If you are reading this you survived Monday so congratulations are in order. Â Welcome to the rest of the week. Â They (the boss man) tell me to keep these blogs themed but honestly there are a few things I’d like to share that are unrelated. Â So what am I supposed to do? (holds up hands) So I give you the option -
The Grab Bag Options:
Amnesia: The Dark Descent by Frictional Games
TheÂ IndependentÂ Games Festival just opened their doors for the Audience Award voting on the 2011 finalists. Â I was looking through the list and spotted Amnesia here. Â Now forgive me for I’m a little shaken. Â I took a big dose ofÂ game-playÂ to prep myself to write this. Â This game/immersion horror fest messes with your mind. Â You run around in the dark and actually have a sanity meter (Did you hear that?) that is only satisfied if you have light which is damned hard to come by as it turns out. Â I think I will need to take a break from this one and play some Dead Space 2. No that isn’t a good idea either… (Locks the doors and turns all the lights on!) I watched The Rite this weekend too. I’m all sorts of freaked out these days.
Atom Zombie Smasher by Blendo Games
I think the official classification for this game is puzzle-strategy but really I’m not sure what you call it. Â You essentially have a top down view of a city grid and must plan the evacuation of the citizens during a “Zed” outbreak. Â You choose the landing zone of the evac-bird and also where to place the defenses. Â Each round for me typically lasted about 1 to 2 minutes. Â The infected breed faster than Hippy-Era Rabbits so time and placement of your resources is crucial. Â It is wicked fun and addicting. Â This is a fine training simulator for our Heads of State when the REAL Zombie apocalypse gets underway. Â Obama? Please?
GTA 4 – The Trashmaster Feature-Length Film by Mathieu Weschler
Vigilante garbage men in Liberty City? Yes please. Â Director andÂ creatorÂ Mathieu Weschler took two years to make one of the finest Machinimas I’ve seen in quite some time and he used GTA IV to do it. Â GTA IV had all the right elements to create this Epic Liberty City Noir. Â I won’t lie. Â There were times it felt like a janky cinematic but most of the time it watched just like a feature film. Â There is a lengthy chase and shoot out toward the end which I found particularly impressive. Â Check out the high definition version here.