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Maulbeck back at Code Avarice

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 21 November 2014Comments Off
A bunch of creepy skulls gather to celebrate Maulbeck’s return.

A bunch of creepy skulls gather to celebrate Maulbeck’s return.

Just weeks after departing the indie studio he helped found, Mike Maulbeck has been welcomed back into the fold by his Code Avarice colleagues.

Maulbeck was forced to resign from Code Avarice in October after threatening to kill Valve founder Gavel Newell in a Twitter post that he later clarified was not intended to be taken seriously. Unsurprisingly, Valve responded by removing the team’s game, Paranautical Activity, from the industry leading Steam service. At that time, Maulbeck pledged to sell his stake in Code Avarice in order to assist the team in mending fences with Valve.

A blog post on the studio’s website has since announced that “Mike couldn’t commit to his decision to leave” and that he and cofounder Travis Pfenning “agreed the best thing to do would be to have Mike return to Code Avarice.”

Paranautical Activity is still nowhere to be found on Steam, suggesting that there is still work to be done to repair that particular relationship.

The team is now working on a new project entitled Spinal Destination.



Gilbert brings retro adventure to Kickstarter

Posted by Erin Marcon On Thursday 20 November 2014Comments Off
But does it run at 60 frames per second?

But does it run at 60 frames per second?

While he has been reasonably prolific in recent years, Ron Gilbert is still best known for his contributions to LucasArts classics like Maniac Mansion and The Secret of Monkey Island. It is to fans of these games that Gilbert is appealing to fund his latest venture, a traditional point-and-click PC adventure game known as Thimbleweed Park.

The Kickstarter campaign for the project, which went live earlier this week, is seeking to raise US $375,000. The project has already attracted $192,803 worth of pledges, suggesting that it will more than likely surpass its target in the coming days.

The project, which will see Gilbert reunite with his Maniac Mansion cohort Gary Winnick, is being pitched as the “true spiritual successor” to that game. As evidenced by the promotional imagery, Gilbert and Winnick are aiming to evoke the look and feel of what many still regard as the golden era of adventure games.

Thimbleweed Park follows a pair of “washed up detectives” as they investigate “a dead body found in a river” on the outskirts of the eponymous town. The player will switch back and forth between the two detectives as the story progresses.

Gilbert’s recent output includes action RPG DeathSpank, puzzle adventure The Cave and match three mobile game Scurvy Scallywags.


Halo: The Master Chief Collection Review

Posted by Adam Rorke On Wednesday 19 November 2014Comments Off

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Available on Xbox One l Published by Microsoft l Developed by 343 Industries and Bungie (original trilogy) l Classified MA15+ l Supports 1-32 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > The numbered Halo titles have touched down on the Xbox One and all in one big convenient package! More than just a port from previous console generations, The Master Chief Collection has seen a glossy finish added to every facet of the originals. This one is a great pick-up for both fans and newcomers to the series. Read the rest of this entry »


Lords of the Fallen Review

Posted by Stephen del Prado On Tuesday 18 November 2014Comments Off

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Available on XBO, PS4 and PC l Published by Bandai Namco and Square Enix l Developed by CI Games and Deck13 Interactive l Classified MA15+ l Supports 1 player

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Proving that ‘derivative’ doesn’t have to be a dirty word, Lords of the Fallen is an enjoyable action RPG that initially promises controller-throwing levels of difficulty before petering out due to a lack of balance in the latter half. While it may pale in comparison to the titles it imitates, it does enough to warrant interest from anyone looking for a ‘Light Souls’ experience. Read the rest of this entry »