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Jul 28 // Patrick Hancock

Take a gander at the upcoming Rocket League map

Rocket League is taking off like a, well, rocket I guess. The simple complexity seems to really be jiving with a lot of people, and I couldn't be happier. As a big fan of Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, ...
Jul 26 // Patrick Hancock

Dota 2 wildcard matches are now underway

The wildcard matches for the biggest eSports tournament of the year have officially begun! Dota 2's International 2015 tournament has already raised over $17 million, and four teams are about to fight for their shot at the pr...
Jul 25 // Patrick Hancock

Splatoon gets new minigun and bucket weapons

A new Japanese commercial for Splatoon highlights some brand new weapons coming to the game, including a minigun like the Heavy's in Team Fortress 2. In addition to that, there's a literal bucket that just sloshes paint...
Jul 17 // Patrick Hancock

Review: SlashDash

SlashDash first grabbed my attention at PAX East, where it easily soaked up a good amount of my time on the show floor. Also, I'm pretty sure Dylan Sprouse was working the booth. Or maybe it was Cole? I guess it could ha...
Jul 09 // Patrick Hancock

The next Splatfest announced for the Americas

Nintendo of America has announced the details for the next Splatfest in Splatoon, and it's much sooner than I thought it would be! The Splatfest starts the night of July 17, at 9:00 PM PT, and runs for 24 hours. As for the te...
Jul 08 // Patrick Hancock

Tower Control is the best mode in Splatoon

Splatoon has gotten very frequent update ever since its initial release, and I have been gobbling them up as much as I can. New weapons, maps, and modes have consistently kept the game fresh, even for those who have alre...
Jul 01 // Patrick Hancock

Team Fortress 2 becomes Counter-Strike tomorrow

Team Fortress 2 gets a new update tomorrow called the Gun Mettle Update. To summarize, the game is taking on many ideas from its much more popular cohort, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. First of all, weapon skins...
Jun 30 // Patrick Hancock

Review: RONIN

When I first saw RONIN, I thought I was looking at a mod for Gunpoint. The jumping mechanic appeared the same, the environments were almost identical, and the idea looked just about the same. Turns out, RONIN is not that...
Jun 29 // Patrick Hancock

My favorite matches from CEO 2015

CEO 2015, one of the biggest fighting game tournaments of the year, took place this weekend and had some insane moments. My favorite was probably the above match between Armada and Leffen in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Yes, it'...
Jun 28 // Patrick Hancock

Tune in to the final day of CEO 2015

CEO 2015 has been underway all weekend, and today is the peak of all the hype. Just about any fighting game you could ever want to watch will be streamed today with some of the best players in the world competing. The events ...
Jun 26 // Patrick Hancock

Splatoon's first balance patch nerfs the Kraken

We've got some Splatoon update information to share! Two new weapons are being added to the game tonight, and an actual balance patch is coming on June 30. The two weapons tonight are the Carbon Roller and Custom Dual Squelch...
Jun 26 // Patrick Hancock

New SteamOS 'brewmaster' now available to download

SteamOS, Valve's answer to Linux gaming, has been rather quiet recently. SteamOS is releasing later this year, and it looks like Valve just took the next big step towards achieving that goal. A brand new version of SteamOS, c...
Jun 25 // Patrick Hancock

Review: Cosmochoria

When I first played Cosmochoria at PAX, I had to be pulled away from the demo station because of an appointment. The game's blend of calming gardening mixed with tower defense and space spelunking really jived with me. A...
Jun 16 // Patrick Hancock

Did you blink? Shenmue 3 is already funded

One of the bombs dropped last night during Sony's press conference was that Shenmue 3 was coming, if the Kickstarter succeeded. It was a tough journey, but after a harrowing handful of hours, the project managed to ...
Jun 14 // Patrick Hancock

Ryu is gunning for top tier in the new Super Smash Bros.

Remember the first time you went online with Street Fighter IV with your favorite character, Hakan, and fought about 100 Ryus in a week? And they all spammed Hadoukens and always woke up with a Shoryuken? Wouldn't you like to...
Jun 14 // Patrick Hancock

Hyrule Castle and Peach's Castle stages coming to Smash Bros.

Two new stages are coming to the newest addition of Super Smash Bros., both of which were originally in the Nintendo 64 version. Both Hyrule Castle and Peach's Castle will be coming at a future point in time. Sakurai introduc...
Jun 14 // Patrick Hancock

Game and Watch amiibo can change poses, Mii Fighters are coming

Mii amiibo on their way! Should they be called Miimibo? That sounds a bit like a name for a Gremlin from the movie Gremlins. Anyway, these amiibo work the same as traditional amiibo, and as you would expect, the Mii that is t...
Jun 11 // Patrick Hancock

Tower of Guns and Ether One are coming to retail

Tower of Guns, a delightful FPS roguelike, and Ether One, a beautiful adventure game, are going backwards in time and releasing in physical boxes this September. Ether One will have retail copies for PC and PS4, while To...
Jun 05 // Patrick Hancock

Dota 2 International prize pool is now the largest in eSports history

The prize pool for the 2015 International Dota 2 tournament is now at $11,617,319, making it the largest eSports prize pool in history. The previous record was held by last year's tournament, which capped off at $10,930,...
Jun 04 // Patrick Hancock

Now is the best time to play Marvel Heroes

It's the two-year anniversary of the free-to-play ARPG Marvel Heroes today, and that calls for a celebration! The game is releasing its 48th playable hero today, Dr. Doom. Doom is essentially painted as the main villain ...
May 30 // Patrick Hancock

The International 2015's prize pool is now over $10 million

Dota 2's prize pool for the upcoming Internaltional 2015 tournament has just passed $10M. The pool is increased each time players buy a Compendium, which allows players to make predictions and bask in the glory of all of the ...
May 30 // Patrick Hancock

Review: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III

When I heard that The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III was on the horizon, I was taken aback a bit. Has it already been a year since the second game? I didn't expect such a quick turnaround, but after seeing that most of the assets are re-used, it makes complete sense.
May 25 // Patrick Hancock

Lethal Tactics brings its intelligent gameplay to Early Access

Lethal Tactics has recently popped up onto Steam's Early Access program and will immediately look familiar to anyone who has played the brilliant Frozen Synapse. The gameplay is, at its core, the same: click to assign o...
May 22 // Patrick Hancock

PC Port Report: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher is an interesting series on PC. The first game was a PC experience through and through: you could pause the action at any time and movement was mapped to mouse clicks. The second was way more action-oriented ...
May 21 // Patrick Hancock

Historical RPG Expeditions: Viking announced

Expeditions: Conquistador by Logic Artists is a great, and difficult, tactical RPG. So naturally, when I heard that another game is being made in the same vein, I immediately became excited. Expeditions: Viking&nbs...
May 06 // Patrick Hancock

Cordial Minuet uses real money to conduct real occult rituals

Jason Rohrer, developer of games like Passage, Sleep is Death, and The Castle Doctrine, has just released his newest title, Cordial Minuet. Here's the pitch I received: "Cordial Minuet is a two-player occult strategy gam...
May 05 // Patrick Hancock

Half-Life remake Black Mesa now on Steam Early Access

Black Mesa, the loving recreation of the original Half-Life, has just entered Steam's Early Access program with a price point of $19.99. There had been a countdown on the website leading up to today, and many speculated that ...
May 04 // Patrick Hancock

Review: Crypt of the NecroDancer

Dance Dance Revolution was a large part of an earlier era of my life. Going though dance pads year after year until I finally convinced my parents to get me one of the "big boy" pads for a lot more money. Eventually I gr...
May 01 // Patrick Hancock

New Dota 2 Compendium revealed, up to $15M in stretch goals

The newest Dota 2 Interactive Compendium has been revealed for this year's upcoming International tournament. Just as in past years, 25% of each Compendium purchase goes towards the prize pool and stretch goals. This yea...
Apr 28 // Patrick Hancock

SpyParty is on its way to hosting the most diverse cast ever

SpyParty, my most anticipated game of 2013 (heh) is still well under development. After its facelift, it's been adding characters in bunches, with the last bunch bringing along a puppy in a purse and a disabled character. Thi...

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