Grayness and depression.
Dear Esther: Landmark edition for PS4 could very well be the most boring game I have ever played. This narrative driven exploration game literally put me to sleep. Yes, after strolling around a grey and ugly island for about an hour, listening to a man reading from his letters to Esther, I fell asleep in my chair. Actually, calling this a game is a huge overstatement, because it doesn’t seem to have any interactions at all. There are no puzzles or mysteries to solve, except holding the joystick forward and and listening to the emerging story once you reach certain points on the map. Oh well it’s my own fault for not checking it out you Youtube before buying. Wasn’t really that expensive anyway.
So I started playing Metal Gear Solid V, The Phantom Pain today. The intro is BONKERS. It’s one hour of shaky cam and cut scene bonanza. You start out having to crawl SLOWLY through bloody hospital floors while Keifer Sutherland in bandages urges you to hurry the fuck up. At the end you’re riding bareback through the woods while chased by some crazy ass fire god on a burning unicorn.
SOMA was released over a year ago, so as usual I’m a bit late to the party. I grabbed this game at the latest Steam summer sale but haven’t started it until now for some reason. SOMA was developed by Frictional Games, a team of indie-developers that happens to be located in my old hometown Ängelholm, in the south Sweden. These guys of course also did the hugely successful Amnesia The Dark Descent, which I have to admit to have bought at another sale but actually only playing a couple of hours. SOMA however is just my cup of tea with the perfect blend of mystery, horror and science fiction. Love it.
Last night, after 18 hours of playtime and 677 kills I finally finished Uncharted 4 on my PS4. I’m still awestruck. It’s such a great game, on so many levels and I would dare to say it’s one of the best so far, if not the best.
It’s not often I get impressed by a computer game but the Uncharted series has managed to do this four times now. The thing I’m most impressed with is the world building and how the story sucks you in. The world of Nathan Drake is believable and the characters are almost real, with their own desires and emotions. It’s the trademark of a really good movie and rarely, just rarely you get this from a computer game as well. Check it out if you haven’t already.
Somebody was kind enough to record and upload gameplay from my old game Cybergames. It was released as shareware on the Amiga in 1995.
A friend of mine saw this game in an arcade hall when he was in Japan this spring. Incredible strange and so Japanese. 🙂
Development of the dance arcade machine Pump it up pro 2 is now finished. Soon it will soon be shipped to arcades around the world and you can step dance to my track Mind your matter. Click here for the list of tracks available.
Some trailers for computer games today are even more stunning than movie trailers. Check out these two new cinematic trailers – both top notch showcases of computer animation today. The first one is for Star Wars – The old republic and the second one is for Star Wars – The force unleashed 2.