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3:15 PM on 09.29.2011

Preview: PixelJunk SideScroller

The title of PixelJunk Shooter was a bit misleading. It was much more of an exploration and puzzle game than an actual shooter. It was a great game (along with its sequel), but not exactly what genre fans wanted. Sidecroll...

Allistair Pinsof




Fantastic Arcade: Serious Sam 3 may be the best one yet photo
Fantastic Arcade: Serious Sam 3 may be the best one yet
by Allistair Pinsof

[All this week, I'll be bringing game coverage from indie game festival Fantastic Arcade in Austin, TX. Be sure to check Flixist for my coverage of film festival companion Fantastic Fest.]

A Serious Sam 3 preview seems largely pointless. Yet, here I am. What a rebel!

As Jim Sterling said in his E3 preview, Croteam’s latest has all the silly enemies and weapons you want. It’s shaping up to be every bit as good as past entries. That’s all you can hope to hear. Except, I’m going to go one further and say it’s shaping up to be best one yet. Where previous Serious Sams felt like a placeholder for a new Doom (one that plays like the original Doom, that is), Serious Sam 3:BFE feels like the logical progression of the '90s-style, arena-based FPS.

I will care substantially less about a new Doom after this comes out. Read on to find out why.

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Fantastic Arcade: Serious Sam + JRPG = Random Encounter photo
Fantastic Arcade: Serious Sam + JRPG = Random Encounter
by Allistair Pinsof

[All this week, I'll be bringing game coverage from indie game festival Fantastic Arcade in Austin, TX. Be sure to check Flixist for my coverage of film festival companion Fantastic Fest.]

No, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter isn’t a joke. Well, it actually is a joke but that’s a secret just between us and developer Vlambeer (the lovable, goofy Dutch duo behind Radical Fishing and the excellent Super Crate Box).

After Serious Sam creators Croteam emailed Vlambeer about making a game together, Vlambeer drew (via MS Paint) a rough design document for Dinosaur Zookeeper. Since that wasn't quite serious or Sam enough, they decided to turn the world of Serious Sam into 16-bit Japanese-style RPG.  Except Vlambeer think JRPGs are really, really boring so they made a game about shooting 500 guys in the face within a JRPG. 

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11:00 PM on 09.25.2011

Fez wins over the audience at Fantastic Arcade

Another year of Austin's annual videogame festival Fantastic Arcade has come to an end, but not without a couple winners, losers (haha!), and pissed-off Norwegians. Seriously, don't make eye-contact with them. They will mess ...

Allistair Pinsof

3:45 PM on 09.24.2011

Fantastic Arcade: Closure is kind of like Limbo but good

[All this week, I'll be bringing game coverage from indie game festival Fantastic Arcade in Austin, TX. Be sure to check Flixist for my coverage of film festival companion Fantastic Fest.] I really didn&rs...

Allistair Pinsof



Fantastic Arcade: Retro/Grade is a blast in the pants photo
Fantastic Arcade: Retro/Grade is a blast in the pants
by Allistair Pinsof

[All this week, I'll be bringing game coverage from indie game festival Fantastic Arcade in Austin, TX. Be sure to check Flixist for my coverage of film festival companion Fantastic Fest.]

At first glance, Retro/Grade looks like the world’s worst shoot-em-up. The bullet patterns are completely random, the ship is restricted to five vertical planes and it’s pretty repetitive. Good thing I examined the game further and played through the demo at Fantastic Arcade. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have realized I had mistaken a rather ingenious rhythm game for being a poor shmup.

If you have followed my articles here on Dtoid the last couple months, you might have gathered that I love shmups and rhythm games more than most things in life (including corgis [sorry, Dale!]). So imagine the happy load I dropped in my pants when I discovered I was playing a rhythm game in the guise of a classic 90s , Gradius-style shmup. Actually, don’t imagine that. That’s kind of gross. I don’t do that sort of thing, honest. I remove my pants first and … nevermind.

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10:30 PM on 09.20.2011

Beware: A Fantastic Arcade approaches!

Do you live in the South and love video games? Do you hate that we don't have a PAX or anything other than QuakeCon?  Well then you should come down to Fantastic Arcade in Austin, Texas at The Highball this wee...

Allistair Pinsof