Steep: Road to the Olympics Preview

I had the opportunity to try out the upcoming expansion to Ubisoft’s Steep, titled Road to the Olympics. This full expansion will add official Winter Olympics events and a career mode to the base game’s open-world skiing and snowboarding gameplay. From the early build, I played, Steep: Road to the Olympics had a satisfying competitive atmosphere while retaining the thrill of speeding downhill.

Steep: Road to the Olympics Preview

Quake Champions Preview

Since the 90s, Quake has been known as one of the most hardcore shooters in e-sports. Id Software's Quake 3 Arena revolutionized both the genre and competitive gaming scene with one swift twitch of the mouse. It was considered a masterpiece with precise controls, fluid combat, and a very dedicated fan base. While it's extremely technical it's also a bundle of fun, especially if you're playing with your friends. Quake Champions has, in theory, just about everything that made the aforementioned title so special.

Quake Champions Preview

Call of Duty: WWII Beta Impressions

Over the last couple of weeks Activision has been running private and public betas for their upcoming World War II shooter, Call of Duty: WWII. Three of our editors dipped their toes into the beta and came back with a wide range of opinions and expectations for the full release this November. 

Call of Duty: WWII Beta Impressions

Destiny 2 Beta Impressions

While nothing in the game is inherently wrong, some additions feel like a bit of a departure from what is otherwise an excellent game. I like to see bigger and better things from a sequel, but sometimes all a simple game needs is stability and consistency in order to remain at the top. Nidhogg 2 loses some of its simplicity in translation, but it’s still quite an enjoyable time.

Destiny 2 Beta Impressions

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Preview

As a first look into the expansion, I see a lot of improvements over Elder Scrolls Online proper. The new land looks properly mystical, with its GIANT mushrooms and what not, and the new storyline, with its floating gods and daedric influence, grabbed my attention enough to pull me in. I have no doubt that if you were a fan of The Elder Scrolls Online before, this new content will be right up your alley. I don’t know if it's enough to bring in more fans or make them stick around if they buy their way in, but I am nonetheless encouraged by what I have seen. Morrowind has promise. I hope it finds a way to build on it.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Preview

Pit People Preview

This is to say nothing of the expansive and robust cooperative and player-versus-player systems that the game also incorporates.  Put simply, Pit People has a lot to offer, especially to players that were already fans of the wacky Behemoth games that came before.  Given the scope of the project, it’s easy to see why The Behemoth chose to put this particular title through an early-access period.  Make no mistake, however, the studio appears to know exactly what they are doing.  Gamers are advised to keep their eye on Pit People – it’s going to be a good one. 

Pit People Preview

Thimbleweed Park Preview

Indeed Thimbleweed Park is on the track of holding onto its promise of being the best adventure game you never played in 1987. Doing so the developers have invented the time machine. When I was playing Thimbleweed Park, it was like there never were these last 30 years. The game already has its audience in my generation but I hope it can generate interest beyond that, showing the younger people exactly why we old farts have these fond memories of the adventure games of the past.

Thimbleweed Park Preview

Ghost Recon: Wildlands Preview

Ubisoft’s latest entry in the Tom Clancy franchise, Ghost Recon: WildlandsWildlands switches things up from previous entries in the series by placing the titular Ghosts in an open world.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands Preview

Might & Magic Showdown Preview

I was left impressed with the direction of Might & Magic Showdown. The duel mechanics and programmable Creatures add a layer of tactical pleasure I did not expect, while the ability to customize the pieces through a wide variety of digital paints will give those with an eye for that kind of thing hours of detail oriented excitement. I look forward to seeing where this ends up.

Might & Magic Showdown Preview

PSX 2016: Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3

I wasn’t sure Ghost Warrior 3 was going to be a game I could see myself liking. By the end of my appointment, however, my hands from tension. Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 isn’t due out until April 2017, which gives CI Games more time to keep it in the oven.

PSX 2016: Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3

PSX 2016: EarthNight

Esthetically speaking, Cleaversoft’s procedurally generated side scroll is a thing of beauty. All of the in-game assets were hand drawn and they look beautiful. I got to chat with a programmer on the game who was proud of the EarthNight’s visual flair despite how tricky it was to pair the art with procedurally generated levels. The game also sports an incredible chiptune soundtrack that I was enamored with from the very first chord of the in-game soundtrack. It’s a lovely way to package such an interesting game. EarthNight is on track to be released for PlayStation 4 and the Vita in late 2017.

PSX 2016: EarthNight

PSX 2016: Bandai Namco Showcase

The PlayStation Experience returns to Anaheim, California, this year to celebrate the brand that Sony built over twenty years ago. Bandai Namco invited Darkstation to a pre-show event and offered us a first look at games they (by the time you read this) will announce at the two day event. 

PSX 2016: Bandai Namco Showcase

Watch Dogs 2 Hands-on Preview

Watch Dogs 2 will live or die by is how well the game develops Marcus as a character and the story around him. There are some interesting characters and worlds to explore here and if they’re able to provide that with a compelling narrative, Watch Dogs 2 might be one of the better games of this holiday season.

Watch Dogs 2 Hands-on Preview

Planet Coaster Preview

Those of us who enjoyed the original have much to look forward to, and let's hope that Planet Coaster will serve to initiate newer gamers into the fascinating art and craft of amusement park design.

Planet Coaster Preview