May 042014

A new project frbfg_ds.jpgom Black Forest Games, the German studio previous known for their fabulous crowdfunded Giana Sisters remake called Twisted Dreams which got a 77% rating on metacritic. In august 2013 they started another Kickstarter campaign called Project Ravensdale and failed. Now they are trying again with Dieselstörmers, which is based on Ravensdale. They call it a run & gun game with 4 player multiplayer coop gameplay. Of course they are reusing their in-house engine that was used for Giana Sisters.

In theory they are doing everything right in their campaign this time. Enough media coverage that people hear about it, well at least I got it this time while I missed Project Ravensdale. They even have playable prototype freely available! However, I somehow can’t warmup with the setting in medieval steam punk or more like diesel punk?

 Posted by on 2014/05/04 at 11:39
Feb 222014

Yet another crowd funded AAA game. kc_deliverance_fencing.jpgIt’s a little late, the kick starter campaign already finished 2 days ago. They made £1,106,371 from 35,384 backers, which is a good result for Kickstarter. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a single player sandbox RPG in a medieval setting. During the campaign they already showed some impressive first person melee combat. Their approach is to combine animations with actual physic simulation and inverse kinematics of the bodies. This is hard to stabilize if you want it to look good and therefore risky. However, when done right, it promises great results.

As they use Cryengine, of course Chris Roberts jumped in and announced a cooperation between Star Citizen and Kingdom Come. It’s a game I will probably never play, but I backed it anyway, as I want to support crowdfunded AAA titles. As already said, the kickstarter campaign is closed. However, their website says they will soon open a shop where you still can support them.

 Posted by on 2014/02/22 at 19:42
Jan 282014

This time a project for fans of Destruction Derby and FlatOut. As in the old games you can (or have to) take out opponent cars by ramming them. However, now finally PC hardware is fast enough to do this with much better physics and of course state-of-the-art graphics. Actually they had to cancel their Kickstarter campaign because it was obvious they would not get enough money. If you ask me, it’s the game title “Next Car Game” which is hopefully just a working title. I did only learn about this by shear luck. However, they have collected enough money via their own webpage to continue development. Also since January 14 you can get a playable Alpha-Version via Steam Early Access. That’s where they got me. Just two cars and three tracks, but it’s already massive fun:

 Posted by on 2014/01/28 at 21:48
Jan 272014

planetary-annihilation.pngPlanetary Annihilation, another great Kickstarter game from the developers of Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander.The gameplay is essentially pretty close to these games, except with a more comic-like art style as Supreme Commander. The maps are actually whole (small) solar systems with multiple planets and moons…and, well….you can smash planets into planets! Boom, Yeah!

The campaign has already ended with a total of about $2.2 Million. If you did not yet get Alpha/Beta access, you can pre-order the game on their website. It’s expected to be released “when it’s done”, supposedly early 2014.

 Posted by on 2014/01/27 at 22:45
Jan 262014

Miscfreelancer_logo.jpgI still meet people (gamers!) from time to time who did not hear about Star Citizen. Can you believe it? Well, if you liked games such as the Wing Commander series, Privateer, Starlancer or Freelancer then this is it! The next big space simulation game. The crowd-funding campaign started in October 2012 and I was within the first ~4000 backers. The campaign is still in progress and as of today funding has surpassed $37 million from 370,000 backers. It currently holds the record for the highest crowd-funded video game.

As being massively over the original budget the project, feature creep is an real risk. Also we can expect comparably massive delays of the release. However, I trust in Chris Roberts to create an awfully great game, but it might take years to get it polished.

 Posted by on 2014/01/26 at 21:42