Nice. Now lets have an Android version.
Cop of the future Judge Dredd has been pounding the streets of Mega City One since 1977, but it took host comic 2000AD's acquisition by software developer Rebellion in 2000 to see the lawman to star in a decent videogame. Dredd has appeared on the PC, the PlayStation and the Xbox, and now he's meting out justice, shot by shot, …
Why ? The developers want to get paid not riped off.
Way to be a dick
No wonder it was anonymous.
Is he a dick for telling it? Plenty of evidence out there suggests he's right. Higher per head spend in the app store. People buy more apps there. The buildup of libraries and experience will go where the money is - why would it go anywhere else, for the quality stuff?
OK, the comment was brusque, but slagging him off like a schoolchild just because he spoke an inconvenient truth doesn't exactly throw kudos at you.
I'd add that the profusion of hardware and OS levels doesn't help android in this regard. The landscape's a mess, OK there are plenty of coping strategies, but it's simpler to dev in AppleWorld. And possibly get paid for your efforts.
Obsession with fruit much?
But can you shout "Incendiary Rounds Please Siri!"
and set the dead on fire?
The key point of the freemium games is the "free" part.
I don't mind games which have annoying "pay real cash to upgrade things" options, and I don't mind good quality games that I have to pay for. But a game should be one or the other, in my book.
If I've paid for it, then I shouldn't have to pay more for a better experience.
So your problem is that they didn't agree to your terms when it came to making money.
"So your problem is that they didn't agree to your terms when it came to making money."
No, he doesn't agree to their terms, which is his right.
Or would you prefer that retailers had the right to impose their terms upon us?
Thats why you are from Norfolk
Think before typing, a retailer has a right to impose terms, you have the right to accept or refuse. Thats why it's called "the free market".
I'm with Code Monkey
Whoever the Devs are need to make an Android version. And pronto. I'd pay 69p for this.
Whatever next? An awesome AAA premium Dredd title on Xbox?
How can they justify selling top-ups at upto £20??
I've found this with other games, do they really think people will pay more than the price of a computer game for top-ups for a small mobile game?
Apparently, they don't need to think about it.
Enough people do so to make it worthwhile.
And not just in handheld/mobile titles either. Take Brink for instance. I got it last week-end for 6€ over Steam. It's a shooter with a bit of RPG thrown in to make for a change in gameplay every now and then. Of course, if you pay money you can unlock better weapons faster, and improve your alter-ego's abilities faster as well.
What this means is that there are enough people globally who do pitch in with their wallets to have a major PC title based on that revenue stream, enough so that they agreed to lower the admission price to a ridiculously low level for a game that has basically just came out.
I mean, it's not like Battlefield III is ever going to reach that price, now is it ?
So this is a real thing, and there is every reason in the capitalistic world to not ignore it.
Paying for top-ups...
Many years ago you could play games like Space Invaders and those which followed for one 10p coin, one play.
Then came games like Gauntlet where (unless you were incredibly skilled) you had to keep shoveling in coins in order to get further into the game (or not play, which I did).
This paying for top-ups is the same thing, writ on new technology.
He's part of a paramilitary authoritarian government. He spends his days metering out harsh punishments without a trial of peers, without oversight and often enough without basic human qualities like mercy. Not to mention he's executed hundreds of people in the street. This is all part of his job too, what he's paid to do and not some additional risk he's taking upon himself. All of which makes him the opposite of what we'd traditionally describe as a hero. It might even be a stretch to call him an anti-hero (a protagonist without the qualities of a true hero), in any other world than that depicted in the comics he'd be a 'really bad guy'.
Indeed. I thoroughly enjoy the Dredd strips, but you can't deny that he's a fascist bastard.
Six months, creep!
Zombies but No Judge Death?
None of the Dark Judges?
Judge Dredd is Judge Dredd, sure - if they produce an Android version I'll buy it. But I can't help but feel they're hopping on the popular bandwagon of renewed interest in the Zombie genre, rather than being true to comic book roots.
I'd assume the zombies to be those raised by Sabbat the Necromagus in the mega-epic, Judgement Day, no?
<- How Dredd actually deals with zombie cities
You forgot Judgement Day
Dredd battled a zombie invasion of the Earth in the Mega-Epic story Judgement Day, so the game fits perfectly into canon.
Ah yes, I stand corrected. I forgot about Judgement Day, it's been many moons since I picked up 2000AD or a Dredd comic.
Still, does this game actually feature Sabbat or any semblance of a storyline along the lines of Judgement Day? I'd still like to see the Dark Judges feature, though - surely Boing! miracle plastic would make a great bonus weapon.
"Dredd is pushing 60 in the comics"
Actually, he's past 70. Dredd graduated from the Academy of Law aged 17 in 2079; current MC1 year is 2133, making him 71 (technically 66, as he was artifically aged to 5 years old after his clone birth).
Always with the zombies
Perusing cheap downloadable game lists on any number of platforms reveals a woeful amount of zombies. Apart from the momentarily interesting self-referentiality of it all (a horde of shambling, soulless games with shambling, soulless antagonists...) it shows a pretty distressing lack of imagination :-(
Speaking of which... comparing a top-down shooter with angry birds, a physics game? That's pretty poor. It has more in common with hungry, hungry hippos or pokemon. Or did you think that no-one would understand you're talking about mobile gaming without mentioning AB?
Perhaps the comparison was more in terms of you can pick it up, tit about with it for 10 minutes then put it down and get on with your day.
Like snake? or solitaire? Or Porn?
To quote the article, "And, let's be honest, Dredd vs Zombies is Angry Birds, with guns, the undead and better dialogue". You can replace 'Angry Birds' in that phrase with any of my examples.
Blimey those screen shots remind me of......
....Alien Breed - a game I first played on my trusty Commodore Amiga, roughly 20 years ago. More than coincidence? Just saying........
Heh, was just playing that on my trusty emulator recently and I kinda see what you mean - although Smash TV and Crackdown (the '80s one) also spring to mind.
It'll have its work cut out to match the sheer claustrophobic panic of Alien Breed though. That's one scary game.
Zarjaz. and Borag Thung Motherfuckers. Pity Tharg never said that!
Every time I look at one of those screenshots with a fat zombie in it all I can hear in my head are those exploding fat zombies from Zombie Driver that make a wet fart noise when they go off.
A dream come true for me would be for the developers of Batman: Arkham City to reuse a new version of their code (which is built around the unreal engine) to create a Judge Dredd game.
That could be so amazing they can have my money now! :)
"though these days the gameplay takes place in real time and in isometric 3D."
Come, come, now. I see several vanishing points in those screenshots....