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11:00 AM on 04.26.2013

Watch hour-long Beyond scene and trailer on stream

Just because I'm in New York this weekend covering Beyond: Two Soul's presence at the Tribeca Film Festival, doesn't mean you have to. Have to be in New York that is, since the hour-long clip and trailer will be live streamed...

Allistair Pinsof

10:15 AM on 04.26.2013

Rumor: Scribblenauts Unmasked takes place in DC universe

The next Scribblenauts, tentatively titled Scribblenauts Unmasked, will take place in the universe of DC Comics, including characters like Batman and locations like the Batcave, IGN reports. The title is for PC, Wii U, and 3D...

Allistair Pinsof



XCOM shooter re-emerges as The Bureau: XCOM Declassified photo
XCOM shooter re-emerges as The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
by Allistair Pinsof

2K Marin's first-person XCOM reboot, first shown in 2010, has undergone some changes:

1) It's now a third-person tactical shooter slated for a $59.99 retail release on August 20 for  Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

2) It's retitled The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.

3) Firaxis' XCOM: Enemy Unknown already rebooted the franchise, so The Bureau is an origin story instead of a reboot.

The Bureau unravels the origins of XCOM, before the organization had state-of-the-art technology, foreign agents, or even knew what it was up against. The story follows intelligence agent William Carter, who finds himself employed by an agency that secretly investigates Russia. It's 1962, the height of the Cold War, and America suspects the Soviet Union has nukes that aren't going to go unused. These rising tensions are quickly transposed when alien bodies arrive, redirecting the agency's efforts.

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1:30 PM on 04.24.2013

Future of Darksiders is uncertain in Nordic Games' hands

Nordic who? After announcing publisher Nordic Games gained rights to THQ's Darksiders and Red Faction, I saw many ask who Nordic Games is and what its plans are for these series. I'd reference you to Wikipedia for the first p...

Allistair Pinsof

4:30 PM on 04.23.2013

Final Fantasy's PS1 glory days recaptured in indie game

What becomes antiquated will eventually become cool again. It happened to 16-bit sidescrollers and voxels, so why not pre-rendered backgrounds and world maps? The Black Tower is a love letter to PlayStation Japanese RPGs, cu...

Allistair Pinsof

4:30 PM on 04.22.2013

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger shoots the sheriff on May 22

Techland's Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, the latest entry in the Western FPS series, will hit PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and PC on May 22. Even with a new trailer, I still don't have a good grip on exactly what thi...

Allistair Pinsof

2:30 PM on 04.22.2013

Grand Theft Auto V viral video introduces new character

Rockstar posted a video (which doubles as a downloadable screensaver) that lists The Epsilon Program's -- the Scientology parody first introduced in San Andreas' radio ads -- values. Hidden behind the text are scenic day-nig...

Allistair Pinsof

2:13 PM on 04.22.2013

Gearbox has rights to classic RTS Homeworld

Update: Along with Darksiders, Red Faction, and other THQ properties getting picked up by Nordic Games for a cool $4.9 million, it's come to light that Gearbox spent $1.35 million in acquiring Homeworld. Borderlands developer...

Allistair Pinsof





10:00 PM on 04.19.2013

Virtual reality is the future of treadmills ... I think?

You don't need a gym when you have a 3DS and elliptical machine, I've realized in recent months. Playing Fire Emblem while working my calfs is both great fun and great fitness, yet my mind has been wondering what else is out...

Allistair Pinsof

9:00 PM on 04.19.2013

Upcoming SimCity patch will address top requested fixes

On April 22, SimCity will continue its arduous trek to becoming a game worthy of its name. The Update 2.0 patch will address "a number of top-requested bug fixes and improvements," according to developer Maxis. Along with som...

Allistair Pinsof

7:30 PM on 04.19.2013

Dishonored's lore summed up in a minute

Dishonored is the game with the racists people in the sky? Or is it the one with the head crabs? I've been playing Black Mesa and BioShock Infinite recently, so Dishonored feels like a distant memory, despite it being my per...

Allistair Pinsof

4:30 PM on 04.19.2013

Play Super Mario Bros. within a Counter-Strike map

Sometimes you need to put down the AK-47, pause the terrorist hunt, and play Super Mario Bros. Using a server plugin, a clever modder that goes by the name skwumpy created the Sourcemod Entertainment System or SMES, which le...

Allistair Pinsof



Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us photo
Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us
by Allistair Pinsof

When DC Comics’ most popular heroes and villains appeared in 2008’s Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Aquaman was nowhere to be found. Thought of as a laughing stock with a shaky history in videogames -- the less said about Battle for Atlantis, the better -- Aquaman was tossed aside. Now, Aquaman is a total badass. Injustice shows a lot has changed in the world of DC since 2008. It also shows there is a lot that can still be changed in fighting games.

For a game weighted down by genre conventions that are further imposed by fictional characters that have been around longer than most of our lifetimes, Injustice is full of the type of grand ideas we stopped seeing in fighting games since the late '90s. Whether it becomes embraced by EVO players or not, it's a nice shot in the arm for a genre that often feels niche to a fault.

Injustice is not replacing Mortal Kombat. It's building something new.

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6:00 PM on 04.15.2013

Criterion is moving away from racing games and sequels

Criterion creative director Alex Ward has had enough with floating rumors, so he's taken to Twitter to debunk speculation that his team is working on a Need for Speed or Burnout sequel. In addition, he said his next game won'...

Allistair Pinsof



BioShock Infinite is the history lesson gamers deserve photo
BioShock Infinite is the history lesson gamers deserve
by Allistair Pinsof

According to Google, "Boxer Rebellion", "Pinkerton" and "Wounded Knee" have been trending lately. BioShock Infinite is teaching gamers about the American history that often evades classrooms, churches, and homes. After years at botched attempts at American commentary in games, either failed or cancelled, and much discussion in the academic crowd, Infinite finally delivers subtle, insightful, and fair commentary on America but it feels like no one is noticing.

The internet doesn't need another editorial on BioShock Infinite's narrative, I can imagine you thinking upon seeing this article. I thought the same myself, until I realized that most writers are focusing on the violence of the player's actions or the science behind Columbia. On my second playthrough of Irrational's stellar first-person shooter, it became clear that these are only bookends and it's unfortunate that what comes between them isn't what is being focused on: America.

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2:30 PM on 04.15.2013

Become the crazy nastyass badger in Shelter

Pid was one of the most charming games I played in 2012, so it's no surprise that developer Might and Delight's next project, Shelter, focuses on the most mighty and delightful creature in the animal kingdom: the crazy nasty...

Allistair Pinsof