The Xbox Summer of Arcade continues this week with the first game developed by Tequila Works, Deadlight. Deadlight is a side scrolling survival horror which sees you take the role of Randall Wayne as he fights he way through the remains of a post apocalyptic Seattle which is now occupied by hordes of former humans transformed into zombie like beings called Shadows as he tries to find his friends and unravel the mystery of what happened to his wife and daughter.
Entering into a genre which is already heavily populated with classics such as Left 4 Dead as well as the more recent Walking Dead episodes the question is what makes Deadlight stand out from these ? For me the answer to this is the visuals and gameplay. The 2D side scrolling style of gameplay may sound rather retro but it’s what really makes this game a joy to play and makes the game feel fresh and different from the 3D gameplay we are used but also slightly nostalgic. Over the course of three acts you must run, jump and climb across various buildings and obstacles to avoid the lurking Shadows and avoid certain death. Randall seemingly being a parkour expert this is done with great ease as you leap from crane to building however the slightest slip could find you back at group level desperately trying to keep back your Zombie enemy with bullets and your axe. These costly mistakes do happen rather often as the route or platform needed to progress onto is not always obvious and as avoidance rather than combat is the main goal when encountering the Shadows you are quickly overwhelmed on many occasions. This at times may be frustrating but also keeps the game challenging which few games do these days, Deadlight does not spoon feed with objective markers or any other form of aid as you clearly have to just go from left to right but how you progress is for you to work out.
The one aid that is present in the game lies within the visuals. In Deadlight you only see whats necessary once an area is cleared it becomes blacked out therefore if you can see light somewhere then chances are that’s where you should be heading. For me the graphics are the most impressive part of Deadlight. Eventhough it is a 2D game there is still plenty of depth on the screen with Shadows causing chaos both in front of you but also in the backdrop of the Seattle streets. The cutscenes are also displayed via the familiar comic strip style yet which feels relevant to the title as if the story couldn’t have been told any other way unlike some games where cinematography seems more appropriate. Each level also flows directly into the next and without any rooms or areas seemingly copied and pasted, you really feel as if your moving through the city as the more rural landscapes transforms into a backdrop of skyscrapers the deeper within the city you get creating a better understanding of Randall’s journey.
For me the only disappointment with Deadlight is it’s story. In a genre that is so populated you can’t help but feel that you have seen it all before with some things feeling very cliché such as the inevitable helicopter crash or usual trip to a hospital for medical supplies. In a game that feels so fresh and unique in it’s gameplay and visuals you can’t help but wish the story also continued and showed us something we haven’t seen before. Think I Am Legend meets The Walking Dead and you can pretty much guess what the games about.
Overall amongst the wave of 3D shooters and beat-em ups that we are so used Deadlight brings something rather retro in it’s idea but with a very modern feel giving something rather different and unique to play making a nice change to the titles we are currently used to. With challenging but also enjoyable gameplay and very artistic visuals all be it wrapped up in a cliché filled story Deadlight is worth the time of any survival horror fan as well as anyone else looking for something a bit different and for a reasonable 1200msp this is definitely worth a purchase.
July 30th 2012
Orcs Must Die 2 – PC
Ruin Legend – 360, PC
Guardian Cross – iOS
July 31st 2012
The Political Machine 2012 – PC
Bust-N-Rush – PC, Mac
The Expendables 2Video Game – XBLA, PSN and PC
Risen 2: Dark Waters – 360, PS3
August 1st 2012
4 in 1 Action Pack – PS3
Deadlight – XBLA
Awesomenauts – PC
August 3rd 2012
Total Recall – PC
Gusto Games have revealed seven more tracks for their upcoming vocal based game Everyone Sing. So if you’re into your music games, this post will be right up your alley! Below is a compiled list of all the so far announced songs that will be featured on the game, along with screenshots related to the tracks (click on each one to see it full size). The game releases on September 14th.
The Noisettes – Don’t Upset the Rhythm
Dusty Springfield – I Only Want to Be With You
Taio Cruz – Come on Girl
CeCe Peniston – Finally
Rizzle Kicks – Down With the Trumpets
The Saturdays – Ego
Gina G – Ooh Ahh… Just a Little Bit
Girls Alound – The Promise
Marina & the Diamonds – Hollywood
Example – Kickstarts
Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)
Boyzone – Picture of You
Kate Nash – Do-Wah-Doo
Black Kids – I’m Not Going to Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance
EA and Criterion Games’ new remake of the 2005 game Need for Speed: Most Wanted (for which they confusingly titled the new version exactly the same) now has some new insider walkthrough gameplay footage. It shows the setting of the game off, which is an open-world called Fairhaven City. Check out the gameplay footage below and don’t forget that the game hits stores on October 30th.
THQ have released a new trailer for WWE 12, showing off the ‘Predator 2.0′ technology and enhanced audio. The game releases in Europe on November 2nd 2012.
Ubisoft have said that they are planning on announcing new free-to-play titles based on their most popular franchises at Gamescom in Germany next month.
The publisher are holding a press conference on the opening day of the Cologne based trade show, where they will supposedly discuss “plans in e-sports and other growing online game genres”.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot also said; “The total number of players and the resulting opportunities for our industry continue to multiply as new types of gaming take hold. After a successful E3, we’re looking forward to bringing a strong line-up to Gamescom so that customers can experience many of our hotly anticipated titles first hand.”
Some of the titles that will be available to play at Gamescom include Assassin’s Creed 3, Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, ZombiU and Far Cry 3. Gamescom organiser Koelnmesse said that it expects over 300 new products to be announced at the show, which takes place on August 15th through to August 19th 2012.
After the recent release of the first skin pack for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, Valve have announced via their official Left 4 Dead 2 – Cold Stream website, that all eight survivors from the Left 4 Dead series will be available as skins in Minecraft soon. Although they haven’t announced whether it will be included in the second set of DLC, but it is speculated that the survivors will appear within there.
Bioware are giving you the chance to win an Earth pack character in the upcoming weekend in Mass Effect, and if you already have the DLC, you might have some use for your content!
Over this weekend (July 27th-July 30th), Bioware are holding a special ‘Operation Overwatch’ bounty weekend. All the details for your Mass Effect filled weekend are below!
Operation Overwatch drops troops on Earth to tackle the most secure Reaper strongholds. Reaper anti-air defense will make for high-risk shuttle extractions.
Squad Goal: Extraction on any difficulty with at least one squad member using an “Earth Pack” character.
Allied Goal: Extract 800,000 individual players on any difficulty, with each live member counting toward the goal.
Squad Goal Success: All squad members awarded a Commendation Pack.
Allied Goal Success: All players awarded a Victory Pack that includes a new “Earth” character.
Special Circumstance: Extraction time lengthened due to failure of Operation Broadside.
Requirement: Mass Effect 3‘s “Earth” DLC must be installed to earn these rewards.
Namco Bandai have delayed Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 for the second time.
After it’s original release date of August was pushed back to October, we thought the game was set for release. However, it seems that the pressure of beating blockbuster games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Borderlands 2, which release around that time, has gotten to Namco Bandai’s UK PR and marketing director Lee Kirton, who stated:
“It’s key we all want this title to be fantastic in the genre and the leading SNIPER game for sure. The engine is fantastic and the level of polish is also key to the title’s success. As soon as the official announcement through distributors is available I will provide it.”
The game is now set to be available on January 15th 2013.
Below is a trailer which shows the Kinect capabilities of FIFA 13. Some of the features include managing substitutions, shouting furiously and passing. Yes, it goes from one extreme to the other, but will we finally get a game where the title ‘Better with Kinect’ actually makes it, well, better? Let us know what you think, will you be picking it up? Will you use the Kinect functionalities?
FIFA 13 is available on September 28th.