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A day in the life of a jetpack-wearing dragon monarch photo
A day in the life of a jetpack-wearing dragon monarch
by Fraser Brown

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 one wonder if they are all on steroids, and -- according to Skyrim -- their bones are the heaviest things in the world. They'd need wings the size of a town to even get them an inch off the ground.

So, perhaps Larian Studios was being rather reasonable when they decided to develop a steampunk RTS with jetpack-wearing dragons. There's probably a dragon physiology expert on the team. After making so many dragon-focused titles, there certainly should be. 

This is not to say that Dragon Commander isn't a little bit silly -- there's a snooty lizard man who keeps insulting you and the dwarves wear bowler hats and bling, after all. Yet, for every gag, there's something underneath it that's inventive and surprising, and most surprising of all is that flying through the skies as a technologically-augmented magical lizard was not the most entertaining aspect. 

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1:00 PM on 07.12.2013

EA Phenomic has reportedly been shut down

The Frankfurt, Germany-based EA Phenomic has been shut down, reports GamesIndustry International. While EA would not specifically confirm the closure, the company did give a response that doesn't inspire much confidence: "As ...

Jordan Devore

5:00 AM on 07.11.2013

Play Sonic Lost World at San Diego Comic-Con

Sega is returning to San Diego Comic-Con once again with their pop-up arcade to be located just across the halls of the giant nerd convention. Fans will be able to roll up to the arcade and get hands-on with Sonic: Lost World...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:00 AM on 07.10.2013

Dota 2 has officially launched

Dota 2 is finally out for all to consume. Valve is releasing the game in waves in order to maximize game performance for everyone so people that are already in won't experience any disruption. You may have to wait just a litt...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 PM on 07.04.2013

DarthMod-maker creating entirely new Civil War RTS

The DarthMod series spent almost a decade tooling and toying with each release of a Total War game. All in all, Nick Thomadis' mods have been downloaded over a million times. Total War fans and owners previously unaware of th...

Steven Hansen

4:00 AM on 07.04.2013

Natural Selection 2 adding female marine as free update

The fabulously interesting RTS/FPS hybrid Natural Selection 2 is getting a new playable character this August or September, according to the development blog. Natural Selection 2 pits a host of inventive aliens against a lita...

Steven Hansen

9:30 PM on 06.26.2013

Let's watch 27 minutes of Divinity: Dragon Commander

Come for the jetpack-wearing dragon, stay for the combination of real-time strategy with base building, aerial combat, and overarching political role-playing. If it was not already clear before this extended gameplay walkthr...

Jordan Devore

8:00 AM on 06.26.2013

Watch the entire Nintendo Direct Pikmin presentation here

This morning, Nintendo put on a special Japan-only Nintendo Direct specifically for Pikmin 3. It's basically a "Let's Play" for the game starring Miyamoto, as he leads someone through a demonstration of a typical level. For ...

Chris Carter







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Review: Company of Heroes 2
by Joshua Derocher

Company of Heroes 2 comes off strong with its new campaign, and it packs an impressive amount of extra features. Standing on its own, it is an impressive real-time strategy game, but there are people who want to know what makes this better than the beloved original Company of Heroes. The simple answer to that question is that it's more of what they love.

The sequel brings a new campaign, new multiplayer maps and units, new co-op modes, more explosions, more units on the field, and deathly winter combat, all presented with the gameplay that made the first such a hit. It stays true to its roots while bringing in enough new, compelling content to make it worthwhile.

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8:00 AM on 06.13.2013

Command & Conquer will offend everyone equally

Command and Conquer is back, and this time it's going the free-to-play route. Now before you cringe too hard from the last statement, much is still undecided when it comes to the freemium model that will be in place when the ...

Wesley Ruscher



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Review: Wargame: AirLand Battle
by Fraser Brown

It took a truly horrific defeat for me to knuckle down and attempt to break through Wargame: AirLand Battle's tough, uncaring exterior. I'd tossed aside the campaign, had one skirmish match under my belt, and I dived head-first into a 10 vs. 10 multiplayer battle where I was undoubtedly more of a hindrance than anything to my exasperated cohorts. 

I'd send out my jets -- the most significant addition to RTS since European Escalation -- only for them to explode and pepper the battlefield with debris. Then I'd call in my tanks and weep as they became engulfed in smoke and fire, blown to smithereens by previously invisible opponents. I pounded my fists and cursed my ineptitude, and all around the map my units were dying and wishing they had a better commander.

AirLand Battle is not a strategy title you can just dip your toes into, nor is it forgiving to those who are unprepared. Over 800 units from 12 different countries have been lovingly modelled and given abilities and statistics that are freakishly close to their real-world counterparts, and if you don't know how to use them effectively, you will not survive. I certainly didn't.

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6:00 PM on 06.05.2013

Company of Heroes 2 fires into open beta

Company of Heroes 2 has launched into open beta, so from now until June 18 you can check out the multiplayer and coop. The best news about the open beta is that if you play it a lot, and decide to buy the game later, you'll g...

Joshua Derocher

7:00 AM on 05.30.2013

Things go boom in the latest Company of Heroes 2 trailer

The latest look at Company of Heroes 2 shows off just how action packed this real time strategy game is. There's action, explosions, and death all around you in the battlefield. There's so much action here that the trailer even says you should check this one out before you play "the next big FPS." Oh, snap! Company of Heroes 2 will be out on June 25 for the PC.

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:00 PM on 05.29.2013

Hardware: Shipbreakers in action

The engine trails, a squad of flying vessels moving as one, the tactical map, that music -- yep, Hardware: Shipbreakers looks a lot like Homeworld, and I couldn't be happier. Sure, the textures don't look great, an...

Fraser Brown



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Review: StarDrive
by Fraser Brown

When I look up at the sky at night, one thought eclipses all others: I really hope there are badass bears in space. Bears are natural spacefarers, and that is a known fact. They don't require oxygen, can travel faster than the speed of light, and they build really rad spaceships. 

Daniel DiCicco, the man behind StarDrive, knows this to be true, which is why he made a game with space bears. While a game just about our ursine friends would be wonderful, StarDrive has a wee bit more to it.

A real-time 4X space strategy title, StarDrive seems to have drawn plenty from the long history of the genre, with elements of Masters of Orion, Galactic Civilizations, and Sins of a Solar Empire coming together to make an occasionally intriguing strategy game, though one that slips up quite a lot.

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9:30 PM on 05.22.2013

Here's your Company of Heroes 2 campaign trailer

I'm really grateful that Sega has picked up Company of Heroes 2 after THQ's collapse. The original was a great real-time strategy title, one that I had most of my fun with in multiplayer more than the single-player. This tra...

Alasdair Duncan