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Review: Costume Quest 2 photo
Review: Costume Quest 2
by Alasdair Duncan

The original Costume Quest was a seminal game for Double Fine; it was the first game to come out of Amnesia Fortnight, a two-week period of experimenting with small-scale games. Costume Quest's success led the way for Stacking, Iron Brigade, and other download-only games. 

Now, Costume Quest 2 is here just a few weeks before Halloween and it's delivering the same fun as the original. It may be a little too similar in some spots, but there are plenty of improvements to satisfy fans.

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Still waiting for a new 2D Metroid? Take a look at Beyond Human photo
Still waiting for a new 2D Metroid? Take a look at Beyond Human
by Darren Nakamura

Every few months, I think about how great Metroid: Zero Mission and Metroid Fusion were. So, so great. Why isn't Nintendo doing more like that? I don't know, but the indie community seems to share my lamentation, creating games like Ghost Song: A Journey of Hope, Paradise Lost: First Contact, and Axiom Verge. If things turn out well, we can add Beyond Human to that list.

Beyond Human has a few influences it calls back to: Metroid, Mega Man, and Devil May Cry. Each manifests in a different way in the trailer, but all three are definitely present. As a neat backer reward, the protagonist here can don a few custom outfits (seen below) that pay homage to those classics.

Developer DT Studios has recently put Beyond Human up on Kickstarter, with a base goal of €20,000. It is planned for release on Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita.

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3:15 PM on 10.06.2014

Rogue Wizards has a bad name but it looks like a cool dungeon crawler/city builder

Many of us have crawled through dungeons hundreds of times, so it takes some special kick to get us to notice. Rogue Wizards has two: a city-building component that seems like it could be addictive and a cool visual effect r...

Darren Nakamura

12:30 PM on 10.02.2014

LA Cops brings mustaches and doughnuts to tactical shooters

Bringing a game that's early in development to a show like EGX is both a good idea and a scary one. You can get plenty of helpful feedback and some comments that aren't so helpful. "Yeah, we had this kid who was like eight ye...

Alasdair Duncan

12:00 PM on 10.02.2014

Sand Sailor's atmospheric Black The Fall slinks to Kickstarter

Romanian development studio Sand Sailor has recently taken to Kickstarter to fund its stealth-action platformer, Black The Fall. Inspired by the communist country they grew up in, the developers would like their game to impa...

Rob Morrow

7:30 PM on 10.01.2014

Human Orbit will let you indulge your rogue AI fantasies

Is it me or are all artificial intelligences on spacecraft always evil? GLaDOS, HAL, SHODAN, the ... steering wheel thingy from WALL-E -- all of them were pretty evil, or at least fairly negligent in their jobs and now it's y...

Alasdair Duncan





5:30 PM on 10.01.2014

This Satellite Reign pre-alpha footage is looking pretty sharp

Brisbane-based studio 5 Lives recently announced that backers who pledged for alpha access during the Kickstarter campaign for Satellite Reign will be getting their playable build some time in early October. The rest of us w...

Rob Morrow

2:00 PM on 10.01.2014

The Sims 4 is getting pools, ghosts, and Star Wars costumes

Pools. Get to the pools! They were notably absent from The Sims 4 at launch but they're arriving in November as a free update. Sim deaths are going to skyrocket. Speaking of which, more immediately, the game is adding ghosts...

Jordan Devore

9:30 AM on 10.01.2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth trailer outlines the new features

Last week I detailed a lot of the new experiences that Civilization V veterans will find in Civilization: Beyond Earth. I loved what I played of it and you can read about that if you want, but those who are more visual ...

Darren Nakamura

8:30 AM on 10.01.2014

Elegy for a Dead World makes a game out of writing fanfiction

One of the great things about games today is that we are seeing new ideas in addition to the tried and true shooters and platformers. Elegy for a Dead World has one of those ideas, and it will be interesting to watch how it ...

Darren Nakamura

12:30 PM on 09.30.2014

Metrocide gets a developer walkthrough, Early Access coming in October

Flat Earth Games, comprised of brothers Leigh and Rohan Harris, walk us through the first few minutes of their new top-down, cyberpunk-noir, contract killing simulator, Metrocide. In the grim, futuristic world of Metrocide, ...

Rob Morrow

12:00 PM on 09.30.2014

War for the Overworld is the Dungeon Keeper sequel you wanted

When the recent Dungeon Keeper mobile game was released by EA, it went down like a barrel of stinking fish; it took the core concepts of the franchise and saddled them with a freemium model that made it a chore to play. Than...

Alasdair Duncan

5:00 PM on 09.29.2014

Robot platformer Poncho is worth backing

Whenever I've posted an article about a videogame Kickstarter, I've tried to lean on the side of titles that have either a demo as that helps ease some of the potential doubts you can have while backing a project. The team be...

Alasdair Duncan

1:00 PM on 09.29.2014

Horror title Noct reaches its Kickstarter funding goal, Greenlit on Steam

Noct, a 2D top-down multiplayer survival horror game that blends arcade combat with RPG survival elements has recently met and exceeded its Kickstarter funding goal of $20,000 CAD and has been Greenlit on Steam. The game's b...

Rob Morrow

1:30 PM on 09.27.2014

Puzzle Fighter-inspired indie confirmed for Wii U

Puzzle games used to be big business on home consoles. Sadly for fans of the genre, these days they're usually relegated to phones and handhelds. That may be why we've seen so few games in the style of seminal classic Super ...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 PM on 09.26.2014

Metroidvania stealth title Paradise Lost pushed to mid-2015

Paradise Lost: First Contact, otherwise known as "that game with all of the squiggles," will not launch on PC, Mac, Linux, and Wii U this year as originally intended. Developer Asthree Works is pushing the release of the alie...

Jordan Devore