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I was on my second whisky when she walked into my office. With legs that went up to her neck, and ruby-red lips that were completely out of sync with her voice, I knew she'd be trouble. She wanted me to review her, and I was ...

07-25-2013
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[Update: It's over! Newbee has been named champion of The International 4 and will take home $5,028,308 in prize money. For reaching second place, ViCi Gaming will bring home a still-impressive $1,475,699. Watch the final mat...

07-24-2013
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Beat 'em ups have a pretty interesting history. After dominating the arcade scene in the 80s and 90s, the gaming community at large eventually clamored for more transcendent experience than just mashing a few buttons over and...

07-19-2013
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Ubisoft and free-to-play -- words that are enough to make a great deal of people turn around and walk the other way immediately. Yep, Anno Online is Ubisoft's newest foray into the world of free-to-play, taking a storied, dee...

07-16-2013
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When Civilization V launched a few years back, a lot of die-hard fans were disappointed with the lack of depth the game had to offer. The graphics were sharp, the interface was clean and intuitive, and the overall gameplay wa...

07-14-2013
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It was only a few days ago when I mentioned that a difficulty adjustment update to Mega Man Unlimited was on its way. Version 1.1.0 is now available, bringing along a whole host of changes. The biggest and most welcome additi...

07-14-2013
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The fear of a dying community is my biggest reason for not typically becoming invested in games like Gun Monkeys despite how good they might otherwise be. Developer Size Five Games has stumbled across a novel solution, one th...

07-08-2013
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The Walking Dead: 400 Days is the work of a studio clearly not resting on its laurels. Acting as a bridge between season one and the upcoming sequel, 400 Days retains all of the harrowing, human and undead drama that made Lee...

07-05-2013
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Some of the great games in recent history have taken two genres and combined them into one cohesive experience. Henry Hatsworth spliced platforming with puzzle gameplay, Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes combined puzzles with ...

07-03-2013
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There are few things quite as cathartic as punching a nigh-endless horde of villains in their ugly mugs. I'm all for highfalutin, emotionally charged, wordy games where you are meant to care about people, but sometimes I just...

07-01-2013
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Unless I've missed most of them, there hasn't exactly been a glut of first-person puzzlers post Portal. Here to help fill that niche is Magrunner: Dark Pulse, a colorful puzzler mechanically centered around magnetism and narr...

06-27-2013
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Cellar Door Games' well-liked action-platformer Rogue Legacy comes to PS3, PS4, and PS Vita on July 29, 2014. It'll arrive in style, with support for Cross-Buy and cross-platform saves. These new ports will include everything...

06-27-2013
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Board game, wheel of fortune, a vast narrative spanning thousands of years -- 7 Grand Steps is a strange beast. Through simple slot machine mechanics, choose-your-own-adventure scenarios, and eventually actual strategy, one b...

06-25-2013
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Sega has announced that a standalone multiplayer Company of Heroes: The Western Front Armies will launch this June for $19.99. This brings back the Western Front from the original CoH game. Two collections of content -- ...

06-25-2013
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With the Halloween sale and the Scream Fortress update happening yesterday, this bit of Steam news was overshadowed a bit. A new batch of 100 indie games has been approved on Steam Greenlight, poised to release onto Steam pro...

06-18-2013
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I was thoroughly impressed with Eugen Systems' Wargame: AirLand Battle; an extremely complex, realistic take on modern warfare. It's one of the most impressive RTS titles to come out in the last couple of years, and one that ...

06-08-2013
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It isn't often that a developer works in tandem with the modding community to deliver a product, but that's exactly what happened with Tripwire Interactive's Rising Storm, the follow-up standalone expansion for Red Orchestra ...

06-07-2013
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It has become somewhat of a running joke that indie developers only ever make puzzle platformers, with famous titles like Braid, Limbo, and The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom on the list of the most successful indepe...

06-06-2013
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[This review contains some minor spoilers from earlier episodes.] The first episode of Kentucky Route Zero absolutely blew me away. Beautiful art mixed with the "I'm not really sure what's happening" atmosphere made for an un...

06-06-2013
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I didn't know what to expect before playing The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. I've seen the movie, but I don't remember much from it other than Wolverine fighting a lot of monsters. Luckily, that basic knowledge was a...

06-05-2013
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If you've heard anything about Starseed Pilgrim, it's probably that you need to experience it for yourself. This is very true. It also makes reviewing such a game quite the awkward predicament. I can't give away the specifics of the game's mechanics without spoiling what makes the game so great, so prepare to read some vague praise.

06-04-2013
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Designer Tom Francis is making a big push for Gunpoint this week: it's 75 percent off for 48 hours on Steam, and a major update has gone live for that version as well. Now's as good of time as any to try it out the stealth pu...

06-03-2013
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Might & Magic: Duel of Champions is yet another contender in this year of our collectible card game lords, 2013. CCGs are being released in droves this year and with most of them running on the free-to-play model, competi...

06-03-2013
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Fester Mudd: Curse of the Gold completely passed me by when it launched in March. It was originally slated for release last year, and I'd been keeping an eye on it for a very good reason: It's a collaboration between Finnish ...

06-02-2013
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I don't want to spoil much about the game (watch the comments!), but The Swapper is a game that absolutely deserves more of a spotlight. It was previously available on the PC before it was announced for the PS3, PS4 and ...

05-30-2013
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I hated and loved in equal measure the end of the summer holidays as a child. My impending return to gloomy classrooms, smudged jotters, and uncomfortable uniforms only made me take advantage of my final days of freedom all t...

05-29-2013
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When I look up at the sky at night, one thought eclipses all others: I really hope there are badass bears in space. Bears are natural spacefarers, and that is a known fact. They don't require oxygen, can travel faster than th...

05-24-2013
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I absolutely love it when games add crazy things that are completely unnecessary and utterly amusing. Paradox have decided to add a "Jazz Mode" to Leviathan: Warships, a game that doesn't actually have anything to do with ja...

05-23-2013
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I like the Heroes of Might & Magic series, but it has never been perfect. It's a very niche set of games that aren't quite role-playing titles or full-fledged strategy games. They are almost their own weird hybrid ge...

05-23-2013
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Call of Juarez is a series I've always wanted to enjoy. It's hard not to admire its attempts at clever storytelling, and the commitment to creating a wild west first-person shooter in an age where everything's about blasting ...

05-23-2013
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Sanctum 2 came to PC and Xbox 360 earlier this year. Our own Patrick Hancock reviewed it, ultimately enjoying the colorful sequel, which trends more towards first-person shooter than its tower defense leaning predecessor. Wh...

05-21-2013
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The prosperous settlement of Castletown had everything its residents could possibly desire. Lumbering giants had turned a once barren wasteland into a fertile coastal forest, and like titanic servants they had places mines, p...

05-20-2013
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The Plants vs. Zombies IP is a particularly interesting case. After creating one of the biggest casual hits of all time in 2009, Popcap kind of just sat on the property, keeping quiet about future plans despite its popularity...

05-20-2013
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I don't know why I thought that putting a world back together -- conquering various floating landmasses and combining them through sheer force of will -- would be easy. Eador: Masters of the Broken World's similarities to Her...

05-16-2013
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Don’t let the screenshots fool you: This isn’t the game you think it is. The first Anomaly was an unexpected sleeper hit that found a successful formula on flipping tower defense on its head by putting the playe...

05-15-2013
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I've never been scuba diving, though I imagine it can be quite the relaxing affair. Checking out the reefs, the fish, and just marveling at what is essentially a whole other world sounds pretty wonderful. It would stand to re...

05-14-2013
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Deep Silver have announced that Metro: Last Light will be included with the 300 Steam Machine prototypes that will be shipping to lucky people soon. Just the other day 4A Games released the game for Linux, and now it makes a ...

05-13-2013
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To call Victoria II dense would be a gross understatement. It's a pound cake, with each ingredient -- the tangled politics, vast wars, and simulated economies -- adding greater depth and increasingly complex, interweaving sys...

05-10-2013
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In the virtual reviews from the virtual critics that judge your virtual game company's output in Game Dev Tycoon, depth is never a point of concern. Well, it is here. Everything in the eyes of Informed Gamer (and other fake m...

05-10-2013
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Knowing what I now know about Mars: War Logs, it may end up being one of those titles that becomes a solid bargain-bin pickup. It's on the right track: Spiders Studio has put out an update for the PC game which promises a be...

05-06-2013
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Telltales' Poker Night at the Inventory 2 is now available for iOS devices. The poker title will work on anything iPad 2 and up, or iPhone 4 and up. And like the PC counterpart, this one is going for $4.99 as well.  On the fence? Go read our official review to see what we thought of Poker Night 2.

05-06-2013
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Last year, an unassuming game came to iOS in the form of Jack Lumber. At first glance, it seemed to be a clone of Fruit Ninja, but upon careful inspection, it was actually a much, much deeper experience. Developer Owlchemy Labs have demonstrated that they can create an interesting, captivating world on top of a solid gameplay foundation, and best of all -- an obscene over-the-top love for puns.

05-05-2013
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Anodyne is a cool little top-down dungeon crawler with an obvious problem: it isn’t Zelda. Though I would normally feel like a jerk criticizing a small indie title for not stacking up to Nintendo’s legendary series, the game itself forces the comparison, lifting not just the basic gameplay elements of the classic 2D Zelda games, but also various art cues and enemy designs.

05-03-2013
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I've found that it's a rather fruitless endeavour to guess which games will get a sequel -- mainly because I'm usually wrong. If you'd asked me "Fraser, will there be a Zeno Clash II?" I would have confidently responded with ...

05-02-2013
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The videogame tie-in for Star Trek Into Darkness was pretty poorly received, and JJ Abrams, the movie's director, is bummed out about it. Well, not about the critical reception; he's in agreement there. He's disappointe...

04-30-2013
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Don't Starve is a pretty awesome game, and I'm glad that it's playable on the PS4. The only problem is, the massive Reign of Giants DLC pack, which adds spring and summer alongside of over a hundred more updates isn't out ye...

04-29-2013
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Strike Suit Zero came out just three months ago and already it has a spin-off. Strike Suit Infinity doesn't attempt an epic narrative or try to establish an enthralling science fiction world that you want to live in immediate...

04-29-2013
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Every so often, a game comes along that gets attention for its basic mechanic alone. Signal Ops is one of those games, as it is a stealth game that shows the player up to four first-person views of playable characters at the ...

04-26-2013
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The Sims 3: University Life is expansion pack number nine for The Sims 3, and it's essentially a re-hash of the University expansion for The Sims 2. If you decided today you wanted to start playing The Sim...

04-24-2013
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This is it for Monaco. Pocketwatch Games has already talked about its next project -- a real-time strategy game called Armada specifically built for gamepads -- and now that it has added a fourth, final chapter to the co-op h...

04-24-2013
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Dejobaan Games is probably best known for the crazy AaAaAA!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity but Monster Loves You, co-developed alongside Radical Games, is totally different from the studio's previous title. It's a kid-fr...

04-23-2013
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Bethesda has teased more upcoming Dishonored content with a pair of mysterious images posted on its blog, with the promise of more to come. In the previous DLC, The Knife of Dunwall, the assassin Daud encountered a witch name...

04-22-2013
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This was not what I expected. Going into God Mode, I knew it was an action-style third-person shooter which, to me, generally means there's going to be some streamlining going on. Less of the fluff you might find in bigger-bu...

04-22-2013
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The Sacred series is never going to give Diablo a run for its money, but it's always had its own unique charm. It's a fairly standard dungeon crawler with its own element of silly humor, and that's been enough to earn it a pl...

04-19-2013
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Despite the fact that Shootmania Storm just came out, there's a new game mode and a weapon already available as a free update. "Combo" pits teams of two players against each other who are tasked with killing enemies at the sa...

04-18-2013
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The Humble Jumbo Bundle has been purchased over 500,000 times so far, and the organizers behind the event have gone ahead and thrown three more games into the mix. The three new additions are Cities in Motion 2, Orcs Must Die...

04-18-2013
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I had to do a double take when I heard that all these years later, Age of Empires II has a new expansion out. The Forgotten was originally an unofficial mod before its team collaborated with Skybox Labs for a commercial relea...

04-17-2013
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I'll suffer through many things if the promise of a post-apocalyptic horror is on the cards. To that end, I've lived through such atrocities as I Am Omega, and once really tried to like Hardware. A game like Afterfall: I...

04-09-2013
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Receiver, a first-person shooter with mechanics grounded in reality, is finally available on Steam for super cheap. You can temporarily pick it up for $3.99, 20% off its original price of $4.99. If you already own Receiver&nb...

04-06-2013
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[This post originally ran as impressions on the open beta and is now updated to reflect the full release, which came two weeks later.] Call of Duty has dumbed down the modern shooter to being about planting bombs, capturing p...

04-05-2013


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