As a longtime Thief player and a big fan of Amnesia, I hold high expectations for first-person immersive horror experiences. In Close to the Sun, Storm in a Teacup has made a first-person horror adventure that fails to realize its potential. Plot points and environments are shallow and cheap. Each time there is potential for suspense or dread, it is quickly squandered. Blood, gore, and jump scares are present with no immersive horror atmosphere to back them up. Horror tropes are included as if the developers were making a checklist. This is a frozen TV-dinner first-person horror experience: shallow, ready-made, and derivative.False Facade This early view of the Helios promises an encapsulating immersive experience that never comes. Close to the Sun’s setup places the player behind the eyes of Rose, a journalist. This protagonist is one of the few positive parts of Close to the Sun. Her voice actor gives a solid performance as a protagonist who’s driven by curiosity. There … [Read more...] about Close to the Sun Review
Facts jack the ripper
The home of big business and thirty Prets-Per-Square-Inch. The historic stomping ground of Jack the Ripper, The Kray Twins and Jeremy Beadle. Twinned with any other city where it’s impossible to know how many layers you need to wear on any given day. Birthplace of Grime and East 17. The average price of a beer is rising so steadily that any figure quoted here would be inaccurate by the time of print. The Central Line’s hotter than a magma bath, the DLR is the slowest roller coaster in the world, I don’t understand the fascination with artisanal doughnuts and if the rent gets any higher I’m going to paint myself up like a tree and move into Victoria Park. As someone who lives, plays and barely works here, when I saw the two trailers for the upcoming Detective Pikachu film and recognised a couple of the shooting locations I was struck by how much of the city’s story is present in or just out of shot, but passing without commentary. Well, I’m here for … [Read more...] about How accurate is the London shown in the Detective Pikachu trailer?
Following the announcement trailer at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 2018) a few months back, CD Projekt Red has brought out an extensive gameplay trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 to calm down salivating fans. This appears to be from the same demonstration that was said to have been held behind closed doors back then exclusively for the press. While there is no telling why the developer took this long to make the footage public, the showcased gameplay clearly ascertains that the talented Polish team has returned with another fine gem to leave critics in awe. Do keep in mind that everything shown was a work in progress, meaning that the content is subject to change. Here are twenty-five things to take away from the latest Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay trailer. Familiarizing with character customization There will be a deep customization system available for players to create their own take on the central protagonist.In addition to choosing between genders and appearances, players will … [Read more...] about 25 Things to Learn From the New Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay Trailer
A decade ago, at a community day for Dead Space, I stumbled upon an accidental scoop. I was checking in at the front desk of Electronic Arts’ Redwood Shores headquarters with a few marketing folks guiding me along. “Oh,” said the receptionist offhandedly, “are you here for The Ripper?” I’ve never seen someone in marketing turn so white so fast. My guides stammered something to the receptionist to get him to shut up, and hustled me away from the desk. In the elevator going up to the studio, I couldn’t help but turn to them and ask what that was all about, and they pleaded with me not to mention anything. No one was supposed to know about this top-secret project, and they were terrified I would blab. I assume the receptionist got a good talking-to. Later that night, over many drinks, I got some of the story out of people, under a promise to keep silent on the project until it was closer to release. As I guessed from the name, EA was working on a … [Read more...] about The Ripper: The disturbing Visceral Games project that never was
It's freezing inside this ramshackle cabin, and the stomachs of both the dapper gentleman and his lanky dog inside are grumbling. The dog, who speaks English, demands to know what the man's done with the sack of coins they earned from their last heroic deed. They're no mere vagrants. This is Lancelot Du Lac and Morgana Le Fey of Arthurian legend, and they're about to meet one of England's deadliest psychopaths, Jack the Ripper.Jessica Saunders, the creative director of Du Lac & Fey (who formerly worked at Lionhead, Rocksteady, and Rare) considers herself a mere hobbyist of history, but she wants to set the record straight on one of England's darkest and most tumultuous periods. History's conflicting takes on notable figures has always fascinated her, few more so than Jack the Ripper."For me, the biggest piece of information that sparked my curiosity was the image of the Ripper himself," Saunders says. "You can buy costumes. When you go to the Jack the Ripper museum in London, … [Read more...] about Lancelot and a talking dog take on Jack the Ripper in this adventure game