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Shovel Knight Review: An Ace (of Spades) Retro-Styled Platformer

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Even though we’re in the middle of a second golden age of side-scrolling platformers, very few of them attempt to recreate what was so great about the graphical look of games in the 8-bit and 16-bit eras. Most of them (Mega Man 9 and 10, Contra ReBirth, Gradius ReBirth) just serve as distant sequels to some NES favorites. So it’s amazing that something like Shovel Knight, a wholly original game from Yacht Club Games, was able to perfectly capture the mood of late 80s game design. It feels more like a lost cartridge rediscovered in the modern day as opposed to a modern game created with modern gamers in mind. Yacht Club’s Sean Velasco told us last year that the company’s goal is to create “really awesome retro/modern fusion games.” I’m glad they got the chance and I’m not sure I’d want it any other way. (more…)

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Bethesda’s Decision to Keep the Doom 4 Demo Under Wraps is a Stroke of Genius

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Hi. My name is John and I’m a Doom fanboy. It all started back in 1995 when my cousins gave me a copy of the game’s shareware edition. A year later, I bought a blazing fast Pentium computer (133 MHz!) with a massive hard drive (2 GB!) and Windows 95 pre-installed. With a little leftover money, I purchased The Ultimate Doom on compact disc. After playing around with the first episode for over a year, the full game just absolutely blew me away. It may have been one of the earliest first person shooters around, but I’ve never seen anything like it since. And on top of that, it made me a lifelong fan of the franchise. (more…)

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Continue Countdown #7 – Our Favorite Games From the PS3/Xbox 360/Wii Era

With the Wii U, PS4, and Xbox One now available in stores, it’s time to look back fondly on the PS3/Xbox 360/Wii Era. A lot of great games were released during gaming’s seventh generation and we talk about eight of our favorites as well as several dozen more in a rapid-fire Lightning Round. Did your favorite make the cut? There’s only one way to find out.

8 Games (+ Honorable Mentions)… 30 Minutes… And Go!

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For Our Readers… For My Brother Interview with Crooked Tree’s Katy Levinson

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Last year, developer Lat Ware and his team successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign for the brain-bending title Throw Trucks With Your Mind. Now that team is back under the guise of Crooked Tree Studios with a fresh puzzle platformer, For My Brother, which was featured in the latest edition of our monthly look at interesting crowdfunding campaigns, Kickstart This!. We chatted with Katy Levinson, the co-founder of ArcBotics and now Business Development Manager for Crooked Tree, about social media campaigns, art design, and Michael Bay’s The Rock. (more…)

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Ignorance Is Strength: Gaming’s Permanent War With Nazis, Terrorists, and PMCs

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In the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell introduced us to a profusion of concepts that are especially relavant in today’s culture. Terms like Big Brother, thoughtcrime, doublethink, and Room 101 have all spread through modern society, but there is one line that resonates strongly in the world of video games: “War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.”

In the novel, it’s a prime example of doublethink, where people can simultaneously agree with two contradicting points of view. While doublethink is all over video game punditry in a thousand different forms, it’s this last part that I feel needs to be focused on. “Ignorance is strength” is the idea that the masses can live in blissful and perpetual incomprehension of the truth, and somehow gain a sense of power from this. (more…)

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Anomaly Defenders Review: Back to Basics

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The original Anomaly: Warzone Earth took a fresh, new approach in the ubiquitous tower defense genre by flipping the traditional roles around, having you play as the creeps fighting against the towers. The fun, challenging gameplay led to a sequel (aptly named Anomaly 2), which introduced the very cool creeps vs. towers multiplayer. Well, those darn alien towers are back in a third installment, Anomaly Defenders, except this time, you are the darn aliens. (more…)

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The Walking Dead Season 2: In Harm’s Way Review: Villainous

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Playing through the first season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead game, it became quickly apparent that danger was everywhere. I always had to be on my guard, watching my back, and stepping on eggshells. Normally menial tasks such as searching through an abandoned pharmacy or walking across a parking lot had become frightening life-or-death battles for survival. Knock a bottle off a counter or make a wrong turn, and you’ll almost certainly meet a ghastly end. If you wanted to survive, you had to avoid walkers at all costs, as these were truly terrifying enemies.

But while still a constant threat, the zombies in The Walking Dead weren’t much more than obstacles – dangerous obstacles, mind you – but a hindrance nonetheless. You knew what you had to do to survive the mindless ghouls. All that changed in The Walking Dead Season 2, where we were introduced to Carver, one of the most fascinating characters in the series. You hated him, but at the same time you understood his plight. He was trying to bring his group together no matter what. While at first we don’t think he’s all that bad, he dispels those thoughts, and quickly becomes one of the greatest villains in the Walking Dead universe. It’s because of this character that In Harm’s Way is not only the best episode of this second season, but perhaps the best episode of the entire series. (more…)

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The Games of July 2014

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There’s not a lot going on gaming-wise in July, which gives us all a chance to do what we do best: catch up on our backlogs. For those of us who are into what’s coming out, it’s almost all re-releases: Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee – New N Tasty, and The Last of Us Remastered are on our list. Not that we’re complaining – they’re some great games to replay! Read on to get the full details on what the Warp Zoned crew is going to get down to in the hot month of July. (more…)

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