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April 24
2014

PAX East 2014: Hands On: Murdered: Soul Suspect

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Anyone who demoed Murdered: Soul Suspect at the Square Enix booth at PAX East 2014 definitely got a real feel for the game, as it was one of the longest demos I’ve ever seen! It was literally the entire beginning of the game, where your character — hoodlum-turned-police detective Ronan O’Connor — is murdered, and his ghost cannot find peace until he tracks down his own killer. But not wanting to skip cutscenes for fear of missing important information, the demo ended up taking almost a half an hour, and there was still more to do when I kind of let myself die so that I wouldn’t feel like I was hogging the demo station!

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April 22
2014

Impressions: Coming Out On Top (Beta)

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Pansy Division’s “Luv Luv Luv” is the first thing you hear upon starting up Obscurasoft’s limited beta of Coming Out On Top. Recently offered up to the game’s Kickstarter supporters as an apology for delaying the game’s final release, the beta offers a glimpse into the first (as far as I can tell) American gay dating sim. Opening up with a queercore classic that flirts playfully with the tension between the love we’re told to want and the sex we want to have, it brings to the surface a theme that’s present throughout the beta. It also sets up the playfulness that Coming Out On Top brings promises to bring to its material.

Hit the jump for more. (And bear in mind that I’m one of Coming Out On Top‘s Kickstarter supporters so, you know, I’m invested in this thing not sucking. Take that as you will.)

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April 21
2014

PAX East 2014: Hands On: Elegy For A Dead World

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One of the most intriguing games I saw at PAX East 2014 is barely a game — at least not in the traditional sense of the word. I was drawn to Dejobaan Games’ Elegy For A Dead World by its lovely, hand-painted art style, but what looked like a simple 2D platformer turned out to be anything but.

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March 24
2014

Preview: Infinite Crisis

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Pulling on my heart strings, Warner Brothers attempts to drag me into their new Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA), Infinite Crisis. For me, the thought of getting to play some of my favorite super heroes and villains from my childhood was going to be awesome. The nostalgia was running through my veins as I patiently waited for the game to download. The game has a great selection of characters from DC Comics’ epic history and multiple universes. From a demonic Batman to the New 52 Wonder Woman all of my favorite characters are there for me to play, each with a really unique skill set.

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January 30
2014

Preview: Tomb Raider #1

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Dark Horse Comics has produced some fine licensed material based on comic books, like Mass Effect and The Last of Us. And since the Tomb Raider game from Crystal Dynamics was such a hit, it’s only natural that they’re going to be producing a new series based in that world! Now you don’t have to wait for the sequel to enjoy the further adventures of everyone’s favorite videogame heroine.

Writer Gail Simone is no stranger to writing strong female characters, having scripted comics like Wonder Woman and Batgirl, and was a natural fit to chronicle the further adventures of Lara Croft. In an editorial running in recent issues of Dark Horse Comics, the scribe admits to being a big fan of Lara’s, but skeptical of the reboot game (and Dark Horse’s request she write the new series based on it). Of course, her skepticism lasted only as long as it took to start playing the game!

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November 6
2013

Upcoming Tabletop: “Three Days until Retirement” and Interview with Creator Stuart Keating!

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So let’s say one crazy day you decide that you’re a bit tired of slaying dragons. Swiss Army Vorpal Swords +Whatever make you yawn. Wizards throwing fireballs? Laaaame. You have some friends over and you’ve been watching a marathon of Lethal Weapon (like we are all prone to do at some point, I’m sure). Suddenly you have the idea: what about a tabletop RPG where you play as loose cannon cops who are too old for this shit and are just three days away from retirement?!

Well, sorry to say, but you’ve been beat to the punch.

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October 16
2013

NYCC ’13: Hands On: Thief

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This year at NYCC, Square Enix was allowing some hands-on time with their upcoming reboot of the Thief franchise, due out for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 on February 25, 2014 in North America and February 28 in Europe and PAL territories. Garrett’s back and hoping to lure new fans into his world with the series’ trademark stealth and hunting gameplay. Find out what I thought of my time in his world after the jump!

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