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1:30 PM on 06.12.2013

Rune Factory 4 is pleasantly complex

Attending E3 has given me the chance to try out some games I normally wouldn't think of picking up - Rune Factory 4 being one of them. I always considered the Rune Factory series to be a Harvest Moon imitator until I gave it ...

Caitlin Cooke



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Review: Might & Magic: Duel of Champions
by Caitlin Cooke

Might & Magic: Duel of Champions is yet another contender in this year of our collectible card game lords, 2013. CCGs are being released in droves this year and with most of them running on the free-to-play model, competition is getting tougher with each game I see. 

I came into this particular one with a "you must entertain me, quickly" attitude and was slightly shocked to find out that it actually did just that. After playing for a few solid hours I came to appreciate the strategy and some of the new gameplay elements that Might & Magic: DoC brings to the table. Dare I say it -- I may be even a bit addicted to what it has to offer.

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3:00 AM on 05.08.2013

Magic 2014 Duels of the Planeswalkers to have sealed play

[Update: Further details on the sealed play mode and potential cost can be found here. It sounds like players will not need to pay for booster packs, rather the game will come with two sealed deck slots in which you can edit ...

Caitlin Cooke

3:30 PM on 04.15.2013

Impressions: Zynga's mobile card game War of the Fallen

Zynga has just released their latest social game endeavor War of the Fallen for iOS, with Android soon to follow. This new card battle game steps up to the plate with hopes of introducing casual game players to the world of c...

Caitlin Cooke

9:30 PM on 03.25.2013

Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers sneak peek

Wizards of the Coast has announced the return of its Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers game series this summer. In addition to the usual platforms (iOS, PC, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network), the game is also being relea...

Caitlin Cooke

11:00 PM on 03.24.2013

PAX: Hands-on with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Being a huge Magic: The Gathering fan, I was super excited for Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft announcement on Friday. However, I was a bit wary on how they would approach the game. Collectible card games...

Caitlin Cooke





6:00 PM on 03.23.2013

PAX: Singin' and stompin' with Toki Tori 2

I love puzzle adventure games, so I couldn't pass up the chance to play Toki Tori 2 on the PAX show floor. What's not to love about an adorable yellow bird tromping around a brightly animated forest? I got a hands-on with Two...

Caitlin Cooke

5:00 PM on 03.22.2013

Videogamer: The Film Seeks Funding

"Through our numbers we can get the world talking about innovation. The gaming industry revolution is now." Videogamer: The Film is a neat little project with a huge undertaking -- a full-length film which pulls back the...

Caitlin Cooke

10:30 AM on 03.22.2013

PAX: Details on Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Blizzard has announced new details regarding its free-to-play collectible strategy card game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. To start, there will be over 300 cards in the game. Players can unlock cards by purchasing or...

Caitlin Cooke



Games to play with your boyfriend on Valentine's Day photo
Games to play with your boyfriend on Valentine's Day
by Caitlin Cooke

Valentine's Day isn't always about getting taken out to dinner and receiving fancy treats and trinkets. Okay, well maybe it is, but who's to say that you can't get a little gaming on the side?

Consider spending some quality time with your boyfriend by reeling him into the following co-op games. If he resists, consider your future with him wisely...

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Review: Kinect Party
by Caitlin Cooke

Hey, Television! Check out Double Fine’s latest game for Xbox Live Arcade: Kinect Party. In fun-loving Double Fine fashion, it was released for free upon launch in mid-December until the New Year. For those of you who didn’t snag the game in time, it can now be purchased for 800 Microsoft Points ($10).

Kinect Party is a direct sequel to Double Fine Happy Action Theater, which was released earlier in 2012. A virtual “sandbox” of sorts in which players can interact with 18 different virtual environments, Happy action Theater included a number of mini-games. Kinect Party adds onto the fun with 18 additional modes and a few new features as well. 

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Preview: Lost Marbles
by Caitlin Cooke

I first came across Lost Marbles at the Boston Festival of Indie Games this past September. As I walked past Binary Takeover’s booth, I couldn't help but stare at the bright ambiance emitting from the screen and the funny little marbles rolling around. I knew instantly that I wanted to preview the game -- what's not to like about sprightly graphics and marble conundrums?

As I investigated their booth, I found that Binary Takeover is an indie game studio made up of two part-time programmers who teamed up together to make Turba, a musically-driven puzzle game. Lost Marbles is their latest creation. It blends elements from games like Marble Madness and Lost Vikings, combining hazardous elements and the unique properties of various marbles to create an interesting take on puzzle games.

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9:30 PM on 11.29.2012

MoMA Collects 14 Video Games for Exhibition

Paola Antonelli of the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has announced today that the museum will be exhibiting 14 video games as part of its Architecture and Design collection starting in March 2013. In addition to exhibi...

Caitlin Cooke



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Review: Tower Wars
by Caitlin Cooke

Tower defense games are somewhat an addiction of mine; instinctively strategic yet part determination and endurance, these titles have always delighted and frustrated the wits out of me. Lately, there’s been a surge of tower defense games -- from casual to creative, each game that comes out seems to invent or broaden some new aspect of the genre. As a result, breaking the mold of basic tower defense principles and coming out with something unique can be tricky.

Tower Wars turns tower defense on its side by combining tower strategy and army building along with a competitive multiplayer twist. This reinvention seems to be a lot, especially for an indie game, however, I’m curious to see if Tower Wars can hold itself up to the genre while still maintaining unique roots.

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Review: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 photo
Review: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013
by Caitlin Cooke

With two predecessors in its wake, Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 is the third installment to hit Xbox Live Arcade, iPad, Steam, and the PlayStation Network. The DotP series has generally been known for pulling long-lost Magic players back into the game while also picking up some newbies like me along the way. This is largely due to the game’s ability to take care of every manual aspect of a Magic tournament in real life – counting, shuffling, placing counters, and defining attributes on the spot can go a long way in pleasing a Magic player.

I’ve spent my entire Magic career growing up on the DotP series for XBLA so needless to say I had some standards and small expectations in place before coming into this. Although the DotP series has been successful in creating an overall smooth and easy-to-pick-up Magic platform, there were a few necessary tweaks that I’ve been keeping my eye on. They say third time’s a charm -- and they may have been right.

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PAX: Perfect World's RaiderZ and Neverwinter MMO photo
PAX: Perfect World's RaiderZ and Neverwinter MMO
by Caitlin Cooke

This weekend I got a sneak peak at two MMORPGs that Perfect World is currently publishing – RaiderZ (MAIET Entertainment) and Neverwinter (Cryptic Studios).

We started off with some RaiderZ (pronounced Raiders), a free-to-play monster-hunting MMO that is insanely bright and colorful. The open world of RaiderZ is full of giant monsters waiting (literally) to be fought and includes beloved addictions such as crafting, enchanting, and mounts. Characters are basic (berserker, defender, sorcerer, and cleric) but unrestricted – players can choose skills from other character skill trees when leveling up, with over 350 skill combinations in total.  There’s also a full character creator for people like me who love making uggos (or hotties, if you’re into that kind of thing).

As free-to-play can mean many things these days, I asked what it meant for RaiderZ – and the answer I got was quite satisfying. They plan to have a good balance between payers and non-payers, meaning that the full game can be played and completed by anyone regardless of paying status. Cash options have not been determined yet but they’re looking to include payments for things like extra costumes and XP bonuses. As of now there are no PvP servers planned, however they may be open to adding it depending on player demand.

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