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More previews & the review version has left the building

Here are the latest previews from last week. For adventure fans the Eurogamer preview can be an interesting read as it spawned a discussion as to where the adventure genre is heading and where it should be heading. We don't see ourselves as primarily creating a game that's an adventure game, but nevertheless an interesting discussion. Speaking of previews, we finished the review version of Penumbra: Overture last week! It's basically the final version with some minor defects and no localized versions of the text/audio. It's getting close!

Eurogamer "So we're intrigued. Of course, put in context these might all be novel gimmicks, or more optimistically, examples of what other games need to be doing." -Eurogamer.

SI"A dark puzzled-packed horror adventure makes for an interesting game especially when it utilizes a physics heavy game engine to make all those creepy noises and motions all the more, well, creepy-like." -Strategy Informer.

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A wide variety of previews

Another week has passed and even more previews of Penumbra: Overture are available for your reading pleasure. You can feel the air getting thicker as the release date is getting closer!

Gamespot "Combined with an oppressive atmosphere and a high level of interactivity, this makes for a gameworld that we look forward to getting immersed in more." -GameSpot.

TGSN"However, should an enemy come running towards you, the only real option is to turn away and crouch down, avoiding the possibility they’ll catch the glint of your eyes. This will make hearing the creatures creeping around you one of the most tense experiences in gaming, just waiting for the blow to knock your character into submission, or the sound of clawsteps wandering back the way they came." -The Gaming Shack Network.

BGB"Everything feels right, and it adds to the personal viewpoint of the game. You are the character in Penumbra, and every little atmospheric technique draws you further into the shoes of the main character." -British Gaming Blog.

PC FormatBritish PC Format will preview Penumbra: Overture in their March issue, on sale within two weeks.

KGNFor all German speaking readers, visit Krawall Gaming Network for their Penumbra: Overture preview.

4PlayersFor all German speaking readers, visit 4Players.de for their Penumbra: Overture preview.

GameZoneFor all German speaking readers, visit Gamezone for their Penumbra: Overture preview.

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New previews

During the last week four previews of Penumbra: Overture appeared, three of them you can read on the web and one is in the March 2007 issue of PC Zone.

GX gaming "Right from the get go this game is a stunner coming from a development team of 4 people, that’s right, just 4 developers created something as addictive and enthralling as the game looks to be from the preview code we received." -Games Xtreme.

VG Reloaded"However the game did lead me with an claustrophobic atmosphere that made me uncomfortable when walking down dark corridors, even though I had a walkthrough handed to me and knew that there were no enemies down there...I still felt that feeling of discomfort and that's when you've got a powerful tool that you can wield to your advantage." -Videogames Reloaded.

PC Zone"It's brainache captured on a shiny disc, a compendium of things that would annoy you in other, faster-paced games - but this time, it's strangely part of the appeal." -PC Zone, March 2007 Issue.

PAL Gaming"There wasn't a huge amount to the preview build, it was fairly short, but what was provided showed a promising game that, if the small development team can polish up between now and the release will have an interesting first part of a trilogy of games on their hands." -PAL Gaming.

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Penumbra: Overture on Gamer's Gate

gamers gate "Digital community platform Gamer's Gate, announced today that it has signed a new exciting title by Swedish developer Frictional Games. First out in a series of games, "Penumbra: Overture" is guaranteed to keep players on edge as they explore its scary and immersive environment."

Here at Frictional Games we are very happy that Penumbra: Overture will be available for download on Gamers Gate. Having used the Gamers Gate software ourselves in the past, we know how well it works and what an excellent choice it is for digital downloads. If getting games as digital downloads is your thing, get your account now and be ready for Penumbra: Overture in March 2007!

About Gamer's Gate
Gamer's Gate is a unique digital distribution platform launched by Paradox Interactive to create easily accessible gaming experiences for gamers worldwide – anytime, anywhere. Seen as a strong contender on the digital download arena, plans for its immediate future include the launch of several accompanying services and a substantial increase in the product portfolio offered to consumers. www.gamersgate.com.

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Preview from Pro-G

UK based Pro-G has posted their preview of Penumbra: Overture. Warning, contains some puzzle spoilers.

pro-g gaming "While Frictional might not have the budget to compete with the big boys, early impressions of Penumbra suggest that the game is going to provide players with a rather different gaming experience."

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