Code Name STEAM Preview: Running Out of Steam

Nintendo released a demo for Code Name STEAM, and I jumped right on it as soon as I could. To me, there is no word more magical than “free.” I’ll play almost anything for free. Anyway, I spent some time with the demo, and now I’d like to share my thoughts with you all, because more »

Kickstart This Is the Police to be a crooked cop

We’ve seen plenty of games funded through Kickstarter in 2014, and it’s looking like 2015 might not be any different. One that has caught our eye already is This Is the Police by Weappy Studios. The game is an intriguing combination of different genres: adventure, visual novel, strategy, and tycoon. With so many things going more »

Swords & Soldiers II Preview: Meat again on the battlefield

The original Swords & Soldiers was a success for developer Ronimo, spreading from WiiWare to PC, mobile and other console platforms and gaining many fans of its side-scrolling RTS gameplay. With its sequel, Swords & Soldiers II, Ronimo is returning to its Nintendo home, focusing on a screen-versus-screen multiplayer experience that lets players see full-screen more »

Shadowrun: Hong Kong Kickstarter already funded (update)

Harebrained Schemes is looking to crowdfund another Shadowrun game! The Shadowrun: Hong Kong Kickstarter is live, waiting for your to fund it. Or not, you know. I mean, it’s not like your individual input is really critical this time. This project is going to happen. It isn’t because the Shadowrun: Hong Kong Kickstarter is part more »

Tales of the World: Reve Unitia Preview: Does a Tales by any other combat play as sweet?

What is a Tales game without the franchise’s signature battles? Tales of the World: Reve Unitia, the latest in the fan-geared spin-off line of the series, doesn’t show any traces of the Linear Motion Battle System, but it may find its footing by focusing on other aspects of the Tales charm. Reve Unitia, itself a more »

Hyperdevotion Noire will steal our hearts in February

I’m a bit biased when it comes to the Hyperdimension Neptunia series and spin-offs. Even though they had a rocky start, I can’t help loving the games for their humor and cute characters. Naturally it means I’m ridiculously excited about Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart, a strategic RPG spin-off starring Black Heart, Lastation’s goddess. She more »


Kingdom Under Fire II art is everything wrong with female game representation

I want to state, for the record, that Kingdom Under Fire II looks cool as shit. It’s got a Dynasty Warrior type feel, and apparently merges RTS gameplay in there, as well. That sounds awesome, and I’m sure it’ll be a great game. But why, oh why, does the promotional artwork have to look like more »

Desert Ashes Review: Warfare on Ice

Desert Ashes Price: $9.99 System(s): PC Release Date: November 10, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Nine Tales Digital (Nine Tales Digital) ESRB Rating: “Everyone” Desert Ashes is interesting, as it emulates a style you’d think would be in more of a state of abundance than it actually is. Strategy RPGs are a dime a dozen, but what more »

Desert Ashes needs a copy editor

If you’re wondering what my first review assignment of the new year is, you’re going to be finding out very soon. Soon, as in, the next sentences. It’s Desert Ashes. Developed by Nine Tales Digital, Desert Ashes is a sort of indie version of Nintendo’s Advance Wars. There are a few distinct differences of course, more »

Technology Tell Gaming’s best PC game of 2014

We’ve come to the master race. The legion of PC gamers is growing now more than ever before, thanks to the digital future. People with computers of varying strengths can all manage to find something that works for them, leading to a rise of great AAA and indie games. Naturally, 2014 was a good year more »

5 Steam Holiday Sale 2014 games to buy: Day 12

I hate to say it, but today is the most disappointing day of this year’s Steam Holiday Sale. I mean yes, there are some good deals on great games. That’s a given. But none of the sales are particularly exciting. Nothing here has been highly anticipated. I suppose the crux of it is, most of more »

Convoy Preview: Mad Max and FTL had a baby

Imagine FTL, with it’s almost text-based gameplay. Now imagine that, instead of having a bunch of fixed points where random things happen, you can move across the whole map freely, and decide if you want to go to one of those fixed points where things happen. Except occasionally you get attacked by raiders, depending on more »