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An hour of Daedalic's new RPG
If you've ever wanted to tear across a fantasy realm with a roving band of criminal misfits, you might be able to live out your dream in Daedalic's tactical role-playing game, Blackguards. You might recall that I wasn't parti... read feature

Death by kitten
I was feeling pretty cocky when I entered the home of a classy vampire and her kitten chum. I had a magical sword, a hat that gave me Flash-like super speed, and more health-giving apples than you could possibly eat in a life... read feature

Forced tournament

BetaDwarf to celebrate launch of Forced with a tournament


And loads of loot
Oct 03
Forced, BetaDwarf's co-op arena title, might not have PvP, but that doesn't mean that the spirit of competition can't seep into it. To celebrate the game's launch on October 24, the developer is hosting a tournament sponsored... read
A co-op arena game with strange origins
Garages are passé now, it seems. Where once indie game developers would steal precious space from cars, lawnmowers, and bikes, they can now be found living up in a tree or, in the case of Danish developer BetaDwarf, sq... read feature

Blackguards cast

The blackguards are revealed


And they all sound lovely
Sep 20
Daedalic's evil RPG Blackguards sounds like a bit of all right, with tactical combat and less than nice protagonists. Now the German developer is finally ready to spill the beans on exactly what's up with these unpleasant fol... read
The Showdown Effect

You should really be playing The Showdown Effect


It's free for the weekend
Sep 20
When I reviewed The Showdown Effect back in March, I absolutely loved it. Arrowhead are just great at making silly, fun titles. But within my review was a nagging doubt, the worry that it wouldn't be able to maintain the nece... read
New releases

New releases: Fun with criminals


Also, Wind Waker HD
Sep 16
Get giddy, chums. It's time to stretch those car jacking limbs because Grand Theft Auto V is upon us. Jim's already devoured it and has given us the low down, but come tomorrow, you'll be enjoying it yourself. It's rare for ... read
New releases

New releases: Scary, porcine machines


Plus, Killzone, Kingdom Hearts, and Arma III
Sep 09
I'm still recovering from last week's Outlast, and now we've got another bloody terrifying first-person horror title to scare our pants clean off in the form of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. I confess that reviews, such as ou... read
Riddle me this
Daedalic Entertainment, prolific crafter of many a point-and-click adventure, has returned to the world of Aventuria, continuing the yarn spun in last year's Chains of Satinav, a gorgeous, but slightly uneven game with that d... read feature

I Have No Mouth on GOG

I Have No Mouth, but I Must Tell You About This Game


The psychological adventure game returns
Sep 05
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream, Harlan Ellison's post-apocalyptic short story, was quite affecting to a young me. While many cite 2001: A Space Odyssey's HAL or Terminator's Skynet as the greatest AI villain, for me it w... read
Hello darkness, my old friend
I'm entirely cut off from the world. Noise-canceling headphones cover my ears, the lights in my room are switched off, and I've thrown a sheet over my curtains so that not one speck of light will appear from the street lights... read feature

Bigger, fatter, and juicier
I think that Team 17 needs some help. Some dastardly villain has clearly locked the developer up and abandoned them, because less than a year after releasing the excellent Worms Revolution, the invertebrate-obsessed studio ha... read feature

Blackguards beta

Evil RPG Blackguards' closed beta starts next week


Save the world by being a bastard
Aug 30
With Daedalic's peculiar turn-based RPG Blackguards getting closer to release, the developer is opening the doors to beta testers interested in fighting evil with evil. Set in the same universe as Memoria (which I'm already i... read
Paradox Humble bundle

Get acquainted with Paradox in the latest Humble Bundle


It's worth it just for Crusader Kings II
Aug 30
The latest Humble Weekly Sale is a cracker, putting up a bunch of Paradox Interactive's biggest titles. Pay what you want and you'll get War of the Roses (along with access to the War of the Vikings alpha), Warlock: Mast... read
Prison Architect update

Prison Architect update kicks off with a sale


Tunnelling prisoners, oh my!
Aug 29
The latest Prison Architect update sees some significant additions infiltrating your lovely prisons. Alpha 13 gives prisoners the ability to dig tunnels, giving guards more things to worry about. Introversion's Mark Morris ex... read
Precinct cancelled

Pour one out for Precinct


Precinct gets cancelled
Aug 26
It wasn't that long ago that I was chatting with Jim Walls and Robert Lindsley about Precinct, the spiritual successor to the classic adventure game series Police Quest. The prospect was an exciting one, and both gents were b... read
New releases

New releases: Killers everywhere


Plus, Final Fantasy XIV, Lost Planet 3, and your funny football-like game
Aug 26
I'll be spending this week playing catch up, but there's no dearth of new releases. Killer is Dead is tempting me, because bloody hell it looks flashy, but I'll probably leave until I'm not drowning in games. Final Fant... read
Crushing peasants and building empires
I've just united Italy after over a century of bloody conflicts. From Doge of The Serene Republic of Venice to the first King of Italy -- it's quite the step up. Along the way, I've upset the gargantuan Holy Roman Empire, gon... read feature

Outlast at PAX

Scare yourself stupid with Outlast at PAX


Start practising the fetal position now
Aug 25
There's nothing I like more than to curl up into a little ball and weep like a wee lassie, and Outlast looks like it's going to give me plenty of opportunities to do so. The pants-wetting survival horror title is due out on S... read
Investigating the Police Quest spiritual successor
It's 1987. Politicians are terrifying people with Cold War rhetoric, The Simpsons is born on The Tracy Ullman Show, U2 releases The Joshua Tree, and Bono has yet to become completely intolerable. I'm two years old, ... read feature

New releases

New releases: Purple is back in style


Plus, The Bureau, Splinter Cell, Disney Infinity, and more
Aug 19
Bloody hell, this week, calm down. A slew of games are clamouring for your attention over the next seven days, some of them really rather good. At the top of the pile, however, is Saints Row IV. I didn't think the series wou... read
Spelunky PC Port

PC Port Report: Spelunky


Pugs for everyone!
Aug 18
[Want to know how a developer handled the PC version of a multiplatform game? Check out the PC Port Report for the full scoop.] The original Spelunky, now known as Spelunky Classic, was a freeware PC title, but it was XBLA pl... read
Dragon Age Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition caters to all races


Fantasy ones, anyway
Aug 16
Am I still going to be derided for admitting that I rather liked Dragon Age II's Hawke? The focus on a human character was more in line with the second outing in Thedas' narrower vision, and I found that I wasn't all that fus... read
Never anger a witch
I'm meant to be playing a cold, calculating murderer -- a man who assassinated an empress and gave her innocent daughter to traitors. So why am I hiding atop a broken chandelier, a mess of tightly wound nerves and sweat? Beca... read feature

Plus other non-dragon related games
Apparently it's shark week in the US, but more importantly, it's also dragon week. Dragon's Crown and Dragon Commander -- two extremely different scaley games -- are dropping, and fans of winged reptiles are likely rejoicing... read feature

Wargame DLC

Wargame: AirLand Battle gets some hefty, free DLC


More war!
Aug 03
I was thoroughly impressed with Eugen Systems' Wargame: AirLand Battle; an extremely complex, realistic take on modern warfare. It's one of the most impressive RTS titles to come out in the last couple of years, and one that ... read
Saints Row IV Australia

Australians rejoice: You're allowed to play Saints Row IV


And you won't become drug addicts
Aug 02
After a ridiculous amount of faffing about, Saints Row IV has finally been deemed appropriate for adults to buy. Until now, Australian men and women were considered responsible enough to get jobs, buy homes, and get married, ... read
Smacking folk around in Shanghai
Leaked footage of Team Bondi's Whore of the Orient recently surfaced on VideoGamer.com, courtesy of a "trusted source." The gameplay video reveals some awkward fighting, some brisk running, and a lot of hiding behind bo... read feature

Square Enix news

Square Enix not giving up on AAA PC and console games


But will be expanding more into mobile, tablet and online titles
Aug 02
Square Enix has been a bit of a Negative Nancy this year, specifically when it's come to sales. Although it shifted quite a few copies of Sleeping Dogs, Hitman Absolution, and Tomb Raider, as well as garnering quite a bit of ... read
Europa Universalis IV

Crusader Kings collides with Europa Universalis


Lead your people from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance
Jul 30
Europa Universalis IV, one of my most anticipated releases of the year, is only a fortnight away. As we enter August, the final pre-order bonus has been revealed by Paradox Interactive, and it's a doozy: a free copy of Crusad... read
An elven hacker, a troll mage, and a robot walk into a bar...
High fantasy, cyberpunk, and film noir collide in a way that makes you think they were meant for each other all along in Harebrained Schemes' appropriately, if not imaginatively, titled Shadowrun Returns. Based on the popular... read feature

One year after being rebranded
It took a long time for me to be comfortable with digital distribution. I held onto my dusty boxes and physical media with grim determination, seeing no reason for me to move with the times. It was Space Quest that changed al... read feature







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