Contributors: Polygon Staff Nintendo is set to launch its next console, the NX, in March, but the company is also giving fans of its retro games something to look forward to as well: a new, mini Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic console packed with 30 original NES games, for $59.99. Read this StoryStream to keep up with all of our NES Classic coverage. … [Read more...] about Nintendo’s mini NES Classic Edition: Everything you need to know
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Sonic Mania arrives this week. It's a paean to Sega’s mascot and his most popular games from the 90s. But this is not another stab by Sega at revitalizing Sonic’s legacy; it’s something altogether more interesting, the end result of a long path taken by hobbyist coders inspired by their old favorites. Sonic’s new game was built by a team who dug into the very underpinnings of the hedgehog’s 16-bit classics. Gamasutra talked to Simon Thomley at Headcannon and Tom Fry at PagodaWest Games for insight into their methods, their relationship with Sega’s classics, and how porting retro console games to mobile phones helped prepare them build the most well-received Sonic game in ages. *** In the early days of the App Store, ports of console games to phones proliferated. The name and title screen might have been the same, but once the action began the experience... fell apart. Virtual buttons, frame-rate issues, and low quality control … [Read more...] about How ‘s devs made the old new (and good) again
Publishers can now submit their Japanese and American PlayStation titles for approval by SCEE, where they will be considered for release "as is" with original Japanese or English language game content.Such titles will still need ratings from local ratings boards before seeing European release, and will need to comply with legal requirements for licensed content such as included real-world products, sports stadiums and music.Titles will run at the original 60 Hz refresh rate used by Japanese and U.S. NTSC TVs, meaning older European TVs that run on the 50 Hz PAL standard may not be able to display the content.Sony did not mention what titles would be released under the new program, but confirmed that "a few are already in the process" of being approved. The policy opens the door for critically acclaimed Square Enix titles like Chrono Cross and Parasite Eve to be available in the region for the first time.Sony is inviting players to comment on the announcement thread with specific … [Read more...] about Euro PSN To See Previously Japan/U.S.-Only PSOne Classics
We've had a first-person shooter where your opponents are invisible , so why not a first-person shooter where you don't have a gun? That's what S.W.A.P is, and as the name suggests it's all about swapping (though S.W.A.P actually stands for Subterfuge Weapons Assessment Program).Two teams of four players are equipped with a projectile which, once shot at an opponent, will force a swap between those two players. Utilising traps and obstacles placed throughout the arenas, players need to force their opponents into fatal situations in order to claim a kill. At the moment the game supports one Capture the Flag-esque mode, as well as an in-engine level editor.Like Screencheat , S.W.A.P's central mechanic is the kind which seems a bit questionable on paper. Basically, you really need to try it out to understand. Sydney-based studio Chaos Theory Games describes it as an 'Indirect First Person Shooter', and judging by the gameplay footage below it appears to have inherited the frantic, … [Read more...] about S.W.A.P is a first-person arena shooter without any guns
Killer Instinct Ultra Edition will contain two versions of Rare’s Killer Instinct Classic, according to producer Torin Retting. It is a complete port of two versions of the Killer Instinct arcade game: the original arcade ROM v1.4 containing all the “fan-favorite glitches,” and the revised version v1.5D which fixed things such as Cinder’s infinite combo. It also comes with extras like training mode, frame effects and more. Killer Instinct Classic won’t have online multiplayer, but Retting said the team has been “talking about it a lot.” Retting also said there’s “no news for Killer Instinct 2 for Xbox One… yet.” Thanks, Siliconera. … [Read more...] about Killer Instinct Ultra Edition contains two versions of Rare’s Killer Instinct Classic
First-person shooters are often laden with goals and objectives, but one always rises to the top: shoot and kill things. Chaos Theory Games clearly aren’t ones for convention, because their upcoming multiplayer FPS S.W.A.P has no guns and only indirect ways to destroy opponents. Strictly speaking, there’s no death, either, as all combatants are swift wee robots with jetpacks. The clue as to how these little robotic soldiers destroy each other is in the acronym. They launch projectiles that allow them to swap bodies, and do bad things with their stolen form. 20 Arenas filled with traps and long drops are where these body-swapping bots duke it out. And battles are as much about aiming for those traps and jumping to one’s death as they are avoiding such things. After swapping bodies, a player can put their temporary host in peril by leaving them hovering over a trap before swapping back. The mechanic isn’t just a weapon, it allows bots to traverse the … [Read more...] about S.W.A.P is a first-person shooter with body-swapping and no guns
S.W.A.P. is a competitive multiplayer game with the structure and style of an arena-based first-person shooter. It supports up to eight players, split into two teams, and has a novel virus-based approach to capture the flag dynamics. The game is free, has a level editor and is available now. What else…?There are no guns. It’s a first-person shooter without any shooting, which means it’s not really a first-person shooter at all. Instead, as the title suggests, players have a ‘swapping’ ability, which allows them to exchange locations with their opponents. Tactical teamplay and fast-paced farce.S.W.A.P. has already made an appearance in the Freeware Garden but it deserves a second mention now that the first release candidate is available. The exchange system is smarter than you might think. Anyone who has played the kind of competitive FPS that so much of S.W.A.P. emulates will know that habits are formed as players become familiar with arena layouts, the … [Read more...] about Show And Teleport: S.W.A.P.
Fishtank Interactive today announced its upcoming real-time strategy game S.W.I.N.E. The humorous game is based on a war between the peaceful rabbits and the evil pigs. Players must lead a rabbit counterattack against the invading pigs, and they must complete a series of missions in order to save the rabbits' country, Carrotland. S.W.I.N.E. will feature 15 single-player missions per race, 10 multiplayer maps, and a variety of multiplayer modes including deathmatch, capture the flag, and destroy the base. In addition, the game will feature humorous animation and unit reporting, realistic graphics and physics, weather effects, and a range of terrain creation options. S.W.I.N.E. is scheduled for release in October. For more information, visit the official Fishtank Interactive Web site. … [Read more...] about S.W.I.N.E. announced
You may have not noticed it, but I try to keep the Freeware Garden as varied as possible. No, really, and the fact that I haven’t mentioned any multiplayer FPS games yet has been completely coincidental and not at all the result of my being hysterically bored of anything even vaguely resembling Quake.Besides, here’s the lovely, lovely S.W.A.P.. The S.W.A.P. is very much an FPS, though refreshingly one that doesn’t come with a shoot-to-kill mechanic. Yes, it’s a pacifist’s dream. Should you actually click your left mouse button when an opponent is in sight, you’ll simply exchange bodies.How confusing is that? And how very, very cool? The answer is a lot, and things get even better as S.W.A.P. is a weird arena-based futuristic sport resembling a capture the flag match standing on its head; the thing you’ll be capturing will be a virus and you’ll be taking it to the enemy base while avoiding traps. The frantic swapping of bodies, besides … [Read more...] about Freeware Garden: S.W.A.P.
Fishtank Interactive has announced that S.W.I.N.E., its latest real-time strategy game, has shipped to stores. The humorous game is set in an animal world torn by a war between the rabbits and the pigs. While the game is designed to be amusing, it's also intended to be a serious strategy game. The game includes a 3D engine, two campaigns with 22 missions, 15 different units for each race, and four different multiplayer modes. In addition, the game includes more than 6000 humorous animations and comments. S.W.I.N.E. will soon be available in stores for an approximate retail price of $39.99. For more information, take a look at our previous coverage of the game, and download the playable demo linked below. … [Read more...] about S.W.I.N.E. ships