazing CryEngine 3. Sounds like a magnificent idea, doesn’t it? Surely, a combination of the new and old is bound to produce something beautiful. I’m afraid it’s only a gimmick as the engine just creates a blur around everything the player sees. Not exactly viable for a fast-paced Quake-style game. This coupled with a small amount of players, Nexuiz simply falls short.
By Phil Cordaro
Rainbows At Your Front Door is a new sporadic feature from Phil Cordaro about the bright side of PC titles that received a less than stellar initial reaction from the press. First up, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine.
Have you been wanting to play a cell shaded first-person shooter in the style of Doom and Duke Nukem with platforming aspects? Well, Final Boss Entertainment has got you covered with the, now-in-beta, Wrack. If you pre-order today, the price is cut in half to $4.99. You can also watch the official trailer here.
Developer Blake Fix brings us a great and unique one-button platformer, Walker. While the entire village sits around wasting life away, Walker decides to explore a dangerous but beautiful world. You can check more and download the game on the official site.
This is the city. A city of peaceful where the future is now. That is, until Dr. X goes crazy with revenge. Find out why in the brain teasing puzzler, A Virus Named Tom by Misfits Attic now available on Steam for $7.49 until August 8th.
Before anyone asks, yes. We know this is an image of two dudes playing a console on a PC gaming site. Stop worrying about that and continue tightening up the graphics on Level 3. When you are done, TPG wants to know what you have been playing over the last month and titles you plan on starting this month. Got addicted to any hidden gems over the Steam Summer Sales? Picked up classics from GOG? Start discussing in the comments.
Adam Ames and Phil Cordaro talk with Marketing and PR Manager for GOG.com, Trevor Longino about all things digital distribution. Trevor also speaks on his discomfort with massively discounted PC gaming sales and how GOG researchers deal with finding info on old titles. Adam asks about the difficulty convincing developers to embrace DRM-free while Phil brings up why GOG seems to be alone in global flat-rate pricing. In addition, Trevor talks a bit about the shift in bringing indies and modern titles to GOG. Plus much, much more. Oh yes, according to Trevor, Carmageddon is still coming to GOG soon.
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Running Time: 1 hour, 22 minutes.
GetGames is offering Darksiders II Limited Edition for $37.99 if you pre-order before August 14th. Pre-ordering also entitles you to the upcoming Argul’s Tomb DLC due out a month after release.
By Armaan Khan
Chances are good you’ve never heard of the term “visual novel.” If you have, then you either associate it with Japanese sex games or are a fan of the genre who knows better. I’ll save those in the latter category some reading and say up front that you should buy Cinders because it’s one of the best Western visual novels I’ve read. Everyone else might want to read on to find out more about this game, and the genre it occupies.