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2:00 PM on 07.16.2014

Fantasy Life is one of the easiest simulators ever to pick up and play

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...

Chris Carter

12:15 PM on 06.16.2014

Story of Seasons wants you to connect with your inner farmer

Fans of farming and lifestyle sims are no doubt familiar with the confusion surrounding the Bokujō Monogatari series. Natsume owned the trademark on the English title, Harvest Moon, but XSEED had the relationship wi...

Natalie Kipper

2:00 PM on 06.02.2014

My Tomodachi Life is just as strange as I am

The allure of a digital life is what inevitably led me to become much less of an internet hermit during my adolescence. There's something to be said about reinventing yourself from the ground up, whether you're just altering ...

Brittany Vincent

2:30 PM on 04.22.2014

Extrasolar does exoplanet exploration, but it is more than meets the eye

When I was talking to one of the developers of Extrasolar on the show floor at PAX East, I said something that I now regret. "This looks like something I would really like, but might not appeal to a ton of other people." He r...

Darren Nakamura

5:00 PM on 03.18.2014

Sentai studio sim Chroma Squad could be my XCOM replacement

I played a lot of XCOM last year, between running through Enemy Unknown late and Enemy Within. The blend of on the ground, turn-based combat and back home base management simulation hooked me. Chroma Squad is basically that. Except you're directing a Sentai with actors in colorful spandex dancing around lots of explosions and turtle and plant monsters. It's pretty great.

Steven Hansen

6:00 PM on 05.10.2013

Preview: Anno Online

Simulation fans have had quite a storied history of games to choose from. While the genre may seem homogenized to outside viewers, sim-nuts can't get enough of the technical nuances of each title, and although they may look s...

Chris Carter

4:45 PM on 03.19.2013

Preview: Arma 3 impressions from under a bush

I'm hiding in a bush. It's a nice bush, all green and... bushy. I feel safe here. Unfortunately, I'm drawn out of my verdant sanctuary by the crackling of my radio, and then an authoritarian voice starts shouting at me. There...

Fraser Brown

2:30 PM on 02.16.2013

Preview: Prison Architect leaves me a broken, guilty man

I've been designing some prisons recently. Well, I can scratch another item of my list of sentences I never expected to utter. I've been running them, too. Actually, facilitating the running of them, more often than not. I su...

Fraser Brown

7:00 AM on 10.25.2012

Preview: The story of Creationism in SimCity

Odds are that as a child, you had the fascination of building things out of LEGOs. Or Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys, if we're going back a ways. Whatever the case, as children, we have a keen enjoyment of building stuff. This ...

Keith Swiader

5:00 PM on 10.04.2012

Preview: Turning a cave into a home in A Game of Dwarves

I may be a bit short, definitely hairy, and somewhat stocky, but I'm also quite claustrophobic. I'm like a dwarf paradox. I do love digging out caves and carving out dungeons and fortresses, though, and I've been doing plenty...

Fraser Brown

3:15 PM on 06.07.2012

E3: Scuba-on-scuba action in Arma 3

Bohemia Interactive Studio is showing off a few complex sims at E3 this year, one of which is Arma 3. To its credit, even a slowly paced, open-world shooter can provide enough unique variety to get a tired editor smiling and ...

Ryan Perez

3:00 PM on 05.02.2012

Revisiting the Kerbal Space Program

Last year, I got to take a quick look at the in-progress alpha for an interesting little game called Kerbal Space Program. The game was centered around building a rocket ship -- or, more a kind of rocket-propelled contraption...

Sterling Aiayla Lyons

7:00 PM on 03.11.2012

GDC: Reviving MechWarrior with the CryEngine 3

I was a pretty big fan of MechWarrior back in the day. I kind of have a thing for mechs, and I thought it was really awesome. What little kid wouldn't want to blow up giant robots with lasers and missiles fired from other gia...

Daniel Starkey

3:00 PM on 08.22.2011

Preview: Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad

Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad is all about bloody and massive 64-player battles set in the Eastern front of World War II. It's a refreshing blend of simulation and fun gameplay that should be a good change of pace fro...

Joshua Derocher

3:00 PM on 07.20.2011

Hands-on: Kerbal Space Program

July 8, 2011. Space shuttle Atlantis departs from Florida to cap off the US space program. It was a glorious, if not bittersweet moment. It left us asking: where do I go now to see super awesome rockets shoot off into space? ...

Sterling Aiayla Lyons

3:00 PM on 07.09.2011

Preview: The Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles

How much “YAR!” can you handle?  The Sims Medieval came out back in March and as we might have seen with other Sims games, we have a new expansion ready to roll out in Pirates and Nobles. As the title impli...

John Speerbrecker