Tag Archives: 2010

SpaceEngine, PC

Vladimir Romanyuk‘s incredible SpaceEngine is a simulation of the entire observable universe, with the goal being “scientific realism”, and to reproduce every known type of astronomical phenomenon.

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Terry Cavanagh‘s VVVVVV is an extremely smart-but-simple platform/indie game that feels a lot like a Commodore 64 game from the ’80s, although it was actually released in 2010.

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Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City, Nintendo DS [Part 2]

I want to post some more grabs from Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City on the Nintendo DS. Because it really is one of the best RPGs of all time, and because I can’t recommend you play it highly enough.

In my mind, developer Atlus took all of the best elements of computer Role-Playing Gaming over the past twenty years, and rolled them into this game.

Etrian Odyssey III is not perfect, however, but it’s as close to level-grinding nirvana on a console as you can get. And – having played Etrian Odyssey 1 & 2 before this, and seeing its potential – Atlus must be commended for realising that potential in this game.

The (quite wonderful) stylus/mouse-based mapping element is worth the price of admission alone. But there’s so much more to this game. The craft, quality and detail are joyous to experience, although Etrian Odyssey III is a very tough game.

I’ve not yet managed to beat the three (four actually) dragons at the end, but have otherwise been absorbed for months at a time playing this game. The combat is so good. A great example of how timings and interface make for great combat. And variety. There’s just so much variety in this game, but it’s not out of control, and Etrian Odyssey III feels like a great console game.

Etrian Odyssey III is a great console game. One of the greatest!

I’ve prepared some new grabs to show off Etrian Odyssey III‘s detail a bit more (my last post about this game I think I only posted five grabs). And remember: this is a dual-screen game (top and bottom screens). I’ve cropped most shots down to one screen, but the taller grabs are two screens on top of each other. Enjoy.

More on The King of Grabs:
Etrian Odyssey, Etrian Odyssey II, Etrian Odyssey III

More: Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City on Wikipedia

100 Best Level-Grinders Of All-Time
100 Best Level-Grinders Of All-Time

BioShock 2, PC

BioShock 2 was first released in 2010 by 2K Games.

Personally, I think BioShock 2 just edges it over its predecessor, because the setting is really interesting (rather than hunting Big Daddies, in this one you get to play AS a Big Daddy), and also because this sequel has a decent multiplayer side (the first BioShock had no multiplayer). And also because the game mechanics are slightly more detailed than the first game. I also think the ending is better in BioShock 2. Of the three possible endings, the one I got I thought was absolutely brilliant. Brought a tear to the eye…

BioShock 2 carries on a fine tradition of emotional, dark action adventures on the PC (and other systems), and is still well worth a play any day of the week.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BioShock_2
Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/8850/BioShock_2/

Rage, PC

id Software‘s fantastic post-apocalyptic shooter Rage was first released by Bethesda in 2010.

The game generally divides games-players, although in my opinion it is a great First-Person Shooter. And a weapon-fetishist’s wet dream… Not only are the weapon models some of the best I’ve ever seen, but when a new weapon is introduced into the game the way the main character handles it and shows it off is something to behold.

Rage really isn’t a game for people who hate guns…

But id Software has always been the leading developer when it comes to weapons in First-Person Shooter games, and Rage cements that fact. At least in my mind.

That aside: Rage is also a very interesting mix of shoot ’em up and RPG. It has RPG elements that open the game up a little more, and brilliant driving sections too. You spend quite a bit of time driving from one settlement, or location, to the next, and are often under attack while in transit. I really like the driving sections. And there are online multiplayer races too. Although – in reality – the driving sections are just an off-shoot of the main game. Which is: high-octane, first-person blasting action. In an amazing, scary and dark 3D environment.

It might be getting on a bit now, but Rage is still capable of showing its gaming class.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rage_(video_game)
Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/9200/RAGE/

Limbo, PC

Dark and disturbing, Playdead’s Limbo is a small boy’s journey into a world filled with deadly traps and killer monsters. It is one of the best platform games ever made, with beautiful, subtle, atmospheric, black and white graphics, eyebrow-raising situations, and ingenious solutions to problems. And lots of gratuitous killing. Almost always of yourself.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limbo_(video_game)
Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/48000/LIMBO/
gog.com: https://www.gog.com/game/limbo
Origin: https://www.origin.com/gbr/en-us/store/limbo/limbo/standard-edition


Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, PC

Colourful and adrenaline-pumping update of a retro-gaming classic, Pac-Man Championshop Edition DX is a pill-eating maze game that pays fitting tribute to the arcade game. This is one big, tripping score attack!

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac-Man_Championship_Edition_DX
Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/236450/PACMAN_Championship_Edition_DX/

Fallout: New Vegas, PC

Fallout: New Vegas really is the game Fallout 3 could have been. Don’t get me wrong: I quite liked Fallout 3 (and loved Fallouts 1 & 2), but the storytelling and decision-making in Fallout 3 I felt left a LOT to be desired.

In Fallout: New Vegas, if you really wanted to be bad, you could be very “bad”. And, this game being set in Las Vegas (and the surrounding desert), there is plenty of scope for being VERY bad.

And there is also plenty of scope for getting yourself killed, and for killing other people too. In Fallout: New Vegas, life is cheap, and the weapons are even cheaper…

In short, Fallout: New Vegas is a Role-Playing and shooting classic. Cazadors, deathclaws, Glowing Ones… They are all now part of gaming folklore.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallout:_New_Vegas
Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/22380/Fallout_New_Vegas/

100 Best Level-Grinders Of All-Time
100 Best Level-Grinders Of All-Time

Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City, Nintendo DS

This third game in the Atlus Etrian Odyssey series is a serious contender for the best RPG of all time. It is just so beautiful and so detailed and so well constructed that I haven’t got anything negative to say about it. Other than it is rock hard!

That’s why it is best played in an emulator. With quick saves. And a lot of repetition. If you want to get The Deathly Stone, or beat the three magical dragons, you’re going to have to cheat. If anyone out there ever beat this game on an actual DS, without cheating, then I’m a lesser gamer than you. 🙂

Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City is a level-grinder’s wet dream. Pun intended.

There’s another set of Etrian Odyssey III grabs on The King of Grabs here.

Etrian Odyssey series on The King of Grabs:
Etrian Odyssey, Etrian Odyssey II, Etrian Odyssey III

More: Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City on Wikipedia