PaxSouth is a hub for intriguing and inventive games, and the first two video games from movie studio, Annapurna Pictures, are no exception.
Gorogoa caught my eye because of the art. It looked like a coloring book brought to life, like a dream you could wade through via computer. I spent a solid half hour diving into the story, figuring out some puzzles with lightning speed and stumbling through others while feeling judged by the character when I got stuck. That said, I can’t wait to get my hands on the entire game!
Designed, developed, and illustrated by Jason Roberts, Gorogoa is a completely unique game. The overall story is equal parts myth and magic as a boy sees a colossal monstrosity in his city and decides to unlock the secrets to finding it. Each gorgeous scene is split into four panels that you can explore through a simple point and click mechanic. Solving each puzzle reveals more of the story. Elegantly simple and perfect for fans enamored of lovely storytelling.
Gorogoa is scheduled to hit mobile devices and Steam in Spring 2017.
What Remains of Edith Finch
What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of short tales about a family in Washington state. As Edith, the player will explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories. Each story you find lets you experience the life of a new family member on the day of their death, with stories ranging from the distant past to the present day, and culminating with that family member’s death.
In the 20 minute demo, we experienced the final moments of two different family members. The macabre interactive narrative is completely fresh in its storytelling and the attention to detail reminds the player that this title isn’t suited to the run-and-gun. I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you picking it up, but prepare yourself for some feelings. Oh, and remember to breathe.
What Remains of Edith Finch is due out Spring 2017 on Steam and PS4. Check back here, because this is the standout title that we absolutely cannot wait to get our grubby little hands on and review in depth!
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Death Squared, a cooperative puzzle game where players guide defenseless robots through a series of mazes filled with deadly traps, will come to PlayStation 4 in 2017 simultaneously alongside the previously-announced Xbox One and PC versions.
The PlayStation 4 version will receive exclusive levels, robot skins and silly controller features to distinguish itself from the Xbox One release, which will have exclusive levels of its own.
Danger lurks around every corner in Death Squared‘s series of intricate puzzles. Teams of two or four simultaneously and individually guide robots to their respective color-coded waypoints, and all must reach the end for the group to achieve victory.
At its core, Death Squared is about communication and experimentation. One false move can trigger hidden hazards and the fun is learning each stage’s “rules” through trial, error and cooperation. Instantaneous respawns help players put newly-gained knowledge about a level’s pitfalls to quick use.
With an emphasis on teamwork, Death Squared is best enjoyed as a multiplayer experience. Solo players and parties of two can play through the story mode, while more chaotic stages await groups of four with specially-designed “party chaos” challenges unseen in the main campaign.
“The reception to Death Squared has been amazing from groups of all sizes and skill levels,” said Patrick Cook, lead designer, SMG Studio. “It’s been a lot of fun to watch the many different groups of players approach our puzzles. Every team has its own dynamic. Strangers at conventions start high-fiving, couples have an equal share in a level’s success. I think everyone can get behind comradery in the face of adversity.”
Death Squared will be at RTX Sydney for hands-on sessions with all-new stages. The game will also be playable at PAX South, where SMG Studio will debut PlayStation 4 and Xbox One-exclusive levels, as well as story sequences featuring the vocal talents of Mick Lauer.
Looking to grab some gaming loot from your buddies at Sub Cultured? Look no further!
In addition to our overarching giveaway for the month of September, we will also be running weekly contests all throughout September across our favorite social media platforms. You can find a comprehensive list of all our September giveaways here!
Heading out to Seattle for PAX West? While you won’t see a Telltale booth on the expo hall floor this year, they will still be out in force!
On Friday at 2:30 PM, join The Telltale Panel in the Hydra Theatre at the Grand Hyatt. Some of the Telltale team will be revealing more exciting details on The Walking Dead’s third season set to premiere this fall, discussing BATMAN – The Telltale Series and what you might be able to expect from the coming episodes, and much more! There’ll be an opportunity for you to grill the Telltale crew with your burning questions, and even a special giveaway as a thank you for coming along.
The Telltale Panel
Friday, Sept 2nd @ 2:30 PM
Hydra Theatre, Grand Hyatt, Level 1
Schedule link: http://west.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/the-telltale-panel
The PAX Crowd Play that Telltale held last year for Tales from the Borderlands went so well last year that they’re bringing Crowd Play back again this year as well! On Saturday at 8:30 PM, the Telltale team will be playing BATMAN – The Telltale Series on the big screen in the Wyvern Theatre at the Westin. Special bonus: an exclusive extended first look at the upcoming Episode 2: Children of Arkham.
This will be the very first event Telltale has done using the NEW in-game Crowd Play feature, where you can help direct the happenings on-screen using your own mobile device. Don’t miss what’s sure to be a fun-filled evening of shouty excitement… and sure, some giveaways too.
Telltale PAX West Crowd Play
Saturday, Sept 3rd @ 8:30 PM
Wyvern Theatre, Westin, Level 4
Can’t wait to see you in Seattle!
Ah, September. School is back in session, sweaters are slowly being integrated into everyday wardrobe, and the weather starts to chill just in time for new games to be released and played in sweatpants. With Gamescom just ending and PAX West beginning, these are some big months coming in the gaming world, and we are hyped to step out of our collective comfort zones and devote the entire month of September to nothing but video games!
All throughout September, Sub Cultured will be focusing on games games and more games. If it relates to games and gaming in any way, shape, form, or fashion – we’re going to be talking about it. Keep an eye here for your daily dose, or check out our Twitch channel where we will be streaming all different types of videos games, from Telltale’s Batman, to No Man’s Sky, to Overwatch, there is something for every type of gamer! We also have a surprise show that we’ve been working on, and you’ll definitely want to stay tuned for it!
Want to get more interactive than chatting with us on Twitch? Throughout September, we will be hosting five giveaways on our various social media platforms. The overarching September Gaming Month Giveaway is the big kahuna and right here on Sub Cultured. Additionally, every week in September you have a chance to enter a different contest for swag upon swag. Don’t want to pick and choose? Enter them all! You don’t even have to exit your window to enter!