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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...
Apr 27 // Patrick Hancock

Cosmochoria is a perfect blend of serenity and chaos

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...
Apr 25 // Patrick Hancock

PC Port Report: Grand Theft Auto V

After many delays and what feels like forever, Grand Theft Auto V is finally on PC. It's incredibly exciting to just think of all the hilarious and unique mods that people will inevitably come up with to change the ...
Apr 22 // Patrick Hancock

Telepath Tactics is out now on PC and it's hard as dongs

Telepath Tactics, a PC strategy RPG, has released today for $14.99. It's created from the ground up by a huge tactics fan, Craig Stern, and it shows. The game is brutally difficult and is intended for "Fire Emblem v...
Apr 19 // Patrick Hancock

How to make Ryu an interesting character in Super Smash Bros.

Street Fighter's Ryu is currently rumored to be coming to Nintendo's newest entry into the Super Smash Bros. series, thanks to some hidden files in the most recent update to the game. It makes a lot of sense; Capcom...
Apr 04 // Patrick Hancock

Review: Affordable Space Adventures

It isn't too often that a game makes great use of what makes a console unique. More often publishers and developers are looking to get it out on as many platforms as possible, which makes console-specific ideas feel tacked on...
Mar 29 // Patrick Hancock

Review: Grey Goo

Like a ball of goo, I have watched the life of Grey Goo, a new real-time strategy game from developer Petroglyph, expand with enthusiasm, begin rolling, and slowly but surely lose mass as it turns into a tiny goo-ball that no...
Mar 18 // Patrick Hancock

Review: Frozen Cortex

Though it may be easy to see Frozen Cortex and immediately dismiss it because it seems to be rooted in American football (the best football), I want to make it clear that no American football or sportz knowledge is neede...
Mar 14 // Patrick Hancock

Review: Dragon Ball Xenoverse

Dragon Ball Z games have been quite the rollercoaster over the past couple decades. The Budokai series often stands out among fans as some of the best entries into the crowded scene, thanks to its developer Dimps. Well, Dimps is back with Dragon Ball Xenoverse, so naturally fans are excited. A Dragon Ball fighting game developed by Dimps, what could go wrong?
Mar 11 // Patrick Hancock

The best thing I saw at PAX was not on the show floor

Let me set the scene: Day 1 of PAX has come to a close, or at least the show floor has. My friends and I have just finished dinner and are on our way back into the convention center to check out the Super Smash Bros. tou...
Mar 11 // Patrick Hancock

Tumblestone is the most intelligent 'match three' game I've ever played

The first impression of a game matters a lot at PAX. If people aren't intrigued almost immediately, they may never play the game at all. My first impression of Tumblestone was "oh cool another match-three game." I don't ...
Mar 08 // Patrick Hancock

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a brilliant asymmetrical game

In Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, a game originally developed at a game jam, one player wears the Oculus Rift and sees a bomb that needs to be defused but doesn't know how to defuse it. Their partner only has a binder...
Mar 08 // Patrick Hancock

I nuked the God of Lightning in Mayan Death Robots

There's been a lot of games that try to copy the success of titles like Worms or Tanks, but often come off feeling too derivative. "Yeah, it's like Worms, but not quite as good" has definitely left my lips a handful of ...
Mar 05 // Patrick Hancock

Paradise Never brings some Majora's Mask to a revolutionary action RPG

Kitty Lambda, the developer behind The Real Texas and Paradise Perfect Boat Rescue has just announced his next game: Paradise Never. Taking place on an island colony of France during the Revolution of 2027 (complet...
Feb 24 // Patrick Hancock

Tried to play Frozen Cortex, went Super Saiyan instead

A little backstory: this video of Frozen Cortex is unedited, and shows off a glitch I encountered while playing a custom game online. After changing a handful of rules, we were left with what you see above, characters t...
Feb 20 // Patrick Hancock

Exclusive footage of the 'Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late' naming process

Kyle's review of Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late is now up, and we've acquired exclusive footage of the very complicated naming process used. It all makes sense now!
Feb 13 // Patrick Hancock

Frozen Cortex is releasing soon, so here's a trailer!

Frozen Cortex, the strategy game dressed up in sports clothing, is coming out soon! Like, really soon apparently. In less than a week, on February 19, Frozen Cortex will come out of the Early Access incubation pod and b...
Feb 10 // Patrick Hancock

Review: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Ah, Monster Hunter. A game that ends up being more of a culture than anything else. These have always been games about community and self-improvement. Getting better isn't measured in some arbitrary number, but how well you c...
Feb 06 // Patrick Hancock

The Dota 2 Asian Championships now has the second highest prize pool in eSports history

The Dota 2 Asian Championships' (DAC) main event is underway now, and currently boasts a prize pool of just under $3,000,000. This brings it to the second highest prize pool ever, behind the 2014 Dota 2 Internationa...
Feb 03 // Patrick Hancock

Review: Apotheon

Apotheon is the newest game from the developers at Alientrap, the team behind a small game called Capsized. Now personally, I loved Capsized and think it was overlooked by most. It had interesting mechanics and...
Feb 02 // Patrick Hancock

Frozen Cortex gets a single-player-focused update

Frozen Cortex, the sports-esque strategy game from the Frozen Synapse developers, has recently released an Early Access update that focuses almost entirely on the single-player aspect. New modes included in this update are K...
Jan 28 // Patrick Hancock

A new Tetris Grandmaster has been born

Kevin Birrell, who goes by the alias of KevinDDR, has joined the few, the proud, the Tetris Grandmasters. He is only the sixth person in the world to ever accomplish this feat, which should already give you an idea as to...
Jan 15 // Patrick Hancock

Review: Legend of Grimrock 2

The first Legend of Grimrock was damn near perfect. Coming seemingly out of nowhere, it put a fresh new face on the dungeon-crawling genre. It was a game that didn't forget its roots yet also didn't forget that we live in a different time. It's no surprise, then, that the sequel is absolutely stunning.






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