The Book of Metal is Pete’s first real attempt at creating a video game through RPG Maker VX Ace, and the idea behind The Book of Metal is that metal itself has been stolen in the form of a book and it’s up to our heroes to claim it back.
Triple Triad is a game I wanted to add from the beginning but not directly rip off the Final Fantasy 8 version, so I decided to make it based on WWE and NXT Superstars. So for fans of RPGs, Triple Triad, metal music and professional wrestling (which is a niche audience, but hey) this is something you’ll hopefully enjoy.
I put a lot of time into the first Audiosurf game, one which combines ingenuity with a straight up fun factor to make a really enjoyable game where you play along to whatever music is on your hard drive. I always felt it was missing some important features to make it a truly great game with an unlimited replay factor however, but much like not adding co-op in State of Decay or… practically anything in the Star Wars Battlefront reboot, that’s what sequels are for.
Audiosurf 2 does a reasonably good job of adding features that should have been present in the first game. There is still no Spotify integration which I think would have made Audiosurf 2 one of the top selling games of 2015, but at least you no longer need to have any music you want to play on strictly on your hard drive. SoundCloud integration has been added which is a huge step in the right direction, meaning you can stream a ton of tracks rather than relying on your own paltry collection of CD’s and MP3’s, or indeed pirated music. Last.FM integration is also still a feature, although as the game is still in early access it’s currently a bit of a faff getting it working. These are both features that are strongly in Audiosurf 2’s favour.
The gameplay has been hugely improved too, or at least the Mono mode has which is pretty much the only game mode I have any interest in and have played up to this point. The idea behind Mono mode is to gather coloured blocks while avoiding other obstacles based on whatever ‘skin’ you’re using – which is again another very cool feature which utilises the Steam Workshop for downloading fan-made graphics – such as spikes, rocks or as you’ll see in the video below, vehicles on a motorway setting.
Something a little different from the usual stuff found here, this time Pete, uh, plays music rather than video games. Not as much as I have in previous years but enough to form a pretty comprehensive top 10 list, including some metal, post rock and some pretty out-there electronic music too. I like to think I have a reasonably eclectic taste so hopefully there might be something here you can either relate to or better yet a totally new artist you might like the sound of. So without further ado, here are my top ten albums for 2015.
10. Panopticon – Autumn Eternal
Panopticon is a one-man metal band from the US fusing all sorts of genres together, starting Autum Eternal with a soothing country ballad before exploding into the more familiar black metal-esque sound that is prominent throughout the majority of the rest of album. It’s haunting and raw melodies are what make this album as good as it is and the drumming by Austin Dunn is as spectacular as his other work; he performs stellar guest drumming on Saor’s ‘Aura’ album which is what first drew me to his own project.
9. Ruby The Hatchet – Valley of The Snake
The best stoner metal release of 2015 by far, combining head-nodding riffs, catchy melodies and familiar grooves found throughout the genre going back to the 1970’s. Enjoyable from start to finish particularly for a debut album, the addition of an organ really makes Valley of The Snake stand out too.
8. Skeletal Remains – Condemned To Misery
One of the most anticipated death metal releases of the year, Skeletal Remains did not disappoint with the release of Condemned To Misery. It brings nothing new to the genre but when proper throwbacks to the heyday of the genre are hard to find this does what it sets out to do perfectly, with crushing riffs, pounding drums and vocals that compliment the chaos, Skeletal Remains comfortably take the crown of best death metal release of 2015.
After flying off on one after taking a firework to the face (which is understandable really) Alan declares war on Santa and tries to ruin Christmas for millions of children. Thankfully Father Christmas has other ideas…
It’s a new year and we have a new game to play, this time Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege gets the Alan & Pete Play treatment. What this means is we get blinded by flash grenades, blown up by bombs and shot in the face multiple times as we attempt to clear just one of the levels alongside our mic-shy friend Rob trying to clear out terrorists in the games’ co-op vs CPU mode.
So basically if you’re looking for a guide on how to play the game this definitely isn’t it, but if you’re trying to feel better about yourself for being crap at FPS’s you’ve come to the right place. We personally guarantee you cannot get much worse than this. Enjoy.
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