Saturday, 30 August 2014

Whiskey Recommends: Dithrandir Kickstarter

Kickstarter has become a big thing these days and many indie developers, and even some larger studios turn to it for funding for their projects. It's grown so crowded infact, and had a couple of major missteps lately that it's becoming harder to sort the wheat from the chaff but fear not dear readers for Whiskey Recommends is here to tell you what to take a look at.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Whiskey Beta Reviews: An Ode To ArcheAge ft. Teriven

Info:
Platform: PC
Release Date: Who knows? This info is completely absent.
Developer: XL Games/Trion Worlds
Publisher: Trion Worlds
Where to get it: Official Website
Price: £36.99 (cheapest founders pack)

Oh ArcheAge, how much I was looking forward to playing you. How I worried about your future being compromised based on Trion's previous games and wanted to believe the grand promises and positive noises from early players. How I drooled over the beautiful trailers and stylish artwork plastered all over the website.
Regular readers already know where I'm going; it's shit. It's horrible and I'm going to rip into it like a fat werewolf with a burrito.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Whiskey Previews: Super Win The Goldfish

Info:
Platform: PC
Release Date: 1 October 2014
Developer: Minor Key Games
Publisher: Minor Key Games
Where to get it: Steam
Price: $12.99 (Price in GBP yet to be announced)

I recently had the pleasure of contacting the very talented Mr J. Kyle Pittman, creator of the spectacular (and free!) You Have To Win The Game (which is also available from Piratehearts.com and Steam.) and he was gracious enough to provide me with a press build of his new game; Super Win The Game to write an early preview. As such I have spent the past several hours jumping, dying and tearing up in nostalgia, take the jump to find out why.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Whiskey Alpha Reviews: Bugbear's Next Plane? Train? Automobile! Game

Info:
Platform: PC
Release Date: 15 January 2014
Developer: Bugbear
Publisher: Bugbear
Where to get it: Steam
Price: Around £19.99

Welcome to the first edition of Whiskey Alpha Reviews where we take a look at an unfinished game and see if it's worth buying in its current state and whether we think it'll be worth picking up when it's finished. Lets dive right in and take a look at one of the early crowdfunding success stories; Bugbear's Next Car Game.

Currently the alpha state of Bugbear's Next Car Game (NCG) is split into two different parts. One is the Sneak Peek and one is the actual early access portion. Lets take a look at the Sneak Peak first;

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Whiskey Reviews: International Playing With Your Balls In The Corner Pocket

Info:
Platform: PC
Release Date: 11 January 2013
Developer: Big Head Games
Publisher: KISS ltd
Where to get it: Steam
Price: Around £9.99

Snooker is one of those great British passtimes that's perhaps not as well appreciated as its more fun-loving cousin Pool. Snooker is a game of thinking two moves ahead, calculating angles and ball travel and executing the perfect shot to ensure you stay in the lead over your equally cunning opponent. It's kind of like if chess had big red balls and a stick.

International Snooker is all of those things and none of those things. It's like someone handed the task of creating a Snooker simulator to a bunch of aliens that don't understand what makes the sport great, or what makes a game good for that matter. I can't bring myself to hate the game, for every glaring flaw in every single aspect of the game I still can't get angry at it. It feels more like a dog with no legs that's bitten you, you should get angry but look at its adorable eyes, it's trying so hard despite everything wrong.
Actually no, fuck that. Today we're going to rip into International Snooker for the piece of shit that it is.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Whiskey Reviews: An airborne Insurgency in my pants.

Info:
Platform: PC
Release Date: 22 January 2014
Developer: New World Interactive
Publisher: New World Interactive
Where to get it: Steam
Price: Around £10.99

Insurgency recently had the good fortune to go on a free weekend on Steam, coupled with a 50% off sale and having played about 20 minutes of the free download I jumped right in and bought the full version and boy am I glad I did.

Primarily a multiplayer game, Insurgency is the classic tale of CTs, or Security here, versus the Terrorists, or Insurgents in a series of sizable multiplayer maps where teams must capture points, destroy munitions, survive counterattacks and generally shoot each other with fancy guns with gadgets stuck all over them. It sounds a lot like Call Of Duty but it's anything but.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Whiskey Reviews: Carmageddon ED 101 version

Info:
Platform: Android
Release Date: 19 June 2014
Developer: Stainless Games Limited
Publisher: Stainless Games Limited
Where to get it: Google Play
Price: Around £0.69

Carmageddon, the PC classic about cars, armageddon and Screwie Louie being a right bastard to wreck. This isn't your daddy's Carmageddon though, this is the 2014 Android re-release for mobiles and tablets so now you can look like a right twat while splatting peds on the bus.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Whiskey Reviews: Gaming On The Cheap Part 2 - Cheap Games

Disclaimer: Before we begin I have to point out that lower down the article there's a link to a referral/store system that if used will result in Whiskey Reviews getting a little bit of money. This article is not an advertisement for that. If this bothers you, please leave a comment and future content of this type will be swiftly booted out the door never to return. Thank you for your patience, not go enjoy the article!

In part one we looked at ways to game for absolutely nothing at all and uncovered a surprisingly large amount of quality games both new and old to enjoy but what if you're pining over those games that sit on the shelf for 40 quid or have a huge Steam wishlist of the most recent releases? Well, you might still be shit out of luck but there's a few ways to improve your chances.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Whiskey Reviews: Gaming On The Cheap Part 1 - For Free

Gaming, like most hobbies isn't kind to those of us who aren't rolling in moolah but this is the information age, not the dark age and there's more ways than ever to get quality gaming on the cheap these days and Whiskey Reviews is here to help.
Today we're going to explore plenty of ways to game for free (zoinks!) and I'll give a brief description and a few pros and cons of each suggestion.