Tag Archives: exploration

ULTRAWORLD Review: An Artist’s World

uw7ULTRAWORLD is a first person exploration game where you will rest and relax, but also help a game character and it’s troubles, asking you curious questions that it cannot answer.

You will not jump, shoot, craft, survive, kill Nazis or zombies, being a marine, fetching quests, getting a high score, co-op, multiplayer, microtransactions, DLC.. you get the idea, just relax and enjoy the world of ULTRAWORLD created by James Beech

uw1 uw10 uw8 uw9

The Good

Beautiful art style that’s full of color and amazing shadow/shading placements, combined with a great and unique soundtrack, in a world that invokes exploration. Nice little functions that you get throughout the game to play around with during and after you finish it. Decent story that’s somewhat fourth wall breaking.

The Bad

The game’s objectives and goals are barely strong enough to keep you playing the game.

The Money

Priced at 15$ on their website (and soon Steam), and if you like to walk around look at really beautiful 3D world, nice music, and a checking out the short story it has, then this is the game for you, if not then it’s not. Although i think it should be a little bit lower in price for what it is.

Final Thoughts

It’s great to see the world and the artistic vision of an artist being represented in a game with most of the game’s focus on the vision/art, but it’s a problem if you can have a strong objective, or something to push and lead you through the world while keeping you interested, and while the game does have a simple, nice story to do that, it was just not strong enough.

Ranking

The Game To Remember 4/6

Top Greenlight Picks [11th September 2014]

KSalue greenlightSteam Greenlight picks! Every now and then we’ll pick some Greenlight games (or software) with short first impressions of what’s been picked to hopefully help them get the greenlight from Valve and appear on Steam. Here’s our choices for today:

 

Salt, first person sailing, adventuring open world freedom! also pirates.

ULTRAWORLD, simple yet beautiful first person exploration game with minimalistic visuals.

Volo AirSport, diving wing suit simulator, it looks intense! dive, dive and glide! and do a flip on the way.

Lex Mortis, a nicely detail and beautiful open world first person exploration survival game.

Code Spells, you play the game by coding it, this is new, and it looks really fun!

Interloper, a 2D real time strategy game with it’s own unique play style, with a nice warm art style.

 

Samudai, 2D feline samurai fighting game, local MP, and a minimalist art style (really looks good!)

Outpost 13, 2D pixelated point and click adventure game, where your the alien monster taking the shape of crew mates, and you want to eat/kill them. Nom Nom.

Viking Ghost, aside from that awesome heavy metal music in the trailer, it’s a top down arcade action adventure shooter, where you slaughter a lot of monsters, and take a step back and solve puzzles.

Game Shock – Salt Alpha Preview

Salt is a really nice first person exploration open world game, set in a world filled with islands that’s procedurally generated, you explore in the first island it puts you in, trying to find the resources need to craft the tools and builds you need to start your adventure to other islands, like craft a boat to go to another island, a sword and armor to defend yourself, and so on. Also trying to find food to keep your from starving to death by killing pirates and looting their good, or go hunting for deers, and spiders? not sure if you can get anything edible from it. They will also be adding fishing in the next update which is really nice.

I could say that Salt is a combination of Dayz, Rust, The forest and whatnot, but I’m really getting a ‘this game has its own unique awesome thing’ kind of feeling from it, and once it get’s on Steam (if it ever will, not confirmed it got confirmed it’s coming to Steam) it will be in the top sales and blow up with popularity. It’s just one of those good games that you have to buy.

Top Greenlight Picks [2nd September 2014]

KSalue greenlightSteam Greenlight picks! Every now and then we’ll pick some Greenlight games (or software) with short first impressions of what’s been picked to hopefully help them get the greenlight from Valve and appear on Steam. Here’s our choices for today:

Caffeine, Gorgeous Unreal Engine 4 first person horror game.

Into Blue Valley, a first person narrative driven open world game with a nice cold atmosphere.

In The Dead Of Night, top-down combination of tower defense and RTS, looks nice with intractable useful buildings that’s not just cosmetic.

Nefarious, 2D action adventure platformer, the twist is that your the bad guy trying to conquer the world, and defeating the hero.

Drew and the Floating Labyrinth, 3D hand drawn platformer that’s honestly to charming to miss out on.

Principia, a 2D adventure game with a focus on neat advanced mechanics and electronics construction.

 

Pesadelo 2, a first person action horror game.

Square Heroes, a 2D arcade action shooter, go in a match with your friends and blow them up!

Radial Impact, neon-filled arcade beauty.

Firewatch Announced

Firewatch is a “mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.” Not much info was given more than that, so let me guess what it is.

[not game description, just a guess] It’s a first person survival, open-world exploration, narrative driven, only single-player, possibly episodic.

The game looks really nice, and can’t wait for the release and more gameplay video to pop up. Will update this post once more info about what the game is in detail is released.

Firewatch is coming out in 2015 on PC.

Update: it’s an open-forest, but it’s NOT an open world game. It is a narrative game, heavley focused on dialogue and decision making, a more in-depth version of the Walking Dead dialogue.