Written by Joe Martin
December 28, 2007 // 12:33 a.m.
Tags: #abandonware #awards #best #best-games-you-never #beyond #black-isle #bloodlines #condem #dark-eye #evil #good #ico #indie #list #loom #nethack #never #outcast #psychonauts #realms #rez #roth #torment #vampire
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As exhilarating as it is frightening, Thumper is a rhythm game unlike any other.
The Vampires live again.
Interplay has re-formed Black Isle Studios, but without the original staff.
Mojang head Notch has offered to help Double Fine's Tim Schafer develop a sequel to the critically-acclaimed Pyschonauts.
From the maker of Rez HD, Child of Eden brings synaesthetic shooting to Kinect.
Next in our exploration of the UK games industry we take a look at some of the best games to ever come from the British Isles, from modern classics such as Tomb Raider right back to some retro gems. What are the games that the UK should be proud of?
It's that time of year when we take a look back on 2009 and decide what the best games of were. And by 'we' we actually mean 'you', since the results were entirely user-voted this year. What did bit-tech and Custom PC readers think was the best game this year?
Joe, ever afraid of losing touch with his oldest games, tests more than 60 games on Microsoft's new Windows 7, including a bunch of indie and Steam-based games. Does Deus Ex work on Windows 7? We find out if Windows 7 is the ultimate gaming OS.
We’ve all seen the countdowns of the finest characters, weapons and foes in gaming, but what about the killer moves that make you wince at your screen? Phil Hartup picks out the gaming world’s ten most breathtaking moves, from killer punches to veritable superpowers.
We sit down with Frank Dolmans, one of the designers for Ship Simulator Extremes. We ask him about the challenges of building a realistic weather generator and how the sim genre is holding up lately. Also, a picture of Harry - just because we can.
Feral Interactive has announced it will be porting BioShock 1 to Macs soon.
We take a look at the PC version of Resident Evil 5 to see what Capcom has added in for the PC version of the game and why it's taken five months to put it all together - which is especially confusing considering there isn't that much actually new content on show.
As the number of delays and cancellations for PC games continue to rise, Joe dares to ask the dreaded question: is it over for PC gaming? Do piracy and poor sales mean PC gaming is really dying or is the platform just changing into something better?
Games licensed from films get a bad rap and it's mostly well deserved, but there are some games which actually do a lot to expand on a movie without spoiling a franchise. No, we're not just talking about GoldenEye 64 either - check out all these other ones we've thought of!
New characters, new campaigns, new story - but still the same old Halo. Still, at least it's got Nathan Fillion in it this time around. We take a look at Bungie's latest Halo game, which puts players in the boots of an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper stranded after a battle with the Covenant.
We're almost exactly halfway through the year but even with our crude maths we can tell there's still plenty of time and games to come in 2009. Join us as we preview the games we can look forward to seeing before the year's end.
Bungie has confirmed a brand new Halo title today, dubbed Halo: Reach, which is speculated to be a prequel to the original game.
Zeno Clash bowled us over with its clever story and surreal setting. Now, we catch up with the brains behind the mental world of Zeno Clash to try and find out how the beautifully unreal world of Zenozoik was finally realised, as well as what might be next for ACE Team.
If you only had a month to live, what would you do? Well, you'd endeavour to complete one computer game every single day before you copped it, obviously. Luckily, we've got you covered for that eventuality with our list of the top 30 PC games before you die.
One of the most talked about things to come out of GDC this year was a look at Achron - the multiplayer RTS game where players can travel back and forth in time. In development for more than a decade, we take the time to catch up with Chris Hazard, Achron's lead designer.
With more and more shovelware making it in to Apple's AppStore it's getting harder to find any games that are actually worth playing. So, why don't you let us do the hard work for you with this guide to some of the latest, greatest and most belated iPhone games?
The Path is already Joe's favourite game of the year, as well as the creepiest and most disturbing. Now he tries to explain why he's got so caught up in Tale of Tales' retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story, which has been released exclusively for PC this week.
BioShock 2 is confirmed to feature multiplayer, as well as co-op, according to new reports.
Some new details about BioShock 2 have emerged, including the addition of co-op gameplay and a lack of Big Daddies.
The controversial but long awaited sequel to Resident Evil 4 has finally arrived. Set in Africa, Resi 5 tells the story of Chris Redfield and his new partner, Sheva. Has swapping dark hallways for over-bright shantys made the game better or turned it into a biohazard though? We find out.
Microsoft isn't done with the Halo franchise just yet and has unleashed this console RTS to prove it. With a story that acts as a prequel to the original Halo game and a solid strategy mechanic, this may be one Halo game you don't want to miss out on.
The modding group behind the massively anticipated Black Mesa Mod has put a new date on its release; later this year.
Joe has lately been trying and failing to review the new downloadable expansion to Fallout 3, Operation Anchorage. It seems that Microsoft just doesn't want to let him though and is fighting back with every worthless inch of Games for Windows Live. Now Joe has had enough.
Microsoft has announced that it isn't done with Halo just yet and is still going to expand the franchise further.
Abandonware is a complex topic and the legality of it has been the cause for many a court case. In an effort to clear things up we examine the different types of Abandonware, as well as listing some of the best abandonware games that you can currently download.
2D Boy has announced that it/he is releasing the soundtrack for World of Goo - and it's absolutely free!
Kloonigames' indie puzzler Crayon Physics Deluxe has been widely anticipated by PC gamers and now it's finally here. With more than eighty levels to scribble over and an included level editor, could this be the sandbox game to see us through until winter?
Crayon Physics Deluxe, the Crayola-alike indie game of much fame and acclaim, will be released later this week.
It's facepalm time. After collecting votes from our readers for the best games of 2008, it's time to look back on the year and see which games came out that didn't live up to expectations. Here's our take on the titles that got destroyed by their own hype and how they could have been saved.
Christmas is over and, thanks to unimaginative but rich relatives, you've managed to scrape together a little bit of cash with which to treat yourself. Unfortunately, you're so stuffed with turkey that you can't think of what to buy! Never fear though - bit-tech is here!
The year may well be drawing to a close, but we aren't done yet. There's just enough time left to look back on the specific moments that stood out for us this year, at what we reckon were our best gaming moments of 2008. Read our tales and choices within!
We're doing things a little differently this year for our Game of the Year - we're giving you, our readers, the chance to vote for your favourite games of the year on PC and Console. Which game won your heart this year? Let us and the rest of the world know now!
Atari has confirmed that the new Riddick game, Assault on Dark Athena, will arrive early next year and include a new 10-hour campaign.
Atari have announced plans to develop Baldurs Gate 3 and Neverwinter Nights 3, though no release date has yet been set.
According to rough figures from 2D Boy, developers of World of Goo, roughly 90 percent of all installs are pirated.
Independant Games Festival-winning game Crayon Physics Deluxe has finally gone on pre-order.
Cliff Harris is an independent developer who gave up a career at Lionhead to start his own studio and make his own games - but don't they all say that? Cliff has a look at how indie development has evolved and asks if indie studios are truly independent yet.
It's big, gooey and reeking of unusual charm. What is it? It's Joe's latest plaything, the World of Goo. Based on the popular experimental game, Tower of Goo, World of Goo fuses a Lemmings-style gameplay with an icky, but adorable art style and the result is bloody fantastic!
The NPD figures are in and the top five best selling console games of 2008 (so far) have been decided.
Ensemble Studios' boss has spoken out on how shocking it was when Microsoft closed down the Halo Wars developer.
Mount and Blade may have modest indie origins, but we reckon there's a hell of a lot of fun to be had in this open world, free-roaming medieval simulator. Check out our thoughts as we send Andy to conquer a kingdom with nought but a steed and a broadsword!
Microsoft hasn't abandoned the Halo franchise, though Bungie has abandoned Microsoft it seems.
Microsoft has begun recruiting for programmers to help the Halo Studio work on a new next-gen game.
It has been confirmed that Microsoft is closing down Ensemble Studios, the developer behind the upcoming Halo Wars game.
There's a juicy rumour doing the rounds at the moment, that Gearbox Software is making the next Halo game for the Xbox 720.
Jonathan Blow has said that while Braid may one day emigrate from Xbox 360 to PS3, it will never go to the Wii.
Braid is the latest indie phenomenon to hit Xbox Live Arcade. With a beautiful watercolour presentation and a strange and complex time-control mechanic, it manages to be one of the most graceful and imaginative pieces of gaming we've seen in a long time.
The Summer is already dying and we find ourselves moving ever closer to Christmas - the time when all the good games will burst onto shelves like over-ripe pimples under pressure. Check out our guide to find out which games we're excited about this year...
We all love Master Chief and Gordon Freeman, but now it's time to give some attention to the little guy - the supporting characters and NPCs who help define a good game experience. Let us know who your favourite computer game characters are and check out our Top Ten within!
Introversion's Mark Morris has gone through how to develop an idea, prototype it and approach publishers. Now, you're ready to negotiate a deal and Mark is on hand to give you a guide on what to expect, complete with some entirely fictitious examples...
Phillip Marlowe has got a chip on his shoulder about game design. Why is it that games are only ever made for 16 to 25 year old men who love shooters? Philip questions the problems facing developers who want to target games for more specific markets.
At Ubidays 2008, Ubisoft unveiled the first official trailer of Michel Ancel's Beyond Good and Evil 2, to enormous applause.
Michel Ancel has given out a few more details on the as-yet unconfirmed Beyond Good and Evil 2 to a french magazine.
Joe just gave a whoop of joy. Why? Because Michel Ancel has confirmed that Beyond Good and Evil 2 is in the works, kind of.
Gore Verbinski, producer of Pirates of the Carribean, has officially signed on to direct a BioShock movie as soon as a script is finalised.
A new episodic game in the Siren franchise is set for release this summer on the PlayStation 3, titled Blood Curse.
Interplay has announced Earthworm Jim 4, as well as a movie and TV series revival for the character in an ambitious marketing strategy.
Infogrames CEO, David Gardner, has told Reuters he believes that Alone in the Dark will sell 3 million units this year.
Condemned 2 has to be one of the most full-on, graphic and gory games we've played in a long, long while. Yet, with an engaging story running throughout and a delicately constructed melee system, can this sequel to the Xbox 360 launch title rise above its own bloodiness?
Mainstream commercial games driving you nuts? Want some quick, free games to fill your lunch breaks or early evenings? We've got just the thing in our round-up of the best PC and Nintendo DS indie and experimental games.
In a shareholders presentation Take-Two has indicated it may be considering a BioShock MMO and movie.
BioShock 2 has now been officially announced and is in development at 2K Marin, with Ken Levine having only limited involvement.
Cliff Harris, ex-Lionhead AI coder turned indie developer, talks us through why he thinks sequels are actually a good thing. Is it possible that EA's endless sequels are a good thing? Cliff thinks so, pointing to his experience at Lionhead as an example...
It's the enhanced and expanded Xbox 360 version of the original Dark Messiah and it's not nearly as bad as that description might lead you to think. But does this little prophet have the mana to bewitch us into liking it? Only one way to find out...
The Penumbra series gained fame as an accomplished indie effort, but has grown into a professional game of astonishing depth and detail. Now, as the series draws to a close in this final mini-epic, we take a look at Black Plague and see if it can go out with a bang.
We go hands-on with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Monolith's sequel to the Xbox 360 launch title, Condemned. With an even darker and grittier world, can the pant-wettingly scary Condemned bring the story of Ethan Thomas to a close?
Spore is one of the most massive and anticipated games of recent years and we've had full hands-on access. Can one of the most ambitious games ever conceived actually hold up to our scrutiny while still being fun to play? Check out our five-page preview and see!
Colours are flying across the screen. Music is thumping and we're taking it in turns to have a go on the most surreal game we've ever had, an extra controller clutched between our legs. Rez HD is unrivaled in presentation, but is it fun to play?
Mark Morris of Introversion Software, makers of DEFCON and Darwinia, writes in this weeks developer column about publisher pressure, how all the characters in Darwinia almost had smiley faces on them and why it's good to be indie.
A new simulation game from Ian Bogost is released today which attempts to tackle the issue of obesity and promote nutrition awareness.
2007 has been a great year for gamers and we've had a lot of fun testing and reviewing all the latest games - but which are the best? We've ranked the top ten games of the year across all platforms and you'll only find the results in here!
Are you scared of trying out homebrew games and applications for your DS? Worried that you'll break it or get arrested for piracy? Fear no more - we explore the world of DS homebrew and look at some of the best games, apps and hardware to get the job done.
Indie games are the future, says Joe. Prove it, says everyone else. Okay, says Joe and launches himself into a feature discussing the best independent games on the Internet and the effect of indie developers on the industry.
The goovie, or gaming-movie, has for a long time been the subject of ridicule in the world of the film critic. We felt the need to ask the question: Can movies and games ever mix? We take a look at the history of games and movies and see whether they can ever work together.
Confused by Katamari? Dazed by DoA? Stunned by Shenmue? We take a trip through some of the weirdest plotlines ever to grace a computer game and ask - are games developers insane?
In a Top 10 that would leave even David Letterman bemused, Mikael Svärdh shortlists his ten weirdest case mod ever.