I’ve written this post six times over since May.
Ever since I interviewed Nathan McCree back in 2013, we’ve kept in touch and I’ve been aware of just the struggles and the work he’s had to do to get to this point, and it’s been incredible to see it come to fruition.
Since that interview, we met in person at the first Tomb Raider Suite in December of 2016, and then in April of this year, where the first buffet reception of the Tomb Raider Suite Album was held at Hatfield House.
It was mainly an invite and backer-only event, alongside a raffle which, if your Kickstarter-backer number was read out, you had a ticket to attend.
Thanks to Nathan and his expert-raffle skills, I was lucky to attend, by a very odd twist of fate that me and Nathan are still laughing about now.
This is what happened at the Reception.
Even though the site here looks as though its been left alone, you couldn’t be more wrong.
The Outpost Show has been growing faster than I thought it would, and I’m currently in the midsts of finishing off a post about the Tomb Raider Suite Reception from April.
But for a while, I’ve been wanting to do a newsletter of short thoughts, but also with contributors.
Which is why The Outpost Issue is here!
It will be a fortnightly e-mail on a Friday, which will go to your e-mail of choice.
The main themes will be what Outpost has always been.
Alongside guest columns from great writers. At least I think so.
Subscribe right here, and you will receive the issue, until you decide its too much to take.
I’ve never really believed in doing ‘resolutions’. I’ve always thought that if you need to do something, just do it. Don’t wait until the end of the year, share a post of ‘New Year New Me’, then give up by February.
This year, I’ve set some goals. Some in the day-life, some in the bank-life, and some in the Outpost-life.
There’s a few games that I’ve either never properly finished, or have been curious to and never had the opportunity.
But we’re in an age of emulators, games from 1997 rendered in 4K and remakes, so the below are what I’m planning to finish by the end of 2018.
Five years on since I started watching it, and it begins once again this evening.
The latest event began tonight with Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy released last year on PlayStation 4, and ends next Sunday with Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Once again the event is raising money for the ‘Prevent Cancer Foundation’, with the aim to exceed last year’s record of $2.2 million dollars.
The schedule can be viewed here, while the stream itself and ways to donate can be seen here.
The more I notice some retro titles come to Nintendo Switch and also in the form of the ‘Classic’ console series, the more I get convinced I don’t think there’ll be a Virtual Console, only re-releases.
At the Tomb Raider Suite last December, I bumped into a LetsPlayer I had been watching on his YouTube for years, and in person he was just as decent.
Last week, me and Nathan reunited again for two videos on his channel, where he played through the level ‘Fools Gold‘ from Tomb Raider II: Golden Mask.
We talked about our thoughts of the Suite, its Kickstarter earlier this year, and my ‘polarising’ thoughts on Tomb Raider IV.
It’s in two parts, both of which were released last Thursday and Friday.
You can watch them both below.
Tomb Raider and Sonic have a incredible amount of passionate fans out there.
After so long, nostalglia takes hold and a large amount remember the time when there first played their game in the series.
Eventually, fans follow their passion and end up working in an official capacity, such as Sonic Mania.
Or, in the case of this demo, they approve a fan-made remake.
I follow Games Done Quick every January and July with their ‘AGDQ’ & ‘SGDQ’ events since 2013. Due to the recent catastrophe in Texas due to Hurricane Harvey, they have quickly set up a weekend stream to donate towards the residents who have been severely affected by it.
An amazing idea, and very impressive that it’s already raised over fifty thousand dollars since it was decided on Wednesday that the stream would occur.
You can watch and donate right here.
Today a game that’s been in Kickstarter has launched on Steam Early Access and Itch.io.
Priced for £10.79 until the 15th August, it’s available on Windows, macOS and Linux.
I’ve been playing it the past week and impressions are incoming.
Think of it as if ‘Syndicate’ and ‘Rez’ had a dance-off one day.
The scene from The Matrix where Neo first meets Trinity also reminds me of it.
But so far, impressions are good.
As is tradition since 2014 for me, ‘Games Done Quick’ just held its latest event this last week, raising over $1.7 million for ‘Doctors Without Borders’.
I had been trying to catch most of it when I could, but as the timezones go, I missed most of what I wanted to see. But, they have a YouTube channel hosting every single run.
This hack of Super Mario World from yesterday is a particular highlight.