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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
Europa Universalis review photo
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 photo
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
Precinct Interview photo
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

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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 photo
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
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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
Brigmore Witches review photo
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

New releases photo
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 photo
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 photo
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
Whore of the Orient photo
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 photo
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 photo
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
Shadowrun review photo
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

GOG interview photo
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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New releases

New releases: Force adorable Pikmin to kill, you monster


Plus, Rise of the Triad
Jul 29
We're bidding farewell to an extremely hot July with a bang: Pikmin 3 is here, or it will be come Sunday. Of course, if you have the good fortune to be living in the UK or other, less important parts of Europe, then this is ... read
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WoW subscriptions

Cue mass hysteria: WoW loses 600,000 subscribers


Everyone jump ship!
Jul 27
I can't help but chuckle when Activision Blizzard releases subscription figures for World of Warcraft, because even when there are significant losses, the number of continuing subscribers remains astronomical. By the end of J... read
Face Noir review photo
Trenchcoat and alcohol addiction not required
I was on my second whisky when she walked into my office. With legs that went up to her neck, and ruby-red lips that were completely out of sync with her voice, I knew she'd be trouble. She wanted me to review her, and I was ... read feature

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New releases

New releases: You had me at isometric cyberpunk fantasy


Plus, Teleglitch, Runescape 3, and silly blue people
Jul 23
New releases is a day late this week, as my ISP got so excited by all of these games coming out that they decided to screw with my connection. Well, that's what I pay them for. This week's actually a bit quiet, with only a c... read
Firefall preview photo
And lots of mining
Red5's sci-fi MMO Firefall has been in beta for a very long time, recently hitting that open-beta milestone. So long, in fact, that when I started playing the closed beta in earnest last month, it had transformed into an enti... read feature

Precinct Kickstarter photo
Precinct Kickstarter

Police Quest makes a comeback in the form of Precinct


And Kickstarter gets a police presence
Jul 17
When I was scouring adventure game titan Sierra On-line's back catalog in the '90s, one title stood out from its generally light-hearted peers and demanded that I play it immediately: a game where instead of playing a space j... read
Dragon Commander preview photo
Scaliness is godliness
Does slapping a jetpack onto a dragon sound ridiculous to you? Are you incredulous at such a prospect? You shouldn't be. How the hell does such a beast fly without mechanical assistance? Dragons are big, buff enough to make o... read feature

New releases photo
New releases

New releases: Demon slavery is back in style


Plus, Time and Eternity and Dynasty Warriors 8
Jul 15
It's Monday and I almost forgot. Here was me assuming it was still the weekend, but no, the new week has began and we've got a bunch of new releases to look forward to, or not. Shin Megami Tensei IV is the stand out new rele... read
New releases photo
New releases

New releases: Civilization V gets a massive expansion


Plus, The Walking Dead: 400 Days, Guncraft, and some football
Jul 08
Civilization V is pretty good, but Brave New World makes it wonderful. Launching in a couple of days, the latest expansion is filled with a bevy of new features, most of which improve the tiresome late game with new paths to... read
400 Days review photo
Still great without Lee and Clem
The Walking Dead: 400 Days is the work of a studio clearly not resting on its laurels. Acting as a bridge between season one and the upcoming sequel, 400 Days retains all of the harrowing, human and undead drama that made Lee... read feature

Fist Puncher review photo
And fireball flinger, leg kicker, and bee hurler
There are few things quite as cathartic as punching a nigh-endless horde of villains in their ugly mugs. I'm all for highfalutin, emotionally charged, wordy games where you are meant to care about people, but sometimes I just... read feature

Europa Universalis IV photo
Europa Universalis IV

Europa Universalis IV: Give Me That Old-Time Religion


Get the gods on your side
Jul 01
Europa Universalis IV is but a mere month away from release, but Paradox isn't finished with filling you in on the game's many nuances. In the latest dev diary, Project Lead Thomas Johansson describes the complex religious m... read
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New releases

New releases: It's Oh So Quiet


Plus, The Sound of Silence, Is There Anybody Out There and All By Myself
Jul 01
Eagle-eyed readers might notice that none of the titles in the headline or subheader are the names of videogames, and are actually songs. This is because there's bugger all coming out this week. Okay, that's unfair, but it's... read
7 Grand Steps review photo
The Generation Game
Board game, wheel of fortune, a vast narrative spanning thousands of years -- 7 Grand Steps is a strange beast. Through simple slot machine mechanics, choose-your-own-adventure scenarios, and eventually actual strategy, one b... read feature

New releases photo
New releases

New releases: Fight in the snow in Company of Heroes 2


Plus Ride to Hell, Deadpool, Dark, and more
Jun 24
This week sees the return of Relic's superb World War 2 strategy series, Company of Heroes, with the bloody conflict in the Eastern Front being presented in a brand new engine. Though it adds little more than extreme weather... read
New releases photo
New releases

New releases: Luigi is in charge


Plus Magrunner, Jak & Daxter, and Knights of Pen & Paper +1
Jun 17
With E3 behind us, it's time to get back to playing games that are actually out now. And this week we're being treated to the delightfully unexpected New Super Luigi U. Mario's just a boring old plumber, so it's no surprise ... read






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