How do you know you’re not a Replicant?

Blade Runner was released in 1997 by Las Vegas based developer Westwood Studios who at this point is mainly known for pioneering the real-time strategy genre with its Command & Conquer series before being dismantled by EA. The game is a fairly classical point & click adventure game based on the 1982 movie of the…Read moreRead more

“The end of an era” or “I cannot believe I actually played through this piece of crap”

Ultima IX – Asccension is the only title of the classic RPG series which I actually bought at the time of its release. I remember playing it for a little while, but ultimately (ha!) I didn’t have the patience to complete it since it crashed about every two minutes. Also, at the time of its…Read moreRead more

So, tell me about LOOM

Among some other games I recently rediscovered the 3.5” disc version of the LucasArts (née Lucasfilm Games) classic Loom. Released in 1990, this game is based on the same version of the SCUMM game engine used by The Secret of Monkey Island (see my earlier review). I had bought the game sometime in the mid-…Read moreRead more

What I’ve been playing

After last year’s odyssey through the vast lands of Skyrim was completed, I was craving some lighter forms of entertainment. Luckily, it was time for the annual Steam holiday sale, and so I was able to pick up a number of titles that had been on my wish list for a while. Portal 2 Last…Read moreRead more

On Exploring Tamriel

Last week numerous sources reported that Skyrim, the latest title in the Elder scrolls series, does not only contain the landmass for the eponymous province it is set it, but also those of previous titles such as Morrowind, Cyrodil, and Hammerfell. Since the player is normally not able to reach any of these areas, there…Read moreRead more

Not a laughing matter

Since it’s release last Friday I’ve spent the majority of my time ridding Skyrim of Dragons and Trolls. And believe me, it’s addictive. The game is a clear improvement over Oblivion’s repetitive dungeons and awkward NPC interactions. The quests are motivating and diverse, the environment is incredibly detailed. It might not quite match the uniqueness…Read moreRead more

It’s the great pumpkin!

With Halloween practically knocking on our door, Double Fine Productions just released Costume Quest on Steam. While the game was released for consoles about a year ago, this marks Double Fine’s first game on the PC since the much-praised Psyochonauts in 2005. The game centers around a pair of siblings, named Wren and Reynold, and…Read moreRead more

From Darkest Dungeons, to Deepest Space!

I was reading the keynote speech Richard Garriott gave at last week’s GDC Europe, and realized that while I had played some of his more recent titles, I had yet to experience his original claim to fame: Ultima I, first released in 1980, and then later recoded and re-released as Ultima I: The First Age…Read moreRead more

The Secret of Monkey Island

Deep in the Caribbean, the island of Mêlée Island™ – this is how the 1990 classic adventure game The Secret of Monkey Island opens up to the quest of one Guybrush Threepwood to become a mighty pirate. Released under the Lucasfilm Games label, the game was developed by a team headed by industry legend and…Read moreRead more