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Mar 13 // Maurice Tan

How Double Fine used their creative juices to survive

In their GDC session "Creative Panic: How Agility Turned Terror Into Triumph," Double Fine's Tim Schafer, Brad Muir, Lee Petty, and Nathan Martz talked about how they used a two-week break during Brütal Legend's producti...
Mar 06 // Maurice Tan

Review: I Am Alive

Years in the making at different studios, Ubisoft's I Am Alive brings the Xbox Live Arcade "House Party" to a close with a post-apocalyptic bang. A story of survival, it's full of ideas and twists on the action-adventure conv...
Mar 01 // Maurice Tan

Review: Wargame: European Escalation

Growing up during the dawn of PC strategy games, playing everything from Dune II and Command & Conquer to Panzer General, took its toll on my teenage years. History classes only became worth paying attention to when it co...
Feb 24 // Maurice Tan

Five ways to suck at Wargame: European Escalation

Wargame: European Escalation was released for PC yesterday. After failing at a certain mission and losing momentum, leading to a 1.5-hour mission, I realized there are a couple of ways to play this game if you've played many ...
Feb 24 // Maurice Tan

Dat DLC: Dungeon Defenders 'Barbarian Hero'

[In "Dat DLC," we check out some recent downloadable content to give you an impression of what you may or may not have missed out on.] After tinkering with the gender-swapped versions of the existing four young heroes in Dun...
Feb 21 // Maurice Tan

Mass Effect 3 CG trailer gets an extended cut

We saw a brief Mass Effect 3 CG trailer last weekend, which Jonathan Holmes didn't care for because he hates good videogames. Now we have the full extended cut version with even more dramatic Earthlings who fight for the least interesting planet in the Mass Effect universe! I guess nobody would give a damn if it was the Volus home world that was invaded in a trailer, eh? Two more weeks...
Feb 20 // Maurice Tan

Review: Alan Wake's American Nightmare

Ask any fan why they like Alan Wake, and you'll hear different stories. Some will talk about how they enjoyed the Stephen King, Twin Peaks, and Lost inspired storyline and setting. Others will laud the tense experience on the...
Feb 17 // Maurice Tan

Review: Warp

Xbox Live Arcade's House Party kicked off with Warp, a stealth-centric puzzle-platforming title with a charming yet violent aesthetic. With a somewhat creative way of adding a breath of fresh air to the top-down stealth genre...
Feb 17 // Maurice Tan

A class guide to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

The piece of Amalur we've seen in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning may only be a slice of the franchise plans for a larger world, but it's pretty damn big already. As with any role-playing game, it can help to know what kinds of...
Feb 10 // Maurice Tan

Skyrim wins big at Annual Interactive Achievement Awards

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) handed out the Annual Interactive Achievement Awards (IAAs) at D.I.C.E. last night, and saw The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim as the big winner. It took home the IAA for Game of t...
Feb 09 // Maurice Tan

Dream games we'd like to see Kickstarted into reality

Double Fine's attempt at securing funding for an adventure game that everybody seemingly wants has resulted in a massive crowdsourcing success story in less than a day. It sure didn't hurt that you could basically pre-order a...
Feb 08 // Maurice Tan

The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav looks delicious

I'll be honest, Daedalic Entertainment's upcoming adventure game The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav only caught my eye because of the beautiful handdrawn graphics in the screenshots, and the above teaser video. While the video ...
Feb 08 // Maurice Tan

Review: Iron Brigade: Rise of the Martian Bear

Europeans finally got to play Double Fine's excellent mech-meets-tower defense game Iron Brigade late last year, after a long delay caused by the unfortunate trademark debacle surrounding the initial title -- Trenched -- resu...
Feb 08 // Maurice Tan

Sleeping Dogs takes the fight to Hong Kong's true crime

Last year, Activision killed United Front Games' True Crime: Hong Kong and Square Enix subsequently picked it up, raising hopes for a better tomorrow. It has now been retitled Sleeping Dogs, with a tequila-infused live-actio...
Feb 07 // Maurice Tan

Kinect Star Wars priced and dated, adds space battles

Just in time to make people reconsider watching Jar Jar in horrifying 3D, Kinect Star Wars has finally been given an April 3, 2012 release date and a $49.99 price tag. The delicious limited edition console bundle will go on s...
Feb 05 // Maurice Tan

Review: King Arthur II - The Role-playing Wargame

You look at a list of new PC releases. The list is populated by arcane words and you sense strong magic at work behind the somehow familiar titles. To your surprise, the list asks you in an inaudible voice, "Do you like tacti...
Jan 27 // Maurice Tan

Dat DLC: Orcs Must Die! 'Lost Adventures'

[In "Dat DLC," we check out some recent downloadable content to give you an impression of what you may or may not have missed out on.] The excellent Orcs Must Die! received the War Mage expansion pack "Artifacts of Power" on ...
Jan 25 // Maurice Tan

Review: Oil Rush

Late last year, Anno 2070 tried to explore the post-apocalyptic setting of an Earth flooded by drastically risen sea levels, where Kevin Costner would have to drink his own filtered pee. If you just wanted a new Anno game wit...
Jan 20 // Maurice Tan

Review: Unstoppable Gorg

In a distant world of tomorrow from decades past, a TERROR has emerged from the far reaches of the solar system. It is THEM! The unspeakable, unimaginable, horrifying GORG! They came from far away on Planet X, but soon they will be closer than you think. Can the Earth be saved from these alien invaders? Is there no one who can stop the Unstoppable Gorg?
Jan 17 // Maurice Tan

Guns meet swords in SHOGUN 2 - Fall of the Samurai

The upcoming standalone expansion for Total War: SHOGUN 2, Fall of the Samurai, is looking mighty fine ahead of its March release. While the idea of taking the already excellent SHOGUN 2 experience to the Boshin War period i...
Jan 17 // Maurice Tan

Syndicate hits Good Old Games this Thursday

Good Old Games will finally let you grab the original Syndicate on January 19 for $5.99. Not to be mistaken with Starbreeze's upcoming first-person shooter, this classic 1993 game should keep you occupied while you wait to se...
Jan 16 // Maurice Tan

Please vote for Pirates in the next World of Keflings DLC

So here's the deal. NinjaBee has teamed up with PlayXBLA, Microsoft's official Xbox Live Arcade blog, to let fans choose which of three themes will be turned into a new DLC kingdom for A World of Keflings. You can choose betw...
Jan 16 // Maurice Tan

Spend your break with Kingdom Rush on PC or iPad

I started playing a bit of Kingdom Rush two weeks ago following the news of the Flash game's iPad release, and managed to drag myself away from Ironhide Game Studio's excellent little tower defense title before an entire day ...
Jan 16 // Maurice Tan

Unstoppable Gorg priced and dated for PC, Mac, and iPad

Futuremark's Unstoppable Gorg, one of three new games by the company best known for their benchmarking tool 3DMark and Shattered Horizon, will be available for Steam and iPad on January 19. The Steam version is a Steam Play ...
Jan 14 // Maurice Tan

Divnich Divines: Do Japanese Vita sales spell trouble?

[In Divnich Divines, EEDAR Vice President and videogame analyst Jesse Divnich traverses the bogs of sales data, hype, and good old fashioned game geekery to give you his two cents on hot topics in the games industry] The...
Jan 13 // Maurice Tan

Tropico 4 expansion blasts off on Xbox 360 & PC in March

Ola El Presidente! There is more Tropico 4 goodness on the way, as Kalypso has announced an expansion to the popular banana republic sim: Modern Times. The new expansion will focus on taking your economy to the 21st century ...
Jan 13 // Maurice Tan

A starter's guide to Robot Entertainment's Hero Academy

Hero Academy is my new digital crack but it currently only has a tutorial consisting of screenshots and text, and no way to try out a game against an AI opponent. This might make some players a bit wary of trying it out for t...
Jan 13 // Maurice Tan

Wargame: European Escalation trailer shows off NATO power

MLRS alert! A new trailer for Wargame: European Escalation, comprised of in-game footage, gives you a look at some of the more iconic NATO units from the 1975-1985 Cold War era. I came away impressed when I saw it in action ...
Jan 13 // Maurice Tan

Uncharted 3, Portal 2 head IAA 2011 nominations

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has revealed the nominees for the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards (IAA) across a total of 26 categories. If the IAAs don't ring any bell, perhaps you know them ...
Jan 12 // Maurice Tan

Cave shifts resources to social games

Cave has announced reduced earnings forecasts for the first half of its fiscal year (June 1 - November 30) and the year as a whole, andriasang reports. The shmup publisher now expects sales of 1,303 million yen for the first ...

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