There's been a bit of hesitation surrounding the launch of Mechwarrior Online, but it has finally stomped through the closed beta process and wheezed into the sunlight of open beta. The move to open beta represents the last data wipe for beleaguered closed beta pilots that have levelled up stunning war machines time and time again, only to have them vanish with the arrival of another big update.
Good news for them, then, but better news for everyone else. Anyone who fancies jumping into the cockpit can sign up for an account on the MechWarrior Online site
For the longest time, I've tangled with the strongest urge to don flying-squirrel pajamas and hurdle myself into a sea of azure. Lucky for me, Volo Airsport satisfies that from comfort of my desk chair. In development by indie designer Martijn Zandvliet under the studio name Ramjet Anvil, Airsport simulates wingsuit skydiving with elaborate controls and convincing aerodynamics.
Soft-body physics refers to the handling of deformable objects -- Unreal Engine 3's famous meat cube, the billowing cloth in Assassin's Creed, and in this case, a pickup truck being mushed into walls. Summon your inner child for some good old fashioned watching-stuff-hit-other-stuff fun.
Bored of shooters? Killed enough dragons? Perhaps you're looking for something fresh. Something more rural, with classy overtones of nostalgia. Perhaps you're keen to get away from war and blood and and death and that. What you need, my friend, is a tractor and a field to plough, and an incessant banjo twanging away in the background. The banjo is especially important.
Enter Agricultural Simulator: Historical Farming, a glossy look at "the golden age of mechanized farming." It claims to be "the ultimate agricultural driving, workflow and business simulation." If you don't like the idea of words like "workflow" appearing in your out-of-work entertainment, hold off judgement until you've seen the first screenshots showing a those classic tractors lingering in empty garages, unused and alone. And before you ask, YES. There is a playable demo.
Andy Mahood takes to the skies, race tracks, and battlefields in our monthly In Simulation column to showcase the best that sim games have to offer. This month, Andy test drives the Ferrari of flightsticks and shows how it can take your flight sim experience to the next level.
"Always use the right tool for the job.” Sage advice from my father many years ago, but his words rang especially true this past month when I finally got my paws on Thrustmaster’s latest HOTAS Warthog A-10C flightstick and throttle.Weighing in at almost 15 pounds, the mostly metal HOTAS Warthog is the Rolls Royce of Hands-On-Throttle-And-Stick controllers for current-generation flight sims. It ain’t cheap (the best online price I could find was $350), but if you’re serious about your virtual combat flying, it’s one of the best investments you can make.
Every week, Richard Cobbett rolls the dice to bring you an obscure slice of gaming history, from lost gems to weapons grade atrocities. This week, he tries his hand at a little medical malpractice, where the diagnosis is usually murder. Manslaughter, anyway. Well, it's a complicated game!
Medicine. How hard can it be, anyway? I may not be some kind of fancy-schmancy 'doctor', or even have taken Biology for a single femtosecond longer than I had to back at school, but I have seen every episode of House, and most of Scrubs. With so much experience obviously having worked its way into my brain via cultural osmosis, I'm confident I can diagnose anything. You! With the sniffles! Sniffles are boring! You obviously cut yourself on a toy soldier as a child, with a little spear piece lying dormant in your finger for years, before a ride on the teacups at Alton Towers sent it careening into your lung and now it's cancer. Take two aspirin while I go over here and insult someone in a hilarious way.
There. See that, Dorothy? It's easy. Who's next for a fingering from these healing hands?
If you really want to perform surgery without a licence, grab some sharp kitchen knives, a soundproofed cellar and a lot of chloroform. A life sentence is preferable to the medical malpractice of this terrible surgery sim.
There’s no story: just ailments, like a broken leg or tonsils, for you to mechanically slice and dice. Operating is just clicking, pointing and dragging as instructed by your frankly impertinent assistant. She barks an order at you for every action, from the hernia repair to the appendectomy. It makes it not only pretty impossible to mess up, but conversely hard to experiment and have some fun. She won’t even let you carve ‘I heart knives’ into your patient’s stomach, or make intestine balloon animals. It’s all forceps and disinfectant, spray and clamps.
Richard Cobbett reminds you that life is worth living, and there's always someone worse off than yourself. If not, you can create one of them to torture into an early grave in this life simulator from Hell.
Life is pain. Anyone who tells you differently never played Alter Ego. You know how most games are built around fantasy, high-adventure and living the life you wish you had? Alter Ego is like being psychoanalysed by your evil mother-in-law, who shows up out of nowhere to spend an afternoon driving you to suicide, literally drives you to the nearest cliff, and then, just when you're about to leap into the embrace of the jagged rocks below, calls over: "Wait! Have you thought what this will do to your parents?"
"Actually, never mind," she adds. "You were an accidental ejaculation anyway."
Yes! Railworks 2 Train Simulator is now available on Steam, and if you buy it before October 25th, it's half price.
The game lets you drive an accurate selection of trains "from the age of steam to the present day", across eight different routes. All of these are painstakingly recreated with "accurate signalling and signage," and there's also a career mode with 50 scenarios to play through that will have you comparing performance and competing with other drivers across the net. But the best part is the new editing tools.
The latest Football Manager title, Football Manager 2011, is scheduled for a Christmas release. I interviewed Miles Jacobson, Sports Interactive's Studio Director, to discover some of the new features that his team have implemented over the last year. A lot has changed. For detailed info on what's better, what's gone, and what's new, read on.
We know very little about the people that make ArmA 2, gaming’s most sophisticated military simulator that also lets you play as a goat. It’s made by Bohemia Interactive. They’re Czech, they’ve been making games for a decade, and we assume they’re all hardened war heroes that brush their teeth with bayonets and sleep on a pile of claymore mines...right?