I don’t mean to bring your day down, since I’m sure a majority of you are busy with Silent Hill: Downpour, or today’s releases that include Operation Raccoon City and the Silent Hill HD Collection, but I have some sad news. According to GamesIndustry, Dark Energy Digital has gone under administration, with one of the likely causes being the lukewarm reception of their recent Adventure Horror game Hydrophobia. Critic reviews were polarized, with most of them leaning toward the negative side. We didn’t review it, but after playing about an hour of the original (it was later re-released as Hydrophobia Prophecy for the PSN) I wasn’t terribly impressed.
Hydrophobia suffers from Alone in the Dark syndrome, in that it did something incredibly well — in this case, a stunning water physics engine — while everything else fell flat. Now, Manchester-based Dark Energy Digital looks to be closing its doors. What this means for the Hydrophobia IP is unknown, but it doesn’t look good. It always sucks when we lose a talented developer, but I hope the team finds a new home so they can continue giving us new and interesting games. READ MORE
When it first released on XBLA last September Hydrophobia wasn’t met with much love. Other than the water physics the game didn’t look very good and there were quite a few technical issues on top of that. Fortunately, developer Dark Energy genuinely wants gamers to try their game, so they’ve taken a look at all the feedback and are working on releasing the ultimate version of the game, dubbed Hydrophobia Prophecy. Apparently, upwards of 70% of the game has been reworked including new game models, tweaked combat, technical fixes and even a new ending.
So far Prophecy has only been announced for Steam and PSN, with the game coming out for the latter on May 9th. No word yet on when, or if, Xbox owners will get a taste of the heavily modified game, but I sincerely hope they do. Head past the break for the game’s debut trailer and a bunch of wet ‘n wild screenshots. READ MORE
If you are looking to get Hydrophobia, especially after I POSTED about how developers Dark Energy Digital listened to the fans and critics problems with the game and fixed them for free! Read all about it at my fancy maroonish colored link above.
Any who, now is the perfect time to buy because Xbox Live Gold Members will be able to purchase the game for HALF PRICE from today until February 6th! Only 400 Microsoft Drowning Man Points. That is an INCREDIBLE deal. Anyone 18 years and up will entered in a running to win: a first prize worth $4500. The winner will be able to choose a cruise vacation to a total value (including spending money) of $4500 (US residents only – UK residents can select a beach vacation to a value of $3,000 with a further $1500 for applicable prize taxes and fees). A further 5 winners will each receive 4,000 Microsoft Points. So, what are you waiting for? More info about the contest HERE. READ MORE
Released back in September, Hydrophobia was not received well by gamers and critics. So what did developers Dark Energy Digital do? They listened. Finally! A developer that listens! They ended up fixing and improving TONS of aspects of the game. The list is huge. They released an update for the fixes at no cost to the gamers, and even dropped the price of the game.
Well if you thought that was it, you and I were both wrong. Dark Energy Digital has started a listening post.
It seems like they will be expanding the Hydrophobia universe and they want the fans to help them build it. They want to know what the fans want to see, and even more aspects they can fix and improve on. You can head HERE to voice your opinion. More past the break! READ MORE
Remember Hydrophobia? Before it’s release back in September I was pretty amped for it since it boasted big budget visuals and an incredible engine that made my nerdy side tremble with excitement. Sadly, while it’s much hyped HydroEngine was very impressive, everything else was lacking. The game garnered lukewarm to just plain hostile reviews and because of that its developer, Dark Energy Digital, is releasing an update tomorrow that aims to fix many of the issues critics had with the game.
Dubbed Hydrophobia Pure, it will cost 800 Microsoft Reindeer Turds for new buyers (it’s free for those who already own the game) and will fix many of the technical issues like the game’s less than stellar visuals, physics and pesky camera. It will also bring with it a new climbing system, better platforming, tweaked button layout and edits to the dialogue and cut-scenes. Essentially everything’s seen an upgrade. Read past the jump for a long list of changes.
Tokyo Game Show is here and so far it’s the most exciting gaming event of the year, for horror fans at least. The most exciting news, at least for me, was the unveiling of the collaborative effort between Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, No More Heroes creator Suda51, and Silent Hill composer/producer Akira Yamaoka: the new action horror project, officially dubbed Shadows of the Damned.
But that’s certainly not it, there’s also been news on Resident Evil 6, Dead Space 2 multiplayer details, the exciting reveal of Project Dark by the guys who made the amazing Demon’s Souls, a Devil May Cry reboot, and two limb-flailing horror games for the Kinect. READ MORE