Each week our resident Indie Gamer Nicholas takes a look at a different Indie Game that you may or may not have heard about. Join him on his adventures as he sifts through the rubbish to find The Indie Game of the Week.
I don't ordinarily deal with fan games, but this one's caught my eye to enough of a degree that I simply have to discuss it. As I'm sure I've gushed before, the Megaman series is always going to hold a special place in my heart - it was where I discovered my love for gaming, after all. Were it not for that, maybe I would never have started in the first place.
I'm sure by now that you've all heard of Maverick Hunter, the cancelled Megaman X FPS. While I'm not one hundred percent sold on the graphics and design of the whole affair, it still feels like something of a shame that it never got off the ground. After all, a Megaman shooter would be friggin' awesome.
It's my pleasure to introduce you all to Megaman 8 Bit Deathmatch. The best description I can provide of the game is that it's what you'd get if you were to take Doom or Quake, mash it together with Megaman, then pepper it with almost every single robot master ever seen in the series.
The end result is bloody awesome.
The game's Story Mode takes place about a year or so after Megaman 6. Mr. X (the real one, not Dr. Wily) has decided to host a second robot fighting tournament, with one important caveat: every participant must be re-fitted with Megaman's standard kit. Naturally, Dr. Wily jumps on the opportunity this provides him, and brags that he'll prove once and for all that his creations are superior to Light's. Your character is an unnamed robot - presumably one of Light's later creations - who has been entered into the tournament in an effort to thwart whatever Wily's got planned. As such, you can customize your character's appearance...though you seem to be stuck with using a blue color palette, for some reason.
There are currently eight chapters in total (with more content likely on the way, as if that's not enough). Each chapter consists of ten arenas, followed by a boss battle. Again, the premise here is fairly simple: you fight your way through every arena in each of the eight chapters. In order to advance, you'll need to be the first to 15 frags (20 in later stages). Once you've 'beaten' every stage, you'll unlock the boss of that stage.
Here's where things get really cool. Whereas the rest of the game plays out like a pretty classic Quake-esque shoot-em-up with around eight people to a match; boss battles pit you against a single, iconic foe from the Megaman series, such as the Yellow Devil or the Guts Dozer. They've been translated masterfully into 3D; they are, as a result, quite enjoyable to play through.
As you'd expect, matches are frantic, explosive, and extremely entertaining. Arenas are littered with both weapons and power-ups, though some are noticeably more effective than others(the power fist is particularly devastating, while slow time is fairly unimpressive). Sadly, I've not yet gotten the chance to try out the multiplayer, but I hope to find a server or two that's still active very soon.
I'll say one last thing about 8 Bit Deathmatch before signing off: it's old-school in every sense of the word. If you're not looking for a challenge, you'd best walk the other way. As for me? I've got some bots to frag.
You can download it here. It's free.
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Eight of The Most Memorable MMO Dungeons Ever Designed
Dungeons are a staple of the MMO genre; large-scale challenges requiring co-operation and co-ordination between anywhere from five to a few hundred players to adequately complete. Of course, not all are created equal, and some stand head and shoulders above their peers. Today, I'd like to tip my hat to those few legends, those instances that'll stick with us for years to come as shining examples of how to do dungeons right.
Ten Of The Best MMORPG Songs Ever Heard
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Facebook's Purchase Of Oculus VR Isn't The End Of The World
For those of you who've been living under a rock, Facebook recently purchased Oculus VR to the tune of $2 billion. Understandably, backers and developers alike were rather unimpressed, calling it a betrayal. As for me? I've never been more excited.
Seven Of The Worst Things You Can Say In League
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Six Reasons You Should Be Playing Dark Souls II
I've been playing a lot of Dark Souls II lately - and you should be too. Say what you will about the game's flaws, it's still arguably one of the best action RPGs released in the past several years. If you're up for a bit of a challenge, it's well worth the buy. Don't believe me? Let's talk, then.
Eight Reasons The Elder Scrolls Online Will Be Awesome
As you're all no doubt aware, The Elder Scrolls Online - currently in open beta - will be launching in a few months or so. In light of both the new release date and all the hype surfacing around it, I've decided that, over the next two weeks, I'll be looking at all the reasons to look forward to it...and all the reasons we shouldn't.
League of Legends or DOTA 2?
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Ten Fictional Settings That'd Make For Awesome MMOs
Let's look at a few settings, worlds, and stories I'd love to see made into MMOs. I'm sure you'll agree, all the entries on this list have the potential to be downright awesome.
MMO Year In Review: 5 of 2013's Biggest Dick Moves
People are dicks - particularly on the Internet. While that shouldn't come as any great surprise, occasionally we come across someone whose level of sheer dickery reaches legendary proportions. As we move into 2014, let's take a look at a few such individuals from the previous year.