Thursday, May 29, 2008

PC Gaming Notes

The indispensable Rock, Paper, Shotgun mentions today that there is a resolution mod for Infinity Engine games that allows you to play in higher resolution. So if you still have Planescape: Torment, it is "ugly ass" no more, and will now be both brilliant and beautiful. Here's a link to the RPS Post.

The demo for Penny Arcade's game On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness was released last week. The writing is excellent (and funny), the visual style is terrific, and the narration is inspired. The gameplay was somewhat repetitive, at least in the demo, but it's not going to stop me from buying the full game.

When SimCity Societies was released last fall, it was reviewed poorly, which was a surprise, given that developer Tilted Mill was also responsible for Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile.

This must be the first time I can remember, though, that I decided to buy a game because of the amount of effort a developer put into a game after it shipped. They've released five substantial patches, significantly deepening the gameplay, and their continuing effort has convinced me.

I also saw in the Quarter to Three forums that Tilted Mill bought back the rights to Children of the Nile, and they're enhancing the game for re-release ( with the enhancements available for free to anyone who has already purchased the game). The Children of the Nile website has more details.

I highly respect how hard these guys work and how dedicated they are to their products.

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