There are few things more enjoyable in a work of fiction than a good mystery. Those impossible crimes that make the gears in your brain churn. Inexplicable murders, mysterious disappearances, and perplexing riddles. And while reading or watching such stories in novels, TV shows, or movies is a lot of fun, games let you go one step further and take part in the investigation yourself, experiencing the satisfaction of cracking a case first-hand. The following games are the best examples of virtual sleuthing that you can play on PC today.
The Flower CollectorsMi'Pu'Mi Games / 2020Inspired by Hitchock's Rear Window, this neo-noir adventure game takes place entirely in an apartment overlooking a plaza in Barcelona in the 1970s. You play as an ex-cop in a wheelchair who witnesses a murder and takes it upon himself to crack the case. It's a compelling mystery, and teaches you a little something about the history and politics of post-Franco Spain in the process.
Lucifer Within UsKitfox Games / 2020In this unusual detective game you play as a digital exorcist whose job is to root out sinners and banish demons. These demons force people to commit terrible crimes, including murder, which is where the detective bit comes in. It's over too quickly, but this is a fun detective game with some cool ideas, like witness and suspect testimonies being presented as an interactive timeline.
In the vast majority of cases, the solution is to properly reinstall steam_api.dll on your PC, to the Windows system folder. Alternatively, some programs, notably PC games, require that the DLL file is placed in the game/application installation folder.
Last year we reported how games cracker EMPRESS burst onto the scene with a plan to crowdfund the cracking of Denuvo titles. Straight off the bat, EMPRESS showed a remarkable lack of concern by confirming what appeared to be sensitive information, including that EMPRESS and another group, C000005, were actually one and the same. Links to another group, CODEX, were also revealed/claimed.
The problems mentioned by FitGirl are actually just the tip of a very large iceberg but surprisingly few issues relate directly to the cracking of games. Somehow, the personality and divisive opinions of EMPRESS (or simply those being presented online) appear to be fueling the dramas upon which social media often thrives. And as usual, nothing good has come of it.
At the time of writing, no one apart from EMPRESS knows for sure whether the above statement is true, partially true, or indeed a complete fabrication. That having been said, it cannot be argued that any of this (including what led to this statement) is good for the games cracking scene.
Pixel Pusher"Face it, multimedia is crack - people get addicted," says Alex St. John, founder of WildTangent. But slow downloads can ruin a good trip. So, his Redmond-based company is hell-bent on creating a reliable player that lets Web sites quickly deliver 3-D games via PDA, dialup PC, and mobile phone. You may remember St. John as the Microsoft-made millionaire fired for insubordination and known for evangelizing DirectX, the set of APIs that made Windows a serious game platform. His recent work includes a play-by-email combat title based on the movie A Knight's Tale. "Our idea for 3-D is that the game model works," says St. John, whose top customer is Microsoft. "People say, 'Someday you'll be able to look at a sneaker in 3-D and spin it around.' Who the fuck wants to see a sneaker spin?" 2b1af7f3a8