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Castle Torgeath: Descent Into Darkness Review

I’ve been playing video games almost as long as there have been video games and ever so often one comes along so loaded with nostalgic feel that it feels like it traveled through a time machine.  The beauty of Steam Greenlight is these beautiful old school RPGs like Castle Torgeath can still find a home in your heart after so many years of hardcore games.

At the beginning of Castle Torgeath: Descent into Darkness, you are presented with a few paragraphs of text explaining the game’s premise. You are a down on your luck adventurer who finds a listing on a job board. The listing advertises an expedition into the ancient, and supposedly-abandoned, Castle Torgeath. The ad promises fortune and glory for anyone who joins in, so you grab your sword and start after the expedition.

The game resembles those old school, first-person dungeon crawlers like early Elder Scrolls games – actually, it more than resembles them – it is one! Castle Torgeath captures that retro feeling so well that, if you played through those kind of games when they came out, it is like a time warp.

You have three meters in you lower corner, one for mana, one for health and one for hunger.  Healing and mana are refreshed through potions and fountains and hunger is helped through food.  You want to keep an eye on all three to survive.  Occasionally you will stumble on a lost adventurer who will sell you the goods he has found or a spell he knows for the treasures you have stumbled upon.  Be wary of making too many trades or you might be short of valuables when you need them most.

There are multiple levels with bosses at the end and the game progresses with starting enemies being weak like rats to bigger enemies like summoned demons and big ass bugs.  All the time you also have to look for hidden clues and passages while avoiding hidden traps and enemies. The graphics are even retro, and they are done well enough to not make you sick playing but still simple enough to still hearken back to the roots it’s based on. The game features no speech, but plenty of tried and true text to read and the developers have quite a bit of lore scrawled out for your enjoyment.

At one point in gaming history, first-person dungeon crawlers relied on angular or grid-based movement systems. Torgeath allows for free-roaming movement, which should help modern gamers from giving up. The older movement systems can be rather constricting.

Last Health Point:

Castle Torgeath: Descent Into Darkness is a very fun play based off a very old school game design which works on a nostalgic level as well as introduce modern players to gaming history.  Besides it less than $10 and when you consider inflation isn’t that much more than it would have cost back in the day.


Castle Torgeath: Descent Into Darkness Review Score

(4 out of 5 stars)


 

DOOM: Bloodfall DLC Launch Trailer

December 14, 2016 – We’re pleased to announce that Bloodfall, the third and final premium DLC pack for DOOM, is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can check out our launch trailer here.

Priced at $14.99 / £11.99 / €14.99 / A$23.95, Bloodfall includes the following for DOOM’s multiplayer:

  • Three new multiplayer maps:

o    Empyrian – fight in an ageless colosseum held aloft by opposing energies, as the gilded embattlements slowly crumble

o    Boneyard – battle in the outer realm of Hell, where the landscape is made entirely of demon flesh, teeth, and bone

o    Outbreak – engage in intense combat throughout a UAC facility transformed after underworldly science breaks free from containment

  • A new player-controlled demon: Spectre Pinky
  • A new weapon: Grenade Launcher – bank grenades off walls and deal area damage, or use the secondary fire to detonate smoke grenades
  • New equipment: Lateral Thrusters – provides short directional boosts to player movement
  • New ways to customize your DOOM Marine, including the Cultist Armor­ – armor blessed in the temple and baptized in blood
  • New hack modules

For more information please visit DOOM.com and Bethesda.net.

DOOM – Hell Followed Launch Trailer

October 27, 2016 – We’re pleased to announce that Hell Followed, the second premium DLC pack for DOOM, is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can check out our launch trailer here.

Also, starting on October 28th is a Double XP weekend for DOOM’s multiplayer content, running from 12:00pm ETand ending at 12:00pm ET on October 31st  .

Priced at $14.99, Hell Followed will include the following for DOOM’s multiplayer:

  • Three new multiplayer maps: Argent Breach, Molten, and Orbital
  • A new player-controlled demon: Cacodemon
  • A new weapon: Reaper
  • New equipment: Threat Pulse
  • New ways to customize your DOOM Marine, including additional armor sets, patterns, colors, and taunts
  • New hack modules

For more information please visit DOOM.com.

DOOM – Unto the Evil Launch Trailer

DOOM’s first premium DLC pack, Unto the Evil, is available today for download worldwide on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for $14.99 / £11.99 / €14.99 / A$23.95! To celebrate the launch, we’ve released a new gameplay trailer that can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgWSz5kvtbI.

Unto the Evil is the first of three premium DLC Packs bringing all-new multiplayer content to the award-winning first-person shooter, DOOM. With three new maps to dominate, one new playable demon to unleash, a new weapon to master, a new equipment item, and a host of new armor sets, taunts, and Hack Modules, Unto the Eviloffers players even more ways to expand and customize their fast-paced multiplayer experience.

For more information please visit Bethesda.net and DOOM.com.

DOOM Coming to Indy 500

May 12, 2016 (Rockville, MD) – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) and Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today revealed the DOOM car set to premiere at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14 – one day after the videogame’s eagerly awaited release on May 13. The No. 7 car, driven by SMP Racing driver Mikhail Aleshin, will go on to compete in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29.

DOOM, under development at id Software®, the studio that pioneered the first-person shooter genre, returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Aleshin is the first driver from Russia to race in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The 28-year-old native of Moscow spent the formative years in his racing career in Europe racing and winning on some of the most storied racetracks. Aleshin competed with SPM for a full season in 2014, earning one podium and seven top-ten finishes. He piloted a third SPM car at the 2015 season finale and is making his full-season return for 2016.

“We couldn’t imagine a more perfect sponsorship fit,” said Pete Hines, Vice President of PR & Marketing for Bethesda Softworks. “DOOM is all about pushing forward with incredible speed. We’ll all be cheering on Mikhail and the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team as we celebrate the game’s launch.”

Relentless demons, impossibly destructive guns, and fast, fluid movement provide the foundation for intense, first-person combat – whether you’re obliterating demon hordes through the depths of Hell in the single-player campaign, or competing against your friends in numerous multiplayer modes. DOOM garnered numerous E3 2015 awards and in a recent preview, Game Informer aptly described the gameplay as “an absolute blast.”

“We are always pleased to invite a new sponsor into the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports family. However, according to my son, having DOOM on Mikhail’s car for the GP of Indy and the Indianapolis 500 is by far the most exciting sponsor we’ve ever announced,” said Sam Schmidt, SPM Team Owner. “We feel these types of partnerships are absolutely critical to creating the next generation of fans for the Verizon IndyCar Series. This sport is all about speed, innovation and technology, so gaming seems to be a natural fit.”

The team unveiled the livery for Aleshin’s No. 7 Indy car this morning at 8:30 a.m. ET in the SPM garages at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It will be on track at 11 a.m. for the first practice of the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

DOOM has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB. For more information, visit: www.DOOM.com.

Thrustmaster Unveils Y-350X DOOM Edition Gaming Headset

Rennes, April 14, 2016 – Thrustmaster has created the ultimate detection weapon. A brand-new headset just issued by Thrustmaster’s R&D teams, the Y-350X is a technological powerhouse allowing users to quench their thirst for mass destruction. Officially licensed for both Xbox One and Windows, the Y-350X has met the challenge of harnessing the advantages of spatialized 7.1 virtual sound with no compromises in terms of power, thanks to the Y Power Pack – and ensures pinpoint precision, with the Y Sound Commander. More than just a headset, it’s a complete arsenal for relentless combat!

Arsenal #1: Y-350X

The Y-350X uses all of Thrustmaster’s R&D expertise to demonstrate its perfect mastery of audio technology, and meet the challenges that this degree of power gives rise to.

The incorporation of ultra-large 60 mm drivers – the most powerful to date in the world of console gaming – combined with boosted bass allows gamers to experience the full intensity of combat. The earpieces’ large design provides bass depth and power unmatched at this price point.

Since there’s no respite to be found for true gamers, total comfort and sound isolation are ensured thanks to the memory foam used in the ear pads.

Thrustmaster has selected AM3D technology as a key ally in this battle, allowing for 7.1 virtual sound on a level that’s rarely been heard until now.

When it all comes down to talent and tactical organization, knowing the terrain is essential in terms of detecting where opponents are coming from: it’s a question of survival. 7.1 sound lets you know exactly where everything is, so that you can plan your movements accordingly.

Thrustmaster has worked on the headset’s frequency response range, adjusting and optimizing it in an anechoic chamber. The goal was to let users experience a gaming environment with incredibly vivid bass response, while at the same time allowing them to understand this hostile world by way of details that only the Y-350X’s 7.1 sound spatialization, audio power and perfectly-calibrated medium and treble frequencies can provide – thereby enhancing gamers’ precision and agility.

Ready for multiplayer mode: the headset’s microphone is unidirectional, detachable and adjustable. It has been designed to target only the user’s voice, guaranteeing optimized, high-performance communication. In conjunction with the Y Sound Commander, all elements can be adjusted for incredible real-time precision with respect to in-game sounds and chatting.

The Y-350X features extended compatibility: Xbox One and Windows. *

Arsenal #2 (combined): Y SOUND COMMANDER

The key advantage for survival. Used with Xbox One Wireless Controller, Y Sound Commander is an audio control base which manages virtual 7.1 sound (enabled/disabled) and all volume, bass and chat level settings – right at your fingertips while using the controller. A unique feature in its category: it includes backlit real-time indicators for instant status overviews, allowing gamers to make quick adjustments and stay agile: volume / bass / chat and volume balance.

This arsenal is also equipped with a built-in sound card, so that gamers can manage all of this power without any interference.

Arsenal #3 (combined): Y POWER PACK

There can’t be any pauses – and that goes for your weapons too. The Y Power Pack has been designed with this in mind: it provides its own power source, so that you don’t run down your gamepad’s battery. With the Y Power Pack, the Y-350X headset is self-powered – for truly epic, extended battle sessions.

The Y Power Pack even lets gamers play and charge the headset at the same time: now there are no excuses for not keeping the fight going…

•    The Y-350X will be available from May 13, 2016, at a suggested retail price of $149.99 (taxes included).
•    To complete the range, a special DOOM edition of the best seller Y-300CPX, a universal gaming headset, will also be available from May the 13th at the suggested retail price of $59.99 (taxes included).

* Works with Xbox One Wireless Controller (sold separately).

DOOM Live Action Cinematic Trailer

March 31, 2016 – Follow the exploits of the DOOM Marine in this newly released, full-length live action trailer! Today also marks the start of DOOM’s Closed Multiplayer Beta, which runs from March 31 – April 3 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. We recently released a series of gameplay videos to prep players for the game’s intense multiplayer action. Check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB60F5590E713F60F

DOOM is under development at id Software, the studio that pioneered the first-person shooter genre and invented multiplayer Deathmatch. Relentless demons, impossibly destructive guns, and fast, fluid movement provide the foundation for intense, first-person combat – whether you’re obliterating demon hordes through the depths of Hell in the single-player campaign, or competing against your friends in numerous multiplayer modes. Expand your gameplay experience using DOOM SnapMap game editor to easily create, play, and share your content with the world.

DOOM is rated M for Mature by the ESRB and will launch worldwide on May 13, 2016 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. For more information about the game please visit www.DOOM.com.

QuakeCon 2016 Third Round of Online Pre-Registration Opens Today

March 23, 2016 – We’re pleased to announce that QuakeCon 2016 online pre-registration for the ‘BYOC Select-a-Seat’ package is set to open today, March 23rd at 7pm CT/8pm ET at: registration.quakecon.org.

The ‘BYOC Select-a-Seat’ package ($40 | limit of 2,100 packages available), with guaranteed reserved seating, includes:

  • Select and Reserve a guaranteed seat of your choice in the BYOC area
  • Official QuakeCon 2016 Lanyard

Additionally, online pre-registration for general admission attendee is set to open on Thursday, March 24th on the QuakeCon pre-registration site.

While general attendance remains free, attendees wishing to participate in the QuakeCon 2016 BYOC must pre-purchase one of the ‘BYOC Select-a-Seat’ packages through our online registration site to guarantee a spot in the BYOC. As ‘BYOC Select-a-Seat’ packages are limited and all seats will be accounted for prior to the show, we won’t have seats available on-site or on a first-come-first serve basis. Once the packages sell out, we’ll be giving people the opportunity to win a limited number of BYOC seats via social media giveaways, contests, and via our event partners leading up to the show. Be sure to keep an eye on our QuakeCon Twitter account and QuakeCon Facebook page for all the details on how to win!

About QuakeCon

QuakeCon, the ultimate video game festival, will take place on-site at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX on Thursday, August 4th – Sunday, August 7th. Doors to QuakeCon will open on Thursday, August 4th at 10:00am CT and will remain open through 12:00pm CT August 7th. For more information visit: www.quakecon.org.

QuakeCon 2016 First Round of Online Pre-Registration Opens Today

March 14, 2016 – We’re pleased to announce that QuakeCon 2016 online pre-registration for the ‘BYOC Select-a-Seat with UAC Command Center Seating’ package is set to open for attendees today, March 14th at 7pm CT/8pm ET at: registration.quakecon.org.

The ‘BYOC Select-a-Seat with UAC Command Center Seating’ package ($400 | limit of 32 packages available), which includes VIP seating in the Network Operations Center and fast passes for the entire event, also contains:

  • Select and reserve a VIP seat at the Network Operations Center (NOC) in the BYOC
  • Express lane fast-pass registration for the BYOC
  • Express lane fast-pass to every panel, presentation, and public event at QuakeCon
  • Limited reserved access seating for all panels, presentations, and events
  • Direct access to plug your PC into the NOC’s core
  • Official QuakeCon 2016 UAC Lanyard

Additional BYOC packages will become available over the coming weeks via the QuakeCon pre-registration site followed by pre-registration for general attendees. Full descriptions for each of the limited BYOC packages, and the dates they will become available, are below.

Please note: Press pre-registration will open today at 7pm CT/8pm ET. If you’d like to register for media credentials for QuakeCon 2016, please visit: registration.quakecon.org/media.

PREMIUM BYOC PACKAGES | DESCRIPTIONS & AVAILABILITY

 

Thursday, March 17th at 7pm CT/8pm ET

Round 2 | BYOC Select-a-Seat with QuakeCon done Quick

Includes Fast Passes for the Duration of the Event

$140 (Limit of 300 packages available)

  • Select and Reserve a guaranteed seat of your choice in the BYOC area
  • Express lane fast-pass registration for the BYOC
  • Express lane fast-pass to every panel, presentation, and public event at QuakeCon
  • Limited reserved access seating for all panels, presentations, and events
  • Official QuakeCon 2016 QdQ Lanyard

 

Wednesday, March 23rd at 7pm CT/8pm ET

Round 3 | BYOC Select-a-Seat

Includes Guaranteed Reserved Seating

$40 (Limit of 2,100 packages available)

  • Select and Reserve a guaranteed seat of your choice in the BYOC area
  • Official QuakeCon 2016 Lanyard

 

Thursday, March 24th at 7pm CT/8pm ET

Round 4 | General Attendee Pre-Registration

 

While general attendance remains free, attendees wishing to participate in the QuakeCon 2016 BYOC must pre-purchase one of the ‘BYOC Select-a-Seat’ packages through our online registration site to guarantee a spot in the BYOC. As ‘BYOC Select-a-Seat’ packages are limited and all seats will be accounted for prior to the show, we won’t have seats available on-site or on a first-come-first serve basis. Once the packages sell out, we’ll be giving people the opportunity to win a limited number of BYOC seats via social media giveaways, contests, and via our event partners leading up to the show. Be sure to keep an eye on our QuakeCon Twitter account and QuakeCon Facebook page for all the details on how to win!

About QuakeCon 

QuakeCon, the ultimate video game festival, will take place on-site at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX on Thursday, August 4th – Sunday, August 7th. Doors to QuakeCon will open on Thursday, August 4th at 10:00am CT and will remain open through 12:00pm CT August 7th. For more information visit: www.quakecon.org.