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Starbound update

Starbound update includes new race, new combat, new universe


First stable update in almost a year
Jan 28
// Darren Nakamura
Wow. It has been a long time. I thought that maybe I had missed a stable update somewhere along the line, but by Chucklefish's own admission, this is the first one since last March. To take a step back, development on Starbo...
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Besiege

Medieval contraption builder Besiege looks splendid


The incredible death machine
Jan 27
// Jordan Devore
Word of Besiege has gotten to me slowly, but now that it's here, I feel obligated to pass the message on. This is a physics-driven medieval puzzle game about building killer contraptions, like this ingenious windmill on wheel...
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Lucius II

Heh, Lucius II *would* release on Friday the 13th


This doesn't look good
Jan 26
// Jordan Devore
  I liked the idea of Lucius. Not enough games place children in the leading role, much less children who happen to be the devil's offspring. But good games aren't built on potential alone. In his review for Destructoid,...
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State of Decay Xbox One

State of Decay Xbox One remaster hits April 28, upgrade plan detailed


Improved graphics and 'hundreds of smaller improvements'
Jan 20
// Jordan Devore
Oh, right, State of Decay is coming to Xbox One. Rough as it is in spots, the third-person zombie survival game is worth experiencing (though preferably during a Steam sale). Running around town with your crew, fortifying bas...

Review: Saints Row IV: Gat out of Hell

Jan 19 // Brittany Vincent
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell (PC, PS4 [Reviewed], Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360) Developer: Volition/High Voltage Software Publisher: Deep Silver Released: January 20, 2015 MSRP: $19.99 The game opens on the gang aboard the Zin Ship during a celebration of Kinzie Kensington’s birthday. During the festivities, Matt Miller produces a possessed Ouija board that was previously owned by Aleister Crowley, and it opens a portal to Hell. The Boss (your player character in the previous Saints Row games) is sucked through the portal and kidnapped by Satan. Johnny Gat and Kinzie follow through the portal to save their friend, and upon arriving in Hell go to the biggest building in sight. Ultor HQ. Dane Vogel, head of Ultor Corporation and previous adversary of the Saints, has started his business anew in Hell and lets the duo know that Satan has arranged a marriage between The Boss and his daughter. Vogel has big plans to corner the real estate market in Hell, and he needs Satan out of the way to do it. He presents Johnny Gat with Lucifer’s Broken Halo, a powerful artifact that imbues the user with fiery wings and arcane power, to assist in the assassination of the Dark Lord. All of the previous statements contained a lot of names that you may or may not remember depending on which games, if any, you’ve played of the series. This is one of the biggest things that marks this as a standalone expansion. This game is very self-referential, and unlike the main entries in the series doesn’t ease players into the world of Saints Row. It makes the assumption that you’ve at least played Saints Row IV, and spends little time on exposition or background other than some short illustrations and voiceover. [embed]285618:56942:0[/embed] This was a bit frustrating, because even though I’ve played through all the Saints Row titles, it’s been a while. It would have made the game more inviting to have at least a short flashback when meeting a character from a previous title, and unfortunately many players might miss out on some of the enjoyment and nostalgia from not having just a bit more context. However, there are a few new characters, and they are a blast. Shakespeare, Vlad the Impaler, and Blackbeard all join the cast, and although this entry is a bit short, I hope that future iterations will introduce as interesting of a cast as this one did. The setting is where this game really shines though. Hell looks, well, hellish. Instead of another romp through Steelport, we spend our time in New Hades, which is dominated by the Ultor Tower. It’s sometimes hard to notice flying and sprinting at high speeds, but different sections of Hell have different aesthetics, and the whole map, although smaller than Steelport, feels more alive and organic from all the unique buildings. Gone also are the nameless civilian fodder, replaced by “Husks,” which are the souls of the damned who are made to feel pain for all eternity. The police are instead demons who drive monster trucks, and there are a host of flying, shielded, and gigantic enemies, all with their own styles and methods of attack. All in all they made a much more entertaining and interesting adversary than the Zin, and the whole world feels much more polished and finished than Saints Row IV’s Steelport simulation. Much like the last game, you have access to a host of superhuman powers. With Lucifer’s Broken Halo you can sprout wings to glide, sprint at high speed, stomp the ground with various elemental powers, call upon demons to fight for you, and turn enemies to stone with power blasts. Whether in a simulation or powered by a demonic artifact, the result is much the same: you’re pretty much the most powerful being in Hell. I think powers are much more interesting in Gat out of Hell. Something about the last game’s powers being due to computer hacking and being trapped in a simulation was insanely boring. These games are a zany good time, but when I play something like this I like to feel as though I’m actually affecting the world I’m playing in, and getting powers from the broken crown of the Morning Star himself is way cooler. I do have a bit of a qualm with the missing character customization element, though. I understand that the game centers around having to play as Kinzie or Johnny Gat; but it would have been nice to at least change their outfits or accessories. So everything seems pretty positive about this game, right? It’s a high quality production, and totally awesome, so what could go wrong? Well, that cool setting, low price point, and interesting gameplay came at a cost, namely in the form of content. Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is short. Really short. The first time I saved my game I had been playing for about an hour, and I was shocked when the screen said that the game was already 14% complete. I figured it was like Saints Row IV where that number didn’t really mean a lot or indicate how much content was left other than at a superficial level. Well, I was wrong. Gat takes about 6-7 hours to complete the main plot, and it could probably be easily taken to 100% within 12-13 hours. Honestly, I’ve paid $20 for a lot less fun, and although the game is short, what is there is solid gold. Plus, if you’ve never played Saints Row IV, or just want it and all its DLC on latest gen consoles, you can get Saints Row IV: Re-Elected, which includes this expansion for about $50. Gat out of Hell was a great swan song for Saints Row IV, and it is now one of my favorite entries in the series. There are plenty of games out there about depression, sexuality, violence, politics, and so on, and sometimes it makes me tired. I love Saints Row because I never have to deal with any issues within. There’s no agenda and no life lessons to learn. There’s only pure escapism. which is what games are meant for in my view. If I wanted to worry about all that, I’d just go to a college campus and listen to people complain for a few hours. As it is though, I hope that more developers take a cue from Saints Row and realize that it’s still okay to tell jokes and implement cartoony violence that’s still ridiculous and fun. I know gaming as an industry is maturing and people want to present new ideas and make statements using the media, but luckily, whenever I feel like I need a break, I will have Saints Row proudly on my shelf. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
SRIV: Gat out of Hell photo
Like a sinner before the gates of Heaven
There’s something about a series that doesn’t feel the need to make a ton of social commentary, or really feel grounded in reality. The Saints Row series is like if the worlds of The Naked Gun and Grand Theft Auto...

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Medieval Engineers

Build castles and blow them up with a trebuchet in Medieval Engineers


Coming soon to Steam Early Access
Jan 13
// Jordan Devore
Keen Software has built a million-person-strong audience for Space Engineers, but I've stayed away from the work-in-progress construction sandbox game so far. Steam Early Access often has that effect on me. The studio's next...
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Terraria

Had enough yet? Terraria headed to PS4 and Xbox One next week


Just remembered that I own Starbound
Nov 06
// Jordan Devore
There's no stopping Terraria. I played, and I do mean played, the 2D sandbox game years ago on PC, and it was quite the time sink. Back then, I didn't imagine it'd come to any other platforms, but it has -- to consoles, handh...
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Steam

GRAV is a survival sandbox set on alien worlds


Purple trees? I'm listening
Nov 05
// Jordan Devore
I don't know when I'll be in a state of mind to play another "sandbox survival experience," but I do like the look of GRAV and its vibrant alien worlds. The dancing is a nice touch, too. This is a PC game in development at B...
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Minecraft Vita

Minecraft on PS Vita is the definitive portable version


Where was this two years ago?
Oct 21
// Brett Zeidler
You know what Minecraft is, your parents know what Minecraft is, and your grandparents just don't understand why that younger family member is on the iPad all the time. It's everywhere, but why has it never received a proper ...
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Wii U

U Craft seeks to fill the Minecraft void on Wii U


Someone's parents won't know the difference
Sep 30
// Jordan Devore
There might not be Minecraft for Wii U, but there is U Craft. Close enough? This is in the works at Nexis Games, the studio behind some games I'm also not familiar with -- do BrickBlast U! or The Dance of the Damned ring any ...
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Goat Simulator

You can now play Goat Simulator on the go


I like the idea of playing it at the DMV
Sep 17
// Jordan Devore
Coffee Stain Studios has brought Goat Simulator to iOS and Android. It's $4.99. While the game is surely best controlled with something other than a touch screen, the make-your-own-fun sandbox experience is suitable for mobil...
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Q-Games

The Tomorrow Children might just push me into buying a PS4


This is Q-Games, after all
Sep 16
// Jordan Devore
The Tomorrow Children was one of the more intriguing, albeit overlooked announcements out of this year's gamescom and the more I hear about it, the better it sounds. And there's plenty left to hear -- the team at Q-Games had ...
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PS Vita

Don't Starve hits PS Vita next week with Cross-Buy


Reign of Giants expansion included
Aug 25
// Jordan Devore
Klei will release its sandbox survival game Don't Starve: Giant Edition for PS Vita on Tuesday, September 2. This port will come with the Reign of Giants DLC (more characters, biomes, seasons) included in its $14.99 price tag...
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Take to the skies with the latest GTA Online update


Of course there's a Top Gun parody
Aug 18
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
It's been quite some time since a major GTA Online update but Rockstar has broken its silence with the announcement of not heists. Sorry.  Instead it's The San Andreas Flight School update. Expect new air and land vehic...
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PS4 / PS Vita

Nom Nom Galaxy will be right at home on PS Vita and PS4


Playable now on Steam Early Access
Aug 13
// Jordan Devore
Following its work for Q-Games on PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate and PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate, Double Eleven is now co-developing Nom Nom Galaxy for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. Nom Nom Galaxy is as adorable as it is difficult t...
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Watch Dogs

New Watch Dogs single-player content came out yesterday, if you're into that


Check out this bevy of additional stuff to do
Jul 02
// Brittany Vincent
Oh hey, everyone. New Watch Dogs content. The newly-released DLC package includes three new single-player missions and two new weapons, perks, and additional outfits. The first new missions will deal with Aiden Pearce infiltr...
Minecraft photo
Minecraft

Minecraft has sold over 54 million copies across all platforms


You could say they're 'building' an empire...
Jun 25
// Brittany Vincent
If the amount of kids screwing around in Minecraft while their doting parents shake their heads going "Oh, those kids and their Minecraft!" and Let's Plays and creepers in popular media isn't enough to tell you how ridiculous...
Terraria photo
Terraria

PS4 and Xbox One are next for Terraria


Releasing sometime this year
Jun 03
// Jordan Devore
After making it to Xbox 360, PS3, and PS Vita, Terraria has set its sights on PS4 and Xbox One. Publisher 505 Games says these ports will be out later this year with all of the 1.2 content "alongside some brand new functional...
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Halo in Minecraft

Float and sputter: Halo assets coming to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition


~Gregorian chant begins~
May 27
// Darren Nakamura
Previously, we have seen Skyrim and Marvel come to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, but the flagship Xbox franchise Halo has been suspiciously absent. You don't think Microsoft would pass up on an opportunity to marry two of its...
Goat Sim photo
Goat Sim

Goat Simulator gets a new map, multiplayer, and more goats in June


Patch 1.1 is coming slightly later than expected
May 20
// Jordan Devore
Goat Simulator was fun while it lasted but more content to mess around with is sorely needed. Coffee Stain Studios says patch 1.1 is arriving later than previously announced, now on June 3, in order to make sure the new map i...
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Minecraft

Here's a sample of Minecraft's upcoming world customization options


Sliders, and lots of 'em
Apr 22
// Jordan Devore
I'm no longer an avid player of Minecraft but the world customization feature planned for update 1.8 has grabbed my attention. Here's a video demonstration to get us started. Through the use of 16 sliders (or direct value in...
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Fortnite

Sign up for Epic Games' Fortnite alpha


They're finally ready to talk about the game
Apr 08
// Jordan Devore
Epic has kept mostly quiet about Fortnite for years now and in that time I've gone from being excited to not caring at all to really, really caring. Now that the studio has opened alpha sign-ups and shared a bunch of informat...
Goat Simulator photo
Goat Simulator

Another map, local multiplayer planned for Goat Simulator


The more Goat Simulator, the better
Apr 07
// Jordan Devore
Fans have been asking Coffee Stain Studios for Goat Simulator DLC and I can see why: what's there is tremendously funny, goofy stuff but there isn't a ton of it. We're in luck. The studio doesn't want to "charge for new conte...
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GTA V

GTA V's iFruit app hits the PlayStation Vita


Chop chop
Apr 02
// Chris Carter
If you don't own a smartphone and have been dying for the past six months to use the iFruit companion app for Grand Theft Auto V, now is your time. Sony has updated the PSN to accommodate it, which you can pick up for free he...
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Minecraft

Minecraft title update 14 out on Xbox 360 today, PS3 tomorrow


Baked potatoes for everyone!
Mar 26
// Jordan Devore
Man. I can type "title u" into Google and "title update 14" appears. Minecraft scares me a little bit, sometimes. Console players are getting this update real soon -- it goes live today on Xbox 360 and tomorrow on PlayStation...

Clockwork Empires will make sure you make your own fun

Mar 21 // Brett Makedonski
[embed]264729:51133:0[/embed] Compounding these delicate balances you need to strike is the fact that each character has its own personality traits. If you do a poor job of keeping people happy, not only will morale be down, but some may turn to experimenting with the occult. That's where the dark humor of Clockwork Empires really starts to show. For a game that appears to be sort of carefree and cute, it has an edge to it that you wouldn't predict. One of Clockwork Empire's factions, the Obeliskians, are giant tentacled stone monsters that will pick up your citizens and cut their heads off. Or, as the trailer shows, your townspeople might just catch fire and die. This is the type of gameplay that looks as if it'll permeate the entire experience, as everyone will come away with wonderfully unique stories about a time when everything went awry. As accounted by a developer, one time he forgot to feed his people, and as a result of his neglect, they all decided to start carrying around opium. When the fish people faction came to attack their town, the people just went about their business, leading to the slaughter of mostly everyone. For those who aren't as keen on playing a game without a clear direction, Clockwork Empires gives the player goals and/or tasks to complete for different factions. This leads to a gameplay experience that isn't so much focused one way, but can result in an untold number of lateral stories, based on what you do for whom. As Gaslamp put it, there's not so much an overarching narrative as there are clues about what's going on, which should be apparent for anyone that's paying attention. But, Clockwork Empires isn't about a uniform experience -- it's all about crafting your own. What everyone will come away with is an arsenal of stories they remember fondly. Gaslamp Games looks like it's gone to great lengths to make sure that regardless of how you play Clockwork Empires, you're going to enjoy it.
Clockwork Empires photo
You'll find something to remember
You know those games where you're responsible for creating your own entertainment -- the sort that drop you into a world and hope that you're creative enough to craft your own experience? They're usually pretty hit or miss. T...

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Project Spark now in open beta on Xbox One


Play a game to make other games
Mar 19
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Project Spark is now in open beta on the Xbox One. Just pull it up from the store, install the game, and you're good to go. For any of you that have played Project Spark, what do you think of it? These type of games experiences always offer up a ton of potential, and some of the creations I've seen already made by the fans have been pretty damn impressive.
Starbound progression photo
Starbound progression

Starbound's progression will see a complete overhaul


Farmers and builders celebrate!
Feb 24
// Darren Nakamura
After over 100 hours of play in the beta, it has become clear to me that I play Starbound a bit differently than my peers. We have had a server going for a while, and as I watched my nomadic friends strike out to new sectors ...
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Kickstarter

Medieval RPG Kingdom Come locked in for Xbox One, PS4


Development kits are in the house
Feb 18
// Jordan Devore
I'm with Steven. If the laundry list of claims being made about Warhorse Studios' first-person medieval sandbox RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance come to fruition, this is going to be one impressive game. Hopefully it will be fun...
Rust photo
Rust

Rust needs more players like this guy


A salute to This Chief
Feb 17
// Jordan Devore
[Editor's Note: There's a visible dong in this video's thumbnail because you start out as a naked dude in Rust, so, yeah. I've embedded it below. Consider this your NSFW warning.] As far as I'm concerned, this is the perfect ...

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