Game release: “Kholat” (PC)

Despite the hot weather, horror adventures like IMGN.PRO‘s Kholat will still make your skin crawl.

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In the same vein as real-time first-person exploration games like Dear Esther or Gone Home, the gameplay doesn’t revolve around object combinations, but on navigating isolated surroundings while discovering what happened or what is happening. Based on the real Dyatlov Pass incident with the disappearance of people under mysterious circumstances, the player has to dive deep into the Ural Mountains without disappearing him or herself.

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It looks all rather good with the Unreal Engine 4 in addition to some lovely art design, and the voice work by Sean Bean gives the indie game a more Hollywood-like appearance. While the trailer doesn’t tell much, the atmosphere should be enough to warrant a play if one wants to experience some chills during the hot summertime. There’s also a 10% launch discount on both Steam and GOG that will last until June 22, 10:59 PM GMT.

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I’m not sure if my PC can handle it, but if it does, then rest assured I’ll give it the review treatment, as I enjoyed the underrated movie The Dyatlov Pass Incident by Renny Harlin. Only this time with no other participants on the trip to help out and (more importantly due to some rather boring dialogue and uninteresting characters) to converse with, the game might actually do the unsettling source material justice.

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Game release: “D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season One” (PC)

Access Games‘ adventure game D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season One was already released almost a year ago as an Xbox One exclusive, but it’s now out on PC as well.

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With the involvement of Hidetaka “SWERY” Suehiro who did the completely bonkers Deadly Premonition, this title stands out from the crowd. For those of you who haven’t heard of the debut game, it was an Xbox 360 exclusive and was then ported to PS3 and PC as a Director’s Cut. Unfortunately, the latter suffered from crashes, incompatible gamepads and other problems. That’s the reason why I haven’t reviewed this version yet, as it simply didn’t work on my PC, although I enjoyed the original console game. As it seems, the PC version of D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die doesn’t struggle with these issues with only a few framerate hiccups.

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But enough babbling about technical stuff. The real reason why anyone who doesn’t have a console should check this out is how uniquely insane the gameplay and presentation is. Being a weird showcase of Kinect, it might lose something in the translation from eye-tracking movements to simple mouse controls, but the weird proceedings on screen are still intact. Whoever thought that Heavy Rain was the death of adventure games because of the reliance on quick time events, will surely have a hard time with this, as it’s full of them. Controlling the main protagonist is also kept to a minimum with the first-person perspective only requiring to point and click at objects or NPCs, although knowing the developer’s previous work, there’s still some investigative skills required.

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If this all sounds like a game without much interactivity, then suffice to say that Deadly Premonition had some horrible gameplay and not-so-great graphics. But the quirky characters made it an unforgettable experience. Just watching the trailer with its over-the-top action where dying is just as much fun with slapstick, offbeat humor, and out-of-this-world characters (the main character living together with a woman who behaves like a cat, how can you beat that?) makes the game worth experiencing. The plot about time travel in order to undo the murder of the protagonist’s wife might sound like serious stuff, but knowing Deadly Premonition with its many crazy twists and turns, this shouldn’t keep you from enjoying a short trip into Japanese madness.

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The game is available on both Steam and GOG with a 10% discount ending tomorrow, TFriday, June 12, at 10:59 PM GMT (at least for the GOG version).

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More GOG Telltale Games releases, a contest and a big sale

Good news for all those loving their games episodic and their storytelling based on popular franchises: GOG added even more titles to its Telltale Games catalogue.

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Only available on Steam before, it’s great to finally get Game of Thrones: Season 1, The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead: Season 1, The Walking Dead: Season 2, and The Walking Dead: 400 Days in the DRM-free form. Tales from the Borderlands is also planned to be included in the near future.

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For those who haven’t experienced Telltale Games’ interactive stories, you can read the reviews of The Walking Dead: Season 1 and The Walking Dead: 400 Days. Unfortunately due to time problems, I haven’t been able to play the other games yet. But rest assured that they’ll be added to the review section soon.

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The same also holds true for the older titles which are more in the vein of point-and-click puzzle solving, like Tales of Monkey Island, Sam & Max Save the World, Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space, Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse, and Back to the Future: The Game. Yes, I’ve played them ages ago, but it’s about time to review them here as well, as they’re really quite excellent. Now if GOG also releases other Telltale Games titles like Bone or even Jurassic Park: The Game (the one I haven’t played), this would make the collection complete.

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Now’s the perfect time to get into these games, as GOG is doing a Tell a Telltale Tale contest in which one has to tweet (yes, you got to have a Twitter account) a short summary of a Telltale Games title. Maybe not the most creative work, but at least there are some goodies to win.

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At the moment, there’s also a big GOG Summer Sale going on with all the aforementioned games discounted for 50 to 85%. So grab them while the deal is hot!

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GOG Star Wars Day releases and sales

Only two days before the unofficial worldwide Star Wars Day celebration, but digital distributor of classic games GOG already has plenty on offer already with new releases and sales.

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Two of the biggest and also most pleasant surprises are Rebel Assault 1 & 2, interactive movies with lots of on-rails shooting and also the reason for many, including myself, to get a CD-ROM drive back in the old days. This might sound strange for those growing up with DVDs or even BDs, but it was a big deal being finally able to relive the famous moments of Star Wars history with FMVs.

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The video quality might look pretty bad in comparison to today’s technology, while the gameplay isn’t the most refined, but to understand what an impact these games had, one really should check them out. The second title even had a completely new story with newly filmed video sequences and mostly unknown actors. I don’t remember much of it, other than it was fun without experiencing the same wow factor. But then again, it’s one package for a very small price on GOG to try out both.

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If you like space sims like me, then X-Wing and TIE-Fighter are must haves, this time even being upgraded with the Collector’s CD-ROM editions which feature better graphics and controls.

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I haven’t played the new versions yet, but spent a lot of time with the originals. Compared to today’s console-centric gaming, these are pretty difficult and need some getting used to when learning all the different keyboard layouts. But they’re totally worth it if you want to have that special fighting-for-the-rebels or fighting-for-the-Empire feeling, and also to see how intriguing and unique joystick gaming was.

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It was only a matter of time, but they’re finally available on GOG as well: the sequels to Dark Forces and Jedi Knight: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy.

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I haven’t finished the former or even played the latter. But what X-Wing did for the space sims genre, the Jedi Knight games did for FPS games, namely transporting the space saga atmosphere with lightsaber duels and blaster shootouts to the computer screen. The graphics might not have altered that well, but there’s surely no better way to relive the past glory days when the games were way better than what George Lucas came up with later on his unimaginative own.

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To celebrate these releases and the upcoming Star Wars Day, GOG has two sales going on until Thursday, May 7, 6:59 AM GMT, the Blaster Bundle and Saber Bundle, including even more Star Wars goodness of various genres.

So if you want to have some games which are true to the source material and bridge the gap of waiting for new films, then there’s no better time than now on GOG.

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Game release: “Broken Age – Act 2” + GOG creative writing contest

After being financed via Kickstarter, it was quiet at Double Fine Productions about Time Schafer’s adventure game, but the second instalment of Broken Age is finally out now.

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I haven’t been much involved in the whole fundraising craze since Tim Schafer started it, and I still think it wasn’t the best idea to split it into two games without telling people beforehand or even using part of the money for other projects. But putting these issues aside, I’m rather excited about this release. Many voices were raised that the puzzles of the first act were too easy and that it made too many compromises to speak to a bigger audience. But looking at the art design, listening to the stellar voice acting and the world Schafer created makes playing this more than worthwhile.

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Personally I’m not into the whole puzzles-for-the-genre’s-sake argument. Actually I never was. For me, story comes first, and if it’s about going into a world with characters that is compelling to explore and who are interesting to talk to, then that’s enough to warrant a play. But like the Telltale games, I’d rather play the whole thing instead of having to wait so long (in this case over a year) to see the conclusion.

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The idea of having two worlds collide, two different personalities in the form of Vella who’s going to be sacrificed for her village, and Shay who is on a spaceship that’s too protective, is certainly great storytelling material, so hopefully this turns out to be the awesome experience Double Fine Studios promised.

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Waiting for the release of the complete package was also worth it if you want to have a boxed version without having actively participated in the crowdfunding process. Thanks to Nordic Games, this retail version includes both the DRM-free game and a Steam code.
Speaking of DRM-free, GOG has a 30% launch discount that will last for one week, until Tuesday, May 5, at 9:59 AM. This Thursday, April 30th, at 6pm GMT (2pm EDT/11am PDT), Tim Schafer himself will also present the game live on GOG’s Twitch.tv.

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If this wasn’t enough, there’s also a creative writing contest on GOG which is about creating a unique character in the universe of Broken Age by providing a name, a story, and a goal. For more information, check out this news page.

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