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Stardew Valley now has better controller and language support on PC

With today's PC update for Stardew Valley, it's just a little bit easier to embrace the laborious farm life while playing with a gamepad instead of a mouse and keyboard. Menu navigation now works more like you'd expect, with your cursor sna...   read

 
 
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Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit gives us sweet zeppelin action on May 18

I have been playing city-management sims throughout my life, and despite that fact, nothing I have created in them can be considered either efficient or beautiful. I shamelessly blame my inability to do so on growing up in a region that cou...   read

 
 

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Funny contraption builder Besiege is adding multiplayer and a level editor

The gif-friendly Steam Early Access title Besiege is getting not one but two of its biggest fan requests: cooperative and versus multiplayer, and a level editor with Steam Workshop support for sharing. Better yet, you'll even be able to bui...   read

 
 
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Kerbal Space Program's first expansion has a mission editor

More Kerbal Space Program is on the way with an expansion called Making History. The goal is to "enrich the Kerbal experience" beyond what's already available in the base game and mods, says Squad, and that'll manifest with a drag-and-drop ...   read

 
 
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Have $20,000? Buy the life-sized Summer Lesson statue

Who needs virtual reality when you can have life-sized dolls? Oh wait, that's a thing that exists...Anyways! If you have fallen in love with Summer Lesson's Hikari Miyamoto, you can get an ordinary figure of her for 9,500 yen (~$83 US)...   read

 
 
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Job Simulator toys let you throw stuff at a computer, in or out of VR

Job Simulator is still one of the best reasons to own a Virtual Reality rig, and right before the Game Developers Conference (GDC) we got word that creators Owlchemy Labs have teamed up with iam8bit to start selling merc...   read

 
 
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Nintendo Switch will be the first console to support multiplayer in Stardew Valley

[Update: According to game creator Eric Barone, "the Switch Stardew Valley multiplayer announcement DOES NOT mean that PC will get multiplayer later. PC will still be first."] Stardew Valley is a one man operation, and as such, updates are ...   read

 
 
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Double Fine picks up Ooblets, a real cute game about farming and creature collecting

Ooblets... Ooblets. Where do I know that name from? Ah, right! It was listed among Patrick's top 42 indie games to watch for in 2017 where he alluringly summed it up as "Pokémon meets Harvest Moon." In the game, you'll raise and batt...   read

 
 
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Chroma Squad coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in May

Although Chroma Squad is a game that lets you simulate your own tokusatsu (essentially the "person in rubber suits" genre) show with influences drawn from Japanese shows like Kamen Rider and Super Sentai, Behold Studios ran into a bit of le...   read

 
 
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Cities: Skylines gets a spring 2017 window on Xbox One

Cities: Skylines was released in March of 2015 on PC, but an Xbox One port was supposed to follow at some point. So we waited, and waited, and nothing really came of it. But after a small update in January that it still exists, Paradox Inte...   read

 
 


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I created a black character in Trio of Towns. What happened next will shock you

I am several hours in the deliberately slow and joyful beginning of Story of Season: Trio of Towns, and while I’m having a pleasant time with the game, there is one oddity that continues to stick out like a sore thumb. As with previou...   read

 
 
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Stardew Valley is getting a collector's edition on PS4 and Xbox One

Stardew Valley is coming to retail courtesy of 505 Games, so if you still intend to buy the farming life sim on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 and would prefer a physical copy, look for that starting on April 11 in North America and April 13 in...   read

 
 
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Show, or tell us about your Stardew Valley farm

It took me a while to get into Stardew Valley. When the original PC release came out, I was incredibly busy with review work, and was really grateful that Patrick was able to knock our coverage out of the park with his assessment. Not ...   read

 
 
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Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns hitting 3DS on February 28

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, otherwise known as the upcoming Bokujō Monogatari series entry with a pet capybara, is coming to 3DS in North America on February 28, 2017. Apart from the fast-approaching release date and $40 price poi...   read

 
 
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Nearly two years later, Cities: Skylines is almost ready on Xbox One

Back in August 2015, Paradox revealed that Cities: Skylines was in the works for Xbox One -- its console debut. But we've barely heard a peep out of them since then, while the PC edition rolls on from expansion to expansion, now currently o...   read

 
 
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Get a look at the supposed Trauma Team live action pilot

Trauma Center, a series that has been on hiatus since 2010, almost had a live action pilot, The program was produced as a companion to the Trauma Team game for both Wii and Wii U (RIP), but wasn't picked up for a full series order. This You...   read

 
 
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Watch a civilization rise in this Birthdays the Beginning time lapse video

The colors, the art style, the concept -- everything about Birthday the Beginning is soothing as hell. Hopefully more people pick up on this thing when it launches in May, because I don't hear nearly enough people talking about this Arc Sys...   read

 
 
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RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic for iOS and Android sounds great

The original RollerCoaster Tycoon games from Chris Sawyer remain my favorite in the genre and, to this day, I still get a kick out of messing with park guests in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. Anyone else? Today, Atari has put out a surpris...   read

 
 
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Ecosystem sim Birthdays the Beginning slips to May 2017

NIS is holding back Birthdays the Beginning for PC and PlayStation 4 until May 9, 2017 in North America and May 12, 2017 in Europe, and while this two-month delay won't affect many of us, I'll take any chance I can get to bring up this game...   read

 
 
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Review: Planet Coaster

It feels very weird to me to be reviewing a coaster sim in 2016. I had just always thought that it was a genre left to the past, and I was pretty okay with that. The days of staying over a friend's house and laughing as we made drinks free ...   read

 
 
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Planet Coaster has a big free winter update

Winter levels are some of my favorite themed levels in video games. Don't get me wrong, I could go the rest of my life without ever setting foot in snow again, and that'd be a life well lived. But in games? The sights and sounds are whimsi...   read

 
 
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The first Stardew Valley console update is in the works

While Caitlin got along fairly well with Stardew Valley on consoles, it sounds like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions aren't without their issues, some of which will be fixed "in the next few weeks." According to game creator Eric Bar...   read

 
 
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Stardew Valley is mostly the same on consoles

Indie obsession Stardew Valley took Harvest Moon and other simulator fans by storm earlier this year and some of us still can’t stop playing. For those unfortunate souls who missed out on PC, Stardew Valley is maki...   read

 
 
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Review: Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality

Playing the PC version of Surgeon Simulator, Bossa Studios' gory slapstick operation game, was like being in charge of a mechanized shell of a human whose arm, hand, and individual fingers were each run by tiny mech pilots. The controls wer...   read

 
 
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Domesticate dinosaurs in Wild West settlement builder Dino Frontier

Amid the hustle and bustle of PlayStation Experience 2016, I utterly missed seeing one of the newly-announced games, Dino Frontier. We must talk about it now, for a few reasons. It's a settlement builder. More importantly, it's a settleme...   read

 
 


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