18 January 2011

SotX Chapter 1 featured on front page of SC2Mapster

Please check out the link, also participate in the discussion by clicking on the title in the news or the comments (title preferred).

13 January 2011

Lord of the Clans 1.02

- All: Fixed some grammar errors in the english version.
- All: Smoothed Terrain on some ramps.
- Chapter 2: Repositioned secret exit in internment camp.
- Chapter 4: Reduced time for Pig quest.
- Chapter 6: Repositioned barracks and heroes destination
- Chapter 6: Reduced levels of skills for Langston.

08 January 2011

Games I Played 2010 - Unranked Games

There are some games I played 2010 thatI feel unable to rank in an honest fashion. I either didn't play them enough or I feel like I'm to close to them. Let me explain in detail:

- Settlers 7 - I was a Level Designer for 13 months on that game, my first AAA game ever. I'm very proud of my work and the overall work the team put into it, but since I'll never be able to abandon that inside view and play the game as a normal gamer would I just can't rate it. Suffice it to say that it's definitely worth a look for everyone who is into Build-Up-Strategy but also Board-games as it combines both of these game types magnificently.

- Worms Reloaded - I just played a couple of quick matches against the AI but never against a human player. I'm a fan of the old Worms games but only with buddies playing at the same PC. That just never happened, at least not in 2010.

- StarCraft 2 - Pretty dissapointed by the storyline but impressed by the gameplay mechanics in Singleplayer. Multiplayer can be frustrating when losing to often. It's not perfect but I know this game will stick with me for many thanks to the editor and future expansions. It's not just a game.

- Call of Duty: Black Ops - Finished the first mission two times now but never really got around to playing the whole damn thing. Thank you StarCraft II :D

- World of WarCraft: Cataclysm - Suffered the same fate as Black Ops. Thanks to SC2 I didn't have enough time to fully experience this game. But from what I've seen while leveling a Goblin Mage from 1 to 15 it's a very memorable ride.

Ranks 8 - 1 will follow in the near future.

07 January 2011

New SC2 melee map - Twisted Meadows XE

I've taken a smaller break from my Shadow of the Xel'Naga map to contribute to a WC3-to-SC2 melee map remake contest. I will also submit this map to participate in the Teamliquid Map of the Month Contest.

It is a four player map designed with 1on1 in mind on the Aiur setting. The natural expansions are easily defended but hidden paths and destructible rocks may provide attack oppurtunities for enemy players. Island expansions provide additional resources. A single Xel'Naga Watchtower is overlooking the central battlefield.

You can find this map on EU-Battle.net by searching for 'Twisted Meadows XE'.

05 January 2011

Games I finished 2010 - Ranks 18 - 9 (Update)

Here I thought I would play fewer different games with the release of two extremely time-consuming Blizzard games, but I actually played twenty-two games this year of which I finished almost every single one. Here's a list with a mini-review and my personal rating for each game I finished.

18. Aliens vs Predator - This one could have been so much cooler, but the controls suck and the fights are too melee focused. The Singleplayer campaigns are forgetable. I wish Monolith (who made the great AvP2) had made the game and not Rebellion. - 70%

17. Star Wars - The Force Unleashed 2 - It has some really spectacular moments like the fall from a ship and the fight with this uber-monster but ultimately falls short compared to its predecessor. TFU1 was much longer, had a much better storyline that fit perfectly between Episode 3 and 4. They should have advertised and sold this one as a cheap add-on. - 71%

16. Black Sails - It sounded very promising: Deck13 is one of my favourite developers for point'n'click adventures and I'd been wanting to play a horror adventure for a very long time. Unfortunately the used a comic look and the story isn't really spectacular. Also the two protagonists were quickly going on my nerves. Luckily it was a short adventure. - 72%

15. Splinter Cell Conviction - I was afraid that it would be too much action. It certainly has the option to play it stealth-like but it it feels more like work doing it this time around. Fortunately the cinematography is really cool which made it like a playable 24-season, but the storyline still is a little shallow and the gameplay, as feared, way too action oriented, and not really good at that. - 75%

14. Mafia 2 - I wasn't a huge Mafia 1 fan to begin with. I wasn't blown away by the storyline and neither the gameplay ever came close to GTA3. Mafia 2 has interesting characters in a complex storyline with some nice missions but doesn't really offer much aside from the 15 hour campaign. It's nothing out of the ordinary. Neither bad, nor very good. - 78%

13. Tales of Monkey Island - The episodic system worked fine fo the new Sam and Max but when announced for a new Monkey Island I was so afraid of it. Luckily they create each episode as a chaapter of a larger storyline. Storywise the game was really cool, with a really cool twist at the end of the fourth episode. What I didn't like was the stupid mermaid folk. I don't remember Monkey Island ever having inhuman humanoid creatures, other than undead of course. Also the riddles were pretty dumbed down and the background got repetetive after the third episode. 80%

12. Metro 2033 - One of the most atmospheric games this year that offers good old shooter action but with too many flaws to make it into the Top 10. The enemy AI feels unrealistic and often stupid and the ammunition & buy system just didn't work out for me. I also didn't like the ending very much, but no spoilers here. - 80%

11. Amnesia - The Dark Descent - If there was a price for honorary mentions outside the Top 10 than Amnesia was the game to get it. Despite the flawed engine it was the most atmospheric and scariest game I had played in a very long time. Reminded me of the old Thief-games. Amnesia really does something no game has ever tried before: It puts you in scary situations without ANY weapons, so the only thing you can do when enemies appear is run and hide. Inbetween those psychedelic situations you solve some simple physic puzzles. I really hope Frictional Games' next title will take up this experience and extend it. - 80%

10. Fallout New Vegas - I'm not one to get easily excited for long games, sicne I like to have clear beginning, middle and end to my stories. But sometimes it just gets me. I spend over 80 hours in Oblivion and around 15 hours in Fallout 3. Fallout New Vegas came at the right time with an interesting sci-fi-western scenario, cool characters (YES MAN!) and fun side quests. Unfortunetely I hit the level cap after around 50 houts and then I didn't feel like I was getting much more out of the game. I rushed towards the ending. But any game that can keep me entertained for this amount of time will certainly be remembered well by me. - 81%

09. Battlefield Bad Company 2 - I like the Modern Warfare direction they took with the Bad Company series and I'm certainly glad for it to return to the PC. It may lack the certain boom!-factor that Modern Warfare has but it makes for for it with driveable vehicles and a likeable cast. Oh, and the graphics look nice :) - 82%

I will post Ranks 8 - 1 in the near future. Also look out for a list of games I played but did not finish!

04 January 2011

Videos on Day of the Dragon's Dragons

Yesterday while combing through Youtube I found out someone posted videos on the Dragon Aspect cinematics from my WarCraft 3 campaign Day of the Dragon.

Krasus meets Malygos the Blue, the Spellweaver.

Krasus meets Ysera the Green, She of the Dreaming.

If you've become curious right now as to what my campaigns are all about, there are links to all my projects on the right side panel (Download Links) of this blog.