June 26, 2016 3:30 PM | Christian Valentin
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June 26, 2016 3:30 PM | Christian Valentin
June 25, 2016 6:00 AM | Joel Couture
Customize a little ship and take to the stars, floating lazily through space in OESE. Maybe not lazily for long, as you're bound to run across something as you fly around. Once you do, you're given the option to contact, be aggressive, or be passive towards the inhabitants of the ships and planets you come across. These decisions may have grave consequences for your little ship, but when you're all by yourself in space, you have to make hard calls.
The game has seven races and four different factions that will either love or hate you based on your behavior across the game's one hundred encounters. That's a lot of people and situations where you might find your ship full of holes, so do take care with that temper when you meet your next space stranger.
June 24, 2016 10:00 AM | Joel Couture
Customization is a big part of massively multiplayer online mech game Antraxx. You can create your own mech with parts you buy and acquire, customizing its weapons and abilities to your play style. You can build your own zones after you've acquired the lands. You can even create your own factions within the game's world, having other players unite under your banner for conquest,
That teamwork will come in handy, as no one mech will last long without friends in the hostile world of Antraxx's live arcade-style combat. Working together with your faction, someone else's, or strangers will make all the difference when facing down multiple enemies. Combat isn't your only route to win, though, as clever players will be able to use diplomacy to turn the tide, gaining wealth, land, power, and mechs with a few careful words.
And you can get in on building mechs and spreading mayhem right now with the Alpha Demo of the game.
June 24, 2016 5:55 AM | Thomas Faust
Dungeon Rushers is a neat dungeon crawler that plays a bit like a board game with turn-based JRPG fights. It's a pleasant little game with a lovely sense of humor, probably featuring the only dwarven warrior who is actually an accountant. A recent patch introduced Steam Workshop support, and that one really turned out to be a game changer.
Build your own dungeon and fill it with traps and monsters! Cackle with glee as other players fail repeatedly! And, of course, attempt to conquer their creations as well. You see, before the patch the game only had ever so slightly randomized dungeons, but now, everything is possible. You're entirely at the mercy of your fellow players, which makes dungeon delving so much more fun. Beating someone else's creation isn't just satisfying, it also allows you to unlock more stuff for your own dungeons.
June 23, 2016 5:12 PM | Christian Valentin
Striking down your virtual enemies with steel or arrows can be satisfying, but mortal weapons often pale in satisfaction and spectacle compared to the power of the mage. Laying waste to armies and undead with flame and ice from your fingertips, summoning meteors from above, bending space and time to your will. Wizard of Legend understands that thrill, focusing its combat around such powerful abilities, as you prove your wizardry skills against both mystical foes and other players. The magical roguelite is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter for an early 2017 release on PC, Mac, and Linux.
June 23, 2016 3:31 PM | Thomas Faust
Are you a dog person? I am a dog person. Dogs are the best. Buck, one particularly feisty little mutt, was apparently so incredibly awesome that developers Wave Interactive just had to turn him into a videogame protagonist. And here we are, with Buck - a 2D post-apocalyptic noir action-adventure - looking for Kickstarter funding. Aiming for a rather modest sum of $30.000 and a Q2 2017 release date, the small team from Israel is planning to release the game on PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, and Playstation 4 - that's pretty ambitious!
June 23, 2016 8:00 AM | Joel Couture
Erin lost her arm and partner fighting against the Wildbots before, but with her new bionic arm, she's going to blast their whole operation to bits in under 45 minutes. Well, maybe not on the first try.
Bot Vice is a 2D shooting gallery with a strict time limit. Erin can roll and shoot, as well as melee attack anything that gets too close. She'll have to blast the various cyborg enemies as fast as she can, as the game cuts you off after forty five minutes of total play. You can go back and replay older stages for faster clear times, though, getting those precious seconds back so you can attack later stages.
Showing shades of Wild Guns and Time Crisis, this gem from the developers of Super Star Path has already passed through Steam Greenlight, so it won't be long before the high-speed robot shooting can begin.
June 23, 2016 12:00 AM | Jeremy Ooi
Super SteamPuff is a PVP style space shooter where you fight for weapon upgrades, beat wacky bosses and look for the Fabled Hexachron! With plenty of cute characters to unlock, references to all kinds of pop culture and a very unique art style to boot, its looks like a tonne of fun. It is out today on the iOS store for $2.99.
We got a chance to talk with the guys from Weyrdworks Studio, Shawn Beck from Velocibox fame and JT his artist and partner in crime, about making this wacky title and turning jam ideas into launch titles, and moving from F2P to premium.
June 22, 2016 5:24 PM | Thomas Faust
I love me a good, wordy novel. An epic plot, lots of world building, and some extra flourish on top. However, a neat little short story can be just as satisfying sometimes. In a way, that's exaclty what Breached, a rather brief science fiction game about being trapped on an alien planet with a broken ship and an ever-dwindling oxygen supply, is. The game somehow defies clear genre boundaries; you're trapped inside your ship, so the only contact with the world outside is the board computer.
June 22, 2016 2:43 PM | Tim
Great news, VR enthusiasts: GDC organizers are proud to announce that the first ever standalone Virtual Reality Developers Conference, the premier event for creators of immersive VR (and AR) experiences, will be held this November 2-3 in San Francisco.
This will be the second edition of VRDC, following the strikingly successful debut of VRDC as a sibling conference to GDC 2016 earlier this year. Bringing an expanded focus overseen by a new advisory board, the two-day event will bring together VR/AR experts from multiple industries to share best practices, demo new technology, create new business partnerships, and exchange ideas with innovators shaping the industry.
To meet the growing demand for high-quality content in the space, VRDC's second edition will expand to cover virtual and augmented reality in games, entertainment, and beyond into subjects such as healthcare, journalism, travel, manufacturing, retail, live events, real estate, training, and so much more.