When Tommy Refenes first sat down to prototype a new, auto-running one-button Super Meat Boy game in his GDC hotel room back in 2011, it was meant to be a tiny spin-off for mobiles that stopped after nine levels. “The scope of it was going to be very small,” the programmer of Team Meat told me at PAX East 2019 last weekend. “The idea was just to be like a palette cleanser in between our bigger projects because we were working on Mew-Genics. It was supposed to be, ‘Let’s just do this, put it out and charge like a dollar for it and then move on’.” Fast forward to today and Super Meat Boy Forever will shortly be out on every platform with somewhere in the region of 7200 levels (or “chunks” as Refenes calls them). It’s still an auto-runner, but if you’re worried about Forever being dumbed down after beginning life on mobile, rest assured that it looks and feels just like the 2010 mega hit – right down to the speed of … [Read more...] about Team Meat on the return of Super Meat Boy
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PCG Q&AFind all previous editions of the PCG Q&A here. Here are some highlights:Who would you have cast as Geralt?Which game would you cross with your favorite TV show or film?Which game did you finish despite hating every minute of it? We're in the last leg of 2018, but there are a lot more games on the way to keep our PCs warm during the colder, darker nights ahead. This is the time when many of the biggest releases come along to take advantage of the holiday spending mood, which puts games such as Fallout 76, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and Battlefield 5 within this final stretch.There are exciting games from non-giant developers ahead, too, such as Griftlands and Super Meat Boy Forever. The point is: there are a lot of new games to pick from as the year winds down, and none of us have time to play all of them. Well, maybe one person does, and we'd like to meet them, but the rest of us have to be choosy. So which are you going to pick? For … [Read more...] about What unreleased game of 2018 are you most looking forward to?
I’ve never done anything too extreme to play a video game before. In fact, I remember going to my local Best Buy when Nintendo introduced its Super Smash Bros. Wii U demo kiosks, only to turn around once I noticed the line wrapped around the block. I did the same thing at PAX East earlier this year, slyly maneuvering my way around the show floor based on which demo stations had long lines and which games you could just walk up and play. For me, going out of your way to play an upcoming game is similar to going to see the new Avengers movie on opening night. Sure, you get to be a part of the audience, cheer along with your fellow moviegoers, and most importantly, be on the forefront of the cultural zeitgeist. Additionally, you know once you walk out of that theater you can read all of the latest think pieces, digest every critic’s review, and wander social media without worrying about stumbling onto spoilers. However, that experience comes with a price. More often than not, … [Read more...] about Reindeer Meat is Delicious (and Other Things I Learned Traveling to Sweden to Play Legend of Solgard)
This article was originally published in PC Gamer issue 317. For more quality articles about all things PC gaming, you can subscribe now in the UK and the US. As you play Jurassic World Evolution, Dr Ian Malcolm (played, of course, by Jeff Goldblum) will occasionally chip in to remind you that what you’re doing – creating thinking, feeling creatures in a laboratory to, essentially, sell theme park tickets to tourists—might not be totally cool. He’s your conscience, and a neat way for the game to acknowledge the dubious morality of what you’re doing, which the films have made a point of addressing. So while building your own Jurassic World facility is exciting, and a dream come true for many fans of the series, developer Frontier still wants you to think about the important philosophical questions it raises. “Getting to write new dialogue for Dr Ian Malcolm is just the best,” says lead writer John Zuur Platten. “And getting to … [Read more...] about Jurassic World Evolution: dilemmas, disasters, and the best-looking dinos in games
The upcoming Netflix movie Mute might fix one of the biggest problems with the future dystopias of many sci-fi flicks. At least personally speaking, one thing that's always bothered me about such films is that their worlds are portrayed as so different from ours that they become difficult to believe as real. The real world's strange, little quirks are often passed up in favor of big setpieces and larger-than-life spectacle when it comes to movies, and a place's unique history gets hand-waved for the sake of setting up egomaniac villains and mega-corporations. But according to a set visit and preview in the latest issue of SFX Magazine, director Duncan Jones' film Mute (coming to Netflix on February 23) keeps the weird and is better for it. First, there's the matter of our protagonist, Leo. Leo is on the hunt for his girlfriend, who suddenly disappears from his life after an emotional evening. It's not clear if she's been kidnapped, killed, or just ghosted him, but Leo is determined to … [Read more...] about Netflix’s Mute is set in a world where ‘sales reps look like SWAT teams’, says star Alexander Skarsgard