Divinity Original Sin Review: A RPG that won’t back down

Title: Divinity: Original Sin Price: $39.99 System(s): PC Release Date: June 30, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Larian Studios (Larian Studios) ESRB Rating: N/A Divinity: Original Sin is another game that owes its success to crowdfunding. Back in March 2013, Larian Studios turned to Kickstarter to help the team build out its fifth game in the Divinity more »

Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited Preview: No Loss of fidelity

You can’t imagine how hard it is to do a preview of a Vita port of a game. Especially when it’s a game like Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited, a game you just previewed at E3 2014. So insead of retreading things I already discussed last month, or dare risk this sounding like a review, more »

Hand of Fate Preview: A RPG and cards combo

I love card games. From the simplest ones, like Go Fish, to Sequence, to collector cards like Yu-Gi-Oh!, I have always enjoyed them. They’re great to play with other people, or if you’re a loner you can always play good, ol’ reliable Solitaire. Well, Defiant Development’s new game, Hand of Fate, takes a love of more »

Fan service without pleasure

There have been few reviews of Monster Monpiece going around. It may be because its a very niche card/strategy game that was likely passed off in favor of larger games, but more likely it is the fact that there are aspects of the game that are problematic to say the least.  Go to the comments more »

SQUIDS Odyssey Review: Tentacles and Funny Hats

SQUIDS Odyssey Price: $14.99 System(s): 3DS (Also available for Wii U) Release Date: July 3, 2014 Publisher (Developer): The Game Bakers (The Game Bakers) ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Mild Fantasy Violence SQUIDS Odyssey is the jam-packed, handheld debut of The Game Bakers’ up and coming franchise based on a ragtag group of cephalopods who wear funny hats and more »

Civcraft mod for Minecraft mashes it up with Civilization

One of the reasons Minecraft has become such a phenomenon is the creativity inherent in the game. If you can dream it, you can build it. For example, Civcraft is an open source, server-side mod that combines Minecraft elements with themes from the Civilization franchise. After a beta period, the mod released in May. There’s technology more »

Preview: Shoot, craft and conquer in Minimum

Minimum was originally a project from TimeGate Studios. After its bankruptcy, Atari liked what it saw and acquired the rights. It handed Minimum over to Human Head Studios, the developer behind 2006′s Prey. Now the shooter is in Steam Early Access. It combines elements of shooters, RTSs and RPGs with a little bit of MOBA more »

Panzer Tactics HD Review: A Little Short on Panzers and Tactics.

Panzer games are practically their own genre of World War II games. The first was Panzer General, an awesome, groundbreaking game from 1994. It got a phenomenal update in 2011, with Panzer Corps. These games cover World War II in a very light fashion, with emphasis on clean rules, army development, and combat based around the best use of combined arms along with careful tactics to puzzle through the scenarios. If you haven’t tried Panzer Corps, you really should; its only weak points are some implausible scenarios and limited campaigns only addressing things from the German side. If you have already played Panzer Corps, then Panzer Tactics addresses those weaknesses with more historical reality (you can’t conquer America, for example) and offers campaigns from the Allied point of view. The downside is it has none of the strengths of Panzer Corps when it comes to strategy.


Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2 hits iOS July 2

Strategy buffs, get ready to do backflips. There is a sequel on the way, coming to mobile devices. 2K Games has announced Civilization Revolution 2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It’s slated to arrive on Android devices soon. Playable leaders including returning Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon Bonaparte and series staple Gandhi. Among the new leaders are more »

E3 2014 Preview: Natural Doctrine May Make Us Cry

2 weeks ago, I sat in NIS America’s meeting room, surrounded by employees and PR people, watching and hoping that this next time would be different. One of the many people there was attempting to tackle a rather difficult mission in Natural Doctrine. The goal? To eliminate all enemies in the field, but not completely more »

E3 2014 Preview: So Much is New in Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited

It’s pretty much a given that if you want to play a Disgaea game, but don’t have the Sony console it launches on, you should wait about a year for it to come to a Sony handheld. It happens to every installment in the series, and Disgaea 4 is no exception. It’s only smart to more »

Distant Worlds Universe Review: Distant and Deep

Distant Worlds Universe (DWU) is a sequel of sorts to Distant Worlds, a real time strategy “4x” game where you expand, explore, exploit, and exterminate the whole universe. Generally, you start with one planet, pick an alien race (or boring ol’ humans), and everything past that point is up to you. There are many games in this genre, but DWU is as “kitchen sink” as it gets, I’m hard pressed to think of anything in another 4x game that isn’t present, at least on some level, in DWU.