Free music! Free video game!

If you’ve ever liked music, there’s a reasonable chance that you have enjoyed the music of Portishead. I certainly did in the 90s, but lost touch with what they were up to some years back. At the end of this month, they’re curating a festival at Astbury Park, NJ. If that’s a little far for you, they’ve handily put together a free-to-download mixtape featuring the acts who’ll perform, including Battles, Factory Floor, Cults, Swans, DD/MM/YYYY, and Manorexia. I’ve only heard the first track so far (Oneida), but this is seriously good music. Continue reading

I’m going to play every game I own on Steam part 4


HeXen II

Considering its age, it doesn’t look too bad, and the first few minutes were fairly enjoyable. My problem – as with all these games – is not knowing how to use the controls, so I had to give up pretty quickly when after several minutes of pressing every button and remapping the controls I still couldn’t figure out how to open the door! I think I’ll consult a decent walkthrough and come back to this later.

HeXen: Beyond Heretic

HeXen is the sequel to Heretic, hence the similarity. I could actually use the space bar to open doors in this one, so I got a tiny bit further geographically than I did in HeXen II. I’m more inclined to play HeXen II again (once I figure out how to open doors – hell, even velociraptors can do that!) than I am to return to this one, though I’m sure it was a lot of fun at the time.

HeXen: Deathkings of the Dark Citadel

The thing about these really old dosbox games is that they have a sort of intro cinematic which actually serves as a tutorial for the game. It took me a while to pick up on that, but now I pay more attention to the things. Deathkings is a fast-paced fantasy shooter, but isn’t as fun as the other HeXen/Heretic games, based on first impressions.

Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2 is ridiculously good fun. It just works on the principle that 100 enemies that go down in one shot is much more fun than one enemy you have to shoot 100 times. It piles  ’em up and sells ’em cheap for a breathless, ridiculously fast-paced no-brainer. It’s just 100% sheer adrenaline. I had Left 4 Dead and had enjoyed the L4D2 demo, but had never actually played the full game before. I just played vs bots, but had a really fun time.

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