EA and Indie? 2 Words that should never go together!
There are two words that should never go together in the game industry, them two words being Indie and EA. As you more than likely you already know, EA is considered the big evil corporation of the gaming world, choosing which franchise lives and dies. As well as this they are not afraid to turn off multi-player support for many of their games whilst they still have a loyal fan-base, thus forcing you to buy their latest versions of a game.
I managed to get a hold of a peculiar game called Death Spank which I had never played or heard of before thanks to a Humble Bundle purchase I made many moons ago. Fortunately this game was made by a Vancouver based game studio called Hothead Games and only needed a publisher for their game.
The game follows the protagonist of Deathspank, a fearless knight who is on a mission to help the people on his travels whilst ultimately trying to find the item known as “The Artifact”. The game is essentially a 3rd person role-playing action game where you don’t use a gamepad but your mouse and keyboard (a bit like Diablo & Torchlight). Deathspank and the quests he gets involved in are of a humorous and sometimes cheesy nature, this is even expanded further by allowing the player to choose even more ludicrous and outlandish questions to ask the NPC’s that you come across.
I’m glad that EA have had no real invovlement in the developing of this game and that they were only acting as publisher for the developer, this has allowed the company to focus on the game aspects they want to and thus offer the player a different experience to what you would normally get with a typical EA game.
For the time-being EA will still be considered as the Big-Evil of the gaming world until they stop screwing their customer’s over and start implementing real fun games without the B.S like they did with the mobile version of Dungeon Keeper.