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PAX

Mages of Mystralia balances skills through hex trees

The first time I tried to use a fireball spell in Mages of Mystralia, I had no idea why the ball of flame I created stayed where I created it. Archers were firing at me from across a chasm, and I could not fire back at them. I pulled up a m...

 
Severed trailer photo
Severed trailer

Severed continues to look rad as hell in its final release trailer

Never thought I'd be excited about a Vita release in 2016, but Severed, the latest title from the developers of Guacamelee! is just about the coolest thing I've seen in months. Described as a mix of Mega Man, Infinity Blade, and Punch-...

 
Axiom Verge impressions
Axiom Verge follows the exploits of a scientist who, after apparently killing himself in a lab accident, awakens on a mysterious world full of secrets to uncover and labyrinthine environments to explore. It's essentially...   read

Katana Zero preview
Solo developer Askiisoft is no stranger to creating challenging games. Tower of Heaven and Pause Ahead both gave me a run for my money (even as freeware), and the upcoming action title Katana Zero is no exception. The ga...   read

Banner Saga video photo
Banner Saga video

Banner Saga 2 is as pretty as it is out right now

We've not got up a review for The Banner Saga 2 yet, but it did wriggle out onto Steam last week (PC and Mac). For now, do some alchemy to combine the above launch trailer and our very positive review of the original Banner Saga back in 20...

 
Zenge review

Review: Zenge

Most modern puzzle games go heavy on the logic/deduction/critical thinking. Some of them are so difficult the average person can't complete them without looking up a guide. On the other end of the spectrum, zen games take a m...   read

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Amsterdam 1666

Ubisoft ends lawsuit with Assassin's Creed creator, hands over 1666 Amsterdam

Ubisoft and Patrice Désilets have kissed and made up. Or at least buried the hatchet. Today, the Assassin's Creed creator announced plans to withdraw legal action against Ubisoft after reaching an agreement with the publisher that wi...

 
Viking Strategy Game photo
Viking Strategy Game

Damn, it feels good to be a Viking in Expeditions: Viking

Expeditions: Conquistador took me by surprise. I had no expectations going in, and what I found was a well-crafted and hard-as-nails strategy game. Now, we’re being transported further back in time to the era of the Vikings, a pe...

 
The Culling
The Culling was born of frustration. It began life as a co-operative alternative to survival games where players regularly screw each other over, like Rust or DayZ. But then as it became apparent that human nature i...   read

Friday the 13th The Game photo
Friday the 13th The Game

There's no point hiding in these Friday the 13th: The Game teasers

Friday the 13th: The Game has a new trailer.  The horror game - which secured $700K on Kickstarter last year - is back with a couple of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it teasers showcasing what Jason has in store for you. Pro ti...

 
Oh Hell no! photo
Oh Hell no!

Raw Data made me feel like Will Smith in I, Robot

Robots are sentient and coming at you and your co-op partner from every direction. You must work together to kill them all with a plethora of guns and a badass sword that can reflect projectiles. No, it isn't I, Robot 2: Bad Boys, it's Raw ...

 
Hands-on Impressions photo
Hands-on Impressions

Is it fun to beat protesters and molotov the police in Riot - Civil Unrest?

I've had my eye on Riot - Civil Unreset since it was announced in 2013 via a crowdfunding campaign. I'm a big fan of politics - social and otherwise - and can't think of a single other game that lets players take a somewhat realistic l...

 
PAX
Even before I played it, Just Shapes & Beats had my heart racing. The four-man group ahead of me in line was just moments away from surviving the final level. Everyone was dead, save for one yellow triangle that dashed fr...   read

VA-11 HALL-A
As someone who doesn't really gel with alcohol on a physical level -- my head aches and then I need to sleep -- I've never quite experienced the full extent of the bartender/patron relationship. I "understand" it the same way...   read

Hands-on Impressions photo
Hands-on Impressions

I got my dick destroyed in Outlast 2

The original Outlast had a nice combination of jump scares and actual horror; someone would pop out and scare you, before giving chase as you ran away and hid from them. You'd hear footsteps, breathing, and see enemies stand inches awa...

 
YIIK
Weirdness is a taut rope to walk -- too little and it distracts, too much and it's overpowering. It has to be just the right amount, mixed with enough sincerity to keep the whole affair from feeling twee or, even worse, smug....   read

Thumper preview
Today I stopped by the Playstation booth at PAX East to take a look at a rhythm-hell fever dream that I’ve much looked forward to: Thumper. You know your boy hopped directly into the opportunity to experience Drool&rs...   read

Rocket League photo
Rocket League

See what all the Rocket League fuss is about for free this weekend

If you've spent any amount of time around these parts within the past year, you know that Rocket League is enormously successful. We love it; the general public loves it; everybody seems to love it. Still, there may be some curmud...

 
Push Me Pull You photo
Push Me Pull You

The delightfully disturbing Push Me Pull You hits PS4 on May 3

Push Me Pull You is "a nice/horrible local multiplayer game where you and a friend share control of a big, wriggly body, and then play sports together." Clearly, the developers have had some time to nail down and refine their one-sentence...

 
Review: KTANE
Have you ever wanted to be trapped in a room with a bomb and be audibly fed instructions on how to disarm it while it slowly ticks down and the light flickers and a nearby alarm clock goes off? If so, you have very specific fantasies that will be amply met by the fantastic party game, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes.   read

Albino Lullaby
Too many horror games and movies these days rely on jump scares as their only real source of fear. While there is nothing inherently wrong with that, they really are cheap and easy. Recently there has been a resurgence in med...   read

Review: Blaze Rush

Review: BlazeRush

Remember that classic racing game Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart's Super Off Road? You know, the game where you race tiny trucks across dirt tracks while using turbo boosts to catch some sick air over bumps in the road.  Bl...   read

Kerbal update photo
Kerbal update

Kerbal Space Program has a new interface and runs better

Kerbal Space Program is one of the most daunting video games I've ever taken on, but I am so glad I made an effort to dig in, actually learn a thing or two about real-world orbital mechanics, and gain a new appreciation for how scary-insane...

 
Well then photo
Well then

Lichdom: Battlemage is out this week on consoles for $48 more than the PC version

The magic-based action-RPG Lichdom: Battlemage has been out for nearly two years on PC, but it is finally making its way to both the PS4 and Xbox One this week for $49.99. Meanwhile, you can currently snag the PC version for $1.9...

 
Humble Bundle photo
Humble Bundle

Devolver Digital's Humble Bundle is tempting

"Too bad I own most of these games." There. Saved some of you the effort of having to type that comment out. The new Humble Bundle is a nice mix of Devolver Digital titles, but I'll likely sit this one out as someone mostly caught up with t...

 
All Walls Must Fall photo
All Walls Must Fall

All Walls Must Fall is the new game from ex-Dead Island 2 devs

Inbetweengames, a studio founded by former YAGER staff, recently announced its first major release, All Walls Must Fall. For those keeping score, this is the game teased back in October of last year. It takes place in an alternate-history B...

 
Valley trailer photo
Valley trailer

Parkour! Slender dev's new game eschews traditional horror for rocket legs

Slender: The Arrival developer Blue Isle Studios has revealed its latest project, the sci-fi tinged Valley, which I imagine will suffer from some discoverability issues. How about VValley, like The VVitch? Aside from being a common noun, t...

 
Multiverse Kickstarter photo
Multiverse Kickstarter

Sentinels of the Multiverse dev wants to add in all current tabletop expansions

Sentinels of the Multiverse is an interesting game for a couple of reasons. For one, cooperative card games can be a good time no matter the subject matter; just chill with some friends while you see if you can collectively best an inanimat...

 
Stephen's Sausage Roll
You've heard of thinking outside the box, but have you heard of thinking outside the sausage?   read

WayForward photo
WayForward

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse leaps to PS4 this week

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is heading to PlayStation 4 this Tuesday, April 19. Originally released for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in 2014, Pirate's Curse marks the third installment in WayForward's iconic platformer franchise. The...

 

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ZEN Pinball 2: Aliens vs. Pinball"Not the Alien's most terrifying incarnation"

 

Alienation"Welcome to Earth"

 

Zenge"Slide, slide, slippity slide"

 

Sega 3D Classics Collection"Not all who wander are classics"

 
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SeymourDuncan17

That article on the Dooms livestream as it was happening had a lot of nitpicks, looking I watched the cache of the livestream this morning and it seems fucking awesome and certainly more like Doom than Doom MP, though? Seems

 
Agent9

Youtube is finally going to do something to fix their Its not now, but its certainly a link

 
Luca Blight

Played R&C on the I love collecting cards of places and weapons Ive used in the previous Its really pulling my nostalgia

 
JDelwynn

So according to iZombie, MMOs are played by typing on the

 
JPF720

Someone decided to name their game Amnesia: Great

 
Jiraya

Dark Souls 3 Collectors Statue is cool, I expected more fire than dark in the face , but its Praise the Moon!

 
Nathan D

Deus Ex: Human Resources

 
SpielerDad

The attorney of the Paris terror attack suspect says his client did it because of Grand Theft Did he consult with Jack Thompson?

 
Jiraya

LOT TIME !

 
Parismio

The game grumps has been having all sorts of guests on their show From steve-o to Jacob(Greyworm) from Game of thrones and now Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria! Justin Roiland next please!

 
Sr Churros

Ok, Im about to format my Windows laptop, thinking about updateing to Any tips for avoiding Micro$ofts sneaky bullshit?

 
Steel Squirrel

I picked up Suikoden II during this weeks PSN I never got around to playing it back in the I think I was too wrapped up in MGS and I am so glad I picked this This game is absolutely I am kinda ashamed I missed

 
JayfromtheSun

I began my second DS3 Trying out sorcery because why not? BATTLE POPE IS Now all I have to do is slay the rest of the clergymen so I can obtain my holy

 
Amna Umen

Well Rocket League has implemented a temporary ban feature for people who leave ranked How do I know this? Because I got disconnected from a match and now I have a 15 minute time ME! The person who wants to skewer Yes Im

 
GWJosh

I did a live play with Skyshine Games on the newest update to Skyshines Bedlam

 
Nathan D

Id actually be down for that COD 4 Its a strange game in that it created the big dumb Hollywood military shooter but also had a extremely dire The execution, the nuke, and the good guys ultimately lose in the

 
ShadeOfLight

Just watched Big Hero 6, but I feel so mean, Honey Lemon or Aunt Cass for best girl?

 
gajknight

Oh yeah, watched The Hateful 8 during my nightshift Fantastic movie, really fucking Im supplying the movies today and Ive got Dredd, The Big Lebowski, District 9 and This gunna be a good night!

 
EdgyDude

So University of Southern California canceled their Legends of the Game Industry event 4 hours before it The reason? no women among the Good luck to them trying to get the speakers to attend to the

 
Nathan D

Hold on, another one of Nathans (possibly) shocking Did anyone notice that the Dark Souls logo has the Darksign in between the words?

 
Inquisitive Ravenclaw

I was watching an anime where one of the main characters graduated from Made me realize that I miss having Everyones so happy and proud of you, and you feel like you can take on the

 
Sir Shenanigans

So Ive started The Its

 
Flegma

Hoping that NX will, once revealed, spark a debate of what a game console is like Dear Esther and what a game I doubt itll manage that,

 
Kaleido Ruby

Took turns going against one another in Puyo Puyo 7 last

 
zecheeseking

Yo Im zecheeseking, was pointed here from the discord group to say hi so I figured here I am saying :)

 
Luca Blight

Move aside Dark Souls Its Ratchet and Clank turn to

 
Nekrosys

Crunchyroll is, undoubtedly, the slowest and most unreliable streaming service I have ever I may end up having to sacrifice a virginal goat to some kind of deific figure in order to be rewarded with the moe I so

 
Asterion

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell is making mobile games The whole article is a pretty good read for those

 
Madoka Malika

Working all day

 
Dangus Taargus

My Nintendo seems to have just recently added a very prominent point code redemption link to the front does this mean physical games are going to be honored again? I sure hope

 

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