H.P. Lovecraft told some great stories, sure. His ability to push readers to attempt to grasp ‘unknowable truths’ and ‘unspeakable horrors’ and to build stupefying worlds out of impossible geometries was largely unmatched in the public eye upon discovery of his work. But despite his widespread posthumous fame and contributions to horror, we’re tired of videogames’ love affair with Lovecraft. There have been some great Lovecraft inspired games throughout the years, but the bulk throw in some tentacles, weird shapes, the occasional penis statue, and call it a day. The horror genre is infinitely deeper and wider than one (undeniably xenophobic and racist) man’s work. We believe games can do better. Here’s just a few horror universes set forth by our favorite creators that future games could pull from.Anything from Junji ItoCold open. Flip through these images.Image 1 of 4Image 2 of 4Image 3 of 4Image 4 of 4Spirals and fish and … [Read more...] about Screw Lovecraft, let’s talk about other horror universes games could explore
Developer Frogwares has unveiled a teaser trailer for its promising open-world Lovecraft horror, The Sinking City, ahead of a bigger reveal at this year's E3.Frogwares has done some solid work with its Sherlock Holmes series over the years, and has form when it comes well-realised literary adaptations. The Sinking City is described as Frogwares' most ambitious project yet, and is built, says the developer, around three main pillars: open world, open investigation, and Lovecraft.The Sinking City is set in the fictional Oakmont, Massachusetts, in the roaring '20s, and everything shown so far looks wonderfully evocative of the era. Unfortunately, as you might expect given Lovecraft's influence, Oakmont has its "fair share of dark and sinister secrets", with the city's secluded location enabling its inhabitants to hold onto its strange, old customs. "They practice often shocking religious rituals and ceremonies," explains Frogwares, and "their isolation and distrust of outlanders are … [Read more...] about Investigative open-world Lovecraft horror The Sinking City gets a new teaser trailer
When HP Lovecraft wrote the definition of the genre he more-or-less invented, he did it with the understanding that weird fiction was always going to be a niche taste. In his 1927 essay, Supernatural Horror in Literature, he declared that: "tales of ordinary feelings and events, or of common sentimental distortions of such feelings and events, will always take first place in the taste of the majority; rightly, perhaps, since of course these matters make up the greater part of human experience." Barely able to generate an income, chewed up and spat out by the pulp magazines, and finally, dying painfully of untreated stomach cancer ten years later, Lovecraft could reasonably have expected to be forgotten. Except, he wasn't. Nine decades later, Lovecraft is everywhere, deeply embedded in the language of books, movies and - especially - video games. Upcoming survival horror Call of Cthulu from Cyanide is explicitly based on the Lovecraft short story, but his tentacled imagination of … [Read more...] about Why can’t we forget Lovecraft?
Gleaner Heights is a Harvest Moon-inspired retro-styled farming sim developed entirely by one man, a very basic outline that sounds a lot like the indie mega-hit Stardew Valley. To a point, that's true. During the day you'll grow crops, tend your animals, hunt, fish, cook, befriend the townsfolk, and perhaps even pursue romance. But things take a turn when the sun goes down. The game begins as you take your first steps toward a new life as a farmer in the charming little town of Gleaner Heights. "Grab your trusty tools and transform your farm into the richest field in town! Over 40 crops await for you to discover and plant them. Tend to your animals, make them happy and collect their produce! Keep them either inside the barn or make fenced perimeters outside to let them graze under the sun," the Steam Page says. Scroll down a little, though, and you'll learn that your adopted home is not quite as it seems. "Discover the haunting past of Gleaner Heights, from its early days … [Read more...] about Gleaner Heights is a retro farming sim that mixes Harvest Moon with HP Lovecraft
I remain astonished by how often 10tons, the studio behind games including Neon Chrome and Crimsonland, manage to release new twin-stick shooters. Not even four months after Jydge (which our John really enjoyed), they’re back with Tesla vs Lovecraft. As you can probably guess, it pits fiction’s favourite non-fictional inventor against H.P. Lovecraft and his tentacled horrors from below and beyond. The author burned down the inventor’s lab, see, so Nikky is striking back with his own mech and gadgets and… the novelty of ‘Tesla this’ and ‘Lovecraft that’ has worn off for me over recent few years, but: 1) explosions; 2) colours; 3) new 10tons shmup. Here, look: From the name, I had not expected it would be so fast and colourful. That looks wild. Did you see how many colours it has? How vivid those colours are? How big those gunblasts are? How quickly Tesla’s mech dashes around? I’m always glad when a game reminds me that tired … [Read more...] about Crimsonland devs blast out Tesla Vs Lovecraft