"Level 4 is not the hardest level of ... Hotline Miami
. Oh, not by a long shot. It’s just the one that, once I finally beat it, made me feel like a god. I had a plan. I made that plan work. Every single action I took, every single movement I made, was with surgical precision. A dozen men died, and their little dog too. I never knew their names. I never cared to know their names. I didn’t even know why they had to die. I just knew they had to die ..." Hotline Miami
is the newest game from Swedish developer Dennaton (previously
). It is fast paced, brutally difficult, dizzyingly violent, and (above all) very fun. All links probably NSFW due to extreme pixelated violence. [more inside]
From 1990: A 12 year old, armed with an NES, video camera and VHS recorder, films a walk through on how to beat Mega Man. (SLYT)
Basics of effective FPS encounter design (via F.E.A.R. and F.E.A.R. 2)
is a detailed analysis of how to create engaging encounters in first person shooters.
is a fiendishly addictive and entertaining Mario Kart clone which has already taken up far too much of my week. Developers Conix Games
also made a top-down zombie shooter in the Robotron tradition called Daytraders of the Dead
, which is just about as addictive.
The Best Sandwich Ever
How to make your own Edwardian belly-buster
is home to the browser games of Luke Paakh. He first caught my attention with fine space shoot'em-up Ether War
but I also enjoyed his other games, shooter Ether Cannon
, tree defending games Phoenix
and Shen Long
, puzzle game blue
and petri dish action game Amoeba
. His new game is my favorite. It's called William and Sly
and it's a beautiful platformer is about an adorable fox who likes mushrooms and his quest to recharge some runestones with fairyflies.
is a top-down 'free-roaming shooter' about mining valuable metals off the backs of cloudeels. It's the Bachelor Thesis project for Jeremy Spillmann at the Zürich School of the Arts. It features charming 2D graphics and a gypsy soundtrack. [more inside]
Celebrate your Friday with Max Damage
, the little scamp.
, a space-based action adventure game, you pilot a starship defending the galaxy from an encroaching enemy invasion with an increasingly powerful array of armaments and technologies. It's a hell of a lot of fun, so play and enjoy! [via mefi projects]
Madness Combat Defense
, an evolution of the tower defense game.
Left 4K Dead.
Just you, in a dark corridor, with a torch, and a gun. And zombies. So many zombies.
: a bit of friday flash fun
is a free first-person-shooter. Set in a realistic looking environment, it's fast and arcade-like. Available for Windows, OS X, and Linux (via
Fans of the modern classic shooter Warning Forever
will be pleased with the latest game from Cactus Software, Fractal Fighter
. Also try Cactus' last game, Clean Asia
, a truly unique shooter that's so hard you'll cry like a baby. Via the excellent Shoot the Core
, where you can also get that Thunderforce shirt
you've been wanting.
- a retro-arcade-style shooter for Mac OS X. The author's page
describes how it was written in 3 weeks for a contest - it's entertained me for considerably longer than that.
The Touhou, or Shrine Maiden
, series of "curtain fire shooting games" start off challenging and quickly become hard enough to satisfy any hardcore gamer/masochist. They're also gorgeously crafted works of art, and were created in their entirety by one man, ZUN
. If you want to play them you'll have to import them
* from Japan, but you can download the demos here
.* site sells naughty things as well. Don't order at work.
Shots fired from within NY City Hall.
Shooter still on the loose, but apparently wounded.
LAX shooter is innocent
What is the source of this incessant sense of denial that permeates arab society? Between the "absurdity" of an Egyptian pilot committing suicide, the computer generated videos of OBL, and the "impossibility" of a hate crime, why is it that arabs have an over-arching sense of impossibiility of committing crimes of such sort? Is there no crime in arab countries? Do criminal defenses take to form of "I'm a muslim, muslims can't commit crimes, so I didn't do it?".