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7:00 AM on 02.24.2015

The first three rounds of Sid Meier's Starships are not enough

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth released to mixed reactions. I loved how it took the took the classic gameplay to alien worlds, and I especially appreciated its underlying narrative about the future of the human race. ...

Darren Nakamura

2:00 AM on 02.24.2015

Review: There Came an Echo

Iridium Studios started out as a tiny developer with a humble Kickstarter for its rhythm role-playing game Sequence. It saw enough success that lead designer Jason Wishnov was able to fill out his team and spend more time tak...

Darren Nakamura

11:00 PM on 02.23.2015

PC Port Report: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

Like Chris, I had my first taste of Oddworld when it was new, back on the PlayStation in 1997. Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus were two of my favorite titles from that era, so when Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty was announced, I was...

Darren Nakamura





8:00 AM on 02.23.2015

Game News Haikus: The Order: 1886, Pokémon Shuffle, and more

The first episode of Game News Haikus went over pretty well with people who watched it. If you're one of those people, thanks for taking the time. If you're not, maybe watch that one and the new one and every future episode?...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 AM on 02.19.2015

Homeworld Remastered Collection trailer shows off sexy-voiced cultist or something

All right, I'll admit it: I know almost nothing about Homeworld. After reading the plot synopsis on Wikipedia (yeah journalism!), I got the gist of how things go, but with all of the alien races involved I can't really place...

Darren Nakamura

7:30 PM on 02.18.2015

Hand of Fate mixes deckbuilding with action combat

It's always fun to see what new mashups developers can come up with. Hand of Fate combines a card game with third-person action combat. Sure, why not? It calls itself a deck-builder, though it isn't entirely clear from the t...

Darren Nakamura

4:30 PM on 02.18.2015

Greedy Guns fires out fast-paced metroidvania action

Independent developers have really been delivering with metroidvanias lately, though with titles like Chasm or Paradise Lost on the horizon, it seems like they lean toward slow, methodical gameplay. Greedy Guns goes in the o...

Darren Nakamura

10:30 AM on 02.18.2015

Race through ten Chipzel songs on a laser track in Spectra

"F-Zero meets Audiosurf" brings some vivid imagery to mind, but after watching the above trailer, I'm not sure I agree with that tagline for the indie racer Spectra. Sure, it's set to some bumpin' Chipzel tracks, but it look...

Darren Nakamura



Last week's top stories, now in handy haiku form photo
Last week's top stories, now in handy haiku form
by Darren Nakamura

This past weekend I was up late and feeling loopy, and some haikus about a Flash game nobody cares about fell out of that state. Struck with inspiration, I thought, "Why can't all news be digested 17 syllables at a time?" Thus, the video above was conceived.

Here are the stories mentioned, in case you missed them the first time and would like more information than a three-line stanza affords.

There! Are you feeling a little more zen now?

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3:00 PM on 02.17.2015

Wind Waker-esque Oceanhorn moving from iOS to PC next month

Watching the trailer above, it's difficult not to see immediate parallels with The Legend of Zelda, specifically Wind Waker. The young boy hero bombs open secret passages, sails between islands, shoots target switches with a...

Darren Nakamura

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

1:00 PM on 02.16.2015

Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator is getting its own convention

I have always been interested in playing Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, but have never had an opportunity. A team had it set up at Phoenix Comicon a couple years ago, but the room was booked for the whole weekend, so I w...

Darren Nakamura

10:30 AM on 02.16.2015

Live action Halo: Nightfall to release on March 17

Owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection automatically had access to the five-episode live action series Halo: Nightfall, but soon it will be available for the plebeians on DVD, Blu-ray, and video on demand. On March 17, ...

Darren Nakamura



Review: Blackguards 2 photo
Review: Blackguards 2
by Darren Nakamura

A few weeks ago, I called Blackguards 2 "deep, unfriendly, and buggy." I had put several hours into the tactical role-playing game, but hadn't seen enough of the story to comfortably put out a review.

Fast forward to today, and my original assessment requires a bit of tweaking. Within the first two weeks of its release, Daedalic put out two huge patches, each aiming to fix the stability issues that plagued Blackguards 2 at launch. The patches did introduce their own issues, but for the most part I would describe it now as only deep and unfriendly. Two out of three ain't bad.

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6:00 AM on 02.15.2015

Some haikus about free puzzle platformer Symmetry

Flash game on NewgroundsLike VVVVVVSuperficially Mirror imagesForm platforms on either sideClimb to the portal Push boxes aroundAvoid deadly laser beamsFlip the gravity

Darren Nakamura

6:00 PM on 02.14.2015

Jake Kaufman's VR music album Nuren is up on Kickstarter

Late last year, Jake "virt" Kaufman left WayForward to strike out on his own. Since then, he has hinted about a big project he envisions. It looks like Nuren: The New Renaissance is that project. A collaborative project betw...

Darren Nakamura