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10:30 PM on 06.14.2013

Contrast lights the way to fun platforming

Contrast is hands down the most unique game I played at E3. It's rare to find a game that melds adult themes with the whimsical storytelling mechanics of a child's mind. Blended with interesting puzzle platforming, Contrast is surely going to spark some interest when it arrives.

Caitlin Cooke



Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies is lookin' fine in 3D photo
Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies is lookin' fine in 3D
by Caitlin Cooke

I'm a big fan of the Ace Attorney series but fell off the wagon somewhere between the Apollo Justice and Miles Edgeworth games, so it's exciting to see that Phoenix is making a comeback in Dual Destinies. The game takes place a few years after he last practiced and this time he's accompanied by his sidekick, Athena Cykes, who has the special ability to sense emotions on her mood matrix machine. Apollo Justice also makes an appearance, having just survived a bombing incident, and I also heard through the grapevine that Edgeworth will be back in some capacity.

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5:45 PM on 06.13.2013

Magrunner: Dark Pulse looks really darn cool

Magrunner: Dark Pulse is a game that you may brush off as a Portal imitator at first - but I urge you not to do so. After playing through some levels on the E3 show floor, Magrunner has caught my attention not just with its delightful puzzle-solving mechanics but through the world and story itself.

Caitlin Cooke

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 photo
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