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Sticks and stones may break your bones but in Haimrik words will hurt you

I didn't know much about Haimrik before getting my hands on it during PAX South. Other than its eye-catching art direction, not much has been said about the title. Glancing at its sepia-toned world, I had a slight worry that I wouldn't enjo...   read

 
 
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Earthfall is a fun co-op shooter, if a bit familiar

Earthfall by far had the largest setup at PAX South with giant TVs showcasing trailers of the game as well as projecting each of the player's performances for everyone to see. Since I'm overall terrible at first-person shooters, coupled wit...   read

 
 
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I thought I was prepared, but Ruiner totally cyberpunk'd me

Do you fancy a challenge? Do you long for the thrill of near-death and the subsequent feeling of satisfaction perfectly accentuated by the sinking rag doll of your enemies? Are you like me? If you are, then you want that challenge. You want...   read

 
 
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Trove is the cutesy, blocky MMO kids could get addicted to

I've never been much of an online RPG player, so when I first heard about Trion Worlds' Trove I didn't think I'd be interested. But hearing about it and playing are two completely different things. Standing out among the other offerings aro...   read

 
 
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Loot Rascals is endearing and definitely rascally

[Everyone welcome Seymour Duncan into the fold, who is doing a little work for us at PAX South.] Loot Rascals was a tough PAX South booth to find. Slotted back near the tabletop games, I figured I was venturing a tad too far away from ...   read

 
 
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Divide reminds me of watching sci-fi '90s games over my dad's shoulder

Though we've covered the isometric sci-fi Divide in the past, I was unfamiliar with how it looked and played until I got my hands on it. If I had seen it last year and known that it was going to remind me of watching my dad play games that ...   read

 
 
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Super Mega Baseball 2 makes me feel like a kid playing Slugfest

I've never been a huge sports gamer. I was in real-life Little League and played high school football, but I just couldn't get into digital sports. That changed when I went to my friend Travis's house when I was 14, and he showed me MLB Slu...   read

 
 
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Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is too damn cute

At trade shows, PR teams often try to get our attention by using phrases like "visceral" or "incredibly impressive graphics," and it all sorta blends together after awhile. Not so with Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, a remake of Dragon's Cur...   read

 
 
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Pathologic's remake is haunting, uncomfortable, and what I'm most excited about in 2017

In 2005, Russian developer Ice-Pick Lodge released Pathologic, a psychological horror adventure survival role-playing video game that found huge success in Russia and was all but ignored in the West. A mostly-terrible translation ...   read

 
 
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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy needs some tweaking, but has high-nostalgic potential

I played Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy over the weekend at PSX, but I want to preface the preview with a couple thoughts. First, I remember enjoying the first three games a fair amount, and in my attempts to recollect them, I was uns...   read

 
 
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Duke Grabowski is my kind of SCUMM

Allow me to introduce you to Duke Grabowski, mighty pirate. He's a lunkheaded, musclebound mouth-breather who used Int as his dump stat, and prefers punching to talking his way out of problems. He's also the protagonist in his own game...   read

 
 
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Always wanted to tidy up murder scenes? Try Serial Cleaner

Though Agony may have won our Poznan Game Arena Best of Show Award, there's another game that Brett and I couldn't stop talking about all weekend: Serial Cleaner. It's no secret that playing most games, regardless of genre, is somewhat...   read

 
 
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I'm not sure yet what Inner Chains is all about, but I'm intrigued nonetheless

For the most part, Brett and I were allowed to be dumb Americans when we were in Poland, able to get by with only a few Polish words ('Dziękuję' means thank you, and I had to say it each of the thousand times I was handed vodka). ...   read

 
 
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Poznan Game Arena was an oasis of indie games

A few months ago, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York offered Destructoid the opportunity to travel to Poland for a convention called Poznan Game Arena. It's kind of an unusual proposition in a way. We're used to going to the same pla...   read

 
 
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Rage Disco is about a cyborg archaeologist, an ancient party, and a missing jacket

Stop me if you've heard this one before: An Indiana Jones-like cyborg discovers an eternal nightclub party and gobbles up copious amounts of liquor and pills on his way to finding his missing jacket. Oh, wait. No. No, you probably actually...   read

 
 
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Agony might be the goriest puzzle game ever

One of the booths at Poznan Game Arena caught our eye quicker than most. It's a relatively unassuming space -- most of the booths in the indie area are -- with a banner or two with some artwork. But, it's the name in plain black and white ...   read

 
 
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Subtlety be damned, Badass Hero is what I want from an action-platformer

I was well-aware that nuance wouldn't be this game's strong suit when I booked an appointment with Awesome Game Studio to see Badass Hero. It takes a certain kind of wildly confident team to settle on names that are so incredibly blunt. Poi...   read

 
 
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Oh god, I cannibalized a poor space scientist in Symmetry

Symmetry has a great aesthetic about it. It doesn't really do the game justice, actually. The warm pastel hues and hand-drawn art are inviting, when the in-game conditions are anything but. There's a dire story at the heart of Symmetr...   read

 
 
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I played a good chunk of Final Fantasy XV, and it seems fine

There's been so much teasing leading up to Final Fantasy XV, I just want to play the damn thing already. The Duscae demo, which actually served as a public proving ground of sorts for [good] changes, was fair. But the self-aggrand...   read

 
 
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Maize's chatty corn and Russian teddy bear left me wanting more

Cornfields are an underrated pick for places that have the potential for bad and/or otherwise weird shit to happen. Sure, they aren't as ubiquitously ominous as abandoned hospitals or decrepit mansions, but cornfields have a long history of...   read

 
 
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Udon's Street Fighter Swimsuit Special 2016 walks the line between sweet and smutty

It was about 20 years ago that I first met a woman who believed that all pornography was inherently sexist. At first I didn't understand her point, but through discussion, she helped me to see that from her perspective, anything that depers...   read

 
 
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Civilization VI feels like a new beginning for the series

Sitting down to write this preview was a challenge. That isn’t because I can’t describe Civilization VI or I don’t like the game; it has to do with the nature of turn-based strategy titles. They become so addicting that yo...   read

 
 
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I (Peter the Great) will be a great leader in Civilization VI

I've been playing a lot of the preview build for Civilization VI and I noticed a conspicuous lack of the Russian empire. 2K games has just revealed that the enlightened ruler will be making an appearance in the upcoming Civ, alongside the 1...   read

 
 
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My first life (or ten minutes) as an astronaut in Osiris: New Dawn

I don't have a ton of experience with survival games. I played The Forest last week for the first time in a couple years, barely remembering how to build a fire when I came upon an outpost that my friends had built with blood and sweat and ...   read

 
 
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Red Flags is a worthy successor to the Cards Against Humanity throne

One of the weirdest moments of PAX West 2016 for me (and that's a long list, just ask Myles) was when I was flagged down on the show floor to give the card game Red Flags a shot. That in itself isn't weird; when you have a yellow media badg...   read

 
 



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