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5:30 PM on 02.16.2015

Terraria: Otherworld trailer shows an alternate dimension to the sandbox

Whoa. What's this? A new game in the Terraria universe? I have just recently been getting back into the similar-but-unrelated Starbound, so this is especially interesting news right about now. Re-Logic released the above alp...

Darren Nakamura


8:00 PM on 02.10.2015

Windward: RPG lootin' on the high seas

To a sailor, a ship represents freedom. It grants the ability to go anywhere and do anything. In Windward, players take on the role of a captain, dropped into a tropical archipelago sandbox. True to theme, there are many opt...

Darren Nakamura



Saints Row IV: Re-Elected is a prettier mash-up of aliens and sex toys  photo
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected is a prettier mash-up of aliens and sex toys
by Brittany Vincent

Saints Row IV is absolutely crazy. It is, without a doubt, one of the most off-the-wall sandbox experiences you can have on a console or otherwise. It's an excellent cooperative adventure as well, and it delivers the franchise’s trademark juvenile, zany humor in droves.

Unfortunately, it released near the end of the previous console life cycle, so as it happens several Saints Row fans skipped it entirely or chose to wait until its eventual updated release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, because we all knew it would probably happen. The time has finally come, as Saints Row IV: Re-Elected and the raucous President of the World is sworn in on current consoles. How is it, you ask? The short version: just as sweet as the first time around.

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3:30 PM on 01.28.2015

Starbound update includes new race, new combat, new universe

Wow. It has been a long time. I thought that maybe I had missed a stable update somewhere along the line, but by Chucklefish's own admission, this is the first one since last March. To take a step back, development on Starbo...

Darren Nakamura

7:00 PM on 01.27.2015

Medieval contraption builder Besiege looks splendid

Word of Besiege has gotten to me slowly, but now that it's here, I feel obligated to pass the message on. This is a physics-driven medieval puzzle game about building killer contraptions, like this ingenious windmill on wheel...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 01.26.2015

Heh, Lucius II *would* release on Friday the 13th

  I liked the idea of Lucius. Not enough games place children in the leading role, much less children who happen to be the devil's offspring. But good games aren't built on potential alone. In his review for Destructoid,...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 01.20.2015

State of Decay Xbox One remaster hits April 28, upgrade plan detailed

Oh, right, State of Decay is coming to Xbox One. Rough as it is in spots, the third-person zombie survival game is worth experiencing (though preferably during a Steam sale). Running around town with your crew, fortifying bas...

Jordan Devore



Review: Saints Row IV: Gat out of Hell photo
Review: Saints Row IV: Gat out of Hell
by Brittany Vincent

There’s something about a series that doesn’t feel the need to make a ton of social commentary, or really feel grounded in reality. The Saints Row series is like if the worlds of The Naked Gun and Grand Theft Auto merged, and the result is a unique blend of zany comedy, copious cursing, and ultraviolence. Saints Row: The Third is one of my favorite games of all time.

The series hit its peak there, with an almost perfect balance of the real, the absurd, and the fantastical. Saints Row IV was still a blast, but I felt it lacked the magic of its predecessor. So it’s understandable that I was therefore jaded by the time Saints Row: Gat out of Hell came down the pipe to review. But wherever you are and wherever you go, there’s always gonna be some light.

With that said, plenty of it shines through in this standalone expansion.

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6:30 PM on 01.13.2015

Build castles and blow them up with a trebuchet in Medieval Engineers

Keen Software has built a million-person-strong audience for Space Engineers, but I've stayed away from the work-in-progress construction sandbox game so far. Steam Early Access often has that effect on me. The studio's next...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 11.06.2014

Had enough yet? Terraria headed to PS4 and Xbox One next week

There's no stopping Terraria. I played, and I do mean played, the 2D sandbox game years ago on PC, and it was quite the time sink. Back then, I didn't imagine it'd come to any other platforms, but it has -- to consoles, handh...

Jordan Devore

4:00 PM on 11.05.2014

GRAV is a survival sandbox set on alien worlds

I don't know when I'll be in a state of mind to play another "sandbox survival experience," but I do like the look of GRAV and its vibrant alien worlds. The dancing is a nice touch, too. This is a PC game in development at B...

Jordan Devore





11:00 AM on 10.21.2014

Minecraft on PS Vita is the definitive portable version

You know what Minecraft is, your parents know what Minecraft is, and your grandparents just don't understand why that younger family member is on the iPad all the time. It's everywhere, but why has it never received a proper ...

Brett Zeidler

4:00 PM on 09.30.2014

U Craft seeks to fill the Minecraft void on Wii U

There might not be Minecraft for Wii U, but there is U Craft. Close enough? This is in the works at Nexis Games, the studio behind some games I'm also not familiar with -- do BrickBlast U! or The Dance of the Damned ring any ...

Jordan Devore

4:00 PM on 09.17.2014

You can now play Goat Simulator on the go

Coffee Stain Studios has brought Goat Simulator to iOS and Android. It's $4.99. While the game is surely best controlled with something other than a touch screen, the make-your-own-fun sandbox experience is suitable for mobil...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 09.16.2014

The Tomorrow Children might just push me into buying a PS4

The Tomorrow Children was one of the more intriguing, albeit overlooked announcements out of this year's gamescom and the more I hear about it, the better it sounds. And there's plenty left to hear -- the team at Q-Games had ...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 08.25.2014

Don't Starve hits PS Vita next week with Cross-Buy

Klei will release its sandbox survival game Don't Starve: Giant Edition for PS Vita on Tuesday, September 2. This port will come with the Reign of Giants DLC (more characters, biomes, seasons) included in its $14.99 price tag...

Jordan Devore