July 2010 Archives
Developer: Hothead Games
Platform: Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Reviewed on Xbox 360
DeathSpank: Dispenser of Justice, Vanquisher of Evil, and Hero to the Downtrodden! By the power of his magical thong, DeathSpank – the eponymous hero – attempts an ironic take on hack-and-slash style role-playing games, saving the world one thong at a time.
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: 2 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, DirectX 9.0c compatible video card with 128 MB memory, 5 GB HD space, internet connection, Windows XP SP2 or more recent operating system
A fallen star heralds another era of war in the lands of Nevendar, with humans, elves and demons all battling to recover the celestial object and use it to dominate the land. Replete with high-fantasy posturing from Russian authors, Disciples III: Renaissance has players unraveling this tale, turn-based battle by turn-based battle.
Developer: The Army Game Studio and Virtual Heroes
Official Site: moonbasealphagame.com
As with so many public projects, Moonbase Alpha started with an RFP ("Request For Proposals"). NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) was looking for partners to create a persistent online game to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, and educate the public on NASA's mission. On the way to producing the final game, The Army Game Studio (who won the contract to develop NASA's game) has worked with Virtual Heroes to release Moonbase Alpha. Moonbase Alpha is a "proof of concept" game both to demonstrate that the project could be ultimately successful and to give NASA a chance to evaluate the project's progress.