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Dungeons II takes a humorous approach to being the bad guy

Nov 14 // Alessandro Fillari
Dungeons II (PC [Previewed], Mac, Linux)Developer: RealmForgePublisher: Kalypso MediaRelease Date: Q1 2015 Set in a Medieval-fantasy world full of humans and orcs on the brink of war, you play as the Dungeon Lord. Due to a magical spell, you are bound to your throne in a cave, and must rely on your minions to do your bidding. With the humans drawing closer to your realm, you must break the spell by expanding your resources and your army in order to fortify your dungeon, while retaking territory from the humans on the surface. While this may sound as generic as it gets, and it certainly does at first glance, Dungeons II takes great pride in defying expectations and subverting them. During my first hour, I found that Dungeons II felt very much like a parody of generic fantasy/adventure games. Many of the tropes and cliches are mocked and made light of, despite adhering to them in humorous fashion. Moreover, Kevan Brighting, the Narrator from The Stanley Parable, offers his talents here by breaking the fourth-wall to mock player's slow progress, and even going after the video games ratings system. I was always entertained throughout, and a lot of that had to do with the game's comedic tone.[embed]283823:56328:0[/embed]As the sequel to the original Dungeons, you're tasked with expanding the scope and scale of your dungeon, while keeping your minions happy. As you send your lesser underlings to create rooms for resources, and digging for gold, you have to monitor their happiness levels or else they'll revolt. By building breweries, you can keep them drunk and content, while paying for their services as well. As you build your base of operations, you'll eventually be visited by humans from the surface, looking to see what all the commotion is about. From here, you'll have to set traps and send out stronger minions to confront them and protect the Dungeon Lord.But here is where things get a little different. Once you've built the necessary resources and have a sizable force, you can send your minions up to the surface to retake territory. Switching over from Dungeon Keeper gameplay to RTS style mechanics similar to WarCraft or Dawn of War, the pacing changes up considerably. From here, you can battle your foes and sack their villages, turning the whimsical and lush environment, to barren and scorched wastelands.I was very impressed with how seamlessly Dungeons II transitions between the two different styles of gameplay. You can switch between the two on the fly with no loading whatsoever, which makes alternating between battles on the surface and making sure your minions in the dungeon are collecting resources very simple. Though be sure not to divide your forces so readily. If your send all your offensive minions outside, you can potentially leave yourself open to attack, as the lesser minions in the dungeon cannot defend themselves or the Dungeon Lord.Eventually, the Dungeon Lord and his forces will grow in power and come into conflict with other foes of the fantasy world, such as Dwarves and Elves, and they'll utilizes skills and tactics that will put abilities as the lord of evil to the test. During my session, I came into contact with a tribe of goblins hiding out from the Humans. Realizing that their resources would be put to better use elsewhere, the  Lord recruited them and used their tinkering skills to build devices to defend the dungeon.Even though my time with the game wasn't as long as I would've hoped, I came away pretty pleased with what I experienced. Though I'm generally not a fan of RTS titles, I did enjoy my time with Dungeons II. I was very much impressed with the sense of humor on display. It's always great to play a medieval-fantasy game that doesn't take itself seriously, and even makes some light-hearted jabs at the genre.With much more of the game in store, and including four-player online mode, Dungeons II looks to be a very solid and unique take on the classic Dungeon Keeper gameplay. If you're eager for a game where you play as the bad guy, then you'll want to keep this one on your radar.
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Make way for the villain
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Killing Floor 2

Are you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence?

How do I dismember thee? Let me count the ways
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// Rob Morrow
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Share your 3DS friend code for a Smashing good time

Because who wants to play alone?
Oct 03
// ChillyBilly
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Free PS4 multiplayer

PS4 online multiplayer will be free this weekend

Play online without a PlayStation Plus subscription
Sep 22
// Jordan Devore
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Borderlands on Steamworks

Borderlands on PC is playable online again, now through Steamworks

Because you were all dying to play this five-year-old game
Sep 15
// Darren Nakamura
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Smash Bros. 3DS

Super Smash Bros. 3DS online play allegedly auto-banning Peach

Her turnip is possibly mistaken as an item
Sep 15
// Chris Carter
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RollerCoaster Tycoon World is a return to form, features robust online modes and offline play

Sep 02 // Alessandro Fillari
"It is a challenge to try and stay ahead of the game, if you will, to create new and exciting content for our users that expect something great," said Atari CEO Fred Chesnais. "One hand, it's a challenge -- and we love a challenge, and if we make mistakes we fix them. The other hand we have this community that's support is so communicative, so we can talk about it and give us input." As with the previous games, you’re in charge with building and managing an amusement park. It’s your job to make sure the attractions are fun, the visitors are happy, and all the while making as much profit as possible. This time around, players have more options to make their own park unique. Everything from the park environment’s setting, stylistic aesthetic (such as Americana, Sci-Fi, and Western styles), and arrangement can be freely altered and shifted without any wait. The way people play simulators has changed since the last RollerCoaster Tycoon game on PC 10 years ago. And with the return to the PC, the developers wanted to incorporate online features. Online play is robust and very extensive. Players can observe the creation and management of another player’s park, acquire blueprints for rides, and they can even engage in four-player co-op and create an amusement park together, with each player manning their own section. But of course, if you’re not interested in playing online, you can build and manage your park in solitude offline. "We thought it was super important to be playable offline and to offer more than just a simple sandbox mode," said Chesnais. "We understand that people want to play this game at their own pace, when they have the opportunity to play it. Additionally, we thought it was important for us to include co-op play. The competitive nature of so many of these games now is we see that so many people stay engaged, whether they can play co-op play environments. So we thought it was very important that they had that choice." One of the core goals of RollerCoaster Tycoon World was to streamline the attraction building, while at the same time giving players more options to customize and refine the park to their liking. For instance, building rides now uses a node-based construction system. Placing a node will set the first piece of the track, and each node gives players the option to lay or remove tracks, raise or lower height, and increase pitch for turns. This allows for players to create rides quickly, but is also deep and intricate enough to give the hardcore builders enough options to make something incredibly ambitious. Moreover, when connected online, you can visit another player’s park and request the blueprint for rides that you like. With the blueprint you can recreate and tweak their ride to your liking. And yes, you can ride the coasters in first-person view to see the death-defying results up close. While the game is still fairly early in development, the developers at Pipeworks are making good progress so far. When it'll be released is anyone's guess, but what I've seen showed that this new RollerCoaster sim is a return to what fans expect from the series.
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CEO of Atari talks lessons learned and getting the series back on track
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DDoS Attack

DDoS attack on Sony servers?

Blizzard, Riot Games, and Grinding Gear also victimized
Aug 24
// Frank van t Ende
[Update: Sony has issued an update on the outage: "Network update: our engineers are aware of the issues and are working to resolve them. We'll keep you posted - sorry for the inconvenience."] Earlier today, PlayStation users...
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LittleBigPlanet 3

See some new screenshots for LittleBigPlanet 3

Sackboy and friends take things to a new level with enchanced user content
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After the runaway success of the first two LittleBigPlanet titles on PS3, fans had been clamoring for a follow-up on Sony's new hardware. With the announcement of LittleBigPlanet 3 at E3 coming to both PS4 and PS3, the LBP co...

How would you feel if your online opponent was secretly a bot?

Jul 27 // Jonathan Holmes
[embed]278687:55038:0[/embed] Most art, including videogames, is about tricking the audience into thinking something is "real" when it's just a construction from the artist's imagination. The catch is, the audience is usually given full disclosure that they thing that they are about to witness is fiction. They're told upfront that they're about to be tricked, which keeps them from feeling taken advantage of, at least in theory. Wondering if my online experience with Wii Sports Club Boxing was "real" or not took me back to when The Blair Witch Project was first released. A lot of people who hadn't researched the movie before going into it came out thinking it was "real" too. They thought the footage was all legit; that someone really edited together what a snuff film starring a witch and some dead college students and put it in theaters. When they found out later that is was all made up, some were impressed that the film had suspended their disbelief so effectively, while others were outraged that they were made to think that the movie was "better than it actually was". This conversation ended up being more interesting than the movie itself, and probably did a lot to contribute to its financial success.  Which side of that fence would you end up on if it turned out that not all of your online gaming experiences were "honest"? If a game's publisher manufactured online opponents give you a better experience, would you care? Does it matter if you're told that some aspects of the game aren't as "real" as you might otherwise believe?
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The official Pokémon Center online store is opening in August

Dolla dolla Bill, y'all
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// Brittany Vincent
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Suda51's Lily Bergamo was cancelled, turned into Let it Die

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Devil's Third lives, and it's a Wii U exclusive

Valhalla Game Studios brings the action to Wii U
Jun 10
// Alessandro Fillari
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Unreal Tournament 3 and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. saved from GameSpy shutdown

Wait, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. has multiplayer?
Jun 02
// Alasdair Duncan
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After 100 million Pokémon trades, we'll get a new Vivillon pattern

It's fancy
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So long, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection

Online service for DS and Wii games discontinued as of today
May 20
// Jordan Devore
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Namco 'seeking avenues' to continue supporting Dark Souls on PC

It's the usual Games for Windows Live for the time being
May 19
// Jordan Devore
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Capcom migrating some titles over to a new online service

Just not the ones that weren't developed by Capcom
May 13
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
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These are the EA games going offline on June 30

*Shakes fist at GameSpy*
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// Jordan Devore
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Dig deeper into Valve's class-based online shooter
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Insomniac Games teases info about characters and upcoming events
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Earn double GTA$ and RP in GTA Online

Today and tomorrow
May 02
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A few are losing online functionality
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// Jordan Devore
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Guerrilla job ad points to new IP with online focus

Mentions micro-transactions
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'Now kiss!'
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Destiny has a fancy new website with game footage

Still plenty of unanswered questions
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// Jordan Devore
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Star Trek Online Season 9 goes live, gives peace a chance

Well...sort of
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2K moving Borderlands, Civilization games to Steamworks

And discontinuing online support for some titles post-GameSpy shutdown
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Trophy completionists, be warned
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GameSpy Technology shutting down, will affect a ton of games

See what games are losing multiplayer
Apr 04
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
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