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2:45 PM on 08.14.2014

Invisible, Inc.'s tactical espionage action hits Early Access August 19

Invisible, Inc. is going to be one of my obsessions this year. Enough that I am actually going to play a game while it's in Steam Early Access (PC, Mac) rather than waiting for the hard launch. Plus, it will be priced at $16 while in Early Access before bumping up to $20 at launch.

Steven Hansen

3:00 PM on 08.12.2014

Full Control announces new standalone Space Hulk Ascension Edition

Danish indie studio Full Control announced today that it is developing a new standalone edition of Space Hulk for the PC. Ascension Edition will introduce RPG elements, Genestealer variations, customization, new mechani...

Rob Morrow

5:45 PM on 08.11.2014

Hard West: Part cowboy XCOM, part High Plains Drifter nightmare

When I first clicked on the Hard West Kickstarter, there was a twinge of disappointment that this wasn't a game about Kanye. I got over it quick, though. I like Westerns, and I like all the reference points this video w...

Steven Hansen





5:15 PM on 08.11.2014

Hearts of Iron IV wants you to rewrite World War II

Why do you have to be at gamescom to make a gamescom trailer? This (a very little bit of) gameplay trailer for Hearts of Iron IV asks that. I think we should all shoot our own gamescom trailers, too. Upload 'em and put them in the comments.  If you want beta details, they're here. Otherwise, see an early Hearts of Iron IV preview from the beginning of the year.

Steven Hansen

12:45 PM on 08.08.2014

Shadowrun Online adds character customization, random co-op

An update for Shadowrun Online has recently arrived and it's filled to the brim with new features, improvements, and fixes. This is the one I've been waiting for, people! We can finally create our own characters and enter r...

Rob Morrow

5:00 AM on 08.08.2014

What?! Japan gets a Gundam, Kamen Rider, Ultraman crossover RPG

Do we even have an American analog to this? Like if Transformers, Power Rangers, and, uh, another thing did a crossover RPG. My mind initially went to Speed Racer before remembering that it's Japanese. Then to Godzilla&...

Steven Hansen

11:00 PM on 08.07.2014

Adults kidnapped, replaced by robots in XCOM-inspired Inner City Kids

Inner City Kids, from one-person developer Jamo Games (click this for some lovely art samples), was shown off the PlayStation Blog today. The XCOM-inspired strategy game is coming to PlayStation Vita next sprin...

Steven Hansen

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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