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11:30 PM on 05.01.2013

Fallout fans: Build your own functional PIP-Boy today!

In the age of the iPhone, the benefits of an armband computer that weighs you down is ludicrous. Nevertheless, Fallout's PIP-Boy 3000 is among the most wanted fictional tech toys among game enthusiasts. Hell, even the milita...

Allistair Pinsof

7:00 PM on 05.01.2013

Shadowrun Returns now available for pre-purchase on Steam

Cyberpunk role-playing game Shadowrun Returns is now available for pre-purchase on Steam. $17.99 for the standard version or $31.49 for the deluxe version, which includes a soundtrack and an eBook (PDF) that contains short s...

Allistair Pinsof

1:00 AM on 05.01.2013

The REAL Duke Nukem Forever released 16 years later

Gearbox's Duke Nukem Forever may be a let down, but things are looking up with the release of a fan-made mod that recreates Duke Nukem Forever's E3 2001 trailer in the Duke Nukem 3D engine. The results are glorious. Let me t...

Allistair Pinsof



This is not an article about David Cage photo
This is not an article about David Cage
by Allistair Pinsof

The first twelve paragraphs are about David Cage. AKA David De Gruttola. AKA Composer-turned-game designer. AKA Founder of French developer Quantic Dream, responsible for excellent implementation of David Bowie (see: Omikron) and poor implementation of twist endings (see: all other games). AKA second only to Peter Molyneux in being a recognizable game designer that internet commenters love to hate.

Tonight, David Cage has something to say about emotions, but doesn’t he always?

The setting, however, couldn’t be more different: Cage is on stage at the SVA Theater in New York, sharing the spotlight with other actors, film directors, and famous personalities known mostly for being famous who are all in town for the Tribeca Film Festival.

And they have chosen to be here. At a videogame demo -- or, as the man who was standing behind me in line explained to his friend: “An interactive entertainment preview.” It's like CD-ROM adventure game box descriptions all over again.

In listening to nearby audience members woefully explain the concept of videogames and the utter lack of recognition when Cage took the stage, it became abundantly clear that everyone here is a starf*cker and they are just waiting until this Frenchman gets off the stage so they can undress Page and Dafoe (not in attendance, sadly) with their eyeballs and imagination.

But for now, Cage is on stage and he’s getting emotional.

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7:00 AM on 04.29.2013

David Cage joined by film writers and directors on PS4

It's not normal for a man to write a 2,000 page script or direct a 10+ hour film, so I can't blame David Cage if all of Beyond: Two Souls isn't golden. Realizing how this strains developer Quantic Dream's game director, co-CE...

Allistair Pinsof





9:00 PM on 04.28.2013

Quantic Dream's PS4 engine predates Beyond: Two Souls

When I asked Quantic Dream co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumière if its upcoming, untitled PlayStation 4 game would be based on Beyond: Two Souls' engine, I got a response I wasn't expecting. The developer began development ...

Allistair Pinsof



Beyond: Two Souls Tribeca trailer + 35 minutes of footage photo
Beyond: Two Souls Tribeca trailer + 35 minutes of footage
by Allistair Pinsof

Say what you want about David Cage, but I dare you to watch the above trailer and not be impressed. I feel you are going to prove me wrong, but join me, however briefly, with enthusiasm for Beyond: Two Soul's immense trailer which debuted at Tribeca last night.

The trailer shows Jodie Holmes (played by Ellen Page) throughout the different stages of her life. Different heights, clothes, locations, personalities, occupations, ages, and haircuts are shown, giving our first glimpse at how Quantic Dream is making good on a story that is supposed to follow Jodie for 15 years. I have my doubts Cage will make a cohesive tapestry that ties all these different stages together, but it looks fascinating when condensed to a ~3 minute trailer.

For a deeper look at the game, the 35 minute gameplay demo debuted at Tribeca should give a better impression. There are HEAVY SPOILERS in the demo, so if you don't want the early parts of the game ruined, you best skip it.

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9:00 AM on 04.28.2013

Heavy Rain was written for John Goodman and Clive Owen

David Cage has said in the past that he writes characters with actors in mind for roles. With better tech and a bigger budget, Cage finally got the cast he wanted with Beyond: Two Souls which stars Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe...

Allistair Pinsof

11:00 AM on 04.26.2013

Watch hour-long Beyond scene and trailer on stream

Just because I'm in New York this weekend covering Beyond: Two Soul's presence at the Tribeca Film Festival, doesn't mean you have to. Have to be in New York that is, since the hour-long clip and trailer will be live streamed...

Allistair Pinsof

10:15 AM on 04.26.2013

Rumor: Scribblenauts Unmasked takes place in DC universe

The next Scribblenauts, tentatively titled Scribblenauts Unmasked, will take place in the universe of DC Comics, including characters like Batman and locations like the Batcave, IGN reports. The title is for PC, Wii U, and 3D...

Allistair Pinsof



XCOM shooter re-emerges as The Bureau: XCOM Declassified photo
XCOM shooter re-emerges as The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
by Allistair Pinsof

2K Marin's first-person XCOM reboot, first shown in 2010, has undergone some changes:

1) It's now a third-person tactical shooter slated for a $59.99 retail release on August 20 for  Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

2) It's retitled The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.

3) Firaxis' XCOM: Enemy Unknown already rebooted the franchise, so The Bureau is an origin story instead of a reboot.

The Bureau unravels the origins of XCOM, before the organization had state-of-the-art technology, foreign agents, or even knew what it was up against. The story follows intelligence agent William Carter, who finds himself employed by an agency that secretly investigates Russia. It's 1962, the height of the Cold War, and America suspects the Soviet Union has nukes that aren't going to go unused. These rising tensions are quickly transposed when alien bodies arrive, redirecting the agency's efforts.

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1:30 PM on 04.24.2013

Future of Darksiders is uncertain in Nordic Games' hands

Nordic who? After announcing publisher Nordic Games gained rights to THQ's Darksiders and Red Faction, I saw many ask who Nordic Games is and what its plans are for these series. I'd reference you to Wikipedia for the first p...

Allistair Pinsof

4:30 PM on 04.23.2013

Final Fantasy's PS1 glory days recaptured in indie game

What becomes antiquated will eventually become cool again. It happened to 16-bit sidescrollers and voxels, so why not pre-rendered backgrounds and world maps? The Black Tower is a love letter to PlayStation Japanese RPGs, cu...

Allistair Pinsof

4:30 PM on 04.22.2013

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger shoots the sheriff on May 22

Techland's Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, the latest entry in the Western FPS series, will hit PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and PC on May 22. Even with a new trailer, I still don't have a good grip on exactly what thi...

Allistair Pinsof

2:30 PM on 04.22.2013

Grand Theft Auto V viral video introduces new character

Rockstar posted a video (which doubles as a downloadable screensaver) that lists The Epsilon Program's -- the Scientology parody first introduced in San Andreas' radio ads -- values. Hidden behind the text are scenic day-nig...

Allistair Pinsof

2:13 PM on 04.22.2013

Gearbox has rights to classic RTS Homeworld

Update: Along with Darksiders, Red Faction, and other THQ properties getting picked up by Nordic Games for a cool $4.9 million, it's come to light that Gearbox spent $1.35 million in acquiring Homeworld. Borderlands developer...

Allistair Pinsof