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SciFiEmpire 8th anniversary

SciFiEmpire.net celebrates it’s 8th anniversary!

It has been 8 years to the day that I made my first post on this blog. Strictly speaking SciFiEmpire.net already existed for a few weeks before that, but I was still figuring out how to set up WordPress. It has been a long road. Looking back at some posts I wrote it feels like the Sci-Fi scene has changed drastically. Back then we still had shows such as Eureka, Person of Interest, Warehouse 13, Alphas and Alcatraz on the air. In fact, streaming services hardly existed. SciFiEmpire.net has had its up and downs since then. Arguably blogging has made...

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The Sinking City Review – an open-world detective game

The Sinking City is the latest game by Ukrainian develop Frogwares. This small studio has made a name for itself with creating adventure games based on the Sherlock Holmes stories by author Arthur Conan Doyle. Now the studio has created The Sinking City which it describes as an open-world detective game. Featuring non-linear storytelling, a resource scarce economy and combat this game is a incredible increase in scale for the studio You play as Charles Reed – PI And as I will describe in detail, The Sinking City is not an easy game to play. Set in the fictional town...

Zach-Like A Game Design History

Review of Zach-Like: A Game Design History

A few days ago I received my copy of Zach-Like: A Game Design History. For all intents and purposes it is a book covering more than 10 years of game development at Zachtronics. I use the term ‘intents and purposes’ advisably because it mostly contains sketches of the games Zach Barth and his studio has worked on. I purchased my copy because I find the topic fascinating. Zachtronics has kept me entertained for a number of years now and their success has caused me to work part-time as a game developer, besides my more mundane job of creating facial recognition...

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Programming Games: What are they? Are they any fun?

Over the last few years I have played a number of programming games. It had me questioning as to why. There must be a reason I play them like some sort of Pavlov reaction. Especially the Zachtronics games have become my favorites. The challenge and novelty are certainly reasons, but ultimately they approach a world in which I work on a daily basis – that of the computer. With programming games you get to experience the challenges in a fun way – its a gamification of fantasy. That said, Zachtronics in particular, add their unique flavor of humor to the...

Resident Evil Zero review on Nintendo Switch

The Resident Evil franchise can trace its origin back to 1996, with its release on the PlayStation. Since then numerous sequels and standalone games have been produced, as well as a number of movies best forgotten. Below is a review of the official prequel – Resident Evil Zero. I played my first game in the franchise on the GameCube, back in 2002. It was in fact a remaster of the original. I actually I got the game for free after winning a online contest. Now, several of the games have again been remastered. For those losing track let me summarize....

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Anthem Review – EA and BioWare fail to wow

Ooh boy how has Electronic Arts manage to stir the pot with Anthem. What was supposed to be THE game of 2018 first got delayed to this year. That happens, often I agree a game should be delayed if it needs polishing. But EA has delivered a game ripe with bugs, long loading times and a grind system that fails its players. It there anything that can be salvaged from Anthem? Pedigree On paper Anthem should be able to succeed thanks to the pedigree of its developer – BioWare. The studio behind games such as Knight of the old Republic...

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Metro Exodus Review

For the first time since 2014 develop 4A Games is a releasing a game in the Metro series. Metro Exodus is based on the Science Fiction novels by author Dmitry Glukhovsky. The game is referred to as a first-person shooter survival horror game. That long description fits with elements similar to Resident Evil, PUBG and The Division just to name a few. Effectively it is a PvE Battle Royale action RPG. If that makes any sense. In Metro Exodus you play as Artyom. Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland around Moscow you the player must attempt to guide your group to...

Wishing you a happy Christmas, from SciFiEmpire.net

Christmas is here and so the year is also nearly over. As the author of SciFiEmpire.net I have been wishing readers a happy Christmas for a few years now. The days before the holidays always make me think back to what has been going on in my life. When I wrote a similar Christmas post in 2015 I had just started a new job and I has just seen The Force Awakens at the cinema. Deep Learning job – finally! This year feels somewhat similar. I am beginning a new job at a startup in January specializing in Deep Learning....

Firewatch on Nintendo Switch Review

Back in early 2016 newly formed game developer Campo Santo had a a hit on its hand with their adventure game Firewatch. The mystery-telling game has now also been released for the Nintendo Switch. For those wanting to play the game, which can be bough for 15 euros in the Nintendo eShop, have to be aware of a few caveats to this otherwise excellent title. Longmire land Firewatch is set in 1989 Wyoming (yes, Longmire land). You play as Henry, a man in his forties seeking some time alone in the wilderness after his wife is diagnosed with early on-set...

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Happy Thanksgiving + some tips for Black Friday

Happy Thanksgiving I wanted to wish everybody a happy Thanksgiving. I am sure that after all the roast turkey, pastries, marshmallows and drinks you will be looking to do something else. Perhaps even browse the internet to see what is worth spending your money on Black Friday. Now I am not a major fan of Black Friday, standing in a queue and watch people rush to get a product. I don’t see the appeal. Thankfully you can spend your money sitting on your couch, and thank god Sears has gone bankrupt. So what should you eye to purchase? Last year my...

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Diablo 3: The Eternal Collection Nintendo Switch Review

Diablo 3 I own a Nintendo Switch for about a year now, and I am still trying to make up my mind about it. On the one hand, it is compact, has some really good first party games as well as a vibrant indie game market. On the other hand, the lack of third-party triple A games remains a sensitive nerve. There is a lot about the Nintendo switch that reminds me about the GameCube. Yet that console had Metroid Prime, Star Wars Rouge Squadron 2 and Beyond Good and Evil just to name a few. No Star Wars The Nintendo...

Exapunks Review The Phage

Exapunks Review – learn to program while gaming!

Exapunks Review Zachtronics is back with another ‘programming’-like puzzle game for the PC. The small game developer headed by Zach Barth has been making a name for itself with creating whacky engineering games that require the player to rub all of their braincells together. Exapunks is no different. It has a storyline inspired by the Cyberpunk genre. Set in an alternative 1997 you the player are a hacker who needs to cure himself a computer born illness called The Phage. With medicinal doses running up to 700 dollars per day the user is required to start hacking for money. It beats...

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Happy Halloween and schedule for the remainder of 2018

Happy Halloween Hello everybody, and a Happy Halloween. I am posting this today because tomorrow (October 31st) I won’t be in. After an absence of several months I have decided to again post articles for SciFiEmpire.net. I know that some readers will know that its my 3rd restart in as many years, but I don’t care or otherwise I would not be writing this. I suppose the summer period is always a bit of a drought, one that this year took longer to get over. But with the changing seasons – and my tendency to stay behind the computer longer –...

SciFiEmpire.net celebrates it’s 7th anniversary! + Book Giveaway

SciFiEmpire.net celebrates it’s 7th anniversary! Today marks the day that seven years ago I started SciFiEmpire.net. In fact the website had been up running for a week or two back then but I was still choosing a layout. July 3rd 2011 I wrote my first post. Since then SciFiEmpire.net has gone through various incarnation until things settled down a few years ago. Seven years had brought a lot of change. My first review was on Deus Ex Human Revolution. Eureka was still on the air, as was Alphas. Since then I have provided coverage of Person of Interest, Revolution, Fringe...

Round-up of Science Fiction Games at E3 2018

After an extended vacation I am back writing for ScifiEmpire.net. First on my todo list is a write-up on the best things I saw at this years E3 show in LA. Below are 10 Sci-Fi games I am looking forward to. Cyberpunk 2077 CD Projekt RED’s Cyberpunk was the darling of this year’s E3. Unlike us mere mortals the press was given the opportunity to see the game in action. It was a 45-minute walkthrough and ever since none of the game journalist present have shut up about the game. The rest of humanity had to make with due with...

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Vampyr Review – Dontnod succeeds with Moody Action RPG

Vampyr Review Finally, after months of salivating at the idea of sinking my teeth into this game I can play it. This is a review of Vampyr, the latest game by French developer Dontnod. Now, I got only got the game since Tuesday morning and my opinion below is formed based on around 6 hours of gaming. Set in 1918 in London – during the last days of The Great War and the start of the Spanish flu – you play as Doctor Jonathan Reid. Dr. Reid has recently returned from the front, but in London he was attacked, turned into...