Category Archives: First-person Shooter
You know you’re old when people start referring to those new fangled games what with that extra 3rd dimension that all those scrappy kids are into, like Mario 64, or even Mass Effect, as “retro”. One day the likes of No Man’s Sky or Resident Evil VII will be called a “quaint retro effort with clunky controls and terrible UI” no doubt.
Anyway, my point is, is Resident Evil 4 retro now? It still feels relatively nuskool to me: shiny polygons that don’t look like Virtua Lego pieces, faster gameplay, more responsive over-the-shoulder shooting, and a bit lightened up on the ol’ tank controls. And then I take a look and see that it’s pretty dam old as far as the series goes: 12 years(!) What have I done with my life.
In any case, here we are featuring a kind of remake/re-imagining of Resident Evil 4. Or at least what Resident Evil 4 could have been before it was Resident Evil 4. Resident Evil: Codename MADMAN is one fan’s effort to put together a completely new experience based on early prototype.
A few days ago – just in time for Christmas – we spewed out some of our best game picks from the blog. Now that the turkey carcasses have been picked clean and the hangovers have cleared (somewhat), it’s time to dip into Santa’s secret stash for more goodies from the past year or so…
New Retro Games’
Part 2: The Christmasing
CyberShade is a Doom Mod that converts the already-retro Doom to a even more retro experience by converting it to a 16 color palette to great effect. A psychoactive alternative to the sober original, it really turns the hellish descent of the original into a colourful trip into Google’s failed robotics venture.
Trying to recover after a near fatal finger incident, and a pretty much fatal laptop incident, we are bringing you some news from the space between spaces. No faceless monsters here, just juicy new retro game leads:
- Beyond Good and Evil is now free!
- Duke is back!
- Underrail expansion to be released!
Due to the excruciating minutae of every day life, I missed quite a few windows for news posts of latest releases, ports and other new and old retro happenings alike.
Still, not everyone religiously scans every major gaming website, minor blog by random guy, and auto-generated catch-all website for each and every thing that happens, so I figured it was worth shouting out some old news for those who have been living in a cave for the past 3 months like me.
- Shock! A game with zombies and pixels
- Sass! 90s style adventure game about a biker chick
- H-h-hackers! SHODAN returns… again
- Monsters be here: new Final Fantasy Tactics mod!
A few months back the Remake Roundup took a look at the venerable bright yellow godfather of video games, Pac-Man. We found so many colourful remakes and re-imaginings that we couldn’t fit them all in. Heck, there was even a re-imagined gritty reboot.
So here we are again for another slice of the golden pie. This time we find more arcade updates, left-field weirdness, and yet more horror themed shenanigans.
Lab is a new freeware Wolfenstein 3D clone, playable in-browser. It plays a pretty decent homage to the lupine first person shooter, and Doom too, I suppose, but the square rooms seem more Wolf3d.exe than DooM.bat if you know what I mean. Lab is a pretty good callback full of guns to collect and probably-just-misunderstood mutants to blast. Sadly, no Dexters in sight though.
As a slight twist to the proceedings, you don’t need to press space to open doors, as here in this dizzying future age doors now open automatically when you get close. Secret doors are the more moody sort and apparently open in a less civil manner, which that is to say, by shooting them. This sadly means no running through the level continuously pressing the space bar while searching for secret doors making that continuous grunting sound.
In case you couldn’t tell by the giant BIGDINO in the corner, it’s also sponsored by a large prehistroic reptile.
Lab | Play online
Remake Roundup is a feature that takes a famous (or infamous) game from the past and dives into the pool of homebrew remakes that recreate the old experience with a modern lens, for better or worse. In this edition we take a look at one of the grand daddys of FPS: Wolfenstein 3D. From voxel nazis to destructible terrain, it’s anything but quiet on this western front.
Time to go back… back to the Citadel. System Shock receives the Enhanced Edition treatment.
The re-release will support resolutions up to 1024×768 (compared to the original 640×480), as well as a widescreen mode. Gameplay has also received a lift with the addition of a mouselook mode, re-mappable controls, and apparently improvements to inventory and item management.
Both System Shock and the enhanced releases are currently available in a single package, with a 40% discount for all System Shock 2 owners on GOG.com – and 20% off for everyone else.
This week’s news round up has a theme of ‘when old becomes new’ just like the site!
- Turok’s Back – Enhanced release of 90’s dino shooter announced!
- Grandia II gets… Grandier – steamy, anniversary re-release!
- Silent Rage – Streets of Rage meets Silent Hill, at last!