Five Reasons To Be Excited For Wrath: Aeon of Ruin

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Five Reasons To Be Excited For Wrath: Aeon of Ruin

Today 3D Realms announced that it's publishing another retro-looking shooter called Wrath: Aeon of Ruin. Developed by newcomer Killpixel, Wrath's main surface-level hook is that it's created in the same engine that made Quake. However, there's a lot here that makes the game more than just another throwback shooter. 

The publisher stopped by Game Informer recently to let us play the game and we came away pretty impressed with our time in this dark fantasy shooter. Here are five reasons Wrath could be super cool.

The Story Is Interesting Taking inspiration from Bloodborne and Shadow Of The Colossus, Wrath stars a wanderer called The Outlander trapped in a mystical dimension known as The Ageless Sea. Chosen by a cloaked figure called The Shepherd of Wayward Souls, the Outlander must track down and kill several Guardians, slaying literal armies of foes that try to stop the Outlander as they search. It's a fun, dark premise and 3D Realms promises some narrative surprises along the way.

The Long Road To Beatdown City

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The Long Road To Beatdown City

Every day it seems like there’s a new promising game concept being crowdfunded by an excited audience willing to take a chance on it. Back in 2014, Treachery in Beatdown City was one such project. A unique fusion of beat ‘em up and turned-based RPG battles, it began life as an homage to brawlers of old like Double Dragon. Former Rockstar Games alumni Shawn Alexander Allen started working on art for the project in his free time in 2009 and says he yearned for beat ‘em ups to make a comeback. Early designs for the game weren’t panning out and then he struck upon the idea to combine brawlers with another favorite genre: RPGs.

“I was dejected because things were taking longer than we had hoped to get something going,” Allen says. “After a day of work, when I was in the shower, my love of RPGs like Super Mario RPG, Hybrid Heaven, and Fallout 3 coalesced into this exciting moment where I shouted, ‘It’ll be turn-based!’”

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The Long Road To Beatdown City

about X hours ago from
The Long Road To Beatdown City

Every day it seems like there’s a new promising game concept being crowdfunded by an excited audience willing to take a chance on it. Back in 2014, Treachery in Beatdown City was one such project. A unique fusion of beat ‘em up and turned-based RPG battles, it began life as an homage to brawlers of old like Double Dragon. Former Rockstar Games alumni Shawn Alexander Allen started working on art for the project in his free time in 2009 and says he yearned for beat ‘em ups to make a comeback. Early designs for the game weren’t panning out and then he struck upon the idea to combine brawlers with another favorite genre: RPGs.

“I was dejected because things were taking longer than we had hoped to get something going,” Allen says. “After a day of work, when I was in the shower, my love of RPGs like Super Mario RPG, Hybrid Heaven, and Fallout 3 coalesced into this exciting moment where I shouted, ‘It’ll be turn-based!’”

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A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19

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A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19

Reader, I’m gonna level with you: I don’t care for sports.  The most I’ve ever been invested in a sport was reading about Gryffindor win the Inter-House Quidditch Cup or guiding my misfits to freedom in Pyre. I grew up in small-town America, where football, soccer, and baseball were a way of life.  I tried my hand at soccer and enjoyed it, but that enjoyment quickly soured to resentment thanks to bullying. That resentment eventually manifested in a complete disinterest in all things sports. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself curious about some forms of athleticism and even more curious about what video games do with various sports – how developers present and package sports, what they choose to focus on, and whether or not they're accommodating to newcomers. 

I decided that it was time for me to fill in a particularly deep genre gap for and play some sports games. Given that I live in the snowy fantasy land that is Minnesota and that I love watching people beat the hell out of each other, hockey was the obvious go-to: the one that would lead me into the shallow end of the icy pond and show me how to doggy paddle. With that impression in mind, I picked up NHL 19 and decided to spend a week playing it and writing about my experience for my fellow scrubs who are intimidated by the genre but also curious.

A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19 (Day 7)

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A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19 (Day 7)

Reader, I’m gonna level with you: I don’t care for sports.  The most I’ve ever been invested in a sport was reading about Gryffindor win the Inter-House Quidditch Cup or guiding my misfits to freedom in Pyre. I grew up in small-town America, where football, soccer, and baseball were a way of life.  I tried my hand at soccer and enjoyed it, but that enjoyment quickly soured to resentment thanks to bullying. That resentment eventually manifested in a complete disinterest in all things sports. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself curious about some forms of athleticism and even more curious about what video games do with various sports – how developers present and package sports, what they choose to focus on, and whether or not they're accommodating to newcomers. 

I decided that it was time for me to fill in a particularly deep genre gap for and play some sports games. Given that I live in the snowy fantasy land that is Minnesota and that I love watching people beat the hell out of each other, hockey was the obvious go-to: the one that would lead me into the shallow end of the icy pond and show me how to doggy paddle. With that impression in mind, I picked up NHL 19 and decided to spend a week playing it and writing about my experience for my fellow scrubs who are intimidated by the genre but also curious.

A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19

about X hours ago from
A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19

Reader, I’m gonna level with you: I don’t care for sports.  The most I’ve ever been invested in a sport was reading about Gryffindor win the Inter-House Quidditch Cup or guiding my misfits to freedom in Pyre. I grew up in small-town America, where football, soccer, and baseball were a way of life.  I tried my hand at soccer and enjoyed it, but that enjoyment quickly soured to resentment thanks to bullying. That resentment eventually manifested in a complete disinterest in all things sports. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself curious about some forms of athleticism and even more curious about what video games do with various sports – how developers present and package sports, what they choose to focus on, and whether or not they're accommodating to newcomers. 

I decided that it was time for me to fill in a particularly deep genre gap for and play some sports games. Given that I live in the snowy fantasy land that is Minnesota and that I love watching people beat the hell out of each other, hockey was the obvious go-to: the one that would lead me into the shallow end of the icy pond and show me how to doggy paddle. With that impression in mind, I picked up NHL 19 and decided to spend a week playing it and writing about my experience for my fellow scrubs who are intimidated by the genre but also curious.

April Cover Revealed – Control

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April Cover Revealed – Control

Remedy has long built a reputation for creating compelling action games with experimental storytelling and strong character leads. The studio's first major success, Max Payne, astounded players with its graphic novel format and an innovative bullet time mechanic, which has since been reiterated and expanded upon by several other studios. Alan Wake and Quantum Break, the developer's later games, took ambitious paths with their stories. This is especially true for the latter, which intertwined an entire television drama into segmented episodes in-between gameplay. This concept tied TV and gaming together not just through story, but through choice and consequence as well.

Now, Remedy is working on its newest project, Control, an action game that is due out this summer and was first revealed in a mesmerizing trailer during E3 2018. We flew out to Espoo, Finland, to find out everything we could about the game.

April Cover Revealed – Control

about X hours ago from
April Cover Revealed – Control

Remedy has long built a reputation for creating compelling action games with experimental storytelling and strong character leads. The studio's first major success, Max Payne, astounded players with its graphic novel format and an innovative bullet time mechanic, which has since been reiterated and expanded upon by several other studios. Alan Wake and Quantum Break, the developer's later games, took ambitious paths with their stories. This is especially true for the latter, which intertwined an entire television drama into segmented episodes in-between gameplay. This concept tied TV and gaming together not just through story, but through choice and consequence as well.

Now, Remedy is working on its newest project, Control, an action game that is due out this summer and was first revealed in a mesmerizing trailer during E3 2018. We flew out to Espoo, Finland, to find out everything we could about the game.

The Switch Sports Roundup

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The Switch Sports Roundup

When the Switch came out, I expected the viable sports game options to be scarce. Fast-forward to today, and the genre still isn’t a strong suit of the system, but the Switch has put together a decent roster. Surprisingly, it’s not just all the same franchises you might expect. 

Although the Switch will never have the online support or features of games on the other systems, here are some of the standouts on the console (sans racing titles, BTW). If you want to check out some less-traditional/popular sports, there are a variety of options from OlliOlli: Switch Stance to Rapala Fishing Pro Series, and Trials Rising. 

Super Volley Blast ($9.99)* Developer: Unfinished Pixel
In a video game context, volleyball could be simple to the point of bland, but Super Volley Blast avoids such a fate. The 2-on-2 title (including 4-player multiplayer) requires some positioning teamwork and strategy with your partner to set up your volleys across the net. There is some variety where A.I. opponents place the ball, and the timing of jump spikes can be hard to master (and a little inconsistent in my experience). Moreover, Super Blast Mode’s gameplay variations (there’s also a story mode) include Chicken Ball, Bomb Ball, Max 2 Hits, and others. Chicken Ball, in particular, replaces the ball with poultry with a penchant for erratic movements, making for a fun variation.

The Switch Sports Roundup

about X hours ago from
The Switch Sports Roundup

When the Switch came out, I expected the viable sports game options to be scarce. Fast-forward to today, and the genre still isn’t a strong suit of the system, but the Switch has put together a decent roster. Surprisingly, it’s not just all the same franchises you might expect. 

Although the Switch will never have the online support or features of games on the other systems, here are some of the standouts on the console (sans racing titles, BTW). If you want to check out some less-traditional/popular sports, there are a variety of options from OlliOlli: Switch Stance to Rapala Fishing Pro Series, and Trials Rising. 

Super Volley Blast ($9.99)* Developer: Unfinished Pixel
In a video game context, volleyball could be simple to the point of bland, but Super Volley Blast avoids such a fate. The 2-on-2 title (including 4-player multiplayer) requires some positioning teamwork and strategy with your partner to set up your volleys across the net. There is some variety where A.I. opponents place the ball, and the timing of jump spikes can be hard to master (and a little inconsistent in my experience). Moreover, Super Blast Mode’s gameplay variations (there’s also a story mode) include Chicken Ball, Bomb Ball, Max 2 Hits, and others. Chicken Ball, in particular, replaces the ball with poultry with a penchant for erratic movements, making for a fun variation.