Thursday, June 12, 2008

Out of Eden: Space Siege Trailers

For a guy who's currently unemployed, let me tell you that I'm keeping myself quite busy! And though a lot of my time these days is spent thinking, breathing and living the life of an EVE capsuleer (besides all the RL chores that keep popping on the endless list - you married guys know what I mean!), there are times when I'm doing geek stuff which isn't related to EVE. Really!

The following video is one of those things that catches my attention. As the title of this post suggests, this is not related to EVE. I'll use the "Out of Eden" prefix for anything and everything that is not related to EVE Online, because I'm a neat freak and like to have things in order!

The two trailers below are of Space Siege, an upcoming RPG from Gas Powered Games; the same guys behind the Dungeon Siege (DS) series and the recently Supreme Commander RTS (which I haven't played). I've been through all the DS series and really like the style and approach they've taken. Though the original DS was simplistic in its approach, I liked the fact that your character would increase in skills depending on the type of combat it used. It was simple, yet effective.

Now the fact that this new game will be space-based is a real bonus. Don't get me wrong, I really like the Fantasy settings, but Science-Fiction has always been the preferred setting - whether it's in movies, books, video games or RPGs. So I'm really excited about this game. I'm currently reading Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson (and highly recommend the Malazan Book of the Fallen series), but if I look at my bookshelves, most of it is filled with sci-fi stuff - I. Asimov, F. Herbert, R. Heinlein, A. C. Clark, KSR, S. R. Donaldson - even the RPGs - Heavy Gear, Jovian Chronicles, Core Command (all from DreamPod 9), Traveler or Robotech. Though I do have a lot of Tolkien and Forgotten Realms!

Since I devote a lot of time to EVE, I like my other games to be easy to pick-up and start playing. So I'm looking forward to this one! What other games keep you Out of Eden?


Anonymous said...

Supreme Commander is an amazing RTS. I didn't really pay attention to the publisher, and I am shocked to learn that Gas Powered Games also turned out the piece of shit that was Dungeon Siege II. So I don't know how I feel about Space Siege.

Anonymous said...

Looks like an interesting find. I wish big fleet battles could look like the scenes in that trailer, AND not be laggy.

As to games that keep my Out of Eden, I've got an SNES emulator and play games like Chrono Trigger, ROTK3, Final Fantasy VI... the old stuff I grew up with and still hold dear. :)

CrazyKinux said...

@Adam - glad to hear the SC was a good game - it did look amazing. As for the DS2 disaster, I'll agree that they lost focus with that game, trying to make more complex. I still had fun playing it.

@havohej - I came across a piece of news that hints at better scalability and capacity to have bigger fleet battle without all this lag. More to come!