Review: Metal Dead (Indie)

MetalDeadOne of the greatest things about going to PAX was going to meet all the developers who made some of my favourite games. Although, if you’re in the Indie area of the expo hall, it’s about meeting all the people who could potentially become fans.

When I was walking around the expo hall during that rainy PAX weekend, I met the guys at Walk Thru Walls who were demoing their new game Metal Dead Encore. I had a great chat about their point-and-click zombie game with the heavy metal soundtrack and the Steam Greenlight project they’ve got going on.

After the PAX Pox and PPD (Post-PAX Depression) set in, I received an email from Liam from Walk Thru Walls with a handy little link to their previous game, Metal Dead and thus, this review was born!

I have to apologise to the guys at Walk Thru about how long this has taken. Not long after PAX ended, I got horrendously sick (pretty sure that I was carrying some kind of new plague) and then Uni started. So yeah, sorry. read more

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Butthurt Gamers Strike Again

Okay, that’s it. Games community; you need to sit your arse down, shut the fuck up and listen for two fucking minutes.

No, really. Shut the fuck up.

Alright, I suppose I’ll give you some context. Grand Theft Auto 5 came out last week? Week before? In the last month and it’s been unbelievably successful that I imagine the Rockstar office’s look something like this:

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It’s also getting 9/10 kind of reviews from websites better known than this one. One of the FEW complaints this game is getting is that it’s sexist or misogynistic. Which yeah, it is. It’s what you expect from a GTA game from 5-years ago, but maybe not one now, where almost half of the people who play games in this modern age are women. Gamespot let one of their female journalists review the game and it was met with the same level of maturity I would expect from a year 6 sex-ed class.

People though that her glowing-nine-out-of-ten review of their beloved game was so terrible, they started a petition to get her fired.

Guys, this kind of behaviour isn’t acceptable. read more

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Region-locking Rumours.

After yet another date pushback on the Australian release of Saints Row 4, the rumour mill is in overdrive. Media outlets are reporting that Volition, Deep Silver or Steam (Valve) have enabled region-locking on digitally downloaded copies of Saints Row.

This could mean that if you try to avoid the Australian ‘low-violence’ version of the game, Steam will convert your full-game key to an Australian key.

Not only does this mean you’ll get the MA15+ version of the game, you could lose the ability to play with your non-Australian friends.

I’ve contacted Volition’s social media team with a support ticket to write in the morning. I’ll update you as soon as I know anything.

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One-Of-A-Kind Saints Row 4 Pre-Order Is Totally a Thing

WADWADLargeIt’ll cost you a million pounds and you can go into space. Who wants to lend me some money?

 

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Australian Saints Row Incompatible With Other Copies

The Saints Row 4 saga continues with the publishing team behind the game Volution Inc. releasing an announcement on the official SR4 Facebook page today.

For the game to be classified in Australia, an optional mission had to be removed to conform to the rules of the classification board. Because this mission is no longer in the game, the Australian version of the game isn’t compatible with other copies. In other words, Australians can’t play co-op mode with their international friends.

While we are very proud of all our different missions, we do feel that Saints Row IV on the whole remains largely the same without this single optional mission, and we also feel that you deserve to know what you are getting in Australia. Due to the changes we were forced to make, this version is different than the version rated by rating boards like the ESRB, USK, and PEGI, which is why it will be incompatible with those versions in co-op.

Australian gamers have taken to the Internet to voice their outrage with many saying they’ll cancel pre-orders through Steam or at their local game shop and look to buy the game overseas to make sure they have fair access to the co-op campaign mode of Saints Row 4.

Late last week the game was given an MA15+ rating in Australia, allowing people 15 years and over access to the adult video game. Gamers are asking why they campaigned so hard for an R18+ rating when games that have been rated R18+ by other boards are censored and given inappropriate ratings here in Australia. People at the development company were upset to hear that the game had been given an MA15+ rating as they feel their game isn’t appropriate for anyone under the age of 18 years.

Personally, the whole thing is turning into a joke. I’m incredibly disappointed that Australian fans who buy the Australian version of the game won’t be able to play with their friends, that the Australian Classification Board gave this game an MA15+ rating when it’s clearly intended for adults and that the whole issue has become so drawn out. Australia, we really need to grow up.

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