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Review: Abyss Odyssey photo
Review: Abyss Odyssey
by Alasdair Duncan

One thing you can't accuse Chilean developer ACE Team of doing is ploughing the same, well trodden ground as other indie devs. Its debut hit Zeno Clash combined a surrealistic art style with first-person, melee combat, while the studio's follow-up title, Rock of Ages, combined Super Monkey Ball with a Monty Python-esque romp through classical history. 

Abyss Odyssey is the studios' third original title and again, its setting is unique from anything else I've seen in videogames. The structure of the game different, too -- a combination of procedurally-generated levels, 2D platforming, intricate combat systems and online, community-driven progression. It doesn't always fit these elements together seamlessly but when it does, Abyss Odyssey still has that "just one more go" factor.

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5:30 PM on 07.14.2014

AR-K–Chapter 2 is a sequel to a game I bet you didn't play

AR-K –Chapter 2: The Girl Who Wasn’t There- is the sequel to point-and-click adventure game AR-K –Chapter 1-. I'm willing to bet you haven't played it, but the brainchild of Gato Salvaje Studio is now availa...

Brittany Vincent

4:30 PM on 07.10.2014

Now this is how you delay a game

We only just got word that Crawl would arrive on Steam Early Access on July 17, but that's no longer the case. The four-person dungeon crawler is going to be late -- "it could be a couple days, it could be a couple weeks," re...

Jordan Devore



Play Mount & Blade: Warband for free on Steam this weekend photo
Play Mount & Blade: Warband for free on Steam this weekend
by Jordan Devore

If you've been on the fence about Mount & Blade: Warband, here's one way to spend your weekend. Now through Sunday at 1:00pm Pacific, the action game and its open-ended multiplayer battles are free to test out thanks to a promo on Steam.

Folks who get hooked -- the top user review for Warband literally has over a thousand hours of play time on record -- can then buy the title to keep for $4.99. That's a savings of 75 percent.

There's something for existing players, too. Steam Workshop support for mods (of which there are many) has been added, and the Mac and Linux ports of Warband are now out of beta.

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9:00 PM on 07.09.2014

Adult Swim Games' Super Comboman features a fat dude with a Pikachu fanny pack

Adult Swim Games has a great track record when it comes to their games, and Super Comboman looks like a fun little brawler. It takes place in a sticker world with destructible environments and colorful characters that give m...

Brittany Vincent



I messed around in the bizarre, experimental reboot of Rust photo
I messed around in the bizarre, experimental reboot of Rust
by Jordan Devore

I first played Rust back in January. It was at times scary, confusing, and frustrating, which is to be expected in an anything-goes online multiplayer game about naked men trying to survive with rocks and crudely-fashioned hatchets while others possess pistols, assault rifles, and explosives.

Thanks to its players and their chaos, Rust was entertaining in a way that a scripted game could never be -- up until the point at which it wasn't. It eventually got old. I stopped playing.

More than that, I quit paying attention to all of the updates in the pipeline for this Steam Early Access game. At about 16 hours of play time, I had gotten my fill, thanks. So I left, impatient and somewhat unsatisfied, unsure if I'd ever truly return to the game.

But I have, now that Facepunch Studios is rebooting Rust. Work has ceased on the original version most players know while the team rebuilds the game from scratch in what it is calling an experimental branch. It's playable now and as janky as things are, it's promising.

Let's take a look! (Warning: there will be some butts.)

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Review: 4PM photo

If you're like me, then you'll have staggered out of a pub, wandered home, and then tried to fill in the blanks but, like a favorite song of mine says, it's just the best bits that are colored in.

I can't honestly say there's been nights out where I've drawn a total blank but I know my mates and co-workers have repeatedly needed me to fill in the blanks ("You mean you don't remember swearing at the boss, then throwing up in the corner?") and that's never fun.

Caroline, the protagonist in 4PM -- a short interactive story from developer Bojan Brbora -- is having one of those days. What happened last night, why is the room spinning, and shouldn't she be at work?

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1:30 PM on 07.09.2014

The creators of Train Simulator are getting involved with Microsoft Flight Simulator

Through a licensing agreement with Microsoft, Train Simulator maker Dovetail Games will release Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition on Steam at the end of this year. It's coming with the Deluxe Edition and Acceleration...

Jordan Devore

10:45 AM on 07.09.2014

Cave Story-inspired platformer Momodora III is out on Steam for $5

Momodora III went through Greenlight earlier this year, and now it is finished and available on Steam for purchase. Though it looks like it plays more like Shovel Knight, the visuals seem to remind most of the legendary indi...

Darren Nakamura

1:00 PM on 07.08.2014

The Dota 2 International 2014 wildcard round is underway

The day has finally arrived! The biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year is about to officially begin! Today, four wildcard teams will battle it out for one remaining position in the tournament and their shot at a pri...

Patrick Hancock

8:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Have fond memories of The Incredible Machine? Check out Contraption Maker

It's been just over a year since I told you about Contraption Maker, a puzzle game in the vein of the DOS classic The Incredible Machine that's being worked on by some members of the original development team including Jeff ...

Jordan Devore

9:30 AM on 07.07.2014

Ghost in the Shell inspired mod NeoTokyo gets full, free Steam release

NeoTokyo started as a Half-Life 2 mod a decade ago. It was Greenlit on Steam almost two years ago. Now it's gotten its full release on Steam and it's free. Set in a futuristic Japan, the multiplayer shooter seems i...

Steven Hansen

8:30 AM on 07.07.2014

The crowdfunding worked: Divinity: Original Sin sells over 160,000

Following a near one million dollar Kickstarter campaign and a stint in Early Access, Divinity: Original Sin formally released last week. It had already sold 160,000 copies as of last Thursday, according to Eurogame...

Steven Hansen

1:30 PM on 07.05.2014

Midora may hit consoles, is #19 on Steam Greenlight

Midora's art is so nice that many thought it was too good to be true, leading to claims that the game's graphics were directly lifted from The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. Those accusations have been debunked, but th...

Jonathan Holmes



Another fair comparison: 1001 Spikes is better than Game of Thrones photo
Another fair comparison: 1001 Spikes is better than Game of Thrones
by Jonathan Holmes

Believe it or not, there once was a time when many, many people thought that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was better than Advance Wars. Thankfully, those days are over now. According to my numbers, 89.6% of those who once suffered from the false belief that Kevin Spacey's upcoming AAA blockbuster competitive murder-spree is better than Nintendo's classic cartoon general simulator have been successfully converted to the truth. Though it's hard to be sure just how responsible I am for this turn of events, it's fair to guess that I'm largely responsible, because why not? You're welcome everybody. 

But a cowboy's work is never done. There are still many poor souls out there suffering from the delusion that a thing that they like is better than a thing that I like. Case in point -- Game of Thrones. Apparently, many of of you out there believe this show/book series is as good as, or even better than, the new death-trap stuntman 2D platformer Aban Hawkins and the 1001 Spikes.

Sorry Throners, but you're about to get pwned(ers). 

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11:00 PM on 07.04.2014

Journey to Mars with seven other co-op partners in The Red Solstice

The Red Solstice is a tactical cooperative survival game taking place on Mars in a very distant future. It's headed for Steam Early Access on July 10, and will support up to 8-players for co-op modes across randomly generate...

Brittany Vincent