Though it's nearly impossible to find a tidy way to sum the work of LucasArts adventure vet and Double Fine
head Tim Schafer -- with a catalog that ranges from de los Muertos noir
to deep-psyche introspec-/explora-tion
and now to a heavy metal heaven/hell
(depending on your attitudes toward the genre's aesthetic) -- one undeniable trait rings consistently true through all.
Schafer and his stellar team of artists and writers know character
, and put character above all, a philosophy that lets players navigate some of gaming's most preposterous landscapes and peculiar conceits always feeling entirely grounded by the essential humanity around them.
Nowhere is that more evident than in the ancient Rock realm to which you travel in Brütal Legend
: an epically monumental world inspired by the stormily apocalyptic vistas of classic metal album covers, now fully explorable and brought fantastically to life by the Bay Area studio.
And so, following the short trailer below that gives you a taste of how Legends
's world would eventually form: a look at the original conceptual design behind those vistas, and especially the characters that inhabit them -- every bit as instantly recognizable (in their leather and spikes, worn-through denim and low-top All Stars) as they are awesomely ridiculous -- from Double Fine artists Scott C, Peter Chan, Nathan Stapley, Levi Ryken, Razmig Mavlian, and Mark Hamer.
And finally, how it all comes together:
Dungeons and Dragons Beyond is an official digital companion to D&D, with a free character-generator and a bunch of paid additions, from access to hyperlinked editions of the rulebooks ($30/each), and a $3/player, $6/DM subscription service that lets DMs share their books with players.
Steve Price and Lily Hevesh set up a massive domino course that includes homages to classic board and video games, and some sections even use game pieces as part of the action.
It probably won’t last long, but the Nintendo Switch with gray Joy-Con is in the Amazon store right now for $299. We got one a few weeks ago and haven’t touched our Wii-U since.
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