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3:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Early Access Review: Sunless Sea

[Want to know how an Early Access game is coming along? Check out our Early Access Reviews, which will be a series going forward with the intent of informing you whether or not a game is worth buying into at this time.] Ca...

Alasdair Duncan


8:00 AM on 07.03.2014

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite on iOS is astoundingly faithful, if you have a controller

Here we are in 2014 with an iOS port of a PSP game, in the form of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. The kicker? It's very, very good. As a port of 2008's Freedom Unite, everything is faithfully recreated on an iOS devi...

Chris Carter



Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is worth double-dipping for photo
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is worth double-dipping for
by Chris Carter

Gaucamelee was one of my favorite games of 2013. In addition to presenting a refreshing Metroidvania world worth exploring, it also had a solid combat system as well as some incredibly unique art.

It was a ton of fun, and it was clear after completing it for the first time that developer Drinkbox Studios wasn't done with protagonist Juan's tale. In addition to a few pieces of DLC scattered about the past year, Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition is upon us, with a host of updates, tweaks, and never-seen-before content.

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11:00 AM on 07.01.2014

Mountain is a great app to run in the background

When I was younger, I used to stare at this one screensaver for hours on end. It involved a guy getting stuck on a desert island, and he would get involved in various antics for what seemed like days. I'd rarely ever see a re...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 06.30.2014

The Art of Watch Dogs nails the modern cyberpunk aesthetic

For all the controversy over its graphical quality, Ubisoft's Watch Dogs had a compelling open-world version of Chicago to explore. As Chris Carter pointed out in his review, the visuals rarely meet the quality set by GTA V b...

Alasdair Duncan

12:00 PM on 06.30.2014

Freaking Meatbags is tower defense with a unique style

"Meatbags." There are few more apt terms to represent the views of a theoretical intelligent robot than the word Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic's HK-47 used to refer to people. Considering its timelessness it's actual...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 06.27.2014

Payday 2's Big Bank is a throwback to the first game

Payday 2's heists are much shorter than the first game's or broken up into multi-day sections that allow for some reprieve. I've played levels in the first Payday with equally unskilled, low-level friends for close to an hour...

Steven Hansen

12:00 PM on 06.25.2014

Peggle 2's Jimmy Lightning is less exciting than the first DLC

Peggle 2 is one of those games that's good to just pick up and play every so often, and whenever a new character drops, I get the itch to play again. This time the newcomer isn't an original character like Windy the Fai...

Chris Carter



Hands-on with the Destiny first-look alpha photo
Hands-on with the Destiny first-look alpha
by Chris Carter

After months of hype it's nice to be able to sit down and actually play a game for yourself. It's crazy to think that Bungie sent over members of the press to an event without even giving them a chance to play Destiny, but here we are these many months later, and the technical alpha has started for PlayStation 4 owners.

I've been playing it for quite a while, and I'm glad to say that it was worth the wait -- even if it doesn't blow me away quite yet.

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2:00 PM on 06.05.2014

Final Fantasy XIV's patch 2.28 brings lots of great changes

I play a lot of MMOs, and not all of them are as updated as often as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Traditionally, major patches (2.1, 2.2, and the upcoming 2.3) deliver the stuff everyone wants, like more dungeons, raids...

Chris Carter



Here's why I think you should get the new slim PS Vita  photo
Here's why I think you should get the new slim PS Vita
by Dale North

The revised, slimmer, lighter version of PlayStation Vita hit shelves this week. It's been out in Japan since October of last year, and now we're finally getting ours in a Borderlands 2 hardware bundle (which also includes 8GB PS Vita memory, all for $199).

There are plenty of portable-playing gamers on the fence over this new Vita model, so I thought I'd weigh in as a user and fan. I'm not necessarily trying to sell you on these. I mean, it's not like Sony gives me a cut or anything. I just want to go against some of the criticisms I've heard and explain that I think the slim Vita is pretty great. 

This piece won't cover why you should or shouldn't get a Vita. Because really?

Maybe we'll have that talk later.

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MLB 14 looks great on PS4, but comes with load times slower than baseball photo
MLB 14 looks great on PS4, but comes with load times slower than baseball
by Steven Hansen

I was mostly satisfied with MLB 14 The Show's initial PS3 and Vita release. Hitting ahead of the PS4 version led to some (perhaps overdue) improvements, from the UI overhaul to PS3/PS4/Vita cross saves to a universal The Show profile to franchise carry over into the next years' installments.

Coupled with little touches like a new dynamic camera angle, the addictive weekly challenge, and even more gameplay options (Quick Count and Player Lock), it felt like a worthy send off for the best baseball series of the last generation.

The problem, of course, is when the PS4 version hits (now), none of this is new. It just looks better. And somehow loads slower.

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2:01 AM on 05.06.2014

The God of War Vita Collection is a bare-bones port-job, but it gets said job done

In case you didn't join me back in 2013 when I replayed the entire God of War series, the second entry is by far my favorite. So when I heard that the first two Kratos tales would be hitting the PlayStation Vita thi...

Chris Carter

2:00 PM on 05.05.2014

Croixleur Sigma is hard to pronounce, but fun to play

Doujin hack-and-slasher Croixleur debuted on western shores early last year, and it packed quite a punch. The game drew inspiration from the Devil May Cry series' Bloody Palace mode, pitting players against waves of...

Kyle MacGregor

2:00 PM on 04.23.2014

Peggle 2's Windy the Fairy DLC is worth the cheap entry fee

Windy the Fairy has crash landed in Peggle 2 as the newest master, and she also happens to be a $2 piece of DLC. It's not just a character pack though, as you'll net 10 new story levels (which can be used in multip...

Chris Carter

4:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Awesomenauts' Penny Fox is a swift assassin, and a ton of fun

It's insane how much Awesomenauts has changed over the years. I remember picking it up on the PS3 and wondering when any new characters were going to come, and given the update issues developer Ronimo had, they never did...

Chris Carter