November 25, 2011

Indie Games You Have to Play: The Binding of Isaac

Continuing my recommendations of cool indie games, I must present you with The Binding of Isaac today, a creepy little gem by Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl.

The game, which you can grab for a few well-invested bucks via Steam, puts you in the shoes of a little boy who delves into randomly generated little dungeons filled with strange items, even stranger and rather scary enemies, and a classic and addictive Zelda-like gameplay.

Check out the (pretty awesome) trailer below for a quick taste of the fun!

The Binding of Isaac – Gameplay Trailer

November 20, 2011

A Saturday Well Spent, As You Can See

Spent my Saturday night with Dave, David and the many Hamburg dudes at the Proberaum. Oh so much fun!

I will just leave you with the gallery for now, but happy birthday Tini, and rock on!

Thanks for the fun, friends!

November 17, 2011

Layton, Lindsey, and Some Other News

While my daily office work is apparently everything I'm still living for at the moment, my blog seems to suffer and doesn't like it. I have so much work to do right now that I somehow can't really motivate myself for any useful activities after work.

But alas, there are a few things I wanted to write about after my two-week pause!

  • I'm currently playing the new Professor Layton and the Last Specter in my spare time, which is a prequel and has quite a nice story. I like the setting a lot, but did they have to put so many math puzzles in there? Guess they wanted to stretch the average playing time, heh!
  • Then I saw this video yesterday and was so touched by it. 26-year-old Lindsey Miller from Los Angeles asking 50/50 star Joseph Gordon-Levitt out on a date after she saw the movie – so sweet. Let's all hope Joe accepts her coffee offer soon, because she really seems to deserve something nice and he doesn't seem to be an ass. Lindsey also blogs about her life with cancer over here, and it's an interesting, inspiring and lovely read. Her video and story quickly spread around the net and even NBC already went to interview her. Stay strong Lindsey and all the best, you rock!
  • IAmTheRain finally released the second full album "Disastre Digital" last Friday and it's a really cool album. You can listen to it via Bandcamp or just download the whole package for free. And I recommend you to do so! A few songs on the tracklist I posted for a while were replaced last-minute and I welcome the changes very much, because the album feels way more balanced now than with the earlier tracklist. Give it a try!
  • And a few words on the developing seasons of the shows I'm watching: Dexter grows into quite a cool season, although the latest episode "Nebraska" was probably the weakest so far and felt like a thousand wasted opportunities. House somewhat stumbles around without a clear goal ahead and I don't know where this season is going, but it's not overly entertaining so far. Odette Annable is awesomely hot, the episode plots are not. Person of Interest has already become a passion of mine and I love it more with every new episode. Great series, great acting, great stories. Keep it coming! Supernatural is not awful yet, but it's just rehashing and rehashing its former glory. I wish they had at least some plots featuring something else than the Winchesters worrying about each other every goddamn second. Fringe continues to be interesting and I like it a lot, but they should bring back the characters we knew. The "let's remove Peter from the timeline" plot apparently wasn't their greatest idea.

Enough for now, but I expect to find a little more time for my blog over the next weeks.

November 2, 2011

O Gemini Rue, You Awesome Old-School Adventure!

Wadjet Eye Games, who are known in the indie adventure scene for publishing Dave Gilbert's Blackwell series, have another gem in their portfolio: Gemini Rue by Josh Nuernberger – a super-stylish pixel retro adventure, and a Beneath a Steel Sky fan's wet fantasy.

The story, set in a dystopian future reminiscent of good old Blade Runner, sounds interesting to say the least, and the gameplay looks old-school and promising as hell. I'm already excited to play through this beauty in the next few days!

Azriel Odin, ex-assassin, arrives on the rain-drenched planet of Barracus. When things go horribly wrong, he can only seek help from the very criminals he used to work for.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a man called Delta-Six wakes up in a hospital with no memory. Without knowing where to turn or who to trust, he vows to escape before he loses his identity completely.

As fate brings these two closer together, we discover a world where life is cheap, identities are bought and sold, and a quest for redemption can change the fate of a whole galaxy.

Check out the official trailer below!

Gemini Rue – Official Trailer

GTA V Trailer Makes My Saliva Dribble

Rockstar North has just kicked the official trailer for GTA V online, and it's looking sweeet once again!

Since I haven't even played the predecessor yet and my time seems way too limited to immerse myself in a time-consuming game like that, I hope this won't turn into another episode of "Aww, I wish I were playing this right now..." for me =)

Check out the fresh trailer here:

GTA V – Official Trailer

via Nerdcore & Rockstar Games

November 1, 2011

A Happy Halloween, Folks!

Today, we all celebrated Halloween. Starting with some funky homeparty at Agi's place, ending in Düsseldorf's dirty Old Town. I need to sleep.

Just have fun with the gallery, guys!