Entries in hella indie (90)

Wednesday
Jul012015

PPR Presents Play Play: Titan Souls

he thrill of pushing against overwhelming odds to the brink of death is a fantasy that anyone fan of a good action tale can relate to, but there is such a thing as overkill, and Titan Souls is a prime example of running a bit too far with the concept.

Join George and Ser as they stumble through the pixelated ruins of giants and monsters in Acid Nerve’s Titan Souls, and try to make sense of all death suffered in the process—it’s the kind of shit that will break you from the start.

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Sunday
Jun142015

PPR Presents Play Play: Tiny Dangerous Dungeons

hile it’s easy to dismiss the vast majority of retro-inspired indie love letters available as of late, I feel like the sentiment is still far from accurate. It’s kind an almost-trend of where the accusations of pandering or creative stagnation flood the discussion of this pseudo sub-genre, and  hopping on board with the consensus is one of the more common displays of low-hanging fruit that I’ve seen on both the community, and industry fronts of video games today.

Which is why it warms the heart to seen a game that’s solid enough to stand as an exception to that very inclination, and Tiny Dangerous Dungeons from Adventureislands is that title. This particular Play Play is solo one with George at the helm, as he wanted to share the game with everyone in a way where the a video was the better format over a “Late To The Party” feature when it comes down to conveying all the thoughts he has about it. Enjoy the sporadic Play Play and be sure to find the game and buy it to support the developer if you like what you see in the video!

 

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Sunday
May102015

QCF: Axiom Verge

hether you love it or hate it, the renaissance of independently developed indie games is still very much kicked into high gear, and new titles like Shovel Knight and Hotline Miami are keep everyone on notice.

And with indie games still heavy hitting the scene of console gaming, the inevitable swell of side-scrolling love letters coming out of the mix, but none more frequent then the fan-favorite sub-genre that’s fondly recognized by the portmanteau that every gaming enthusiast has come to know: Metroidvania.

While the argument for if whether or not the sizable wave of these games is doing more harm than good to the genre is still up for debate, one particular title has uniquely approached the formula in a different direction. A direction that magnificently caters to both the culture of the titular design, and the fundamental dynamics that drive its appeal; Tom Happ’s Axiom Verge, a title that beautifully integrates what it homages into an experience that you’ll keep thinking about it, even after it’s over.

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Sunday
May102015

QCF: Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

o matter what your standpoint on the matter is, it’s a fact that’s commonly accepted by a majority of modern society; violence is a part of life. Now when it comes to how people come to terms with this is an entirely different story, but I always found the concept of depictions that revel in graphically glorifying it as a point of illustration to be interesting; especially when it worked.

The argument on whether or not the gory aggression worked for Hotline Miami 2 though is a bit muddled, because when it works—it works.

And when it doesn’t, the title rings a bit hollow with a reverberation of pretension.

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Monday
May042015

PPR 94

f there ever was a constant that we’ve seen within the world of video games is that it’s forever caught in a rat race of progression; constantly trying to outdo whatever was done before it.

And in some cases; redoing something we’ve seen all over again with a new coat of polish—actually, it’s safe to say that we’ve seen this, in a LOT of cases…

Join us here at PPR as we discuss the torrent of titles that have gotten a high definition facelift in the recent years, sometime re-releasing multiple times. Is it too much? Is this yet another sign of games facing a creative bankruptcy? Maybe, or maybe not, you won’t really know what we think until you listen to the episode, dummy.

In addition, we converse about a crap-load of games, Destiny, FFXIV: A Realm Reborn, Axiom Verge, Hotline Miami 2, Bloodborne, and more; and then there’s a bunch of childhood reminiscing over how terrible we all were as kids—what are you waiting for? Start listening!

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Monday
Apr062015

Bullet Heaven HD, Episode 129 - Cyberpunk 3776

he Euroshmup is often a subject of great debate in more traditionalist circles. Oftentimes, mechanics like lifebars and shields are put in place to hide their unrefined gameplay. But some Euroshmups are pretty great,as evidenced by Duranik's Sturmwind, which we looked at in episode 118 of Bullet Heaven HD... but how does the ultra-nihilistic Cyberpunk 3776 fare?

 

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Friday
Mar062015

PPR at GDC 15

urviving another year of the world’s largest gathering of game developers and alumni, PPR takes to the studio, and this time they brought some friends.

In this special edition of Press Pause Radio, we’re joined by EGM’s Reviews/Previews Editor Ray Carsillo, and and EGM's Managing Editor, Andrew Fitch, and we talk about all the damn GDC.

Topics discussed include Valve Vive, Narcosis, PlayStation Morpheus, Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes, Oculus Rift, Time Machine, Close Your, Fart Jokes, Throw Trucks with Your Mind, Gamergate, Indie Mega Booth, and more. So kick up a seat, and give it a listen why don’t you!

Also, whenever you get the chance, go visit EGMNOW and catch all of the sweet news and reviews that Ray, Andrew, and the rest of the EGM gang have done. 

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Thursday
Mar052015

GDC 15: Listing off the best of The 4th annual MIX

or four years running now, IGN has collaborated with people at Media Indie Exchange to host The MIX; a community mixer filled with people and indie developers who raise drinks and booze in hand in to celebrate the same communal kind of charm that you’d expect out of GDC.

I had the privilege to be invited to this fine event yet again, and as I strolled past the offerings booze and appetizers, I strolled the aisles in search of any game that caught my eye; especially something that I wouldn’t be able to see at GDC.

Here were all of my personal highlights from the event, and it’s safe to say that I left feeling a degree of anticipation for new games that I haven’t quite felt before.

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