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9:00 PM on 08.07.2014

Natural Doctrine multiplayer set to inconsistent, yet still good music

The music goes from weird rock to just weird to typical RPG orchestral sounding. And still sounds alright.  Natty Doc (Natural Doctrine), the brutal, sort of ugly turn-based strategy game, also has mutliplayer...

Steven Hansen

8:30 PM on 08.07.2014

Rune Factory dev's new SRPG Forbidden Magna

Forbidden Magna (3DS) is coming to Japan in October courtesy of the team that made Rune Factory and Marvelous AQL. Xseed expressed interest in localizing it earlier this year, but nothing new on that front, so here's a trailer that at once intrigues me with its strategy mechanics and repulses me with its horrifying character models. 

Steven Hansen

5:30 PM on 08.05.2014

Fantasy Flight announces XCOM: The Board Game

Fantasy Flight Games has a pretty good reputation for taking hit videogame franchises and translating them to the tabletop space. Previously, the publisher has released board games based on DOOM, StarCraft, Sid Meier's Civili...

Darren Nakamura

6:00 PM on 08.01.2014

Invisible, Inc. brings its tactical espionage to Steam Early Access this month

Don't Starve and Mark of the Ninja studio Klei Entertainment has honed in on an August 19 Steam Early Access launch for its turn-based stealth game Invisible, Inc. It's been playable in an alpha capacity already, so this is j...

Jordan Devore

11:30 PM on 07.28.2014

It's like Final Fantasy Tactics with deadly puppets

Rime Berta is coming to Windows PC on August 4, Active Gaming Media announced today. The strategy role-playing game comes from Japanese indie developer Next-Soft Plus. It draws inspiration from titles like Final Fantasy Tacti...

Kyle MacGregor

2:00 PM on 07.24.2014

Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup

Usually when one thinks about shmups, precision motor skill and quick reaction are what come to mind. Mighty Tactical Shooter turns that completely on its head. Though precision movement and shot placement is still required,...

Darren Nakamura

7:00 PM on 07.23.2014

Conflicks has a great alternate history setup with anachronistic space colonialism

Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci discovered MetaMatter? Well, not in real life, but in the universe of Conflicks he did. It turns out all it takes is to separate a chicken egg's yolk from its albumen, and to heat up the y...

Darren Nakamura

10:15 AM on 07.23.2014

Frozen Endzone renamed Frozen Cortex, Mac and Linux versions available

Frozen Endzone, the tactical robo-sport from the developers of Frozen Synapse, has officially been renamed. The new name is Frozen Cortex, and I've taken the liberty of making a new logo for it. The rename is taking place bec...

Patrick Hancock



Review: Squids Odyssey photo
Review: Squids Odyssey
by Darren Nakamura

Splatoon might be getting a lot of hype for Wii U squid battling, but it is not the first game featuring a squid squad to grace the console. Earlier this year, Squids made its jump from iOS to the Wii U with Squids Odyssey, and it even blazed a trail for cross buy on Nintendo systems.

Squids combines two disparate gameplay elements: tactical role-playing and skill-based slingshot physics. Squids Odyssey takes the original game, the sequel Squids Wild West, and adds in even more levels, characters, and hats into an impressively large package. That said, the package seems better suited for mobile than home console.

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1:00 PM on 07.21.2014

PS3/360 strategy game Bladestorm getting remade for some reason

Next you're going to tell me someone is remaking Runaway with Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons. Well, that would be less surprising. What's a random movie from 2007? Someone's going to remake Stardust? In the Name of th...

Steven Hansen

12:30 PM on 07.18.2014

Crummy: Power Rangers' Saban is going after Chroma Squad

Behold Studios' Chroma Squad is about managing a brand new sentai television series and, being an in-depth parody, it of course draws inspiration from real-life shows, including -- but far from limited to -- Power Rangers. In...

Jordan Devore



To dye for: Invisible Inc. is my kind of strategy-stealth game photo
To dye for: Invisible Inc. is my kind of strategy-stealth game
by Steven Hansen

A chasm in stealth games tends to be player skill and the supposed skills of super sleuth avatars. You're often eased into the situation, your lack of skill assumed, or you just fumble your way through -- especially with the recent trend of stealth-optional games -- feeling like Mr. Magoo. Or you're good at stealth games. It's one of the reason's they can hold up to replays. Coming back with mechanical knowledge and slinking through areas like the pro you're meant to be is exhilarating. 

Invisible, Inc. is meant to be replayed, but that familiarity and advance knowledge is not where you get your sense of empowerment, as everything is procedurally generated and, thus, different each time. 

Klei's founder Jamie Cheng sat down with me and showed me how "active stealth, by moving and doing rather than waiting," is a great fit for a turn-based system. 

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5:00 PM on 07.16.2014

Oh man, I need Halfway in my life right now

I already liked Chucklefish. The indie developer best known for making Starbound has gone on to act as a publisher for smaller teams with great ideas. The studio has helped to release Hopoo Games' Risk of Rain, and is p...

Darren Nakamura

11:45 AM on 07.14.2014

Lead the most adorable mob riot with Anarcute

Everybody loves putting on an animal mask and wreaking destruction, right? Anarcute may not be as bloody as Hotline Miami, but it does tap into that same urge. It's that desire to dress up like a demented, googly-eyed Animal...

Darren Nakamura

2:15 PM on 07.09.2014

Paradox Interactive will have Magicka 2, Hearts of Iron IV available at Gamescom 2014

Paradox Interactive will have quite the lineup at Gamescom 2014. Hearts of Iron IV and the new RPG IP Runemaster, along with several "secret projects," will be among the in-house developed titles shown this year. Joinin...

Brittany Vincent



Natural Doctrine is a brutal, sort of ugly turn-based strategy game photo
Natural Doctrine is a brutal, sort of ugly turn-based strategy game
by Steven Hansen

Sure, Natural Doctrine doesn't look great (well, the environments; it does look better in miniature on the Vita). It's a far cry from director Atsushi Ii's gorgeous minimalism in Patapon.

But Kadokawa Games' first internal venture can get a pass for looking a bit dated if the core gameplay can hold up, and it just might. Producer Kensuke Tanaka felt that JRPGs were "lacking in difficulty," that they didn't "make you think," NIS America representatives explained. Natural Doctrine is an answer to that.

However, NIS America was not able to answer why exactly the lead in a fantasy RPG of orcs, magic and lizard men is named Jeff. 

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