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 »

Videoball Preview: Do not play Videoball against Tim Rogers

Look, I get it. Videoball, the minimalist title from Action Button Entertainment, is a promising game, and you want to give it a try. And Tim Rogers, the main mind behind the game, is right there. But don’t give in to the temptation. Sure, you may have seen the game here and there over the 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 »

Criminal Girls: Invite Only Preview: Otherworldly Corrections

A spire is a dangerous place. It’s a prison, after all. There’s no visible way in, and appears to be but one way out. Welcome to to an otherworldly jail filled with monsters. Yet, there’s hope here too. People with criminal DNA who have yet to commit truly atrocious acts have a chance at redemption, more »

JumpJet Rex Preview: A big head and little arms

In a time when a Borderlands Collector’s Edition can run you $400 and licensed games, specifically Alien: Isolation and Shadow of Mordor, are some of the best on the market, we can always find solace in at least one familiar constant. We’ll never run out of 2D indie platformers. The most recent addition to that list (that I’ve more »


Evolve Preview: Monster Chaser

Evolve comes out in a month, and this weekend is the big ol’ “closed technical test” 2K Games is using to put as much stress on the servers as they can. If you got into the test, congrats! You can go wild! If you’re the monster, anyway. In this writer’s humble opinion, Evolve suffers from more »

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 Preview: Managing Grinding

Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2 was the game that pulled things together for the Hyperdimension Neptunia series. The original title’s bland dungeons, flawed battle system, inability to heal, and other negativities were all repaired when the sequel released on the PS3, while maintaining the quality story and humor that remained within the game. Now, with Hyperdimension Neptunia more »

Boxboy! Preview: The next great little HAL experiment

Developer HAL Laboratory is mostly known these days for its Kirby games, but it has a long history of making fun little experiments. Some were Kirby-branded, like Tilt ‘n’ Tumble, Dream Course and Mass Attack, but many have flourished on their own, like Picross 3D, The Adventures of Lolo and Face Raiders. It’s really at its best when it tries something new, more »

Dex Preview: Start exploring Harbor Prime

I was alone in a futuristic, gritty town. People shuffled along the street past me. Some seemed like victims of circumstance, others like they had purposely come to a place like Harbor Prime for a reason. Not a good one, either. There were no directions for me. No story pointing me in the right way more »

SpeedRunners Preview: An Early Access “Best”

Early Access titles tend to fall into one of two camps. You’ll see the successful ones, with dutiful developers constantly offering content and listening to players, and failures that falter, don’t offer what people expect, and sometimes even belly up. SpeedRunners falls into the former category. SpeedRunners capitalizes on two things that are so hot 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 »

#IDARB Preview: The best part of #IDARB isn’t playing #IDARB

Other Ocean’s #IDARB, releasing next month on Xbox One, is crazy, Twitter-fueled, multiplayer chaos. It’s an arena “sport” in the vein of Hokra and Sportsball that appeals to more than just sports fans. As fun as it is to play, though, I’ve spent way more time, and had way more fun, with what you can do in more »