TPG Cast Episode 11: Wadjet Eye Games

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.

Download direct from Dropbox or listen via YouTube.

Running Time: 1 hour, 9 minutes.

Final Fantasy VII PC Re-Release Impressions

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.

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A Virus Named TOM Review

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.

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TPG Cast Episode 10: Off Topic

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

Orcs Must Die! 2 Review

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.

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The Sith Lords Restored Content Mod

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.

4x Battles Await In Star Lords

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.

Nexuiz Review

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.

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TPG Cast Episode 9: GOG Interview With Trevor Longino

Adam Ames and Phil Cordaro talk with Marketing and PR Manager for, 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.

Download via Dropbox or listen on YouTube.

Running Time: 1 hour, 22 minutes.

Cinders Review

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.

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Max Payne Mod: Payne Effects 3

For those of you who snatched up Max Payne 1 and 2 for a dirt cheap price during the Steam Summer Sale, here is a mod that will add to an already outstanding gaming experience.  Payne Effects 3 adds more realistic shootouts, weapons, and a ton of other features.  You can download Payne Effects 3 via ModDB.  Even if you must pay the full price of $9.99 right now, both games are well worth the price of admission.