TxK

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Game: TxK
Developer: Llamasoft
Publisher: Sony
Release: Released 2014
Genre: Arcade shooter

 

Glowing vectors, explosive particle effects and a pulse-pounding soundtrack are core elements of many modern arcade shooters – a style that Llamasoft defined with its seminal 90s tube shooter.

 

 

 

 

 

TxK is an arcade shooter from the legendary Jeff Minter who has been making games since the early eighties. One of them is Tempest 2000 which is pretty much the same game as TxK. Most of Jeff's games have a slightly psychedelic touch and TxK is no different. The graphics are vector based in trippy colors and there is a pulsing electronic soundtrack that almost require you to play with headphones to get the most out of it. You control a ship that is attached to a tube and you shoot at incoming bad guys. The tube changes shape for each level and there are a few power ups to collect. TxK has recieved positive reviews and current Metascore is 84/100. A gameplay video is available here.

 

 

 

 


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Starlight Inception

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Game: Starlight Inception
Developer: Escape Hatch Entertainment
Publisher: Escape Hatch Entertainment
Release: April 22nd – 2014 (NA), April 23rd – 2014 (EU)
Genre: Space combat

 

Starlight Inception is the rebellious stepchild of Wing Commander, X-wing and Freespace2, taking a fresh approach to the classic space combat genre.

 

 

 

 

 

Starlight Inception was Kickstarted by US developer Escape Hatch Entertainment in 2012. The game will be released on PC (Steam) and PS3 and PS Vita (PSN).

If you remember the old space combat sims that used to run under DOS, then you know what to expect. You will serve as a fighter pilot for the United Star Force and participate in World War IV. Battles can be fought in 1st or 3rd person view. There will be a campaign with a storyline as well as a casual mode where you defend your capital ship from enemies, and multiplayer.

UPDATE: Game will be released now in April!

 

Starlight Inception on Kickstarter.
Escape Hatch Entertainment.
United Star Force website.

 

 

 

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Frozen Synapse Tactics

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Game: Frozen Synapse Tactics
Developer: Double Eleven
Publisher: Mode 7
Release: TBA 2014
Genre: Strategy

 

Both teams commit their plans for each turn, we call this ‘Priming’, and the outcome of that turn is then played out, resulting in awesome fire-fights, exploding walls and cinematic kill cams.

 

 

 

 

 

Frozen Synapse Tactics is a new version of the critically acclaimed PC game Frozen Synapse. It will be released on PSN for Vita and PS3. Frozen Synapse Tactics is a simultaneous turn-based tactical game. What this means is that you and your opponent plot your moves when the game is paused, and then when you both hit the "Execute" button your moves are played out on the screen. The players take control of a futuristic strike team, either in single player campaign mode or in multiplayer. The game has recieved a complete overhaul and has both new features and graphics compared to the PC version. You can read more here in this Playstation blog post and also check this gameplay trailer out.

 

 

 

 


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