Sunday, November 08, 2009

Quality family entertainment...

So what's up in the Free Gamer world?
Hot news is that the project formerly called Portalized (featured a long time ago on FreeGamer) is now really open-source and renamed Pseudoform! It's still more of a tech-demo, but check this video out:

Or even more videos on the Pseudoform website!

More bloody family entertainment

If you are a fan of real quality entertainment and not afraid of a retro look and this might excite you:

It is an upcoming remake of Monolith Software's 1997 hit Blood! Personally I think it was by far the greatest FPS of it's time, with a wicked sense of humor... but many people were put off by its bad successor Blood2.

So what's cool about Hypertension? It's based on the updated GPL Doom engine EDGE and is coming to Win/Linus/Mac/Dreamcast and GP2X probably as a FOSS indy title. Here is a nice interview, explaining what it is all about and which features are added (f.e. live action video sequences). So if you have not played Blood, this is definitely worth the wait if you aren't afraid of the retro look. (Remark: The Blood game media was released by Monolith for use but not under an FOSS license).

EDIT: It has come to our attention that Hypertension is illegally using the Blood art assets, which were only granted for use to the Transfusion project by the original Developer.

But I need a blood transfusion NOW!

Ok ok! calm down, help is already there:

Transfusion is a great FOSS remake of Blood, too. It is based on the Dark Places engine, a much updated Quake 1 engine also used by the Nexuiz game (Which released a new version lately too). It is fully 3D and much of the media has been replaced with real models, but after finishing a more or less playable multiplayer version, development sadly stopped.

Hint: Updating it to a newer Dark Places version or turning it into a Nexuiz mod is probably not a lot of work, and the game is already a lot of fun! Personally I would love to see someone reactivate this project!


Maxim said...

Damn !
I wanted to write about those 2 Blood remakes !
You beat me to that ;)

Are you sure that Hypertension is FOSS ? (I mean besides the engine).
Is it completely free or do I need to own Blood to play it ?

Julius said...

Well I was really looking for an excuse to bring up Transfusion ;) And the trailer for Hypertension came up :p

Not 100% sure about the exact FOSSness of Hypertension though. The media taken from Blood can not be FOSS of course, and if it is even free as in beer remains to be seen.

But so far using a FOSS engine was considered to be good enough for this blog right? Not well liked but ok...

Maxim said...

I won't be picky - after all I mostly write about closed source commercial games in my blog ;)

Transfusion is nice, but currently it's a death-match and not a complete single player game like the original Blood.

So my hopes are with Hypertension, but it's a shame that they chose to use to outdated (technologically) engine that based on id1 , if the game was FOSS then maybe people would update the engine someday.

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