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  Watch Video I feel like grid-based dungeon crawlers are few and far between these days. With the exception of a wide array of Etrian Odyssey games available on the 3DS, it can be a particularly tough itch to scratch.  Fatbot Ga...   read
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Splitgate, an arena shooter with portals, first jumped onto my radar when I stopped by the booth at PAX East just last month. My initial reaction was pure astonishment that nobody had done this yet. Surely someone starte...   read
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  Watch Video VR adventure games seem to be at their best when they let the player loose to mess with the world of their own accord. You don't lose any desired immersion when you acknowledge the player as an outside force acting as they pl...   read
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When Peter and I stopped by the 505 Games booth at PAX, I was admittedly a little bit jealous of him. While he was checking out Bloodstained, I'd be sitting on the other end of the booth seeing Indivisible, a game I knew...   read
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  Watch Video For my very first day at PAX East I was able to get some hands-on time with Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. As one of the few believers that CTR is a better game than Mario Kart 64, I've been insanely excited to get...   read

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My very last stop of another great year at PAX East was to check out Outer Wilds over at Annapurna's booth. I hadn't heard much about Outer Wilds since back in 2018, but a space exploration game scaled down from the massive u...   read

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  Watch Video While visiting Headup Games' booth at PAX East this weekend, the first thing about their new title Dead End Job was its very iconic art style. If a game looks like The Ren & Stimpy Show, then it already has my attention.&...   read

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  Watch Video As my weekend at PAX continues, I dropped by the Square Enix booth to check out Dragon Quest Builders 2. The sequel to the crafting/action game set within the world of Dragon Quest.   The demo I played showed off the gam...   read

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  Watch Video Just a few hours after its initial reveal I stopped by Devlover Digital's PAX booth to check out Heave Ho, their new cooperative game about working together to swing your weird little legless gremlins towards a comm...   read

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  Watch Video Bandai Namco invited me by its PAX East booth to get a look at Double Fine's upcoming action rogue-like Rad. The top-down action game has you pummeling mutants for survival in a randomly generated world that has succumbed to ...   read

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  Watch Video One of my first stops at PAX East 2019 was checking out Pixelated Milk's tactical WWII game, Warsaw, due out on PC, PlayStation 4, and Switch later this year. Set in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, you play out the days of th...   read

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  Watch Video One Piece is one of the longest-running franchises I still find myself watching and reading week to week. With over 900 chapters of the manga and over 800 anime episodes, something about the world and its characters keeps pul...   read
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Nostalgia is ridiculously powerful. Particularly in video games, we tend to get swept up in the nostalgia of our youth with experiences that shaped our taste in a genre or our interest in the medium altogether. ...   read
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Ah, the farm-life sim. It's become something of a staple in my gaming diet. You might remember me checking in with My Time at Portia back when it first entered Early Access. That was almost a year to the day, and the post-apo...   read
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If you're reading this, then congratulations are in order. It would seem, against all the odds, we've made it to the very end of 2018. Overall, 2018 was yet another nightmarish hellscape, but we're not here to talk about...   read
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Suikoden II is 20 years old this month and is arguably one of the best JRPGs ever made. I could sit here and list out every reason why, but our own Ray Porreca already made a case for Suikoden II's big picture....   read
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  Watch Video If you glance at a screenshot of Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, you would rightfully assume it to be a grid-based tactics game like XCOM. While this is an apt and welcome comparison, Mutant Year Zero works to evolve that gen...   read
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  Watch Video Some of you might remember that The Messenger from Sabotage Studios was one of my favorite games this year. Well, good news out of the Kinda Funny Games Showcase is more content is coming its way in 2019. Picnic Panic is a free expansion adding three new levels, and new boss fights as our favorite Ninja takes a tropically themed detour.    read

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  Watch Video The next trailer to drop at the Game Awards was our best look at Psychonauts 2 yet. The trailer opens with a voiceover talking about how Rasputin managed to worm his way into the Psychonauts before welcoming him to their base...   read
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  Watch Video The Pathless is the latest project from Abzu developer Giant Squid Studios. One look at that artwork should make that fairly obvious, but The Pathless looks a lot more action-packed than its predecessor.  While Abzu was a fairly passive experience this trailer gives us a glimpse at giant beasts and some high-speed archery. The Pathless comes to PS4 and the Epic Store in 2019.   read

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  Watch Video PlayerUnkown's Battlegrounds next map goes live on the PC test server tonight. The new 6x6 map is called Vikendi, and as we've known for a while, it's a snow covered region. As far as new features go a new snowmobil...   read

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  Watch Video It looks like the leak from earlier this week was legitimate as we just got out first look at the remastered version of Crash Team Racing. Crash himself came out to reveal the HD upgrade to Geoff.  It's releasing June 21...   read

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  Watch Video Publisher Panache Digital gave us our first look at Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey at The Game Awards. The open world survival game comes from the creator of Assassin's Creed Patrice Désilets and spans abou...   read

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  Watch Video The Game Awards pre-show closed out with a teaser for Among Trees, developed over five years by a team of only three at FJRD Interactive. We didn't get a big look at just what would be out to get us, but that forest sure looked pretty as hell. Check out the trailer for a look at the gorgeous landscapes. Among Trees comes to Steam Early Access in 2019.   read

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  Watch Video Following the success of the Crash Bandicoot, N.Sane Trilogy remaster, rumor has it that the kart racing spinoff starring crash and friends is next to get the remaster treatment. It would be a no-brainer move for Activis...   read

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  Watch Video It seems more games are coming to the collection of NES titles available via Nintendo Switch's online subscription service. Metroid, TwinBee, and Mighty Bomb Jack join the list on Wednesday, November 14. Metroid is one ...   read

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For the most part, Japanese role-playing games are like video game comfort food. For those of us that enjoy them, they're a known quantity and rarely stray away from the flagpole franchises that we're all familiar w...   read
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  Watch Video The fan-favorite meme that is Bowsette doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. Modders recently added her as the final boss of New Super Mario Bros Wii, and now she's made it into another classic Nintendo franchise. ...   read

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My Memory of Us tells a tragic story set in one of the darkest moments of human history all wrapped in the attractive package of a charming black and white 2.5D puzzle platformer.  Juggler Games set out to tell the story...   read
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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 ho...   read
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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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