Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
What year was the first The Legend of Zelda game released?
The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!
Doom Eternal’s UI “meant to be big and bold” for comfort
Big, bold and loud is what Doom does best, but the UI of Doom Eternal has some criticising just how big and bold it needed to be. The response from id Software? “You need it this big, trust us.” Things are happening so fast you need a quick read on your stats in a “millisecond glance”. Okay, then.
Animal Crossing New Horizons welcomes all weathers
The Southern hemisphere can stop its bleating now because Animal Crossing New Horizons finally recognises their differing (and blasphemous) weather seasons from the North. Now, for example, Australian fans can enjoy hot ‘winters’ in Animal Crossing when it’s out March 2020, which is their seasonal autumn. Don’t worry; you can set it manually to the Northern hemisphere if you wish.
Cinderella stops gaming past midnight in South Korea
Online gaming is a major force around the world – connecting friends, foes and strangers in all-out rumbles. Trouble is some don’t quite know when to quit for bedtime. South Korea’s National Assembly decided that they’ll be deciding that for anyone less than 16 years of age.
In May 2011 they passed the Youth Protection Revision Act, also known as the Shutdown Law or Cinderella Law. Basically between the hours of midnight and 6.00am in South Korea, all online game services are required to block those pesky adolescents from online gaming.
Sleep is for those without a raid-heavy guild
The law has driven South Korean kids as far as to commit identity theft! While it targets online games, consoles and handhelds are perfectly fine to lose sleep over. There have been numerous challenges to the law and since September 2014 parents can request their late-night gaming boys and girls be exempt. Quite the birthday gift; law exemption.
China, Thailand and Vietnam have all implemented similar types of laws, although Thailand later repealed theirs after two years, admittedly because they couldn’t get it to work anyway.
Blood: Fresh Supply
If you’re a fan of FPS games, you need to be familiar with Blood (er, the game, not the juice that your enemies leak when you shoot them). It’s a shooter from 1997, the same year that saw the release of Quake II and GoldenEye 64, so we’d be the first to admit that its Doom-esque 2D visuals weren’t all that impressive back then – now, however, it looks retro and awesome compared to the blocky nonsense of its more popular genre-mates.
Which is good, because re-release experts Nightdive Studios has just released Blood: Fresh Supply, a remaster of the game (and its expansions) with a few enhancements – but mostly it’s just designed to work perfectly on modern systems. Oh, and it’s got mod support for all old fan expansions, which is really nice of them.
If you don’t know Blood, it’s the first game from Monolith Productions, the creators of such masterpieces as No One Lives Forever, F.E.A.R., Condemned, and Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. It’s an FPS that uses Duke Nukem 3D’s Build engine, so it has that lovely retro bitmap style.
It’s built in a similar way to Duke 3D and other classic FPSs – make it through levels shooting everything in sight, search for keys, cute secrets, boss encounters at the end of episodes, these sorts of things. Classic! None of this story nonsense! Well, it has one, but it doesn’t matter as much as the style – pure B-movie horror.
If you’re a fan of the likes of The Shining, Friday the 13th, Evil Dead, Return of the Living Dead, and other memorable horror movies (and books!) Blood is exactly the game for you, as it’s one big scary movie reference. There are whole levels based on the Overlook Hotel, Crystal Lake, Hill House, Frankenstein’s Castle and more, with the highlight being the zombie-infested carnival. Gotta love the monsters that shout “join us” and “I’ll swallow your soul” too.
Aside from fantastic and memorable levels, the monsters are equally cool. The machinegun-wielding chanting monks are wonderfully iconic, as are the zombies that come back to life if you don’t blow their heads off (and you can use those heads as a football). Fat butchers that spit you to death, hard-to-hit gargoyles which can appear to be stone until they come to life, disembodied hands that can strangle you, and our personal faves – screaming ghost reapers. Terrifying stuff.
The arsenal of guns is fantastic too, and weird – it includes an electricity cannon, a tommy gun, a flamethrower that’s just an aerosol can and a lighter, a voodoo doll, and a flare gun – hit an enemy with one, wait a few seconds, and they burst screaming into flames. Awesome.
Blood is one of the best shooters ever made, and now anyone can easily play it. Blood: Fresh Supply boasts hours of retro FPS fun and is well worth picking up. Seriously, that flare gun? Funnest videogame weapon ever. Get it.