Microsoft recently released a Game Preview version of Obsidian Entertainment’s new title Grounded for the Xbox One and PC. A game that’s pretty much a mix of Honey I Shrunk the Kids with the video game Don’t Starve. This was originally going to be a review but the more I thought about it, you can’t really review a game that isn’t finished.
Xbox’s Game Preview is a lot like Steam’s Early Access, which means the game isn’t quite fully conceptualized yet. However, you can pay to play it in its current state and provide developers with feedback to help shape the game’s final form. With that said, the Game Preview version of Grounded is very promising and a whole lot of fun even though it’s kind of bare-bones.
With the release of their game coming up, we had a nice long chat with Kahlil Abdullah, co-founder of Decoy Games about all things Swimsanity, helping other marginalized game developers, and what’s next. Visit Black Nerd Problems website or click the link below to read the full interview!
BNP: So, for all the folks that don’t know about Swimsanity, tell us what the game is all about.
Khalil: Swimsanity is a 4-player, underwater shooter with competitive and cooperative game modes where you can play with or against your friends. Basically, you control this underwater, aquatic hero called a Mooba. And he’s equipped with all these special power moves called ‘Unleashes.’ You can become a humongous shark, you can heal your teammates, you can deploy an underwater, what we call, an aqua tank. There are 13 of these, across 8 different game modes.
So, if you’re kind of a competitive guy, you can play against your friends in a typical deathmatch or elimination mode. We also flip the game on itself and let people play all on the same team with cooperative modes where you can do big boss battles or survival. There’s really something for everyone. The game is gonna have local and online play, and we just announced last month that it’s gonna have cross-play across all consoles and PC.
Is it wrong to pick up swords in a dungeon? Well, it seems that all is fair in love and war. In little more than a week, Kitfox Games’ Boyfriend Dungeon has more than doubled its Kickstarter goal. This begs the question…why hasn’t anyone created a Dungeon Crawling Dating Sim before? If you don’t know,…
Insomniac gives us our first look at its upcoming Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive and well …. is saying something is so “Insomniac” a term? Unlike Insomniac’s last game, Fuse, this game seem to have more of their style and charm. I honestly don’t know what to call this game. It is like an odd blend of open-world, zombie-shooter with elements of Ratchet and Clank. Strangely enough the game reminds me of Epic’s on seemingly vansihed game Fortnite. The mission statement for them seems to be, “make this game as crazy as possible”, which fits Insomniac’s style. So I’ll be keeping up with this one just to see how crazy they can get.
So after the trailer leaked, Activision saw fit to officially announce Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. This is the first Call of Duty game made completely by Slegdehammer Game and its almost unrecognizable. The game looks like a mix between Call of Duty and all the tech from Elysium. I have not play the Call of Duty series in years because I kind of grew tired of it, but this is too interesting to overlook.
Despite my feeling on the Annualization of games, Activision seems to try to change up the Call of Duty formula enough every year so it seems completely new. Also, with the release of TitanFall, they are facing some stiff competition so the change feels necessary. Also Kevin Spacey, whoo hooo!
Every time I see Freedom Wars I get a little bit more excited. While I have been deep into all the indie and downloadable games that you can find on the PS Vita, I haven’t been this excited for the big games since Gravity Rush. The perception is that Vita does not have any games, but anyone who owns the system knows that is far from the truth and are more than satisfied. I think Sony’s problem is that they do not talk about the Vita as much as they should, but that’s a conversation for another day. Only problem is, Freedom Wars is Japan only. Crossing my fingers for a western release.
I have a soft spot in my heart for the Digimon series. I dare say I even like it better than the more popular Pokemon series. The Digimon World games were always one the best parts of the franchise. Digimon World Re Digitize Decode is an expanded 3DS version of the PSP game that came out a year ago. It plays similar to the first Digimon World game that came out on the PS One more than a decade ago. So far the game is Japan only and it really makes sad, as I would love to play a new Digimon World game.
While most of content in this Japanese Pokemon X and Y trailer isn’t fairly new, there are some things in here we may have not seen yet. Like the customizing your character, horde battles, a closer look at sky battles and the PSS (Player Search System). They also show off the Xerneas-Yveltal Blue 3DS, one of two Japan only special edition 3DS’ coming out. The other being the Premium Gold edition.