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DOOM 4 beta, Yokai Watch & Final Fantasy on PC photo
DOOM 4 beta, Yokai Watch & Final Fantasy on PC
by Max Scoville

Hey everybody, I’m back from Japan! And here’s your quasi-timely news update for the first two thirds of this week. Irrational Games closed, pre-ordering Wolfenstein: The New Order gets you a beta for the new and technically unannounced DOOM game. Square Enix has trademarked “Shinra Company,” there’s a possibility of new Final Fantasy games on PC in the future, and in the meantime, Final Fantasies VII, VIII, and XIV are currently on sale.

Level 5 is getting me all hot and bothered by teasing a western release of Yokai Watch, which is selling like adorable ghostcakes in Japan. PC and PS4 owners will get Zombie Studios’ Daylight in April, and next month sees the release of Towerfall Ascension, the expanded version of the former Ouya exclusive.

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The best and worst games of the week - A Bravely January  photo
The best and worst games of the week - A Bravely January
by Wesley Ruscher

January has come and gone, but that doesn't mean there weren't some great games to play. Just look at all the amazing "indie" games that hit the PC this month.

We had the fruition of two KickStarter campaigns finally see the light of day -- The Banner Saga and the first act of Double Fine's Broken Age -- the quirky Octodad, and the totally rad OlliOlii on PS Vita.

There was definitely some great stuff to keep us busy this month, and February is looking just as smooth. I can't even tell you how much I can't wait to get my thumbs on Bravely Default on the 3DS. Well... I guess I just did. 

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12:30 PM on 01.31.2014

The new 16GB OUYA is available right now

The new and improved 16GB OUYA console is available right now on Amazon and OUYA.tv for $129.99. This is a North American release only. With this new one they've doubled  up on the memory, boosted the WiFi signal, and dr...

Dale North



Review: Soul Fjord photo
Review: Soul Fjord
by Darren Nakamura

Ouya users have not had a lot to be excited about for a while now. Excepting a few titles like Towerfall, there is not much worth owning on the microconsole, and especially few games that are not available elsewhere. As one of the more hyped titles, Airtight Games' Soul Fjord was looking like it could be a good reason to own an Ouya.

The elevator pitch is great. Soul Fjord is a rhythm-based, hack-and-slash roguelike with a truly unique setting that crosses 1970s funk and 13th Century Norse mythology. Protagonist Magnus Jones has to fight for his right to party after being denied access to Valhalla. Unfortunately, unlike Jones's expertly coiffed afro, Soul Fjord falls flat in its execution.

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7:45 PM on 01.15.2014

Ouya co-founder leaves company

Ouya co-founder Muffi Ghadiali has left the company, according to TechCrunch. Ghadiali, who previously worked as Amazon's product manager for Kindle, was a big part of Ouya development, leading teams responsible for the conso...

Steven Hansen



Kim Swift's Soul Fjord out this month, still Ouya only photo
Kim Swift's Soul Fjord out this month, still Ouya only
by Steven Hansen

The new game Airtight Games and Kim Swift (Portal, Quantum Conundrum) joint, Soul Fjord, will be released on January 28 exclusively for the Ouya. A year ago, the exclusive inspired faith in the platform. After subsequent Ouya backlash and eventual cold indifference, it just seems a bit sad to see the 70's soul viking game release to the Ouya.

It would be nice if, like Towerfall, this can get itself extricated from the Ouya eventually, but Ouya funded development so it looks like it's stuck. Hopefully I can at least buy the Austin Wintory (Journey, Banner Saga) soundtrack separately. Love me some good funk.

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3:15 PM on 01.14.2014

First act of Broken Age hits Steam on January 28

It's been a longer-than-expected wait for Double Fine's Broken Age, but it's nearly ready. Well, part of it. The first act of the Kickstarter-funded adventure title releases on January 28, 2014 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, w...

Jordan Devore



TowerFall Ascension is shaping up to be one kickass port photo
TowerFall Ascension is shaping up to be one kickass port
by Chris Carter

In 2013, the highly anticipated TowerFall hit the Ouya platform -- and so began the thousands of voices clamoring for a port to any other platform. As of late last year creator Matt Thorson reported that he had only sold around 5,000 copies of the game on Ouya, due in part to the Ouya's low install base and even lower propensity to actually buy anything on it.

Now it's 2014, and the Ouya exclusivity deal has expired. It's time to see what TowerFall can really do with the souped-up re-release on PC and PS4, appropriately called TowerFall Ascension. If the preview build I've been playing is any indication, it's going to be one of the strongest games of the year.

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7:00 PM on 01.07.2014

VVVVVV coming to Vita, iOS, and Android this year

Terry Cavanagh's wonderful platformer VVVVVV will become even more widespread this year. In a blog post detailing his existing game projects, which all seem to be in various states of completion, the designer said to expect t...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 12.12.2013

ULTIONUS is out now, features music by Jake Kaufman

Not long ago, Andrew "DarkFalzX" Bado ran a Kickstarter campaign for the pixel art Metroidvania Legend of Iya, which just barely reached its funding goal in the final hours of its run. Though he has been putting his time int...

Darren Nakamura

8:00 PM on 12.05.2013

OUYA now accepts Bitcoins as a payment method

If you have a whole pile of Bitcoins lying around, you'll be able to spend some of them to buy hardware and content from OUYA. Tweeting to this effect earlier today, the Android console-maker's marketplace now features an opt...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:30 PM on 12.03.2013

Dino Run 2 launches free game in last push for funding

Dino Run 2 seemed like a sure thing when it first hit Kickstarter. It's the sequel to a well loved and well played title. It's got top notch animation, music, and art direction. It's coming from established developers with a ...

Jonathan Holmes





3:00 PM on 11.19.2013

GaymerX organizers reveal Read Only Memories

You say the term "adventure game" and you'll get my attention. Say the word "cyberpunk" and you'll really have my attention. Say "cyberpunk adventure game" and I'll be begging for more info. Read Only Memories is a new game ...

Alasdair Duncan

2:45 PM on 11.18.2013

Limited holiday edition Ouya comes in white

Ouya is trying its damnedest to appeal to those looking to put a little gaming under their tree this holiday. Today, a special, exclusive holiday edition of the console has been announced which comes in bright, white case and...

Conrad Zimmerman

10:30 AM on 11.14.2013

Here is what the Ouya's new interface will look like

The Ouya will be getting a very nice looking new interface, as spotted on Engadget. Ouya hired on a designer to try and make the user interface look better, and I think they pulled it off. This new screen looks better, a...

Joshua Derocher

10:30 AM on 10.31.2013

Major publishers coming to Ouya is inevitable, says CEO

Ouya boss Julie Uhrman believes its just a matter of time before major publishers get on board with her revolution. “The publishers are always late to the newest business models,” Uhrman asserted during  Game...

Kyle MacGregor