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Review: Anomaly Warzone Earth (XBLA) photo
Review: Anomaly Warzone Earth (XBLA)
by Maurice Tan

11 bit Studios' Anomaly Warzone Earth was a creative little "tower offense" title, and a big hit on PC and mobile last year. Now it has finally been released on Xbox Live Arcade. Mouse and keyboard controls are out, full gamepad controls are in, and a set of "Tactical Trials" have been thrown in the mix for good measure.

The question is, does it hold up to its big and baby brother versions with their respective control options?

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Review: Kinect Star Wars photo
Review: Kinect Star Wars
by Maurice Tan

Following a few ramshackle E3 presentations, expectations for Kinect Star Wars were tempered at best. After footage of the game's Galactic Dance Off mode, featuring a dancing Han Solo at the carbonite pit, hit YouTube, these expectations turned from "low" to "the deathblow for the entire Star Wars franchise."

There's certainly more to Kinect Star Wars than a mere generic collection of mini-games, but is really the manifestation of Naga Sadow's wrath for motion gaming?

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9:30 AM on 04.04.2012

New Reckoning DLC 'Teeth of Naros' releases April 17

A set of new achievements already hinted at new downloadable content for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, set in the Teeth of Naros area. EA and 38 Studios have now officially annouced the DLC to be titled "Teeth of Naros," a l...

Maurice Tan



Review: Birds of Steel photo
Review: Birds of Steel
by Maurice Tan

Combat flight simulators, like real-time strategy games, are a resilient breed which has always struggled to find its place on consoles. A mouse and keyboard control scheme is almost always preferred over a gamepad when it comes to fast-paced strategy games, and flight sims really need a flightstick if you are going to opt for a realistic feel.

Console flight sims traditionally veer into the arcade space (H.A.W.X., Ace Combat, Secret Weapons over Normandy) to try and create a fun experience for all, or try to satisfy both the arcade and simulation fanatics at the same time, usually without success. Gaijin Entertainment, on the other hand, has made some good sim-heavy console titles with an arcade feel in the past (IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, Apache: Air Assault). With Birds of Steel, they have finally steered well into simulator territory, only offering a half-hearted attempt at appeasing the arcade crowds.

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1:30 PM on 03.30.2012

Imperium Galactica II invades iPads today

Before working on games like SkyDrift, Sine Mora, and Black Knight Sword, Digital Reality was best known for their excellent 4X titles. Arguably the best of their space empire strategy games, Imperium Galactica II, is now av...

Maurice Tan

12:30 PM on 03.30.2012

Awesomenauts is set for liftoff on the first days of May

Dutch indie studio Ronimo Games has unveiled the release date for the rather excellent-looking Awesomenauts. The 2D Multiplayer Online Battle Arena title will hit the PlayStation Store in North America on May 1, 2012. On May...

Maurice Tan





10:00 AM on 03.30.2012

Tactics Ogre is half price on the EU PlayStation Store

One of the reasons why I picked up a PlayStation Vita, other than submitting to gadget lust, was the prospect of catching up on those games I had missed out on by never owning a PSP. Some great titles, like Patapon 2, Half Mi...

Maurice Tan

11:30 AM on 03.29.2012

The plot thickens in a new Game of Thrones RPG trailer

Just in time for the start of Season 2 of Game of Thrones, Atlus and Focus Home Interactive unleashed a new "epic plot" trailer for Cyanide's upcoming role-playing game. After watching the trailer four times, I still have no...

Maurice Tan

7:30 PM on 03.27.2012

Achievements hint at Kollossael new Reckoning DLC

A list of achievements for yet to be announced downloadable content for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning has appeared on Xbox 360 Achievements. The five achievements look similar in nature to those found in the recently released...

Maurice Tan

1:30 PM on 03.27.2012

Canadian Videogame Awards finalists announced

Why yes, there is such a thing as the Canadian Video Game Awards! The 3rd annual edition of the awards show will take place in Vancouver on April 21st, and coincides with Fan Expo Vancouver (limited seating available to Fan E...

Maurice Tan



Preview: One more turn into the Fray photo
Preview: One more turn into the Fray
by Maurice Tan

Like so many "older" gamers who grew up during the X-COM glory days of turn-based strategy almost 20 years ago, the folks at Parisian indie studio Brain Candy have been craving some good old TBS action. Not just any kind, because due to the formative effect of the age of Unreal Tournament and Counter-Strike, they wondered why there wasn't a good multiplayer TBS game yet.

As it happened, they set out to create their own simultaneous turn-based strategy game to fill their niche: Fray.

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Review: Amalur: Reckoning - The Legend of Dead Kel photo
Review: Amalur: Reckoning - The Legend of Dead Kel
by Maurice Tan

One might wonder if a game like Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning really needs a downloadable content expansion along the lines of "The Legend of Dead Kel," given the enormous amount of quests and content already available in the core game. Quest and area exploration fatigue can start to kick in by the time you enter Klurikon, after all, and it's likely you still have quite a few side-quests in your journal that you never bothered to complete.

It's good to know, then, that "Dead Kel" goes above and beyond what you would expect from a piece of Reckoning DLC.

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10:30 AM on 03.26.2012

BioShock movie on hold as director may have left

The ill-fated BioShock movie has seemingly been Halo'd. Gore Verbinski had already stepped down to become the project's producer, leaving Juan Carlor Fresnadillo to fill the director seat. Speaking to Indiewire, Fresnadillo s...

Maurice Tan



Preview: Sieging dungeon gates in Confrontation photo
Preview: Sieging dungeon gates in Confrontation
by Maurice Tan

Based on the tabletop wargame, Cyanide's Confrontation brings the fantasy world of Aarklash to the virtual realm. The over-productive French studio which used to primarily work on the Cycling Manager series has diversified itself with some promising, yet flawed, titles in recent years.

Confrontation is their latest effort, and a departure from the style seen in A Game of Thrones: Genesis, Game of Thrones, and Of Orcs and Men.

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12:30 PM on 03.23.2012

Nyan Cat Adventure nyans onto the App Store

Xbox Live Indie title Nyan Cat Adventure is now available for iOS. A free version gives you the basic "Party" mode and the traditional Nyan Cat to play with, while the $0.99 version gives you more Nyans and more modes. I gave it a spin to see what has changed from 21st Street Games' XBLIG version, and to see whether or not it still induces seizures on the smaller screen real estate.

Maurice Tan



Preview: What to expect from Risen 2's Treasure Isle DLC photo
Preview: What to expect from Risen 2's Treasure Isle DLC
by Maurice Tan

"Aaaargh!" is an exclamation often associated with pre-order and "day one" bonus downloadable content. You end up with an extra character, skin, or a weapon or two, often followed by Internet outcry when some of that content appears to be on the disc.

In the case of Risen 2: Dark Waters, however, pre-ordering nets you the Treasure Isle DLC quest line which is said to feature a whopping five hours of extra content. I had some hands-on time with it the other day to gauge what's on offer, and from what I've seen it looks hard to arrrrgue against it if you're fan of Risen or pirates.

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