The Best Indie Games Of PAX West 2017

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The Best Indie Games Of PAX West 2017

Through the years, the Penny Arcade Expo (or PAX) has become synonymous with fantastic games from some of the most talented independent developers in the industry. Seattle's PAX West is no different. Each year, from Nintendo's Nindies event, to Microsoft's ID@Xbox open house, to the Indie Megabooth on the showfloor, PAX West gives players an amazing opportunity to see the next big indie hits before everyone else. The Game Informer crew is on the ground at PAX West 2017 checking out as many indie titles as we can over the course of the show. These are the best indie titles we encountered while at the show. Check back over the course of the weekend, as we'll be updating this list with new entries each day.

Games are listed alphabetically.

Battle Chef BrigadeDeveloper: Trinket Studios
Release: Holiday
Platform: PS4, Switch, PC

Rend Looks Like A Promising Fantasy Survival Bash

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Rend Looks Like A Promising Fantasy Survival Bash

Frostkeep Studios' upcoming fantasy-survival pseudo-MMORPG PC title Rend gives players the chance to side up with a faction and then take on two opposing factions in games that take around a month to complete. At PAX West 2017, I had a chance to check out how Rend stands out from the rest of the survival pack.

While faction wars are hardly an original concept, Rend throws a wrench in things by having inevitable doom hanging over the heads of all three factions - a demonic force that continually grows stronger and stronger lays siege to all of the faction bases, pitting players against powerful AI forces in addition to the rival factions.  The last team surviving wins the game, which could take days, weeks, or even months depending on what happens.

Monster of the Deep Is Super Dumb But I Think I Like It

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Monster of the Deep Is Super Dumb But I Think I Like It

At PAX West 2017, I strapped on a VR headset to immerse myself in Square Enix's upcoming fishing experience, Monster of the Deep. As I was connecting the headset and putting on the headphones, I asked myself what life decisions had taken me to this point, where I was about to join Prompto on a magical fishing voyage on a sunny day. I wondered if I could be doing something more important, like making a sandwich or doing laundry. However, soon I couldn't fight it any longer, and I was on the dock with my fishing pole in hand.

It's rare for me to walk away from a game and not have a real sense of whether or not I enjoyed it, but Monster of the Deep is bizarre as hell and the sheer novelty of the game is intriguing. On the surface, it's just a weird fishing sim where you look like an idiot swerving around and reeling fish in like crazy, hoping not to bump into anyone or anything around you in the real world. Then you take your crossbow and blast the demon fish out of the water to limber it up so you can catch it, because why not. To be terrible here, after a few casts - I was hooked. I caught myself enjoying this weird thing, and just went with it. I caught a couple of lunkers!

Replay – Super Mario Land

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Replay – Super Mario Land

In 1989, before the release of Super Mario Bros. 3, another Mario platformer released on the Game Boy, and it was one of the weirdest entries in the series.

At the time, with only Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2 in place as a point of reference, it didn't seem so weird. Exploring pyramids, fighting rampaging Easter Island head statues, and playing a few periodic side-scrolling shooter levels didn't seem so weird for a Mario game. Revisiting it today, however, shows off some real odd choices on Nintendo's part, but it's still a lot of fun. For part two, we play a very strange imported game, specially ordered to feature on Replay, and we see the return of a familiar face.

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The Top 10 Dragons And/Or Dinosaurs Of PAX West 2017

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The Top 10 Dragons And/Or Dinosaurs Of PAX West 2017

You know what people love? Dinosaurs and dragons! At least that's what the publishers at PAX West 2017 seem to think. A quick stroll of the showfloor tells you that publishers are banking on players flocking to their dragon- and/or dino-infested digital playgrounds. Don't believe us? See for yourself as we take you on a magical tour of the fantastical and prehistoric beasts that fill the PAX West 2017 showfloor.

Check out our rankings, and sound off in the comments about your top 10 dragons and/or dinosaurs PAX West 2017.

Nintendo doesn't actually have a dinosaur on the showfloor (these are posters being handed out at Nintendo's booth), but people love Mario, and people love tyrannosauruses, so here it is, your number 10.

The Best Indie Games Of PAX West 2017

about X hours ago from
The Best Indie Games Of PAX West 2017

Through the years, the Penny Arcade Expo (or PAX) has become synonymous with fantastic games from some of the most talented independent developers in the industry. Seattle's PAX West is no different. Each year, from Nintendo's Nindies event, to Microsoft's ID@Xbox open house, to the Indie Megabooth on the showfloor, PAX West gives players an amazing opportunity to see the next big indie hits before everyone else. The Game Informer crew is on the ground at PAX West 2017 checking out as many indie titles as we can over the course of the show. These are the best indie titles we encountered while at the show. Check back over the course of the weekend, as we'll be updating this list with new entries each day.

Games are listed alphabetically.

Battle Chef BrigadeDeveloper: Trinket Studios
Release: Holiday
Platform: PS4, Switch, PC

Funny To A Point – Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Review

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Funny To A Point – Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Review

Half-Life fans have been begging/cursing Valve for the next chapter in Gordon Freeman's adventure for a decade, and now it's finally out in the wild. While it's fair to say that the late-night release took everyone by surprise, I immediately recognized and resigned myself to the solemn duty that lay before me: to play through and critique the final chapter of gaming's most legendary series.

Reviewing Half-Life 2: Episode 3 is not a task I take lightly, and to be honest, I'm a little shocked by the reaction of virtually every other games journalist out there. I mean, it's only been a week since Episode 3 came out, and it seems like everyone else has moved on already! Even worse, not a single outlet has reviewed it yet. What's up with that?! I assume it's because other outlets are doing their due diligence, and either still playing or processing this amazing journey before posting their reviews, to which I say, "been there, done that!"

Everything We Know About The Switch Version Of NBA 2K18

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Everything We Know About The Switch Version Of NBA 2K18

Nintendo fans who are sports owners have had it rough for more than a decade. Throughout the Wii and Wii U era, game options were extremely limited. Occasionally EA Sports and 2K Sports would throw users a bone, but the games were often half-baked, lacking the interesting features or control fidelity that PlayStation and Xbox owners were enjoying. With NBA 2K18, Visual Concepts hopes to deliver a basketball experience for the Nintendo Switch on par with the other versions of the game. 

We played the Switch version of NBA 2K18 at an event in New York, and came away impressed with the package so far. Here's what we found out:

This Is A Fully Featured GameEA may be struggling to deliver a FIFA experience for Switch in line with the other versions, but Visual Concepts has accepted that challenge and delivered. The Switch version of NBA 2K18 has all the major modes coming to the other consoles. Whether you want to build a franchise in MyGM, create an online franchise with friends in MyLeague, become the next NBA superstar in MyCareer, construct a team via the card collecting MyTeam, flex your skills in MyPark or ProAM, all these modes are included in the game. The only feature being left out for the Switch version is custom logo creation for ProAm teams.

Here's A Look At Shovel Knight's Order Of No Quarter Amiibo Three-Pack

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Here's A Look At Shovel Knight's Order Of No Quarter Amiibo Three-Pack

Almost two years ago to the day, Yacht Club games unveiled its plans for a Shovel Knight Amiibo. This year at PAX, a new line of Shovel Knight Amiibos were revealed immortalizing the playable (or soon to be playable) Order of No Quarter Knights. The three-pack of Amiibos features Specter Knight, Plague Knight, and King Knight.

Brian Shea got a chance to see them in person while at the show and took a few pictures of the new figures.

Here's a closer look at King Knight who will be starring in his own campaign very soon with the King of Cards.

See Why There’s More To The FFXV/AC Crossover Than You Think

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See Why There’s More To The FFXV/AC Crossover Than You Think

Last week, Square Enix and Ubisoft surprised the gaming world by unveiling a collaboration that would have the Final Fantasy and Assassin's Creed series paying homage to each other. The first phase of this collaboration is a free DLC event for Final Fantasy XV called the Assassin's Festival, so we downloaded it to see how well these juggernaut franchises meld.

After spending about 30 minutes with the new content, we were surprised and impressed by its scope. Yes, the premise is a little silly, but it seems that the FFXV team was fully committed to its execution regardless. Join me, Kyle Hilliard, and Leo Vader as we explore the festival and apply our dubious assassin skills to new situations.

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