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Under Night In-Birth PC – Review

Under Night In-Birth PC

Disclosure: the author was provided with a review code for the game by Publisher: Arc System Works Developer: French Bread Platforms: PC (review platform), PlayStation 3 Exactly what is Under Night In-Birth? I’m reviewing it, and I still have no clue. I tried to figure it out; even tried diving into the wiki, and I still have no idea what I’m playing or ...

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GGXrd Revelator: Dizzy gets a release date!


It’s happening, people. Daisuke Ishiwatari, director and series creator of Guilty Gear, just announced at EVO 2016 that Dizzy and a balance patch are coming tomorrow for GGXrd Revelator. There are also plans for future DLC in Autumn. No news on what exactly is in the balance patch, and Dizzy will be free for a short time after she releases, ...

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Horror Games, Atmosphere & Modern Sensibilities


I don’t get how people can find horror games with unlimited saves/save anywhere systems frightening in the least. It’s similar to having an unlimited rewind button. If you can essentially rewind time, what suspense is left? How do your actions have any meaning? If mistakes become unpunishable, why bother having anything that allows mistakes in the first place? Just make ...

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Devil’s Third Multiplayer Servers To Be Shut Down


Well… that was quick. After just 10 months, Nintendo has announced that the multiplayer servers for Devil’s Third will shut down worldwide at the end of this year, microtransactions will also be shut down, and the game will be discounted to $35USD starting tomorrow, June 24th. Given the game’s miserable reception, I’m surprised it lasted as long as it has. ...

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FleetCOMM & Why Kickstarter is Still Awful


DISCLOSURE: I worked alongside the developer featured in this story on an unrelated project back in… 2010-ish? All information obtained via public record (Kickstarter pages, Steam forums, etc). We all know the big success stories. Those that made millions of dollars. Well, I say “success stories”, but if we look at what was actually delivered, the story changes. The “Double ...

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Major conferences at E3 2016: what went wrong?


So, E3 is upon us. At the time of writing, the major conferences are over, and the Noshcast for E3 has been recorded. A lot of what I said there I’ll likely be reiterating here, but it bears repeating in the event that someone, anyone in charge of organizing any of the conferences reads this (fat goddamn chance, but a ...

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Watch Dogs 2 Announced


Ubisoft announced yesterday that they are in fact making Watch Dogs 2, after an alleged “leak” put all of the information out there just prior to E3, which starts next week. No gameplay has been shown as yet as the below trailer is merely pre-rendered footage. What we currently know is that Aiden Pierce, the previous game’s protagonist and his ...

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Anomaly 1729 – Review


Disclosure: the author was provided with a review code of the game courtesy of Black Shell Media. It’s available to purchase on Steam here. Publisher: Black Shell Media Developer: Anvil Drop Platform: PC Anomaly 1729 or, as its internal files refer to it, “The Cube” (more on that later), is a third-person puzzle-platformer based around gravity manipulation developed by indie studio Anvil Drop. ...

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DOOM 2016 Review – I Like HUGE GUTS and I Cannot Lie

DOOM 2016 Review

Tested on: i7-4770k, 8GB RAM, GTX980, Windows 7. Publisher: Bethesda Developer: id Software Platforms: PC (review platform), PlayStation 4, Xbox One Alright, let’s get my potential bias out of the way first: I, like many other people on Steam, HATED the DOOM multiplayer alpha/beta. To me it was slow, the guns had as much punch as a pillow covered in pudding, and the ...

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Dawn of War III Announced (First Trailer)


Today, Sega and Relic released an absolutely heretical trailer for Dawn of War III: It is four minutes of the Space Marines getting their asses handed to them by the Orks and Eldar. No other races confirmed yet, but when they’re announced, I’m sure we’ll see footage of them beating on the Emperor’s Finest. In all seriousness, all we have ...

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