Game-related ramblings.

Month: August 2013

A Tunnel-full Of Words About Metro 2033

As always, you can click on the screenshots to view larger versions.

This one is late, as usual. I had originally planned to play Metro 2033 before its sequel, Metro: Last Light, was released. But I was in the middle of the Indie Platformer Marathon, and other demands on my time meant I wasn’t getting through games quickly enough. Metro: Last Light released back in May, and I’ve only finished Metro 2033 now, towards the end of August. There was a brief moment where I thought I might get lucky and actually have a semi-timely post, because Metro 2033 featured in the recent Humble THQ Bundle, but that window of opportunity passed me by too. Oh well. I suppose the timing really isn’t important anyway.

Metro 2033 first caught my attention because I have something of a fascination for Russian things. And Metro 2033 is a very Russian game.

Upgrade Your Gray Matter: Kanye Quest 3030

If you’re like me, you’re a fan of the album Deltron 3030. Because it’s awesome. A hip-hop concept album about the year 3030, with production by Dan the Automator, turntables by Kid Koala, and rapping by Del tha Funkee Homosapien — what’s not to like? If you are even more like me, then you’ve been wondering when the follow-up album, Deltron Event II, is going to come out. Production began on the album way back in 2004, and the album’s been plagued by a series of delays ever since. The latest word is that it will release on October 1 of this year, but the album has missed release dates before. So I guess we’ll see.

In the meantime, why not play Kanye Quest 3030?

Spelunky Is Now Out On PC

I’ve been busy (read: not playing games), so I haven’t been posting very often. But this is important. Diligent readers will remember that the original freeware version of Spelunky is my absolute favorite roguelike-like (i.e. games that borrow elements from roguelike design and combine them with other gameplay styles). Creator Derek Yu then went on to make a spiffy HD version that spent some time as an Xbox exclusive. Especially diligent readers may remember that I posted about that release too, and even promised to let you all know when it would come out on PC. Well, now I am keeping that promise. The fancy new version of Spelunky is available on PC right now, from Steam or GOG. In addition to the fancy new graphics pictured above (I totally stole that comparison shot from the Spelunky website, but I don’t think they’ll mind), there are new enemies, items, multiplayer modes, and probably a bunch of other stuff I don’t know about. I haven’t had a chance to play it yet, but I will, and you should too.

If you’re undecided, the original version is still available for free and will give you a good sense of whether you want to buy the shiny new version. Happy spelunking!

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