PING: Bit.Trip.Runner

It must be video day today. Bit.Trip.Runner has finally been released on WiiWare for $8.

Some of us here are big fans of the Bit.Trip games.

PING: ModNation Racers Bringing Teh Phunny

Let’s just say it rhymes with Man Farizmo Jive!

This just came up on my radar for later this month. Three racing games released in two weeks. That’s just a little too intense.

My only fear is that we are seeing a lot of info around the game, not about it.

To much hair gel says what?

PING!: Red Dead Redemption

I had a passing interest in this game. It’s now on the “radar.” Giantbomb has a look at some online play.

If you don’t see the video, visit our living room.

Freaking Inkies–for a freaking good time

Let it be known that I have bought more games from the App Store than any other gaming medium this year. I’ve enjoyed each and every game. The winner so far? Tilt to Live.

However, this is not about that great game (that could easily be ported to any other platform, please!). This is about Freaking Inkies. Take the charm of Plants vs. Zombies, add a little bit of de Blob, and some precise tilt controls and you get this new game.

I love this stuff.

This Game You Should Play: Beat Hazard

Seizure inducing for the win

Pictures do not do this game justice. Beat Hazard by Cold Beam Games is a new entry in the music as game genre. You essentially fly a ship that shoots down anything that moves a la Geometry Wars. The catch? It’s all created by your music.

The Audiosurf of 2010

How does it work? Each song is a game. The game reads certain characteristics of your own music and then relays that as enemies on screen, their frequency, and the rate or power of your ship’s own guns. What this does is makes each song unique but each song plays exactly the same. Usually upbeat tempo (think trance) songs work best because there’s a lot of action. Sometimes it’s too much–it’s a blast. Have a song that crescendos? So does the action on screen. Is there a quiet pause after that crescendo? Uh, oh. A lot of enemies and no force behind your pea-shooter of a weapon. However, all is not lost.

Added brilliance

Instead of being a typical shooter there are a couple of neat innovations:

  • Shooting some enemies nets a POW reward. This in turn powers up your ship’s weapon.
  • Some enemies release VOL. This increases your songs volume and also draws more enemies to the screen thereby increasing your chance for failure and glory.
  • Little +1 symbols net you a score multiplier. (Oh, this game is all about points and rank.)
  • You can also protect yourself during the quiet lulls of the song by using bombs. They are a mechanic that is in every shooter: everything on screen is destroyed.
  • Your music generates bosses. Have fun with multiple bosses.
  • Of course, there are leaderboards. Always a win. Ranks too. Cumulative ranks. The higher you are the more perks you have at the beginning of each song.
  • Achievements.

Blue Light Special

So, where do we get it? It’s on Steam for $10 and can be had on XBLA indie for 400 MS points. The XBLA version is cheaper but there are a few more features (nothing major) with the PC version. The Steam version can be played with a mouse/keyboard combo or an 360 controller (only–but there are some simple workarounds for this).

Honestly, there are some songs that cause so much chaos on screen you have no idea what’s going on, but you do know what to do. It’s the best feeling to have your ship survive a huge onslaught of enemies, pulsing lasers, and seizure-inducing light effects.

Mirror’s Edge on the Go

We kind of had a little bit of a love/hate relationship with the console version of Mirror’s Edge. Some arguments made online is that the game would have been better in third person. It looks like the game has been shrunk down, put in third person, and married with Canabalt for your iPod/iPhone.

It’s not out yet, but my guess is soon.

Feedburner sometimes does not play nice with video. If you don’t see it in your reader, come home.

Uncanny!

As I was playing Heavy Rain, there was something about the character of Scott Shelby that really stuck out to me—something I experienced that was traumatic. Kotaku found it via 1up, and now I can sleep at nights. Sam Douglas also played a very small part in the movie Derailed (The shocking scene traumatized me. You know if you’ve seen it.)

If you are using a reader and wondering what I’m talking about, you need to visit the site for the video. Sigh.

Puzzle Quest 2? Sign Me Up!

Giantbomb has the new trailer posted for Puzzle Quest 2. As long as they don’t make it like Galactrix, I’ll be thrilled. Interesting take on the adventuring this time around.

If you are using a feed reader and don’t see video, you’ll need to make a visit.

More Blur Goodness

Earlier today, I mentioned that Bizarre Creations is going crazy giving away beta keys to many websites for their new game, Blur. Let me be a little more descriptive about the game. Think Call of Duty 4 meets Project Gotham Racing meets Burnout Paradise.

Yes, you race for experience and go up in rank. As you get higher, you can unlock powerups and mods for your cars. Giantbomb has got a great video up with one of the games designers. I really love the look of this game. There is so much more mentioned in the video.

The beta opens March 8. It’s for the 360, but I think I’ll pick up the PS3 version.

Note: The Giant Bomb video doesn’t embed into our RSS. (Geesh). Those of you RSS readers need to head on over to the site for a look. Come on in to our house and stop looking through the windows. It’s creepy.

One to Watch: Red Dead Redemption

While everyone is out and about playing with their Commander Sheep, I’ve been scouring the internet looking into the future. One of my favorite games of all time is Outlaws (why is this not on Steam?), a spaghetti-western created by LucasArts. Although there have been a few western-themed games released since then, none of them have been able to capture for me the gritty wild west.. Maybe Rockstar’s sequel to Red Dead Revolver (which I just played this year—meh, too restrictive), Red Dead Redemption will change all that. Here is one of the few titles I look forward to this year.

Source: Giantbomb.