Defect is a Game About Stolen Space Ships and Outthinking Yourself

Steal my ship once…shame on you. Steal my ship twice…shame on me. Steal my ship over and over…and I’m probably playing Defect. In Defect, currently on Early Access, players must build a space ship and survive missions eventually becoming successful enough that your own crew overthrows you and steals your ship out from under your space boots. You’ll… Continue reading

The Flame in the Flood Review: Bayou Beware

flame in the flood review

The Flame in the Flood is a crafting-based survival game developed by The Molasses Flood that released in February. You can watch me experience the game through my 12-episode Let’s Play The Flame in the Flood series, or you can just stick around here for a bit and listen to me tell you why I didn’t really like this game.

One thing that I did like, and it’s probably something you’ve just noticed if this is your first time seeing the game in action, is that The Flame in the Flood has a very unique art design. It reminded me of something between a pop-up book and the movie Coraline…which I think is just a fantastically unique art design for a game to have these days. The visual design was by far my favorite aspect of the game.

Unfortunately the rest of my experience with the game was all downhill….or should I say, down river…from there.

The Flame in the Flood review

As many of you probably saw, I struggled with just exactly how to handle the animals in the game.

Initially I expected to be able to build weaponry, but it was clear that The Molasses Flood didn’t want combat to be a key component in their game. And that’s their artistic decision. The entire game revolves around rafting from location to location, scavenging in these randomly generated little pockets of wilderness along the riverbank. Animals patrol these areas and make it nearly impossible to simply waltz in and pick up the supplies that you need. Due to the ferocity of the animals and the fragility of Scout, the protagonist, one botched animal encounter usually was enough to severely hamper my chance at success and I’d have to restart my progress from further back upriver. So my go-to strategy for dealing with the animals was simply to just run away.

This led me to miss out on a lot of potential loot that each little area offered; loot that I desperately needed to succeed later in the game. My survival method of vacating an area snowballed into a severe supply shortage by the end of game.

The Flame in the Flood

It’s worth pointing out that the Steam store page for the game is stocked with art, and not actual screenshots of the game.

A few hours into The Flame and the Flood and it became evident that the game stacked the odds too heavily against me. But, the reward for success wasn’t enough to entice me to deal with all the hardships I was enduring.

The story was vague and largely absent, there wasn’t that much to discover, just more of the same supplies, and there are only four enemy types to deal with in the game: boars, snakes, wolves, and bears. There just wasn’t much the game was offering me, other than the forced satisfaction of seeing myself progress down the river mile by mile.

After having to restart my progress for the fourth, fifth, and sixth times, The Flame and the Flood went from being a challenging adventure game to a monotonous voyage where I braced myself for how the game was going to screw me over next.

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This is what the game actually looks like. (Still good!)

If it wasn’t areas that were essentially barren of supplies, it was weather that relentlessly drenched Scout and brought on deadly hypothermia. I knew the ways to deal with all these issues, but I just didn’t have the supplies to do so as I had no real way of sustaining myself AND creating the tools I needed to fend off the animals.

Scout comes with a little dog named Aesop, who serves no purpose but to annoyingly bark every few feet and provide you with some extra inventory space. You can’t get Aesop to do anything for you, he just is there, and that’s it. He doesn’t need food, you can’t eat him….I really have no idea why The Molasses Flood decided to give me this dog. You can upgrade your raft in various ways, but you can’t teach Aesop to be useful. It never made much sense to me.

The Flame in the Flood isn’t a bad game. It’s just not great. I will recommend it to those of you who really love crafting/survival games, and I will also point out that The Molasses Flood claims they stamped out the audio bug that I encountered multiple times, but even then, the frustrating mechanics of the game still remains intact, and that’s a game I just really didn’t enjoy much of.

Give me a readily available way to fight back against the animals, or make them territorial and guard only a portion of the area that might have better loot while still allowing me to explore the rest of the area. The Flame in the Flood had a lot of potential, but unfortunately the mediocre gameplay really holds it back.


 

A review copy of the game was provided for the purpose of this review.

Celebrate Smite’s Birthday With A Week of Awesome Rewards

Smite turns 2 years old this week and to celebrate Hi-Rez is giving players six days of rewards. Starting today, March 22nd, players can enjoy the following each day: Tuesday 3/22 – 3x Worshipers Wednesday 3/23 – Double FWOTD Bonus Thursday 3/24 – Icon Sale 50% Off Friday 3/25 – 1 FWOTD Cutesy Thor Icon Saturday 3/26 – 2x Everything Sunday 3/27– 3 FWOTD SMITE… Continue reading

Why I’m Genuinely Nervous For The Star Wars: Rebels Season 2 Finale

On March 30th, the one hour season two finale of Star Wars Rebels airs on Disney XD. I never thought a kid’s show, a cartoon nonetheless, would give me as much anxiety as these final episodes are giving me.

The reason for my anxiety: the fate of Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker’s former Jedi padawan and star of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, is about to be decided.

Ahsoka Rebels Season 2

I came into The Clone Wars a little late. The movie, back when it debuted, just looked like a cash grab at post-prequel Star Wars fans, and one that was aimed primarily at children. But as the television series that spawned from the movie continued to grow, I found myself more and more interested in The Clone Wars. I mean, if a kids show is being renewed for its fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons, it must be pretty good, yeah?

Yeah. It was.

I never got around to watching that movie, but I did catch up on The Clone Wars thanks to Netflix (which has the complete series available, at least for US residents) and it was great. I recommend starting with season 2, as that’s when the story starts getting good. Season one isn’t bad, but it’s a lot of “moral-of-the-story-is” that’s typical with kid’s television. Season 2 and onward is largely just Star Wars fun, minus a few skippable story arcs.

But as the series went on, Ashoka Tano evolved from a naive little torgruta to a formidable young Jedi. She was there for fans to root for and it was oh-so-easy to cheer her on and fall into her big blue eyes.

Ahsoka Rebels Season 2 finale

Then some things happened that changed Ashoka’s view on the Jedi order (you’ll have to watch the show to find out!) and she departed as gracefully as she could from the tutelage of Anakin Skywalker, leaving him (and fans) shocked, to say the least.

This departure had, I’m sure, something to do with the Lucasfilm acquisition by Disney that took place around this point during The Clone Wars’ airing. The show aired on Cartoon Network, and now that Disney owned it, that was no longer an option, so the writers and directors behind The Clone Wars wrapped the series up very shortly after Ahsoka and Anakin parted ways.

Star Wars fans didn’t have to wait long for Disney to produce a brand new Star Wars series though, Star Wars Rebels debuted less than a year after The Clone Wars ended.

Star Wars Rebels sees a few returning characters that fans of The Clone Wars will recognize, most prominently: a grown-up Ahsoka Tano.

Ahsoka Rebels Season 2

Rebels, you see, takes place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and the last time fans saw Ahsoka was before Revenge of the Sith took place, so roughly 15 years according to the show’s wikipedia page and taking into consideration that the show The Clone Wars ended about a year before Revenge of the Sith started.

Rebels is off to a great start, with season 2 being even better than season 1. As season 2 progressed, Ahsoka and Darth Vader have come to recognize one another through a few chance encounters, and it’s clear (thanks to a handful of teaser trailers) that the two will have a confrontation very, very soon….probably in that one hour season finale.

So now I have a character that I’ve been rooting for, almost continuously, for just under a decade about to face the most dangerous character that the Star Wars universe has ever known: Darth Vader. We all know that Vader survives (he has to since he’s in three more Star Wars movies), but Ahsoka’s fate remains up for grabs.

Star Wars Rebels is about to get very, very dark, and it will indeed be a dark day for the Rebellion when those two clash lightsabers.

Ahsoka Vader fight

Star Wars: Rebels season 2 concludes on March 30th, on Disney XD.

 

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Devs Tease New Magic-Based Game

Torn Banner Studios, the developer behind Chivalry: Medieval Warfare just announced their next game, Mirage: Arcane Warfare. Beyond having relatively similar titles, Mirage: Arcane Warfare is akin to Chivalry: Medieval Warfare in that it too is a first-person brawler. But instead of featuring just crossbows, shields, and swords, Arcane kicks it up a notch with magic abilities like a bubble shield and what looked to be a fire ball spell.

You can catch the game in action, above or visit Mirage: Arcane Warefare’s official site to signup for the game’s official newsletter.

Bluetwoen’s Watercolor Pokemon Have Been My Favorite Thing on Reddit This Week

Artist and Redditor, Bluetwoen released a series of watercolors that depict some of the original 151 Pokemon. Starting with Bulbasaur (#1) and progress up through Butterfree (#12), Bluetwoen gradually reveals each new set of Pokemon a few at a time. Below are some examples of Bluetwoen’s Pokemon work. You can find even more in their Imgur… Continue reading