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Warframe Update: Mask Of The Revenant

On September 13, Digital Extremes released new content on PS4 for their hit MMO, Warframe. This update focuses on the new addition to the cast, the playable character Revenant. A new gun and a few minigames came bundled in the patch as well. The patch is available for free to all players.


Steel Rats Preview

I know it’s reductive to not think of the Trials series as ‘real games’, but the complete lack of a story or context for the stunts and timed runs has always left me cold, despite how much I’ve loved the super-tight gameplay. So, it’s possible that I was unusually well-primed to find Steel Rats a delight since it takes the core concept of Trials – stunt biking through crumbling urban spaces – and adds gunplay, robot invaders, and what can be best described as ‘bike-fu’. The combination is a glorious one.


Interview With Swery65 — PAX West 2018

This year at PAX West 2018, I had the chance to sit down with one of my favorite game developers, Hidetaka Suehiro — better known as Swery65. At the show he was promoting his Kickstarted project The Good Life, where a playable demo was on the show floor. Immediately before the show, he also announced a surprise second project, The Missing. We had a brief conversation about these two games as well as other topics with the help of an interpreter onstage at the Unties booth, and here’s what he had to say…


This Is Not A Review: Little Dragons Café

Welcome to This Is Not A Review. In these articles we discuss general impressions, ideas and thoughts on any given game, but as the title implies, it’s not a review. Instead, it’s an exercise in offering a quick recommendation (or dismissal) after spending enough time to grasp the ideas and gameplay of a thing without necessarily playing it from A to Z.

The subject of this installment: Little Dragons Café, developed by TOYBOX, Inc. and published by Aksys Games.


This Is Not A Review: The Spectrum Retreat

Welcome to This Is Not A Review. In these articles we discuss general impressions, ideas and thoughts on any given game, but as the title implies, it’s not a review. Instead, it’s an exercise in offering a quick recommendation (or dismissal) after spending enough time to grasp the ideas and gameplay of a thing without necessarily playing it from A to Z.

The subject of this installment: The Spectrum Retreat, developed by Dan Smith Studios and published by Ripstone.


Battlefield V Preview

Battlefield is returning to where it all started. The original Battlefield 1942 was set in WWII. Now, 16 years later, Battlefield V is again heading back to the second world war. While BFV had an alpha earlier this year on PC, this latest open beta is going to be the first time most fans will be able to finally get their hands on it.


Elo Hell Preview

The title of this game, Elo Hell (google it) describes its current Early Access state accurately, and I’m not sure that there’s any indication pointing towards future progress. It’s both a new MOBA called Echo Star and a story-driven adventure about the rise of Echo Star and its professional players. There’s not much more to it in this early build, and with so little working content, Elo Hell can barely be called a game at this point.


Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey – Will It Advance The Series Narrative?

GameCritics was invited to a recent preview event featuring Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, and I was happy to attend because the few hours I had with it highlighted one thing for me above all others — Ubisoft is going whole-hog into the mythological side of ancient Greece, and I’m all for it. From semi-metaphysical special moves to fantastical creatures that never walked the Earth, Ubisoft has set Odyssey up to be more removed from reality than any other game in the series, and it’s about time.


The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep Preview

Since I didn’t own a PC at the time, I completely missed out on the original Bard’s Tale entries. The last mainline entry hit the market in 1988 — that’s thirty years ago. That’s a hell of a long time for a franchise to lay dormant, but InXile have become known for resurrecting classic games and imbuing them with just enough of a modern twist. Now, following their successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015, that’s exactly what they’re aiming for with The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep.