Posted by: adrianwerner | January 26, 2009

Update

2009 COMMERCIAL GAMES

exclusives:

Space War Commander
With an asking price of twenty bucks over at DreamSpike’s website, it’s hard not to appreciate what the developers have done with Space War Commander. Uninspired title aside, the game embraces one of the most successful design philosophies of all time: take a few basic concepts and put them together in ways that create interest and complexity. It’s true that the game’s difficulty limits its potential audience, but the short missions and the variations in strategies will definitely appeal to most strategy gamers.7.2 from IGN

Football Manager Live
Football Manager Live may not be quite the MMO Football Manager experience that diehard FM fans have been longing for, but in terms of creating a widely accessible yet still tactical and immersive MMO management game, Sports Interactive has done a fine job. Whether there’s enough here to maintain longevity is yet to be seen, but for the time being we finally have a Football Manager game that can be enjoyed against other people and in short bursts, a game that’s subtly addictive but never life sapping. Whether you consider that a good or a bad thing should tell you whether or not FML is for you.8.2 from IGN

Spore Galactic Adventures

Over Flander Fields Phase 3
Add-on that transforms Combat Flight Simulator 3 into one of the very best (if not THE best) WWI sims ever made

Metal Drift
SF vehicular sport combat game. Developed for InstantAction by couple ex-Dynamix guys

Zero Gear
A physics-fueled multiplayer kart combat game

multiplatform

Trine
A fantasy puzzle platformer with strong physics focus, from Frozenbyte, makers of Shadowgrounds (7.5 on IGN) and it’s sequel (which got 7.6 at IGN)

Super Meat Boy
Commercial revamp of great freeware game

Mini Ninja
Action game from IO Interactive, the creators of Hitman series.

MODS

Other World – for Half-Life 2
A puzzle-action mod.

Chronicles of Charnia – Lanterna for Neverwinter Nights 2
Third chapter of the campaign

Aldebaran City and the Forgotten Empire – Chapter One for Neverwinter Nights 1 with both add-ons!
Aldebaran City and the Forgotten Empire” is a single player role-playing game set in one of the lesser-known Forgotten Realms of the world.

Planetfall for Civilization 4
Mod that attempts to recapture Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri atmosphere and style, , but create an improved gameplay with the tools offered by Civ4.

Modern Warfare for Warcraft 3 with add-on

FREEWARE

Bureau of Steam Engineering
You are an American steam engineer at the beginning of an alternate history civil war who must design and duel steam-powered fighting robots to defend the Union! Use pipes, valves, tanks, and excessive weaponry in a unique steam-based engineering puzzle game.

Electric Box
The whole idea is simple: send the power from the point A to point B, but throw in different forms of energy and machinery powered by it (like water/steam/solar based) and inventive level design and you’ve got unique and damn addictive flash puzzler.

Grow Tower
Stack things up and make them grow. Sounds simple, but it’s far from it, it gave me plenty of problems before I managed to get it right and I enjoyed every second of it.

PrismaPix
A puzzler where your goal is to form a hidden picture

Assassin Blue
A combat-heavy platformer.

Closure
Unique, bizarre, but fascinating platformer. The idea is simple, the gameworld is covered with darkness, through the levels lay scattered light orbs, you can only interact with something if it’s in the light. This can be used in two ways: if something is dark you can pass through it, but at the same time in other places you fall through it and die.

Death Vegas
Here’s something you don’t see often: a fighting game that has not only fresh visual style, but also truly unique gameplay too.

Dodge
Just as the name suggests, this is an action-game about dodging bullets. Your ship is defenseless and the only way to survive is to maneuver in a way that will make enemies destroy themselves with friendly fire.

Flash Cat
A wackied racing game based on collecting coins and avoiding obstacles.

Godlaser

The Legend of Princess
Anigfy little one-level platformer that’s bassicaly a tribute to Zelda

Little Ghost Joe
A freeware platformer inspired by many classic platformers like Super Mario Bros, with rather unique visuals and setting (beginning of the XX century).

White Butterfly
A vertical shooter.

NUD
A tower-defense game

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