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An Octave Higher Review: Musical novel

An Octave Higher Price: $11.99 System(s): PC Release Date: March 27, 2015 Publisher (Developer): AGM Playism (Kidalang) I count myself among the minority crying out for more narrative-driven games and for better narratives within them. The general quality of video game writing needs a serious shot in the arm, but I also want to see more »

Katawa Shoujo is getting a physical release in Japan

Katawa Shoujo, the visual novel created by Four Leaf Studios, which consists almost entirely of members from 4chan’s /a/ board, will soon see a Japanese release. The game originally released in English on January 4, 2012, and has since been translated to Spanish and French. This marks the creation of both an official Japanese and disc version. Katawa more »

Steam Workshop now supports paid mods, starting with Skyrim

User-made mods can now be bought and sold through the Steam Workshop. Although a wealth of player modifications have been available free through the Steam Workshop for years, such content has never been sold, barring a few rare instances of developer-sanctioned DLC. This meant the vast majority of mods were passion projects. Thus the aim of the new more »

Killing Floor 2 comes to Steam Early Access

Killing Floor 2, the unabashedly gory sequel to Tripwire Interactive’s original horde shooter, is now playable via Steam’s Early Access program. The current version of the game represents a “polished beta,” Tripwire said, is fully playable in co-op or single-player, and does not have any game-breaking bugs. Although many Perks and weapons are absent at this more »

You can beat Deus Ex: Mankind Divided without fighting a single enemy

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be “ghostable”—that is, possible to beat without killing a single enemy. Executive Game Director Jean-François Dugas confirmed the option himself, adding that bosses can also be given the slip in one way or another. This improves upon the stealth pathways of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which could only be partially ghosted due to a more »

SUPERHOTline Miami is a time-bending, violent mashup

SUPERHOT is a stylized first-person shooter that began as a member of the 7 Day First Person Shooter game jam. Hotline Miami, now somewhat of a series given the recent release of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, revels in its over-the-top brutality. And SUPERHOTline Miami is a hefty dose of both. “Time only moves when you move,” said more »

Mortal Kombat X is broken on Steam and lets you buy ‘Easy Fatalities’

The PC version of Mortal Kombat X, available via Steam, is currently suffering widespread unplayability due to data issues brought on by a bizarre installation process. While most Steam games install in full, Mortal Kombat X begins with a 3GB pre-load. The game’s official Steam page confirms that this is part of Steam’s “Streaming Install,” which lets you play more »

Grand Theft Auto 5 PC comes with its own video editor

The PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 will let players record, edit and share gameplay captured in the main game and Grand Theft Auto Online. Rockstar released a tutorial video detailing the Rockstar Editor, as well as an in-depth guide to its features. The editor is packing a full suite of doodads, including camera angles and targets, a more »

Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain: New Warlock and Hunter cards examined

After Blizzard’s 14-card bombshell, we’ve now seen all of Blackrock Mountain. The Hearthstone expansion is due out April 2, and we now know the 31 cards it’s bringing with it. And with the full set out in the open, we can finally evaluate individual cards more fairly. Up first, the Warlock’s Demonwrath, which has continued the support for the Demonlock play style.  more »

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Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain: New Warrior cards examined

After Blizzard’s 14-card bombshell, we’ve now seen all of Blackrock Mountain. The Hearthstone expansion is due out April 2, and we now know the 31 cards it’s bringing with it. And with the full set out in the open, we can finally evaluate individual cards more fairly. That means it’s time for another look at the Warrior class, which more »

Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain: New Rogue cards examined

After Blizzard’s 14-card bombshell, we’ve now seen all of Blackrock Mountain. The Hearthstone expansion is due out April 2, and we now know the 31 cards it’s bringing with it. And with the full set out in the open, we can finally evaluate individual cards more fairly. That means it’s time for another look at the Rogue class, though more »

Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain: New Shaman cards examined

After Blizzard’s 14-card bombshell, we’ve now seen all of Blackrock Mountain. The Hearthstone expansion is due out April 2, and we now know the 31 cards it’s bringing with it. And with the full set out in the open, we can finally evaluate individual cards more fairly. That means it’s time for another look at the Shaman class, whose more »