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The Darkest Dungeon gods were kind to me photo
The Darkest Dungeon gods were kind to me
by Patrick Hancock

Hot off its huge Kickstarter success, Darkest Dungeon is already in a playable-enough state to have a demo at PAX East 2014. Although the demo was only a short snippet of what's to come, it was easy to get a sense of the themes Red Hook is shooting for with this roguelike RPG. 

It looks great, it plays like a strategy-RPG, and its structure was likened to XCOM: Enemy Unknown. This game is brilliant.

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2:45 PM on 04.18.2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth designers inspired by Cosmos

To take a brief aside from videogames: are you watching Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey? If not, you should be, especially if you are not particularly scientifically literate. It is filled with a lot of important information abou...

Darren Nakamura

2:15 PM on 04.18.2014

Punch frogs, get paid: New Curses 'N Chaos trailer

We got a brief look at the new Tribute Games joint, Curses 'N Chaos, at PAX East. It's a pared-down, arcade-like action game about two players cooperating to clear waves of foes before the timer hits zero. Super simple, but ...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 04.18.2014

Octodad: Dadliest Catch finally coming to PS4 next week

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is coming to PS4 on April 22. Thankfully, it won't cost an arm, an arm, an arm, an arm and a leg. Just $15. And 20% off of that in its first week for PlayStation Plus members. And it's not a straight ...

Steven Hansen

12:45 PM on 04.18.2014

Risen 3's teaser trailer looks vaguely like Dante's Inferno

The official teaser trailer for Risen 3: Titan Lords is out now, and it involves a lot of pretty CG animation and generic combat. It's got all the hallmarks of a traditional Western RPG: darkness, big swords, and copiou...

Brittany Vincent

11:00 AM on 04.18.2014

Get a taste of the R. Lee Ermey Call of Duty voice pack

Next week, Infinity Ward is set to drop two voice packs for multiplayer -- Snoop Dogg, and R. Lee Ermey. While Snoop's studio visit was previewed already, Ermey's wasn't -- it didn't even have a price or date confirmed, in fact. But now we know that it's going to hit at the same time as Snoop, on April 22nd for $2.99. Check out the video in full, and hear the iconic drill sergeant for yourself.

Chris Carter





9:30 AM on 04.18.2014

Final Fantasy III could be coming to PC

The sharp eyes at Siliconera found a new listing for Square Enix RPG Final Fantasy III on the Germany USK rating board. What's interesting is that the platform is listed as PC. It's already already on everything else: DS, PSP...

Dale North

5:00 AM on 04.18.2014

TinyBuild canceled the JetGetters Kickstarter but backers are in luck

I quite liked the look of JetGetters, a multiplayer dogfighting game built around jumping out of jets and hijacking opponents' vehicles. While it successfully raised enough money Kickstarter to be funded, the crowdfunding cam...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Several games we like have been greenlit on Steam

Steam Greenlight isn't a total wasteland yet, but when 75 titles are now getting approved for release on the platform in a single batch, there are bound to be duds. Let's not talk about those. Instead, let's focus on the posi...

Jordan Devore

7:30 PM on 04.17.2014

PC release confirmed for Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete

One of my great gaming sins has been managing to somehow skip out on the entirety of the Dynasty Warriors series, but now that one of them is releasing on Steam, my days of being uninformed about all things Lu Bu are numbered...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Jedi Knight II HD remake mod is underway

Kyle Katarn lives on in an upcoming Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast HD remake mod from JDBArtist, our new lord and savior of the PC mod scene. Well, that might be a little extreme, but given how much this game means to me as par...

Brittany Vincent



Aaru's Awakening is all about movement photo
Aaru's Awakening is all about movement
by Patrick Hancock

I’ve been interested in Aaru’s Awakening ever since its announcement captivated me with its hand-drawn art style. It’s pretty hard to pass up playing a game that looks the way Aaru’s Awakening does. From there, one can only hope that the mechanics draw players in enough to make it an enjoyable game. After all, we’re talking about videogames here, not paintings.

Aaru’s Awakening has a solid set of core mechanics that really make the player feel powerful, yet vulnerable at the same time. After playing through the demo at PAX East, I’m glad the game sucked me in with its art.

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Read the writing on the wall with Invisible, Inc. photo
Read the writing on the wall with Invisible, Inc.
by Darren Nakamura

Turn-based tactical espionage. Those words were all it took to sell me on the idea of Invisible, Inc. Going into the PAX demo, I knew I would have to be cunning, thoughtful, and sneaky if I wanted to successfully steal intelligence and make it out alive.

As it turns out, I overestimated how cunning, thoughtful, and sneaky I am. Invisible, Inc. requires proper espionage; players who run in and try to blow stuff up like James Bond will not make it far. Even those who play cautiously will often find themselves in sticky situations, outnumbered and outgunned with no hope for a clean exit.

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Review: Trials Fusion photo
Review: Trials Fusion
by Jordan Devore

There's nothing quite like Trials and, after several games in the popular racing/platforming series, fans know what to expect from developer RedLynx: more of the same.

Yes, there will be a stupid, amazing theme song you'll hate yourself for letting get stuck in your head. There will also be moments of immense frustration made bearable by the eventual satisfaction of clearing that one particularly devious obstacle. And there will be bitter leaderboard rivalries as you fight to shave milliseconds off your best times.

Trials Fusion represents all of these things, and more -- occasionally to its detriment.

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4:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Defense Grid 2 will welcome user-created content

Hidden Path Entertainment sure does know how to make some good videogames. Defense Grid and its expansion are a blast for any tower defense fan, but they've also done Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Age of Empires I...

Patrick Hancock

3:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Childhood edutainment favorites Putt-Putt and Fatty Bear on Steam is Humongous

You wanna go to the moon with Putt-Putt or find missing kelp seeds with Freddi Fish? Get your wallets ready, because there's a whole slew of classic Humongous Entertainment games coming to Steam. And if you answered no to eit...

Brittany Vincent