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12:30 PM on 08.12.2014

The Order: 1886 trailer shows people messing up their orders

The new Gamescom trailer for The Order: 1886 has a lot of things in it: Fancy PS4 graphics, Nikola Tesla's verbal handwringing, a release date of February 20th, 2015, and lots of shooting up Victorian monsters with big guns,...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 06.30.2014

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...

Josh Tolentino

3:00 PM on 04.23.2014

Star Trek Online Season 9 goes live, gives peace a chance

Did you like Star Trek: Voyager? I know I did. And from the looks of things, Cryptic Studios does, too, as the newest big update of Star Trek Online titled "Season 9: A New Accord", involves quite a bit of content straight f...

Josh Tolentino





8:00 PM on 03.17.2014

Review: Strike Vector

Flying is great. Fighting while flying is pretty great, too, but for some reason, dogfighting in good ol' atmosphere hasn't caught on as quickly as dogfighting in space. Despite the resurgence of space games brought on by the...

Josh Tolentino

11:00 AM on 01.29.2014

Star Trek Online's anniversary adds Tuvok, transformers

Believe it or not, Star Trek Online's been around for four whole years now, and on January 30th, they're opening their 4-Year Anniversary event to celebrate. To get players old and new hyped for that, the developers at C...

Josh Tolentino

1:00 PM on 01.23.2014

Star Trek Online teases changes in Season 8.5

Did you know that Star Trek Online calls its major updates "Seasons"? It's as if the MMO were a TV show! That in mind, it's almost funny that it's also following TV trends with its latest update, which is called Season 8...

Josh Tolentino

1:00 AM on 12.17.2013

Republique dated on iOS, reveals pricing model

[Update: Date corrected.] Hey guys, remember République? It was part of one of the earlier waves of game crowdfunding, and developer Camoflaj aimed to make their stealth-action game a "Triple-A iOS experience". And now...

Josh Tolentino

11:00 AM on 11.09.2013

Star Trek Online details Season 8 update in a new trailer

It's almost time. Star Trek Online debuts its next free content update, titled Season 8: The Sphere on Tuesday, November 12th, and Cryptic are tickling Trekkies nacelles' with a new trailer, courtesy of Massively.c...

Josh Tolentino

1:00 AM on 10.17.2013

Star Trek Online to add Dyson Spheres, dinosaurs

I must confess: Star Trek: Voyager was my "gateway" Star Trek. So no matter how bad you tell me it was - or how bad I realize it was, the adventures of Captain Janeway and the crew of the Federation starship Voyager ...

Josh Tolentino



Review: Total War: Rome II photo
Review: Total War: Rome II
by Josh Tolentino

Picture, in your mind's eye, a testudo.

If you're up on your Roman history, you'll know that I'm referring to that ancient Roman formation in which soldiers tightly align their shields to protect themselves from every angle as they advance. Even without the immortalizing effect of Asterix comics, the testudo remains an enduring icon of Roman military power, but it also serves as an apt analogy for the state of Total War: Rome II.

Indeed, the testudo is large, densely-packed, deadly effective, glorious to behold, and in the heat of battle, seemingly unassailable. At the same time, the testudo -- and Rome II like it -- is slow to move, unwieldy, and when scrutinized closely, reveals a number of vulnerabilities and gaps in the defense.

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10:00 AM on 09.16.2013

Analogue: A Hate Story coming to iOS, Japan

Visual novels are cool games, but if there's a pet peeve I've developed with the genre lately, it's that most of them are PC-based. Visual Novels, dating sims, and the like are the perfect type of game to play on mobile and t...

Josh Tolentino

11:15 AM on 08.07.2013

Attack on Titan anime gets a proper 3DS game

If you're into watching anime, you may know that Attack on Titan is the new hotness this season. The story of a bunch of angry kids chopping up funny-faced giants while using weird Spider-Man grappling hooks has captured...

Josh Tolentino

5:00 AM on 08.02.2013

Ace Combat Infinity teaser looks like proper Ace Combat

Namco Bandai's just dropped a new teaser for Ace Combat Infinity, and I'll be damned if what's shown doesn't look like proper Ace Combat. Let's go down the checklist of "Ace Combat-y Things", shall we? Vaguely awkward-soundi...

Josh Tolentino

6:00 AM on 07.05.2013

PC Ninja Race: Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 getting port

It's a good day for Naruto fans, fans of PC fighting games, and fans of "enhanced edition" rereleases. Namco Bandai has just announced that its Ultimate Ninja Storm series will be making a PC platform deb...

Josh Tolentino





6:00 AM on 06.26.2013

Star Trek Online debuts new summer event on Risa

Summer is here (for folks in temperate regions anyway), and even in the far future of the 25th century, that's time to party. At least, that's the kind of future Star Trek Online will be debuting, with the free-to-p...

Josh Tolentino

12:38 PM on 06.10.2013

Xbox One getting Minecraft: Xbox One Edition

It looks like Minecraft may be on the road to becoming the next Fruit Ninja or Angry Birds when it comes to getting on multiple platforms, because Microsoft has just announced Minecraft: Xbox One Edition, ...

Josh Tolentino