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Spooky Adventures in Babysitting with 2Dark

Two things I'm very weary of in life: kids and developers mostly remembered for big hits from 25+ years ago. Look, if you've ever played Amy, you'll understand where I'm coming from. Even so, someone thought I was the ideal person to play 2...   read

 
 
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NieR: Automata is a lot more involved than I initially thought

The first NieR: Automata demo I played (which was subsequently open to the public) was a way for Platinum to showcase its action prowess. It mostly centered on combat, and barely any time was spent idling away in menus. A new preview build ...   read

 
 
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Use Your Words adds some strategy and psychology to the Jackbox formula

I've made no secret that I enjoy the Jackbox series of party games, and playing them is something my group of friends always seems to enjoy when we get together. Being able to use your smartphone or other internet-capable device as a contro...   read

 
 
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Monster Hunter clone Dauntless seems perfect for players on a budget

For me, there's an important distinction between "budget-friendly" and "a budget game." The former may be a little sanded down or rough around the edges, but is an otherwise solid experience that can be had for a low price (or no price at a...   read

 
 
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Monster Boy is a medium-sized glass of room temperature tap water

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a "spiritual successor" to the Wonder Boy franchise. It's a cute platformer where you can switch between animal transformations as the situation demands. You can butt-stomp enemies. It's set f...   read

 
 
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Rime will seem very familiar to anyone who's ever played an indie puzzler before

Rime takes place in a quiet, mysterious world (that just might have a hint of danger!), contains no spoken dialogue, stars a young boy and his mystical animal companion, and has an ambiguous story that will be left up to interpret...   read

 
 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Arcade-inspired roguelike TumbleSeed plays as well as it looks

TumbleSeed is an audio-visual treat. I knew that much before giving it a spin. What I didn't expect was how much strategy comes into play in this arcade-inspired permadeath romp about a fragile seed on a journey up a mountain. Fast reflexe...   read

 
 
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For Honor has the makings of a winner

Games have always struggled to make multiplayer sword fighting fun. It should be the simplest thing in the world, I mean, what is more video game than lopping off someone's head with a broadsword? But, it’s trickier to pull off in pra...   read

 
 
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Death Squared keeps puzzle teams on their toes

Most modern puzzle games feature one unique mechanic, introducing it plainly at first but building on it over time. Braid had its time manipulation. Portal had its... portals. Death Squared is a little bit different. If there's one idea tyi...   read

 
 



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