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9:00 AM on 03.15.2014

Bound by Flame arrives on May 9 for PC, PS3, PS4, & Xbox 360

Spiders Studios' new action role-playing game Bound by Flame will be out on May 9 for the PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Xbox 360. Many of you seemed interested in this game last we posted about it. But then I read the...

Hamza CTZ Aziz


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1:15 PM on 02.14.2014

Styx: Master of Shadows has you play as a sneaky goblin

Maybe I'm crazy, but whistling to get guards' attention doesn't seem too stealthy. Styx: Master of Shadows, from developer Cyanide Studio, is slated for a PC release. You'll play as the titular Styx, an ancient goblin infilt...

Steven Hansen

1:00 AM on 01.23.2014

This ugly goblin is going to rob you blind

Styx: Master of Shadows is a new infiltration game with RPG elements from developer Cyanide Studio and publisher Focus Home Entertainment. The PC title will see that ugly goblin above as the playable character. His name is St...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Review: Final Exam photo
Review: Final Exam
by Wesley Ruscher

Eight years ago when Microsoft kicked off this generation with the Xbox 360, the concept of downloadable arcade titles on a home console was nothing more than a vision. With the Xbox 360 came the Xbox Live Arcade and one addictive title that I still play to this day: Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved. Sony and Nintendo followed suit, with their respective services and a digital generation from the comfort of the couch was born.

Along with downloadable titles, one other prominent trend that this generation can lay claim to (and hopefully move on from) is that of the zombie game. There are too many titles to list, and while some were great -- one even earning our game of the year for 2012 -- most were forgettable.

Well, as we wind down to Sony’s and Microsoft’s next console launches, and usher in another era of high-definition gaming, it’s only fitting that we begin to wrap up this generation with one more zombie game.

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6:30 PM on 09.05.2013

Contrast lets you solve puzzles in the 1920s as a shadow

I hope Compulsion Games is able to build an audience for Contrast. While this may be a puzzle-platformer, its subject matter is darker, more adult than what you might normally associate with the genre. Caitlin and Spencer ca...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 09.03.2013

Developers of E.Y.E. are making Space Hulk: Deathwing

With so many of these new Warhammer 40,000 games coming out now, I'm left sitting here waiting for that coveted Dawn of War III to steal away my weekends -- it's nowhere in sight, sadly. In the meantime, Space Hulk: Deathwin...

Jordan Devore

2:00 AM on 07.11.2013

Obscure now called Final Exam, still looks fun

Remember Obscure? It was that fun looking four-player side-scrolling beat-em-up/shooter. Well it's undergone a name change, and you can now refer to it as Final Exam. The name was changed largely due to how fans kept thinking...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

2:30 PM on 07.05.2013

Farming Simulator sure knows how to do a good trailer

After emerging from my post-Fourth of July coma this morning, it was this trailer for the console ports of Farming Simulator, of all things, that caught my eye. Do not -- I repeat, do not! -- watch this if you are still feel...

Jordan Devore

11:00 PM on 06.28.2013

New Contrast screens are stark & stylin'

I fell for Contrast's Roaring Twenties, film noir meets Mediterranean architecture style when I caught its trailer during E3. Be sure to watch for the fabulous, jazzy, Ella Fitzgerald-inspired singing act, too. While I was ...

Steven Hansen



Review: Magrunner: Dark Pulse photo
Review: Magrunner: Dark Pulse
by Steven Hansen

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 narratively centered around H.P. Lovecraft's mythical, octopus-faced monster-god Cthulhu.

It begs to be loved. Cthulhu is perhaps more "in" right now than since its inception, particularly among videogame fans that overlap so fluidly with genre fiction and Lovecraft's tales. To developer Frogwares' credit, the almost shrewd amalgamation works surprisingly well at times, yet is rent asunder when the incompatibilities of the written and interactive mediums are exposed. 

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5:00 AM on 06.21.2013

Magrunner is like spooky Portal with Cthulhu, out now

Well, I'm sold. Magrunner: Dark Pulse looks great if this trailer is any proper indication. I'm in love with the starkly clashing, almost manic aesthetic that smacks of colorful imagination straight out of the PS2 era. Our ow...

Steven Hansen





4:00 PM on 06.18.2013

Mars: War Logs update brings improved English translation

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...

Jordan Devore

10:30 PM on 06.14.2013

Contrast lights the way to fun platforming

Contrast is hands down the most unique game I played at E3. It's rare to find a game that melds adult themes with the whimsical storytelling mechanics of a child's mind. Blended with interesting puzzle platforming, Contrast is surely going to spark some interest when it arrives.

Caitlin Cooke

5:45 PM on 06.13.2013

Magrunner: Dark Pulse looks really darn cool

Magrunner: Dark Pulse is a game that you may brush off as a Portal imitator at first - but I urge you not to do so. After playing through some levels on the E3 show floor, Magrunner has caught my attention not just with its delightful puzzle-solving mechanics but through the world and story itself.

Caitlin Cooke

1:30 PM on 05.24.2013

Curious platformer Contrast also hitting PSN and XBLA

Joining the already announced PC version, Compulsion Games has signed on with Focus Home Interactive to bring its hybrid 2D/3D puzzle platformer Contrast to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network later this year. Set in th...

Jordan Devore



Review: Mars: War Logs  photo
Review: Mars: War Logs
by Jim Sterling

I have a considerable amount of respect for the studio auspiciously known as Spiders. Its games are not the prettiest, nor the most technically sound, and they're far from the best. They do, however, possess a certain tenacity in ambition, bound by the neither the realities of budget and ability. 

Spiders' games are games of stunted vision. It's clear to see what they want to be, but it's obvious they fall far short of the lofty goal. 

Mars: War Logs continues this tradition. I'm sure, in the heads of those bringing it to life, this was an intrepid tale of war, rebellion, and the juxtaposition twixt life and death. I'm sure, in design notes stacked high as a man, the foundation lies for a complex role-playing game that gives BioWare a run for its money. 

This is, sadly, reality -- so Mars: War Logs is but another Spiders game. 

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