PC

Elderborn Preview

With so many games trying to be the biggest, deepest and most feature-rich, there’s something to be said for minimalist design that does one thing (hopefully) really well. Of course, the danger is in going too far and not providing enough content or variety. Elderborn is a first-person melee-focused dungeon crawler, or as the developer describes it, “Doom with swords and hammers instead of guns.”

Elderborn Preview

Green Hell Preview

Arguments have been made for more realism in all sorts of game genres from shooters to survival games but often, added realism doesn't necessary translate to more fun or an engaging challenge, just frustration. One shot kills or game-ending snake bites might be true to life but don't make for enjoyable gameplay.

Green Hell Preview

Postworld Preview

Set in the irradiated 2080s, Postworld is a post-apocalyptic shooter that takes a bit of Fallout and blends in a scoop of survival RPG and a helping of third-person shooter. Still in early access, Postworld comes from indie Russian developer Screwdriver Entertainment and although it has a solid premise and a few mildly original ingredients, the game is still very rough around the edges and unfortunately, deep into the core as well.

Postworld Preview

Deathgarden Preview

Deathgarden is an asymmetric team shooter with a lot of interesting ideas and a pretty steep learning curve. Although its heavy metalish title doesn't give you much of a clue, the game is a sci-fi, Hunger Games meets Evolve futuristic competition set on procedurally generally stages, where the roles are Runners or Hunter and the stakes are life or death.

Deathgarden Preview

Immortal: Unchained Preview

Immortal: Unchained is shaping up to be a product that action-RPG and Dark Souls fans will want to check out, in particular if the full game includes a bit more story and character development and a wider visual range.

Immortal: Unchained Preview

Reign of Guilds Preview

Remember five years ago when it seemed like everyone was trying to create the next World of Warcraft? The Blizzard MMO inspired so many different entries into the genre that its hard to remember them all. For many reasons those games haven’t stuck around and the genre itself has become rather stale. That’s why when I had the chance to check out the very early days of development on Atlant Games new project Reign of Guilds it peaked my interest.

Reign of Guilds Preview

Abandon Ship Preview

No one has ever complained that the age of sail naval battle genre has been over-saturated, so I was looking forward to spending some time with Abandon Ship, now in early access. Snagging some mechanics from FTL, a Kraken or two from Pirates of Caribbean and iconography from 19th-century maps, Abandon Ship seems to be sailing along well towards a full release.

Abandon Ship Preview

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Preview

“How would you improve upon the greatest isometric RPG ever made?”  If you are as much of a fan of Pillars of Eternity as I am, then you may find yourself pondering this question.  On April 3, Obsidian Entertainment intends to give us their answer when they release of Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire.  With the 2015 masterpiece Pillars of Eternity, Obsidian Entertainment finally delivered some excellent gameplay to augment their traditional strengths of storytelling and dialog.  It was a groundbreaking achievement for a studio that, until then, was best known for unorthodox expansion packs and sequels. 

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Preview

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

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

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

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

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