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9:20 AM on 08.12.2014

Microsoft unveils Scream Ride, coming spring 2015

[Update: Check out the official trailer above.] Microsoft has unveiled a new exclusive from developer Frontier (Kinectimals, Zoo Tycoon), and it looks like it could be a lot of fun. It's called Scream Ride, and it looks like...

Chris Carter

12:15 PM on 08.07.2014

Gunpoint designer Tom Francis has made some good progress on Heat Signature

Last time we saw a bit of Heat Signature, it was essentially just a proof of concept. The thruster physics and heat detection was functional, but the procedural generation of ships was a little wonky and there were no clear ...

Darren Nakamura

4:00 PM on 08.04.2014

Tropico 5 can't be released in Thailand, deemed inappropriate

The last two installments of the humorous Tropico simulation series made it to Thailand but this year's game, Tropico 5, will not see release in the country -- it's been banned. Following a coup in May, Thailand's government ...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 07.21.2014

Turns out actual farmers play Farming Simulator

Despite mainly playing all my games on PC, I've never been bitten by the simulation bug. There's no copies of Euro Truck Simulator or Farming Simulator lurking in my Steam library. Still, I'm keen to know who plays these game...

Alasdair Duncan

12:30 PM on 07.18.2014

Crummy: Power Rangers' Saban is going after Chroma Squad

Behold Studios' Chroma Squad is about managing a brand new sentai television series and, being an in-depth parody, it of course draws inspiration from real-life shows, including -- but far from limited to -- Power Rangers. In...

Jordan Devore



Fantasy Life is one of the easiest simulators ever to pick up and play photo
Fantasy Life is one of the easiest simulators ever to pick up and play
by Chris Carter

During a hands-on Nintendo event, I was given the option to play a number of upcoming games -- naturally, I gravitated towards Fantasy Life, which I've been waiting a few years to see in action overseas. Developed by the famous Level-5, Fantasy Life dropped in 2012 in Japan (and sold very well), and we've been asking for a localization ever since. Now we're getting it, as the game is set to drop on October 24.

The concept of Fantasy is dead-simple: you have 12 "lives" (jobs, essentially) to choose from, which derive from three principles -- combat, gathering, and creation. Although there is a core storyline that you can technically "beat," all 12 jobs have their own sub-story, and every job can fight in combat. In other words, it doesn't feel nearly as limiting as other simulators, so you can play the way you want to rather than shackle yourself to a certain archetype.

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6:00 AM on 07.16.2014

You too can know what it's like to suffer in Game Journalism Simulator

Inspired by other ridiculous sims like Goat Simulator, Game Journalism Simulator is currently in the design phase and is a collaborative project between journalist and new developer Jason Evangelho and other real-world gaming...

Brittany Vincent

6:30 PM on 07.15.2014

Survive The Long Dark's sandbox this September on Steam Early Access

Hinterland's Kickstarted first-person survival sim The Long Dark will launch on Steam Early Access in September, the studio announced today. As ever, "This will help us do a better job tuning the game's Sandbox mechanics, f...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 07.09.2014

The creators of Train Simulator are getting involved with Microsoft Flight Simulator

Through a licensing agreement with Microsoft, Train Simulator maker Dovetail Games will release Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition on Steam at the end of this year. It's coming with the Deluxe Edition and Acceleration...

Jordan Devore

8:30 PM on 07.03.2014

Unreal Engine 4 for Train Simulator and a Fishing sim are next at Dovetail

Dovetail Games, the company behind Train Simulator, said last year that it planned to break into other types of simulation games in the future. One such title is Dovetail Games Fishing, coming to PC in late 2014 with more pla...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 07.03.2014

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth will launch in October

Civilization: Beyond Earth looks like a pretty cool entry into the Civ franchise, and now we have a set release date -- October 24th, 2014, coming in at $49.99. Currently, PC is the only planned platform. There's also a pre-...

Chris Carter

11:30 AM on 07.02.2014

Tomodachi Life gets a special demo this week

If you're still on the fence about Tomodachi Life, you can grab a demo today to see what all the fuss is about. For those of you who already have the game you're probably familiar with the "Welcome Version" demo -- it's the s...

Chris Carter

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

4:00 AM on 07.01.2014

Like me, The Sims 4 keeps getting 'Smarter and Weirder'

In a new gameplay trailer released today, fans were given a sneak peek at the latest entry to the Sims franchise, The Sims 4. Many of the old Sims tropes abound, such as electrocuting yourself when you attempt to learn how t...

Brittany Vincent

10:45 AM on 06.30.2014

Team17 to publish post-apocalyptic strategy-sim Sheltered

In years past, Team17 has mostly been known as the studio behind Worms, but lately the studio has been expanding that image by publishing other UK-based, independently-developed games. Last month we saw the publisher pick up...

Darren Nakamura

3:00 PM on 06.28.2014

Goat Simulator is receiving a North American retail release via Deep Silver

Not too long ago, we announced that Goat Simulator would be receiving a retail release in the UK. A boxed version of the bizarre farm animal simulator was awesome news, but North American gamers were still relegated to the di...

Brittany Vincent