Meridian: New World Enters Final Early Access Stage

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Meridian: New World Enters Early Access Phase 2 On May 5th

I had a chance to interview Ede Tarsoly last month about his game, Meridian: New World. Meridian: New World is a RTS game that’s very similar to Star Craft. I’ll link my first impression of the game down below. Meridian: New World is about to enter it’s second phase of early access in a few days. To celebrate this event Ede Tarsoly himself will be showing off his skills at his own game while he hosts an AMA session [Ask me anything] . His live stream will be on http://twitch.tv/Elder_Games. This will happen on tomorrow at 5 p.m. CET / 4 p.m. GMT / 11 a.m. EST / 8 a.m. PST.

There is a host of new content being added into phase 2 of Meridian: New World.

– missions 4 and 5 of the campaign
– 14 new unlockable achievements
– a new unit (called the Heavy Trooper)
– a huge patch resulting from players feedback during Phase 1

Meridian: New World is becoming a very solid game. The only problems I have with the game is the camera angle and slow movement of the main character in the game. Meridian: New World is a fun game and if you’re a RTS fan than you’ll most likely enjoy it.

Here is my first impression article – https://drakulus.com/2014/04/05/meridian-new-world-first-impressions/

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Monthly Recap – April 2014

This has been a really slow month for me. I’m sick, can’t see straight, and I have a massive headache that just won’t go away. We have literally doubled our views since last month and have gotten almost 200 new followers this month. For those of you that are new here to Drakulus.com thank you for following us and I hope you enjoy the content that we bring you. We’ve been really busy this month. All of our articles combined totals well over 150 for the entire month.

Another great thing happened to us just recently. Deon, from englishgameruninhibited.wordpress..com, is now our newest author and it’s great to have him along. He’s a great writer and if you haven’t checked him out yet you should.

I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing both Ede Tarsoly, the sole creator of Meridian New World, and EndNight Games, the creators of The Forest. I’ve been keeping tabs with Mathew Kiehl from Happy Square Productions and even though The Land Of Eyas didn’t get funded on Kickstarter they’re still hoping to be able to release it someday.

I haven’t done that much reading this month and for that I apologize. I know I’ve been pretty absent when it comes to reading my favorite blogs.

I remember a few months ago I told you all that I was a part of Gamers Sphere. I quit Gamers Sphere on April 1st because I honestly didn’t like writing there. I didn’t leave on the best terms with John, but I don’t care. I did what was best for myself and went with where I was most comfortable writing and that’s right here.

Now that all of that is out of the way lets get to the most popular articles of the month.

Most Viewed Articles.

Top 8 Weekly Skyrim Mods- Sexy Edition!

Dragon Age Inquisition Preorder Bonuses And Release Date

Top 5 Weekly Skyrim Mods- Argonian Edition!

Is Skyrim Too Easy For You? Here’s How To Make It Harder

Top 5 Weekly Skyrim Mods – Sexy Edition Part 2!

Warlock 2: The Exiled Review

 

Lunaliah’s Top Articles.

Top 5 Weekly Skyrim Mods

The Secret World’s New DLC, Sidestories: Further Analysis Is Now Available

Steam Sale 2nd Edition

 

Zombie Muffin Army Top Articles.

Game of Thrones Season 4! Episode 3

Game Of Thrones Season 4! Episodes 1 & 2

Kickstarter: Inochi Project

 

The Cursed Son Top Articles.

5 reasons to become a member of Playstation Plus.

Which has more games? Xbox One or PS4.

DMC: Devil May Cry Review

 

Here are our exclusive interviews.

Exclusive Interview With EndNight Games

My Interview With Meridian’s Creator, Ede Tarsoly

 

I’ve had a chance to play test as well as even get a few review copies of some games like Van Helsing II, and Warlock 2. Below you will find my impressions of each game that I got a chance to play this month.

 

Meridian: New World First Impressions

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing II Closed Beta Impressions

Warlock 2: The Exiled First Impressions

 

Since Deon is still new he hasn’t had a chance to write anything yet. Next month’s recap will most likely have quite a few of his articles on it.

I just completed Dark Souls II this morning. My review should be up next month along with my Robocop Review. That’s right I finally got around to watching it last night and I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts with everyone.

This wraps up this month’s edition of our month recap.

I’ll see you guys next month.

My Interview With Meridian’s Creator, Ede Tarsoly

Over the last few days I’ve been talking back and forth with Ede Tarsoly, the sole creator of Meridian: New World, and he gave me some insight on what led him to create the Meridian and even the price he had to pay to create this beautiful game alone. Here is the interview.

Drakulus – What made you want to make this game?

Ede Tarsoly – I always loved sci-fi stories, ever since I started reading Asimov’s works, I wanted to tell my own story. I had an idea in mind for seven years which my brother and I kept adding ideas to. We had a lot of ideas, and soon it became clear that this just had to become a game. I love RTS games which is why I chose this genre, and even though many people are surprised by the fact that it’s single player only, in my mind there was never any doubt that it just had to be this way — I just had to tell the story.

Drakulus – How did you do this alone?

Ede Tarsoly – I had to work a lot, even put life on hold at times. I also had help from three friends with the graphics of the game.

Drakulus – Will there be multiplayer in the future or is this just a single player experience?

Ede Tarsoly – I might get around to it after release, but this isn’t set in stone and it would be an expansion / DLC to Meridian anyway, so as it stands — no, Meridian: New World will most likely never have multiplayer.

Drakulus: Meridian is in early access right now. How much longer do you think it’ll take for before it’s finished? Do you have a timetable or is it too early to tell right now?

Ede Tarsoly – I would say it’ll be completed before the end of summer.

Drakulus – You mentioned DLC and even an expansion. If Meridian: New World doesn’t have multiplayer will we see some single player DLC in the future or possibly an expansion?

Ede Tarsoly – I’d really like to do a single player expansion at some point, but this is really not set in stone and I’d prefer to not promise it at this point. It depends on too many things at the moment.

And there you have it. My entire interview with Ede Tarsoly, the mastermind behind Meridian: New World.

I would like to thank Ede for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk with me and answer so many of my questions. Meridian: New World is already a really solid game and it’s not even finished yet. If what Ede said is true then we could be looking at the whole game before summer is over. Meridian New World is in early access right now on Steam and if any of you are interested in purchasing the game just click on that link down below.

Meridian New World Steam Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/265120/

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Meridian: New World First Impressions

2014-04-04_00006I have been lucky enough to speak to the developer of Meridian: New World, a one man made strategy game that’s just been released on Steam, and I was given a Steam Key to the game so that I could give my first impressions, and eventually review, of the game. Meridian: New World is a beautiful game. The first thing you’ll notice when you start the game up is how good it looks. The character models in the in game cutscenes don’t look that great but the environments most definitely do. It’s hard to believe that this game was made by a single person. In Meridian: New World you are Daniel Hanson and your mission is to find a new world for the human race to settle on. The voice acting is decent for the most part but a strategy game does not need good voice acting to be a good game.

The gameplay is what matters here and after playing Meridian for about two hours yesterday I can definitely say that if you’ve ever played Star Craft or Command and Conquer then you’ll feel right at home here because it feels similar to those games. The mission that I played had me searching the area but before we got too far in we were ambushed and had to fight them off. After realizing that we were not alone Commander Hanson sent down reinforcements to aid in the mission.

The first mission in the game was actually pretty cool. I got to build my first outpost and defend it from waves of enemies. I learned the basic controls of the game, it’s easy if you have experience playing these kinds of games but it explains itself well enough for newbies to jump in as well, and even upgraded my units with better weapons so we could defeat the attacking force easier. I learned how to construct new buildings, build new units, and most importantly how best to use them.

One thing that I don’t like about the game that I noticed as soon as I started playing was how slow Commander Hanson moved. He walks like a turtle. It would really help if he could at least jog around the ship to talk to people instead of just walking to them because it takes a while. Another thing that I didn’t like was the camera angle. It’s too close and I can’t zoom out to get a strategic view of my area like I can do in other strategy games. I think the camera is very important in these kinds of games and hopefully as the game is developed in early access we’ll be able to zoom out for a better view of our surroundings.

2014-04-04_00010Meridian: New World also has a skirmish that allows you to fight on multiple maps against the A.I. You can either fight a single opponent or you can choose a bigger map that can have up to four people, you and three npcs, fighting it out to see who’ll win. The skirmish mode just throws you right into the game so you’re new at this then you might want to at least do the first mission of the game first so you can learn the controls and how everything works in the game.

I enjoyed what little time I spent in this game yesterday. It was a lot of fun and I can see a lot of potential in it. If you guys are curious about the game you can find it here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/265120/

I would like to thank Headup Games for giving me access to their game and hopefully the negative stuff that I mentioned above, which is very little, is improved upon.

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Meridian: New World

Meridian: New World is a new strategy game about a man named Daniel Hanson, commander of the first expedition to planet Meridian. One unbelievable thing that I discovered about this game is that it was made by a single person. That’s right one guy made this game! Lets look at the trailer below and then I’ll give my impressions on it and whether or not I think it’s worth it when it comes out.

That trailer was pretty good wasn’t it? Honestly the game looks really solid and from what I can tell there are some pretty good strategy elements present in this game. I’m actually pretty excited to get my hands on it on release day. I like the fact that you can construct really large armies and go to war with them. You can use your economy to build a massive army and from what I read in the description of the game you can even influence what others think of you according to how you play. The impression that I got was if you lose too many troops then people might not like you or trust. It sounds really cool and lets hope the game itself can live up the trailer.

Meridian: New World looks really good. It’s hard to believe that one guy did all of this. It’s really good work and he has my respect. I can’t imagine making a game by myself. Meridian: New World is set to release on April 4th as an Early Access game. I know I usually stay away from Early Access games but I might get this one depending on the price.

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