There's no real shortage of games that draw upon the works of HP Lovecraft. This week's Call of Cthulhu might the latest, but it draws upon another little known but much loved game that shares the same name. Five years in the making, the development of Headfirst Production's Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is every bit as chaotic, and sometimes as shocking, as the fiction it draws upon. Based in Sutton Coldfield, developer Headfirst Productions was established in 1998 by the father-and-son team of Mike and Simon Woodroffe. As Adventure Soft and Horror Soft, the pair had had some success in the 80s and 90s with games such as 1984's Gremlins: The Adventure Game, and Simon The Sorcerer nine years later. With a 3D version of that latter series in development, designer Andrew Brazier took to the internet to get feedback on a new idea Headfirst had hit upon. "I went on a Cthulhu newsgroup in the summer of 1999, as back then it was the easiest way to get in touch with a load of … [Read more...] about The chaotic tale behind video game’s best Lovecraft adaptation
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I’ve never done anything too extreme to play a video game before. In fact, I remember going to my local Best Buy when Nintendo introduced its Super Smash Bros. Wii U demo kiosks, only to turn around once I noticed the line wrapped around the block. I did the same thing at PAX East earlier this year, slyly maneuvering my way around the show floor based on which demo stations had long lines and which games you could just walk up and play. For me, going out of your way to play an upcoming game is similar to going to see the new Avengers movie on opening night. Sure, you get to be a part of the audience, cheer along with your fellow moviegoers, and most importantly, be on the forefront of the cultural zeitgeist. Additionally, you know once you walk out of that theater you can read all of the latest think pieces, digest every critic’s review, and wander social media without worrying about stumbling onto spoilers. However, that experience comes with a price. More often than not, … [Read more...] about Reindeer Meat is Delicious (and Other Things I Learned Traveling to Sweden to Play Legend of Solgard)
San Diego Comic-Con 2018 is nearly upon us, and the oncoming onslaught of debuts, reveals, and media morsels can feel almost as overwhelming as being on the convention floor itself. While last year’s convention schedule was jam-packed (Infinity War! Black Panther! Westworld!), SDCC 2018’s programming slate feels considerably more fan-friendly. With no major Marvel Studios panel scheduled this year (and thus no new Captain Marvel or Avengers 4 information), no giant Game of Thrones surprises planned, and a number of obvious suspects sitting out the proceedings, SDCC 2018 feels a bit lighter than usual. Which isn’t to say that this year’s convention won’t be equal parts exhilaration and exhaustion — we still have four days full of announcements and trailers that’ll have people talking. Polygon will be covering all things Comic-Con over the next four days, but to keep up with everything, here are our picks for panels most likely to produce the … [Read more...] about Every 2018 San Diego Comic-Con panel you want to watch out for
People were quite surprised to hear that Anthem would be released without having any sort of romance options. This was quite a shift in Bioware’s philosophy that was essential that romance in a game is almost as important as the gameplay and the graphics. That seems to be changing with Anthem which tends to focus on other relationships. We will be taking a look at whether or not the romance options being absent from Anthem is a good idea or not and why is it that BioWare decided to not include them as a part of the game. Anthem Romance Although it has been confirmed that the game does not have any romance options for you at the launch date, we may still get to see certain romance options later on in the game. It has been confirmed by BioWare that they might give Anthem the Andromeda treatment by introducing romance options for various different characters. That said I personally believe that it is perfectly OK for Anthem to not have any romance options upon release, and I will be … [Read more...] about Removing Anthem Romance Options Is Not A Good Idea
Every year before E3, we talk about the games we expect to see, along with the ones that we hope we’ll get to take another look at. These include the obvious ones, like big games announced at the previous year’s conference. But they’re also the hypothetical projects, the titles that we’ve neither seen nor heard from in years — perhaps since they were first announced. Some games have gone quiet much longer than others, though. We’ve gathered up some of the most notable “missing in action” games that we'd love to see make a grand reappearance at this year’s big show. Below, we’ll offer an update on each game, plus our assessment of the likelihood of the project resurfacing at E3 2017 (on a scale of 1 to 10). Follow along and reminisce about some of the industry’s most elusive games. (A quick note: We weighed in on many of these titles last year. In those cases, we’ve generally lifted the original text, with some … [Read more...] about Will these 12 games miss E3 this year?