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JMM says:. December 19, at am. John says:. The success of Life Is Strange lay in the emotional impact of the story as teenager Max Caulfield attempts to unravel the mystery surrounding the apparent death of her friend Chloe Price - along with a little help from Max's ability to rewind time and try to alter the course of events. The success of that first game was a potential problem for this new sequel, as it means that anyone who has played the original Life Is Strange already knows where the story is heading.
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However, Before The Storm succeeds on its own terms, showing us more about Chloe's life and introducing a new character called Rachel Amber. The main game is divided into three episodes, with the first episode setting the scene as Chloe and Rachel skip school and hang out together - and then discover a disturbing secret about Rachel's family life. The next two episodes see the young girls tackling their personal problems and getting caught up with a small-town drug-dealer, and this Deluxe Edition also includes a fourth episode that acts as a prelude to the original Life Is Strange.
Before The Storm is a little more conventional than its predecessor, as it lacks the time-travel tricks of the original game. However, it does introduce a new 'backtalk' dialogue system that acts as a kind of verbal sparring match that allows Chloe to talk her way out of tricky situations.
So while Before The Storm doesn't break any new ground, it stands right alongside Life Is Strange as an impressive piece of video-game storytelling. It's a bit temperamental about system requirements, though, so check the Feral website to check compatibility with recent Mac models. Generally I am not a fan of what are often termed "old-school" graphics. I don't mind playing older games, but games intentionally made to look bad ie pixellated usually annoy me. But somehow this is not the case with Lone Survivor, a psychological-horror-survival game by indie Jasper Byrne. Starving and exhausted, he has begun to question how much of what he sees is even real.
Much of the fun from Lone Survivor comes from making your own choices as you play. Do you cautiously explore the ruined city, creeping past monsters, or do you charge forth, shooting everything in your path?
Do you talk increasingly to your stuffed cat? Do you take those mysterious pills before going to sleep at night? What do those wacky dreams mean anyway? Blending stealth, adventure, horror and survival together is a heady mix, but one that works well. Haunting and moody music follows your every move as you descend further into madness… or out the city. Which it will be is truly up to the player. A free update entitled 'directors cut' added new effects, areas, endings, quests, music and more.
Indies certainly care about their games and it shows here. Lone Survivor is a masterpiece in its class, and one I recommend to anyone, even if you aren't normally into pixelated games or horror titles. There's been some debate about whether the Mad Max game is a sequel or prequel to the film reboot, but it seems that the game is actually a standalone adventure that isn't directly connected to the events of Fury Road at all.
In any event, you take on the role of Mad Max Rockatansky, who discovers that his car, the Interceptor, has been stolen by the warlord Scabrous Scrotus and his band of Warboys. Fortunately, Max is aided by Chumbucket, a mechanical genius and religious fanatic who believes that Max is some sort of motorised messiah. Chumbucket offers to help Max build a new vehicle, called the Magnum Opus, so starting with a basic old rustbucket of a car, this odd couple strike out into the post-apocalyptic Wastelands, looking for upgrades to enhance the Magnum Opus, and fighting their way through rival bandit factions as Max seeks vengeance against Scrotus.
Much of the game concentrates on reproducing the car chases and action scenes from the Mad Max films, so most of the time you'll be in the driving seat of the Magnum Opus, crashing into your enemies and firing harpoons and other weapons along the way. As well as hunting down Scrotus, there are also plenty of side quests that allow you to explore the vast open world of the Wastelands, and which reward you with additional loot, weapons and upgrades for the Magnum Opus. And, to add some variety, you do occasionally jump out and get stuck in with some hand-to-hand combat as well.
The plot does feel a little thin at times, but the action sequences are as fast and furious as Fury Road itself - and fully deserving the game's 18 rating - so if you enjoyed the film then this Mad Max game is the closest thing you'll get to a sequel, while we wait for the real thing to come along. This imaginative indie release from Aspyr might have struggled to make a splash up against the big-name action-game releases at Christmas, but it's a terrific cyberpunk thriller that deserves a much wider audience. Observer contains elements of several different gaming genres - it's part point-and-click adventure, walking simulation, horror-survival, and cyberpunk detective story - but it combines all those elements to create a unique, and sometimes unsettling, world of its own.
The story is clearly influenced by Blade Runner even down to casting Rutger Hauer as the voice of the game's hero, Daniel Lazarski. It's set in the year , after the world has been decimated by a combination of plague and war, and power has been seized by a mega-corporation called Chiron, which now rules over the Fifth Polish Republic.
Playing as Lazarski, you work for Chiron as a 'neural detective', who has the ability to hack into people's minds and explore their thoughts and dreams. Lazarski receives a mysterious message from his son that leads him to a slum area in Krakow in Poland, which serves as one of the game's primary Blade Runner-esque settings. Lazarski discovers a dead body in a seedy tenement building - but it's been decapitated, so he's not immediately sure whether the body belongs to his son. That's where the point-and-click aspect of the game comes in, as you have to search around for clues to determine the identities of the victim and his killer.
However, the game throws in a cyber-twist of its own, as you can use cybernetic augmentations to enhance your vision and scan for electronic equipment or analyse biological material such as decapitated bodies….
This means that a crime scene may reveal different evidence depending on which augmentations you decide to use. And, of course, there's that neural augmentation - called the Dream Eater - that allows you to probe the minds of people that you meet. Some of these slum-dwellers are drug users, so these sequences can often seem surreal and disturbing, whilst also containing clues and hints that will lead you forward in your investigation.
If you're just looking for a quick fix of gaming action then Observer might not be your cup of tea, but it's an absorbing and challenging experience of the sort that rarely appears on the Mac gaming scene. Kickstarter has given a home and a helping hand to quite a few unusual indie games that might otherwise never have got off the ground. Pulse started off on Kickstarter back in but has recently been completed and is now available to purchase on Steam.
Most adventure games rely very heavily on visual cues, as you have to search the screen to locate objects or information that will help you to solve puzzles and progress through each stage of the game. Pulse is awash with dream-like psychedelic visuals and lighting effects, but you actually rely on sounds to guide you through the game. You play as a young blind girl called Eva, who sets out on a cryptically unexplained quest and uses sound to navigate her way through the world.
The game doesn't treat you as though you're completely blind, instead using strobe lighting and other effects to create the sort of radar-vision used by Daredevil - the blind superhero in Marvel's comic books and the excellent Netflix TV series. Sometimes you'll only realise that you've bumped into something when the ambient soundtrack erupts into jangling chimes and other sound effects.
You can also 'explore' the world around you by chucking around cute little critters called Mokos, just to see if they create any sounds when they hit something. The system requirements are pretty high, though, so check the game out on Steam before downloading. This Special Edition is an update of the original classic Monkey Island.
It tells the same story, but decks it out with up-to-date graphics and music. The game casts you in the role of Guybrush Threepwood, a swashbuckling young pirate searching for hidden treasure on the legendary Monkey Island. Along the way you have to solve all sorts of puzzles, defeat the ghostly pirate LeChuck and win the heart of the beautiful Elaine Marley. This version also includes a new help system that can give you the occasional hint for solving puzzles.
Fans of the original will appreciate the option that allows you to switch between the original graphics and the new version whenever you want. This War of Mine is notable in several significant ways. For one, it's based on real-life events and the experiences of war survivors.