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Updated and improved my WinUAE guide - This is my first post for a while as I’ve been taking something of a break from writing. However, I’ve finally gotten round to something I’ve been meaning to do for some time now and that’s to update my guide for Building a Virtual Amiga for Retrogaming in WinUAE. I’ve expanded several sections, added some…
Rain World Update Makes Life as a Slugcat a Little Easier | n3radbl3 - Darwinian survival platformer Rain World has received its first post-launch update, ironically within the time of me submitting my review and it going live on site – isn’t that just typical? Personally, I was besotted with the sumptuous hand-drawn visuals and the enthralling sense of discovery and wonder, yet felt the game was somewhat marred…
Multicrew and Avatar Creator Coming to Elite: Dangerous mid-April | n3rdabl3 - Frontier Developments have announced that The Commanders update for Elite: Dangerous will be arriving the week ending April 16. The new content, which has been in beta since late February, is part of the ongoing Horizons season and introduces multicrew ships, an avatar generator and a fancy new camera system. Read more on n3rdabl3 via…
Will The Descent Update Bring Players Back to Killing Floor 2? | n3rdabl3 - As we’ve already reported, the goretastic co-op zombie FPS Killing Floor 2 saw a significant free update on both PS4 and PC on Tuesday. Content highlights include two maps plus associated achievements, two new weapons, and, perhaps of most interest, a new “sub-mode” called Holdout. But is The Descent update actually any good? Well, the…
Release Date Announced for Blackwood Crossing | n3rdabl3 - Choo choo! The story-driven first-person adventure game Blackwood Crossing will pulling into a platform near you on April 4 (PS4) and April 5 (Xbox One and PC). It’ll be the debut title for Brighton-based studio PaperSeven, which is made up of former Disney Black Rock Studio devs and Oliver Reid-Smith, of The Room fame. And…
Streets of Rogue Monkeying its Way on to Steam Early Access | n3rdabl3 - The “world’s only RPG rouguelike action stealth shooter brawler co-op megagame”, or Streets of Rogue for short, has been picked up by indie publisher tinyBuild and is heading over to Steam early access this Friday (March 10). I know what you’re thinking, “not another bloody pixel-art dungeon crawler!”, but Streets of Rogue has just as…
Sunless Skies Blasting Off to the High Wilderness | n3rdabl3 - Following an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, it looks like Sunless Skies is definitely getting made. Not only was the proposed sequel to Sunless Sea fully funded in less than four hours, but when the month-long campaign ended last week, backers had pledged nearly four times more than what Failbetter Games had asked for. That’s an…
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 Delayed Yet Again | n3rdabl3 - The ever-tardy Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 has been delayed for another three weeks and will now launch on Tuesday, April 25. At this rate the war will be over by the time you get to drill your first high-velocity bullet through the squishy face of an unsuspecting mark who’s just sat down to eat his…
Plan Your Sick Day: Thimbleweed Park Gets Official Release Date | n3rdabl3 - Retro-styled point-and-clicker Thimbleweed Park, which began life as a Kickstarter campaign back in 2014, has finally got an official release date. It seems that Ron Gilbert, Garry Winnick and the gang had a big meeting yesterday and decided now was the time to make it public: Thursday, March 30. In their typical jokey style they…
The Commanders Beta Coming to Elite: Dangerous on Monday | Gaming Respawn - Well, it wouldn’t quite be Elite: Dangerous without at least some confusion or delay regarding upcoming content, especially with a slightly ambiguous statement like “landing the week ending February 26”. I mean, seriously, who uses “week ending” instead of “week beginning”? Probably lots of people, but anyway, an official forum post earlier today clarified that…
Life in the Old Dog Yet? Alien Swarm Expansion Coming to Steam | Gaming Respawn - Yo! Stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen, because the virtually-forgotten freeware game Alien Swarm is finally about to see some much-needed reinvigoration. Though, unsurprisingly and rather disappointingly, this comes not from creator Valve, but from the ever-dependable modding community – in the form of the soon-to-be-released stand-alone expansion Reactive Drop. For those with murky…
Sunless Skies Rockets onto Kickstarter | Gaming Respawn - Ahoy there Zee Captains! Sunless Skies, Failbetter Games’ successor to the critically-acclaimed and joyously-bizarre Sunless Sea, is now seeking funding over on Kickstarter. Like its predecessor, Sunless Skies will be set in the same Gothic steampunk universe as Fallen London, but this time ditching the gloomy mysteries and Lovecraftian horrors of the Underzee for the…
Enter the Gungeon Resupplied With Free Update | Gaming Respawn - Gungeoneers rejoice! It looks like the fast-paced guntastic puntastic bullet-hell dungeon-crawling dodge-rolling roguelike Enter the Gungeon just got a little bit bigger. Launched earlier today, the free Supply Drop update brings with it a raft of new content and features, such as over 100 new rooms and more than 20 new weapons and items. I…
Little Bug Now Lighting Up Fig | Gaming Respawn - Back in May 2016 I covered a rather polished proof-of-concept demo for a puzzle platformer called Little Bug. I’m now glad to see that it’s up on crowdfunding site Fig and very close to reaching its funding goal of $35,000 with 17 days still left to go. It certainly showed a lot of potential and…
Tropical Bash free update crash lands onto Killing Floor 2 | Gaming Respawn - Bringing with it some much-needed sea, sun and sand for its light- and warmth-starved survivors, the Tropical Bash free update officially crash landed onto Killing Floor 2 yesterday. I say officially, because it has actually been in open beta since before Christmas. Content highlights includes a lovely new map plus associated achievements, a zerker weapon,…
Sign of the Times: The Pedestrian now on Kickstarter | Gaming Respawn - I rather liked the short demo of The Pedestrian, which I covered back when I was still opening my advent calendar and savouring a little dark chocolate treat each morning with my coffee. Ah, good times indeed! Well, the game’s now up on Kickstarter, with three-man team Skookum Arts looking to raise a relatively modest…
Demo Coming and Definite Release Date for Constructor HD | Gaming Respawn - System 3’s remake of the classic 1997 house-building simulation Constructor has been subject to more than a few delays, now running a year behind schedule, which is not totally unbefitting for a game about property development. Anyway, now we’re told it will definitely, definitely be coming on 28th February for PC, Xbox One and PS4…
First Contact With Aliens Made In Elite: Dangerous | Gaming Respawm - The Milky Way has been a pretty lonely place for humans in the space trading and combat simulation Elite: Dangerous. All that seemed to lie beyond the bubble of colonised space was a seemingly endless expanse of lifeless solar systems. That is, up until yesterday, when Commander DP Sayre was pulled out witch space and…
New version of WinUAE out - Looks like the Amiga’s best and most fully featured emulator just got a few a more bells and whistles. Out just in time for Christmas and following a prolonged beta period, version 3.4.0 of WinUAE expands hardware support even further. Hardcore enthusiasts will be pleased to know that it’s now possible to emulate additional graphics…
Darkest Dungeon Getting A Shorter Campaign Mode | Gaming Respawn - I’m a bit of a late comer to Darkest Dungeon myself, having only received it as a birthday present earlier in the month (it launched way back in January), but boy has it grabbed a hold over me. Its captivating blend of gloomy comic book visuals, Lovecraftian narrative, roguelike dungeon crawling, tactical turn-based combat and…
Resident Evil 7 Playable Teaser Finally on PC | Gaming Respawn - Yes, it’s Christmas come early for non-console owning horror fans: Six months after hitting PS4, Capcom’s much talked about playable teaser for the upcoming Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has finally arrived on PC. Thankfully, I think it’s been worth the wait. Not so much a demo or prequel, Beginning Hour is more a standalone short-form…
Elite: Dangerous Coming To PS4 This Summer – Gaming Respawn - Frontier Developments have announced that Elite: Dangerous is finally coming to PS4. The space trading and combat simulation, which was the first game in the much-revered Elite series for 20 years, began life as a very successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2012. After a prolonged alpha and beta phase open only to backers, it officially…
Lose your dignity with Butcher’s free W.I.M.P DLC | Gaming Respawn - Misanthropic cyborg shooter Butcher, released back in October (see my review here), is a heck of a lot of fun and the gore-drenched pixel art is blooming marvellous, but it’s also pretty damn tough. Well, the game that once proudly declared “The easiest mode is HARD” has introduced an easy mode via means of a…
The Long Reach Promises Festive Zombie Shenanigans | Gaming Respawn - It’s Christmas time and people are starting to act strange. No, not the usual festive-induced insanity that results in people wearing silly sweaters, drinking egg-based concoctions and getting blind drunk in front of their boss at the office party, more the kind where they start snacking on their neighbours. Yes, The Long Reach is an…
Massive update to my Elite: Dangerous guide - I’ve been working long and hard these past few days on expanding and improving my beginner’s guide to Elite: Dangerous. It’s now officially longer than my PhD thesis was, making it the longest thing I have ever written, though hopefully, infinitely more interesting and useful! I certainly know which one was more fun to write …
The Amiga Years Special Edition now available | Retro Video Gamer - Amiga nostalgia addicts: it’s time to rejoice, crack open some beers and munchies and settle down in a very comfy chair, because they Special Edition of The Amiga Years is now available. Just to recap, From Bedroom to Billions: The Amiga Years, released earlier in the year, is Anthony and Nicola Caulfield’s (aka Gracious Films)…
Explore a terrifying nocturnal city in the Heliophobia alpha demo | Gaming Respawn - It seems that the success of the critically-acclaimed and brilliantly traumatic Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and more recently of Hideo Kojima’s cult-classic PS4-teaser Silent Hill P.T., continues to inspire within indie circles. There certainly has been a lot of first-person horror games in recent years that involve a disempowered protagonist sneaking around in the dark…
AmiGameJam 2016 Starts | Retro Video Gamer - If you fancy putting your Amiga programming skills and creativity to the test, then you might want to rustle up something for this year’s AmiGameJam. Previously known as The Annual Festival Amiga Game Making Competition, it’s a popular annual game jam contest that provides “creative developers a chance to sharpen and prove their skills and…
The Silver Case remake out on Friday | Gaming Respawn - I love a good old school adventure game and I have been known to dabble in Japanese film and anime. So my interest was piqued when I heard about The Silver Case, which seems to combine all of these elements. Particularly as its previous obscureness lends it a certain mystique. The Silver Case was the…
Win32 and DX10 support may be dropped from Elite: Dangerous | Gaming Respawn - Frontier Developments are considering ending support for 32-bit and DX10 Windows systems in their popular space sim Elite: Dangerous. In a forum post published earlier today, CEO and nerd-God David Braben announced: “As you know we spend a good deal of time planning for the future, and one issue (and opportunity) we are considering is…
Guardians beta coming to Elite: Dangerous on Tuesday | Gaming Respawn - Gosh dang it! Just as I’d began the long and arduous journey out to Jacques station in the Colonia Nebula to see for myself what all the fuss was about, Frontier Developments announced the imminent launch of their next big update for space combat and trading sim Elite: Dangerous. Yes, beta testing for The Guardians…
Killing Floor 2 goes gung-ho with the new SWAT perk | Gaming Respawn - Yesterday, Tripwire Interactive’s gore-splattered co-op shooter Killing Floor 2 saw another biggish update go live on Steam. The Tactical Response update, which had been in open beta since 11 August, introduces the eagerly-awaited SWAT perk and its associated guns, a new map, changes to zed behaviour and variety of minor tweaks to existing perks and…
A look at new features coming in Elite: Dangerous 2.2 | Gaming Respawn - You could say we’re enjoying something of space renaissance within the wonderful world of gaming. But with all the talk of late revolving around the release of the highly divisive No Man’s Sky (if ever there was a case for not pre-ordering…) and the encouraging new gameplay footage recently showcased by the ever-elusive Star Citizen,…
Agony remake – free playable demo on Game Jolt | Retro Video Gamer - Amigans and fans of horizontal-scrolling shumps will be interested to know that a freelance comic artist has taken it upon himself to produce an unofficial remake of Amiga classic Agony. It’s still in the early stages of development, but you can take a look at it now with a free playable alpha-demo hosted up on…
The Lion’s Song: First Episode Free On Steam | Gaming Respawn - If you love pixel art as well as good old-fashioned story telling, then you may want to take a look at The Lion’s Song over on Steam (Windows only I’m afraid). Particularly, as the first episode is now available for free. Originally an entry for Ludum Dare 30, way back in 2014, The Lion’s Song…
Amiga-enhanced Powerglove coming soon | Retro Video Gamer - Powerglove coming to Amiga You may or may not have heard of Powerglove, a Commodore 64 homebrew title released back in 2014. Well excitingly for Amigans like myself, developer Lazy Cow (aka Matthias Bock) is currently working on an Amiga-enhanced version and has released a non-playable teaser that can be downloaded from his webpage. Or…
The PlayStation Revolution – New Backer Reward | Gaming Respawn - This is just a quick update on the Kickstarter campaign for The PlayStation Revolution documentary, which I covered last week here. The campaign is now over 50% funded with 21 days left to go. But more excitingly, as a new incentive and a thanks to all those who’ve already backed the project, the Caulfields are…
Kickstarter campaign for PlayStation documentary | Gaming Respawn - Gaming history buffs and nostalgia addicts will be thrilled to know that Gracious Films, aka Nicola and Anthony Caulfield, have launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new feature-length documentary entitled The PlayStation Revolution. Their previous outings include From Bedrooms to Billions, an authoritative account of the birth and evolution of the UK games industry, and…
Deep Rest: Free Demo Coming This Summer | Gaming Respawn - Fans of stylised indie platformers will be interested to know that one-man team Aza Game Studio will soon be releasing a free playable demo of their upcoming title Deep Rest. Earlier in the month the game was Greenlit by the Steam community after just 11 days and is due to be released in the autumn…
Killing Floor 2 Bullseye Update | Return of the Sharpie – Gaming Respawn - Following a “beta preview” over the weekend, this week saw the launch of a huge 2.9GB update to zombie wave shooty-fest Killing Floor 2. Highlights include two new maps, a new perk and a bucket load of refinements to the existing perks, weapons and zeds. Having been in early access for over a year now,…
Sam’s Journey – upcoming C64 homebrew platformer – Gaming Respawn - Fans of old-school arcade platformers might want to check out Sam’s Journey, an upcoming Commodore 64 game from retro developer Knights of Bytes. Drawing inspiration from genre classics like Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog and Rainbow Islands, it’s an original side scroller that sees you guiding the eponymous Sam through a cutesy fantastical world…
Kickstarter campaign to launch printed 8-bit magazine – Gaming Respawn - If you love tinkering with vintage computers and miss the magazine formats of yesteryear, then you might be interested in John Kavanagh’s Kickstarter campaign. An Amstrad CPC enthusiast and computer repair shop owner, he’s wanting to raise money to fund a single issue of a professionally printed magazine for collectors and users of 8-bit computers.…
Find redemption with Thimbleweed Park for $25 – Gaming Respawn - Do you feel bad about pirating Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island when you were a kid? I know I do, although I’m pretty sure I owned a boxed version of Monkey Island 2 for the Amiga back in the day (11 bloody disks it was!). Anyway, the team behind upcoming adventure game Thimbleweed Park are…
New 2D Racing Game for the Amiga – Gaming Respawn - Amiga Racer is a new 2D racing game that strongly invokes the spirit of the Lotus Turbo Challenge trilogy of the early 1990s. It’s an enjoyable little homage to the pseudo-3D racers of yesteryear – it looks great, runs smoothly, and the cars handle really well. Plus, it features a fab selection of synthwave tunes…
Significant mission improvements coming in Elite: Dangerous - In their weekly dev update, Frontier Developments (FD) have outlined upcoming changes to the oft-maligned missions system for space trading and combat sim Elite: Dangerous. Although executive producer Michael Brookes put an emphasis on the word “variety”, in reality the focus was on increasing accessibility, primarily by “ensuring that more missions are available at the…