Noclip’s Half-Life documentary has been released. You can watch it below. If you still want more Half-Life content after, check out RetroAhoy’s video looking back on the game as well as this early alpha footage.
With 2018 coming to a close I decided to make a quick post of my most anticipated games of 2019. I have posted about a bunch of these already in the past, but here they all are again in one post. This list is not in any particular order.
Flee the shattered ruins of the Moscow Metro and embark on an epic, continent-spanning journey across the post-apocalyptic Russian wilderness. Explore vast, non-linear levels, lose yourself in an immersive, sandbox survival experience, and follow a thrilling story-line that spans an entire year in the greatest Metro adventure yet.
Cyberpunk 2077 is an upcoming role-playing video game developed and published by CD Projekt. Adapted from the 1988 tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, it is set fifty-seven years later in dystopian Night City, California, an open world with six distinct regions.
The Outer Worlds
The Outer Worlds is a new single-player sci-fi RPG from Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division. As you explore a space colony, the character you decide to become will determine how this player-driven story unfolds. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
A deadly virus engulfs the residents of Raccoon City in September of 1998, plunging the city into chaos as flesh eating zombies roam the streets for survivors. An unparalleled adrenaline rush, gripping storyline, and unimaginable horrors await you. Witness the return of Resident Evil 2.
Rage 2 is an upcoming first-person shooter video game developed by Avalanche Studios in conjunction with id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game is the sequel to the 2010 game Rage. Players assume control of the last ranger, Walker, who must survive in a world inhabited by dangerous mutants after it was hit by an asteroid. The game will take place 30 years after the original game, and feature a cast of both new and existing characters.
Atomic Heart is an adventure first-person shooter, events of which unfolds in an alternate universe during the high noon of the Soviet Union. The principal character of the game is a special agent P-3, who after an unsuccessful landing on enterprise “3826” is trying to figure out what went wrong.
System Shock Remake
After two decades, Nightdive Studios is rebooting and re-imagining the original System Shock. We will keep the new game true to the classic experience, keeping all the things you loved while giving today’s gamers the modern look and feel expected from a great game.
The Division 2
The fate of the free world is on the line in Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2. Lead a team of elite agents into a post-pandemic Washington, DC, to restore order and prevent the collapse of the city.
Inspired by BioShock and System Shock 2, Void Bastards is a revolutionary new strategy-shooter that will test your wits as well as exercise your aim. Can you lead the misfit prisoners of the Void Ark through the derelict spaceships and myriad dangers of the Sargasso Nebula?
Psychonauts 2 will be a third-person platform game similar in gameplay to its predecessor. The player will control Raz, a newly graduated Psychonaut with powerful psychic abilities, as he delves into the minds of others. The player will use “Psi-Powers”, such as telekinesis, pyrokinesis, and levitation, in combination with more common platform game elements, to explore the mental worlds of several non-player characters.
The forces of Hell have begun to invade Earth, and as the Union Aerospace Corporation struggles to defend it, the Doom Slayer arrives to repel the demons.
Vehicles. Vast outdoor environments. Focus on teamplay. Base equipment and trinkets. Jetpacks offering full freedom of movement. Mixing and matching gear to create your own roles. Never the same game twice. Even today these features make Tribes stand out in a crowd of other FPS games, but in 1998 when the original Tribes was released, it was downright revolutionary. Whether you bought the box, downloaded the demo, or “borrowed” it from a buddy, chances are you’ve tried Tribes. If not, then you’ve still experienced its influence in any number of other games that have since embraced its successful combination of features.
Starsiege: Tribes was the first major online-only first-person action game. Long before Counter-Strike, Battlefield, and a host of other imitators, Tribes offered up more than 32 player support, different player classes, a variety of weapon kits, a handful of multi-passenger vehicles, loads of gameplay types, a wide variety of maps, and plenty of team-oriented features. This combination created a game that was an instant hit among fans.
The Minecraft server has been updated to version 1.13. It focuses mainly on ocean content and technical features. Specifically, new blocks, such as blue ice, coral, conduits, kelp, sea pickles, stripped logs and wood, and turtle eggs were added, as well as new items, such as buried treasure exploration maps, buckets of fish, hearts of the sea, phantom membranes, tridents, and much more. In addition, dolphins, drowned, fish mobs, phantoms, and turtles were added, as well as new biomes and new generated structures.
1.13 has been out for a while, but we had to wait until our modified Minecraft server software supported it. It is a pretty big update on a technical level, so hopefully there are no major issues.
Black Mesa, the forever in development fan-made recreation of Valve Software’s Half-Life, is getting close to being complete. Black Mesa originally released as a free mod back in 2012 before later being released in a more polished form as an “early access” title on Steam in 2015. I completed the early access version of Black Mesa a few years ago and found it to be an excellent remake except for one glaring omission: the last few levels.
In the original Half-Life, Xen consisted of a number of short level segments filled with a lot of annoying jumping puzzles and a fairly unspectacular boss battle. It was easily the weakest part of Half-Life. While most of Black Mesa is a faithful recreation of the original game, they decided Xen needed a lot of additional design work in order to get it up to standards. They also had to build some custom lighting tech in order to support the visuals they were going for. It has taken the Black Mesa team a few years to re-imagine these final levels, but it looks like it was worth it.
As to when we will finally get our hands on the complete Black Mesa Package:
Our goal is to release Xen on Steam in Q2 2019. This will allow us to finish Xen to a place where the entire product is stable, smooth, and most importantly…fun! We are already happy with the design state of Xen as it stands currently: almost everything is design locked and functioning as intended. We are going to be using the remaining time between now and launch to bring it up to our art and polish standards.
Playtests show that all of Xen will take roughly 6 hours to complete; longer for those who like to explore. The levels and design for Xen are largely original work (with cues taken from Half-Life), rather than just simply a remake of Xen.