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Dec 31 // Patrick Hancock

Patrick Hancock's personal picks for Game of the Year 2014

What a magical year this was! It's hard coming up with a GOTY list, especially if you force yourself to pick only 10. That's why I didn't, I picked as many as I needed to! It's thirteen; I picked thirteen games.  There w...
Dec 18 // Patrick Hancock

Dota 2 gets a 'Shifting Snows' winter update and a balance patch

Frostivus is not coming this year, but that doesn't mean Dota 2 goes stale! While there may not be a big gameplay event, we've got some big gameplay changes taking place. Lifestealer takes a lot of the focus in this upda...
Dec 13 // Patrick Hancock

Best song of 2014 gets a Dota 2 parody

While you're sitting there, not admitting that you love Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off," why not get down to this. Sick. Beat? Seriously though, this is an amazing parody of a catchy song for all Dota 2 fans.
Dec 13 // Patrick Hancock

SanctuaryRPG is now out on Steam Early Access

SanctuaryRPG, which has been available on itch.io for some time, has now made its way to Steam as SanctuaryRPG: Black Edition. It's an ASCII RPG with an approachable, yet intricate and rewarding battle system and light-h...
Nov 17 // Patrick Hancock

Review: Tengami

Tengami has been out on iOS devices for quite some time but has now finally made its debut on Wii U. I think it's great that the Wii U has the perfect setup for iOS games to make a pretty seamless transition thanks to th...
Nov 13 // Patrick Hancock

Super Smash Bros. is the most fun I've had fighting online

I love fighting games. Well, I love pretty much all competitive games, but fighting games are some of the most satisfying. Pulling off combos (or kombos), discovering new "tech," and watching the metagame develop are all supe...
Nov 11 // Patrick Hancock

PC Port Report: Dragon Age: Inquisition

The third installment in the Dragon Age franchise is finally here. If you're like me, you are cautiously optimistic with this one after playing Dragon Age II. I'm more of a tactical player, and felt that I was left in th...
Oct 29 // Patrick Hancock

Team Fortress 2 is getting bumper cars

Just the other day I was curious as to what Team Fortress 2 would do for Halloween this year. In fact, the TF2 event is one of the reasons why Halloween is my favorite holiday! Well the update, detailed here, h...
Oct 22 // Patrick Hancock

First else Heart.Break() trailer reminds me it exists

Everyone remembers else Heart.Break(), right? Of course you do, because it was on my "Top 30 indies to look out for in 2013" list! There was very little information on the game at that point, and apparently I thought it woul...
Sep 23 // Patrick Hancock

THEY CHANGED THE DOTA 2 MAP

A new Dota 2 update hit today, and THEY CHANGED EVERYTHING. Two runes. New rune. THE MAP IS DIFFERENT. Reworked Heroes. Chen can take over Ancients. Something happened to Riki, I'm not sure what exactly? THE MAP IS DIFFERENT. Did I mention that they changed the map and added a rune? 
Sep 21 // Patrick Hancock

The final four duke it out today at Red Bull Battlegrounds

Yesterday was some of the most intense StarCraft II play that I have ever seen. First of all, if you missed it, you should watch the recording on Red Bull's site. Secondly, the rest of this post does contain spoiler...
Sep 20 // Patrick Hancock

The Red Bull Battlegrounds StarCraft II grand finals are live!

Man, it feels pretty good to talk about StarCraft II esports again. I've been way more focused on Dota 2 recently and it's nice to go back to what helped get me into the scene. Anyway, the grand finals for the Red B...
Sep 08 // Patrick Hancock

Review: Divinity: Original Sin

Remember the first "western RPG" that really made an impression on you? Maybe it was Baldur's Gate, maybe it was Planescape: Torment, or maybe it was Dragon Age: Origins. Regardless, you love that game. It might have fla...
Aug 30 // Patrick Hancock

Review: Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

You got chocolate in my peanut butter! You got peanut butter in my chocolate!  Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are great. Personally, my favorite part is the edge, as long as you still get a little bit of peanut butter along ...
Aug 30 // Patrick Hancock

Techies officially coming to Dota 2 next week

Techies, the explosive and suicidal Dota 2 Hero, is finally coming to the game next week, as detailed in the latest Dota 2 blog update. I've never played Techies in DOTA, but here's what I've gathered so far: Techie...
Aug 26 // Patrick Hancock

Video tips on how to be a better Dota 2 player

Believe it or not, in all my time spent in Dota 2, I've never played a single solo matchmaking game. I've played plenty of team games, but the anxiety that comes with playing alone with strangers gets to me while playing Dot...
Aug 22 // Patrick Hancock

Ludum Dare 30 has begun!

Ludum Dare 30, the indie game jam, has officially begun! For the next 72 hours, many amateur (and professional) game developers are going to hunker down and do their best to create a game focused around a central theme. The t...
Aug 17 // Patrick Hancock

The Testament of the White Cypress is out now and free

David O'Toole, developer of 2x0ng, has just released his newest game, The Testament of the White Cypress. Inspired by games like Ultima and Zork, Cypress follows a monk named Geoffrey as he explores a strange and da...
Aug 11 // Patrick Hancock

Look at these SpyParty characters talk!

Remember the five new SpyParty characters? Of course you do! I even came up with elaborate backstories for each of them based solely on their appearance. Surely everyone remembers that? Chris Hecker, developer of SpyPar...
Jul 28 // Patrick Hancock

How to correctly play Crypt of the NecroDancer

I've been playing Crypt of the NecroDancer, and now I fancy myself a pretty amazing player. The game hits Steam's Early Access program in just two days, and so I figured I'd impart my wisdom unto any new players who may be out there by making a hawt tipz video.
Jul 23 // Patrick Hancock

Frozen Endzone renamed Frozen Cortex, Mac and Linux versions available

Frozen Endzone, the tactical robo-sport from the developers of Frozen Synapse, has officially been renamed. The new name is Frozen Cortex, and I've taken the liberty of making a new logo for it. The rename is taking place bec...
Jul 20 // Patrick Hancock

The biggest esports tournament in history continues

Note: there will be no spoilers in this post for day one or two, but expect them in the comments!  Yesterday was as exciting as it was heartbreaking for some, but that's just the way things go when over $10 million is on...
Jul 19 // Patrick Hancock

Day 2 of The International is live, let's talk about it!

First of all, don't worry I won't spoil anything from yesterday here. There will, however, be spoilers in the comments! Yesterday was an intense start to The International 2014, with great teams like DK, Newbee, and EG playin...
Jul 17 // Patrick Hancock

SanctuaryRPG is now available and name-your-own-price!

SanctuaryRPG, a combination of roguelikes and JRPGS with ASCII graphics, is available now and best of all, you can pay whatever you want! After playing for the past few days, I heavily recommend laying down some cash for this...
Jul 08 // Patrick Hancock

The Dota 2 International 2014 wildcard round is underway

The day has finally arrived! The biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year is about to officially begin! Today, four wildcard teams will battle it out for one remaining position in the tournament and their shot at a pri...
Jul 04 // Patrick Hancock

There will be a newbie-friendly stream for Dota 2's International tournament

The 2014 website for The International Dota 2 Championships is now live, and with it comes some great new information. The best of which is that there will be a specific stream for players brand new to the esport. This s...
Jun 30 // Patrick Hancock

Review: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II

The first Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing wasn't a bad game, however it did have crippling technical issues that held it back. Those issues have since been fixed, and developer Neocore Games has learned a lot i...
Jun 27 // Patrick Hancock

Dota 2 International prize pool now at $10 million

The Dota 2 prize pool for the upcoming International 2014 tournament is now at $10 million dollars. With zeroes that looks like this: $10,000,000. All of the newly added stretch goals have been reached, the most recent ...
Jun 19 // Patrick Hancock

Team Fortress 2's Love & War update detailed, let's talk about it

I'll assume everyone has already seen the Team Fortress 2 animated short that Valve put out yesterday and have been very excited to jump back into TF2. Today, the Love & War update has been more detailed, with new weapons and GIGANTIC balance changes. Let's chat about them, shall we?
Jun 02 // Patrick Hancock

What the Mortal Kombat X trailer tells us and hints at

Our first glimpse of Mortal Kombat X (MKX) came today in the form of a presumably CG teaser trailer. Some people don't think that the trailer served much of a purpose, since it didn't explicitly state what we can ex...






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