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A San Francisco native, he's an admirer of the city's diverse culture and lifestyle. Prior to joining the staff, he was a contributor and an editor for his college newspaper where he wrote articles for the Entertainment section. Likes: RPGs, Action-Adventure, Metal Gear Solid series, and everything related to the action game Bayonetta.
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10:00 AM on 04.20.2015

Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition is ridiculous and over the top in all the right ways

The Devil May Cry franchise has experienced some strange happenings in recent years. After the release of Ninja Theory's reboot and many debates among fans about what direction it should go next, the future of the franchise f...

Alessandro Fillari

1:15 PM on 04.16.2015

The original Kickstarter game, High Strangeness, is set for release on May 6

Ever since the big Kickstarter boom of 2012, there's never been a short supply of developers looking to get their next title going through crowdfunding. From metroidvania action-RPG titles referencing the golden years of game...

Alessandro Fillari

2:30 PM on 04.15.2015

Dystopian steampunk mini-golf is now a thing in Vertiginous Golf

What happens when you get the developers of those old Nabisco mini-golf Flash games and have them make a new type of mini-golf title? Well evidently, you get something completely off-the-wall and bizarre, which feels more lik...

Alessandro Fillari

3:00 PM on 04.14.2015

Narcosis explores the horrors of the deep ocean with intense VR gameplay

Last year during Game Connection Europe, Steven had some special hands-on time with developer Honor Code, Inc's upcoming underwater survival horror title Narcosis. As a psychological-horror survival game, players find themsel...

Alessandro Fillari

8:00 AM on 04.07.2015

Killing Floor 2 is hectic and gory, and will be on Early Access this month

It's been a good while since the release of the original Killing Floor back in 2008. Over the years, its been sitting on the Steam best-sellers list for quite some time, and built a loyal and dedicated following. While hoard-...

Alessandro Fillari

7:00 PM on 04.03.2015

New adventure title from former LucasArts dev comes to Steam later this month

Last year, I got the chance to chat with the developers behind The Perils of Man, an episodic time-traveling adventure title from the minds of Bill Tiller and Gene Mocsy. With a pedigree of work ranging from classic adv...

Alessandro Fillari

11:01 AM on 03.31.2015

Travel to India and Russia in future episodes of Assassin's Creed Chronicles this fall

Recently, I got to go hands-on with Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China. For this downloadable title, Ubisoft redesigned the AC experience to fit within a 2.5D perspective. With China releasing next month, players will finally...

Alessandro Fillari

11:00 AM on 03.31.2015

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China gives the series a fresh perspective

It's not often we see a major player in the big leagues of yearly releases reinvent itself in a more modest and distinct way. With Assassin's Creed titles expected every year, it's been a bit of a challenge for Ubisoft to kee...

Alessandro Fillari

6:30 PM on 03.27.2015

Space Sluggers is chaotic and so incredibly cheesy

I'm quite a fan of old-school action shoot-'em-ups. Back in the day, I used to venture off to an arcade at my local pizza place and just chill out. With particular titles like Ikari Warriors, Smash TV, and Commando focusing o...

Alessandro Fillari

11:00 AM on 03.26.2015

Dirty Bomb aims high with its focus on hardcore FPS action

The folks at Splash Damage have been busy over the last two years. Since the release of Brink and a stint on Batman: Arkham Origins' multiplayer, they figured it was time to return to their roots with a heavy focus on PC...

Alessandro Fillari

12:30 PM on 03.18.2015

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void seeks to conclude the trilogy with an exciting finale

Where were you when that debut trailer for StarCraft II popped up online? It made its announcement all the way back in 2007 at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational in South Korea. Much has changed since then. With the release ...

Alessandro Fillari

5:00 PM on 03.16.2015

Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is a dark reinvention of classic fairytale fiction

Over the last three years, Kickstarter has totally changed the game for many developers. With the option to crowdfund projects, cut out the middle-man (publishers), and communicate directly with fans to help create the game, ...

Alessandro Fillari

8:00 AM on 03.12.2015

Mortal Kombat X brings back some familiar faces for Story Mode

It's been less than a year since its reveal, and we're already rapidly approaching the release of Mortal Kombat X. After its predecessor essentially rebooted the franchise with a return to 2D-style combat, many fans got a new...

Alessandro Fillari

2:30 PM on 03.11.2015

Sega brings back OutRun with style for the 3D Classics Series

One of the great things about Sega's ongoing 3DS Classics series is that it allows retro games from the publisher's past to find a new audience. And given its rich and diverse history of quirky and fan-favorite titles, there'...

Alessandro Fillari

2:45 PM on 03.10.2015

The DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition changelog is extensive

With DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition out now, fans of the series have another title to keep them satiated till the next one is ready. As you've likely read, Chris gave his impressions of the game earlier. He was im...

Alessandro Fillari

5:30 PM on 03.06.2015

Skyworld takes unique advantage of Valve's new virtual reality tech

We got a big shock at the beginning of the week when Valve announced its partnership with HTC to produce a new virtual reality headset. We all knew the company had ambitions to enter the console market with Steam Machines, bu...

Alessandro Fillari

7:00 PM on 03.05.2015

Elite: Dangerous has bold plans for the future

Things have been going well for Frontier Developments. With the success of Elite: Dangerous, which features a sizeable and passionate community of space explorers, and having won the prestigious Audience Award from the 2015 G...

Alessandro Fillari

3:46 PM on 03.04.2015

Creative Assembly reveals inital pitch video for Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation was one of my biggest surprises of last year. As huge fan of the film series, I always wanted to play a title that emulated the original movie's tone and style. Though the action of the James Cameron-he...

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3:45 PM on 03.04.2015

Never seen Alien: Isolation third-person footage shown at GDC

One of the great joys of attending GDC is going to panels conducted by developers talking about your favorite games. Not only will you learn new and exciting details about the development, but you might even see somethi...

Alessandro Fillari

6:15 PM on 03.03.2015

Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide goes all in with hectic co-op action

I've long been an admirer of the Warhammer franchise. While a lot of people seem to put more of their attention towards the 40K universe, the high-fantasy setting of the former is so rich and features such...

Alessandro Fillari

8:30 PM on 03.02.2015

The Flock is an intense, scary game of flashlight tag

With so many horror titles out, it's difficult to keep things interesting for players. While some focus on throwing countless monsters at you, others seek to make players feel nearly powerless against a limited number of foes...

Alessandro Fillari

6:30 PM on 03.02.2015

Megaton Rainfall is superhero action on an epic scale

Last month, we got a tease from an upcoming indie action title that will put players in the role of a superhero during an alien invasion. The trailer certainly inspired a lot of interest, as it was more somber and earnest, no...

Alessandro Fillari

11:00 AM on 02.26.2015

Etrian Mystery Dungeon is a quirky spinoff in line with series legacy

Over the years, Atlus has become one of the more endearing presences in gaming. One thing fans appreciate is its tendency to switch things up. The publisher has a handle on the niche gaming scene, and it's reassuring to know ...

Alessandro Fillari

11:00 AM on 02.18.2015

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker is devilishly difficult, set for release on May 5

What a busy year this is going to be for Atlus. With the release of Persona 5 in the coming months, there are a lot of expectations for what's ahead with the Shin Megami Tensei franchise. In order to keep fans satiated till t...

Alessandro Fillari

11:00 AM on 02.05.2015

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is more than just a remaster

I'll be the first to say it: it's going to be the year of Souls. With the release of Bloodborne only a month away, which looks to redefine the experience along with its wonderful change of setting, From Software has been...

Alessandro Fillari

8:00 AM on 02.02.2015

Battlefield Hardline goes all in with final beta release

It's not too often we see a major publisher humbled. With the announcement of Battlefield Hardline last year, EA and Visceral Games were ready to release another entry in the epic and grandiose Battlefield series. But soon af...

Alessandro Fillari

3:00 PM on 01.28.2015

The Magic Circle tackles game development with clever satire

You ever wonder what it's like to be a character in a videogame? Most people would think of something pleasant like Mario or Sonic the Hedgehog, not someone from Resident Evil or Silent Hill. But what would it be like to be i...

Alessandro Fillari

2:01 AM on 01.27.2015

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 brings Barry Burton and Raid mode center stage

Capcom has been on quite a roll lately. With the announcement of Street Fighter V, new releases in the Devil May Cry series coming, and the recent success of its HD Remaster for Resident Evil, it seems like the once trou...

Alessandro Fillari

9:00 AM on 01.26.2015

My first four hours with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

It's an exciting time to be into role-playing games. With the release of heavy hitters such as Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dark Souls II, Divinity: Original Sin, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Wasteland 2 in recent years, the ...

Alessandro Fillari

2:00 PM on 01.22.2015

DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition goes above and beyond

It's been just over two years since the release of one of last gen's most polarizing titles. Back in 2010, Capcom made a bold and wildly unexpected decision to hand one of its most-loved franchises to a Western developer, and...

Alessandro Fillari

9:00 AM on 01.13.2015

JumpJet Rex revels in old-school charm, hits Early Access January 14

There's just something about the 8-bit and 16-bit eras of gaming. Even after decades, it's still a remarkable and enduring period that's managed to stand the test of time. With a slick focus on charming visuals and deeply ref...

Alessandro Fillari

4:00 PM on 12.31.2014

Alessandro Fillari's personal picks for Game of the Year 2014

What a ride 2014 has been, right? There's definitely been a few ups and downs for everyone, including some that wanted to get their last licks before the year closes out. Still, we got to see some pretty exciting titles relea...

Alessandro Fillari

7:01 AM on 12.18.2014

Evolve launches open beta for Xbox One on January 15

The first quarter of 2015 looks to be an exciting period for games. But one such title is looking to keep players satiated all the way till its release. After a successful closed alpha period, Evolve is gearing up for another...

Alessandro Fillari

7:00 AM on 12.18.2014

Evolve offers a refreshingly robust and devious co-op experience

There's been a lot of buzz surrounding Evolve, the new co-op shooter from Turtle Rock Studios. Helmed by the same developers of the original Left 4 Dead, fans have certainly been chomping at the bit for more information. Afte...

Alessandro Fillari

11:30 PM on 12.13.2014

World's first Street Fighter V match premieres at Capcom Cup

Closing out the incredibly tense Capcom Cup, Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono surprised the audience with a live demo of Street Fighter V. With the audience giving them their full attention, Mike Ross and Combofiend, both legendary players within the fighting game community, took the stage to compete in the world's first public match in Street Fighter V.

Alessandro Fillari

10:45 AM on 12.05.2014

Harmonix returns to classic rhythm-action with Amplitude

Before the folks at Harmonix Studios put themselves on the map with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, it was known for the cult hits Frequency and Amplitude. Blending fast-paced rhythm-based action with mesmerizing visuals and ...

Alessandro Fillari

8:30 PM on 11.26.2014

MGSV: The Phantom Pain's online mode will debut at The Game Awards

Next week is looking to be a pretty exciting time for gaming. With The Game Awards showing off world premieres of upcoming titles, and the PlayStation Experience doing the same, it's definitely going to be a busy and eventful...

Alessandro Fillari

12:45 PM on 11.26.2014

Ubisoft removes Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass from the marketplace

Earlier this morning, several users on NeoGAF noticed that Steam, PlayStation Network, and other online stores had removed all pages for the Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass, with German games site GamersGlobal claiming tha...

Alessandro Fillari

9:35 AM on 11.24.2014

Want to see new footage of Batman: Arkham Knight?

After news of the delay back in September, the folks at WB Games and Rocksteady have kept all things Batman: Arkham Knight close to the vest. Thankfully, they figured we could use another appetizer after their showing at E3, ...

Alessandro Fillari

12:00 PM on 11.14.2014

Conquer the known world in Grand Ages: Medieval

Medieval era Europe was time of great strife and hardship. With disease, war, and social unrest plaguing the lands, ruling the lands during such times must have been quite an ordeal for those in power. For every great civiliz...

Alessandro Fillari