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3:40 PM on 11.10.2010

They're doing a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. TV series? Sure, why not

Before I say anything, go ahead and watch the teaser for yourself. Basically, it is exactly what you'd think a television show adaptation of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series would look like; that was my takeaway. Much like the game...

Jordan Devore

8:30 PM on 11.09.2010

Braid's Russian box art grosses me out

Eww! I can't look at it. Get it away. Take it far from here. Take it back to Russia, where it came from. MumboJumbo and Russobit-M/GFI have brought the popular indie game Braid to Russia, says Kotaku, and this is what they ma...

Dale North



Hands-on: Rush'n Attack: Ex-Patriot photo
Hands-on: Rush'n Attack: Ex-Patriot
by Ben Perlee

Rush'n Attack: Ex Patriot has a major problem when it comes to plot. You see, it's not the late 1980s anymore, so the rampant fear of Soviet Russia doesn't hang over us like a red curtain. So Rush'n Attack: Ex Patriot addresses the Russian element by returning to the Tunguska Event in Siberia. Apparently a massive explosion took place in this remote area, which many consider to be from a comet. According to Rush'n Attack: Ex Patriot, this 1908 event left behind a rare element that is the source of some major, modern-day problems. Some American soldiers are aiming to save one prisoner who has been held in this area for ten years, and unfortunately, main character Sergent Sid Morrows is captured in the process. Tested upon, he's now immune to the side effects of the interstellar element that is radiating everywhere, and it's his job to escape and save anyone on the way.

Upon initially playing Rush'n Attack: Ex Patriot, the first thing to pop into my head was that the game is a melee-focused version of Shadow Complex. Well, it's not. While Rush'n Attack: Ex Patriot may look like it offers an open world, Metroidvania-style levels and all, instead there is a much more linear experience. While these three levels can be completed in different manners, such as sneaking through the air ducts or blasting straight ahead, they generally end up in the same area. However, along the way there are plenty of traps that players can hide into, whistle to call an enemy over, and slaughter on sight. The enemies themselves have some defenses on their side, as security cams call over more units to fight, and while they don't do much damage one-on-one, they can pose a problem in groups.

Personally, I'm finding the focus on gruesome knife kills, splattering of neon blood, random awesome slaughterings, and the stealth mechanics lend some flexibility to play. You can focus on tactically moving through levels, or you can charge ahead, as the game rewards both thoughtful executions and the quick kill combo session. Guns like rocket launchers and machine guns can be picked up, although they tend to have short supplies of ammo, and you'd best learn to rely on your knife. Sid can be upgraded and will learn new combos as he progresses, using his score as the XP for leveling up.

In the end, I'm finding that Rush'n Attack: Ex Patriot is the right little update to the franchise. It doesn't seem to massively mix things up and change the nature of the game, and the 2D stealth mechanics are always fun and satisfying. It's not a radical change of play, but it's enough to keep the franchise fresh. Rush'n Attack: Ex Patriot will be coming out later this year for PSN and Xbox Live.

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Preview: Apache: Air Assault photo
Preview: Apache: Air Assault
by Ben Perlee

Apache: Air Assault is a special beast. While it might be considered a helicopter version of Gaijin Entertainment's IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, a military aerial simulator released in 2009, it is clearly a different approach to aerial combat entirely. Helicopters offer a whole bundle of dynamic options over jet planes and dog fighting, so there has to be a little special attention placed upon the game before it launches November 16.

Does the team behind IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (as well as the maligned X-Blades) offer enough to mix things up and bring Apache combat to gamers? There is certainly enough compelling content to make fans of the genre pay attention, and there might be enough to surprise the rest. Hit the jump for my impressions.

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10:30 PM on 06.07.2010

1C Company brings screenshots of Theatre of War 2: Korea

You know, it's true, for every ten titles of World War II, there is maybe a couple modern fictional military shooters, four "pseudo-realistic" future titles, maybe a Desert Storm game, and if a publisher is feeling particular...

Ben Perlee

9:30 PM on 06.07.2010

King's Bounty: Crossworlds expansion oozes bounty

For those who picked up last year's King's Bounty: Armored Princess found a great strategy game with a fairly strong legacy, if not the most mainstream appeal. However, 1C Company has found enough of a core base tha...

Ben Perlee





10:00 AM on 04.16.2010

Boy banned from videogames, sledgehammers father to death

A fourteen-year-old boy recently gave his father the Peter Gabriel treatment after he was banned from computer games, battering him to death with a sledgehammer.  The unnamed teen had his keyboard confiscated after being...

Jim Sterling

3:40 PM on 12.16.2009

Metro 2033 won't be an open-world game

Metro 2033 may be about post-apocalyptic Russia, but if you thought that would make it the next Fallout 3 or S.T.A.L.K.E.R, you'd be dead wrong. Unlike those games, Metro 2033 is not going the open-world route, giving us some...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 10.26.2009

THQ sends me tickets to ride Metro 2033

This weekend, I received a nondescript envelope in the mail. Inside the brown envelope I found a letter confirming my trip to ride the Moscow Metro, along with two tickets. I immediately made the connection to THQ's Metro 203...

Nick Chester

2:45 PM on 07.23.2009

IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey gets a release date

Allow me to go out on a limb here and say that many of you have no idea what IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey actually is. Don't worry -- we aren't here to judge. The game is a combat flight sim set in World War II, which explai...

Jordan Devore

7:40 PM on 06.29.2009

Find out what it's like to be a trucker in Rig'n'Roll

"Players will step into the shoes of a young man in the year 2024 as he arrives in California to pursue his dreams of road domination and capture the Californian cargo transportation market. There are miles of highways t...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:20 PM on 06.29.2009

Take to the skies in IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey

IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is another World War II game by way of 1C Company. This one, however, is flight combat game and looks beautiful. I got to play the game developed by Gaijin Entertainment last Friday, but I'm hold...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

5:00 PM on 06.29.2009

Men of War: Red Tide takes you back to WWII, again

Men of War: Red Tide is the stand-alone expansion to the original Men of War for the PC. The expansion will introduce a new story, new units, new upgrades, new weapons and there will be over 20 missions for the player to expe...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:20 PM on 06.29.2009

Learn medieval Russian battle history in XIII Century! Woo!

It was an interesting gaming situation, sitting down to play a RTS in the Russian Consulate in San Francisco, eating very Slavic food (caviar and pickled asparagus) and trying to keep up with an amazingly complex game. And th...

Ben Perlee

3:40 PM on 06.29.2009

Murder ze Nazis in Death to Spies: Moment of Truth

Death to Spies: Moment of Truth is the upcoming sequel to the original stealth action game from developer Haggard Games. The game follows Semion Strogov, a captain in the Soviet counterintelligence service, SMERSH. SMERSH, by...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 AM on 06.29.2009

Destructoid at the Russian consulate

I've been to some really crazy places in my blogging career. Never did I once imagine that I would end up in the Russian consulate because of it. It was a really swanky event. The food was authentic (right down to the mini pa...

Hamza CTZ Aziz