Review: Shiny.

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I have always been a big admirer of modifications. The Remedy developed Max Payne games are one of the few games that are relatively easy to mod. Nonetheless, many of these mods are still an impressive feat today considering the resources available at that time. Some even managed to change the game’s core gameplay and rules without altering the source code.

Developers (cq. modders) today have much more tools to their disposal. For example, the powerful Unreal 4 engine (powers games among which Gears of War 4) is free to download and thus requires minimal financial investment. Indie studios are getting more and more recognition because their projects are quickly increasing in quality and often carry a unique style or concept. At the same time, new tools and higher expectations raises the bar for other indie studios. This brings us to the review of Shiny, an Unreal 4 powered indie game title.

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Review: Project Highrise.

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I still remember the day my dad took me to a local computer expo, a bit further up town. The expo took place in a big gym and I was very impressed by the technology available at the time (I’m talking about the late nineties here). You must know, at home we owned a “simple” computer with a green-only colored monitor that swallowed these humongous 8-inch floppy drives. An ancient machine from another era, but still a luxury device back in the day. Come to think of it, I believe the Ninja Turtle themed puzzle game I frequently played was my very first gaming experience. If you put this in perspective, you can understand the impression the color monitors and 10MB hard drives left behind.

It was not long after we got to upgrade to Windows 95. And along with the upgrade, my game collection expanded. To name a few of my favorites; Death Rally, Duke Nukem, Doom, Tunnelman, SimCity and Jazz Jackrabbit. All games I played hours on end. Until I got myself a SNES.

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Preview: Beat Cop.

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Gamescom might be only just behind us (and with it, my two week holiday) but that will not withhold me from presenting you this preview! During this year’s biggest European games convention, indie games really had a strong presence. The smaller, sometimes bold game titles are gaining a lot of popularity among gamers due to their “soft” price and usually original art styles. One of the games I got to check out was Beat Cop in which you get to play as a… beat cop.

At Gamescom I was granted the opportunity to play an early alpha build of the game that featured your first ten days as a fresh new recruit. It’s the eighties. As Detective Jack “Polly” Kelly you will start on the streets of Brooklyn, New York.  Laying down the law, one ticket at a time.

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Quantum Break coming to Steam and PC retail.

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Yesterday it was announced that Remedy, in collaboration with Nordic Games and Microsoft Studios, are about to release Quantum Break digitally to Steam and physically to PC retail. Both versions ship on the 14th of September and are available for EUR/USD 39.99. This DX11 version of the game includes all updates released for the Windows 10 version since launch. It also supports Window 7 and above, so if you haven’t updated to Windows 10 yet, that’s good news. The very special PC retail showcase-piece titled Quantum Break: Timeless Collector’s Edition comes with an abundance of collectables:

  • Premium packaging
  • 5 Game Discs (one-time Steam key redemption required)
  • Making of Blu-Ray
  • Making of Book
  • 1 Soundtrack CD (Audio-CD)
  • 2 Posters
  • Quickstart Guide

Source: Remedy Games

The Max Payne 15th Anniversary – Round 2.

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Fifteen years later, Max Payne still is a game many gamers remember. With big help from the (gaming) community and with some help of Remedy and Rockstar Games, we all made sure the 15th anniversary would not pass by unnoticed. It’s always heart touching to see so many people sharing the same passion, and in the case of PayneReactor, sharing some of their fondest memories with the game. We’ve seen gamers sharing all sorts of stuff, from artwork to funny stories, through the ‘MaxPayne15’ hashtag on Twitter. But as promised, the celebrations are not stopping yet! We’ve another cool giveaway lined up for you, sponsored by Rockstar Games. Take a look at the prize packages:

The Rockstar Games Max Payne 15th Anniversary Giveaway Packages

The Rockstar Games giveaway packages contain the following: A PayneReactor T-shirt, a “Max Payne 3” logo T-Shirt, a Rockstar Games logo T-shirt, Max Payne 3 themed stickers, U.F.E. badges and either a Max Payne 3 ashtray or flask (depending on which package you win). Both packages will randomly be given away to anyone who comments on this post before 11th August 18.00 EST. The winners will be announced on Monday 15th August. Good luck!

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