Stream is a first-person puzzle-platformer based on flow and environment manipulation through quasi-time control. You run and jump through black and white levels of increasing complexity, increasing the amount of manipulation over the moving elements in the environment as the puzzles become more intricate.
I found Stream by chance and my brief afternoon romp through its three short stages felt appropriately curious; the art direction in Stream is stark, all the rooms are made of black and white, thick edges, minimal gradient and strong shadows. The rooms are large, empty and mostly white through the first two stages. It feels eerily empty, still and quiet. Playing alone in my bedroom at 2:15 in the afternoon, the house quiet, I felt an odd compulsion to poke around this strange colorless world.
It’s not time control — it’s environment control
I think the team behind Stream used the terms “forward”, “rewind” and “pause” for simplicity — they’re recognizable words, but they also connote time control and that’s not what happens in Stream. In Stream most of the objections in a room will move and you have the ability to move them forward along their determined path, reverse that path or stop them entirely. An early example of … Read More »
Global Agenda is a third-person shooter MMO by Hi-Rez Studios. They’ve recently made their game free-to-play. Find out more on the Global Agenda website.
[dropcap2]G[/dropcap2]lobal Agenda released their 1.4 update on April 14th — titled Free Agent — which allows for users to sign up and play for free and pay for premium content or a membership. Hi-Rez Studios enters a quickly growing market of free-to-play games with Global Agenda and they intend to differentiate their game from their competitors. Todd Harris, Chief Operating Officer for Hi-Rez, said quote,
To a free-to-play audience tired of click and wait fantasy MMOs, or unbalanced pay to win shooters, we think that the advanced sci-fi visuals and balanced combat of Global Agenda: Free Agent will be very refreshing. We’ve seen a very positive response from our announcement and have invested in server capacity to handle the increased demand.
What I liked
Slick, distinct sci-fi visuals
Too many MMOs look bland and trite. Global Agenda has a clean, modern design to the architecture that’s just granular and occasionally discombobulated enough that it doesn’t feel like cliche Utopian sci-fi. The game is powered by Unreal Engine 3, but despite that the character models have a distinguishable look between them owing to a selection of … Read More »
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