August 2015

Trespasser DLC Trailer

Dragon Age: Inquisition’s final bit of story DLC reveals what the Inquisitor and friends have been up to two years after they saved the world. …read more

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PAX Prime 2015: ‘Antihero’ is ‘Hero Academy’ Meets 4X Strategy

The name Antihero is certainly ironic, as it draws immediate inspiration from Hero Academy [Free]. I got a demo of the game on iPad at PAX Prime 2015, and it needs to be on your radar. The premise of the game is that you are commanding a team of Victorian rapscallions who are trying to defeat their opponent by getting 3 victory points on the mean streets of Victorian England. To do so, you can attain points by assassinating targets, by taking over a church with urchin units to gain a victory point that can be lost, or by buying a victory point if you have the currency to do so.

You earn coins in a battle by robbing buildings with your master thief, who also scouts our new locations. Coins can be used to buy new units, with costs for duplicate units increasing with each new one in play. Lanterns are another currency that can be generated, allowing you to buy various upgrades in your quest for victory, trying to fight off your opponents and bring wary of their potential sabotage. It’s a deep game with a lot to it, such as whether …read more

Between The City And The Needle – Conversational Investigation

Conflict exists at the heart of most video games, and the resolution of these conflicts are the focal point of most game experiences. More often than not, these conflicts are resolved through the application of force or will upon that which resists you. Far less frequent are games where conflict is resolved through dialogue and reasoning, and this is where Between The City And The Needle finds itself. The self-labeled “conversation simulator” by Nightmarea Games asks you to use your words to covertly uncover and defeat a significant threat.

Put in the role of a psychologist as a cover for your real task, you are set out to interview a group of people who may or may not be imposter human being. These alien invaders are a secret threat to the world, and only through your intuition and deduction will you be able to determine who is and isn’t one of the unknown mimics. You will be forced to decide on the fates of each possible imposter, and will only find out the truth after sentencing them to their deaths and eventually an autopsy.

In addition, you …read more

PAX Prime 2015: ‘Blade: Sword of Elysion’, ‘Chronoblade’, and the Free-to-Play Action-RPG Formula

My PAX Prime 2015 was particularly nutty thanks to my only being there for Saturday and Sunday, and trying to squeeze in as many meetings as I could without dying running around the byzantine labyrinth that is the Washington State Convention Center. But thanks to a scheduling quirk, I had a couple of meetings back-to-back to check out a couple of hack ‘n slash action-RPGs in Blade: Sword of Elysion and Chronoblade, and it really brought to light just how much the free-to-play formula is causing these games to become not bad, but just way too similar.

Blade: Sword of Elysion isn’t a bad game at all, in fact it’s pretty darn solid. The combat has a timing-based counter system that gives advanced play a good feel to it. It has the standard array of cooldown moves, and even auto-battling, if you decide you just want to make the grinding as effortless as possible. And there’s the randomized loot, levels with 3-star systems, and admittedly a fun PvP mode where you go into one-on-one duels with other players.

The problem is not that these games aren’t fun or travesties to video game, it’s that these games are so difficult to tell …read more

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PAX Prime 2015: ‘Dungelot Shattered Lands’ is Fun, but Could it be More Fun When Streaming the Game?

The eclectic and increasingly prolific publisher tinyBuild Games has a busy slate in the coming months, and that includes a few interesting mobile games. PAX Prime 2015 saw them showing off the next Dungelot game from Red Winter Software, Dungelot: Shattered Lands. The demo they had on hand at PAX Prime 2015 showed that there would be more of the game’s Minesweeper-style tile-uncovering and monster-battling action – and as a premium game this time around – with new elements like crafting involved. It’s familiar but instantly pretty fun, and promises to be a deeper experience than the previous 2 games in the series. One cool thing that’s coming to the desktop version of the game is integration with Twitch where viewers can interact with the game and influence the events that happen to the streamer. tinyBuild wants this to come to mobile, it is only a question in a technical capacity of how to do so, and they are reaching out to try and make this a reality.

Punch Club is still on its way to mobile, though work on making it optimized for the platform has yet to be done in any serious capacity, …read more

Wiselike, The Q&A Platform For Professionals, Picks Up $1.25M In Seed Funding

There is no shortage of Q&A platforms on the web. But today, a new startup with fresh funding is looking to repurpose the Q&A format into something more valuable for the asker, the answerer, and the general viewer.
Meet Wiselike, which has just picked up $1.25 million in seed funding led by GGV Capital, with participation from 500 Startups, GREE and more.
Here’s how it… Read More …read more