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Early Access Review: SCUM

Survival games aren't usually my thing. They require a vast amount of dedication and engagement, with menial tasks that I'm not typically looking for when escaping to a digital world. SCUM, however, caught my eye with just how over the top ...

 
 
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Review: The Messenger

Sabotage Studio's The Messenger is a visually striking game that at a quick glance you might shrug off as yet another quick grab at our nostalgia. While my nostalgia heartstrings were tugged at significantly during my playthrough, it's...

 
 
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Owlboy creator makes mock-up for Chrono Trigger sequel

Owlboy developer, Simon S. Andersen, posted a mock-up for a Chrono Trigger sequel on Twitter today. While this is something Simon did for fun and it's almost guaranteed to say we'll never get Chrono Break, the whole video is pretty freaking...

 
 
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Exploring BioShock eleven years later

"No Gods or Kings. Only man." The banner that hung in the atrium of the bathysphere terminus where BioShock's protagonist began his adventure was the first thing to grab my attention and pull me into that world. I first played BioShock...

 
 
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Preview: The Messenger

The Messenger is the game I walked away from PAX East this year swooning over. The NES-style platformer takes clear inspiration from Ninja Gaiden. Thierry Boulanger, the lead programmer and designer, has been upfront about that from th...

 
 
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Review: Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion

Adventure Time is a pretty great cartoon. So, it's a damn shame that none of its many game adaptations have come close to doing its beautiful world and cleverly written characters justice. Pirates of the Enchiridion comes close but falls sh...

 
 
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Review: Semblance

The traditional 2D platformer genre accounts for some of my favorite games ever. That being said, it's always awesome to see a game try and change the genre in new and exciting ways. Semblance does just that, in a way I'm surprised I h...

 
 
 
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe gets Zelda: Breath of the Wild update

Nintendo keeps up with neat little additions to the Switch version of Mario Kart 8. Just last week, following the update of Labo Toy-Con Motorbike support for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Nintendo's head of software development Shinya Tak...

 
 
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An unexpected crossover turns Ryu into a Power Ranger

The Power Rangers/Street Fighter crossover going on in the Power Rangers: Legacy Wars mobile game was pretty weird to begin with, but it may have just kicked things up a notch.  It was announced today at San Diego Comic-Con that a new ...

 
 
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We're getting a Trogdor!! board game and it looks glorious

In a strange turn of events, Cheapass Games is teaming up with the creators of the old web cartoon Homestar Runner to create a board game centered around the beefy-armed dragon Trogdor the Burninator. Titled Trogdor!!, the board game is a ...

 
 
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Early Access Review: Sky Noon

Steam Early Access is riddled with multiplayer shooters. The bulk of them do little to stand out in the sea of competitive games on the gigantic marketplace. Sky Noon's claim to fame is its strange lack of bullets. Sky Noon is a knock-...

 
 
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Nintendo Labo is now compatible with Mario Kart 8

Remeber Labo? Nintendo's weird venture into papercraft that let you build a piano and then sat in the corner of your living room for a month?  Well, it has a neat new use. You can now use the Toy-Con Motorbike with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe....

 
 
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Review: Skyrim Very Special Edition

It may not be quite as versatile as the version Keegan-Michael Key showed off during Bethesda's E3 presentation, but Skyrim Very Special Edition is a very real, very playable game.   Two paths lay before you, a spooky lightho...

 
 
 
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Devolver is releasing Metal Wolf Chaos XD

Some weird God has heard my prayers and Devolver Digital is releasing Metal Wolf Chaos XD.  From Software's classic game about American mecha technology is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC later this year. The original Xbox title n...

 
 
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Review: Antigraviator

I'm not huge on racing games. There are only a few specific sub-genres of racers that I truly enjoy. The first is the tried and true kart racer and the second is the Wipeout and F-Zero style futuristic racer. Antigraviator falls into t...

 
 
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Yakuza eliminated any interest I had in the return of Shenmue

Shenmue is a strange game that always fascinated me. The open-world adventure follows Ryo as he pursues his father's killer across Japan and China, but sometimes he's on an urgent search for sailors, and others he's just hanging out by that...

 
 
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Review: Flynn & Freckles

It seems like many developers who grew up with a love for bright and colorful 3D platformers are doing their best to revive the buried genre in recent years. Games like A Hat and Time, Yooka Laylee and the remastered version of th...

 
 
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The best moms in video games

(SPOILER WARNING: The last two entries in this list get a bit spoilery for Yakuza 6 and God of War, proceed at your own risk.) Last week I served up a list of some of the worst mothers in video game history. Bad moms are pretty easy to...

 
 
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Shovel Knight to strike the earth in Blade Strangers

Just in case you were somehow still on the fence, Shovel Knight will be joining the roster of Nicalis' crossover fighter Blade Strangers. We're still only a few days off of the announcement of Gunvolt, Quote, and Isaac yet Nicalis keeps sur...

 
 
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Man at Arms forges War's Chaoseater

I always love posting about the crazy weapon builds from the blacksmiths over at Man at Arms: Reforged. This most recent build was too cool to pass up talking about as the team of talented craftsmen creates Chaoseater from Darksiders. I've ...

 
 
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The worst moms in video games

Moms don't often take the spotlight in the world of video games. They're usually killed early on, take on some sort of villainous role, or sit quietly in the background while their children go off to save the world.  With Mot...

 
 
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Review: City of Brass

It's that classic tale: strapping young hero makes his way to a mythical city to vanquish skeletons and break the genie's curse. City of Brass is a first-person action roguelite with an Arabian Nights theme. The game does a lot to impr...

 
 
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Defector is Twisted Pixel's new VR spy game

During my time at PAX East, I was invited to Oculus Game Days to take a look at Twisted Pixel's new spy action VR game, Defector. It's been about a week since PAX came and went and I can finally tell you all about the little bit of their Bo...

 
 


About Rich Meisterone of us since 7:32 PM on 03.14.2017

NY gamer who duped Destructoid into hiring him. JRPG nerd and Paul Rudd enthusiast.

Full disclosure, I backed some Kickstarter things. Monster Crown and Knuckle Sandwich have my money so take my opinions with a grain of salt.
 
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