My top games of 2019, and a few others that came close.
Atari Gamer, has been running the Atari Lynx 30th Birthday Programming Competition over the past few months and we now have the final submissions! All eleven of them! That’s right, that’s eleven new games for you to play and rate. We do admit that some are very well polished and others are more on the tech demo side, but all are worth having a look at.
Admittedly, I never played the Lynx hardware when it came out, but I find it fascinating people are still developing games for the platform. Maybe even more fascinating, while the games are free and legal to play on hardware emulators, some are even still making the cartridges for the games themselves.
Apex Legends developer Respawn is looking to deter cheating by forcing those who break the rules to play together.
Too bad they don’t take this concept one step further. If painted in the right light, this could be a huge opportunity for a hacking type of competition, much in the same vein of Facebook’s CTF. They could even go so far as offering rewards for players who disclose exploits, as a sort of bug bounty program.
No Man’s Sky Online includes a radical new social and multiplayer experience which empowers players everywhere in the universe to meet and play together. Whilst this brings people together like never
before,and has many recognisableonline elements, we don’t consider No Man’s Sky to be an MMO – it won’t require a subscription, won’t contain microtransactions, and will be free for all existing players.
All for free too. It may have took some time, but the game is finally delivering on everything it promised, and then some. Even at it’s initial release with it’s limited features, I had fun exploring the galaxy. In fact it was a little overwhelming. The new update looks to not only add new features, but make the game easier to get into.
Put together by Rami Ismail, Meditations.games is a collection of games by over 350 developers. Each day is a new, unique game, and only available that day.
Its a great concept. I’d love to see the analytics by the end of the year, and just how many people will still be playing this.
The original Doom turns 25 this year, and to celebrate, its co-creater, John Remero made a new chapter to the original game, titled Sigil.
Sigil, according to the website, is an unofficial 5th episode to the game:
I wanted the levels to feel like they belong to the original game as if they were a true fifth episode. There’s more detail in the levels than episodes 1-4, but not overly so. I believe that people playing Sigil will recognize my design style, but see new things I’m doing because this episode does not take place on a military base – it takes place in Hell, which is new to me within DOOM®’s design space
Romeo found renewed interest in the game that help set his career after the success of the 2016 reboot of the series, and began working on the new chapter during 2017-2018 in his free time.
Sigil comes out in Mid-February, both in the form of digital and phisical boxed editions while Doom Eternal, a sequel to the 2016 reboot coming out later this year on December 28th.
It’s great to see the Doom community is still going strong, and I can’t wait to see what the next 25 have in store for the franchise.
Joker from Persona 5 is joining the latest Super Smash Brothers as DLC. Now add Chie you cowards.
Seismic Games is best known for mobile game Marvel Strike Force, (something I had to do a bit of searching around to learn). Having a group of industry veterans with experience working on IP based games will hopefully provide a strong boost for Niantic’s upcoming Harry Potter game as well as Pokemon Go.
Doing an image search for ‘Atari Breakout’ turns the page into a playable version of Breakout.
A slew of articles about the new XCOM game was released this morning, but Andrew Yoon at Shack News sums it up perfectly:
XCOM as it is today can be best summed up as this: Mass Effect, set in the 60s.
Find new enemies to fight, exciting areas to explore, gain access to new weapons to slay your foes or just roam the huge world that’s out there
Combine this with the Morrowind Overhaul Mod, and you have a beautiful remake of the classic game.
A very minimalistic, ASCII text-based game that runs in your browser. With no instructions on how to play whatsoever, it’s oddly addicting and fascinating.