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The Game Graveyard

18 December 2016 - 05:16 AM

Post those games that never got to see the light of day (i.e, cancelled games) and lament over their losses.

 

The worst offender for me is Heaven Variant. A true spiritual successor to one of my favorite shootemups as a child, I would have played this over and over to get a perfect score. Speaking of perfect score, it has a badass soundtrack, which you can enjoy here. Fortunately, the studio is reusing the concepts introduced to make a new shmup, pretty much starting over, unfortunately without the 3D graphics, but I'm not complaining. I'll miss Heaven Variant though.

 


Death Stranding

02 December 2016 - 11:06 PM

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While this game is cryptic as all hell and we still haven't gleaned that much information on it, I'm ready to jump down this surreal and creepy rabbit hole to try and decipher what kind of journey we'll be going on in the near future. We need to get the detective board going, lads. Throw out your theories and speculations and be prepared for them to get crushed underneath Kojima's craziness.

 

I'm not gonna go in depth at the moment with screenshot analysis and examinations, but I do have a few things to point out. Though the game seems to be heavily themed around death, one could suspect that the setting is some weird purgatory sort of afterlife, but I don't think this is the case, thanks to good old Del Toro here:

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I don't think somebody after death would be wearing a pin with some United States (or Cities, in this case) organization on his jacket. This has to be set in "our" world, it could be in the past or future in some alternate universe, much like MGS. Also, the center of that spiderweb is D.C, so we could be looking at the ruins of that area in the trailer, but we can extrapolate that the source of this weird undead sort of society is centered there.

 

Pretty much EVERYTHING has some form of umbilical cord on it, from Norman Reedus and the Funky Fetus, to Del Toro and his babby, even the skeleton soldiers are hooked up to them. I can only wonder if this is going to play some part in the gameplay; Mads seems to have a cluster of cords that is hooked to his entire squad of WW2 skellies, but can disconnect them at will. I'm also wondering if he's actually a playable character, or if he's gonna be a straight up villain as he appears with that sinister smirk on his face. If he is playable, there could be some strange form of squad based gameplay where you input orders to your skeletons and then let them run free after you disconnect them.

 

A lot of clear metaphors to Silent Hills/PT have been made. The baby definitely represents the game that never was, and in both trailers, Reedus and Del Toro carry these babies, with varying levels of distress on their faces, and scars from some unknown wound. What's interesting to me is that Kojima is definitely saying something about how it was really messed up to totally destroy all the hard work he and Del Toro did on Silent Hills, but also the fact that these metaphors seem to be forming up the story too.

 

Oh yeah, something else that's semi related - just a few hours before this new trailer dropped, I beat MGSV and finally played through the truth ending for it, definitively finishing it before this trailer showed up. I kind of knew about the VGAs, but I wasn't really paying attention to them. I feel almost like I was rewarded for my efforts. But I digress, let me know what you come up with, I'm excited to see all the different theories and how it all actually plays out, because if you don't think that's part of the game too, you're dead wrong.


Westworld

09 October 2016 - 03:09 PM

 

Anybody catch this last week? I think we have a new contender for Game of Thrones here, I've been waiting for HBO to come out with something nice and fresh since the first season of True Detective, and I think they've delivered. It sort of reminds me of a holodeck episode of Star Trek, but done a little bit different; something is bound to go wrong, and it seems that there's a buildup to the craziness that's about to happen. I doubt there's anyone here that isn't a fan of Jurassic Park, and this is a similar concept by the same author, Michael Crichton (may he rest in peace,) except in this it's a western themed park with surreal lifelike androids. I would say that's kind of a spoiler, but the premise gets revealed to you in the first ten minutes if you haven't already caught on from the trailer. They've already kicked off with a badass action scene, and some clever music choices have been slipped in - you'll hear old fashioned honky tonk versions of Soundgarden's Black Hole Sun and Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones if you listen closely, and I'm excited to see if future episodes will feature popular songs covered in such an interesting manner. I'll definitely be tuning in tonight, and here's hoping it lives past the first season.


Xarkon Infantry Artistic Interpretations (image heavy)

01 July 2016 - 01:52 AM

I'm back with some more NR fanart, but this time it's not for any contest, just for your viewing pleasure (or displeasure, idk.) I thought it would be a cool idea to draw mostly faithful renditions of various Xarkon soldiers, based on their appearances from Scorp's minifigs, official concept art, even Nova member ranks. I hope they're up to snuff.

 

EDIT: Oh yeah, since these were drawn as smaller pictures, it's better to view them in a separate tab where they're a bit more scaled down and closer to how they look on paper. The pictures take sort of a hit in quality from my scanner, due to the brightness and enlargement.

 

Private First Class:

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Sergeant Major:

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Engineer:

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Medic:

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Scout:

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My hand seriously hurts after all this drawing. However, if these pictures receive good reception, I may do other soldiers of different factions in a similar style. Cheers.


Helexith Wrath Archer (Fire contest submission)

30 June 2016 - 04:50 AM

I haven't posted any art on here in quite a while. I figure it was time I made a submission to one of these contests, so here it is. I even thought up some lore behind this piece, though it may be inaccurate, since all I did was look at a page of the NR wiki for research. Still, at the end of the day I wanted to draw something neat so I hope you guys like it regardless. It took me about 9-10 hours to sketch, ink and color, using regular graphite, colored pencils and sharpies.

 

Helexith Wrath Archer

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Lore:

While Mahlok live peacefully together with virtually no infighting, some in the Helexith Coalition have deemed it necessary to create a force with the intent of killing other Mahlok individuals, such as notorious blood traitors. As Mahlok are very difficult to kill with modern forms of weaponry, and especially so with their own natural fire manipulating abilities, the Wrath Archer Special Assassination Force have looked to a more primitive method of combat, (one that has seemingly arisen in the ancient civilizations of different species, such as humans,) known as archery. These warriors are a well kept secret, even among high-ranking Helexith generals; after all, never in the history of the Coalition has a group been formed to kill other Mahlok, and knowledge of such a force could lead to serious dissent.

 

The Wrath Archers' main weapon is obviously, a simple bow made from molten Mahlok hide, along with their armor, which was taken from individuals who have died natural deaths and have volunteered their bodies for the good of scientific progress. While a simple arrow would barely injure a fully grown Mahlok, their "blood arrows," as they are called, are tipped with a canister containing a dense, superheated material that is unknown to many of the other factions in the Omulgvum galaxy. The material burns hotter than Mahlok blood, and creates a chain reaction, multiplying the amount of heat and energy exponentially upon release, however, this has not yet been tested on a living Mahlok. It is hypothesized that the arrow would puncture through their thick skin, and as the material is released, the warhead at the tip would disintegrate, making any form of surgery impossible. At this point, two things could happen: the first possibility is that the material would prevent the Mahlok's blood from cooling down and sealing the wound, causing them to bleed out quickly before they can absorb the energy; or, they could potentially absorb the energy as it rapidly multiplies within their bloodstream, supercharging them temporarily before their bodies explode. This latter possibility could result in a great amount of collateral damage should an assassination attempt occur, which is why the Helexith are reluctant to use the Wrath Archers in combat. Nonetheless, potential targets of the Archers include Lord Zelgadorph of Mordark, and High Admiral Ignatuzelrog of the Xarkon Navy. They train and meditate nonstop on an unknown volcanic moon, far from any form of civilization.