Hero Academy Coming to Steam

Posted on June 29, 2012 by Andrew Minott

Hit iOS strategy game Hero Academy is coming to PC by way of Steam on August 8. The game will be multi-platform, meaning your account you may already have on your iPhone or iPad will work on Steam, and vice-versa. The Steam version will also allow players to unlock a special Team Fortress 2 themed band of mercenaries, and all other teams (such as the Dwarves, Orcs, or Dark Elves) unlocked on Steam will reward Team Fortress 2 items in that game.

For more information, check out Robot Entertainment’s website.


Top 5 Games Under $20: XBOX 360

Posted on June 28, 2012 by Andrew Minott

At least once a week, I get someone at work or a friend or relative coming to me with “hey, I just got a 360, what games should I get?” Generally, that’s a tough question to answer because everyone’s taste is different, especially for people who aren’t heavily involved in the gaming culture already. Some people like this, some people like that, some people can’t stand either of them. For that reason, I usually shy away from suggesting a brand new release, as $60 is a lot to plunk down on something that isn’t a sure bet (or very near to one).

So, in my brain, I keep a short list of games that can easily be acquired on a budget and are ones that I can be fairly confident that people will find a good entertainment value for the price. This is, of course, not an exhaustive list of every good game that has come out since 2007 since there are hundreds upon hundreds to choose from, these are just the ones I think everyone should at least be aware of.Read More


Kalypso Announces Dollar Dash

Posted on June 26, 2012 by Andrew Minott

Kalypso Media Digital and Candygun Games have announced their new 4-player, top-down shooter for XBLA, PSN, and PC. Dollar Dash puts you in control of a masked thief doing everything he can to outwit and outgun opposing thieves in a cartoony violence extravaganza to see who can escape the map with the most cash.

” You can’t stand still for a second as the combat is crazy and money changes hands frequently.  Choose your weapons carefully as you challenge your friends to become the best thief in town and laugh out loud as you smash them with a huge boulder or peck them with a Magpie, while protecting yourself with a jelly shield!”

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Strikefleet Omega Launching June 21

Posted on June 18, 2012 by Andrew Minott

Harebrained Schemes‘ mobile spaceship strategy title, Strikefleet Omega, launces on all iOS and Android devices on June 21. The game is free to download, with in-game purchases possible, though Harebrained has given no specific information about what will be available on launch day. “The title is designed with hardcore players in mind, while utilizing the best elements of mobile gaming for an epic space adventure – with nothing less than the fate of humanity at stake.”Read More


My First Two Hours of The Secret World

Posted on June 16, 2012 by Andrew Minott

The Secret World is currently doing closed beta weekends, and somehow I got invited. Actually, the email doesn’t even say what I did to get sent a code, but hey, here we are.

What follows is my liveblog of what I did this afternoon.

WARNING! IT CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS. That’s the only time I’m telling you. But I guess if I had to warn you about that, there are probably a lot of words you’ve already passed that probably gave you trouble…

Anyway, as they say when they’re moving on with the show, ON WITH THE SHOW!Read More


Civ V Mods Now Available Through Steam Workshop

Posted on June 15, 2012 by Andrew Minott

Civilization V joins Skyrim and Portal 2 on the Steam Workshop section of Steam, a clearinghouse for user-created content. At launch, players had access to map packs such as Middle Earth and Westeros (the main continent in Song of Ice and Fire), additional, wonders, and religions such as Jainism, Baha’i, and Pastafarianism. All downloads are free (though you do need to own the actual game itself), and users are able to rate and comment on individual mods, as well as create custom packs of mods to share with others.

You can check 2k Games’ announcement or go directly to Civilization V’s section of the Workshop to check out what’s available, either in a web browser or your Steam client.


The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Unveiled

Posted on June 14, 2012 by Andrew Minott

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, coming soon to XBLA and PC from Neocore Games, has a new batch of screenshots to show us what the game actually looks like. The game is a third person action RPG, very similar in presentation to Diablo but with a definite steampunk influence to the art direction. Neocore says the game features “larger-than-life heroism and snappy dialogues, with wry humor and various twists on the well-known Gothic cliches.”

Check after the jump for the screenshots that Neocore sent out today:

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Optimus Prime: Heart of a Leader

Posted on June 14, 2012 by Andrew Minott

High Moon Studios has released short feature for their upcoming Transformers: Fall of Cybertron featuring game director Matt Tieger and legendary voice actor Peter Cullen. Cullen, who has been the voice of Optimus Prime since the early 80’s, says about having played the role for so long, “although he’s consistent, doing a movie, and doing an episodic television series, and then doing a video game… although the character remains the same, there’s a different intensity and different approaches.”

You can check out the trailer after the jump here:

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Mark of the Ninja Sneaks In New Screenshots

Posted on June 11, 2012 by Andrew Minott

2D stealth game Mark of the Ninja, coming soon to XBLA from Shank 2 developers Klei Entertainment, has five new screenshots that showcase the titular ninja’s sneaky shenanigans.

From the official site:

  • Observe… your enemies from the darkness, and use your agility to gain the high ground. Plan your line of action, and execute it before they discover you.
  • Manipulate… You foes with simple yet versatile tools. Blow out lights with a bamboo dart, create a diversion with a child’s firecracker, and kill your prey with a deadly trap.
  • Experience… The tension and thril of being a ninja — powerful but fragile, quick but deliberate.


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Who Is The Villain of The Last of Us?

Posted on June 8, 2012 by Andrew Minott

The end of the world has a notorious habit of showing us who we truly are. Thankfully, none of us have had to experience the end of the world, and since the whole Mayan thing is nonsense we shouldn’t have to any time soon. But we have bucketfuls of stories, ramping up sharply in number since World War II due to the fact that nuclear weapons made the eradication of human civilization relatively affordable and convenient, like a minivan.

Naughty Dog’s forthcoming The Last of Us presents a world whose end was less cataclysmic, but just as horrific. In their original teaser, the main characters Joel and Ellie (voiced by the waitress Captain America saved) fight off both a presumably human thug, and a… spore monster?

But who’s the bad guy?Read More


Starcraft II 33% off

Posted on June 7, 2012 by Andrew Minott

Blizzard’s 2010 hit Starcraft II is 33% off (so $39.99) through June 13. This discount is only available through Blizzard’s direct download store.

While the MSRP for the title remains at $59.99 nearly two years after launch, a permanent price cut is expected soon as the game’s first expansion, Heart of the Swarm, nears arrival.


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