First Preview: Besiege [Early Access] (PC)

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Early access games have become a controversial business model in the PC community as of late. For every Minecraft and Kerbal Space Program there seems to be 10 games like Earth: Year 2066. Criticisms have been made for early access since the model first became popular, and its not hard to see why. Without delving into this complicated discussion I will say this, in my experience the games that are most successful as early access are those whose core gameplay can easily be realized without fleshing out all of the planned content. Minecraft was such a game and so is Kerbal Space Program.

Besiege, like KSP allows for complex creations

Besiege, like KSP allows for complex creations

Recently I came across another early access PC game and from what I have seen so far it also falls into this camp. Besiege is as the developer describes it, “a physics based building puzzler”. In other words you have to build wacky creations to solve objectives of increasing difficulty while working against or if you are good enough, abusing the game’s physics engine. The game’s setting revolves around a cartoony  medieval world complete with requisite peasants, soldiers, fortifications and sheep. You as a nameless evildoer are to assault stage after stage and smash, burn, blow up and otherwise kill your way to completion.

The graphics are pleasing to look at and the art style involves smooth edges and a soft pallet that gives the game an overall storybook look that compliments the over the top creations you are sure to make. To this end many players have already posted compilation videos on YouTube showing off the true potential of the game given that you have enough time and creativity. If you chose to join them you will find yourself spending a lot of time in the games editor (pictured above). The editor is where all building takes place. You can place parts, move them, tweak them, and delete them until your creation is ready and then simply hit play to begin the level. Even at this early stage of development the editor has a high degree of polish and functionality. It’s minimalist interface gives the user access to all of the powerful tools without getting in the way of the creation. I like that.

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The trumpets are a nice touch

The fact that Besiege is considered early access is actually a little baffling. It feels less like an alpha or beta release and more like a limited content demo. The interface is well laid out, the core gameplay is well realized and complete and bugs are thankfully few and far in between. In the claimed by Steam 25 hours I have put into the game so far I have had 0 game breaking crashes. At this point my only cons are that the content isn’t complete and thus short and that I am not as creative as many of the other players.

To learn more about Besiege you can check it out on its official site or its Steam page.

Weekly Mailbag: 2-27-15 Edition

In this weekly mailbag, Jon gives an update on what is happening on the site and shows off his pick ups for the end of the week:

– Dreamcast controller
– SNES controller
– NES controller
– Japanese space flight combat game (SAT)
– Ridge Racer Type 4 (PS1)
– Gran Turismo 2 (PS1)
– Daytona USA (SAT)
– NHL All Star Hockey (SAT)

 

 

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Far Cry: 4 Valley Of The Yeti Expansion Announced

Today Ubisoft released the details of a Far Cry 4 expansion called Valley of the Yetis. After Ajay is involved in a helicopter crash high in the Himalayas and dealing with the local highly violent cult, he discovers this valley he’s fought so hard in is also full of the enormous and temperamental beasts. This expansion will see more of him going about his business as usual with different foes and terrain of course. Now with 11 new mission, a whole new campaign, and new weapons to wreak havoc with. Also, listed listed in the released video on YouTube is a new multiplayer mode, no details on that as of yet though.

Release date is set for March 10th. Those who purchase on that day will receive a special first day only bonus mission raising the new mission count to 12 as stated in the video.

 

 

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GTA:V – Making Us Wait, Like A Fine Wine

Recently announced by Rockstar Games, Grand Theft Auto: V has had it’s release date pushed back yet again on PC. In their most recent Newswire stating that the new anticipated release date is to be April 14th. Claiming that this will be their most technically advanced version yet.

Our apologies to PC gamers worldwide who have been counting down the days until the launch of the game, but a bit more time is needed to ensure that the game is as polished as possible, and to make certain that both Heists and the GTA Online experience are ready to roll out on day one for PC. As a gesture of thanks for your understanding, we will grant anyone who has pre-ordered the game an additional $200,000 in-game cash for use in GTA Online.

Though surely many players who have been waiting since the original launch day that was set at January 21st of this year, a lot of sites and gaming personalities, such as TotalBiscut say they aren’t upset about the change. Saying on his Twitter account:

GTA5 is delayed on PC? Good. Make it a proper port. If I wanted to play GTA5 that badly I’d have bought it on console ages ago

However, when the game is finally released it will have several PC only exclusives, such as high-res visuals, the ability to take ultra high-res clips, take in-game videos, and use GTA’s own built in video editor.

 

 

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Solid State Romcast: The 2-20-15 Show

On this epic edition of the Solid State Romcast Jon and Matt converse over Epic Megagames offering grants and the Unreal 4 engine to folks teaching game design and crowd funded indie projects. It is a great gesture from a company that has humble beginnings. Shout out Jazz Jackrabbit! After that, the two talk about Zenimax Media’s cease and desist letter sent to Xreal for developing a game that has ‘Fallout’ in the title. Lastly, they have an epic round table discussion addressing a blog post by Felipe Pepe of the Gamasutra community speaking out about the importance of preserving and documenting video game history. This post takes a shot at those who see no importance in the history and how it is perpetuated by the industry itself (press included) and its hype driven nature. Check it out now. Step on it baby, before it steps on you!!

Solid State Romcast – Solid State Romcast 2-20-15 Show

 

Solid State Romcast Crew:

Jon “San Juan” Rivera – Host

Matt “Off” White – Cohost

 

Music Credit:

Introduction Theme – Car Jack [2011 version] by Electric Children

Interlude No. 1 – Unknown Track A by ???

Interlude No. 2 – Unknown Track B by ???

Roundtable Theme – Pumped by RoccoW

Resolution Theme – Skip Sandwich DX By Electric Children

Upcoming Diablo III Patch To Incorporate Microtransactions… But Probably Not For You

Blizzard has posted on their own site Battle.net their intentions to add a new form of currency to be called Platinum in the next patch for Diablo III. With this addition players will be able to purchase timed experience boosts, cosmetic items, and portraits of their character; as well as a new UI that will allow player to more easily utilize this system. Along with being able to purchase additional slot expansions and a stash size increase.

However, it is very clearly stated that Europe won’t get these additions. Even the US market is to be left out as well as one keen eyed player points out in what is effectively a copy and paste on the different region’s site. The reaction from European  and American players, nonetheless, is the same: mostly rage and in some cases disgust. Few side with Blizzard as they have a reputation for keeping online play and support up for quite a while with their games claiming this seems like a way to keep those servers up and services paid for.

The rest of the update that everyone will receive is set to include numerous changes from a new window to interface with strictly cosmetic items, to new forms of goblins to hunt down, and even more legendary armors and other armor being buffed to be more competitive with these legendary sets.

 

 

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Red Hook Studios Warns Against Phony Game Store App

Darkest Dungeon, developed by Red Hook Studios, has made multiple announcements recently regarding an app in the Windows Game Store that bares the same name. The official Twitter account claims this is not the actual game, but a scam. The President of Red Hook saying on his own account:

If anyone has a contact at Windows Game Store, please share. Somebody is scamming DD by selling it (illegally) on there.

On a related note, if you didn’t buy Darkest Dungeon on Steam or Humble Store right now, you got scammed.

The unofficial application, which has since been taken down, was listed at the price of just, $3.99. This may have enticed many hopeful gamers knowing the original price for the early access was $19.99. This is a sad a case of you get what you pay for. The individual suspected to be behind this is no newcomer to this kind of idea though. Gameinformer stating he has done this with numerous other titles; of course none belong to him in any capacity.

 

 

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In The Wake Of Lexington’s Storm Of 2015: Solid State Gamer Edition

While Jon was braving the storm last Monday, Matt and Nate had their fun in the snow after it passed. Out at Alex’s (Friend of the show) farmhouse, they goof around in the snow in his custom dune buggy.

 

 

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Solid State Romcast: The 2-13-15 Show

The power to ruin gaming is insignificant next to the power of the Romcast. In this installment, Jon and Matt shake their heads when talking about EA’s CCO (Chief Creative Officer) Richard Hilleman and his opinion that games are just too hard and take too long to learn… What!? Both have their take on this absurdity.

Changing gears,  Yves Guymont of Ubisoft has made a statement regarding the pleasures and pains of retooling a game engine for current generation platforms and how it is only going to help the Assassin’s Creed franchise in the future. Jon yucks its up while Matt and him pretty much say how the publisher is not capable of putting out five AAA quality games, just by looking at their batting average of last year. Lastly the two guys talk a bit about Star Wars in gaming. Solid State Romcast, buy it or don’t!!

Solid State Romcast – Solid State Romcast 2-13-15 Show

 

Solid State Romcast Crew:

Jon “San Juan” Rivera – Host

Matt “Off” White – Cohost

 

Music Credit:

Introduction Theme – Car Jack [2011 version] by Electric Children

Interlude No. 1 – Unknown Track A by ???

Interlude No. 2 – Unknown Track B by ???

Roundtable Theme – Pumped by RoccoW

Resolution Theme – Skip Sandwich DX By Electric Children

Weekly Mailbag: 2-23-15 Edition

In this edition, Jon goes into some new changes in how content will be coming to the site. In the Beginning, everyone posted content at will and at one’s leisure. This has led to new content only being on the site at certain times. This has also led to a disproportionate amount of contribution. Now, we are being more strict about focusing on post deadlines and making sure that everyone is all in the know. This is important stuff for both our viewers and our team. After all that, Jon Goes into some new stuff he has obtained for the Solid State Gamer including:

– Nikitek Super Famicom to Super Nintendo Save State Converter
– Tetris Battle Gaiden (SFC)
– F-Zero (SNES)
– Halo: Combat Evolved (XBOX)
– Katamari Damacy (PS2)

 

 

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