Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers - PC Review

One step forward, but two steps back...

Dark Souls II - PC Review

Once again, the darkness comes to claim you

Q*bert Rebooted - PC Review

Classic fun works well with some new twists

Agarest: Generations of War - PC Review

An underappreciated RPG/Strategy hybrid

Forza Motorsport 5: Racing Game of the Year - Xbox One Review

The best racer on this newest generation of consoles

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Styx: master of Shadows has an official site and summer trailer now

Just in time for summer, the game Styx: Master of Shadows has a new trailer out and a website to go with it. If you are unfamiliar with the title, it is best described as a stealth RPG due out this fall. We took at a look at the E3 gameplay of it here if you are curious.

Wasteland 2 - PC Preview

Wasteland 2 is the product of a massively successful Kickstarter campaign, where inXile Entertainment asked for $900,000 and the fans of the original Wasteland game (as well as other gaming fans, all 70,000+ of them) actually crowd-funded $2,933,252! Returning you to the Citadel from the original, Wasteland 2 takes place in the same post-apocalyptic world that Wasteland previously enjoyed. Wasteland 2 is a direct sequel to the first ever post-apocalyptic tactical turn-based computer RPG game, Wasteland (which was the primary inspiration behind the much-loved Fallout series). What made the original game so unique was the ability to control and command individual party members for tactical purposes as well as the first ever appearance of the now-standard moral choices.

Warmachine: Tactics - PC Preview

Warmachine: Tactics is in its early stages right now, with a beta via Steam's Early Access that offers limited maps at this point, but gives players a really solid idea of where the title is headed. The gameplay itself is quite polished for this stage of development, with a focus on turn-based tactics leveraging the Unreal 4 engine. The end result? An attractive, deep strategy game that should impress when it eventually releases.

Qvadriga - PC Review

I have had a hard time figuring out how I feel about Slitherine’s tactical Roman chariot racing game, Qvadriga, an issue I have not really experienced with any other review thus far. And no, you didn’t misread that first sentence, this is a turn based game about managing ancient chariot racers. The game description really piqued my interest, as it seems to have the hyper-specific niche and passion that you find in many fantastic board games like Agricola, Power Grid, or Le Havre. This is a trend that is reaching out into the indie video game development world, where designers can really explore a very unique setting or gameplay conceit. Does this release deserve to join the pantheon of tried and true niche experiences, or does it crash and burn before it reaches the finish line?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Upcoming action-RPG Heroes & Legends arriving in August

Promising a blend of action and strategic elements, Heroes & Legends: Conquerors of Kolhar is being brought to Steam in August by Phoenix Online Publishing, and the early returns are looking promising.

Dark Souls II - PC Review

Dark Souls 2 is the sequel to 2011's incredibly difficult yet utterly fantastic Dark Souls, an action RPG that was the spiritual successor to 2009's Demons Souls. The developers of Dark Souls, From Software, has taken the action role playing game back to its roots. Over the years, games in general have been toned down in terms of difficulty and added features like auto-saving and the checkpoint system where twenty plus years ago we did not have checkpoints and when we entered a dungeon we may find one, at most two save points in the entire dungeon. In those old role-playing games you would need to manage your resources (read: items and magic points) and map the dungeon yourself, there were dungeons in the original Final Fantasy that I mapped myself using a pad of graph paper.

Black the Fall - PC Preview

At first glance, it is hard not to associate Black the Fall with the ever-popular Limbo. The stark contrasts between light and black colors, the platforming and puzzle elements needed to further advance. The early returns are promising, with visuals that actually look quite slick and a pulsing soundtrack in that first level that thoroughly impresses. The control scheme still feels a bit rough - functional, but perhaps would be better served with a controller option. Still, the title looks incredibly promising at this very early stage of its development.

Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers - PC Review

My foray into Magic: The Gathering began in the late 90’s. Spotting the Portal starter set on sale behind the counter at a chain bookstore, I convinced a friend to split the cost with me. This first foray was brief, as my young self didn’t have the income to fuel a collectible card game addiction. In college, I had a set of friends that fell in quite deep, attending Friday night matches and release tournaments, but cost remained prohibitive. It was not until about a year ago where I really took the plunge, buying booster boxes along with my colleagues and our own dear Editor in Chief here. Spending more money than I care to admit, I loved the act of opening a booster, creating a deck, and then tweaking it after seeing how it fared against my colleagues. Though I have been clean of the physical cards for about a year, I have still picked up the various Magic: The Gathering releases on Steam to scratch the occasional itch.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited - lots of creens, news and a trailer

Of all the games NIS America has a tendency to bring to North America, the Disgaea titles are probably their most popular. Given its blend of RPG elements, turn-based strategy and irreverent humor, it is easy to see why. Now we have a bunch of new media and information about the upcoming title.

Forza Motorsport 5: Racing Game of the Year Edition - Xbox One Review

For those of you that have been living under a rock, the Forza franchise is a staple Xbox title and prime opponent to the Gran Turismo line of racing simulators. Since the initial release many years ago, Forza has maintained a dominate place in racing fans’ hearts, giving Microsoft’s consoles a much needed racing simulator. Forza Motorsport 5, as an Xbox One launch title, aims to bring the racing simulation series to the next generation of consoles with an amazing array of cars, tracks, and a new feature called Drivatars. While initially a bit of a joke, the Drivatar is serious business and it brings into play the first truly next-gen feature; unique AI opponents that are based on actual gamers. The “Racing Game of the Year” package is the full game as well as all released DLC packs, including an exclusive Top Gear content pack, adding a good dozen or two vehicles as well as a a number of astonishingly beautiful tracks.