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3:30 PM on 01.28.2014

Okay, sure: Metal Slug 3 hits Steam next month

I have lost track of the number of times I've bought Metal Slug 3, which usually isn't a good sign -- but it's one of those timeless games and I can't help myself. Absolutely no regrets. Temptation will arise once again in Fe...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 01.26.2014

No more character wipes for Starbound starting right now

Earlier this month we heard that the highly anticipated Starbound patch that would eliminate any future character wipes would be coming within about a week. Though it took a bit longer than that, we can all rejoice, because C...

Darren Nakamura

5:00 PM on 01.24.2014

Rock n' roll horror fighter Chainsaw Incident announced

I don't know about you, but when I think of a chainsaw incident, I think of Christian Bale dropping one down several flights and killing a woman in American Psycho. Or maybe that scene in Scarface. Chainsaws are pretty horri...

Steven Hansen

3:30 PM on 01.15.2014

Get ready to start playing Starbound for keeps

Starbound is fantastic. Its scope is enormous, and it could easily keep players exploring for years to come. At least, it can once progress is no longer reset every few weeks. Thankfully, that date is soon approaching, with a...

Darren Nakamura





2:15 PM on 01.14.2014

El Bundle Fantástico de Guacamelee! está en PSN ahora

Guacamelee! came out early last year, and ended up being my second-favorite game of 2013, with its bright colors, unique setting, and satisfying brawler combat all wrapped up into a Metroidvania. I recommend it whenever ...

Darren Nakamura

7:00 PM on 01.07.2014

VVVVVV coming to Vita, iOS, and Android this year

Terry Cavanagh's wonderful platformer VVVVVV will become even more widespread this year. In a blog post detailing his existing game projects, which all seem to be in various states of completion, the designer said to expect t...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 01.06.2014

Starbound has sold over a million copies

Starbound has surpassed one million sales, developer Chucklefish Games announced today. Not that any of us were doubting the popularity of the sandbox title, but it sure is nice to hear confirmation that things are going well...

Jordan Devore



Risk of Rain is my new roguelike obsession photo
Risk of Rain is my new roguelike obsession
by Jordan Devore

Given my taste in games these days, I should have been able to get into Rogue Legacy.

It contains most of the elements I look for in this new generation of roguelikes which may or may not actually be much like Rogue, but for reasons that remain a mystery, the experience never fully clicked. I like what I've played of the game -- which is admittedly not a whole lot -- but I'm also happy to let Rogue Legacy just sit in my Steam library unnoticed. Disappointing, but plenty of you did enjoy it and there will always be others for me. This style of game is decidedly "in" right now.

The last roguelikes I got heavily invested in were The Binding of Isaac and Spelunky. I'm talking hundreds and hundreds of hours between the two. And that's nothing compared to people out there who can boast four-digit hour counts. I'm certain they exist. While it might be too early to call it now at only 27 hours of play ("only"), I'm going to do so anyway; I think I've found my latest obsession, and it's one not nearly enough of you are playing: Risk of Rain.

In an effort to help change that, I've examined why I find this game so compelling.

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Impressions: Starbound
by Darren Nakamura

Back in 2011, Re-Logic released Terraria, which gained massive popularity for its procedurally generated sandbox gameplay that had combat and objectives for those wanting more than just a place to go and dig.

It was a surprise hit for me, and I ended up spending hundreds of hours with it. Eventually, life happened and Terraria's creator Andrew "Redigit" Spinks announced that it would not be updated any more, but also that artist Finn "Tiy" Brice had moved on to form Chucklefish, whose first project would be what many consider to be a spiritual successor to Re-Logic's title, but set in space. Starbound was born.

Fans backed the project fervently, with its homegrown crowdfunding campaign topping a million dollars in under a month. Currently, they have sold over 180,000 pre-orders, taking in more than $3.7 million in support of the project. Starbound is an indie sensation, but while it does strive to be seen as its own entity, it will always be compared to its predecessor.

For the most part, comparisons between Terraria and Starbound are apt, and they provide a good starting point for discussion, but in the end Starbound is much more than just "Terraria in space."

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5:00 PM on 12.27.2013

Why Spelunky on PC was my real game of 2013

When it comes to working out which games are eligible for our Game of the Year voting process, the issue of a re-release is a thorny one. Plenty of games are either console or PC exclusive, only to have a version come out a y...

Alasdair Duncan

4:00 PM on 12.13.2013

Rogue Legacy patch adding bosses, rooms, and more

An excuse to pump more hours into Rogue Legacy will present itself soon enough. Cellar Door Games has teased what's to come in patch 1.2, which should be going live any day now: Five new boss remixes. "These battles will be ...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 12.12.2013

ULTIONUS is out now, features music by Jake Kaufman

Not long ago, Andrew "DarkFalzX" Bado ran a Kickstarter campaign for the pixel art Metroidvania Legend of Iya, which just barely reached its funding goal in the final hours of its run. Though he has been putting his time int...

Darren Nakamura

1:30 PM on 12.11.2013

It's not too late to put Teslagrad on your radar

After coming out of seemingly nowhere to impress us back in May, Rain Games' exploratory puzzle-platformer Teslagrad is nearing its launch on PC, which happens December 13, 2013. The game is hitting Steam, GOG.com, and other...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 12.10.2013

Nice: Catacomb Kids will be funded on Kickstarter

The Kickstarter for Catacomb Kids will be funded when the campaign closes in approximately a day's time. Designer FourbitFriday has release a couple of video demonstrations since we last checked in with this roguelike platfo...

Jordan Devore

4:45 PM on 12.10.2013

Samurai Gunn stealth released on PC today

Samurai Gunn (from boy genius Beau Blyth) has been flying under the radar for a while, but now it's available for the entire world to experience. The frantically-paced Bushido brawler released on Steam and the Humble St...

Brett Makedonski





1:15 PM on 12.10.2013

Go get Volgarr the Viking for half price on Steam

Tony Ponce laid it out in his review, but to reiterate, Volgarr the Viking is worth your time if you're down for a challenge. The 2D action game is half price in a 48-hour sale on Steam which started earlier this morning. At ...

Jordan Devore