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TiX crowdfunding spotlight

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TiX Crowd Funding Spotlight is our latest weekly feature showcasing a selection of projects on the likes of Kickstarter and IndieGoGo that are either being primarily developed for Xbox platforms including Xbox Games for PC/Windows Phone or include stretch goals that will see the project released onto either of those platforms.

In our first weekly edition we have an old PlayStation game ‘Fan Edition’ looking to make its way to Xbox One. A 2006 Xbox 360 classic looking for a revival. An RPG drawing inspiration from Thief, Deus Ex, BioShock, Skyrim and Dragon Age and finally a fan art book looking to raise money in the fight against cancer.

Strength of the SWORD ULTIMATE

Originally a PS3 game, Strength of the Sword gathered a massive following. Now Ivent Games, a two-man team, are hoping to re-release this ultimate fan edition on as many platforms as possible.

The entire original game is ported and polished as part of the new ULTIMATE game. Every location, every blood-thirsty monster from the original campaign will be back with as much bite if not more. New features include a PvP mode, CO-OP mode, Dark mode (hinted at as an awesome asymmetrical PvP marathon!) and an extended single player mode bringing the new ideas of Ivent Games to fruition.

Towards the end of the week, Ivent Games dropped the stretch goal for a current gen console release from $100,000 to $82,000 but there is a catch… backers of the project need to vote here for their console of choice. The winning console, well wins. To see this project released on Xbox One, click the link just gone and get voting!. Currently they’ve raised just shy of $51,449 and have 9 days left. Having passed $43,000 the game will see a release on PS Vita and the Wii U, which although we are happy for Ivent Games we want to help push them to Xbox One. So check out the project using this link and donate if you’d like to see an Xbox One release.

Crystal Quest Classic

Crystal Quest

Crystal Quest Classic is a revival of the 1987 award-winning video game. The original was played on almost every Macintosh computer in existence before being ported to the Apple IIgs, Amiga and the Game Boy – followed many years in 2006 by a reawakening on the Xbox 360.

All the addictive levels and mesmerising gameplay of the original have been retained in the design of Crystal Quest Classic. The goal is to match the mechanics of the original with even better sound and graphics. Plus the developers want to get it on as many platforms as possible. Although the initial plan is to release it for PC, Mac and Linux, with a little more support and funding Crystal Quest could see itself back on the Xbox platform.

Crystal Quest Classic has only managed to raise just short of $3,000 towards their $14,000 target. That said there are still 7 days left to back the project. So check out the full project page on Kickstarter here support them if this revival is up your street.

Game Artists unite to battle cancer

Gamers for life book

Gamer for Life is a Fan Art Tribute book. 283 game artists came together and donated 476 art pieces to be used in this campaign to raise funds for the fight against cancer. In 2012 Kevin, a game developer at Blizzard was diagnosed with stage four Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma, an incredibly rare cancer with no cure and no clear treatment path. This project came to be when those close to Kevin decided they had to do something for their friend and fellow game developer, Kevin Kenai Griffith (KKG). Unfortunately in Oct. 2014 KKG passed away, as the content for the book was completed.

The initial goal for the funds raised by the book was to cover Kevin’s medical expenses. When Kevin passed he had no unpaid medical expenses. Gamers for Good were able to financially support his memorial event. Now 4 months on, word has spread beyond those with personal connections to Kevin and gained interest from around the globe. Artists from Blizzard, Riot, Carbine, Activision, Microsoft, Ready at Dawn, GREE, Tencent, Turtle Rock and many more have all come together to contribute to this book.

In order to try to stay as close to the original intent of the project, the organisers we will be splitting proceeds of this campaign between 2 charities in KKG’s memory; Games Changers and CureASPS. With 18 days left this project is almost there having raised $38,847 of the $40,000 target. Donators will receive a variety of thank you gifts so check out the project page on IndieGoGo and donate what you can.

Underworld Ascendant

Underworld Ascendant

And finally another project that caught our eye was Underworld Ascendant the rekindling of the Underworld universe. Ultima Underworld (and Ultima Underworld II) are fantasy RPGs that influenced  RPG titles like Neverwinter Nights, Skyrim and even BioShock. The project has been picked up by The OtherSide Entertainment who between them have worked on over 25 award-winning games like Deus Ex, Neverwinter Night, Dishonoured, Medal of Honor, Uncharted, Last of Us, BioShock Infinite and many more.

Far more than a dungeon crawler, Underworld Ascendant features a dynamic, player driven narrative, an improvisation engine, intense combat and inventive magic, create your own character class feature and new ‘stretch RPG’ mechanics.

Although not immediately set for a console release, they have a mystery stretch goal yet to be announced. One has to hope that the team with their experience of releasing titles like Dishonoured and BioShock Infinite will make the jump to console, now that would be the perfect final stretch goal. I for one would love to see Underworld Ascendant make it that far.

With 5 days to go until the project runs out of time, The OtherSide Entertainment have managed to raise just their initial target of $600,000 towards development. You can check out the full KickStarter page here including additional detail, concept art and videos.

ThisisNotXbox Top Ten: Best Playstation 3 Exclusives

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Many a jealous gamer has spouted their mouths off with ridiculous slurs such as ‘PS3 has no games’. Those of us with superior intellect know that it does in fact have many games. Here to dispel the rumours is a list of the 10 best of the best Playstation 3 exclusives. Have you been playing an inferior console? If you have, we know how you feel.

walking-dead-memeThis here list will give you some insight into the great world of the Sony Playstation 3. Let’s move along.

 

 

 

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Do you have a hunkering to shoot down hordes of intergalactic invaders that threaten to overthrow everything you hold dear? Well, Resistance: Fall of Man is just the title to get. The only game of its kind and if there are any other similar games, who cares? This is better.

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9. Killzone 2 Logo

Killzone 2 is the sequel to Killzone from the brilliant Playstation 2. Well it went next-gen with the first sequel and it out did itself. There are no other shooters that have ever encapsulated this kind of impact. Except Resistance, but they are two completely different, amazingly developed games. To shoot things in a very different way than Resistance, give Killzone 2 a go. It is splendiforous.

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Ever played DmC: Devil May Cry? Well Heavenly Sword was ushered into the godlike Playstation community by the very same creators. Ninja Theory currently have a reputation for churning out top quality sleeper hits. Heavenly Sword is no exception to the rule. Hack, slash and Nariko’s wit and superiority to enjoy yourself one hell of a game.

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Don’t you just hate it when a platform has a good idea for a game yet can’t put the ink to paper because of their limited mindset? Well the heroes at Sony took a valid formula from the dreadful Smash Bros series, and made it their own with Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale. Picture Smash Bros with better, more suited characters from the more refined universe of the Playstation. Like Nathan Drake, Big Daddy, Raiden, Dante, Sly Cooper and many others.

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It just goes to show our little powerhouse’s strength when we have a game with such power. Creation is what Little Big Planet is about. Your mind is the only roadblock. There aren’t any other games on any other console that share that mentality. Well, Minecr…no, just Little Big Planet. Plus,Sackboy is so cute.

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No free roaming sandbox style action adventure game has featured a man with superpowers before. Well, there’s Prototype, The Incredible Hulk and several Spider-Man games. But inFamous 2 has a morality mechanism. It is an important part of gameplay as it will determine whether you have blue electrical powers, or red electrical powers. Cole is such a cool guy, too. Much better than Mason and Hulk and Spider. So ner.

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The adventures of Kratos have never been duplicated. The best hack and slash game in history. This God of War has spawned a huge series that cannot be matched. God of War III is definitely one of the contenders for the best game on the Playstation 3, all games ahead of this have earned their spot but from this point on, consider these games the best of the best.

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Metal Gear Solid 4 - Guns of te Patriots Logo

 

Well, here is where the Playstation 3 has instigated a coup. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is our exclusive. No one else has it, we are the greatest. There is no need for me to explain this game. Hideo Kojima has once again graced us with an amazing movie with some linear gameplay that is even more action packed than the previous three.

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Nathan Drake was the man who overtook Lara Croft and Indiana Jones in every way in the excellent Uncharted. When Uncharted 2: Among Thieves came out, it absolutely blew Uncharted out of the water. Uncharted 2 and the most recent Tomb Raider are definitely in the midst of a battle for the best adventure game there is.

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Heavy Rain is the best Playstation 3 exclusive. A spiritual successor to Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy. Quantic Dream once again did not disappoint. Heavy Rain is the most immersive game in the history of gaming. You play as a many protagonists (and possible an antagonist or two) and the graphics are like nothing else you will ever see. Heavy Rain is also an emotional tale of redemption as you play a man whose first son died in a tragic accident. When his second son is kidnapped by a currently well-known serial killer, he most go to leaps and bounds to reclaim his son. On the other end is detective ‘Naaaaahman Jaaydun’. Presumably a Boston cop trying to solve a string of murders whilst working with his on addictive tendencies. Heavy Rain is the best game on the Playstation 3, and its best exclusive.

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