There is a fourth hidden genre of games. One that is more potent, accessible and unbound. Instead of bending players to fit its universe, this genre is designed to kowtow to the will of the players. It is the generic. It is the universal. All are one in this game genre. The only restriction is imagination.
In the cold darkness of corporation-run space, there are only PCs and NPCs. Laws sometimes apply and technology is occasionally called magic or biotics. Things are pretty awesome but often in a terrible way. Science fiction gives us a glimpse into what might come to be and I love it dearly. Here are some Sci-Fi games you might not have heard of.
Not every game takes place in a far off land…in space…with elves… Some take place here and now, sometimes there’s magic, sometimes Germany won WW2, sometimes you’re a few years in the past as little kids, and sometimes it’s just you as the world comes to an end. Regardless, we live in interesting times and they shouldn’t be ignored.
Indie shoot-em-up Broforce, from South African developer Free Lives, oozes with personality the moment you press start. But its mechanics, load times and frame rate hiccups mar an otherwise solid shooting experience.
If you dream of the clashing of swords, the searing fire of a dragon, and the rise and fall of kingdoms, then perhaps you’d enjoy an RPG in a fantasy themed setting. It just so happens I’ve got a list of my favorite ones right here in this blog post.
Before Call of Duty, there was Medal of Honor. Electronic Arts' first-person shooter franchise, which spent most of its time in the World War II era, released Pacific Assault in 2003 focused on the eastern campaign. You can download it for free from EA's Origin service.
We've got something a little different for you this week. In the style of the mash-up, indie developers from StabYourself.net created "MariO," a mix between Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. and Valve's Portal. Yes, you want to play it.
If you like Zelda, but think the dialogue is a bit too dry, then Dink Smallwood may be for you. The 1998 action RPG follows the exploits of a modest pig farmer trying to save his world, and a high definition version can be downloaded for free today!
Treyarch's latest entry in the blockbuster shooting franchise "Call of Duty" ends with a puzzling sequence of firefights that shows the dissonance between what developers are trying to do and what their audience demands of them.
A dearth of features and maps doesn't stop EA Dice's Star Wars-themed shooter from being one of the most fun ways to pretend you're a foot soldier - or a hero - in that most intergalactic of conflicts.
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