If you’re anything like me, you’ve been searching for an RTS (Real-Time Strategy) game that lives up to the greatness that Command & Conquer gave us so many years ago. Sure, there’s been some good ones throughout the years, namely Starcraft and Starcraft 2, but they just didn’t do it for me the same way Command and Conquer did, so I’m always on the lookout for the next RTS game. A while back I found out about this game that was actually on Kickstarter – Iron Harvest.
From the looks of it, it looked great! It was evident they had taken their time with the character design and backstory. Also, they took a large-scale poll of many RTS players and asked them exactly what they wanted in a game. I fully supported the way they were going about it. I was so hyped about it I even wrote this post months ago. I was intrigued more and more the more I heard. So, I followed the game’s development and literally couldn’t wait to get my hands on the demo or beta.
The second the beta came out I instantly downloaded and was super excited to get into it. I sat down started a game and was met with perhaps the biggest disappointment I’ve ever had in gaming. The game was nothing more than a worse Company of Heroes clone. Honestly, I just couldn’t believe it. You mean to tell me these developers used a big amount of time to develop this game and to survey a ton of RTS just to give us a game that had already been made and made better at that. The gameplay is the exact same. There’s nothing fresh about the game whatsoever.
As much as I want to say there’s a chance that the developers will turn this thing around and add enough to it where it feels like a fresh experience, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. They clearly missed the mark, and there’s next to nothing out there that makes me believe it’ll grow into something great. Now excuse me while I go play the recent Command and Conquer remaster!
Ok, so, by know you basically know we’re total fanboys and girls of this game, but sincerely, doesn’t this box art blow away anything you’ve seen so far this year?
Always been a big fan of the style and art of the game. That is one of the reasons i got into it all those years ago when the original Borderlands game came out. The fact that i was able to play with friends through a split screen grinding experience was also top knotch and not something many other games were doing back then.
Do you see all of the little faces in the roses? Pretty cool!
Can’t wait to get our hands on this one. God willing, we will be able to get an early copy! SPG is on its way up the ladder! We’re coming for you IGN!
We would love to see it too. Crossplay would help Call of Duty compete with the Fortnites and PUBGs of the world. Battle Royale games have seemingly taken over the shooter landscape.
It is going to be interesting to see at launch whether or not Black Ops IV will peel away some of the player bases that Fortnite and PUBG have locked down at the moment. It has been quite some time since they have taken over and no major shooting game has been dropped since.
It seems Fortnite may have revolutionized the landscape of online gaming with the introduction of cross play (even though we know rocket league was the first!) and we hope to continue seeing it in many if not all games to come.
How can crossplay help?
I know I’m not the only person who has bought the same game 2 or 3 times in the past so that I could play with all of my friends. It isn’t fun. Usually, you have to reset your progress, having 3 accounts at varying levels and gear. When you mix in microtransactions that you may have purchased, it is even worse.
I can tell you personally, from my own experience, that playing being able to play Fortnite from my PC with all of my friends who mostly own Xbox One and One X makes me play more and enjoy it more (even though they all live in fear of playing with PC players, lol) I love being able to take advantage of the PC capabilities in the graphics and frame rate dept. without having to re-purchase an Xbox One X.
Even if system lock is still kept in play as a primary option, Cross-platform play for Black Ops 4 would be a great thing for us to have from a user position.
It is just an all around a community-benefitting decision that will increase user satisfaction and make everyone happy. Will money get in the way of this?
Will crossplay come into play if Call of Duty doesn’t get the players it wants? Only time will tell!
We are going to continue to follow Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 as news comes out and we will be sure to keep you updated with the latest.
Hey all, we’ve got an inside look at a new game that has currently hit Steam. It’s called Metal Tales: Fury of the Guitar Gods. In this “metal shoot-em’-up” you’ll be saving your metal bros from some mysterious ancient evil. Published by Nubero Games, an indie game publisher with a few titles currently on Steam. This game was recommended by a great friend of SweatPants gaming and a great source for anything indie gaming – @ghettogamer you can find him on Twitter.
Just going to be honest here for a moment, when I heard it was based around metal music I wasn’t exactly hyped since I really haven’t listened to anything close to metal since high school. Metal doesn’t get much play time in the Sweatpants Den. Don’t get me wrong I don’t hate on metal and I certainly don’t hate on rock, but the heavier stuff is just not my scene. Nevertheless, after checking out a video, I thought the gameplay and graphics looked dope as hell and I was excited to check it out. They say it’s a game by metalheads for metalheads – well let’s see what a non-metal head thinks.
They really remind me of Guitar Heroes graphics up close. It’s a totally different type of game, but the character models do like pretty similar in my opinion. They are nice looking 3D graphics which do pop on your screen. There are several well-designed characters to choose from. The NPCs within the game look great as well. There are a lot of bright reds, purples, and other colors that will jump out at you. Things on-screen can get chaotic, but I never lost track of what where we were or anything like that, so that is always nice. Some games it just gets too wild and you can’t make sense of what is going on, but I never had that feeling here.
It’s a classic top-down shooter that most people will be familiar with. You’ll fight through procedurally generated levels, going from room to room shooting enemies and collecting any power-ups you may find along the way. The goal is to defeat the boss and then move on to the next stage. The controls are simple and easy to learn. Also, quick side note, even not being a metal fan, the original soundtrack definitely made an impression on me and I will also say it does its job of getting you hyped throughout the sometimes frantic gameplay. Kudos to the soundtrack.
The actions are straightforward you shoot, shoot, shoot and then shoot some more. Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of intricacies, but even those are straightforward. You do have an ultimate move of sorts – you can summon your bandmates when you’re in some serious trouble. It has full controller support which is always a nice option. It also offers local Co-op which sometimes seems like it’s a thing of the past, but I always like when games have the option because no one can deny it is more fun to play co-op in person. It brings back that feeling we all had as kids like, you know, actually having to hang out with one another to play a specific game together.
There a bunch of collectibles in the game which adds a little bonus throughout the game. All the rockers out there will love it, they’ll have you searching for guitars, picks, strings and other similar items. I won’t lie, I lost track of time a few times while playing Metal Tales which is usually a good sign.
Give it a look if you’re into Metal, and even if you’re not it’s a fun time-killer that can get you lost in the world of metal.
One title we are really looking forward to is Bugs Must Die by DG Games Workshop, has just dropped another trailer and now we’re even more excited to get our hands on it. This trailer lets you see a lot more of the gameplay and it does not disappoint. Before we get into the specifics we want to let you know that’ll it’ll be on Steam this September, so if you like what you see check it out when it drops.
In our last write-up about “Bugs Must Die”, we explained that it is a top-down shooter like many you have played in the past, but Bugs Must Die is a 2018 version of all your classic favorites like Jackal and Smash TV. If you’re anything like me those games sucked you right in, and Bugs Must Die looks like it’ll carry on the legacy of those great games very well. Judging from what we can see in the trailer the buttons look simple which is a good thing in our eyes. With this type of game, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. To us it seems like it is shaping up nicely as a game which is simple to learn, but complex to master. Honestly, with the number of lasers and other projectiles, it reminded me of Cuphead. Let’s just pray it isn’t as hard as Cuphead ha. It isn’t a platformer like Cuphead, but it has some similarities when it comes to dodging projectiles.
Right off the bat, they show that Bugs Must Die will have both controller and keyboard support. It’s always nice to have the option. They show the control scheme directly in the field of play, but in a non-invasive way which is very nice because you won’t have to go searching for the button scheme. Once again, nothing out of the ordinary, and that’s a good thing. The one thing you’ll want to look for is the Z key because that’s how you’ll unleash your special on these poor bugs.
The trailer also shows us the use of RPG elements. You’ll be able to upgrade your character, vehicles, and/or weapons. I’m a big fan of this because it allows you to make your character the way you want, which is always a nice option to have.
Here’s a preview of some of the art.
Self-described as, “Bug must die” is a modern-retro-style 2D pixel-art top-down shooter. As an elite from the Galactic Pests Control Company, you are sent to the planet M-79 to prevent Mantis Beings from invading Earth. On the terrestrial planet, you not only have to destroy the cruel Mantis soldiers but also battle with the various Bosses cloned from Earth POP culture.”
They also let you in on a little more of the story which is cool to see. Gameplay is great, but every great game needs a great story to go with it. With the little we have to go off it seems like two of your special agents went missing and you’ll have to fight through the Mantis Beings to find your down-on-their-luck comrades. I’m sure there’s more to the story, but even if it was just straightforward I think it gives you enough of that emotional plot that will give you a little added reason to kick some alien bug ass!
I can’t wait to get my hands on this! We’ll keep you and your sweatpants updated on its release, so be sure to come to visit us and read the latest updates.
Ever since my generation picked up Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue as kids, we’ve been Pokémon addicted. Listen, I don’t care how old I get I will always hold Pokémon high in my heart. When I was a kid I was straight-up obsessed with Pokémon Red and I don’t use the word obsessed lightly. It was the first thing I did in the morning before school and I would often times fall asleep with the Gameboy in my hands. Ever since those days, I’ve always longed for a 3d version of those great RPG classics. The Cool thing is now we MIGHT have what I’ve wished for with Let’s Go Pikachu & Let’s Go Evee!
Well, well, well based solely on the trailer it’s tough to make out exactly how the gameplay would be, but we’ll do our best. The integration of Pokémon Go and Let’s Go Pikachu seems like a real idea even though I honestly can’t see myself getting that into it considering there’s just no way I’m searching for AR Pokémon…again. I’m not sure if you can use all of the Pokémon that you’ve captured on Pokémon Go or what the deal is, but nonetheless, it’s cool to have that just not be for naught.
The graphics look very clean and playable. It reminds me of the good ol’ days of walking through tall grass and having Pokémon jumping out at you to battle. Too bad you can’t actually battle, I’ll get to that more in ‘The Bad’ section. The Switch continues to impress graphically showing that graphics isn’t all about the power under the hood of the console.
Co-op is definitely going to be a really cool aspect and I could see a lot of time being spent in this mode and it could be a nice mode if you’re looking to do something with a girlfriend or just looking for a casual gaming experience with a friend.
My hopes were absolutely crushed when I learned you can encounter Pokémon, but yet not be able to fight them. The capturing system seems a just like Pokémon Go which is boring as can be. Not to mention it is dreadfully annoying too since a lot of times the Pokémon you’re trying to capture just runs away for no rhyme or reason. Like, isn’t that most of what Pokémon actually do, you know fight? I don’t know, but that was a major buzzkill in my eyes. It seems it’s not the mainline RPG that would mimic the ones of yesteryear that we’re all hoping for. With that being said they did announce that the mainline RPG will be out sometime next year!
So while it might not be exactly what I was hoping for it will still be interesting, so check it out right here Let us know your thoughts below!