Excerpt: It's July 11 and I'm one of the first passengers to have come aboard The Ship. Dressed for the first time ever in a ball gown (honestly), I stroll through the corridors of a vast ocean liner listening to the haunting echoes of the kind of 1930's music that helped drive Jack Nicholson mad in The Shining. Nobody else I pass on the cruise seems to be in a welcoming mood though, as they are all racing around with only one thing on their mind, murder.
The Ship: Steaming Ahead at a Murder Party – Old vs New
12 October 2007
Excerpt: After months, nay, years of stress, who wouldn’t love a cruise? To get away from it all: work, bills, neighbors, family, reality tv. The Ship offers you the chance to forget your worldly cares and focus on one thing and one thing only: yourself. Specifically, yourself surviving. Thanks to the mysterious Mr.
Creative first-person stalker may appeal to teens.
Common Sense Media
28 August 2007
Summary: Parents need to know that this game is predominantly an online experience . Players hunt each other in a multiplayer environment and attempt to murder each other through various brutal, creative means. Parents should also know that the game is currently only available as a download via Valve's Steam service, requiring the installation of the Steam tool on the family's computer. Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for anyone younger than 12.
Summary: The Ship offers exploration, investigation, survival, stealth, intrigue and murder across beautifully crafted decking and highly-polished interactive environments. Previously only available via Steam, the retail version of The Ship includes a single-player mode and update patches.
Excerpt: The Ship brings to the table what the Hitman series failed to deliver – multiplayer assasination. As you can probably imagine the gameplay mechanics had to be changed to accommodate the fact that players would probably notice a strange assassin walking amidst them. Even more importantly, it wouldn't be much fun for only two players to be the hitman and victim while the rest would be just innocent bystanders.
wrap things up, I have to once again eschew how much I enjoyed playing The
Ship. It is one of the most fun and original FPS titles to come out in
years, and I've clocked more than my fair share of hours on this online
game since I found the hard drive space on my computer. The only real
downfall I came across were the lack of servers on the internet for the
Excerpt: Cross-genre games typically take a walk on the mild side. You usually get something to the order of role-playing-game leveling up in a real-time strategy game, real-time-strategy combat in a role-playing game, or maybe a few adventure-style puzzles in a shooter. Generally, the more a developer hypes hybrid gameplay, the more predictable the game itself is likely to be. Uh, who's supposed to be killing whom here?
Pros: Innovative premise blends shooter conventions with a murder-mystery theme, Quirky sense of black humor makes for laugh-out-loud murders, Wide variety of makeshift weapons, Shipboard maps feature inspired art-deco visuals
Cons: Griefers can fairly easily mess up online games, Solo mode is pretty much abysmal