Here’s one way to bridge nerd culture with popular youth culture: Use a well-known series and loosely base a social media simulation game around it. That’s what the PC game Redshirt is trying to do. Its name is of course taken from the Star Trek folks who tragically succumb to any peril as disposable fodder.
In this game, you’ll try to maximize the end of days by trying to rub elbows with others while managing the hard task of grunt work. It’s an idea created by one-man indie studio Tiniest Shark with Mitu Khandaker at its head. Another one-man operation, Positech Games, will do the distribution for the game releasing this year. It’s fitting, as Redshirt bears some resemblance to Positech’s simulation game Kudos, which had its elements used in the Sims Social game from EA. Some screenshots were released that show off Redshirt’s comical art style. Get ready to fly and die this year.
There are some big hitters on the release schedule this week. Three of the largest titles to launch this week have all shipped out their launch trailer, so we thought we’d oblige and hand them over to you, for your viewing pleasure.
Our first serving comes in the form of Star Trek, whose modern take follows J.J. Abrams’ patented “lights everywhere” style. If you don’t enjoy lens flare, you might want to skip this one, though if you don’t mind, then Namco Bandai has a new take on the genre, with tons more action.
If going back to a known universe is more your thing, then we have not one but two old-new titles. For instance, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen releases its original content once again with additional challenges beyond the first title’s end. This includes tons of extremely fierce monsters.
If you prefer a first person view, then Dead Island: Riptide also tacks on to its predecessor for similar gameplay. Craft a weapon, smash a weapon, kill a zombie, get killed by a zombie; all the action you enjoyed in Dead Island is still there.
Lest we forget: These aren’t the only titles coming out at all this week. In fact, PC gamers will be blessed with many great features. In no order of importance, we suggest giving Monaco, Don’t Starve and StarDrive a look.
It’s April Fools and the media is gobbling up fake announcements. It’s sad that some of these games are not meant to be, because who wouldn’t want to see a side-scrolling Neo Geo X version of Endless Space? Instead of looking back on that, we’ll take a look at a final batch of clips that didn’t get their dues this week.
After a year of delays, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 is out and it’s surprisingly disappointing from our reviewing time so far. That’s why it deserves downloadable content; to boost the experience of sorts. With Siberian Strike, the shooter goes into colder lands for its violence. It will be a cold day in hell.
Another shooter that released recently is Warface and its trailer is a lot more cinematic. If you enjoy tanks, choppers and most of all, a shooter made by the creators of Crysis, then peel your eyes on this one. It recounts that for every matter there is an equal result for that body. It’s pretty existential.
A different or more quirky shooting experience can be found with Star Trek, where a video shows William Shatner sitting down with the Gorn for some gameplay. It’s about as strange as it sounds.
Finally, once a week, we get to see more Injustice: Gods Among Us gameplay. This time, a snarky Black Adam crushes the Green Arrow whilst the scenery once more suffers.
Continuing the series of lost videos brought to the forefront, we now go to one specific publisher. Periodically, companies will unleash all their assets at once and when that happens, it can happen that some games go by unnoticed. So, this time we’ll be looking at Namco Bandai and their effort to push their games this week. We’ll start with one of their more known upcoming titles: Star Trek.
This game based around the remake of recent times will feature a ton of Gorn baddies. The developer took the liberty of largely expanding this race of lizards into many different classes. They even added some females in there.
In a totally different spectrum of fan popularity, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 shows its playable characters and gameplay elements. Once more, fans will be able to take on hordes of enemies with Luffy, Brook and other notable characters, including sexualized imagery. I mean, we didn’t remember Usopp being so damn buff. Perhaps we need to catch up on the series.
Finally, keeping things in the oriental section of games, Tales of Xillia has 2 different gameplay clips of its real-time combat. Both Jude and Milla strut their stuff in these battle maps where combos fly and small anime panels encourage the player with English audio. We love the “Tales of” series, we hope you do too.
Due to the recent events of Cryptic Studios pretty much keeping Atari afloat with its prosperity, NoobFeed decided to release an interview with Cryptic that was done in December. This should give some insight as to why Atari’s online revenues were up 493.5 percent to €18.4 million ($25 million), whilst their retail sales slipped 74.7 percent to €22.6 million ($30.7 million).
The online success was largely credited due to Star Trek Online and Champions online; the latter of which boasts an amazing 1000% user activity increase, since going free-to-play!
In the interview, Chief of Operations Jack Emmert revealed that Cryptic Studios in the end decided going against the production of their adventure game, Lost Worlds; claiming: “It was a modern day, action adventure along the lines of Indiana Jones. We decided against it for a variety of reasons. Mostly, the publisher we were working with decided against the game. We also had run into the issue of how to make the game last. Once you’re Indiana Jones – how do you evolve from there?”
More surprisingly even, all this success might never have happened, as Cryptic Studios was on shaky grounds for a while, due to their problems with Marvel. Emmert stated: “It was dreadful – almost drove us out of business. We suddenly had 100+ people with no development deal! There was a lot of traveling for me and many sleepless nights.”
For a complete vision of Cryptic Studios and their thoughts on their franchises and the industry, please view the full interview here.