Tagged: Atari

Asteroids is back and it’s definitely a modern PC game

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Asteroids is coming back in 2015 but not at all like you’d expect. Actually, take a look at the current PC game landscape and you could probably guess exactly what Asteroids: Outpost is going to be. Stop me if you’ve heard any of this before:

  • Open world
  • Resource gathering
  • Crafting
  • Survival
  • Base building
  • Massively Multiplayer
  • Early Access

I was fine with it up to those last two points. Like Rust, you’ll constantly be under threat from other players. Sure, you can probably forge alliances and work together with friends but all I picture is another non-stop grief-fest. And Early Access means it’ll be broken, unreliable and ever-changing for the first year. I’ve had my fill of this stuff.

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There’s at least one cool bit that isn’t quite like any other game of this kind: frequent asteroid showers will pepper the landscape with new resources to gather and threaten to destroy your base. Judging by the few images we’ve got it looks like those bases may be hard to miss; that thing looks massive with solar panels, entry ramps and towers.

Atari, you almost had me! For now I’ll just sit back and hope some of the podcasters I follow get into it and relay their exploits.

Long lost love for the Atari Jaguar and Sega Saturn

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Another week, another batch of old games to check out, but first: the games that never were. While Psygnosis blasted the PlayStation with dozens of games, several projects fell through for various reasons. Entropy, Elric and Parasite were three of these from the mid-90’s although Parasite was later found to have made it to the PC as Ar’Kritz the Intruder.

Three ghosted games that would surely have been the 32X’s saving grace were Jet Ski Rage, Virtua Hamster, and Heavy Machinery. All three hold the distinction of disappearing from multiple platforms; Jet Ski Rage and Virtua Hamster were both Saturn projects that never happened while Heavy Machinery made its jump from the Genesis before petering out of existence.

Onto actual games, it was a Jaguar-heavy week as I finally gave up hope of playing these titles and settled for just watching. Power Drive Rally is a fantastic looking 2D, top-down rally game with some impressive sprites. I found this honestly positive review of the ill-fated 3D fighter, Fight for Life. Blue Lightning for the Jaguar CD moves a lot smoother and faster than I had expected. And lastly is Phear whose earliest screenshots looked eerily like Tetrisphere on the Nintendo 64. Turns out, Nintendo saw the up-and-coming Jaguar game and swooped in to lock it down as an N64 exclusive.

hydlide 1It was also a Saturn-heavy week as I finally got around to watching Scavenger’s unique Scorcher and AMOK. I always liked their impressive visuals but neither appealed to me enough to buy; watching them now I feel pretty much the same way. Then I dug up Classic Game Room’s review of Gran Chaser (Cyber Speedway) which I can only praise for its sweet Syd Mead designed hover vehicles. I also started watching The Fanciest Bard’s playthrough of the much-maligned Virtual Hydlide and a funny thing happened… I bought the game. So look forward to my own series once it arrives!

The Original Survival Horror Game

As usual, trying to find anything of value on a publisher’s website has proven pointless. Seeing how the reboot of Yar’s Revenge is only months away I figured Atari’s website would surely have a page up about, maybe even a featured spot on the homepage. Nah, who cares about that when we’ve got 2600 ROMs running in Flash!? I did get a chuckle out of the tagline though, “The Original Survival Horror Game”. Funny but true.

One more time, for the last time… probably

Yes, I’m back on Asterix & Obelix XXL2: Mission: Las Vegum again but I promise this is the last time… for now. I’ve been getting into Giant Bomb’s wiki and their whole devious points/quest system and I took the time to get every image I had of the game up and tagged with every reference I could nail down. I also wrote a pretty lengthy page about the game.

So if you ever, EVER thought that one day you’d slog through all my screenshots and marvel at how they managed to cram a Slippy Toad reference right next to a nod at Viewtiful Joe, here’s the page to bookmark or favorite or InstaPaper… whatever you kids use to keep track of stuff these days.