I’ve mentioned before that I love rollercoasters. Especially when I’ve had too much to eat, have the front seat and my aim is riiiiight above the heads of some teenagers who are about to have their stupid hats ruined with the contents of my lunch. Even better than aiming an upchuck for a downchuck however, is creating your own Spew-A-Thon in your own rollercoaster world. We’ve already seen some of that in Screamride, but there’s more than one game on the way taking advantage of the theme park genre.
Llamasoft’s Jeff Minter is known for many things – but what hes most known for is the remake of Tempest he did for Atari as Tempest 2000, and the various renamed iterations of the very same game he’s done since then. His latest, TxK was released on the PlayStation Vita – and was set to be released on other platforms this years. Tempest rights holder Atari, However, has put the brakes on the whole thing.
Remember Atari’s classic arcade game Asteroids. Yes, the one that features a little vector ship going about shooting at and breaking up space blocks? Well it’s coming back. Atari’s rebooting the franchise. So what’s it going to be? A Space shooter in the vein of Elite or Star Citizen? An arcade space shooter? It has to be about dudes in spaceships shooting at asteroids right? It has to be! Nope. Asteroids is coming back as an open-world survival MMO. You can’t make this stuff up.
Remember that gaming myth which claimed that Atari attempted to hide their horrendous ET game deep down in a hole in Mexico way back in 1983? Turns out it was true. Those games went on to be listed on eBay, and I speculated that they could raise around R200 000. Well, I was nearly half right.
Many moons ago, Geoff told you about one of gaming's biggest myths. Atari had tons of unsold copies of their really, REALLY bad game, ET What did they do with all of them? Buried supposedly, deep in a hole in New Mexico, hoping that humankind would never find out. The myth turned out to be true, and Zoe pointed out that ET was not the only title hiding down there. Fancy buying one of those pieces of history? You can, as some of those cartridges are now available on eBay… FOR LOTS OF MONEY.
You could say I was extremely sceptical when a new Alone in the Dark entry was announced a few months ago. The fact that it came out of the blue, had Atari’s named attached and was set for launch this year immediately but a bad taste in my mouth. It goes to show that you often show rely on your instincts, because it doesn't look like Illumination is a game for Alone in the Dark fans.
I must have been AFK from life for the last few days, because I had no idea that Atari were working on a new Alone in the Dark title. The last entry for the franchise was way back in 2008. It received mostly mixed to negative reviews. Will this new entry restore the faith of the fans?
If you think horror in gaming, the names Silent Hill and Resident Evil are sure to pop into your head fairly quickly. Names like Alone in the Dark and Haunted House are from a bygone era of gaming, but Atari thinks it's time they came back.
Ah, the 80s. Games were in their infancy, hair was about to get big and plenty of countries were still striving for freedom and independence. Atari's 2600 video game console was the wood-paneled precursor to the Nintendo Entertainment System, and also sort of the cause of the 1983 collapse of the North American video game industry. They tried to bury those skeletons, but they've just been dug up.
Back in the 80’s Atari released what was one of the very first multiplayer hack-and-slash fantasy games, essentially creating the template for games like Diablo. I, along with a group of friends spent many a 20c piece (yes, 20c) battling waves of skeletons, friggin’ spiders and miscellaneous otherworldly creatures. Well it’s back. Yes, Warner Bros (who swallowed Midway, who in turn swallowed Atari Games…who used to be owned by Warner in the first place) is bringing back the top down action hack-and-slash game that defined a genre.
The Xbox One has been available globally for a week now, and the PlayStation 4 sees release in Europe and much of the rest of the world tomorrow. Unfortunately, you can’t have them. The PS4 is out here in two weeks, and gourd alone knows the Xbox One will be coming to South Africa. Here’s 5 more consoles you can’t have. Ever
Nintendo’s latest console, the Wii U continues its struggle for relevance. The 3DS is doing pretty damned well though – but still, in a bit of irony, Nolan Bushnell thinks the company is troubled, and on the path to irrelevance.
These days when you think open world game, your mind will probably flash towards Grand Theft Auto. But before GTA took a sandbox and got all third-person with it, there were a couple of other games in the late 90s that did it first. One such game, was the graphics card breaker behemoth known as Outcast. And it’s coming back.
One of videogaming’s most enduring myths is the story of the hole in New Mexico that Atari supposedly filled up with millions of unsold copies of the Atari 2600 flop, E.T. some are convinced that it really happened, with others saying it’s little more than urban legend. Soon, we’ll be able to find out if it’s true or not.
With the next generation just around the corner it’s time for everyone and their dog to predict a winner in the upcoming battle. Most people have already taken Nintendo out of the race leaving it as a two horse race to flag.