Excerpt: Episodic development provides developers with an excellent opportunity to receive feedback from players, allowing them to improve their games in further installments. Sadly, some developers either fail to take advantage of such opportunities or surrender if the first episode is a financial or...
Conclusion: So it's all about the puzzles then, and the obvious point of reference here would be Half Life II, which many players still consider to be the undisputed king of physics-puzzling FPS action. Indeed in many ways still is.
Excerpt: I recently interviewed Jens Nilsson, co-founder of Frictional Games, for an evil competitor. During our chat, I asked him about their decision to release Penumbra episodically, and why they opted for that route.
Excerpt: Monday, 10 November 2008 19:31 steve3582 System Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista 32bit 256MB 1.0GHz CPU 1.1GB HDD space GeForce 3, ATI 8500 or better GPU ESRB Rating: Teen 16+ Penumbra Black Plague is the sequel to the very popular Penumbra Overture.
Excerpt: Graphics & Sound: The adventure game is an interesting genre that, for the most part, has seen its heyday and now finds its innermost workings and defining features more prevalent in other genres. I am a fan of the overall theme of adventure gaming, when done well.
Excerpt: Diary of a Horror Game Novice Day One: “To think that such a small event can change your life in such a violent way.” Philip It’s dark. The house is quiet. I’m all alone. I’ve heard that is the perfect time.
Excerpt: Penumbra: Black Plague Genre: FPS/Horror Developer: Frictional Games Publisher: Paradox Interactive Release Date: 02/13/08 Minimum System Requirements: OS: Windows 2000/XP, Processor: 1Ghz or better, Memory: 256MB or more, Video Card: Radeon 8500/GeForce 3 (GeForce4MX not supported).
Excerpt: Penumbra: Black Plague is an innovative and much improved sequel to Penumbra: Overture from Frictional Games. Originally planned as part of an episodic trilogy, Penumbra: Black Plague is a rework of the aborted second and third episodes of the Penumbra series into a single game.
Conclusion: The story, as I have mentioned, sometimes falls short of its initial promise, and in a series originally planned as a trilogy, one wonders if a little too much wasn't lost in condensing it to two parts.