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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review: Setting the bar for story

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Price: System(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One Release Date: May 19, 2015 Publisher (Developer): CD Projekt RED (CD Projekt RED) ESRB Rating: “Mature” for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, and Use of Alcohol CD Projekt RED has, to date, only made three games, all of more »

Corpse Party: Blood Drive coming for Western donors

The Corpse Party family is growing Fall 2015, when Corpse Party: Blood Drive makes its way to Western audiences. Released in Japan on the Vita in July of 2014, Blood Drive is a sequel to semi-side-project Book of Shadows,, which used its final chapter to form a bridge between the original PSP remake of Corpse more »

A brief primer on the convoluted Ys release chronology

I love the Ys series. I haven’t played any entry older than the recently-reviewed Ark of Napishtim, but each one has been a largely pleasant experience. With the occasional frustration. But, frankly, the series is confusing. Not so much plot-wise. They tend to be fairly simple, breezy affairs with a few characters connecting them to each more »

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A tale of two GameWorks

About six months ago, I decided it was time to upgrade my ailing, four-year-old computer with a new graphics card. I couldn’t go overly fancy, due in large part to power demands and the limitations of my motherboard, but upgrading from a Radeon HD 5850 to a Radeon R9 270X was certainly doable. The results more »

WildStar jumps the free-to-play ship

Another day, another MMO going free-to-play. This time it’s WildStar (working title World of Spacecraft), the sci-fi/western MMO from developers Carbine Studios and publisher NCSoft. WildStar drew a lot of initial interest for its unusual setting, self-aware humor, and comprehensive player housing system. It mixed this with solid, action-heavy combat and a skill system that more »

Mighty Switch Force switches to Steam

Mighty Switch Force, one of the earliest successful 3DS eShop titles, is finally making the jump away from Nintendo systems and to a broader audience. Deemed Might Switch Force: Hyper Edition, the puzzle-platformer is coming to Steam June 2015, though the specific date has yet to be announced. Mighty Switch Force drew attention when it more »

Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim Review: A quick jaunt into stormy seas

Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim Price: $19.99 System(s): PC Release Date: April 28, 2015 Publisher (Developer): XSEED (Nihon Falcom) ESRB Rating: N/A The Ys series is as old a PC-gaming series as series can get, though we’re speaking in terms of the NEC PC-8801 rather than anything with which modern-day gamers might actually be more »

GMG peddles mysteriously discounted GOG keys for The Witcher 3

In a twist no one expected, the best deal on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt may come not from its own company’s distribution service (GOG.com, which offers a 10% base discount with an extra 5% stacking discount for each previous game in the series one has in their GOG library), nor from Ubisoft (whose uPlay service is more »

Willing to deal with uPlay? You can get extra goodies with The Witcher 3

Ubisoft’s much-maligned uPlay service, typically associated with always-on DRM, is trying to entice gamers to give it a chance with what one might call a “sweet deal” on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Not only does the uPlay store carry The Witcher 3, CD Projekt RED’s RPG, at its base ten percent discount, not only more »

Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas Review: Sailing familiar seas

Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas Price: $14.99 System(s): PC Release Date: March 17, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Cornfox & Brothers (Cornfox & Brothers) ESRB Rating: N/A Despite the word “uncharted” right there in its name, Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas is far from unfamiliar territory. It began life as an iOS game before sailing the open waters of more »

The Witcher 3 offers thrice the Witcher-ing via an expansion pass

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is already one of the most hotly anticipated RPGs, or games period, coming out this year, rounding out the White Wolf’s trilogy of virtual adventures. As a fan of the books and the games that have drawn upon them, I’m tremendously excited for this newest opportunity to step into the more »

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles now has 3 tales to tell

Originally announced as a free game for those who paid for the underwhelming Assassin’s Creed: Unity season pass, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles was billed as the game that would finally allow us to take control of Shao Jun, the last member of China’s Brotherhood and the final student of Ezio Auditore. She had been featured alongside the more »