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1:00 PM on 04.17.2015

Trine 3 will use Steam Early Access to nail its new 3D gameplay

There are certain games I wouldn't expect to appear on Steam Early Access. Trine is one of them. The puzzle-platformer series has done tremendously well for itself on PC and consoles, and from what we've seen of the third tit...

Jordan Devore



Dystopian steampunk mini-golf is now a thing in Vertiginous Golf photo
Dystopian steampunk mini-golf is now a thing in Vertiginous Golf
by Alessandro Fillari

What happens when you get the developers of those old Nabisco mini-golf Flash games and have them make a new type of mini-golf title? Well evidently, you get something completely off-the-wall and bizarre, which feels more like a high-concept take on mini-golf that somewhat borders on existentialism in the industrial-era before the dawn of the 20th century. This sounds a bit heavy, but I assure you it's not.

To go from Flash games on Nabisco.com to making a steampunk-style mini-golf game focusing on the trials of classism is a pretty awesome jump, I'd say. But don't think of this as an ultra-serious title. In Vertiginous Golf, you get to experience mini-golf in a more arcade style, over-the-top way. And that's certainly saying a lot, as the purpose of mini-golf is take make things interesting for non-golfers.

After a year in Early Access, the developers have been steadily releasing updates to the game while listening to the community in preparation for their upcoming release. And it looks as though they've got a lot in store for its existentialist mini-golf title.

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4:00 AM on 04.13.2015

Gabe Newell punches his way into indie game

News revealed on April Fools is always difficult to know how to treat. Do you waste time verifying it? Do you assume everything's a hoax regardless of proof? Do you just wait it out and see if the news still has updates in th...

Laura Kate Dale



Killing Floor 2 is hectic and gory, and will be on Early Access this month photo
Killing Floor 2 is hectic and gory, and will be on Early Access this month
by Alessandro Fillari

It's been a good while since the release of the original Killing Floor back in 2008. Over the years, its been sitting on the Steam best-sellers list for quite some time, and built a loyal and dedicated following. While hoard-based zombie action games with heavy co-op focus are certainly not in short supply, Killing Floor was among the cream of the crop for its tight and focused gameplay. And now, after so much time, Tripwire Interactive is finally ready to give fans a taste of the upcoming sequel on Steam Early Access later this month.

At a special event showing off Killing Floor 2's upcoming build for PC, the folks at Tripwire started their presentation by stating that they wanted to do "Early Access right." Over the years, Early Access has been, for better or worse, a common practice for many PC developers. Allowing players to pony up cash for an unfinished version of the game, creators are able to earn income from sales well before a game's official release. And while there are many success stories, there are others that have not turned out so well.

Evidently, the developers at Tripwire Interactive are well aware of the pitfalls. In order to ensure that a true sequel would be something that the fans would be proud of, they want them to be able to have a deep and thorough look at their follow-up.

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6:30 PM on 04.03.2015

H-Hour: World's Elite is your new SOCOM fix

To some people, H-Hour: World's Elite will look like a real fun time. Can't say I'm one of them because, well, team-based military shooters scare me. I can empathize with every single soldier killed in this video. If I were ...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 04.02.2015

StarCrawlers is sci-fi dungeon crawling done right

Juggernaut Games’ Kickstarter-funded sci-fi dungeon crawler StarCrawlers went into Early Access on Steam just a couple of weeks ago and seems to be doing quite well for itself based on the positive Steam reviews po...

Rob Morrow

2:00 PM on 04.01.2015

Nevermind brings biofeedback horror to Steam Early Access

Truth be told, I mostly wanted to cover Nevermind, a horror adventure game in which you delve into the subconscious minds of psychological trauma victims, because of this image. Look away! With a premise so strongly rooted in...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 03.27.2015

Atari's buggy, unfinished Asteroids MMO is out now

Atari has taken a break from bullying indie developers to release Asteroids: Outpost, a gross and twisted cash-in on the beloved space shooter that first delighted arcade patrons in 1979. The "open world sandbox survival game...

Kyle MacGregor

3:30 PM on 03.17.2015

Spacepunk dungeon crawler StarCrawlers enters Early Access

Just over one year ago today, Juggernaut Games took its promising cyberpunk-in-space, first-person dungeon crawler StarCrawler to Kickstarter. Easily surpassing the $65,000 minimum goal necessary to fund the game, it ev...

Rob Morrow

8:30 PM on 03.16.2015

Rise from your grave! Hawken might not be dead after all

Free-to-play mech shooter Hawken may have a new lease on life with the announcement that it has been acquired by Reloaded Games, the publisher behind APB: Reloaded. “Hawken is here to stay” says Joshua Clausten, t...

Nic Rowen



Cosmochoria is a perfect blend of serenity and chaos photo
Cosmochoria is a perfect blend of serenity and chaos
by Patrick Hancock

Cosmochoria is a Kickstarter success story that is now about to see the light of day. It's a mix of exploration and tower defense all wrapped up in a warming, yet occasionally stressful package. There's a strong sense of wonderment to the randomly generated universe, and the art style is totally cute.

My time with Cosmochoria at PAX East brought a huge smile to my face, and if it wasn't for an upcoming appointment, I would have played for probably an entire hour or so!

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7:00 PM on 02.27.2015

Destroy Internet trolls as Social Justice Warriors on Steam

Take on the role of a paladin, a cleric, a mage, or a rogue to fight Internet trolls. In this satirical role-playing game, you tear down the reputation and sanity of your enemies armed only with a keyboard and your wits. Soc...

Jed Whitaker

3:30 PM on 02.27.2015

Modern art meets roguelike FPS in Fancy Skulls

Fancy Skulls is a challenging and visually striking first-person shooter that features random level generation, permadeath, and a distinct art style straddling the line between looking like Foster's Home for I...

Rob Morrow



We've got to go to Mars in Offworld Trading Company photo
We've got to go to Mars in Offworld Trading Company
by Jason Faulkner

In a future where corporate greed has depleted the Earth's resources, humanity has taken to space to acquire the goods needed for survival. The asteroid belt was supposed to be the great salvation, an almost limitless bastion of metal and minerals which could be used to prop our depleted world up. However, the same corporations that harvested the Earth dry laid claim to all the most bountiful asteroids, forming a syndicate that continued to subjugate even the most powerful of the world's governments. That's where you come in. In one last great experiment in capitalism, you'll be claiming stake in the New Martian Colonies, the last place within humanity's reach that hasn't been claimed by the hand of the syndicates.

Offworld Trading Company is being produced by Stardock, developed by Mohawk Games, and headed by Soren Johnson, Civilization IV's lead designer. It's a real-time strategy where there are no armies to move, units to build, or cities to conquer. Instead your fight is purely financial; sell high, buy low, and bankrupt the competition. It's still in Steam Early Access, but the main gameplay modes are already all there. There's a dynamic campaign in which you'll play through a series of scenarios to make your way to the top of the Martian economy. They've also integrated a fairly intuitive set of tutorials that help get you into the game quickly, as well as take you through the advanced mechanics if you need the extra help. Multiplayer is also fully integrated, although when I checked there weren't a ton of people playing the game yet.

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4:45 PM on 02.25.2015

Kill your friends when Friendship Club hits Early Access on March 24

Friendship Club is aiming to be the premier bullet hell party game for Steam, though I don't think it has much competition. Taking place in a child's imagination, friends shoot at each other with infinitely bouncing bul...

Jed Whitaker

3:30 PM on 02.24.2015

Besiege brings its funny, sexual, weird medieval siege engines to Mac and Linux

AT-AT by Poroh I thought Besiege looked good based on the developer-made gifs and videos, but the game's community has elevated the title to new heights with its ingenious, often times so-wrong-they're-right medieval creation...

Jordan Devore