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Top-down '70s heist simulator The Masterplan now available on Steam Early Access

Shark Punch, a four-person studio operating out of San Fransisco, California and Helsinki, Finland has recently launched its lovely looking 2D tactical-action heist game on Steam Early Access. The Masterplan is said to draw ...   more

Top-down '70s heist simulator The Masterplan now available on Steam Early Access photo

Image & Form goes to space with SteamWorld Heist

Image & Form isn't following up its mining platformer SteamWorld Dig with a direct sequel, as much as that would have been a crowd-pleaser. But the studio is staying in the same universe with SteamWorld Heist, "a game ab...   more

Image & Form goes to space with SteamWorld Heist photo

Standalone version of Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall releases this Thursday

The new standalone Director's Cut of Shadowrun Returns' Dragonfall expansion is right around the corner, releasing this Thursday, September 18. Before it does, I'd like to share some of the highlights from the last four developer diaries Harebrained Schemes has posted leading up to the title's launch.   more

Standalone version of Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall releases this Thursday photo

Creative Assembly will unveil the next Total War this month

Later this month at EGX London (formerly Eurogamer Expo), Total War studio Creative Assembly will "reveal" the next installment in its popular strategy franchise. The announcement will be a part of a developer session schedul...   more

Creative Assembly will unveil the next Total War this month photo

Review: Halfway

One of the things that is so appealing about science fiction is that it deals with situations that seem fantastical, but are ultimately plausible. Technology today would look like magic to those from years past, and so the te...   more

Review: Halfway photo

Bladestorm remake also coming to PS3 and Xbox One

We learned this week the Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War (PS3, 360) remake from Koei and Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force would be coming to PS4 as Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War &a...   more

Bladestorm remake also coming to PS3 and Xbox One photo

Disgaea 5 pumps up the volume of characters on-screen

Disgaea 5 will be the biggest game in the series to date, stated developer Nippon Ichi Software's president Sohei Niikawa. He stated that the company had considered designing the game to be multi-platform with a release on th...   more

Disgaea 5 pumps up the volume of characters on-screen photo

The Behemoth's Game 4 is the strangest SRPG I've ever played

No, the next game from The Behemoth isn't a sequel to Castle Crashers. I mean, yeah, that'd be nice to have one day, but I'm loving how the studio is continuing to try new things. And its next project, the to-be-properly-name...   more

The Behemoth's Game 4 is the strangest SRPG I've ever played photo

Bladestorm PS4 and Way of the Samurai Vita trailers

A lot of sort of random games headlined Sony's pre-TGS conference.  As we previously reported, Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War (PS3, 360), from Koei and Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force, is getti...   more

Bladestorm PS4 and Way of the Samurai Vita trailers photo

AI construct 'Master Control' walks through a turn of Civilization: Beyond Earth in this PAX video

Steven got to play Civilization: Beyond Earth with the help of an "actual scienceman" not long ago, but the 2K and Firaxis still brought something new to show at PAX Prime this year. Earlier today at the Firaxis Megapan...   more

AI construct 'Master Control' walks through a turn of Civilization: Beyond Earth in this PAX video photo

I have a feeling Massive Chalice is going to be great

We've heard little from Massive Chalice in the year and change since its successful crowdfunding campaign that took in over a million dollars following Double Fine's even more successful campaign for Broken Age. Jus...   more

I have a feeling Massive Chalice is going to be great photo

I took a field trip to play Civilization: Beyond Earth's first 100 turns

Civilization: Beyond Earth isn't just a missed opportunity for transmedia synergy by way of the family Smith's After Earth. It's a game about space. About space colonization, specifically, because the Earth is a goner (w...   more

I took a field trip to play Civilization: Beyond Earth's first 100 turns photo

Boldly go 50 Minutes into Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

Firaxis has just released over fifty minutes of beginning-game footage of its science fiction-themed entry into the Civilization series, Beyond Earth. And, as an added bonus for the Red Team, Firaxis would like you to k...   more

Boldly go 50 Minutes into Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth photo

Age of Empires: Castle Siege just sounds like a mobile game

The next entry in the long-running Age of Empire series is Castle Siege, a touch-based game built for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 by Smoking Gun Interactive. Players will gather resources and build up civilizations such as...   more

Age of Empires: Castle Siege just sounds like a mobile game photo

The Humble Jumbo Bundle includes Terraria, Deadlight, and more

The Humble Bundle is always good value for money but it differs for person to person; is it worth buying a bundle that includes several games you already own? Maybe, but I know I'll be getting the new Humble Jumbo Bundle for ...   more

The Humble Jumbo Bundle includes Terraria, Deadlight, and more photo

Crookz puts a '70s heist movie spin on tactical gaming

A tactical game with a '70s heist movie theme? Finding something like that at gamescom is about as unlikely as finding a videogame trailer with porn star Ron Jeremy in it. But here we are with both.    more

Crookz puts a '70s heist movie spin on tactical gaming photo

Invisible, Inc.'s tactical espionage action hits Early Access August 19

Invisible, Inc. is going to be one of my obsessions this year. Enough that I am actually going to play a game while it's in Steam Early Access (PC, Mac) rather than waiting for the hard launch. Plus, it will be priced at $16 while in Early Access before bumping up to $20 at launch.   more

Invisible, Inc.'s tactical espionage action hits Early Access August 19 photo

Full Control announces new standalone Space Hulk Ascension Edition

Danish indie studio Full Control announced today that it is developing a new standalone edition of Space Hulk for the PC. Ascension Edition will introduce RPG elements, Genestealer variations, customization, new mechani...   more

Full Control announces new standalone Space Hulk Ascension Edition photo

Hard West: Part cowboy XCOM, part High Plains Drifter nightmare

When I first clicked on the Hard West Kickstarter, there was a twinge of disappointment that this wasn't a game about Kanye. I got over it quick, though. I like Westerns, and I like all the reference points this video w...   more

Hard West: Part cowboy XCOM, part High Plains Drifter nightmare photo

Hearts of Iron IV wants you to rewrite World War II

Why do you have to be at gamescom to make a gamescom trailer? This (a very little bit of) gameplay trailer for Hearts of Iron IV asks that. I think we should all shoot our own gamescom trailers, too. Upload 'em and put them in the comments.  If you want beta details, they're here. Otherwise, see an early Hearts of Iron IV preview from the beginning of the year.   more

Hearts of Iron IV wants you to rewrite World War II photo

Shadowrun Online adds character customization, random co-op

An update for Shadowrun Online has recently arrived and it's filled to the brim with new features, improvements, and fixes. This is the one I've been waiting for, people! We can finally create our own characters and enter r...   more

Shadowrun Online adds character customization, random co-op photo

What?! Japan gets a Gundam, Kamen Rider, Ultraman crossover RPG

Do we even have an American analog to this? Like if Transformers, Power Rangers, and, uh, another thing did a crossover RPG. My mind initially went to Speed Racer before remembering that it's Japanese. Then to Godzilla&...   more

What?! Japan gets a Gundam, Kamen Rider, Ultraman crossover RPG photo

Adults kidnapped, replaced by robots in XCOM-inspired Inner City Kids

Inner City Kids, from one-person developer Jamo Games (click this for some lovely art samples), was shown off the PlayStation Blog today. The XCOM-inspired strategy game is coming to PlayStation Vita next sprin...   more

Adults kidnapped, replaced by robots in XCOM-inspired Inner City Kids photo

Natural Doctrine multiplayer set to inconsistent, yet still good music

The music goes from weird rock to just weird to typical RPG orchestral sounding. And still sounds alright.  Natty Doc (Natural Doctrine), the brutal, sort of ugly turn-based strategy game, also has mutliplayer...   more

Natural Doctrine multiplayer set to inconsistent, yet still good music photo


Natural Doctrine multiplayer set to inconsistent, yet still good music photo
Natural Doctrine multiplayer set to inconsistent, yet still good music photo
Natural Doctrine multiplayer set to inconsistent, yet still good music photo
Natural Doctrine multiplayer set to inconsistent, yet still good music photo
Natural Doctrine multiplayer set to inconsistent, yet still good music photo
Natural Doctrine multiplayer set to inconsistent, yet still good music photo



Rune Factory dev's new SRPG Forbidden Magna

Forbidden Magna (3DS) is coming to Japan in October courtesy of the team that made Rune Factory and Marvelous AQL. Xseed expressed interest in localizing it earlier this year, but nothing new on that front, so here's a trailer that at once intrigues me with its strategy mechanics and repulses me with its horrifying character models.    more

Rune Factory dev's new SRPG Forbidden Magna photo

Fantasy Flight announces XCOM: The Board Game

Fantasy Flight Games has a pretty good reputation for taking hit videogame franchises and translating them to the tabletop space. Previously, the publisher has released board games based on DOOM, StarCraft, Sid Meier's Civili...   more

Fantasy Flight announces XCOM: The Board Game photo

Invisible, Inc. brings its tactical espionage to Steam Early Access this month

Don't Starve and Mark of the Ninja studio Klei Entertainment has honed in on an August 19 Steam Early Access launch for its turn-based stealth game Invisible, Inc. It's been playable in an alpha capacity already, so this is j...   more

Invisible, Inc. brings its tactical espionage to Steam Early Access this month photo

It's like Final Fantasy Tactics with deadly puppets

Rime Berta is coming to Windows PC on August 4, Active Gaming Media announced today. The strategy role-playing game comes from Japanese indie developer Next-Soft Plus. It draws inspiration from titles like Final Fantasy Tacti...   more

It's like Final Fantasy Tactics with deadly puppets photo

Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup

Usually when one thinks about shmups, precision motor skill and quick reaction are what come to mind. Mighty Tactical Shooter turns that completely on its head. Though precision movement and shot placement is still required,...   more

Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo


Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo
Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo
Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo
Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo
Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo
Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo



Conflicks has a great alternate history setup with anachronistic space colonialism

Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci discovered MetaMatter? Well, not in real life, but in the universe of Conflicks he did. It turns out all it takes is to separate a chicken egg's yolk from its albumen, and to heat up the y...   more

Conflicks has a great alternate history setup with anachronistic space colonialism photo

Frozen Endzone renamed Frozen Cortex, Mac and Linux versions available

Frozen Endzone, the tactical robo-sport from the developers of Frozen Synapse, has officially been renamed. The new name is Frozen Cortex, and I've taken the liberty of making a new logo for it. The rename is taking place bec...   more

Frozen Endzone renamed Frozen Cortex, Mac and Linux versions available photo

Review: Squids Odyssey

Splatoon might be getting a lot of hype for Wii U squid battling, but it is not the first game featuring a squid squad to grace the console. Earlier this year, Squids made its jump from iOS to the Wii U with Squids Odyssey, a...   more

Review: Squids Odyssey photo

PS3/360 strategy game Bladestorm getting remade for some reason

Next you're going to tell me someone is remaking Runaway with Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons. Well, that would be less surprising. What's a random movie from 2007? Someone's going to remake Stardust? In the Name of th...   more

PS3/360 strategy game Bladestorm getting remade for some reason photo

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...   more

Crummy: Power Rangers' Saban is going after Chroma Squad photo

To dye for: Invisible Inc. is my kind of strategy-stealth game

A chasm in stealth games tends to be player skill and the supposed skills of super sleuth avatars. You're often eased into the situation, your lack of skill assumed, or you just fumble your way through -- especially with the ...   more

To dye for: Invisible Inc. is my kind of strategy-stealth game photo

Oh man, I need Halfway in my life right now

I already liked Chucklefish. The indie developer best known for making Starbound has gone on to act as a publisher for smaller teams with great ideas. The studio has helped to release Hopoo Games' Risk of Rain, and is p...   more

Oh man, I need Halfway in my life right now photo


Oh man, I need Halfway in my life right now photo
Oh man, I need Halfway in my life right now photo
Oh man, I need Halfway in my life right now photo
Oh man, I need Halfway in my life right now photo
Oh man, I need Halfway in my life right now photo
Oh man, I need Halfway in my life right now photo



Lead the most adorable mob riot with Anarcute

Everybody loves putting on an animal mask and wreaking destruction, right? Anarcute may not be as bloody as Hotline Miami, but it does tap into that same urge. It's that desire to dress up like a demented, googly-eyed Animal...   more

Lead the most adorable mob riot with Anarcute photo


Lead the most adorable mob riot with Anarcute photo
Lead the most adorable mob riot with Anarcute photo
Lead the most adorable mob riot with Anarcute photo
Lead the most adorable mob riot with Anarcute photo
Lead the most adorable mob riot with Anarcute photo
Lead the most adorable mob riot with Anarcute photo



Paradox Interactive will have Magicka 2, Hearts of Iron IV available at Gamescom 2014

Paradox Interactive will have quite the lineup at Gamescom 2014. Hearts of Iron IV and the new RPG IP Runemaster, along with several "secret projects," will be among the in-house developed titles shown this year. Joinin...   more

Paradox Interactive will have Magicka 2, Hearts of Iron IV available at Gamescom 2014 photo

Natural Doctrine is a brutal, sort of ugly turn-based strategy game

Sure, Natural Doctrine doesn't look great (well, the environments; it does look better in miniature on the Vita). It's a far cry from director Atsushi Ii's gorgeous minimalism in Patapon. But Kadokawa Games' first intern...   more

Natural Doctrine is a brutal, sort of ugly turn-based strategy game photo

Freaking Meatbags is tower defense with a unique style

"Meatbags." There are few more apt terms to represent the views of a theoretical intelligent robot than the word Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic's HK-47 used to refer to people. Considering its timelessness it's actual...   more

Freaking Meatbags is tower defense with a unique style photo

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...   more

Team17 to publish post-apocalyptic strategy-sim Sheltered photo

TerraTech lets you build heavy machinery to ravage and plunder some alien world

I am not ashamed to admit this: I loved the Gummi Ship in Kingdom Hearts and I loved the vehicle construction in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. Something about taking big chunks of brightly colored material, putting them t...   more

TerraTech lets you build heavy machinery to ravage and plunder some alien world photo

You probably read English, but The Banner Saga's now in six new languages

By most accounts, The Banner Saga is a dark and emotional journey that evokes strong feelings of vulnerability. Now, a whole new diverse group of people will be able to experience that uneasiness, as the game has been lo...   more

You probably read English, but The Banner Saga's now in six new languages photo

The Banner Saga coming to tablets this summer

Versus Evil has announced Banner Saga is coming to tablets this summer. Those beautiful visuals would be nice to curl up with in bed. Though if you want to play the strategy game on PC, it's on sale on Steam right now.   more

The Banner Saga coming to tablets this summer photo

Kingdom Under Fire II gets lengthy PS4 gameplay trailer

Kingdom Under Fire II, announced six years ago as a 360 game, is still still alive and feeling even more still alive with a proper PlayStation Blog post talking about the PS4 version, and a large scale raid video with scorpions, knights, guns, flamethrowers, and tits with super low nipples (3:15).    more

Kingdom Under Fire II gets lengthy PS4 gameplay trailer photo

Ubisoft announces new The Settlers game, says nothing about it

The Settlers is quite the long-running videogame franchise; the first title in the series was released in 1993. More than 20 years later, it's still going, as Ubisoft just revealed The Settlers - Kingdoms of Anteria. Al...   more

Ubisoft announces new The Settlers game, says nothing about it photo

Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution 2 announced as a mobile exclusive

Civilization Revolution was an interesting thing. As it was pared down to function well on consoles, handhelds, and eventually mobile devices, many diehards considered it dumbed down from the roots of the series. Still, it so...   more

Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution 2 announced as a mobile exclusive photo

Orcs Must Die! unchains its closed beta on June 27

Orcs Must Die! Unchained, the game with an awkward exclamation point in the middle of its title, is launching a closed beta on June 27. Unchained, which is a free-to-play MOBA, and the beta will give players the opportunity ...   more

Orcs Must Die! unchains its closed beta on June 27 photo

I couldn't believe the size of Dragon Age: Inquisition's world

Fantasy games have some of my favorite settings in all of videogames. Forests, mountains, chasms, rivers -- they all have a serenity and majesty about them that wonderfully adds to the sense of scale. It shouldn't surprise me...   more

I couldn't believe the size of Dragon Age: Inquisition's world photo

NIS takes us to an island paradise, battles us, then travels back in time

NIS was a bit of a hidden treasure at E3. The publisher shared a booth with Atlus and it took me stopping and actually looking at what was on display at the demo station to put two and two together. The search was well worth it because I was rewarded with a closer look at three upcoming titles: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited, and Natural Doctrine.   more

NIS takes us to an island paradise, battles us, then travels back in time photo


NIS takes us to an island paradise, battles us, then travels back in time photo
NIS takes us to an island paradise, battles us, then travels back in time photo
NIS takes us to an island paradise, battles us, then travels back in time photo
NIS takes us to an island paradise, battles us, then travels back in time photo
NIS takes us to an island paradise, battles us, then travels back in time photo
NIS takes us to an island paradise, battles us, then travels back in time photo