GAME VIEW City of Steam Pt II

City of Steam is a steampunk-themed MMO/ARPG that pushes the Unity engine to deliver quality 3D/HDTV game play through a state of the art. I ended up with an Alpha key to the game after my attempts to get by buying an auctioned key off listia that seemed to have been used for over a week during the third weekend Alpha stress test. But after talking with support at the CoS site I was given a usable legitimate Alpha Key and proceeded to install and prepare for the last Alpha weekend gameplay.This is definitely a steampunk gearworks game, automatons, AirShips and gear mechs . I won’t be giving away too much on the storyline, the core game as a whole is recovering from a major mishap and you start out as a refugee among others and your family.

After logging in at the City-state of Nexus, character creation and class are in order. You have 9 races, a male or female for every race and four classes to choose from. I played as a Riven Gunner. When you get involved, the game takes you through a short tutorial basically teaching you how to interact with the UI and how the switches and and bells and whistles work. The tutorial is mandatory you have to go through it to get to the city . User Interface, pretty standard, Avatar and map topside, you have chat, skill stats and resource bars on bottom left hand side by defualt.

Some the cool points of the game.

The opening screen. Very well represented and designed.
The art. was well addressed for a steampunk genre game, it’s has the gears, and clockworks that anyone want for.
The Salvage option. you can turn stuff you’ve picked up and turn it to something useful during quests and such. Not bad if you like to play the pack rat type of adventurer.
The Bad

I get why the tutorial there, when it’s the first time it’s very useful, but afterwards they should add in a optional check box before release of the game itself.
Popups in the tutorial could be set as an optional script. It just takes away the gaming experience.
Programmable keys hot keys would be a nice optional add in. .

The wants
Jump and Double jump if possible
Supposedly and this is just rumor mill but the optional of horses and maybe even steam based vehicles will be allowed for your character after release day at some point, then again it’s a rumor.

Swap characters while you’re logging out and building up your other character. It’s just not there as an option at the moment it seems. Let’s hope they can make that correction before release day.

Gameplay was smooth, there were no glitchy animation errors but there was block volume corrections that I pointed out and reported in some of the areas. I can tell, that the enemy AI are somewhat intelligent and responsive attack in hordes if you’re not watchful.
After completing the tutorial you’ll arrive at the city and after that you’re free to do you please. There are quests aplenty to complete on several post boards throughout the town, plus you can go exploring dungeons, hop on a train to the next area if you want. Some of the dungeons designed for single-player are fun to dive into so partying up is optional as well and slightly fun for all too.

Obviously City of steam is still under development and in need a few corrections in block volume and texturing tearing in some areas, but I approve of what I’ve seen so far. Access is easy all you have to do is install the unity player and the game runs in your browser (I used Chrome myself) . On low settings the unity engine is quite balanced even on the lower end machine you can get a semi-decent FPS count 45/60. The detailing was superb you could get a sense of immersion to it. I loved the fact that it tries to pull you in and in some cases succeeds in doing so. I will say this was one Alpha test I didn’t mind one bit.

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GAME VIEW City of Steam

Greetings Ladies & Gamers alike!

 

Madarame here to do a small report on a new game that hit the scene last month and seem to be looking for recruits for testing. I’m talking about City of Steam By Mechanist Studios based out of Fuijin China, www.mechanist.co .This is a steampunk world mixed in with splash of D & D old school races, yes that means elves, orcs, trolls and other mythical creatures while being steam mechs and weapons all driven by the Unity Engine.

This mmo has a very turn of century feel to it and I am not one to be shy about it, I am hoping to get involved in the alpha myself so I can experience the gameplay as well. I admire the work that was placed in this from what I can see via the media clips and the artwork that was done.

 

This reminds of what London might be like if D&D and Steamology had been a thing of reailty. 😉

The Classes the player takes on are the usual type of hero archetypes, each with a unique set of abilities. Working as a party will more or less get you through the most part of the quests but eventually you will need to part ways as to some of the quests that will befall you. But the riches and weapons you gain will be most helpful on future tasks that seem to come by too soon 😉 I am sure that if given the opportunity to get into this alpha, that it will prove to be quite enjoyable and entertaining. Here’s to hoping !

Anime Banzi 2011

Ok so I’ll finally talk about Anime Banzi since I’ve been able to get some of the photos off this smartphone. Well there was definitely a lot of cosplaying around and a good measure of steampunk lets say that right off the bat. Also some people of notoriety, such as Wendy Pini of ElfQuest, and The Great Rando from MST3k who was one the best , Chuck Huber, Chuck’s expansive performance career has danced between being a TV, film and stage actor for over 20 years, (most notably at Chicago’s Steppenwolf and Goodman Theaters); He has played Hiei in Yu Yu Hakusho, Android 17 in Dragonball Z, Shou Tucker in Full Metal Alchemist, Stein in Soul Eater, Kululu in Sgt. Frog, Austria in Hetalia, Akai in Oh Edo Rocket, Ashe in Black Butler, Mohji in One Piece, Hiro in Shin Chan, Reever in D Gray-man… among many others. He has written Sgt. Frog, Hetalia, Baccano, Oh Edo Rocket, Strike Witches…among many others.

We also had Lisle Wilkerson who is probably most well-known for her work in the Tekken franchise where she is the voice of Nina Williams and Christie Monteiro, and Zafina. She also played a role in the Academy Award winning Sofia Coppola film “Lost in Translation”, There was also Mr. Musician and Entertainer Steve “Warky” Nunez Steve Nunez, aka Warky T. Chocobo, raised on video games, 1st on his commodore 64, and at age of 5, playing on his NES. Steve recalls from his youth popping in Super Mario Brothers, and LO’from the moment that first note played, he knew his destiny. Not only were the games entertaining, he was also entranced by the music from The Final Fantasy franchise as well.

Overall a great time was had by me and mine at the game room, making neko ears, getting a chance to make a few connections with other collectors like myself. With that I’m going to leave you with a few pics from Anime Banzi 2011.

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Gameboys with a theme, Steampunk GB

Gameboy cases repurposed to fit themed lifestyles. That’s right you heard it. I was cruising around looking for some Gameboy parts, and I came across a steampunk Gameboy. The work was not just cosmetic, the case and been customized to accommodate a higher class audio jack, and a cartridge that gave the Gameboy a backlit area as well, and in Arctic Blue no less (Nice touch 😉 ) . He went into some engineering on the case as to include some bumpers for when being held as not cramp up fingers and such. Here is a video clip of the Gameboy in action.

Here is the gentleman’s Blog, he’s even got a tron based Gameboy and a few others as well. But The Steampunk and Tron Gameboys are the ones that caught my eyes.

Thretris’s Gameboy Blog of tweeks and wonders Enjoy!

Happy 50th Yr Shonen Sunday & More Steampunk Fun!

Figure I should post this up even in it IS 4 months late. It still makes me laugh something terrible. I can actually remember play my 1st Ranma game at Jerry’s Apt. on his Turbo graphics Console. Ahhh man those where the days.
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Steampunk Edition Electromagnetic Field Detector Mark 1. a very cool gadget that can alow you to hear the electro magnetic fields that stuff like your monitor, microwave, even your old tandy calculator. Dude put a lot of work into it. I like the feel for it, but the knobs could have been done a tad different in my opnion. Overall though, seems like a very cool project to do.

The nerf Rifle you wish you had. I love this as well. I got one of my daugthers a Vulcan as well, after seeing this I’m almost tempted to do it. But nah, I won’t ruin my daugther’s Christmas prsent to convert to steamtech.