The virtual reality “watch party” for the first Trump-Clinton debate was a bust. It was presented by VR hangout app Altspace and NBC News, and just amounted to glorified Second Life, basically. Avatars of people from around the world watching a flat video stream. Not a great experience.
Broforce developer Free Lives Games have stolen away to a tropical island refuge along with other developers for three months. The entire experience is being documented in a series called Game Jam Island.
Following up on the success of Norse mythology action RPG Jotun, Thunder Lotus Games goes back to the drawing board with Sundered, a replayable Metroidvania heavily inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft.
In a genre dominated by games about building cities or tending farms, Dog Sled Saga is a refreshing fusion of unlikely ideas and personal details. In developer Trichotomy’s game, the bustling metropolises are replaced with wintery cabins and side-scrolling tundras. Instead of harvesting crops, you train and nurture…
Endless Space 2, the newest 4x game from the terrific “endless” strategy game studio Amplitude, will be available on Steam Early Access starting on Thursday, October 6. That version will include four of the game’s eight factions. A little more info here.
Blubber Busters is a combat platformer about venturing inside space whales to cure their illnesses. Seriously. You lead a crew of intergalactic infection fighters, and you can swap between and upgrade them. It comes from devs who worked on League of Legends, Darksiders 2, and Enter The Gungeon. It’s on Kickstarter.
Virginia is a narrative game developed by Variable State out now for the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It lasts about two hours and has no dialog but it might just be one of the best stories I’ve encountered in games this year.
A long forgotten Valve project is now playable after 13 years in limbo. Based on an old school Quake mod, Half Life: Threewave is a multiplayer capture the flag game that was initially discovered in 2003 during the infamous leak of Half Life 2's beta. It was unplayable. Not anymore.
Paladins, a video game that looks very much like Overwatch, has taken some heat for its similarities to Blizzard’s popular team shooter—to the point where last night one of Paladins’ top developers felt compelled to write a big ol’ Reddit post explaining how it isn’t a clone at all.
Battlerite is an absurd name for a game but never fear because it’s a really good game! It’s a team based action MOBA by Stunlock Studios in early access for the PC right now. And it’s managed to tickle an itch for mayhem I never knew I had.
It’s been a dramatic handful of days for Steam. Infamous shovelware developer Digital Homicide sued 100 Steam users for $18 million and subpoenaed Valve for their information, at which point Valve booted them and all their games from the service. The worst part? This was all painfully avoidable.
Yono is a game in the style of classic, top-down Legend of Zeldas, but also it stars an elephant. It’s got combat, puzzles, and treasure hunts, as well as “delicate cultural and political situations” among humans, zombies, and robots. It’ll be out on PC at... some point. Definitely worth keeping an eye on until then.
In Steam sci-fi colony-building hit RimWorld, sanity is precious. Colonists have to deal with a lot of shit—from deceased loved ones to rampaging space turkeys—and they sometimes snap. H.P. Lovecraft also knows a thing or two about driving people to madness.
Come with me, friends. Come with me on a journey.
Rive is a mixed platforming and shoot ‘em up title out now on PC and the Playstation 4. Frantic and full of robots to blast, it’s a fun title. It’s also the last game that developer Two Tribes will ever make. We jump in and blast all the robots!
Virtus.pro went on to win the entire tournament, but before they could do that, Filip “NEO” Kubski had to help get his team through the semi-finals against Team Dignitas.
Diaries of A Spaceport Janitor came out last Friday, so you can now relish the futility of late space-capitalism in all of its bright, low-poly glory.
Today, Virtus.pro swept a two game series against Cloud9 to win the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive finals at the DreamHack Open in Bucharest. The all-Polish team appeared all but unstoppable, defeating the Americans 16-9 on both the first map, Train, and the second, Cobblestone.