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We got a first look at gameplay from the new Star Wars Battlefront

I have very fond memories of Star Wars Battlefront. Well into my adolescence, whole summer weekends were lost to split-screen tournaments; when you lost a game, you lost the controller. Familiar Star Wars icono...   more

We got a first look at gameplay from the new Star Wars Battlefront photo

The original Kickstarter game, High Strangeness, is set for release on May 6

Ever since the big Kickstarter boom of 2012, there's never been a short supply of developers looking to get their next title going through crowdfunding. From metroidvania action-RPG titles referencing the golden years of game...   more

The original Kickstarter game, High Strangeness, is set for release on May 6 photo

This could be the Godzilla game fans have always wanted

I've dabbled in Godzilla games since the NES game Godzilla: Monster of Monsters, a game that for some reason took place in space; Mothra and Godzilla fought monsters and literally kicked rocks in this fondly remembered title....   more

This could be the Godzilla game fans have always wanted photo

Dystopian steampunk mini-golf is now a thing in Vertiginous Golf

What happens when you get the developers of those old Nabisco mini-golf Flash games and have them make a new type of mini-golf title? Well evidently, you get something completely off-the-wall and bizarre, which feels more lik...   more

Dystopian steampunk mini-golf is now a thing in Vertiginous Golf photo

Narcosis explores the horrors of the deep ocean with intense VR gameplay

Last year during Game Connection Europe, Steven had some special hands-on time with developer Honor Code, Inc's upcoming underwater survival horror title Narcosis. As a psychological-horror survival game, players find themsel...   more

Narcosis explores the horrors of the deep ocean with intense VR gameplay photo

Killing Floor 2 is hectic and gory, and will be on Early Access this month

It's been a good while since the release of the original Killing Floor back in 2008. Over the years, its been sitting on the Steam best-sellers list for quite some time, and built a loyal and dedicated following. While hoard-...   more

Killing Floor 2 is hectic and gory, and will be on Early Access this month photo

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China gives the series a fresh perspective

It's not often we see a major player in the big leagues of yearly releases reinvent itself in a more modest and distinct way. With Assassin's Creed titles expected every year, it's been a bit of a challenge for Ubisoft to kee...   more

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China gives the series a fresh perspective photo

Mekazoo has a cheeky rhyme for tricky gameplay

“When in doubt, switch them out.” Sage-like advice, really. That’s what Mekazoo’s creative director Jarrett Slavin had to tell me to do when I showed obvious struggles playing his demo. I’m no st...   more

Mekazoo has a cheeky rhyme for tricky gameplay photo

Dirty Bomb aims high with its focus on hardcore FPS action

The folks at Splash Damage have been busy over the last two years. Since the release of Brink and a stint on Batman: Arkham Origins' multiplayer, they figured it was time to return to their roots with a heavy focus on PC...   more

Dirty Bomb aims high with its focus on hardcore FPS action photo

Beyond Eyes abstracts the world as perceived by a blind girl

I have been following Beyond Eyes since I first heard about it a year and a half ago. Videogames can be powerful tools for relating experiences that may otherwise be difficult to comprehend. Blindness both fascinates and terr...   more

Beyond Eyes abstracts the world as perceived by a blind girl photo

Talk turns technical with Masquerada: Songs and Shadows' Ian Gregory

While at PAX East, I was fortunate enough to schedule a chat with the co-founder and creative director of Singapore-based Witching Hour Studios, Ian Gregory, to talk about the studio's beautiful upcoming "...   more

Talk turns technical with Masquerada: Songs and Shadows' Ian Gregory  photo

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void seeks to conclude the trilogy with an exciting finale

Where were you when that debut trailer for StarCraft II popped up online? It made its announcement all the way back in 2007 at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational in South Korea. Much has changed since then. With the release ...   more

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void seeks to conclude the trilogy with an exciting finale photo

RIVE was my favorite twin-stick shooter at PAX East

When I learned that Netherlands-based Two Tribes Studios (Toki Tori & Toki Tori 2) was bringing its snazzy metal-wrecking, robot-hacking, twin-stick shooter RIVE to PAX East this year, I jumped at the...   more

RIVE was my favorite twin-stick shooter at PAX East photo

Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is a dark reinvention of classic fairytale fiction

Over the last three years, Kickstarter has totally changed the game for many developers. With the option to crowdfund projects, cut out the middle-man (publishers), and communicate directly with fans to help create the game, ...   more

Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is a dark reinvention of classic fairytale fiction photo

It's easy to zone out in the open ocean of Windward

The PAX East expo floor is one of the least peaceful places to play a game. There are sweaty crowds, children who haven't learned to use their inside voices, and booths blasting dance music and/or eSports commentary. And yet,...   more

It's easy to zone out in the open ocean of Windward photo

Gigantic made me gigantic in the pants

At PAX East this year I walked past many of the larger booths and gave them little attention, as I am typically more interested in indie games. I got invited to a press-only demo for Gigantic -- a game I only knew of by ...   more

Gigantic made me gigantic in the pants photo

Just Shapes & Beats is bullet hell without the shooter

"Congratulations, you just survived the tutorial," Just Shapes & Beats coder Mike Ducarme teased the small crowd clustered around Berzerk Studio's PAX East booth. A quartet of us had just run the gauntlet, bobbing and wea...   more

Just Shapes & Beats is bullet hell without the shooter photo

Magnetic: Cage Closed let me fling myself around with physics

"It's not a gravity gun; it's a magnet." Guru Games, developer of Magnetic: Cage Closed, stressed this to me at PAX East. It works like a real magnet, with fields radiating out in all directions, rather than affecti...   more

Magnetic: Cage Closed let me fling myself around with physics photo

Dropsy challenges perceptions of beauty, proves that love really can conquer all

One of the highlights of my time at PAX East was sitting down and chatting with Dropsy’s creator, Jay Tholen. Jay’s a quiet, thoughtful man with what seems to be unlimited creative energy at his disposal. His some...   more

Dropsy challenges perceptions of beauty, proves that love really can conquer all photo

Amplitude's multiplayer mode has been reworked for the better

I have some good memories of playing single player FreQuency years ago. However, the only memories I have of the multiplayer mode are of me playing against my friends in high school and crushing them, then going off...   more

Amplitude's multiplayer mode has been reworked for the better photo

Let Ashes of the Singularity change your notion of large-scale RTS

Real-time strategy titles often feel large-scale by design. There are a whole bunch of units on the battlefield, and the player's tasked with directing them all simultaneously. Even if there aren't that many actual parts in t...   more

Let Ashes of the Singularity change your notion of large-scale RTS photo

CrossCode is a beautiful 16-bit ball-filled adventure

CrossCode is one of those games where I've heard mention of it by word of mouth, saw videos of it, but never though much of it. Then, I got bored and decided to try out the demo and boy, am I glad I did, because the game is w...   more

CrossCode is a beautiful 16-bit ball-filled adventure photo

We Happy Few's bright exterior hides a dark secret

For a while, the general aesthetic in games was dark and grimy, with muted colors to convey dismal feelings. The more recent counterculture of color was welcomed, bringing happiness back to the medium. But a funny thing happe...   more

We Happy Few's bright exterior hides a dark secret photo


We Happy Few's bright exterior hides a dark secret photo
We Happy Few's bright exterior hides a dark secret photo
We Happy Few's bright exterior hides a dark secret photo
We Happy Few's bright exterior hides a dark secret photo
We Happy Few's bright exterior hides a dark secret photo
We Happy Few's bright exterior hides a dark secret photo



SMITE's Xbox One alpha is off to a great start

There aren't a whole lot of fully featured MOBA games on consoles. While a handful of them exist, some faring better than others, there's going to be a bigger push this year with games like SMITE and Gigantic headin...   more

SMITE's Xbox One alpha is off to a great start photo

Harmonix Music VR could supplant Audiosurf for me

Audiosurf is more than seven years old now (wow), but it still holds a place as a desktop icon on my computer. I still play it regularly. The thing is, I almost never play it on any setting other than Casual with Mono. It is ...   more

Harmonix Music VR could supplant Audiosurf for me photo

Mortal Kombat X brings back some familiar faces for Story Mode

It's been less than a year since its reveal, and we're already rapidly approaching the release of Mortal Kombat X. After its predecessor essentially rebooted the franchise with a return to 2D-style combat, many fans got a new...   more

Mortal Kombat X brings back some familiar faces for Story Mode photo

Cosmochoria is a perfect blend of serenity and chaos

Cosmochoria is a Kickstarter success story that is now about to see the light of day. It's a mix of exploration and tower defense all wrapped up in a warming, yet occasionally stressful package. There's a strong sense of...   more

Cosmochoria is a perfect blend of serenity and chaos photo

Sega brings back OutRun with style for the 3D Classics Series

One of the great things about Sega's ongoing 3DS Classics series is that it allows retro games from the publisher's past to find a new audience. And given its rich and diverse history of quirky and fan-favorite titles, there'...   more

Sega brings back OutRun with style for the 3D Classics Series photo

Tumblestone is the most intelligent 'match three' game I've ever played

The first impression of a game matters a lot at PAX. If people aren't intrigued almost immediately, they may never play the game at all. My first impression of Tumblestone was "oh cool another match-three game." I don't ...   more

Tumblestone is the most intelligent 'match three' game I've ever played photo

Harebrained Schemes nails it once again with Necropolis

As I explored the opening area of Harebrained Schemes' third-person action roguelike Necropolis at PAX East 2015, I discovered an inviting treasure chest. Upon opening it, I realized too late that I wasn’t alone in that...   more

Harebrained Schemes nails it once again with Necropolis photo

Heat Signature is the best game I saw at GDC

Gunpoint ultimately had very little to do with guns. It was a smartly designed puzzler with an immensely satisfying core set of mechanics and witty dialogue. But the title never came into play; pointing guns at people always ...   more

Heat Signature is the best game I saw at GDC photo

3D Realms: Bombshell is the only one who could kick Duke Nukem's ass

3D Realms is keenly aware of what players know it for. Sure, there are plenty of titles in the publisher's history that should stand out, but for all intents and purposes, the company might as well re-name itself The Duke Nuk...   more

3D Realms: Bombshell is the only one who could kick Duke Nukem's ass photo

Severed is full of one-handed vengeance

There’s something serene about exploring a desolate place for the first time. Too often in games I find myself dropped into an environment, expected to pick up the pieces quickly to achieve a goal and left with little t...   more

Severed is full of one-handed vengeance photo

Windows 10 makes it even easier for gameplay videos to go viral

The latest generation in gaming has brought with it an emphasis on sharing. Screenshots and gameplay videos can be relatively easily captured and uploaded for anyone's audience to see. It's a smart way to drive interaction --...   more

Windows 10 makes it even easier for gameplay videos to go viral photo

Firewatch has topless teens, meaty hands, and mystery

I've been firewatching out for Campo Santo's new 'exploration mystery' since hearing about the talent behind it. Artist Olly Moss, Mark of the Ninja designer Nels Anderson, and season one The Walking Dead ...   more

Firewatch has topless teens, meaty hands, and mystery photo

Affordable Space Adventures is the Wii U experience I imagined in 2012

When Nintendo first unveiled the Wii U, my mind raced with ideas for games that could be created with the two-screen interface. A lot of the cool stuff that the DS did could be transferred to the big screen. Better yet, title...   more

Affordable Space Adventures is the Wii U experience I imagined in 2012 photo


Affordable Space Adventures is the Wii U experience I imagined in 2012 photo
Affordable Space Adventures is the Wii U experience I imagined in 2012 photo
Affordable Space Adventures is the Wii U experience I imagined in 2012 photo
Affordable Space Adventures is the Wii U experience I imagined in 2012 photo
Affordable Space Adventures is the Wii U experience I imagined in 2012 photo
Affordable Space Adventures is the Wii U experience I imagined in 2012 photo



Hands-on with Cuphead: Equal parts charming and challenging

Cuphead has existed in a state of unreality to me since its E3 reveal. Despite seeing footage of the game, it remained in my mind a concept. One that I was in love with, mind. 1930s style animation. A character whose head is ...   more

Hands-on with Cuphead: Equal parts charming and challenging photo

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a brilliant asymmetrical game

In Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, a game originally developed at a game jam, one player wears the Oculus Rift and sees a bomb that needs to be defused but doesn't know how to defuse it. Their partner only has a binder...   more

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a brilliant asymmetrical game photo

I nuked the God of Lightning in Mayan Death Robots

There's been a lot of games that try to copy the success of titles like Worms or Tanks, but often come off feeling too derivative. "Yeah, it's like Worms, but not quite as good" has definitely left my lips a handful of ...   more

I nuked the God of Lightning in Mayan Death Robots photo

Final Fantasy XV looks great and feels even better

Even though the clock was ticking, it was difficult not to stop and smell the roses. I had a behemoth to hunt, but couldn't help myself. A gorgeous landscape teeming with majestic wildlife distracted me from my objective. I w...   more

Final Fantasy XV looks great and feels even better photo

Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots

Crash landing on an alien planet is the worst. There's hazardous flora, deadly fauna, and even rock formations that seem to have some sort of blood lust. That just piles on top of the existential crisis of being a robot with ...   more

Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo


Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo
Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo
Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo
Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo
Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo
Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo



Downwell has a simple premise but it's damn fun

A glance at Downwell's tricolor palette in still shots doesn't really do it justice. Watching it in motion gives a better idea what it does, but not until actually playing it does it all click. It is built around a simple mec...   more

Downwell has a simple premise but it's damn fun photo

Soul Axiom is a cross between Journey and Tron

Everything you could say about Soul Axiom feels reductive. It looks like Journey mixed with Tron, except when it looks like Tron mixed with Tron. It’s a puzzler that evokes The Ta...   more

Soul Axiom is a cross between Journey and Tron photo

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection shines in some spots, has problems in others

Traditionally, Game Developers Conference is a very busy show. After what seems like a three-month hibernation, the game industry slowly creaks back awake and GDC is the first time everything's in full gear again. As always, ...   more

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection shines in some spots, has problems in others photo

Dyscourse is a survival game that's light on survival

Owchemy Labs’ Alex Schwartz is one of the bravest men I know. In the midst of GDC, perhaps the most inside baseball-heavy of all conventions, he told a member of the press that Dyscourse was a "survival game." Of c...   more

Dyscourse is a survival game that's light on survival photo

Volume is a more thoughtful approach to Metal Gear Solid VR Mission-like stealth

Volume is a fitting name for a polygonal, Metal Gear Solid VR Missions-looking stealth game with enough rectangles to feed a geometry class for the entire year. In the case of Mike Bithell's Thomas Was Alone follow-up, howeve...   more

Volume is a more thoughtful approach to Metal Gear Solid VR Mission-like stealth photo

Smash Bros. dev bringing blocky puzzler BOXBOY! to 3DS

HAL Laboratories (Super Smash Bros., Mother) has been busying itself with a couple Kirby games recently, but it looks like someone over there had an idea for a lil puzzle game and rolled with it. BOXBOY! (already released on...   more

Smash Bros. dev bringing blocky puzzler BOXBOY! to 3DS photo

Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide goes all in with hectic co-op action

I've long been an admirer of the Warhammer franchise. While a lot of people seem to put more of their attention towards the 40K universe, the high-fantasy setting of the former is so rich and features such...   more

Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide goes all in with hectic co-op action photo

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns seeks to redefine MMO endgame progression

Guild Wars 2 is an ambitious project. While ArenaNet's initial offering of Guild Wars was more of a social dungeon crawler than an MMO (the company called it a CORPG, or competitive online role-playing game), the se...   more

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns seeks to redefine MMO endgame progression photo


Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns seeks to redefine MMO endgame progression photo
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns seeks to redefine MMO endgame progression photo
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns seeks to redefine MMO endgame progression photo
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns seeks to redefine MMO endgame progression photo
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns seeks to redefine MMO endgame progression photo
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns seeks to redefine MMO endgame progression photo



The Flock is an intense, scary game of flashlight tag

With so many horror titles out, it's difficult to keep things interesting for players. While some focus on throwing countless monsters at you, others seek to make players feel nearly powerless against a limited number of foes...   more

The Flock is an intense, scary game of flashlight tag photo